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Camping

Pitch a tent and set up camp under canopies of stars, dwarfed by native trees. Spend your nights around the campfire, delighting in the calls of resident birds and the odd visit from a wandering wombat.

Tap into an immense range of national parks and reserves to call home. Take your pick from sites set in dramatic coastal reserves, at the river's edge or against a backdrop of granite cliffs and sandstone ranges.

Covering all bases

Seasoned wild bush campers and creature-comfort seekers will find suitable options at Victoria's national reserves and holiday parks. Experience camping luxury in the comfortable surrounds of a holiday park or at a serviced campground, complete with flush toilets, barbecues and hot showers. 

Keep it simple at a standard campground where just the basics − fireplaces, non-flush toilets and a water supply − are covered. For the truly adventurous, there's always the option to BYO everything and rough it in the secluded bush.

Bookings and permits

Fees and permits to camp in Victoria's national parks vary. You'll need to book ahead at some of the more popular national parks, especially in the busy holiday periods. To book a campsite visit Parks Victoria or call 13 19 63.

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Camping in parks & reserves

Camping is permitted in 25 of Victoria's 35 national parks. There are different types of camping available in parks, reserves and forests throughout Victoria:

Serviced campgrounds usually include:

  • Access by sealed roads
  • Defined sites
  • Flush toilets
  • Tap water
  • Picnic tables
  • Barbecues
  • Hot showers

Some campgrounds have laundries, and cabins, flats or lodges available may also be available.

Camping areas with basic facilities usually include:

  • Access by sealed and unsealed roads
  • Defined sites
  • Fireplaces
  • Picnic tables
  • Water supply
  • Non-flushing (drop) toilets

In some parks, there may be designated camping areas without any facilities.

Bush (dispersed) camping

Bush camping is permitted in some of the larger or more remote parks within Victoria. Generally, access is more difficult and campers need to be self-sufficient and well prepared for emergencies.

Permits and bookings

Campgrounds are busy during peak holiday times, long weekends and during the summer season. Most parks charge a fee for camping and some of the more popular parks require bookings well in advance. Some parks require campers to obtain camping permits, which can be purchased from Park Visitor Centres or at the campground you are intending to camp in. For more information go to parkweb.vic.gov.au

Care for the environment

We encourage you to look after parks and reserves and observe the following rules:

  • Leave pets and firearms at home
  • Light fires only in designated fireplaces, or use a gas or fuel stove
  • Observe total fire bans
  • Remember that all native plants and animals are protected
  • Keep to roads and tracks
  • Take your rubbish with you.