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Top 5 Free Camping Spots in Victoria

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Published September 14th 2018
The Best Things in Life are Free
Melbourne is stacked with free entertainment choices but you can escape the crowds with a camping holiday. Campsites are found all over the Garden State. Pitch your tent at one of these best spots, each in a different national park. You don't need a 4WD and best of all, the camping is free.

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Camp under the stars (by Parks Victoria)


There are 'roughing it' levels though. For somewhere to snooze, you might fancy a caravan, while the more rugged camper prefers a tent beside the campfire. While valet service is rare, warm tea brewed from pure springwater is much more refreshing - no tip needed. If you're a beginner, what can you expect?

Joys
- Switch off. Without wires and wi-fi, you won't bump into smartphone addicts.

- Clean living. Forget The Biggest Loser, exercise doesn't have to be torture. Hiking, climbing and canoeing immerse you in a natural landscape to energise the mind, body and soul.

- Backwoods breakfast. Plastic-wrapped takeaway tempts us in the city, but around a campfire, a wood-fired pizza, hearty roast dinner over hot coals, or grilled fish caught from a local stream, satisfies a hunger that a visit to Lord of the Flies can't touch.

- Breathtaking beauty. The silence, crisp air and night sky alive with stars replace suburbian DIY, stereos, cigarette smoke and commuter chaos. Savour these sustaining moments before returning to the daily grind.

- Channelling your inner Bindi Irwin, Leyland brother or Survivor winner in authentic surroundings.

- The warm glow of accomplishment after a weekend (or longer) without mod-cons, then returning home for a restaurant meal, hot shower, and comfy bed.

Excited to escape? Binge-watched I Shouldn't Be Alive to prepare?

Start the adventure at one of these top 5 free campsites in national parks around Victoria:

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The spectacular views are free too! (by Parks Victoria)


Blue Pool
In East Gippsland, the Blue Pool campsite is tucked in the Briagolong State Forest.

Pester your partner with Shakespeare quotes as you wind along the Avon River, passing Stratford on Briagolong Rd.

Despite the name, a swim in Firestone Creek is a cool treat.

The site is very popular now but the forest has more campsites nearby if you hit traffic.

The campground has wood-fired barbecues, toilets and picnic tables.

Visit the Parks Victoria website for details.


Andersons Garden
The colonial explorers had a tough day when they reached Mount Disappointment State Forest. But their moods improved around a campfire in Andersons Gardens.

The fires of Black Saturday in 2009 tore through the Great Dividing Range. But the Aussie bush is resilient, surprising campers when green shoots returned so soon to replace soot and ash.

The campground has wood-fired barbecues, toilets and picnic tables.

Visit the Parks Victoria website for details.


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See stalactites reach the ground and stalagmites touch the roof (by Parks Victoria)


Noonans Flats
Find your fortune at the deserted gold mines in the Howqua Hills, west of Mount Buller.

Huts used by miners line the site as horses trot along tracks carrying pleasure riders.

Fish or swim in the streams, hike or pan for gold dust.

The campsite has toilets, a wood barbecue and easy access for cars and caravans.

Visit the Parks Victoria website for details.


Gunbower Island
Along the Murray River, share your campsite with a variety of colourful birds.

Fish for Golden Perch at Gunbower Creek, either from the beach or in a boat.

Work up a sweat on the 14km Koondrook Track before diving into the creek to refresh for dinner.

Visit the Parks Victoria website for details.

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Share a free laugh with friends (by Parks Victoria)


Triplet Falls
Camp free at Aire Crossing in the Great Otway National Park. Listen for the plunging water at Triplet Falls from the vantage points set up along the trails.

Marvel at centuries-old Mountain Ash trees as fern leaves sway around you on the 2km walk circling the falls.

Scan the forest floor for a colourful carpet of moss.

Be sure to bring your own stove and drinking water to the camp. There are toilets and taps for washing.

Visit the Parks Victoria website for details.



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Your Comment
Camping is not my cup of tea but visiting these lovely areas is. A good selection of some of Victoria's best.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 759 days ago
Are you allowed to have an enclosed fire pit at triplet falls camp site?
by ash_b (score: 0|4) 539 days ago
Beautiful penmanship.
by Susan J (score: 1|36) 762 days ago
For your Blue Pool listing.. firstly it's Central Gippsland not East.. and secondly, Freestone not Firestone. Beautiful part of Gippsland and Victoria however.
by izold (score: 0|2) 15 days ago
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