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.

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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.

  • Cape Horn (Croajingolong National Park)

    Cape Horn Jetty Closed

    Cape Horn Jetty is closed until further notice due to structural damage. This closure is inclusive of the surrounding retaining wall. 
    The site can still be accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles from Cape Horn Track.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Jetty closures

    The following jetties are currently closed due to fire damage or deterioration:
    Kingfish Point Jetty
    Cape Horn Jetty
    Gravelly Point Jetty
    Genoa River Jetty
    Captain Creek Jetty
    Sou' West Arm Jetty


    Areas of Croajingolong Park closed due to 2019/2020 fires

    Croajingolong National Park

    Due to widespread bushfire damage, the following areas of Croajingolong National Park remain closed:
    • Sandy Point toilet
    • South West Arm Jetty - Mallacoota Inlet (toilets/steps)
    • Narrows Walking Track (section beyond 300 metres from Bucklands jetty)
    • Captain Creek day visitor area and jetty
    • Captain Creek Fire Trail
    • Genoa River day visitor area and jetty - Mallacoota Inlet
    • Gravelly Point day visitor area and jetty - Mallacoota Inlet
    • Wilderness Coast Walk (between Cape Howe and Bemm River)
    • Double Creek walk and day visitor area
    • Genoa Peak walk and day visitor area
    • Genoa falls day visitor area
    • Tamboon Inlet remote campsite No. 6
    • 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
    • South West Arm day visitor area (no toilet facilities, no jetty access)

  • Wingan Inlet Campground (Croajingolong National Park)

    Wingan Inlet Beach Access Closed

    The beach access track (Fly Cove Walk) at Wingan Inlet is closed due to bushfire damage.  Please be advised that the only access to the beach is via the inlet using watercraft.

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