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

40 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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Platypus Creek

3 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Kennedys Creek, VIC
A Beautiful and tranquil property located in the Otways at Kennedys Creek isolated from the hustle and bustle of our modern world. A luscious creek frontage teaming with birdlife, the occasional platypus or two with the most amazing fresh air offering golden sunsets and wonderful sunrises. Great Ocean walks, the Otway Food Trail, Port Campbell, microbreweries and distilleries are only less than an hour's drive offering many more exciting places to relax and just chill out.
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AU$30
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Milnesia Bay Camping

2 sites · Lodging100 acres · Yuulong, VIC
This privately owned campsite is just 300 metres from the Great Ocean Walk and overlooks Milanesia Beach. It has stunning views of Milanesia Beach, Bowkers Point, Johanna Beach, Station Beach and Cape Otway. This remote surf beach is easily accessed via the Great Ocean Walk and a nearby secluded cove sheltered from the prevailing weather is often suitable for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and Kayaking. The 4 and 5 metre Bell tents are in private secluded locations tucked into the coastal forest with share ameneties such as picnic shelter, Camp Kitchen, toilet, shower and campfire. The carpeted tents feature single mattresses supplied with fitted sheets and pillows can be arranged to suit the application. Guests supply their own sleeping bags with doonas available for an additional fee. The tents are equipped with Solar powered lighting and USB ports for charging devices. Cooking facilities include portable gas stoves/oven, wood stove, camp ovens and all Pots, pans, crockery and cutelry supplied. Linger longer in this most spectacular section of the Otway coastline leaving only fresh footprints on the seclusion of Milanesia beach, take your time to explore the rockpools and coastal cliffs of this ever changing landscape, soak in the journey of the lowtide rockpool walk to Ryans Den and return via the Great Ocean Walk or walk the mountan trail over Bowkers Point taking in the spectacular views as you traverse this geologicaly amazing terrain. Rest up at your campsite and soak in the views of the mighty southern ocean and the heavenly nightsky away from the lights and pollution of civilisation. Ponder the infamous “Eye of the Needle” as you gaze out on the beacons of hope from the Cape Otway and King Island Lighthouses. Access is via the Ocean walk at Milanesia Gate on Hiders Access, via Ryans Den and a private access on the property from the Great Ocean Road.
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AU$320
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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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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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AU$80
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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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AU$61
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Perfect Tiny House in Nature

1 site · Lodging222 acres · Carlisle River, VIC
Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. Our tiny house is a sustainable off-grid cabin surrounded by nature, providing accommodation for guests to relax, recharge, and take a break from city life. The tiny house is equipped with everything you need. There's comfortable linen bed sheets, a fully equipped kitchen with bar fridge, gas cooktop and fold out dining table, bathroom with shower, vanity and composting toilet. Wake up to the sound of kookaburras, spot a black cockatoo, walk the old coach road and watch the cattle graze at sunset alongside the kangaroos. Perched on the top of rolling hills, among trees and silvery gums the tiny house is located on a working farm with livestock grazing the paddocks. The hike to the tiny house is approximately 400 metres through the pasture so pack some walking shoes.
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AU$250
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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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Tiny Winch Farm

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Winchelsea, VIC
Whether it is a weekend away or a stop over on your travels, we welcome you to our farm. We are the perfect spot for your trip to the Otways and great ocean road. We are only a few short minutes from Otways and short trip to coastal towns. You can enjoy a day in the Otways or great ocean road and come back to your secured camp spot on our farm. Many visitors travelling Australia have called us home while exploring the area. You will also get to experience farm life up close. Meet the animals or just relax and enjoy the space. We have 40 acres for you to wander around and enjoy. Collect the eggs or pat the donkeys, Meet the cows and guinea fowl, or enjoy a campfire (weather and Fire Danger period permitting). All our paddocks are treed, providing shelter to visitors and animals. We now have our gypsy van for the adventurous. Most importantly we know how important it is to provide adequate space between campers so you will not be crammed in. There is Barwon Park Mansion, owned by the National Trust nearby that you can take a peek through or enjoy the river walks in the town center, less than 2km away. Shops, including a supermarket, are in town if you forgot something. There are also some collectable shops you can visit. Guests must be fully self-contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste with them on departure.
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AU$35
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Cozy Otways Accommodation

4 sites · Lodging1 acre · Beech Forest, VIC
Discover the charm and comfort of our three cozy cottages nestled in the enchanting town of Beech Forest, located in the heart of the picturesque Otways region. Each of our cottages offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, providing a perfect retreat after a day of exploration. Unwind in the cozy interiors, thoughtfully designed to create a sense of relaxation and serenity. As you step outside, you'll be greeted by the natural wonders that surround us. Take a short drive to the nearby magnificent waterfalls, where the cascading waters create a symphony of sounds and a feast for the eyes. The lush greenery and pristine landscapes of the Otways are yours to explore, with nature trails and scenic walks waiting to be discovered. Embark on an adventure at the renowned Otway Fly Tree Top Adventure Park, where you can soar above the forest canopy and witness breathtaking views. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the Californian Redwoods, standing tall and awe-inspiring, inviting you to connect with nature in a profound way. Return to your cottage and relish in its cozy embrace. Each cottage is equipped with modern amenities to ensure your stay is comfortable and convenient. Let the magic of Beech Forest and the captivating beauty of the Otway Ranges captivate your senses. Our cozy cottages provide the perfect haven for you to create cherished memories and experience the tranquility of this remarkable destination!
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AU$190
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Coastal Farm Camp

20 sites · RVs, Tents150 acres · Torquay, VIC
Situated just a brief 5-minute drive from Torquay and Bells Beach, our property is a picturesque working farm boasting cattle and a charming hobby farm with various other animals. Ideal for those seeking a tranquil weekend getaway, our location offers the perfect blend of fresh salty air, natural surroundings, and abundant sunshine. We welcome tents, caravans, and campers of all kinds. Choose from two types of sites: one tailored for fully self-sufficient campers equipped with their own facilities, and the other granting access to our site amenities including toilets and a camp kitchen. Be sure to confirm your booking according to your preferences. Please note that our sites can get very windy during certain times of the year. Pets are welcome. No campfires. We kindly request that all guests ensure their rubbish is taken away upon departure, or else a rubbish fee may apply.
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AU$70
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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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