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Top 8 Free Camping Spots in Gippsland

Gippsland is a tourist hotspot located in Victoria that stretches 337 miles from the New South Wales border to Melbourne. The area is particularly reputed for its wildlife as it is home to The Tarra Bulga and Wilson’s Promontory National Parks. What’s more, thanks to its abundance of wineries and vineyards, Gippsland is also a haven for gourmet food and wine connoisseurs. You could also opt to explore the diverse landscapes that this Victorian region has to offer, ranging from vast snowfields to scenic beaches.

Is there any free camping at Gippsland?

Yes, there are so many free camping sites in Gippsland, too many to mention in this article! However, some of our favourite campgrounds are found deep in the Avon Hendricks Scenic Reserve. The Avon River provides you with free activities to spruce up your camping experience, such as swimming and fishing. There are also free camping spots for RVs (recreational vehicles) or 4WD, and some only for hikers.

Free Camping Gippsland

Newry Recreation Reserve

Newry Recreation Reserve

Newry is one of the most convenient camping spots in the area. It’s in the middle of Gippsland and is accessible to camp trailers, RVs (recreational vehicles), and big rigs.

However, the facilities are not quite good. The toilets can be a nightmare as they are often blocked, and the available water is unsafe for human consumption. As such, this camping spot is best suited for self-contained campers.

On the bright side, generators are available during daylight hours, and you can stay in this location for up to 72 hours. Fires are also approved, so make sure to carry some firewood. Besides, there is a pub within the premises, where you can get good food, drinks, and a Wi-Fi connection.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

Wombat Crossing Camping Site C

Wombat Crossing Camping Site C

This camping spot is a small flattish clearing found at the Avon Hendricks Scenic Reserve, which is under the management of DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning). While it is accessible to hikers, its access is limited to 4WD machines only.

The surrounding forest is quite serene, with the exception of the occasional blue tongues, goannas, and echidnas. The Avon River, which is a 150-metre walk away from the spot, is also a site to behold. There is a great swimming hole where you can take a quick dive or go on a relaxing fishing expedition. This campsite also features a fire pit, an in-built cooking hot plate, and two picnic tables. The downside is that you must be fully self-contained, as no other amenities are available at Wombat Crossing C.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

Dermody’s Campground

Dermody’s Campground

Dermody’s campground is adjacent to Wombat Crossing C. The two spots are less than a kilometre apart and are both parts of the Avon Hendricks Scenic Reserve. However, unlike Wombat Crossing C, Dermot’s campground is situated on Avon River. You will have direct access to swimming holes and fishing spots. There are also plenty of camping sites and picnic spots with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.

Notably, this campground is highly susceptible to wildfires due to the dry forest environment. Therefore, you are required to follow all DELWP fire regulations to the letter. These include not lighting fires on Total Fire Ban days, using fire trenches at least 30 centimetres deep, and setting fire spots at least 3 metres from the nearest vegetation. Also, pets are not allowed in this camping spot.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

Wombat Crossing B

Wombat Crossing B

This camping spot is located along O’Keefe Road in Avon Mt. Hendricks Scenic Reserve. It is situated right next to the Avon River. You will have access to the river’s swimming holes and fishing areas. However, there is only one campsite by the river while the rest are approximately 200 metres back. Worse still, the road leading to the river is elevated and full of loose gravel, making it difficult to access without a 4WD. It is also important to note that there is little to no phone reception in the area, especially for Telstra users.

Nonetheless, this camping spot offers immense tranquillity with its rainforest climate, cool breeze, and vast assortment of wildflowers. There are shaded picnic tables, barbeque sites, and excellent bird viewing spots.

On the flipside, there is no rubbish disposal or toilet facility. Campers who are not fully self-contained are required to bury their waste before leaving.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

Huggetts Crossing

Huggetts Crossing

Huggetts crossing is located along Kentucky Road, Monomak, about 9 kilometres from Gippsland. As of January 2022, this camping site was closed off to vehicles. However, hikers are still able to set camp in the area.

It is located on the Avon River. As such, you will gain access to swimming holes, fishing areas, and the river trail. It also offers ample camping sites (even for huge groups), picnic facilities, and drop toilets. There are also fire pits, meaning you can enjoy a nice barbeque by the river. You should also expect to encounter a bit of wildlife wandering about the campsite, most notably goannas and snakes. Therefore, exercise immense caution if you are planning on camping with children or pets. The area is also prone to flooding during rainy seasons. As such, it is best to avoid Huggetts Crossing during the wet periods of the year.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

Wellington RV Park Maffra

Wellington RV Park Maffra

This camping spot was initially known as the French’s Park. It is about half an hour drive from Gippsland and is only open to fully self-contained camping automobiles. Sleeping in vehicles or camping in tents is not allowed. Additionally, this free camping site has a 48-hour stay limit.

The site features only a dumping site. The toilets are locked off, no running water, and semi-permanent structures surround the site. It is also somewhat noisy as it is positioned between two busy roads and is located in an industrial region. The good news is that it is very close to the town centre, and there is space big enough for 5th wheel campers or buses.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

Pepper’s Place 4WD

Pepper’s Place 4WD

This free campground is located along the Ridge Track in Briagolong. Access is limited to 4WD, including off-road caravans, motorbikes, and camper trailers. It is a pet-friendly spot with sizable tent areas and a wee stream. However, it is somewhat risky during rainy seasons as the river often rises, which might bring about flooding.

Cost: Free
Directions: Along Ridge Track, Briagolong, Victoria

Harrier Swamp Campground

Harrier Swamp Campground

This campground is a 4WD access only site, as you will have to navigate sandy roads from Rosedale. However, this journey is worthwhile as the campground is located in a serene clearing on a hill, with a fire tower adjoining it. There are toilets and picnic tables on offer. It is also a pet-friendly spot, and tents are allowed.

Cost: Free
Directions: Find on map

For more free camping in Victoria, check out our complete Victoria Free Camping Guide.