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If you enjoy the great outdoors then a camping adventure along Australia’s Great Ocean Road is going to be right up your street. With plenty of beautiful scenery to admire, lots of outdoor activities and attractions, it’s a road trip ideal for nature lovers and thrill seekers alike.

And for those of you who would prefer to extend your outdoor adventure to your accommodation, instead of staying in one of the many hotels or apartments dotted throughout the area, you will also find a host of amazing Great Ocean Road Campsites and caravan parks along the way. These are not only great if you enjoy an evening under the stars but also a top choice for those of you looking to keep travel costs down during your trip.

In our guide to camping on the Great Ocean Road below, we have highlighted some of what we consider to the best caravan parks and camping grounds the Great Ocean Road has to offer, covering all the info you could need to decide which one (or two!) are right for you including the different from types of accommodation available, facilities, location and cost.

Great Ocean Road Campsites & Great Ocean Road Caravan parks
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Map of Great Ocean Road Campsites & Campgrounds

Great Ocean Road Campsite Map
As you can see from our Great Ocean Road Map, there are plenty of places to stay – the dark green are caravan parks and campsites, the light green are free campsites and the off-green colour are recreation reserves. Click the map itself or this map link and find your perfect camp spot.

Campsites & Caravan Parks on the Great Ocean Road

When it comes to the Great Ocean Road Australia there are a number of ways to ‘tackle’ it. From epic day trips from Melbourne to self-drive multi-day road trip itineraries. But for those who have the luxury of time, a good few days camping, glamping or caravaning along Australia’s favourite southern touring route along the Great Ocean Rd can be exactly what the doctor ordered.

From the swells of Bells Beach to the Koala’s of Kennett River; the natural beauty of Otway National Park & the incredible rock formations of Port Campbell National Park – oh and not forgetting the delicious local food and drink along the way that makes the Great Ocean Road so special. So scroll down to start planning where you are going to rest your head with our guide to the best Great Ocean Road Campsites, Caravan Parks & Campgrounds.

IMPORTANT – As a general rule Freedom Camping/Wild Camping is not permitted in residential and commercial areas and those caught will be issued with a $125 fine.
Some Free Camping is permitted in designated spots in National Parks, and are offered either on a first in, advance booking or permit basis. Contact Parks Australia or Parks Victoria to find out more.

BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park

Big4 Anglesea Holiday Park
One of the b-e-a-utiful Glamping Tents at the Big4 Anglesea Holiday Park

Powered Campsites Wi-Fi
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered tent & motorhome sites
Facilities: Indoor & outdoor pools / children’s adventure playground / laundry
Price range: $119 – $260 per night

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Popular amongst families the large Anglesea Holiday Park has a wide variety of accommodation options and plenty of fun activities to keep your little ones entertained, including the sites brand new adventure playground. Staying at this park is also a wonderful opportunity to get up close with nature and enjoy the resident kookaburras, parrots and kangaroos and is the perfect place to include on your Great Ocean Road camping adventure.

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Great Ocean Road Tourist Park

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park

Powered Campsites Wi-Fi Pets Allowed
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered & unpowered sites
Facilities: Wi-Fi / BBQ area / children’s activities / laundry / movie hire / boat ramp
Price range: $95 – $135 per night
– Pets are permitted in own caravans and tents at the managers discretion; but not at weekends or on public holidays.
– Pets are not permitted in cabin accommodation at any time.

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Situated just outside of Port Campbell, visitors staying at the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park will love its convenient location: a short walk from the beach with breath-taking views of the coastline, and only a short drive from the Twelve Apostles, the highlight of the Port Campbell National Park. With a great selection of amenities, this is a tourist park suitable for everyone, featuring a children’s playground, disabled facilities, TV reception, beautifully decorated cabins and permits for camp fires. Its one of the top rated holiday parks on the Great Ocean Road Australia.

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Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park

Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park

Cabins Caravan Sites Powered Campsites Tent Laundry Pets Allowed
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered sites for caravans, mobile homes, vans & tents
Facilities: Campfire areas / laundry
Price range: $37 – $140 per night
– Park is dog friendly from February to December with maximum 2 dogs per site in the Top Bank and Ocean Road Parks.

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The Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park is the ideal setting for nature lovers with the beautiful Erskine River & rugged coastline all within easy reach. The Caravan park offers a range of accommodation across its fives sites (Erskine River Park, Kia Ora Park, Ocean Road Park, Top Bank Park & Queens Park) around Lorne to suit your requirements. Whether you are looking for a peaceful break with that special someone, a fun – filled family adventure with plenty of activities to keep you little ones entertained or somewhere to stay with your furry companion, this caravan park has it all and is one of the best campervan sites on the Great Ocean Road.

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NRMA Warrnambool Riverside Holiday Park

NRMA Warrnambool Holiday Park

Cabins Powered Campsites Caravan Sites Tent Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Pets Allowed BBQ Facilities Childrens Playground

Accommodation types: Cabins / Powered Caravan Sites
Facilities: Camp kitchen & BBQ area / outdoor pool / tennis court / gym / mini golf / jetty access / Wi-Fi / group function rooms
Price range: $63 – $266 per night
– Pet Friendly Powered Sites available, blackout dates around Christmas & Easter apply, Pre-Booking essential.

