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Melville Caves Campground

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Melville Caves Road, Brenanah VIC 3517

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  • Large campground with multiple separate campsites
  • Creatively designed undercover area
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits
  • Wood fire barbecues
  • Water tank and tap
  • Information sign
  • Toilets (non flush)
  • Signs indicating the names of shrubs and trees throughout the campground
  • Rocks and fallen logs for children to climb
  • Scenic walking tracks
  • Lots of pyrite sparkling in the rocks and gravel throughout the area
Spend a weekend exploring the Kooyoora State Park and the spectacular Melville Caves, a series of mysterious caverns and passageways which were reputedly used as a hideout by notorious 19th century bushranger, Captain Melville. 

This spacious free campground is located just down the road from the caves and provides great visitor facilities along with a variety of scenic walks.

Camping at Melville Caves

Free camping is permitted at Melville Caves Campground, no booking is required.

This spacious campground is well equipped with picnic tables, fire pits, wood fire barbecues, toilets, and a large undercover area surrounded by layers of decorative stone blocks. 

A toilet block offers two non-flush toilets, one wheelchair accessible with a tap and sink. Signs by the sink and water tank state that the water is untreated, do not drink.

There are numerous shrubs and trees scattered throughout the campground, some of which have little signs beneath them stating their common and scientific names. 

The land surrounding the campground is filled with beautiful, gigantic rock formations, and one of the campsites within the campground also features a large sloping mound of stone - great fun for kids to climb on. 

Pyrite in the rocks and gravel makes the ground sparkle beneath your feet. 

The campground is enclosed within a basic wire fence.

Getting to Melville Caves Campground

The Melville Caves Campground is located on Melville Caves Road, just a few minutes drive from the caves themselves

You'll pass the Melville Caves Day Visit Area on the way up (camping is not permitted at the day visit area). 

Keep going up the mountain and around a few bends, you will soon come to the campground which will be on your right. 

Drive slow past the day visit area and up the mountain, as there are a series of speed bumps along this section of road. 


Head up to Melville Caves for a short walk alongside incredible rock formations, past a well structured lookout with breathtaking views, and through the fascinating caves. 

There are several other fantastic walk options from the campground as well. 

Melville Caves
Long Rock Walking Track
  • 5.5 km (2-3 hours) return
  • Steep inclines
McLeods Lookout
  • 2 km (1 hour) return
  • Steep inclines
Southern Lookout
  • 2 km (1 hour) return
  • Steep inclines


Dogs are allowed at the Melville Caves Campground, but not at the caves, picnic area or walking track. 
  • Melville Caves Campground: Dogs allowed on lead
  • Melville Caves Lookout: Dogs not allowed
  • Melville Caves Walking Track: Dogs not allowed
  • Melville Caves Picnic Area: Dogs not allowed

Other places nearby to explore

A little further back down Melville Caves Road lies the Melville Caves Day Visit Area, a fantastic picnic ground featuring a stone shelter, wood fire barbecues, picnic tables, toilets, walking tracks, and gorgeous rock formations. 

The toilet blocks are actually built into the sides of gigantic boulders, a unique and interesting feature.

Also not to be missed along this road is Barry's Rock, a huge impressive boulder which has a hollow cavern within.


  • Camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Many campgrounds are located close to interesting attractions and historic sites, and the Goldfields region is certainly not lacking in fascinating things to discover. 
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!


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Just a shame that most of the tracks are locked up these days. Too Dangerous there with one way in and one way out if there's a fire there.