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Top 5 free campgrounds in Victoria

Victoria is spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful camping areas. Whether you want to have a dip in a fresh-water swimming hole, go on a hike, relax under a forest canopy, or go mountain biking, Victoria has a the perfect campground for you. Here, we’ve created a list of the 5 best free campsites in Victoria.

Lerderderg State Park

Lerderderg-State-Park-Euan-MooreLerderderg State Park is the perfect place for a real bush camping experience. Situated in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has created a huge 300-metre gorge through sandstone and slate. It is buzzing with a huge variety of plants and wildlife. This destination is perfect for exploring on foot and routes vary from short, easy walks to advanced overnight hikes. Lerderderg is only an hour and a half drive from Melbourne. You’ll need to be self-sufficient and either bring your own water or know how to make untreated water safe for drinking. No bookings are needed for walk-in bush camping.

Blue Pool campground

original_blue-pool0Blue Pool campground in Briagolong State Forest is a shady place to set up your tent, perfect for those who love fresh water swimming. The camp is situated a short walk away from the deep swimming hole of Blue Pool. There are a number of short and long hikes to do in the area. Campfires are allowed in fireplaces, but check whether there are fire restrictions when you’re there. There are drop toilets and picnic tables available, you’ll need to bring your own drinking water. Blue Pool is situated about 25 minutes north of Sale and it’s a 3-hour drive from Melbourne. No bookings are required.

Andersons campground

0vwrzAndersons campground at Mount Disappointment State Park is the perfect place if you’re an outdoor adventurer. It’s a great starting point for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and four-wheeled driving. The area was burnt during the Black Saturday bush fires in 2009, but is on its way to recovery with plenty of lush regrowth. The campground includes composting toilets, fireplaces, picnic tables, and barbeques. Don’t forget to bring your own water and firewood. Andersons campground is a short hour and a half drive from Melbourne.

Ada River

ada_riverAda River campground is situated on the outskirts of the Errinundra National Park. This place is a perfect starting point for exploring the cool temperate rainforests of the national park. The grassy camping areas are situated alongside the Ada River. It’s quiet, shady, and surrounded by ferns and tall gumtrees. At this part of the river the water isn’t very deep, but it’s perfect for a quick dip on a hot day. This campground is an ideal place to sit back, relax, and listen to the birds. The site includes composting toilets, fireplaces, barbeques, and picnic tables. No bookings are required. A bit of a trek from Melbourne, this site is almost a 7-hour drive, but it’s a great chance to explore a completely different landscape to Victoria’s often-arid terrain.

Sheepyard Flat camping area

sheepmanSheepyard Flat is located in the Howqua Hills Historic Area in Victoria’s High Country and offers a great starting point for bushwalking, fishing and relaxing. Situated between Lake Eildon, Baw Baw, and Alpine National parks, this campground is nestled in a picturesque old-growth forest. This campsite is worth the 3-hour and 20 minute drive from Melbourne, and is equipped with toilets, picnic tables, and fireplaces.

Claudia Gallois

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Sources: Parkweb, Campsight, Findacamp

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