Free Camping along the Ocean Road

  • Free Camping Great Ocean Road

The 7 Best Free Camping Sites along the Great Ocean Road

  1. Allenvale Mill Bush Campground

  2. Big Hill Track Camping

  3. Sharps Camping Area

  4. Aire Crossing Campground

  5. Beauchamp Falls Campsite

  6. Dando’s Free Campsite

  7. Stevenson’s Falls Free Campground

These are the best free camping sites along the Great Ocean Road. Conditions and regulations can change, please read any links that are attached to the details below.

Free campsites in Australia are usually on a first in basis, Western Australia is trialling booking for free sites, which takes away the ability to be spontaneous when travelling. Sites are limited, the best chance of finding a site during peak times is to arrive late morning/early afternoon when other campers might be packing up to move on.

If you can’t find a free campsite, local recreation reserves generally offer low-cost sites.

Free Camping before reaching the Great Ocean Road

There is a 24 hour BP Petrol Station at Little River which is about 30 mins after crossing the West Gate Bridge when leaving Melbourne on Highway One.

Near the service station is a large, unsealed, parking area that is generally accepted as a ‘free camping’ spot. This is not near the Ocean Road, it’s about an hour away.

No facilities and beside the noisy highway, campers need to be self-contained or use the toilet facilities (no showers) in the fuel station (which is allowed).

Little River BP Rest Stop - free camping Princes Highway

Little River BP Rest Stop. Beside the major Highway, so it does have traffic noise constantly. Ideal as a quick overnight stop.

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Near Lorne

1. Allenvale Mill Bush Campground

The camping area is about 3 km beyond  Lorne off Allendale Road on the banks of St George River.

This is a walk-in camping area, although it’s only a short walk to the campground (around 200 metres). No booking, no fees. Camping is on a first in, first served basis. There are 16 campsites available. All campsites are un-powered and are suitable for tents only. Long drop toilets are provided. Read More…

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This site is not dog-friendly


2. Big Hill Track Campground

This unpowered campground, 11km / 15 mins from Lorne has open grassy sites surrounded by bush. It is suitable for school groups.

Subject to seasonal closure between 1 June and 31 October inclusive.

12 campsites are available on a first come basis.  Half the sites are set aside for tents only whilst the other half are suitable for tents, caravans and camper-trailers.

Located near the intersection of Big Hill Track and Lorne-Deans Marsh Road, Benwerrin.

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This site is Not dog-friendly


3. Sharps Camping Area

Located about 5 km from Lorne, the campground is adjacent to Sharps Road.

No booking, no fees. Camping is on a first in, first served basis. There are 6 campsites available accommodating up to six people per site. All campsites are un-powered. Half the sites are set aside for tents only; the other sites are suitable for tents, caravans or camper-trailers. 

No toilets, campers need to be self-contained.

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This site is Not dog-friendly

Sharps Free Camping Area Lorne

Sharps Free Camping Area Lorne. Set on a road that is closed from this point on but provides some good walking tracks.


Otways Camping

4. Aire Crossing Campsite

Aire River Crossing Track Great Otway National Park, Johanna | Basic bush camping by the river, very limited spaces | Seasonal closures | Get Directions

This site is dog-friendly though they are required to be on-leash.


5. Beauchamp Falls

This little campground has limited spots, long drop loos and is close to the really pretty Beauchamp Falls.

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6. Dando’s Free Campsite

Dando’s is a reasonably large grassy campsite that has long-drop toilets and is on a first come basis. It is high up in the Otways beyond Beech Forest. Popular with dirt bike riders. Long-drop toilets provided.

Sayers Track, Gillibrand. Get Directions


7. Stevenson’s Falls Free Campground

There is a free campground and a walk to the nearby falls with basic facilities and about 50 un-powered campsites –  the area can become very muddy after heavy rains. It is on a first come basis and does get crowded at peak times. Access is from the Colac-Skenes Creek Road near Barramunga.

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This site is dog-friendly though they are required to be on-leash.


Free Camping in Victoria

Victoria has an incredible number of free camps, sadly, the Great Ocean Road does not offer many these days as fees were introduced some years back. It is not recommended to stop and sleep for the night in parking bays as people can in many parts of Australia. The Great Ocean Road is known for making visitors feel unwelcome in this regard. However, many campgrounds are low cost and affordable.

Recreation fields are often available for camping at a lower cost. Read more about free camping in Australia…

Finding a free campsite at peak times:

  • Arrive early in the afternoon. Most people leave in the morning, arriving at a campsite early afternoon will provide the best opportunity to get a site in the more popular parks and during peak times. Not always guaranteed, but it does help.

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 Camping sites along the Great Ocean Road and Otways

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