Without a doubt - Johanna beach, VIC - is one of the top 3 camping spots in Victoria.
The Lowdown If camping by the beach facing the Southern Ocean outside the relative serenity of Port Philip Bay is your cup of tea, keep reading. 220km away from the Melbourne CBD this is one of the few spots that allows camping right by the beach. With towering sandstone cliffs that frame Johanna's pristine beaches, a stay here will guarantee views to wake up to you'll probably never forget.
Important Note: There are two camping grounds here, the obvious one is at sea level for regular campers. The other, not so obvious gem is elevated on a ridge for walk-in hikers on the Great Ocean walk.
Know what you're after before making the journey there. If you know where to look, you will discover the elevated camp ground that sits atop a ridge overlooking waves as far as the mind can see and take. Just check out this shot of the view from your camp site. Pardon the lo-fidelity photograph taken with a tablet computer but when you're there expect to go nuts with true high-definition natural goodness.
HD natural goodness - what a view from the elevated Great Ocean Walk camp site
Dogs are permitted on leads in the car-based campground at sea level. There are 25 grassy sites here, 3 standard toilets and 1 unisex handicapped toilet. Be self-sufficient and bring your own water.
Camp at elevation There are about 8 individual sites with a tank of untreated rainwater and composting toilet facilities.
Registration fees apply at the elevated hike-in and group campsites and hikers must book in advance. The elevated hike-in campsite is sheltered under Cypress trees Each site has room for a 2-3 person tent. There is a little hut for gathering/cooking as well.
If you're going there for the first time take the scenic, albeit longer Great Ocean Road. However, if you've been in the area before and would like to get there faster, take the inland route via Colac and shave at least 2 hours from your journey there. Allow for about 3 hours of road time giving the nature of the windy roads once you're in the Otways.
Hi! This may be a hard question, but do you know what number campsite is the most private. We would love to not have people on either side of us as we will have our dog and I can't tell from the booking page. Thanks!