Going camping with the family is a chance for you and your loved ones to spend some quality time together and make long-lasting happy memories. When it comes to stunning outdoor views and scenery, Victoria is spoilt for choice. With so many beautiful destinations to explore, the difficult part is often choosing where to go.
Whether you want a coastal getaway, to camp in the bush or to venture into the hills, there is a wide variety of options available. No matter what your tastes, budget or style are, you can be sure that you will find a camping destination you will love in The Garden State.
So before you load the camping equipment into the car and hit the road, be sure to spend some time researching your options to find the perfect camping spot for your next family camping trip.
Let’s take a look at five of the best family-friendly camping spots in Victoria that you can consider for your next family camping getaway.
1. The Murray-Darling
For those looking to truly get away from it all and have a more rural camping experience, you should consider heading for Mildura on the banks of the Murray River in the north-west of the state. While the town itself is a haven for watersports, fishing and paddle boats, there is a range of remote camping spots waiting to be explored in the surrounding area.
The Gunbower National Park offers camping sites alongside the creek where you can get up close and personal with the local bird population.
2. The Grampians
Covering an area of more than 1,500 kilometres, the awe-inspiring Grampians need no introduction. The views across the Victorian countryside are simply jaw-dropping and there is a range of walks, wildlife and other activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Two campsites near the Halls Gap provide the perfect family-friendly base camp for exploring the area and The Brambuk Cultural Centre is not to be missed, which always has plenty of kid-friendly activities on offer.
3. Tidal River
Wilsons Prom is, without doubt, the top choice with many Victorians searching for a well-equipped one-stop-shop camping experience. With 484 campsites with modern facilities, laundry blocks, picnic sites, communal barbecues and more, it is understandably very popular with families.
If you manage to get a space you will be perfectly located to explore the walking trails in the area that take you past unspoilt beaches, through majestic rainforests and towering mountain peaks and pristine offshore islands.
4. Upper Yarra Reservoir Park
If you want to remove yourself from the action and have a more tranquil, peaceful camping experience, the Upper Yarra Reservoir Park is a must. Campers here can enjoy being surrounded by exotic trees, native bush and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.
The 500-metre long Fern Gully trail takes you through a serene eucalyptus forest, making for a great adventure for the kids. There are more challenging hikes to lookout points for older kids and some swimming spots for you to explore.
5. Philip Island
The local fair penguins at Philip Island visit the beaches every night, delighting children and adults alike with their waddling. The island also offers a range of opportunities for beach days with the family, walking trails to explore, wildlife cruises and plenty more to keep the family entertained. There are plenty of campsites to choose from depending on your budget and preferences.
However, the Big4 Philip Island Caravan Family Park is a family favourite as it goes above and beyond to keep the kids entertained with an outdoor cinema, adventure playground, volleyball, games room, basketball and a giant jumping pillow all on offer.
Choose The Right Destination For Your Next Family Camping Trip
With so many amazing destinations to choose from in Victoria, it’s important to take some time and make the right decision. Consider the interests of your family, their ages and how you like to spend time together. Taking these key points into account, you will be able to choose a destination that will keep the entire family happy and ensure that you all remember your camping trip for all the right reasons.