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Free Camping in Phillip Island

Phillip Island is a popular holiday destination off the southern Australian coast, about 125 km from Melbourne. It features stunning landscapes, lush bushland, spectacular white beaches, iconic Australian wildlife, wetland reserves, and high-octane motorsports. Phillip Island was declared Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve, and it boasts numerous surfing spots.

Just under 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a natural paradise with its little penguins and sleepy koalas. One of the most popular tourist attractions on Phillip Island is the Penguin Parade. It is the home of Little Penguins, the smallest penguin in the world. 

You can also visit the Antarctic Journey at Nobbies Centre. Other places to see on Phillip Island include Woolamai Surf Beach, Cowes, Cowes Main Beach, the Nobbies, Nobbies Centre, San Remo, Seal Rocks, Churchill Island, Maru Wildlife Park, the Grand Prix Circuit, and the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.

Whether it is a one-day trip or a weekend getaway, Phillip Island is the perfect day trip destination from Melbourne.

Is there any free camping on Phillip Island?

Phillips Island has several camping grounds and caravan parks where you can pitch a tent or set up a van for accommodation when visiting the island. However, there are currently no free camping grounds in Phillip Islands. 

Still, we have compiled a list of free camping spots within driving distance of the island and a list of budget-friendly sites worth visiting. These campsites are ideal bases from which you can explore Phillip Island.

Free Camping In Phillip Island

The Riverview Hotel

The Riverview Hotel

A one-hour drive from the island, the Riverview Hotel barely sneaks into this list. The Riverview Hotel is at 15 River Dr, Tarwin Lower, Victoria. It is a free campground for up to two fully self-contained vehicles only. Buy a beer and a meal at the Riverview Hotel, and they’ll be happy to allow you to camp on the vacant block next door. 

The campsite overlooks the beautiful Tarwin River and is accessible by RVs and caravans. Toilets and showers are available across the road. Camping in tents is not permitted, and you can stay here for up to 48 hours. The campground is a dog-friendly site with excellent staff and is flat, requiring no levelling.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 74 Km East

Low-Cost Camping on Phillip Island

San Remo Beachfront Caravan Park

San Remo Beachfront Caravan Park

San Remo Beachfront Caravan Park is located at 1 Davis Point Road, San Remo, Victoria. It is a paid caravan park that provides powered and annual holiday sites. There are no cabins on this campground, and dogs are not permitted. Amenities include toilets, showers, drinking water, laundry, rubbish bins, and power hookups. It is accessible to RVs, campervans, camper trailers, and caravans. It is a quiet park just a two-minute walk from the beach and a ten-minute walk from the town centre. It is an ideal spot to set up camp when attending the MotoGP at the Grand Prix Circuit.

Cost: From $20 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 16 Km East

Corinella Foreshore Caravan Park

Corinella Foreshore Caravan Park

The Corinella Foreshore Caravan Park is a caravan park at 3 Peters Street, Corinella Vic. 3984, Victoria. It provides beautiful panoramic views of Western Port Bay and French Island. Located on a hilltop overlooking the Corinella jetty area, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the sun rising above the ocean horizon. You are required to book the cabins in advance. All cabins at the Corinella Foreshore are fully ensuite and equipped with all the necessary utensils. Linen is provided for the main bed only; you will need to hire linen for the extra bed or bring your own.

The camping area is clean, and the caravan section comprises powered sites. While here, you can enjoy bird watching, walking the trails, cycling, swimming, fishing, and canoeing. Corinella Foreshore allows camping in tents and is accessible by RVs, campervans, camper trailers, and caravans. It is a wheelchair-friendly campsite that also permits pets. Amenities include toilets, showers, drinking water, picnic tables, garbage bins, laundry, BBQ areas, power hookups, a boat ramp, and a solid mobile reception.

Cost: $18 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 41 Km North East

Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat

Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat

The Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat is a caravan park at 3560 Bass Highway, Kilcunda, Victoria. It offers exquisite views of the Bass Strait and the coastline between Cape Woolamai to the west and Cape Paterson to the east. Given how hard it is to find budget-friendly camping spots around Phillip Island, this gem offers beautiful oceanfront views for under $40.

