6 of the best winter camping spots in Victoria 

Family cmaping in winter around burning campfire

Tianna Nadalin

Posted July 13, 2022


Pack your gloves, pull out the tent poles and get ready for the magic, mystery and romance of camping in winter.  

If you’re one of those people who would prefer a snow trip to a seaside escape, then forget beachfront apartments and high-rise hotels. 

Winter camping is an easy, affordable and, if you plan and pack appropriately, enchanting way to satisfy your weekend getaway cravings. Think brisk mornings, unforgettable sunsets, fewer crowds, and even snow for those brave – and experienced – enough to explore the backcountry. 

If you’re planning a quick weekend escape, here’s our guide to some of the best winter campsites in Victoria.


6 of Victoria's best winter camping spots

Jamieson Creek Bush Campground

Great Ocean Road

An elevated winter campground with panoramic ocean views? Look no further than Jamieson Creek Bush Campground. Nestled just off the Great Ocean Road, between Lorne and Wye River, this beautifully renovated campsite comes with all the trimmings. Amenities include barbecues, fire pits, picnic tables and shelter, as well as toilets (non-flush) and water for cleaning (but not drinking). 

The campground is accessible by 2WD and caters to both caravans and tents, however all sites are unpowered. BYO firewood and fresh drinking water, and be sure to take all your rubbish with you. 

Native Dog Flat Campground

Upper Buchan River (Alpine National Park) 

Get off the beaten track and pitch a tent at the secluded Native Dog Flat Campground. The picturesque grassy spot, which is easily accessible by 2WD, is located along the banks of the pristine Upper Buchan River Heritage River. Amenities here are few – there’s a single toilet, some picnic tables and shared fire pits – but there are plenty of shaded spots for tents. You’ll need to BYO drinking water and firewood and take your rubbish with you when you leave. Being in the Alpine National Park, the campsite can get extremely cold during winter so be sure to pack appropriately. 

 

Wide angle shot of Lake Sambell caravan park in Beechworth during autumn

Lake Sambell Caravan Park is a scenic spot to pitch a tent or park a caravan. Photo: Getty.


Lake Sambell Caravan Park

Beechworth

For a well-worn winter camping destination, Lake Sambell Caravan Park, about three hours’ drive north-east from Melbourne, is a scenic spot to pitch a tent or park a caravan. The pet-friendly caravan park is located just a short walk from Beechworth’s historic main town and offers a host of cosy amenities for the cooler months, including a fully enclosed camp kitchen, covered barbecue areas, picnic seating, clean bathrooms, a free WiFi zone, and fire drums (and firwood) available on request. Both powered and unpowered sites are available. 

Sheepyard Flat  

Howqua Hills 

This tranquil riverside campground is a beautiful spot to escape the hustle and bustle. The grassy flat is set in a beautiful, secluded valley in the Howqua Hills Historic Area, approximately one hour drive from Mansfield. Sheepyard Flat is a free, pet-friendly campsite (dogs must remain on leash at all times) that offers basic amenities, including non-flush toilets, picnic tables and firepits. You can collect fallen branches for firewood but are not permitted to chop any, so make sure to BYO.  While the campsite can generally be accessed by 2WD vehicles including camper vans and caravans, it may become difficult for conventional vehicles during wet weather, so exercise caution when tackling the 17 kilometre stretch of winding dirt road.

 

Isuzu d-max hauling a trailer

Be careful when driving to your campsite - not all roads are suitable to tow a caravan or trailer on.


Talbotville Camping Area 

Grant Historic Area

If you want the full starry-night experience, there’s no better place than Talbotville, in Gippsland. About 1.5 hours’ drive from Dargo, the abandoned town (a former gold mining village that vanished when the gold ran out) is now an amazing campground, set on the grassy flats of the Crooked River in the Grant Historic Area. Dogs are permitted off-leash at this twinkling campsite, where there is a single drop toilet as well as fire pits in the campsites. The area, which is a haven for 4X4 enthusiasts, is relatively protected from wind, however, the road in can be narrow, steep and stony so not suitable for caravans. Take it slow in wet weather. 

RACV Cobram  Resort

Cobram

For a slightly milder mid-year camping experience, try heading north for the winter. Cobram, along the might Murray River, offers many of the benefits of winter camping, minus the arctic conditions. RACV Cobram Resort offers 20 camping sites suitable for soft-floor camper trailers as well as tents. You’ll also be able to cook up a storm using the communal barbecue and kitchen facilities. There’s also a coin laundry and amenities block so you’ll be able to have a hot shower and wash your clothes. A great option for family getaways.