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It’s not just the fantastic facilities that attract plenty of tourists to the Warrnambool Riverside Holiday Park every year. Its coastal location is well-known for an abundance of whale activity making it a popular choice with nature lovers. If you are travelling with your dog you will also love the sites pet friendly cabins with their open-plan living and secure veranda.

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Kennet River Holiday Park

Kennett River Holiday Park

Cabins Caravan Sites Powered Campsites Tent BBQ Facilities Laundry Childrens Playground No Pets Allowed
Accommodation Types: Beach Cabins, Family Cabin, Powered & Unpowered Camping Sites
Facilities: Children’s playground, Electric barbecues, Beach access.
Price Range: $35 – $225 per night

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Half way between Lorne and Apollo Bay and surrounded by The Great Otway National Park, Kennett River Holiday Park lies on the banks of the river of the same name and boasts its own (patrolled) beach access that is favoured by surfers. Wildlife lovers will be overjoyed with the local fauna and guests are likely to see Koalas, King Parrots and Kookaburras in the trees; Dolphins, Seals and even sometimes Whales in the Ocean, and even a colony of Glowworms in the rainforest! Whether you are a camper or a caravaner, you find Kennett River Holiday Park is a perfect place for camping in Great Ocean Road.
Check the official site for a full list of facilities here.

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Apollo Bay Holiday Park

Apollo Bay Holiday Park

Cabins Caravan Sites Tent Swimming Pool Childrens Playground No Pets Allowed Laundry
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered motorhome & tent sites
Facilities: Outdoor pool / Wi-Fi / Children’s activities / Laundry
Price range: $63 – $220 per night

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Within easy walking distance of the town, the Apollo Bay Holiday Park makes a great base for those looking to spend a few days exploring the area, visiting some of the many popular attractions found along the Great Ocean Road. The park offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets from standard tent pitches to luxury spa cabins. No wonder it’s one of the premier caravan parks on Great Ocean Road.

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Port Fairy Holiday Park

Port Fairy Holiday Park

Cabins Caravan Sites Powered Campsites Childrens Playground Pets Allowed Indoor Swimming Pool Laundry
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered sites
Facilities: Camp kitchen& BBQ area / children’s playground / tennis court / indoor pool / laundry
Price range: $85 – $170 per night
– Dogs are welcome in own caravans but not permitted in cabin accomodation. Blackout Dates from 26 Dec – 9 Jan & Easter.

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Whether you are travelling as couple, group, family or are having your very own solo Great Ocean Rd adventure, there is something to suit you at the Port Fairy Holiday Park. Tucked amongst the trees, the peaceful setting of this park make it the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing break away from the crowds. When you feel like venturing out, take a short walk to the nearby historic village of Port Fairy to soak up the culture and unique art galleries that line the streets.

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BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park

Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park
CabinsCaravan SitesTentPowered CampsitesSwimming PoolChildrens PlaygroundBBQ FacilitiesLaundryNo Pets Allowed
Accommodation types:
Beach houses / cabins / powered & unpowered sites
Facilities:
Family bathrooms / camp kitchen & BBQ area / beachfront location / laundry / children’s activities
Price range:
$40 – $240 per night

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The huge beachfront site at the Big4 Apollo Bay which jam-packed with family-friendly facilities which will keep the kids entertained for hours is the ideal place to base you and your family on your Great Ocean Road vacation. From here you can explore the Great Otway National Park, Otway Fly Treetop Walk, beautiful waterfalls, the Cape Otway Lighthouse, Twelve Apostles, whale and koala nurseries and more. There is also a bike/walking path that runs 1.5km along the beach to the town centre, the perfect way to stroll into town.

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Wye River Holiday Park

Wye River Holiday Park

Cabins Caravan Sites Tent Powered Campsites Childrens Playground BBQ Facilities Laundry
Accommodation types:
Beach houses / cabins / powered & unpowered sites
Facilities: Family bathroom / camp kitchen & BBQ area / beachfront location / laundry /children’s activities
Price range: $100 – $144 per night

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The stunning backdrop of the surrounding riverside valley and mountains make the Wye River Holiday Park a completely unique destination as part of your Great Ocean Road adventure. With the beach on your doorstep and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife including the resident koalas, you and your family will fall in love with this picturesque camping park.

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Torquay Foreshore Great Ocean Road Caravan Park

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park

Cabins Caravan Sites Tent Powered Campsites Pets Allowed BBQ Facilities Childrens Playground
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered sites for caravans, mobile homes & tents
Facilities: Fishing platforms / games room / BBQ areas / playground
Price range: $38 – $370 per night
– Park is dog friendly between May and October at the Riverside Campsite.

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As the only beachfront caravan park in Torquay, you can’t get much better than a break at the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park if its sun, sea and sand that you are after. Ideal for families and couples looking to enjoy the outdoors, within easy reach of Torquay town centre, the caravan park is also dog friendly from May – October, so your four legged companions can enjoy an outdoor break too.