The campground sits on a large grassy area on top of a hill giving you magnificent cliff top views of the ocean and the whales spouting in the distance. The site offers onsite cottages, cabins, powered and unpowered campsites for the perfect getaway experience. Pets and ground tent camping are permitted, and the site is accessible by RVs, campervans, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs. Amenities include toilets, showers, drinking water, tables, garbage bins, a BBQ area, a playground, a camp kitchen, laundry, power hookups, and a dump point. Enjoy bird watching, fishing, cycling, and hiking trails while at Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat.

Cost: From $18 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 28.6 Km East

Lang Lang Foreshore Campground Caravan Park

Lang Lang Foreshore Campground Caravan Park

Lang Lang Foreshore Campground Caravan Park is situated at 174 Jetty Rd, Jam Jerrup, Victoria midway between Koo Wee Rup and Phillip Island. Established in 1952, this beachside caravan park is a one-hour drive away from Melbourne and forty minutes from Phillip Island. Enjoy stunning ocean views, swim off the beach, fish, or take your canoe, boat, or kayak across to French Island. You can also take your dog for a stroll, hike the trails, go cycling or kick back and enjoy the best Western port sunsets.

An ideal place to set up camp in the Phillip Island region, the campground provides different types of holiday accommodation, including self-contained cabins, powered and unpowered camping sites. The Lang Lang Foreshore Campground runs along the bay. The road runs through the campsite with a cabin on each side. The ocean is just a short distance away, and there is plenty of tree coverage to provide shade during the day. Facilities include amenities blocks, toilets, showers, non-drinking water, tables, firepits, BBQ area, ice machines, camp kitchen, laundry, dump point, power hookup, gas swaps & refills, security boom gate, and Wi-Fi. It is a pet-friendly site that allows tent camping. It is accessible by RVs, campervans, camper trailers, caravans, and big rigs.

Cost: $18 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 52 Km North East

Loch Memorial Reserve

Loch Memorial Reserve

The Loch Memorial Reserve is a stunning, volunteer-maintained campground located in the lush green hills of South Gippsland. The campground offers six powered sites and an unlimited number of unpowered sites. You have to book in advance. While here, visit the little town of Loch, a historically rich town that offers amazingly delicious food. 

This is a pet-friendly location that is accessible by RVs, camper trailers, and caravans and has enough room to manoeuvre a big rig. Amenities include showers, toilets, drinking water, tables, walking trails, a paved access road, a playground, fire pits, BBQs, bins, a petrol station, power hookups, and a strong mobile reception. Be sure to check out the beautiful bridge that leads into the town. The rail trails make up for good walking and cycling routes. Off-the-ground fire pits are allowed in the gravel areas. 

Cost: $13 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 48 Km East

Korumburra Showground

Korumburra Showground

The Korumburra Showgrounds is a short term paid campground where you can stay up to 48 hours. Besides being a volunteer-maintained campground, it also doubles as a recreational ground with basic amenities. It offers both powered and unpowered camping sites. Pets are permitted, but they must be kept on a lead or under control at all times. During special annual occasions or the football season, there may be restrictions, or camping may be unavailable.

Tent camping is not allowed, and the site is only accessible via RVs, campervans, caravans, and big rigs. There is a donation box on the white building near the main entrance. Your donations go towards maintaining the grounds and keeping them in top condition. The site is wheelchair friendly and offers facilities such as toilets, drinking water, tables, bins, BBQ areas, good cell reception, power hookup, and a dump point. The dump point is locked, and the key is available at three locations, the most convenient being the BP Service Station Corner, South Gippsland Highway and King St.

Cost: $10 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 72 Km East

Korumburra Tourist Park

Korumburra Tourist Park

The Korumburra Tourist Park is located at 56 Bourke Street in Korumburra. It sits just 500m off the South Gippsland Highway near the heritage railway station. The town centre is within walking distance. Pets are allowed. This wheelchair-friendly camping ground provides powered sites, unpowered sites, ensuite cabins, and standard cabins. Its features include toilets, showers, drinking water, picnic tables, walking trails, bins, a playground, a fridge, a camp kitchen, power hookups, a gas refill, and laundry.

Cost: From $13 Per Person Per Night

Direction: Find on Map

Distance: 75 Km East

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