Free Camping along the Ocean Road

  • Free Camping Great Ocean Road

Free Camping along the Great Ocean Road

Conditions and regulations can change, please read any links that are attached. Only a few campsites are free along the Ocean Road.

Free campsites are on a first in basis. 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 in the fuel station (which is allowed). Download the WikiCampsAU App to find more free and low-cost campsites around Australia.

Near Lorne

Allenvale Mill Bush Campground

The camping area is located just beyond the outskirts of 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 meters). No booking, no fees. Camping is on a first in, first served basis. There are 16 campsites available. All campsites are unpowered and are suitable for tents only. Read More…

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

Sharps Camping Area

Located 3kms from Lorne, the campground is adjacent to Sharps Road. Four-wheel drive only access is possible past the campground.

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 unpowered. Half the sites are set aside for tents only; the other sites are suitable for tents, caravans or camper-trailers. Read More…

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

Otways Camping

Aire Crossing Campsite

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

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

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.

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 like 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.

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

Camping along the Great Ocean Road & Otways