Lakes and Craters Camping

The Lakes and Craters Region owes its existence to a period of volcanic activity that lasted tens-of-thousands of years. The largest lake in Victoria is Lake Corangamite, a salt water lake which has a salinity level that is higher than the seawater. During dry spells, the salinity of Lake Corangamite can reach hyper-salinity levels. It is home to brine shrimp that provides vital food source for local and visiting birds.

Many of Victoria's lakes have dried up and it is not uncommon to see concrete boat ramps leading to a grassy field. But other lakes continue to thrive with good water levels and excellent fish stocks.
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Lake Ratzcastle Camping Area

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Lake Ratzcastle Campground is on the banks of the lake, which has been full of water throughout 2012 and onwards. It is a wonderful place to camp and you might catch some large yabbies in the lake.
Free Overnight CampShowersDrinking WaterShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeFishing Spot
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot

Goroke Apex Accommodation Park

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Goroke Apex Accommodation Park is just outside of the township of Goroke, Next to the community pool. Powered and unpowered sites are available.
Camping FeeToiletsAccessibleHot ShowersHose Attachment TapMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesBBQBinCaravansLong RigDump PointCamp TrailersPowerPets Welcome
  • Camping Area

Wannon Falls Campground

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Wannon Falls Campground is a free-camp just west of Hamilton. There is a 24-hour limit for campers and no camping allowed on days of Total Fire Ban.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeInformation BoardFishing SpotWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Campground
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
  • Information

Meredith Park Camping Area

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Meredith Park on Lake Colac is a grassy strip between the road and the northern shore of the lake. There is room for a number of caravans and a couple of large rigs.
Free Overnight CampToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingPublic Boat RampFishing SpotPhoto OpportunityBird WatchingWalkingCanoeing Kayaking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
  • Boat Ramp

Fort O'Hare Campground

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Fort O'Hare Campground is the starting point for a 4-day canoe adventure to the river mouth at Nelson, via the Lower Glenelg National Park.
Free Overnight CampToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomeRiver FishingWalkingCanoeing Kayaking
  • Campground
  • Fishing Spot

Lake Bringalbert Reserve

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Lake Bringalbert is a good sized lake with many camping areas around it. There is shade, fire pits and good Telstra mobile signal.
Free Overnight CampToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansLong RigTent SitePublic Boat RampCanoeing Kayaking
  • Camping Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Boat Ramp

Cockatoo Lake Reserve

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Cockatoo Lake Reserve provides free camping where you can enjoy boating and fishing on the lake. There are toilets and picnic facilities with a shelter at this location.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomePublic Boat RampFishing Spot
  • Camping Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot
  • Children's Play Facility

Frances Recreation Ground

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Frances Recreation Ground provides free overnight camping with no specific time limit, providing campers do the right thing and leave the place tidy.
Free Overnight CampToiletsAccessibleHose Attachment TapMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Camping Area

Wirreanda Campground & Bunkhouse

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The Wirreanda Campground & Bunkhouse is located adjacent to the Naracoorte Caves, in the Naracoorte Caves National Park. There are good facilities and room for any size rig. The sites are powered and unpowered camping is also available.
Hose Attachment TapCamping FeeToiletsAccessibleHot ShowersDrinking WaterLaundromatMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesCamp KitchenBBQNo FiresShadeBinCabinsCaravansLong RigTent SitePowerNo PetsCamp TrailersBird Watching
  • Campground
  • National Park
  • Cabins

Naracoorte Showground

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Naracoorte Showground offers basic facilities and the ability to camp with your pet. The showground is only available for general camping when there are no events scheduled.
Camping FeeMaximum 72 hrsToiletsShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageCaravansLong RigTent SitePowerPets Welcome
  • Campground
  • Showground

Picnic Point Lake Bolac Foreshore Camping Area

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Picnic Point Lake Bolac Foreshore Camping Area provides you with room to stretch your legs and not have to be cheek and jowl with the next camper. Magnificent location right on the lake.
Camping FeeToiletsAccessibleHot ShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomePhoto OpportunityFishing Spot
  • Campground
  • Fishing Spot
  • Camping Area

Annya Road Picnic Area

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Annya Road Picnic Area is a large secluded area in the forest. It is a very nice bush camp with BBQ pits and lots of firewood. There is a clean longdrop toilet.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceCaravansTent SitePets Welcome
  • Camping Area
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Lake Bolac East Beach Reserve

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East Beach Reserve Camping Area is a large mown area with flushing toilets, a couple of picnic tables and camp fire pits not far off main road. Several other camping areas along the lake.
Camping FeeToiletsDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceCaravansLong RigTent SiteNo PetsPhoto OpportunityFishing Spot
  • Campground
  • Fishing Spot

