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by Kelly Nicole O'Donnell (subscribe)
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Published March 1st 2015
Camping in a small volcano crater
Heading to Daylesford or Hepburn Sorings for the weekend and want somewhere unusual and cheap to stay? Try the Mt Franklin Reserve located approximately 9km north of Hepburn Springs off the Midland Highway.

Driving from Hepburn Springs, you first notice the reserve on your right by the stark green of the vegetation on the hill or volcano crater in comparison to the surrounding dry farmland. As you turn off the highway you drive up a steep sealed road through lush vegetation and a heavily treed area.

Mt Franklin Reserve
Camp site, author image
Mt Franklin reserve camping
BBQ facilities, author image
 


The campsite sits within a small volcano crater with lots of vegetation and shade along the edges and which is more open towards the centre. There are no numbered campsites and no provision for booking, so it is a first come first served basis.

The campsite offers basic camping facilities by way of pit toilets and rainwater for washing up purposes, so you will need to bring in your own drinking water.

There are picnic tables scattered through the reserve and some wood BBQs which consist of a small fire pit and metal plate (see photo). Fires are only permitted in existing fire pits and you will need to bring in firewood. You will also need to take your rubbish with you as you leave.

Head for a scenic, but steep 500m walk which takes approximately 20 minutes walk through to the lookout at the top of the crater. The walk takes you up a steep incline and along its rim until you reach the top.

Mt Franklin reserve
Walk along the crater's rim, author image


Enjoy this free campsite for short stays as you explore the Hepburn Springs - Daylesford region. It is definitely an unusual site to pitch a tent.

Mt Franklin Camping
Camp sites, author image


For more information on Mt Franklin Reserve check view the park notes provided by Parks Victoria.
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Why? A free camping spot within a volcano crater
When: Anytime, check Parks Victoria for park closures
Where: Mt Franklin Reserve, off the Midland Highway near Hepburn Springs
Cost: Free, short term camping only.
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