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Top Camping Spots Near Melbourne

16 May 2018

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Melbourne is buzzing with trendy bars, restaurants, art, and culture. But sometimes you need a break from the excitement of city life. Luckily, there’s plenty more to Melbourne than the local food and arts scene.

If you’re due for a quiet night under the stars, get away this weekend with these camping spots near Melbourne.

Wombat State Forest – Macedon Ranges

Talk about getting back to nature! Just 50km west of Melbourne, Wombat State Forest is a nature-lover’s wonderland, boasting a stunning 70,000 hectares of untouched bushland. You can expect run-ins with cute critters such as grey kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and over a hundred species of birds.

Wombat State Forest is perfect for bushwalking, 4WDing, fishing, and mountain biking. And if you feel like cooling down with a dip, the freshwater of Lederderg Gorge beckons from just a short walk away!

Tidal River – Wilsons Promontory National Park

The largest national-park campground in Victoria, Tidal River is a go-to for many Melbournians looking for a green getaway. Home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife, this is another top spot for animal-lovers wanting to make some new furry and feathered friends in their natural habitat.

Offering an expansive beach and a huge network of hiking trails, there are endless ways to spend your days in this picturesque area.

Cumberland River – Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a must-see for locals and visitors alike, so why not pitch your tent for the night and make the most of it? Camping on the Cumberland River puts you in prime position to experience this Australian icon. A peaceful oasis of majestic cliff face, lush grass, and towering trees, Cumberland River is one escape from the city you’ll never want to leave!

Enjoy bushwalking in the national park, or take a dip at the private beach, located just minutes away from the campsite.

Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Can’t bear to leave your four-legged family member at home? Kurth Kiln is the closest dog-friendly camping spot to Melbourne.

Situated in 3,500 hectares of scenic forest, this is a great place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the sounds of the native birds. Kurth Kiln Regional Park is brimming with wildlife and interesting flora, so don’t forget your camera!

Popular activities include bushwalking, birdwatching, picnicking, biking, and horse riding.

Looking to get outside without pitching a tent? Check out our top picnic spots in Melbourne to enjoy your next meal surrounded by nature.