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Notley Campground

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Notley Road, Whipstick VIC 3556

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Features

Explore the natural and historical treasures of the Whipstick area from Notleys, a fantastic free camping area within the Greater Bendigo National Park. This area is popular for bushwalking and gold prospecting. Visitor facilities include picnic tables, a large picnic shelter, wood fire barbecues, toilets and walking tracks.  

There is lots of room for campers and caravans/RVs, and plenty of separate sites with their own picnic tables and wood fire barbecues/fire pits. 

Toilets are located among the trees on a small rise at the back of the campground. 

Bushwalking around Notley Campground

A scenic walking track heads out from the parking area alongside the picnic shelter. It is marked with a sign, which displays the following text:

Frogmouth Walk
2.5 km loop
1 hr

Visitors can also take a long circuit walk from Notley Campground to Flagstaff Hill and Old Tom Mine. Take a look at this map of the longer walk on Wikiloc. Doing this walk in reverse will take you to the nearby Old Tom Mine first, then you can either continue on the longer walk or return to Notleys. 

Gold prospecting around Notley Campground

Gold prospecting is permitted throughout most of the Greater Bendigo National Park, including the area around Notley Campground. Take a look at this prospecting map from Parks Victoria to see which parts of the National Park are okay for prospecting. 

Always be wary of where you are walking while prospecting in the Greater Bendigo National Park as there are deep open mine shafts throughout the area. 

Local gold prospecting shops, tours and training
Driving around the Whipstick area

The roads to the campgrounds and picnic areas are all easily accessible by 2wd vehicles in good weather. 

The bush tracks get slippery and muddy in wet weather. If you intend to drive off the wide main roads onto any of the smaller bush tracks, a four wheel drive is required. Many tracks get very uneven and have overhanging branches which will scrape on your car as you pass through.

If you are not prepared with 4wd recovery gear then it is best to keep to the main roads in wet weather. Some areas are also very scrubby and do not have solid trees to attach a winch to. 

There is very limited phone reception in this area.

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DID YOU KNOW...

  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!
 

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