Apart from the numerous commercial camping/caravan parks throughout the Shire, opportunities exist for camping in surrounding State Forest and National Parks for those seeking to be closer to nature. Please note that some areas are closed or inaccessible during winter and early spring and at other times for various reasons. More information and leaflets are available from the Parks Victoria office in Bakers Gully Rd Bright. (Open weekdays 9-5pm) Phone: 03 5755 0000
BUCKLAND VALLEY STATE FOREST
Camping is permitted between the gravel road and the Buckland River (mind private property) beginning 6km upstream of the Buckland Bridge. Please locate your camp at least 20m from edge of rivers and creeks.
MT BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK
Camping is permitted at Lake Catani campground, 28km from Porepunkah (high on the Mt Buffalo plateau) from the beginning of November until the end of April. Intending campers need to book in advance for all sites during the peak period, which includes the November Cup Day weekend, Christmas/January school holidays, Labour Day weekend, and Easter. Bookings open on 1st September each year. Phone: 03 5756 2328. Free entry to Mt Buffalo National Park.
ALPINE NATIONAL PARK
Generally not suitable during winter for camping. Dispersed bush camping is permitted through out the area, except within 200m of main roads. If you prefer the use of toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces the following camping areas are provided: JB Plain between Hotham Village and Dinner Plain on the Great Alpine Road. Buckety Plain, Raspberry Hill and Langfords West (horse yards) on the Bogong High Plains east of Falls Creek. Mountain Creek at the foot of Mt. Bogong near Tawonga.
When camping you should be fully self sufficient with food, water and camping equipment. Enjoy visiting huts but do not rely on them for accommodation – they may be difficult to find and may be already occupied.