The best camping near Great Otway National Park

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Clear Springs

1 site · RV, Tent20 acres · Lorne, VIC
Clear Springs is a very special spot, offering sweeping views over rolling hills, and across to the ocean. King Island lighthouse is visible on clear nights, and there are koalas and wallabies in abundance. Whilst we require you to BYO toilet, we do have hot shower, woodfired hot-tub, power, water and phone reception. The site is all-weather access, and is just a 7-minutes drive to the Apollo Bay township. Once you catch your breath after initially taking in the sweeping, majestic ocean views, you can find a spot to pitch your tent or park your van. You drive in through a locked farm gate into the fenced camp area. There is not an abundance of flat area, so may not suit if you need large level space. We don't accept multiple bookings, so the space is all yours. You can choose from a few different spots with near-level ground (choose grass or gravel). The site is open to the amazing ocean views to the south yet the area is nestled among mature trees to give privacy and shelter. There are very few houses dotted around the area and not a single busy road within earshot. There is 240v mains power (BYO lead and plug into switchboard). And a tank with spring water (natural and untreated, we've been drinking it for years) and a pressure pump (BYO hoses as needed). There is an outdoor gas-heated shower. We also have a woodfired hot tub available for guests, along with plenty of firewood supplied. Our listing is intended for people looking for a private, tranquil and well-serviced camping area with several bonuses such as firewood, power, water, telstra reception, and a hot tub. And no other guests to worry about. It's much more than a patch of grass! But please BYO toilet - this is mandatory - and leave no trace to allow other people to enjoy the beauty of our property. Sorry pets are not allowed.
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AU$140
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Olive Farm

33 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Murroon, VIC
Welcome to the Olive Farm! We are a working olive farm situated on the edge of the Otway Ranges, between Deans Marsh and Birregurra, 25 minutes to Lorne and the Great Ocean Road, and only a few kilometers from the famous Brae Restaurant. We are in a beautiful part of the world, so please remember to bring a toilet and take all your rubbish with you when you leave. Dogs are welcome, but please be aware that we are full of kangaroos, sheep, and other wildlife, so they may need to be placed on a leash for the safety of fellow campers and wildlife. Fires are permitted in fire pits, and wood is available to purchase on-site. We have a fragile ecosystem here, so we ask not to bring in wood and to purchase it off the farm. Olive oil from 2023 is available, and table olives harvested this year are in brine, ready to jar up. The table olives we have are Kalamata, Spanish Queens, and Jumbo Kalamata.
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Ridgetop Campsite at St Anselms

3 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Beech Forest, VIC
Our campsite is located in the magical Otways on top of a ridge with wonderful views. We run a studio/art gallery cafe, called Art Reach Studio Gallery, that is located walking distance from the campsite. This campsite located near many beautiful natural wonders including the Redwoods Forest, and many waterfalls including the Triplet Falls, the Hopetoun Falls, and Beauchamp Falls. This campsite offers drinking water, a toilet and access to wifi. Furry family members on leashes are welcome. At this time fires are not permitted. Our region is known for rich, fertile soil and its beech, blackwood and ash trees. For walking and cycling enthusiasts the Old Beechy Rail Trail is a must, where you can experience picturesque forests, farmland and abundant wildlife. If you're after some adrenaline inducing activities then head over to the The Otway Fly where you can enjoy tree-top walks and the zipline. For those wishing to relax, you don't have to venture far with the cafe,snacks and cakes next door and the Beechy Pub nearby.
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Tucker's Rest

8 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Carlisle River, VIC
Welcome to Tucker's Rest. Time to sit back and relax in the beautiful surroundings of this 6 acre property. Located within easy access of all that the western end of the Otway's has to offer, and plonked in the middle of the Otway Harvest Trail. An easy 30 minute drive from Colac along bitumen roads from the Princess highway. 20 minutes drive from Gellibrand and the midway point of the Old Beechy Rail Trail. 40 minutes - Princetown. 50 minutes - 12 Apostles. 50 minutes - Californian Redwoods and Otway Fly 1hr 20 minutes - Geelong All scenic drives throughout some of the most pristine forests and farmland this side of Melbourne!! Whether it's a basecamp for day trips or simply somewhere to sit back and be immersed in nature and it's wildlife, accompanied by the sound of the trickling creek, Tucker's Rest has you covered. Easily walk straight from camp up from the valley and find yourself surrounded by ever-changing landscapes from pasture, sandy heaths full of grass trees and banksia, right through to the temperate rainforest that weaves its way through the valleys of the Otway Ranges. Hiking, trail-running, mountain biking and four wheel driving-there are loops that start and finish from here that are just waiting for you! The neighbouring farmland surrounds the property on one side and the Otway State Parks on the other which bring an abundance of wildlife underfoot and overhead. Whether it be the resident flock of Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo or the local pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles, the Fairy Wrens or the flocks of Crimson Rosellas, Koalas, Wallabies and Blue Tongue Lizards just to name a few, there is always someone to catch your attention! Recreational climbers will also enjoy the abundance of mature eucalyptus with sweeping limb walks and natural forms scattered along the property's boundaries. We look forward to having you stay with us, Jess & Jake.
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Sanctum Otway

