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Road-Trip Time: The Best Caravan Parks in Victoria

Conquer the great outdoors and explore the open road with a stay at some of the best caravan parks in Victoria.

Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park with Kangaroos (Image Credit: Visit Grampians)

It's time to reconsider the caravan holiday. Far from a second-rate option, they offer convenience, flexibility and the romance of sleeping under the stars at spectacular locations. From the coast to the country, you’ll find kid-friendly and dog-friendly parks with all the creature comforts you could want, without breaking the bank (especially in this economy), while the great outdoors beckon from the minute you wake up. Check out our picks of the best caravan parks in Victoria for the ultimate weekend road trip getaway.

Best Caravan Parks Victoria: East

Warburton Holiday Park

Warburton Holiday Park

For an easy and quick yet endlessly delightful trip away, head to Warburton Holiday Park, just 90 minutes out of the city. Set on the clear waters of the Upper Yarra River, you can spend your time in nature bushwalking, cycling and fly fishing, or head to nearby markets, cafés and restaurants for a good feed. The park offers a variety of powered and unpowered campsites, cabins and villas to suit every kind of weekender, modern amenity blocks and a spacious camp kitchen and BBQ. At night you can sit around the glow of fire pits and look up at the stars.

30 Woods Point Road, Warburton

Park Lane (Image credit: Visit Melbourne)

Yarra Valley Park Lane 

At Park Lane you’re immersed in nature, with over 60 acres of landscaped grounds and bushwalks to explore. Unplug from the bustle of city life as you relax by serene Lake Picaninny or listen to the trickle of Badger Creek. Going bush doesn’t mean roughing it though, with the option of parking your caravan next to an ‘ensuite’ complete with spacious shower. For a romantic retreat you can even book a comfy glamping tent for the night - each one comes furnished with a king bed, bar fridge, TV, dining table, couch and private deck.

419 Don Road, Healesville

Best Friend Holiday Retreat

Best Friend Holiday Retreat

Can’t go anywhere without your beloved pooch? Best Friend Holiday Retreat caters specifically to dog owners with features that’ll make them happy as larry. Over 10 acres of parkland they’ve built amenities including six securely fenced off-leash areas, dog-friendly play and agility equipment, a “giant dog ball run”, and even a hydrobath hut for puppy pampering. Humans will be kept well entertained too, with gardens, fishing areas, a waterfall and rock pool onsite, plus the spectacular Tarra Bulga National Park just a five minute drive away.

1720 Tarra Valley Road, Tarra Valley 

Bendoc Big 5

Bendoc Big 5 Caravan Park

Surrounded by trees and tranquillity, Bendoc Big 5 is a sanctuary from daily life. The leafy site is in remote East Gippsland, so be sure to pack all the essentials to set up your camp – insect repellent included. Comprising only 10 sites spaced 60 metres apart, it’s perfect for those wanting to bask in peace and quiet. While one of the simpler caravan parks in Victoria, the basics are covered with flushing toilets and hot showers run by sustainable solar power. There's plenty to do around here, too, as there’s rainforests and waterfalls close by, as well as fishing and wildlife watching.

85 Haydens Bog Road, Bendoc

Best Caravan Parks Victoria: South

Tidal River Campground (Image credit: IG @anniyorates)

Tidal River Campground

Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s favourite getaway spots, with a landscape as varied as it is wonderful, full of granite mountains, sweeping beaches and dense native forests. Parks Victoria operates the well-equipped Tidal River Campground, a mini town of 484 camping and caravan sites. Choose between a range of sites, from those nestled among tea trees and close to Norman Beach to family-friendly sites near the calm waters of the river. There’s even a general store stocking basic supermarket items, making it an ideal base for all the swimming, hiking, surfing and relaxing you’ll do.

Main Road, Tidal River

Phillip Island

Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park

It’s location, location, location at this scenic Phillip Island Holiday Park that faces directly onto a quiet bay beach. Idyllic days here are spent skipping around sparkling rock pools and relaxing on fine white sand, while the 10 acres of carefully maintained parkland provide a pet-friendly home base for your holiday. There’s an almost infinite number of activities at your doorstep, from windsurfing and sailboarding to swimming and fishing, while attractions including the famous sunset penguin parade, surf beaches and chocolate factory are only a short drive away.

