Camping has a different meaning for everyone. Some of us aren’t satisfied if we’re not hands and nails into the dirt doing our hikes. Others can’t bear the thought of not sleeping in their caravan. Regardless of where you land on the camping spectrum this list will suit your needs.
If you think all the best camping spots have already been taken this Easter break, then fear not! We’ve researched the best spots you can turn up to without booking. The only trick is it’s first in best dressed, so you’ll have to be quick!
Here’s our list broken down by area: It includes location, activities to do and pricing.
One of the most scenic areas in all of Australia, this tourist hotspot is always going to be busy during the holidays. The best sites to see along this beautiful coastline are going to be heavily booked out, except for these sites we’ve tracked down that don’t have bookings, but a ‘first in best dressed’ system.
This site lets you spend what you can afford: At a donation price of your own discretion you can stay here for as long as your heart desires.
Only a 30min drive away, The 12 Apostles are a must see tourist destination, making this camping spot all the better. In terms of free/by donation campsites, the Timboon Recreation Reserve is the closest to this must see place.
This campground will transport you to another world. While still near the Great Ocean Road, its large looming trees completely block out the sounds of passing traffic. While there’s walking trails around the site for all abilities, those with only the best fitness should attempt the Georges River Walking Track.
If you’re camping with kids then definitely consider the hike to Lorne Waterfalls and spend the day splashing in the water.
A great spot if you’re interested in heading to Apollo Bay, yet want the calmer, quieter atmosphere for your evening.
Great Otway National Park does not charge an entrance fee for caravans or campers alike. For those wanting to get stuck into bush camping, there are great spots available for those who want to sleep close to the river, but be wary of the hundreds of wild animals nearby, who might like to get into your food sources.
Just 38 minutes drive (32.7 km) from Apollo Bay, this campsite offers a great range of activities and beautiful scenery.
Boasting a very large campground (with long drop toilets), there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the small river/creek that runs nearby. There's a short 20min walk to a small waterfall that can be reached by all. Or drive to the picnic ground some 500m from the falls.
This site is child and dog friendly! But get there early as it gets very busy in peak periods.