The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives and is a fantastic destination for campervan road trips. The spectacular road winds alongside the rugged and windswept coast of the Southern Ocean, where you can witness the magical 12 Apostles, world-famous surf breaks, waterfalls, and more. Camping under the stars will be an absolute highlight of your trip, so don’t miss the top 5 camping grounds along the Great Ocean Road has to offer:
Apollo Bay is a must-stop destination on the Great Ocean Road, located less than 3 hours out of Melbourne. The town is embraced by tranquil beaches and rolling green hills, famous for its fantastic seafood. Spend your days swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing, and bushwalking, and return to spend the night at the incredible nearby campground.
Relax in Apollo Bay’s only beachfront camping and accommodation at Marengo Holiday Park. This is definitely one of the best camping grounds on the Great Ocean Road: choose from relaxing cabins and spacious powered and unpowered sites, all overlooking the stunning beach. The park is fully facilitated with toilets, hot showers, laundry and kitchen. There are around 80 sites in total and they start from $30/night.
About 2.5 hours from Melbourne, along one of the most spectacular sections of the Great Ocean Road, you’ll reach the small coastal town of Wye River, between Lorne and Apollo Bay. The town offers easy access to nearby destinations and attractions, so it’s the perfect place to camp along the Great Ocean Road if you want a quiet night near the ocean.
Wye River Foreshore Camping Reserve is a gorgeous little beachfront campground, which is opened in the warmer months from September through to April. The park is fully facilitated with an amenities block including shower, toilet, laundry and camp kitchen. With only 60 powered sites and 4 unpowered sites, the campground quite often gets booked out, so it is a good idea to book early.
There’s no doubt on your road trip you will be visiting the Twelve Apostles – the famous limestone pillars dotting the rugged coastline. There are not a great number of campgrounds right near the Twelve Apostles, so we suggest heading just 11km down the road to the lively seaside town of Port Campbell. Here you can discover plenty of vibrant shops and cafes, a stunning jetty and epic ocean views.
Port Campbell Recreation Reserve is a low-cost campground with both powered and unpowered sites. Located on a large natural bush setting with views of the Campbell Creek estuary, this is a budget camping experience at its best. Facilities include hot showers and toilets, laundry, camp kitchen, and BBQs.
Located just over 2 hours from Melbourne, Cumberland River is the perfect place to camp along the Great Ocean Road. The River flows from inland through rock pools and sandy sections into the Southern Ocean.
Nestled in the lush green valley between majestic cliffs and mountains, Cumberland River Holiday Park is one of the most scenic coastal holiday parks in Victoria. The park runs along the banks of the Cumberland River with many campsites close to the river’s edge. Here you will find 80 grassy and flat unpowered sites, and several cabins to choose from; fully facilitated with a toilet and shower block.
Kennett River is a small seaside town situated 174km away from Melbourne and is famous for being the best place in Victoria to see wild koalas. Take a short walk up the Grey River Road though the gum forest and keep your eyes peeled for koalas, parrots and other native wildlife.
Just a stone’s throw from the Grey River Road you’ll find Kennett River Holiday Park. This seaside park features several powered and unpowered sites, toilet and hot shower block, camp kitchen, and BBQ facilities. Sites are positioned on grassy allotments and start at $35/night.
There’s nothing like Australia for road trip adventures, so hire a campervan with Travellers Autobarn and explore the Great Ocean Road at your own pace. If you don’t want the adventure to stop there, you can check out some of Australia’s best campgrounds, and make your self-drive adventure around the country for the trip of a lifetime.