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NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park

NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park
CabinsCaravan SitesTentPowered CampsitesBBQ FacilitiesWi-FiLaundry
Accommodation types:
Cabins / powered sites for caravans, mobile homes & tents
Facilities:
Camp Kitchen / games room / BBQ areas 
Price range:
$34 – $155 per night

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Located between Apollo Bay and Warrnambool, NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation styles including villas, bungalows and studios alongside free WiFi and free parking. All cabins and villas are self-contained and include a kitchen with a stovetop, microwave and kitchenware and most have balconies – and some even have water views.

The Port Campbell River and beachfront are within easy reach, located just opposite the property, with the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands and London Bridge all less than a 10 minute drive away.

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Marengo Holiday Park

Marengo Holiday Park Campsite
CabinsCaravan SitesTent Powered Campsites Laundry Childrens Playground BBQ Facilities Wi-FiPets Allowed

Accommodation types: Cabins / powered sites for caravans, mobile homes & tents
Facilities:
Camp Kitchen / BBQ Areas / Adventure Playground / Amenities Block with Laundry
Price range:
$36 – $170 per night

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Located on the Apollo Bay beachfront, Marengo Holiday Park offers self-contained deluxe cabins with a private balcony and multiple powered and unpowered sites. Free parking is available on site, as well as a barbeque area, camp kitchen, amenities block with family bathrooms, laundry facilities and a children’s playground.

Pets are also welcome, although mush remain on-leash whilst in the park.

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Cumberland River Holiday Park

Cumberland River Holiday Park
CabinsCaravan SitesTentChildrens PlaygroundLaundryNo Pets Allowed
Accommodation types: Cabins / unpowered sites for caravans, mobile homes & tents
Facilities:
Camp Kitchen / Washer & Dryer / Covered BBQ areas / Private beach
Price range:
$40 – $165 per night

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A gorgeous riverside campsite with great amenities to make camping feel more comfortable. They have covered BBQ areas, Hot Showers (20c per 5 minutes) and an on-site kiosk for basic comforts (ice/firewood etc) and marshmallows for the fire – just in case you forget.

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Free Campsites close to the Great Ocean Road

Most free campsites have basic (if any) facilities, and can fill up quickly at peak times. For the best chance of securing a spot at your desired site, be prepared to arrive early afternoon (as the previous night’s guests tend to leave early in the morning).

  • Stevenson Falls Free Campground: With a walking track to Stevenson Falls deep in the Otways, Stevenson Falls campground has approx 50 non-powered campsites assigned on a first in basis. Basic toilet facilities, Dogs allowed as long as they are on leash.
  • Sharps Camping Reserve: 5km from Lorne, and the closest campsite to Erskine Falls, 6 unpowered sites (3 tent only & 3 tent, caravan, campers) for up to 6 people per site on a first-in first assigned basis. No toilets. No water. Not dog friendly.
  • Allenvale Mill Bush Campground: Walk-in camping area 3km from Lorne via great ocean road, 16 non-powered sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for tents only, long drop toilets provided. Not pet friendly.
  • Big Hill Track Campground: 11km from Lorne along the Great Ocean Road Victoria, 12 unpowered campsites available (6 tent, 6 caravans/camper trailers) on a first-come basis. Long Drop toilets. No water. Not pet-friendly. Closed between 1 June & 31 October.
  • Aire Crossing Campground: Very small campground 50m from the river (swimming allowed), 8 unpowered sites for tents/campervans (but not caravans). Basic toilets, No pets allowed.
  • Beauchamp Falls Camp Area: 15 unpowered sites suitable for tents and campers only, access via a 2wd track, Wood BBQs available (firewood not supplied); Long drop toilets. Dogs permitted on-leash.
  • Dando’s Free Campsite: 100 sites available on a first-in basis; Wood BBQs available (firewood not supplied); fishing and swimming spots nearly; long drop toilets, dog-friendly as long as they are on a leash.

If you are planning to camp for extended periods (like a lap around Australia!), we highly recommend downloading the WikiCamps app. It’s under $10AUD to purchase (with a lifetime licence) and helps its users locate roadside rest areas, caravan parks or campsites suitable for you and your vehicle. Not to mention, it’s a great way to find spots with wi-fi and will make caping in Australia heaps easier.

Recreation Reserves on the Great Ocean Road

If you’re still struggling to find a place to camp, be sure to check out local recreation reserves (such as Port Campbell Recreation Reserve, Princetown Recreation Reserve or Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve) as they do offer some camp facilities, although often on a first-in best-dressed basis.

 

If you were planning on booking one (or several) caravan parks, holiday parks or camping spots during your Great Ocean Road road trip, we hope our guide has helped you narrow down which ones are best for your and your tribe.
Let us know if you prefer staying in caravan parks rather than traditional accommodation or bed and breakfasts in the comments below and tell us why you love them so much – or if you have a favourite that should be included in our guide!

Best Great Ocean Road Campsites & Caravan Parks

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