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Published March 21st 2015
A picturesque place to pitch a tent
Looking for somewhere different to spend a long weekend away? Why not go camping and try the Upper Yarra Reservoir campground?
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Upper Yarra Reservoir Park is located 24km east of Warburton which is approximately 100km from the Melbourne CBD.
The camp ground is just out of the town of Reefton where you are also able to pick up any get basic supplies you may have forgotten and where you can also purchase firewood.
The park is managed by Parks Victoria and offers a large open and spacious grassed camp ground. Although the camp sites are not marked as such, the size of the camp ground means that there is plenty of room to pitch your tent.
Bookings are required and can be made via the Parks Vic online booking site which means you can rest assured that you will have a site when you arrive.
There are lots of positives with this camp ground such as the site being largely grassed, and there are hot showers and flushable toilets which make camping more pleasurable, especially with children.
There are two electric BBQs located near the wet weather hall which also has two kitchens with stainless steel benches and sinks for washing your dishes. One of the kitchens has boiling water from an urn on the wall which is also useful for that pot of pasta or that other meal you decide to cook. The wet weather hall also has a number of tables and benches should you wish to get inside to eat plus. Ice is provided via acted chest freezer on an honesty system which is great as you don't need to drive in to town.
If you feel like a nice stroll there are two walks that you can do with the whole family. The Fern Gully track is a 1km loop and there is also the Bats Creek Track which is 1.5km return.
The park notes provide more detailed information regarding the park, its facilities and a location map.
If you have never been camping before this is a great place to be introduced to bush camping. Bring the marshmallows, grab a stick and enjoy an evening campfire. There is nothing like getting away somewhere different so consider Upper Yarra Reservoir for your next camping trip away.
Just an update. The showers have been removed. I was there 3 weeks ago and parks had removed the showers some months ago due to a waste water issue, and there was no indication they were coming back.
Lovely spot anyway, but expensive compared to caravan parks.
For 2 people it was $36.00 a night. You have to book and pay online athttp://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/book-your-stay If you decide to do it over the phone they charge an extra fee. In peak times its $38 off peak $34. and fees go up in July I think.