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Hamiltons Crossing

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Baringhup West-Eastville Road, Baringhup West VIC

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This free camping area sits along the banks of the beautiful Loddon River in Baringhup West, Victoria. 

Have a swim or relax on the banks with a fishing rod while you enjoy the serene atmosphere of this peaceful riverside area.

Free camping at Hamiltons Crossing

Camping at Hamiltons Crossing is free, no bookings are required. 

Multiple campsites are are spread along the Loddon River, which offer plenty of room for both tents and caravans. 

Visitor facilities at Hamiltons Crossing

Fire pits with barbecue plates are scattered throughout the campground. 

These are the only facilities present, there are no picnic tables, toilets or rubbish bins. 

Campers must be fairly self sufficient. Please take your rubbish with you when you leave. 

The Loddon River

The beautiful Loddon River flows from its headwaters on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range (east of Daylesford) and flow north to the Murray River. 

The Loddon River travels through Baringhup then through here at Hamiltons Crossing before continuing on towards Eddington. 

The Loddon River is a popular destination for swimming, boating and fishing, with many fantastic recreation areas and campgrounds set along its banks.

Aboriginal birthing tree

There is a beautiful example of an Aboriginal birthing tree along the Loddon River here at Hamiltons Crossing. This tree was used as a shelter by women giving birth. 

Aboriginal Protectorate site

Just upstream from Hamiltons Crossing, in what is now private property adjacent to the campground, this area of the Loddon River named Neereman was the original site of Edward Stone Parker's Aboriginal Protectorate, 1840-41. 

The site of the Protectorate was soon relocated over near Mount Franklin, although this spot on the Loddon River would certainly have been the superior choice in the long run. 

The flat area to the north of the river is still known by some as Parker's Plains

Other places to check out nearby


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  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
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