Winter Camping in Victoria
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t pack your tent and go camping for the weekend. We compiled a list of some of our favourite Victorian camping spots for a weekend of hot chocolates, campfires and stargazing.
Winter and camping aren't the most comfortable of companions. But whether you’re a camping enthusiast or a newbie, setting up a tent in the crisp winter air is an entirely underrated experience.
Camping in winter is surprisingly refreshing, offering a new perspective on the surrounding landscape and alerting your senses to a plethora of new sounds, sights and smells. It also offers a much more comfortable sleep – as any camper who has sweated the night away in a sweltering tent can testify.
To get you started, here are our top five picks for winter camping in Victoria. So grab your friends, your favourite beanie and head off for an overnight snooze in the great outdoors.
1. Aire River West Campground
240 Kilometres South-West of Melbourne
Aire River lies approximately three hours' drive west of Melbourne and is positioned on the western edges of Cape Otway. It can be reached via the Great Ocean Road or via Lavers Hill. Head west on the Princes Highway from Melbourne before joining up with Cape Otway Road and following signs to Apollo Bay. Here, join up with the Great Ocean Road and travel on to Glenaire and follow Sands Road to access Aire River West Campground. For more information on location and accessibility click here. *Can be subject to closure if there has been high rainfall.
3. Sealers Cove Hike-in Camping Area (Wilsons Promontory National Park)
225 Kilometres South-East of Melbourne
Sealers Cove hike in camping area rewards hikers with natural beauty that includes a spectacular golden beach sheltered from prevailing winds with crystal clear turquoise waters. This popular overnight camping area has plenty of shade next to the beach and located at the southern end of the cove. You will need a camping permit available on-line or from the Tidal River Visitor Centre. Camping is only permitted in the designated sites and composting toilets and untreated creek water are available. Make sure you carry sufficient water and food. For more information click here.
3. Beauchamp Falls
204 Kilometres South-West of Melbourne
This is a small grassy and shaded campground in the northern section of Great Otway National Park. There is a great little walk that leads to the waterfall and creek (about 3km and 3hours return). The walk itself is quite steep, and unfortunately you can't actually swim in the pool at the bottom. There is a viewing platform though and you will surely get a cliched but beautiful photo. The campground itself is nice and level and there is plenty of nice grassy, shaded section for tent camping.
4. The Grampians National Park, Boreang Campground
260 Kilometres West of Melbourne
A great base camp for your grampians adventures. Pitch a tent or park your camper trailer in the sheltered woodlands of Boreang Campground and set on the pinnacle walk early morning. Soak up the panoramic vistas on offer at The Balconies, explore unusual rock formations at Paddy Castle, climb the striking sandstone ridges of Mount Thackeray or relax in the company of kangaroos, kookaburras and cockatoos. Find our more click here.
5. Cumberland River - Great Ocean Road
170 Kilometres South-West of Melbourne
Cumberland River Holiday Park is a scenic family friendly camping ground with great facilities around 10 minutes or 7km southwest of Lorne on the famous Great Ocean Road. The Park is a perfect base from which to explore the Great Ocean Road and surrounds. Go bushwalking, snorkel, try your luck fishing for trout, surf, swim or fish at our private beach only a stones throw away… Perhaps a walk along the coast ? For more information click here.