Instead of staying in a caravan park, get closer to nature. Experience Victoria's natural environment by camping in a park or reserve. Explore, discover or just relax in these special places.

Camping in national and state parks

There are hundreds of camping grounds located in national parks, state parks and reserves. Standards vary from bush camping with little or no facilities, to serviced camping areas with flushing toilets, showers, tables, barbecues and laundries.

Each year, over 2 million overnight stays occur in these parks, with families making up the largest user group. Within these parks there are almost 700 camping grounds.

While most basic camping sites are free, there are around 120 camping grounds of higher standard where camping fees apply. These areas include Wilsons Promontory and some parts of the Grampians National Park and Great Otway National Park. Bookings need to be made in advance if you wish to stay at a camping ground where fees apply.

Camping - Parks Victoria

Bookings can also be made by online or by phoning Parks Victoria on 13 19 63. Their office is open 7 days a week.

NOTE: No bookings are required for free camping spots. They cannot be reserved and they operate on a first come basis.

Camping in state forests

There are over 250 camping areas in Victoria's state forests. All camping areas are free of change, ranging in locations from remote bush spots to areas close to towns.

Find a camping ground or phone 136 186 if you have questions about camping in state forests.

Camping in state forests

Mornington Peninsula foreshore camping

Camping is available along the natural bay foreshore at McCrae, Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento. These camping areas offer direct beach access and are close to shops, restaurants and other facilities.

Mornington Peninsula Shire manages the foreshore camping in these areas. Bookings can be made online or by phoning the foreshore camping team on (03) 5950 1011.

Camping on the Mornington Peninsula