Lakes and Craters Free 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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Meredith Park Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/meredith-park-camping-area/vic
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

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/fort-ohare-campground/vic
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

Merino Showground

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/merino-showground/vic
Merino Showground provides free camping with 8 power outlets available. Hot showers and clean water are provided.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 72 hrsToiletsAccessibleHot ShowersDrinking WaterMobile Phone CoverageShadeCaravansCamp TrailersTent SitePowerPets Welcome
  • Showground

Greenrise Lake

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/greenrise-lake/sa
Greenrise Lake provides free overnight camping with a 24hr limit. There is no water in the lake, having dried up over a decade ago.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeBird WatchingWalkingPhoto Opportunity
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Lake Bringalbert Reserve

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/lake-bringalbert-reserve/vic
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

Wannon Falls Campground

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/wannon-falls-campground/vic
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

Cockatoo Lake Reserve

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/cockatoo-lake-reserve/sa
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

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/frances-recreation-ground/sa
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

Ardune Range Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/ardune-range-rest-area/sa
Ardune Range Rest Area is a free overnight stop on a gravel strip that cuts across from Konetta-Naracoorte Road to Lucindale-Mount Burr Road at the junction.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SiteInformation Board
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Information

Kromelite Road Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/kromelite-road-rest-area/sa
Kromelite Road Rest Area is a free overnighter with no time limit and no facilities. Plenty of room for any size rig and some shade available,
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Little Blue Lake Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/little-blue-lake-rest-area/sa
Little Blue Lake Rest Area is a roomy circular rest area with a level limestone surface. There is room for any size rig here. There are no facilities other than a rubbish bin.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigPets WelcomeSwimmingBird WatchingPhoto OpportunityCanoeing Kayaking
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Punt Road Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/punt-road-rest-area/sa
Punt Road Rest Area is a small drive through rest area with a level dirt driveway. There is a bin and a picnic table here, with some shade.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Branxholme Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/branxholme-rest-area/vic
The Branxholme Rest Area is adjacent to the recreation reserve and near the Henty Highway.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaToiletsShowersMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigPets WelcomePost Box
  • Day Use Area
  • Overnight Rest Area

Mount Sturgeon Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/mount-sturgeon-rest-area/vic
Mount Sturgeon Rest Area is a roomy gravel drive through rest area with some shade and a picnic table. There are no bins or toilets.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Derrinallum Recreation Reserve Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/derrinallum-recreation-reserve-rest-area/vic
Derrinallum Recreation Reserve Rest Area is an excellent overnight stop, with plenty of space and fabulous views of Mt Elephant.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigPets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Annya Road Picnic Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/annya-road-picnic-area/vic
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 Ratzcastle Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/lake-ratzcastle-camping-area/vic
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

Baileys Rocks Campground

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/baileys-rocks-campground/vic
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

Forestry Information Stop

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/forestry-information-stop/sa
The Forestry Information Stop is a free overnighter on the Riddock Highway with no toilets. It features an information board and picnic facilities. Generous space with good shade.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeInformation Board
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Information

Edenhope North Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/edenhope-north-rest-area/vic
Edenhope North Rest Area is a narrow dirt drive through rest area that provides free overnight stop. A picnic table is the only facility here. Good shade with limited space.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesCaravansTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Hotspur Bridge Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/hotspur-bridge-camping-area/vic
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 Turnoff Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/bool-lagoon-turnoff-rest-area/sa
Bool Lagoon Turnoff Rest Area is a free overnighter beside Narracoorte Road with good shade. Drive through configuration. No toilets.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesBinCaravansLong RigTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Pirron Yallock Rest Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/pirron-yallock-rest-area/vic
Pirron Yallock Rest Area is a very ordinary bitumen drive through rest area on either side of the highway.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoveragePicnic TablesCaravansTent SitePets Welcome
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area

Hiscocks Crossing Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/hiscocks-crossing-camping-area/vic
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

Digby Hotel Camping Area

https://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/digby-hotel-camping-area/vic
This is the 3rd incarnation of the historic Digby Hotel stands on this site. It was officially opened in 1936, but the original first operated here in 1843. Named the Woolpack Inn, it burned down in 1887.
Free Overnight CampMaximum 24 hrsDay Rest AreaToiletsShadeBinCaravansPets WelcomeCoffee & TeaCold DrinksIceUnleaded Petrol BowserPost Box
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Fuel Available
  • Kiosk
  • Convenience Store
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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