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Balt Camp

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Camp Road, Blakeville VIC 3342

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Pitch a tent behind the historical remains of the Balt Camp, a 1940s work camp built by the Forestry Commission after World War Two to provide employment for young Northern European immigrants who had been displaced.

Historical site at Balt Camp

Built in 1946, today the site consists of two chimneys and the foundations/stone walls of multiple buildings including the cook house, managers hut and toilet block. The remains of the Able Mine lie across the other side of Camp Road.

Free camping at Balt Camp

Free camping is permitted here, and there are several clearings behind the ruins where you can set up camp. There is a fire pit in the first clearing, but no other visitor facilities present - campers must be self sufficient.

Bushwalking at Balt Camp

This site is a feature along the 89 km Lerderderg Track, and is part of the 10.7 km Balt Camp section of the walk.

More history and information

There is lots of fantastic information on the Balt Camp, the Baltic refugees, and the Able Mine over at Blackwood Publishing, their page is well worth a read. 



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


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