Feel the freedom of walk in, walk off camping along the Great Ocean Walk route with eight tent pads catering for 2-3 person tents (up to 4 people per tents) at each site.
Drive-in sites for car-based camping are located at Blanket Bay, Parker Hill, Aire River East and West, and Johanna Beach. Facilities vary depending on the site. Registration fees do not apply (except Blanket Bay during Christmas and Easter). Parker Hill, Aire River and Johanna Beach drive-in campsites cater for larger groups in more open, grassy settings. Fires may only be lit in designated fireplaces at Blanket Bay and Aire River East. No fires/flames to be lit on days of Total Fire Ban.
There are seven purpose built hike-in Great Ocean Walk campsites for registered campers. Overnight hikers must register their walking and camping intentions. Registration assists in the adoption of minimal impact bushwalking practices, improves your walking experience and maintains the area's remote qualities.
Elliot Ridge – 10.3 kilometres from Apollo Bay Visitor Information
Blanket Bay – 13.3 kilometres from Elliot Ridge hike-in campsite
Cape Otway – 11.4 kilometres from Blanket Bay hike-in campsite
Aire River – 9.8 kilometres from Cape Otway hike-in campsite
Johanna Beach – 15.3 kilometres from Aire River hike-in campsite
Ryans Den – 14.8 kilometres from Johanna hike-in campsite
Devils Kitchen – 15.3 kilometres from Ryans Den hike-in campsite; 14.1 kilometres to Great Ocean Road information bay, Glenample.
Get a camping permit before at least 2 weeks prior to when you set out, and plan your overnight stop (a limit of one night at each hike-in campsite unless otherwise approved by Parks Victoria) at secluded Great Ocean Walk sites. If all individual tent sites are taken, adjoining group sites at at Elliot Ridge, Blanket Bay and Cape Otway can be booked subject to availability. Fees apply to most campsites and allows Parks Victoria to manage this popular hiking experience and provide adequate and safe facilities along the route. Overnight hikes must move in an east-west direction to maximise tent site availability. The walk is also best walked in this direction to maximise views, and this generally provides the best gradient to walk track sections. Send your permit application, including calculation and payment of fees to Parks Victoria and don't forget to read the terms and conditions.
Permit application (PDF 504 kb)
Permit application (Word doc 508 kb)
Download bushfire safety tips (PDF 233 kb) for visitors hiking and camping in parks and forests.