8 sites · RVs, Tents202 acres · Hordern Vale, VIC
Where the rolling hills meet the forest. Set on 82 hectares, 3 quarters of which is part of the Otway National Park. Beautiful views of the forest and farm paddock, you will have acres of space and the whole forest to explore. It is conveniently located minutes off the Great Ocean Road. Aire River campground is only a 3 minutes drive away. It's great for hiking, river activities and relaxing at a secluded beach. Maits Rest, a beautiful rainforest walk, is within 15mins drive. Wildlife Wonders is 20mins away. Apollo Bay town is 30mins away. Johanna surf beach is 40mins away.
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Matthews Creek Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Murroon, VIC
Matthew’s Creek Hipcamp is a 30 acre north-facing slope looking out from the Otway Ranges towards the volcanic Western Districts. Behind us lies the grand splendour of the Great Ocean Road with all it’s wonderful attractions. (www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au) This camp offers a great place to park or pitch the tent and explore everything the region has on offer. We guarantee privacy, seclusion, security, peace, and tranquility. Although, there is Rocky, the Light Sussex rooster to add to the atmosphere! There is patchy mobile and internet at the sites. It is best to arrive in daylight, we are difficult to find in the dark. In the near vicinity we have the Pennyroyal Raspberry farm and Hero’s winery. For lunch or dinner there is The Store in Dean’s Marsh, Dar Teta and the Forrest Brewing Company in Forrest, and Gentle Annie in Pennyroyal who provide grazing platters and picnics featuring many of the locally produced treats found on the Otway Harvest Trail (www.otwayharvesttrail.org.au). At this stage we have 2 camping sites, the Goat Paddock, suitable for larger vehicles and RVs, and the Old Orchard, more suited for tents only due to access issues. Welcome to Matthews Creek Hipcamp!
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Coastal Farm Camp

17 sites · RVs, Tents150 acres · Torquay, VIC
Welcome to the bush and costal location This property is located within a short drive 5 minute drive from Torquay and Bells Beach. It is a working farm with cattle and a small hobby farm with other farm animals. Please call us to arrange a time to see the animals during your stay. This is the perfect location for those wanting a quiet weekend away, to enjoy the fresh salty air, nature, and sunshine. Tents, caravans, campers of all kinds welcome. We have 2 types of sites one is for fully self sufficient campers that have their own toilet and all that the need the other site has access to our site toilet and camp kitchen so please check to make sure you are booking the right site for you! We do ask that all rubbish is taken away with you or there will be a rubbish fee.
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Erskine Falls Retreat

3 sites · RVs, Tents125 acres · Lorne, VIC
125 acre property on the fringe of the beautiful seaside town of Lorne. The bustling tourist town is home to some of Australia's finest wildlife including koala's, kangaroos, kookaburra's and wallabies... all of which are witnessed roaming around the property with undisturbed nonchalance. In addition to this wildlife, the natural landscape and scenery is one to behold, with lush green grass, waterfalls scattered around the area (including Erskine Falls just a 2 minute drive from the property) and the chance to cool off in the ocean with a short 10 minute drive into the township of Lorne. Your passage to Lorne is an extraordinary one to say the least, spoilt for choice with two incredible routes, the first is the unique and famous Great Ocean Road... exhibit beautiful waves, clear blue water and a road fit for a race-car track. The second route to Lorne is via small regional towns inland with endless rolling hills and healthy green landscapes as far as the eye can see and that's all before you hit Otway national park! This secluded property is special because it is situated in a remarkable position with the perks of both country and coastal living, not to mention unrivalled serenity... being 550m above sea level, snow isn't uncommon on the odd day during winter and surf is only 10 minutes away, so truly extraordinary. There are huge Trees approximately 200ft tall that tower over you in an area of the property we refer to as "valley of the kings" and some in excess of 300 years old. Witness small isolated gulleys (if the weather permits) and you're prepared for a little small hike into our wonderland. My family and I are situated in a modest farmhouse on the north side of the property, with our little camping spots for you scattered around the scenic high points. Water is provided on site, leave the area as you found it. Otherwise get your adventure started.
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Secluded Otways Forest Camp

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Deans Marsh, VIC
Our property is surrounded by the Otways forest and native Australian bush. Under 2 hours from Melbourne, and only 10-15minutes drive from the Otway Harvest Trail. Find a spot to park your van, tent, camper trailer or caravan on our beautiful natural piece of secluded bush, and you won't see or hear another soul. You may spot lots of birds and wildlife, or enjoy the beautiful view from the road. Please note: this is a spot for people such as hikers who appreciate nature and understand the concept of ‘leave no trace’. It’s not for parties or big groups. There are limited facilities (there is a basic composting toilet to use on site, but it’s not suitable as a caravan dump point) so you need to be totally self-sufficient and take all your waste and rubbish with you. BYO water.We are happy to accommodate up to 8 ppl, but please take everything with you, and leave our beautiful wilderness spot exactly as you left it, don't destroy the native vegetation and don't feed the wildlife. Fires only in the fire-pit please and must be totally extinguished (with water, so bring extra) before you leave, and not on fire ban days. You must BYO firewood and take all your rubbish away with you. Extra charges will apply for any rubbish, food scraps etc left on site.Enjoy!
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Dairy Countryside Camp