164 Church Street, Cowes 

Big4 Mornington Peninsula

Big4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park

This resort-style holiday park is a popular spot for road trippers and weekend travellers thanks to its proximity to the Peninsula and range of accommodation across unpowered and powered sites, comfy cabins and ensuites. Big4 Mornington is one of the best caravan parks in Victoria, boasting enough facilities to keep everyone entertained. Your holiday will fly by with multiple outdoor play areas, a flying fox, pump tack, heated swimming pool, tennis court, movie room and book exchange all housed on site.

From $46 per night

2 Robinsons Road, Frankston South

Best Caravan Parks Victoria: West

Halls Gap Lakeside

Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park

Sitting pretty on the edge of Grampians National Park, Halls Gap Lakeside offers easy access to the park’s rugged sandstone peaks, breathtaking lookouts, colourful wildflowers and 150 kilometres of walking tracks. Here you’ll find spacious powered campsites, excellent facilities and plenty of open space to roam (plus a few wandering emus and kangaroos). Come nightfall guests can enjoy a dip in the woodfire heated outdoor pool or gather around toasty campfires.

23-27 Tymna Drive, Halls Gap

Anglesea Family Caravan Park

Anglesea Family Caravan Park

Located between picturesque Anglesea River and popular Anglesea Surf Beach, Anglesea Family Caravan Park is the perfect family holiday destination (even four-legged friends are welcome). Spend days exploring coastal walks and catching waves, or make the most of extensive on-site facilities including a heated swimming pool, children’s playground, mini golf course, beach volleyball court and more. The quaint cafés, restaurants and shops of Anglesea town are all within walking distance, making it a super convenient stay.  

35 Cameron Road, Anglesea

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park

Only 20 minutes from the Twelve Apostles is an ideal stopping point for those making their way down the iconic road trip. Situated in the sleepy seaside town of Peterborough, the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park is central to many of the Great Ocean Road’s best attractions including the London Arch, Bay of Islands and Otway Treetop Walk. Back in town there’s a golf course with sweeping cliff views and facilities, while onsite there’s a modern camp kitchen, open fireplaces and free wifi throughout.

Cnr Great Ocean Road and Irvine Street, Peterborough

Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

Strike gold with the award-winning Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park, situated a stone’s throw from Ballarat’s biggest attraction. Catered towards holidaymakers and families, on site facilities include recreation rooms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts and playgrounds, while school holiday programs run art and craft workshops, discos, tours and movie nights to keep the kids busy. Best of all, it’s only a five minute walk to Sovereign Hill, where the excitement of the 1850s gold rushes are brought back to life in a huge open-air museum. 

108 Clayton Street, Ballarat Central

Best Caravan Parks Victoria: North

Gentle Annie Camping and Caravan Reserve

Gentle Annie Caravan and Camping Reserve

Gentle Annie’s simplicity is its appeal – no big playgrounds, pools and crowds, just the tranquil beauty of the King River flowing by as you switch off from your worldly cares. You can do as much or as little as you choose, with a central King Valley location providing access to cyclic trails, bushwalks and fishing spots, while cellar doors, restaurants, cafés and a craft brewery are a short walk or drive away. Whatever you do, make sure to bring a blanket so you can stargaze on clear nights.

98 Gentle Annie Lane, Whitfield 

Bright Holiday Park

Bright Holiday Park

Set on the banks of Morses Creek, this charming holiday park is both the ideal gateway to Victoria’s breathtaking High Country and a great jumping off point to explore the Alpine region. Every day presents a new adventure, whether that’s driving out to popular bushwalking and biking destinations or exploring excellent local cafés, breweries and restaurants. Back onsite there’s plenty to keep you busy, with heated swimming pools, mini-golf, free wifi and a decked out camp kitchen.

Cherry Lane, Bright

Bright Riverside Park

Bright Riverside Park

The picturesque Bright Riverside Park is a slice of heaven located close to all the attractions that Bright has to offer. The Ovens River flows right past the property, allowing for a host of on site activities including swimming, tubing and fishing – or simply relaxing riverside with a good book. Clean and tidy facilities, shady spaces and a five minute walk to the village of Bright make it the ideal idyll for a peaceful getaway.

4-10 Toorak Road, Bright

Merool Holiday Park

Merool Holiday Park

With the Murray River running across its length, Merool Holiday Park is a boon for water activities. Fishing, swimming, paddle boarding and water skiing are all at your doorstep, meaning you can wake up and be on the river in minutes. A stay here means getting up close and personal with Australian native flora and fauna, while friendly staff are happy to recommend the best that the twin border towns of Echuca and Moama have to offer. Between golfing, wine tasting, paddle steamer rides and a visit to Echuca’s historic port, you’ll never be short of things to do.

131 Merool Road, Moama

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