Ditch the hairdryer and put away the Mac, you’ll be surprised by how refreshing a peaceful weekend away with some of Victoria’s best natural land can be on your mind. To start you on the right (walking) track, here are Victoria’s 8 best campsites for newbies.
Cathedral Range State Park
A stunning upturned ridge that stretches over seven kilometres, camping at the Cathedral Ranges is one of the most popular weekend choices in Victoria. With overnight camping options including Cooks Mill, Neds Gully or The Farmyard only two hours out of Melbourne, visitors can enjoy short walking tracks that range from family-friendly to challenging.
Wilson’s Promontory National Park
A staple in Victoria’s camping scene, Wilson’s Prom boasts over 50,000 hectares of gorgeous natural land including beaches, rainforests and offshore islands. Nestled at the very south of Victoria, the camping un-enthused have the option of huts and cabins at Tidal River for accommodation. Pro tip: glamp it up at the Yanakie Caravan Park. The guys from Prom Coast Eco Glamping have a fully pimped Lotus Belle tent with your name all over it.
Three hours from Melbourne is one of Victoria’s most loved outdoor hotspots. With a range of caravan, camping and hotel options, The Grampians is home to some of the best natural wildlife and fauna in the state. Don’t miss the stunning local wineries when you’re there.
The sleepy coastal town of Barwon Heads is the ideal low-key outdoor adventure, just an hour and a half out of Melbourne. Known for it’s quiet coastal attractions including a Marine Sanctuary, Barwon Heads has a dedicated camping and caravan site ideal for first-time explorers.
Mitchell River National Park
Four-wheel drivers will love the range of eclectic roads at Mitchell River National Park. The 36km walking track loop is best completed in two days for active walkers and offers eye-catching river scenery, pillowy rainforests and indigenous fauna. Easy access campsites are available at Angusvale, although dispersed camping along the walking track is also offered.
It’s nearly seven hours out of Melbourne, but the remoteness and peaceful serenity at Mallacoota makes it well worth the effort. Featuring stunning unspoilt coast free of roaming, overpopulated crowds, there are four caravan and camping sites to pick and choose from.
Mount Buffalo National Park
If it’s options you want, Mount Buffalo National Park is the answer. With over 90 kms of walking tracks that feature panoramic scenery with rich cultural heritage, there’s an abundance of camping options to fit your particular group’s needs. Don’t forget to bring supplies for a picnic, with Mount Buffalo’s National Park as the gorgeously serene backdrop.
Ninety Mile Beach
Stretching from Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait, Ninety Mile Beach is an iconic landscape in Victoria. From the wildlife to vivid scenic views, enjoy Ninety Mile Beach in it’s entirety with no-fuss campsites located a stone’s throw from the beach.
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