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Better campgrounds

Victoria’s Great Outdoors is investing $44.6 million to build new and upgrade existing campgrounds, creating more opportunities for Victorians to explore the great outdoors and spend time in our beautiful parks and state forests.  

The new and upgraded campgrounds are spread across the state to deliver a boost to regional tourism and make holidays in nature more accessible and affordable for everyone.

The projects are being delivered in partnership between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria, working together with Traditional Owners, local communities and stakeholders.

Works on the new campgrounds and upgrades are well underway, with several already complete and open to visitors. You can find out more about visiting these campgrounds below.

Completed and in progress projects (as of January 2021)

Gunbower Canoe Launcher- All abilities canoe launching ramp, Big Billy new accessible viewing platform, Stockman's Campground, new toilets, picnic shelters bbqs and signage,Brodies campground New toilets and picnic shelters, Rocklands Reservoir, new day visitor area at Mountain Dam,Starlings campground, landscape designs underway, Hammonds North, new vehicle camping bays, toilet, picnic tables and fire pits, Great Otway National Park, Big Hill, Allenvale and Hammonds campgrounds, Herman's Hill, New lookout
  • Gunbower Canoe Launcher - all abilities canoe launching ramp
  • Big Billy - new accessible viewing platform
  • Stockman's Campground, new toilets, picnic shelters BBQ's and signage
  • Brodies Campground - new toilets and picnic shelters 
  • Rocklands Reservoir - new day visitor area at Mountain Dam
  • Starlings Gap Campground - landscape designs underway
  • Hammonds North - new vehicle camping bays, a toilet block, picnic tables and fire pits
  • Great Otway National Park - Big Hill, Allenvale and Hammonds campgrounds
  • Herman's Hill - new lockout tower
  • Mansfield walking trails - track complete
  • Thomson Bridge Campground - new campsites, toilet, shelters and fire pits
  • Aberfeldy Back Roads Tour - construction underway with 54km of roads upgraded
  • French Island - new toilet and picnic tables 
  • Bunyip - Nash Campground upgrades
  • Cathedral Ranges - Ned's Gully Suspension Bridge
  • Matlock – Grants Reserve, new toilet block and improved signage
  • Blue Pool Campground - new campsites, toilets and picnic shelters
  • Avondale Garden - new tables and BBQ pits
  • Tin Creek - new campsites, picnic tables, BBQs and toilets
  • Grays - new campsites, picnic tables and BBQs
  • Timber Workers Huts, new campsites at Marthavale Hut
  • Iconic High-Country Campgrounds - Wonnangatta, Talbotville and Horseyard Flat campgrounds
  • East Gippsland Recovery- new campsites and viewing platform at Costicks Weir
  • Bruntons Bridge - new picnic tables, signage and fencing
  • Peachtree Creek - new campsites
  • Donnellys Creek - Meringtons, Junction Hut and Jorgensons Hut

Upgrades to improve your stay

We are delivering new and improved facilities at campgrounds across regional Victoria to make your stay more comfortable. This includes toilets blocks, shelters, picnic tables and fire pits, as well as improved car parking and easier site access. The addition of walking tracks at some locations will also help visitors to explore more of the area.

Visit now

The following campgrounds are now complete and welcoming visitors. These sites are all free and bookings are not required.

Blue Pool and Freestone Creek camping precinct

A natural pool of clear water surrounded by green bushes and grey rock walls.

Located near Maffra, this precinct has 8 campgrounds including the popular Blue Pool Campground which we recently upgraded with 16 new campsites, new picnic tables, BBQ facilities and signage.

The Blue Pool upgrade was completed in December 2020, with further works planned to upgrade other campgrounds in the precinct.

Getting there

Blue Pool is in Briagolong State Forest in Gippsland near Sale, around 3 hours east of Melbourne.

Thomson Bridge Campground

A vibrant green grassy area with a gravel road through the middle leading to a metal picnic shelter.

Located near the Walhalla Historic Township, the Thomson Bridge Campground is Gippsland’s newest campground and provides direct access to the Thomson River. We've built a scenic new campground with 5 new campsites, a picnic shelter, toilet and fire pits. ​

The $110,000 project was completed in December 2020 and includes a scenic new campground with 5 new campsites, a picnic shelter, toilet and fire pits. ​The campground is part of the exciting new $460,000 Thomson River Canoe Experience, which will provide camping and canoe launch facilities at several sites along the Thomson River.

