Thurra River Campground

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Thurra River Campground

Perfectly positioned to explore nearby Point Hicks and the Thurra River Dunes, the large Thurra River Campground sits in the surrounds of stately eucalypt trees. Explore the seemingly endless stretch of pristine coastline, walk to the nearby dunes and discover the rich history of Point Hicks Lightstation.
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Set between the calm Thurra River and wild Southern Ocean swells, the spacious Thurra River Campground is the perfect base for a great family escape.

Explore the unique landscape of the Thurra River Dunes. A short walk from the campground meanders through coastal banksia and heathland before opening onto the dunes towering 30-metres above the coast below. Take in the views over the pristine forested slopes of Croajingolong National Park, the rough Southern Ocean and if you’re lucky Southern-right and Humpback Whales splashing about the water between September and November.

Just beyond the dunes, discover Point Hicks Lightstation and learn the secrets of Captain James Cooks first sighting of mainland Australia, life in this remote part of the world and the stories of wrecks found throughout the area. Walk from the campground to access the lightstation.

Thurra River Campground offers non-flush toilets, shared picnic tables and fireplaces with barbecue plates for visitors to enjoy.

Things To Do

 
An aerial view of the Croajingolong National Park.

Mueller Inlet Campground

This campground is on the shores of Mueller Inlet and overlooks the inlet to the river mouth and ocean. The campsites are protected by a dune system covered in Banksia Woodland and Heath.
Two hikers at sunset in the Croajingolong National Park.

Peachtree Creek Reserve

This campground is on the eastern shore of Tamboon Inlet, good for both fishing and bird watching. There is neither vehicle nor walking access to the coast so boats are an excellent way to explore the area. The inlet waters and surrounding forest are part of Croajingolong National Park, where there are other campgrounds available.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Situated deep within Croajingolong National Park, the Point Hicks Lighthouse now offers a unique holiday experience for those who want to stay in one of the keepers cottages, which are now comfortable, self-contained holiday accommodation.

How to get there

Thurra River Campground

Thurra River Campground is approximately 7 hours drive east of Melbourne. Follow the Princes Highway to Cann River. Here, turn south off the highway onto Tamboon Road before turning left onto Point Hicks Road. The campground lies just over the Thurra River.

Please note that campfires are only allowed in designated fireplaces and it is recommended that you bring your own drinking water on visiting Thurra River Campground.

 

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Perfectly positioned to explore nearby Point Hicks and the Thurra River Dunes, the large Thurra River Campground sits in the surrounds of stately eucalypt trees.

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Thurra River Campground

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Mueller Camp (Croajingolong National Park)

    Mueller Inlet Campground

    The Mueller campground is currently closed pending safety works relating to the campground.  Mueller may be reopened for Summer 2021-2022, however please continue to monitor the site for updates and change of conditions.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

    Deer Control (ground shooting) operation underway

    Deer control is being undertaken in this park from October 2021 to June 2022. Some localised access restrictions may apply. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire 

  • Thurra River (Croajingolong National Park)

    Thurra Campground

    The Thurra campground is currently closed pending replacement of the Thurra River bridge and safety works in the campground.  Reopening is taking longer than expected due to the scale and complexity of works.  Thurra campground may be reopened for summer 2023-2024, however please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Areas of Croajingolong National Park Closed Due to Widespread Bushfire Damage

    Due to widespread bushfire damage, the following areas of Croajingolong National Park remain closed:

    Mallacoota Inlet Day Visitor Areas:
    ·       Captain Creek, Including Jetty and Toilet (under construction)
    ·       Gravelly Point, Including Jetty and Toilet
    ·       Kingfisher Point, Including Jetty

    Mallacoota Inlet Facilties:
    ·       Sandy Point Toilet
    ·       South West Arm Jetty & Toilet (under construction)
    ·       Genoa River Toilet and Jetty
     
    Other affected Sites and Facilties - Croajingolong:
    ·       Wilderness Coast Walk (between Shipwreck Creek and Bemm River)
    ·       Fly Cove Walk - Wingan Inlet
    ·       Mueller Inlet Campground
    ·       Thurra River Campground
    ·       Point Hicks Road (section south-east of Fishermans Track)
    ·       Cicada Trail
    ·       Swan Lake Track
    ·       Clinton Rocks Track
    ·       Wingan Inlet Rapids Walk
    ·       Elusive Lake Walk
    ·       Mt Everard Walk
     
    The Parks Victoria Team apologise for the inconvenience and thank-you for your patience and understanding as recovery works progress.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Planned aerial shooting operations

    Parts of this park will be closed from Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire  

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    Planned aerial shooting operations

    Parts of this park will be closed from Monday 11 October – Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October 2021. Find out more about this program at https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/deer-and-feral-animal-control-in-response-to-bushfire  

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