Lake Tooliorook Campground

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Lake Tooliorook Campground is a popular fishing spot. During holiday times it can fill up so a phone call before you set out is a good idea.
Camping FeeToiletsDrinking WaterHose Attachment TapShowersMobile Phone CoverageShadeFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets WelcomePublic Boat RampFishing SpotPhoto Opportunity
  • Campground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Baileys Rocks Campground

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At Baileys Rocks Campground you can camp, have a picnic or take the short (330 metre) loop walking track to view and explore the large 500 million year old granite rocks at Baileys Rocks.
Free Overnight CampToiletsNon Drinking WaterShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQCaravansLong RigTent SiteNo PetsWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Campground

Mount Gambier Showground

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The Mount Gambier Showground has a small campsite open for public use most times through out the year. It is unavailable during major events.
Camping FeeToiletsMaximum 30 daysAccessibleHot ShowersMobile Phone CoverageBinCaravansLong RigDump PointPowerPets Welcome
  • Showground
  • Campground

Deep Lake Recreation Reserve Camping Area

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Deep Lake Recreational Reserve Camping Area is a pleasant spot to camp, just off Chatsworth Road at Derrinallum. This campground is maintained by a volunteer committee. Fees go to maintenance and can be paid at cave in town
Camping FeeDay Rest AreaToiletsNon Drinking WaterShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePublic Boat RampFishing SpotPhoto OpportunityPets WelcomeGenerators Allowed
  • Campground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot
  • Day Use Area

Hotspur Bridge Camping Area

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Hotspur Camp is on the banks of the Crawford River. This is a free camp suitable for an overnight stop. There is sufficient room for a big rig.
Free Overnight CampToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Camping Area

Bool Lagoon Game Reserve

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Bool Lagoon is one of the largest and most diverse freshwater lagoon systems in southern Australia. This seasonal wetland is home to a wide range of wildlife and provides essential drought refuge for many rare and endangered bird species.
Park Use FeeCamping FeeToiletsAccessibleDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesNo FiresBBQCaravansLong RigTent SiteNo PetsBird WatchingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Campground

Cape Banks Lighthouse

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Cape Banks Lighthouse Reserve provides camping along the track before the lighthouse.
Camping FeeToiletsCaravansTent SiteNo PetsBeach FishingRock FishingBird WatchingWalking
  • Campground
  • Fishing Spot
  • Place of Interest

Princess Margaret Rose Caves Camping Area

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Our interpretive centre provides a visual display on how the cave was first formed, the discovery of the cave by the early pioneers and the opening.
Camping FeeToiletsShowersDrinking WaterShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBinCaravansTent SiteNo PetsSwimmingTakeaway FoodCold DrinksRiver FishingWalkingPhoto OpportunityInformation Centre
  • Campground
  • National Park
  • Fishing Spot
  • Kiosk
  • Gift & Souvenir Shop
  • Information

Hiscocks Crossing Camping Area

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Camping is permitted at Hiscocks Crossing where toilets are provided.
Dry Access OnlyRough Road ConditionsFree Overnight CampToiletsShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceNo CaravansNo Long RigsCamp TrailersTent SitePets WelcomeRiver FishingWalking
  • Camping Area
  • Fishing Spot
Lake Bullen Merri near Camperdown is a popular boating venue, with a dual concrete boat ramp it caters for water skiers and fishers. The lake was formed in a crater that had become clogged with rocks and debris after the volcano had become dormant. Much of the water comes from runoff, however most of it is sourced from the underground water table seeping into the lake.

Lake Purrumbete is a world renowned fishing venue with excellent stocks of Brown and Rainbow Trout as well as Chinook Salmon. There is a boat ramp located at the Caravan Park, offering the convenience of access to the lake and accommodation for keen fishers from around the world.

Lake Colac is the largest freshwater lake in Victoria. The town of Colac is situated on the southern shore of the lake. To the south is the Great Otway Ranges National Park.

Industries in this region include Dairy, Timber and Potato Growing. Tourism is also important, with many caravan parks, B&Bs and guest houses providing a good range of choice for the visitor to this area.

A great place to view a panorama of the Lakes and Craters region is at the Red Rock Lookout, near Lake Corangamite. Here, on a clear day, you can enjoy a near 360ยบ view of the craters and lakes in this section of the volcanic precinct.

Mt Gambier in South Australia is one of the younger of the volcanos in the Lakes and Craters Region. The eruptions that formed Mt Gambier occurred only about 5,000 years ago and eye-witness accounts of this activity have been told and passed down the generations of the aboriginal tribes of the area. Mt Gambier is famous for the Blue Lake in the crater which is about 70m deep. There are many interesting geological features to explore in this area.
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