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Green Hill Lake Campground

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Green Hill Lake Road, Ararat VIC 3377

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  • Free camping (donations welcome)
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Free electric BBQs
  • Playground
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets and showers
  • Undercover areas
  • Climbing rocks and trees
  • Bushwalking
  • Dog friendly
Green Hill Lake is located 4km east of Ararat and is a fantastic free area for recreation, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, barbecues and bushwalking.

There is plenty of room for camping and RVs, no booking is required and camping is completely free of charge (although there is a donation and suggestion box), which is fantastic for such a well equipped campground.

A large central toilet block offers free hot showers as well as power points.

Picnic tables, fire pits, wood fire barbecues, and rubbish bins are scattered throughout the camping area. 

Large trees offer some shade for campers, and many of the trees are excellent for kids to climb. A large cluster of boulders alongside the camping area is also great for climbing kids - but watch out for snakes during summer.

When you first enter the Green Hill Lake recreation area the lake lies directly ahead with some basic undercover areas and picnic tables. Follow the road around to the right and you will come up to a large gravel parking area with a playground, barbecue area and boat ramp.

The playground overlooks the water and is under cover. This area also features an outdoor fitness station. An adjacent undercover area houses a free electric barbecue.

The boat ramp is accessible from the parking area, and the road continues along from here to the campground and toilet block.

The lake is well stocked with trout and is popular for fishing. 

Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.

A concrete walking/cycling track travels all the way to Ararat.

Nearby Attractions

Alexandra Gardens - Alexandra Gardens is a spectacular park in Ararat, Victoria with a lot to offer. An incredible multi level walk-in fernery slopes down toward the terraced lawns and ornamental lake. An 800m pram/wheelchair-friendly walking track makes its way around the lake across pretty bridges and through the Japanese themed islands. Close to the fernery lies a fantastic playground with lots of unique play equipment, a wheelchair accessible ramp, toddler play space and shade sails. The park also offers excellent undercover barbecue areas.


Experience the best Victoria has to offer with Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, a genuine Ecotourism Operator offering a wide range of nature, heritage and adventure tours throughout the many unique regions of Western and Central Victoria. Guided tours are available across the Goldfields, Daylesford & Spa Country, Pyrenees Wine Region, Grampians National Park, and Great Ocean Road! 


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • There are so many excellent playgrounds tucked away in little-known places. Take a look through this great list of playgrounds throughout the Victorian Goldfields.
  • 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!
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.


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Paul Olver
The Council need to open the lake for campers asap as per Government laws at the moment. Certainly open it for self contained campers and vans as the do not need to use the facilitys at the lake