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Bear Gully Campground at Cape Liptrap

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Published December 17th 2014
Camp by the beach on a cape
Note - this used to be a free camp site. Now advance bookings and payment are required year round.

There aren't many Parks Victoria-run camping spots by the beach within a two-hours drive of Melbourne (commercial caravan parks not included). Bear Gully Campground with its spectacular views of Wilsons Prom 60km to the southeast happens to be one of them.

The Bear Gully campground is located at the end of Bear Gully Road, towards Walkerville South. The dirt track leading in to the campground is gravel with regular grading. Most 2WDs driven sensibly will make it in with no problems.

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Waratah Bay


You will not get direct views of the beach from the camping grounds as they are nestled in the shaded Banksia, but the beach and bay are metres away. Rock-pooling and fishing are great here at Maitland Beach. The amazing Shallow Inlet is a short drive away.

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The sheltered shallow inlet is great for water sports!


There are 34 clearly marked camp sites here sharing a number of fireplaces (about 8-10 official ones?). You will need to be self sufficient. That includes firewood, toilet paper, and the like. Toilet facilities here are pretty good with flushing toilets. Take note - BYO Paper folks. Dogs are not permitted in the campsite nor adjacent beach.

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Camping Grounds


Some of the larger sites can accommodate caravans so please make sure to check out the campground map before booking.

Advance bookings and payment are required year round. This experience used to be free. It is now $37.80 (during peak period) to book a camp site for a night.

Check out the campground map here

If camping out in the open isn't your cup of tea, Bear Gully cottages around the corner in Tarwin offers a more civilised alternative.

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Short path to the beach.
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