Getting there

Thomson Bridge Campground is in Boola Boola State Forest in Gippsland near Walhalla Historic Township, around 2.5 hours east of Melbourne.

Stockman's Campground 

An aerial view of the campground which is surrounded by green shrubs and dirt roads.

Stockman’s Campground is 30 kilometres south of the popular Big Billy Bore Campground. Located near the Nhill-Murrayville Track, the new campground connects to a network of 4WD tracks suitable for beginner to advanced drivers and offers camping bays, tables, barbeques, a toilet and a picnic shelter, as well as bore water for washing and firefighting.

Due to the terrain and track surface, this bush camp should only be accessed by 4WD.

This $300,000 project was completed in February 2021.

Getting there

Stockman’s Campground is in the Big Desert State Forest in Loddon Mallee, around 6 hours north west of Melbourne.

Big Billy accessible viewing platform

A wide open space with red desert and green bushes surrounding Big Billy’s Viewing Platform

We've installed a new accessible viewing platform at the Big Billy Bore Camping Area south of Murrayville. The new viewing platform provides elevated views of the surrounding area, a platform for stargazing and is helping to improve safety through better phone coverage.   

Further works are planned as part of a wider upgrade of the campground, including a new walking track.

Getting there

Big Billy Bore Camping Area is in Big Desert State Forest near Murrayville, around 6 hours north west of Melbourne.

Avondale Gardens

A campground with trees, bushes, a wooden table and a fire pit in the ground.

Avondale Gardens on the old 'Avondale' homestead site is 18km from Koetong, in Shelley. With help from volunteers, we've upgraded these beautiful gardens, planting more than native 60 trees and shrubs to improve the site and provide shade. We've also installed picnic tables and BBQs for visitors and campers to enjoy.

Future upgrades will include making signage more informative and hazardous tree works to keep the site safe for all visitors. 

Getting there

Avondale Gardens is in the Upper Murray region, around 4.5 hours north east of Melbourne. 

Grant’s Reserve, Matlock

Outdoor public toilet at matlock grants reserve

We've built a new toilet block and improved signage for visitors to Grant’s Reserve in Matlock, a large grassy area used for picnicking, camping and caravanning. It is also a handy stopover for those four-wheel driving in the area.

This $45,000 upgrade was completed in June 2020.

Getting there

Grant’s Reserve is in Matlock in Gippsland, around 3 hours north east of Melbourne.

Hammonds Road North Campground

An orange picnic table inside a gravelled area which is bordered by tall green trees

Hammonds Road North Campground can be found in the stunning Otway Forest Park near Anglesea, a short drive from the beaches along the Surf Coast. We've upgraded the campground to deliver 11 new vehicle camping bays, a toilet block, picnic tables and fire pits.

This $150,000 upgrade was completed in September 2020.

Getting there

Hammonds Road North campground is in Otway Forest Park near Anglesea, around 1.5 hours south west of Melbourne.

Bruntons Bridge Campground

A wooden picnic table under a leafy green tree and next to a river.

Bruntons Bridge Campground is one of Gippsland's most popular camping destinations for families exploring the local area. Situated on the banks of the Thomson River and close to the historical town of Walhalla, it offers many recreational activities. We've delivered upgrades to the site including new picnic tables, signage and fencing, as well as improvements to roads and vegetation.

This $57,000 upgrade was completed in December 2019.

Getting there

Bruntons Bridge is in Boola Boola State Forest in Gippsland near Walhalla, around 2.5 hours east of Melbourne.

Gunbower Canoe Launcher

A wooden platform and ramp leading into a river with green lilypads floating on top

Gunbower Creek is a popular spot for canoeing and other water-based recreational activities in the Gunbower State Forest. A new all-abilities canoe launching ramp has been installed allowing all visitors to enjoy safer fishing and canoeing and providing easier access to the Gunbower State Forest Canoe Trail.

This $26,000 upgrade was completed in June 2020.

Getting there

Gunbower Creek is in Gunbower State Forest in the Murray region near Cohuna, around 3.5 hours north of Melbourne.

Coming soon

We're working on a number of exciting new and upgraded campgrounds and visitor areas. We'll provide updates on these sites and when they're ready for visitors.

