Looking for the inside scoop on Victoria’s best camping spots? Check out our guest blogger, tour guide, Michaela Box-Dougherty’s top five best camping spots in Victoria, where ‘spectacular’ is an understatement!
In no particular order:
This is the location of my first camping experience and was where I first realised how great camping really is and discovered the beauty of the natural environment. A passion that continues for me today. This holiday park is situated only 7km from Lorne, on the world famous Great Ocean Road. The camping ground runs parallel with the Cumberland River, and the view of the towering cliffs that surround are simply breathtaking. Not only is the camping ground a beautiful sight within itself, it’s also ideally located; with many activities close by. Hiking tracks, coastal walks, private beaches, snorkelling, bird watching and feeding are just some of the things you can put on your things to do list from this location.
Nestled on the coastline of Portarlington, this campsite is in the perfect position! Located only 120 minutes from Melbourne, Portarlington is quickly becoming the most popular holiday destination on the Bellarine Peninsula. The camping grounds are situated within the Bayside holiday park, are very family friendly and come with a warm community feeling for no additional charge! And yes, camping with children is possible! In fact many say that it is the best thing to do with children to expose them to the natural environment and feed their curiosity endless delights! The words, “I’m bored” couldn’t possibly come from their mouths while staying at these camping grounds! The kids playground, recreational room and endless green grass will keep them entertained for hours. Also the beach being only meters away so there is no need to lug all of the family beach gear very far from home.
The only word I can use to describe this campsite is breathtaking. It has to be seen to be believed. Funnily enough, the first time I saw the area wasn’t first hand, rather it was in a brochure as this is definitely the ‘go to’ for picturesque camping settings! Located on the cliffs at Johanna Beach, this 25-space campsite will be sure to impress. Panoramic views await you when you wake as well as an almost guaranteed kangaroo spotting in the early morning hours! I don’t like to play favourites but I would have to say that this is certainly one of my most favourite camping grounds. The Hike In campground was purpose built for hikers of the Great Ocean Walk in mind and is situated 300-metre walk from the main campsite, which shares equally breathtaking views.
Phillip Island is still one of Victorias most loved getaway destinations. And what’s not to love?! The stunningly beautiful beaches, the relaxed coastal vibe and of course the daily penguin parade! You can further enhance what is already set to be a memorable stay in Phillip Island by camping right next to the ocean. The Cowes Caravan Park will offer you just this. This park is family friendly and pet friendly and is set with everything that you will need for a comfortable, relaxing and scenic stay including an amenities block, communal BBQ area, laundrette and playground. The site is located just metres from the beach, where the kids can enjoy rock pooling, beach combing, swimming and even a game of beach cricket!
If you’re looking to head to Victoria’s inland then look no further than the Grampians. I’ve personally only been to the Grampians once but it left a lasting impression – and it wasn’t because of a traumatic ‘huntsmen in the car’ incident that I expressed while there! It was because of its incredible natural beauty. Now, you can probably tell from my other campsite recommendations that I’m a big fan of being next to the ocean (at all times!) so exploring the Grampians was new to me and the first time that I had holidayed inland. The never-ending forests, towering trees and endless wildlife are simply breathtaking. The Jimmy Creek Campsite is perfect for families to get back in touch with nature and away from the hustle and bustle of life. The camping sites in this remote location are unpowered however come with access to toilets and showers and a place for camp-fires.
Note: All sites need to be booked in advanced and become extremely busy around public holidays. All have site fees which you need to factor in to your stay.