Victoria is renowned for its beautiful scenery and diverse landscapes. From the beaches of the Great Ocean Road to the mountainous regions of the Alps, there’s something for everyone. And what better way to experience all that Victoria has to offer than by camping under the stars?
There are plenty of great camping spots scattered across Victoria. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot in the bush for bush camping, a spot with facilities like drop toilets and showers, or amenities that let you work remotely from your campervan, we’ve got you covered.
To help you plan your next camping trip, here’s a guide to the best camping in Victoria, Australia.
The Best Camping Spots Victoria: Top Picks
Consider these camping sites in Victoria recommendations for a great time in the outdoors.
Wilsons Promontory National Park
If you’re looking for a campsite with breathtaking views, look no further than Wilsons Promontory.
This campground is located in the Gippsland region of Victoria. With its tall mountains, picturesque coastline, and lush rainforest, Wilsons Promontory is a nature lover’s paradise.
There are plenty of great amenities at Wilsons Promontory for campers, including toilets and shower facilities as well as a range of hiking and walking trails.
To learn more, visit Parks Victoria’s guide to Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park
If you’re looking for a campsite in Victoria that has plenty of amenities for working remotely from your campervan, Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is a great option.
The park has picnic tables and BBQ areas where you can set up your laptop and get some work done.
It’s also located near the town of Lakes Entrance, which means that you have easy access to amenities like supermarkets and restaurants if you need to.
The Grampians National Park
The Grampians camping spot is one of the most popular parks in Victoria, Australia. The park is home to a range of diverse landscapes, including mountains, forests, waterfalls, and hiking trails.
Toilets and shower facilities are available.
To learn more, visit The Grampians Guide
The Meredith Park campground lets you explore the largest natural freshwater lake in the state, which is Lake Colac. Aside from offering stunning sunset scenes, it’s also equipped with drinking water and wood fired BBQs.
To learn more, visit Colac Otway Shire website.
Alpine National Park
Featuring the highest mountain ranges in Victoria as well as mountain biking trails and stunning landscapes, this park lets you experience unforgettable scenery. It offers a great environment and atmosphere for working from either your campervan or at one of the picnic tables on the campsite.
Make sure to pack your binoculars for a closer look at the views and some bird watching!
To learn more, visit Alpine National Park – Parks Victoria.
The Mt Buffalo National Park
The camp of Mt Buffalo is located in the Victorian Alps.
With its tall mountains, picturesque valleys, and lush forests, Mt Buffalo is a campsite that you should not miss.
Aside from the hiking and walking trails to explore, it also has a quiet vibe that’s perfect for bringing out your outdoor chair and starting to read a new book.
You can also relax in the outdoors or sit at one of the picnic tables and work remotely.
Mt Buffalo can also get quite cold at night, so make sure to bring plenty of blankets and warm clothing.
Learn more about Mount Buffalo National Park.
Buchan Caves Reserve
Buchan Caves Reserve is located in the East Gippsland region of Victoria and is home to a network of caves that are open to the public. The reserve also has plenty of walking trails, picnic areas, and a lookout hiking trail.
If you need to stock up on supplies, the town of Buchan is only a short drive away.
Make sure to bring along plenty of blankets and warm clothing to help keep you warm during cold nights.
The Murray Sunset National Park
The Murray Sunset is located in the northwest corner of Victoria.
With its red desert landscapes, tall mountains, and picturesque lakes, this campground is a nature lover’s paradise.
Plus, it gives you direct access to the neighbouring town of Ouyen, where you can stock up on supplies.
One thing to note about Murray Sunset park is that it can get quite hot during the day, so make sure that you bring plenty of sunscreen and water.
Lake Eildon National Park
Lake Eildon is located in the northeast corner of Victoria and is home to a large lake as well as plenty of walking and hiking trails. The park also has plenty of amenities for campers, including toilets and shower facilities.
If you love mountain biking, Butts Reserve has numerous mountain bike trails in addition to trails for bushwalking. With picnic tables, wood-fired BBQs, and a toilet block, you will feel comfortable and convenient, especially when you need to work remotely.
Campervan and Caravan Parks in Victoria
If you’re looking for a bit more comfort on your next camping trip, then you might want to consider staying at one of the many excellent campervan and caravan parks in Victoria.
Below are some of the best parks that offer great amenities, facilities for campers, and caravan access.
The Big4 Beacon Resort
The Big4 Beacon Resort is located in the Mornington Peninsula. The resort has a range of different accommodation options, including powered sites, cabins, and villas.
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
The Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park is located right on the beachfront in the town of Lorne.
The park has a range of different accommodation options, including powered and unpowered sites, cabins, and apartments–plus, a wifi connection.
