Looking for places to camp near Melbourne? Well, you’re in the right spot! All of the sites on this list are within three and a half hours drive of Melbourne.

After I did the places to camp within 3.5 hours of Sydney and places to camp within 3.5 hours of Brisbane posts I starting fielding a heap of requests from people in the other major cities asking for the same thing.

There’s no way I can get around and review all of these places personally in the near future, so this is more about doing some of the legwork for you and making it easier for you to choose the place that suits your needs.

Use the links to go directly to the website (if they have one) for each place to check it out in further detail before you make a decision.

All of these places have either been recommended or they looked good to me when I was researching and I would want to head there myself.

I’ll try and make sure this list has a mixture of both caravan parks and free/offroad/remote camps so that there is hopefully something to suit everyone.

I’d love to hear your feedback about any of these spots and also hear about any that aren’t on the list that you think should be.

Also, feel free to leave your reviews (good or bad) in the comments below to help the next person out. Keep in mind that depending on what traffic was doing when I googled distance, drive time may vary slightly.

Remember, if you are on the hunt for campsites in certain areas there are heaps of apps that can help you out. Check out handy apps for road tripping & camping for some more great options when it comes to finding places to camp near Melbourne.


Town Place/Site Distance From Melbourne
Baw Baw Aberfeldy Bridge 2.5 hours drive
Balnarring Beach Balnarring Beach Foreshore 1 hour drive
Barmah Barmah Lakes Camping Ground 3 hours drive
Tarwin Lower Bear Gully Campground 2.5 hours drive
Apollo Bay Big 4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park 2.5 hours drive
Cape Otway Blanket Bay Campground 3 hours 15 minutes drive
Briagolong Blue Pool 3 hours drive
Bright Bright Big 4 3.5 hours drive
Matlock Comet Flat Campground 3 hours 20 minutes drive
Coopers Creek Coopers Creek Campgrounds 2 hours 15 minutes drive
Cowes Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park 1 hours 45 minutes drive
Gellibrand Dandos Camping Spot 2.5 hours drive
Yarra Junction Doon Reserve Caravan Park 1 hour 10 minutes drive
Eagle Point Eagle Point Caravan Park 3 hours 20 minutes drive
Mathoura Edward River Bridge 3 hours 15 minutes drive
Steiglitz Friday’s Campground 1 hour 20 minutes drive
Ararat Green Hill Lake Camping Reserve 2 hours 15 minutes drive
Halls Gap Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park 3 hours drive
Gembrook Kurth Kiln Picnic & Camping Ground 1 hour 15 minutes drive
Jam Jerrup Lang Lang Caravan Park 1 hour 10 minutes drive
Murrindindi Murrindindi Scenic Reserve 1.5 hours drive
Nagambi Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park 1.5 hours drive
Glenmaggie Paradise Valley Camping Ground 2.5 hours drive
Phillip Island Phillip Island Caravan Park Big 4 1.5 hours drive
Point Leo Point Leo Foreshore Camping 1 hour 10 minutes drive
Moondarra Seninis Campground 2 hours drive
Howqua Hills Sheepyard Flat Campsite 3 hours 15 minutes drive
Zumsteins Smiths Mill 3.5 hours drive
Barramunga Stevensons Falls Campground 2 hours 15 minutes drive
Blairgowrie Stringer Campground 1.5 hours drive
Tidal River Tidal River Campground 3 hours drive
Noojee Toorongo Falls Campsite 1 hour 45 minutes drive
Ulupna Carters Beach Camping Area 3 hours drive
Walhalla Walhalla North Gardens 2 hours 20 minutes drive
Walkerville North Walkerville Camping Reserve 2 hours 20 minutes drive
Woodside Beach Woodside Beach Caravan Park 2 hours 36 minutes drive


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