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Ultimate free camping guide for the Victorian Goldfields

Posted 15/04/2022 in Things to do




Looking for some great new camping destinations in the Victorian Goldfields? Check out this ultimate collection of online local camping guides and start planning your next weekend adventure!

BEST campgrounds for gold prospecting

Ironbark Dam is a great place to set up camp while prospecting in the Kingower State Forest.

The Victorian Goldfields region is world-famous for the size and abundance of its alluvial gold. Gold fever has gripped the state since 1851, and with significant discoveries still regularly hitting the news, the region's proud gold prospecting heritage is still going strong today! Set up camp and settle in for weekend of gold detecting, panning or sluicing in the Victorian Goldfields - we've put together this handy list of campgrounds throughout the region which make perfect destinations for gold prospecting trips.

Check out the region's best campgrounds for gold prospecting.

BEST spots for camping and swimming

Pitch a tent along the shore of the beautiful Lake Burrumbeet, just twenty minutes from Ballarat. 

One of the best ways to spend a warm weekend is to pack your bags and head out on a lake or riverside camping trip! We've got some great campgrounds where you can swim throughout the Victorian Goldfields, take a look through the following list and start planning your next weekend away.

Discover the best campgrounds for swimming in the Victorian Goldfields. 

BEST spots for camping with kids

Smythesdale Gardens is one of the region's best destinations for a family camping trip. 

On the hunt for family-friendly campgrounds? There are plenty of fantastic options throughout the Victorian Goldfields! We've compiled some of our favourite spots for camping with kids to help inspire your next family weekend away. These campgrounds all offer great visitor facilities, fun things for the kids to do while you're there, and lots of interesting places to explore in the surrounding areas.

Take a look at this collection of family-friendly campgrounds in the Victorian Goldfields.


BEST CAMPGROUNDS for hiking

Richards Campground is a fantastic spot to camp while hiking throughout the Mount Cole State Forest. 

Spend a weekend exploring the natural and historical treasures on the Victorian Goldfields on foot, from mineral springs to mountain views and everything in between! We've gathered together this collection of some of the region's best campgrounds for hiking, where you'll discover excellent visitor facilities and fantastic walking trails!

Check out the region's best campgrounds for hiking.

BEST FREE CAMPGROUNDS NEAR Daylesford

Colbrook Reservoir is definitely one of the most picturesque camping spots in the region.

The Daylesford region hosts a huge collection of fantastic free campgrounds! Whether you're looking for a scenic spot by the river, a peaceful bushland setting, or a place close to local waterfalls, you're sure to find the perfect destination for your next camping trip. This list covers all the best campgrounds within forty minutes of Daylesford and includes distance from town, visitor facilities, and things to do nearby!

Check out this collection of the best free campgrounds near Daylesford.

BEST FREE CAMPGROUNDS NEAR Ballarat

The Dam Campground is a great camping spot in the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve, not far from Ballarat. 

Whether you're looking for a summer lake-side camp, a peaceful bushland setting, or a scenic spot by the river, you're sure to find the perfect destination for your next camping trip around Ballarat. This massive list covers all the best campgrounds within an hour of Ballarat and includes distance from town, visitor facilities, things to do, and whether you can bring your dog along with you!

Take a look at the best free campgrounds near Ballarat.


BEST FREE CAMPGROUNDS NEAR Bendigo

Happy Jacks Reserve is a fantastic free campground in Lockwood, just out of Bendigo.

The Bendigo region hosts a huge collection of fantastic free campgrounds! Many are located very close to town over in the Greater Bendigo National Park and up along the gorgeous Campaspe River. Plenty of the campgrounds throughout the region are great spots for swimming, gold prospecting and bushwalking. This massive list covers all the campgrounds within an hour of Bendigo and includes distance from town, visitor facilities, things to do, and whether you can bring your dog along with you!

Check out this list of the best free campgrounds near Bendigo.

BEST FREE CAMPGROUNDS NEAR Castlemaine

Set up camp at Leanganook Campground and explore the beautiful Mount Alexander Regional Park.

Whether you're looking to explore historical sites, set up camp for a weekend of gold prospecting, or settle in at a scenic spot by the river, you're sure to find the perfect destination for your next camping trip in the Castlemaine region. This list covers all the best campgrounds within thirty minutes of Castlemaine and includes distance from town, visitor facilities, things to do, and whether you can bring your dog along with you!

Take a look and discover the best free campgrounds near Castlemaine.

Best free campgrounds near Maryborough

Cork Oaks Campground is a beautiful place to set up camp and explore the Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve, not far from Maryborough.

The Maryborough region hosts a great collection of free campgrounds! Whether you're looking to explore historical sites, head out gold prospecting, or settle in for a few days fishing and swimming, the following list is sure to inspire your next weekend away!

Check out this collection of the best free campgrounds near Maryborough

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