Brodies Campground (Rocklands Reservoir)  

Brodies Campground on the banks of Rocklands Reservoir is a popular area for fishing and boating. The campground has been recently upgraded with new toilets, picnic shelters and improved visitor access. At Brodies, visitors can enjoy a rustic camping experience with the convenience of the site's new facilities. 

Getting there 

Brodies Campground at Rocklands Reservoir is around 4 hours north west of Melbourne, near Grampians National Park. The campground is accessible by car but can be difficult to access in winter. 

Mountain Dam (Rocklands Reservoir)  

We've built a new day visitor area at Mountain Dam, a campsite on the north-western shores of Rocklands Reservoir. The day visitor area features picnic tables, barbeque pits and parking. Mountain Dam is surrounded by stringybark forest and offers open and bush camping. The site has good access to the reservoir and nearby Black Range State Park. 

Getting there 

Mountain Dam at Rocklands Reservoir is around 4 hours north west of Melbourne, near Grampians National Park. 

Starlings Gap Campground  

Starlings Gap is one of two campsites within the Yarra State Forest and services ‘Walk Into History’ hikers, campers and day visitors. Surrounded by towering Mountain Ash forest, the site’s elevation makes it prone to rain and mist. As a result we're improving shelter options and upgrading the site’s drainage to provide a better visitor experience.   

Getting there  

Starlings Gap Campground is 2 hours east of Melbourne, in the Central Highlands region. 

Donnelly’s Creek  

Donnelly’s Creek Camping Precinct forms part of the popular Aberfeldy Back Road 4WD Tour in an area steeped in gold mining and forestry history. We’re improving the facilities at the 8 campsites and installing new toilets, fire pits and picnic tables. We're also upgrading the site access to improve the visitor experience for everyone. 

Getting there 

Donnelly’s Creek Camping Precinct is around 2 hours east of Melbourne and close to the town of Erica in Gippsland. 

Toorongo Falls

Toorongo Falls in Gippsland attracts visitors for its camping, picnicking and walking opportunities, including a beautiful loop walk along the Toorongo and Little Toorongo Rivers to 2 unique waterfalls. We're upgrading the site with a new walking track, a pedestrian footbridge and improved signage to enhance the visitor experience. We're also refurbishing the campgrounds to cater for trailers and caravans and will provide additional safe parking to accommodate an increase in visitor numbers. A short walking track to connect the 2 campgrounds on site is now in place.

Getting there

Toorongo Falls is just outside the small town of Noojee, around 2.5 hours east of Melbourne.

Herman's Hill - new lookout tower 

We're replacing the viewing platform at Herman's Hill with a new lookout tower. Just west of Lake Hindmarsh, Herman's Hill is an elevated lookout over Victoria's stunning southern Big Desert State Forest. Further works are planned as part of a larger upgrade of the forest's facilities and access routes. 

Getting there 

Herman's Hill at the Big Desert State Forest is in the far west of the state, around 6 hours from Melbourne. 

Aberfeldy Back Roads Tour - 4WD tracks

The Aberfeldy Back Roads Tour is in the heart of the Gippsland’s historic goldmining region. Visitors to Aberfeldy can enjoy campgrounds, huts, walking tracks, historic sites and four-wheel driving routes. To help make this popular tour safer and easier to access for visitors, we're improving roads and track surfaces.  

Getting there 

The Aberfeldy Back Roads Tour is two hours east of Melbourne, near Walhalla. 

Want more?

For more information on these sites and other camping areas in Victoria, download the free More to Explore forest map app available from the app store for iPhones or the Google Play store for Android.

You can also use this app to create and download offline maps for use when visiting locations without phone coverage.

Victorians are reminded to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene requirements.

For more information visit  www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Victoria’s Great Outdoors

We are delivering better forests, parks, campgrounds, tracks and outdoor facilities for Victoria by:

  • improving campgrounds and caravan parks
  • improving regional 4WD touring routes and tracks
  • boosting funding for conservation and volunteer programs
  • creating new and improved hiking trails
  • employing new seasonal rangers

Contact us

Email: victorias.great.outdoors@delwp.vic.gov.au

Find out more about Victoria's Great Outdoors

Reviewed 01 April 2021

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