3 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Kawarren, VIC
PLEASE NOTE: With the early burst of hot weather, snakes are out and about. Green grassy campsites on an Old Victorian Dairy Country Farm House site. The property is located in the Otways, the rail trail is close by for bush walks, wildlife watching or mountain biking. Two micro breweries are within 20 minutes drive (Prickly Moses, Forest Brewery). Otway Fly Treetop Adventures and waterfalls just 30 minutes away. There are many waterfalls within easy driving distance. Apollo Bay is just an hours drive. Campfire and sitting area available for guests use, public toilets that are serviced three times a week and kept hygienically clean, located just 1000mtrs down the road. If you like a hit of tennis, there are two courts near the toilets and a community centre next to the CFA. This is all about being off the grid, soaking up nature and what this region has to offer. You'll spot an abundance of native wildlife on the property - we have koalas in the trees, platypus in the dam, echidnas burrowing in the garden beds, with kangaroos and wallabies passing through the property. There is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy complete privacy, if required a 6 man tent can be supplied and erected for you.
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The Source, Otways

2 sites · Lodging100 acres · Tanybryn, VIC
Come explore the surrounding gardens, visit the cows grazing on the paddocks and take an unforgettable stroll through 100+ acres of our temperate rainforest. Go on brief or a day-long adventure, following kilometres of world class walking tracks, timber boardwalks, bridges and steps that meander through the rainforest, past 300 year old Mountain Ash, magnificent Myrtle Beech and ancient ferns. Visit 5 private Waterfalls situated on the property and The Grotto that comes alive with glow-worms at night. Pack a picnic and enjoy relaxing in the Rainforest Pavilion, suspended over the Creek after your rainforest walk, where you can lounge on the comfy couches or splash in the crystal clear waters. Enjoy this magnificent nature experience, away from tourist crowds, in absolute peace and privacy of The Source, Otways.
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AU$270
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Bells Beach Camping

2 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Torquay, VIC
A beautiful bush block of 10 acres, only 2km from the famous Bells Beach. Torquay town is only a 10 min drive with a range of beautiful food and drinking options. Bellbrae is a beautiful suburb as it is very quiet and peaceful compared to the chaos and noise that comes to Torquay in quite season. Bellbrae would be the closest place to camp to Torquay whilst still getting peace, quiet and privacy.
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AU$80
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The best camping near Great Otway National Park guide

Overview

About

Along the sea cliffs and shores of southern Victoria, Great Otway National Park boasts some of Australia’s most magnificent coastal scenery. Serious hikers tackle the 100-km Great Ocean Walk in sections, soaking up Apollo Bay, maritime history at the Cape Otway Lighthouse, and ancient grandeur at the Twelve Apostles. Surfers ride waves at Bells Beach and Johanna Beach, while families flock to the rockpools around the horn of Cape Otway. In the hinterland, waterfalls burst near Lorne, and koalas perch in the forests surrounding Lake Colac and Beauchamp Falls. Less than three hours from Melbourne—and with many free, first-come, first-served campsites—the Otways make a great last-minute getaway.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for surfers and dogs: The breaks at Johanna Beach Campground make it a great surfing stop along the Great Ocean Road. Plus, on-leash dogs are welcome.
  • Best for fishing and wildlife: The Aire River East and West Campgrounds sit on the banks of a serene estuary teeming with fish and birdlife.
  • Best for families: Bring the kids to swim in sheltered waves and snorkel around rockpools at Cape Otway’s Blanket Bay Campground.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • The 22 campsites at Blanket Bay always fill up quickly, especially during summer and school holidays. Be ready to snag your spot by checking the peak season release dates on the Parks Victoria website.
  • If you’re planning to tackle the Great Ocean Walk, book well ahead at the seven hike-in campsites along the way, as space is limited.
  • Beauchamp Falls, Wye River, Meredith Park, Dando’s, Stevensons Falls, and Aire Crossing camping areas are first-come first-served, so plan to arrive early. There are no fees for these campsites.

When to go

Peak season begins with Melbourne Cup weekend (the last weekend in October) and runs through January. Easter and Labour Day weekends are also busy. For lighter crowds and lower fees, go mid-week or in February and March. In springtime, the heathlands around Anglesea are covered with vibrant blooms. Winter is prime whale-watching season, but be prepared for coastal wind and chilly temps.

Know before you go

  • Most campgrounds in Great Otway National Park are basic, and none have showers.
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • Check the Parks Victoria website for any road closures and other updates.
  • Fires are banned at many camping areas, so check restrictions and plan to cook on a gas stove. Check the Parks Victoria website for Total Fire Ban days.

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