We shine a spotlight on some of the best free camping sites in Victoria.
You’ve spent your money on your rig and camping set up and now your wallet is feeling pretty light. I totally get it. The good news is, that we live in the lucky country where 4WD tracks are plenty and the free camping sites are crazy good … if you know where to find them. Fortunately, we do.
You already know that Australia is big, so for the sake of a quick read, I’ve zoomed in to shine a spotlight on five of the best free camping spots in Victoria. Stay tuned for the other states.
The best free camping in Victoria
#1 – Blue Pool free camping, East Gippsland
Swim in a sparkling deep water hole along Freestone Creek near the free camping ground at Blue Pool in the Briagolong State Forest, Victoria. Blue Pool is one of nine camping areas within the Freestone Creek Camping Precinct but this one is tops due to the fact that it’s only a short walk from a large natural swimming hole (aka Blue Pool). 12 campsites are up for grabs and each has its own fire pit and picnic table.
There are a few great hikes here in the 2.5km Fern Gully Loop or the 6.5km Freestone Creek walking track. What’s not so great is that this popular free camping site in Victoria is walk-in only. This means you can’t make good use of your camper trailer and will need to hump your tent or swag in.
Facilities: Toilets, picnic tables
How to get there: From Briagolong, follow Freestone Creek Road approximately 10km to the Blue Pool Campground carpark.
#2 – Aberfeldy River free camping, Baw Baw National Park
Free riverside camping in Victoria? Yes, please!
Camp riverside in the Baw Baw National Park along the Aberfeldy River. This is a top spot to base yourself for the 4WD action in the area. The tranquil riverside location is superb for fishing, swimming, spotting wildlife and relaxing.
Although there are pit toilets here, you will need to be self-sufficient with everything else, including water and rubbish removal.
Facilities: Pit toilets, picnic tables.
How to get there: From Walhalla, drive along the unsealed Walhalla Road. However, there are plenty of off-road tracks in the area so there’s more than one way into the general vicinity.
#3 – Ada River Campground, Errinundra National Park
The Ada River free camping area near Errinundra National Park, Victoria doesn’t usually see crowds, thus making it an awesome spot for a camping trip. Camp among old-growth temperate rainforest beside a trickling stream and enjoy nature at its best.
The campsites are shady and set alongside the Ada River, which is more like a creek here. However, it does run clear and on a hot day, surrounded by gums and ferns, there is no better spot.
Facilities: Drop toilets, picnic tables
How to get there: Located near the entrance to the Errinundra National Park, follow Errinundra Road around 85km northeast of Orbost, Victoria to reach this free camping ground.
#4 – Dandos Campground, Otways
Located near a bend of the Gellibrand River in the Otways, Victoria, Dandos free camping ground provides plenty of opportunities to swim or head out on a hike through the bush.
The campgrounds are well maintained, level and grassy, surrounded by a mixture of wet and dry sclerophyll forest. The best part? A walking track leads down to the Gellibrand River. However, if you can’t handle a leech or two, I don’t recommend it.
Facilities: Drop toilets, picnic tables, swing BBQs.
How to get there: From Colac, head south on the Colac-Lavers Hills Rd. When you hit Gellibrand, turn left onto the Gellibrand East road. This turns into Lardners Track partway along. When you reach Sayers Track, turn left onto that and after around 400m you’ll see signage to the free campgrounds.
#5 – Reeves Beach, South Gippsland
The Reeves Beach free camping ground in Victoria offers five grassy sites with direct access to 90 Mile Beach. Given it’s crazy good location and zero cost, the sites fill up fast, particularly in the holiday season. Here you can swim, fish and do all that awesome stuff that goes hand in hand with a seaside camping trip.
Facilities: Drop toilet. Although it’s best to bring your own toilet here as there is only one and it’s known to be pretty gross at times.
How to get there: From Woodside, head east on Woodside Beach Rd. Turn south onto Balloong Rd when you reach it and then east onto Reeves Beach Rd, which is gravel.