What to Pack for a Camping Trip in Victoria
There are a few essentials that you’ll need to pack for a camping trip in Victoria, regardless of where you’re staying.
First and foremost, if you don’t have a campervan, you’ll need a good quality tent that can withstand the weather conditions in Victoria.
For tent campers, you’ll also need a sleeping bag that is rated for cold weather conditions. Again, the state can get quite cold at night, so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared.
This specific type of stove is a must-have if you’re planning on doing any cooking while you’re on your trip. If you’re looking for a great option, check out the Jetboil Genesis Cooking System. Make sure to pack enough fuel for your stove, as well as any other cooking supplies you might need.
It’s always a good idea to pack a first-aid kit, just in case.
Plenty of food and water
You’ll definitely need plenty of food and water for your trip. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to food and water, as you never know when you might need it.
Some campsites offer direct access to drinking water, but you’d want to save your energy for horse riding or mountain biking, right?
Be sure to pack plenty of warm clothing even if you’re visiting during the summer months. You can never tell the change in temperature at night, especially at these campsites.
Of course, you’ll also want to pack some clothes and shoes that are appropriate for the weather and activities you’ll be doing.
Tips for Solo Female Campers
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re a solo female camper.
Inform someone about your activity
First, it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. This way, if something happens, someone will know where to look for you.
You can also share your location with a friend using the location tracking on your phone (e.g. Find my Friends on iPhone).
Check your campervan’s condition prior to your departure
Remember that your campervan is going to be your home–almost your everything–throughout your trip. So, it’s only right to check its condition prior to departure.
Here are some things you should do:
- Check the engine oil, coolant, and tyre pressure
- Make sure all the windows, vents, and doors are properly sealed
- Make sure your toilet is in working condition
- Pack a few extra blankets and pillows for added comfort
Know how to change tires
Aside from knowing how to change your campervan’s tires, you should also make sure that you actually have a spare tire on board 🙂
Bring along a map of the area, just in case you get lost
Having a map is imperative for every kind of trip. While GPS is easier you’re never guaranteed that devices won’t break or batteries go flat.
Bring a spare laptop and phone
If you’ll be working from your campervan, it’s worth having an extra laptop just in case your main one breaks down. It’s happened to me and I consider my laptop a high-risk point of failure for my working remote life (that needs a backup plan)!
Also, you won’t know when you’ll need an extra phone or batteries, so always be ready with extra ones.
Frequently Asked Questions About Camping in Victoria
Is it legal in Victoria?
Yes, it is generally legal in Victoria. However, there are a few restrictions to keep in mind.
For example, you can only camp on public land that is designated as a ‘camp ground’. This means that you cannot camp on beaches, national parks, or private property without the owner’s permission.
What to look for in a campsite?
Ideally, your camping area should have the following:
- picnic tables
- toilets (drop toilet / non flush toilets / toilet block)
- shower facilities
- dump points
- own water and own firewood
- fire pits
- rubbish bins
- phone reception
Take note that the major phone carriers in Australia are Telstra and Optus, and they have coverage maps online where you can check to see if the area you are travelling to has phone reception.
Do I need a permit to camp in Victoria?
No, you do not need a permit to camp in Victoria, generally. But check if you are planning on camping in National Parks.
Is there cell service at campsites in Victoria?
This depends on the campsite you’re staying at. Some campsites in Victoria have cell service or mobile phone access, while others do not. If you’re planning on camping in a remote location, it’s common to not have reception.
To ensure I am always connected on the road I have two phones, a wifi hotspot, and Starlink RV satellite internet (which might be a little excessive but staying connected is essential for me to earn an income).
Can you camp anywhere in Victoria?
Yes, you can camp anywhere in Victoria as long as you follow the camping regulations. This means that you can only camp on public land that is designated as a ‘camp ground’. You cannot camp on beaches, national parks, or private property without the owner or park’s permission.
How can I find FREE camps in Victoria?
There are a few ways to find free camps in Victoria. One way is to ask locals for recommendations. Another is to look for signs that say “camp ground” or “free camping”. Finally, you can also search online for lists of free campsites in Victoria or use the app ‘wikiCamps‘.
Facebook groups are also a fantastic source on information about where to camp. Search ‘camping Australia’ and you’ll be spoilt for choice of communities of enthusiastic campers to join.
That’s a wrap
For your next adventure, consider visiting some of the best camping spots Victoria, especially when they’re free 😉 Camping is a great way to save money and enjoy the outdoors. There are a few things to keep in mind, such as choosing a good campground and being aware of your surroundings, but other than that, it’s a fun and safe activity for all ages.
So get out there and start exploring!
As I keep exploring I’ll be updating the list of best camping spots Victoria 🙂