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Glen Road, Lockwood South VIC 3551

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One of several fantastic free campgrounds in the Bendigo area, Happy Jacks Reserve stretches along the bank of Bullock Creek in Lockwood and features a free camping area, picnic area, playground and sports oval.

Located just 20 minutes from Bendigo, Happy Jacks Reserve makes a great spot to set up camp while exploring the natural and historical treasures of the Greater Bendigo Region. 

This spot is sometimes referred to as the Happy Jacks Reserve, Lockwood South Recreation Reserve, Bullock Creek Picnic Reserve and Bullock Creek Streamside Reserve. 

Free camping at Happy Jacks Reserve

The campground consists of a large, lightly treed area along the creek, located to the right when you enter the reserve on Glen Road. There is plenty of room to set up tents and park caravans/RVs.

The picnic facilities and toilets are located separate to the camping area. It is a good idea to bring your own camp chairs, tables, etc. 

Picnic and visitor facilities at Happy Jacks Reserve

The picnic area is over to the left of the reserve entrance and provides great visitor facilities including an undercover electric barbecue, an undercover picnic table, more unshaded tables, a small playground with a slide and swings, rubbish bins and toilets. 

Camping is not permitted at the picnic area.

Sports facilities at Happy Jacks Reserve

The Lockwood South Recreation Reserve is situated alongside the parking area for the Happy Jacks picnic area, and features a sports oval and batting cage. 



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