Thurra River Campground
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
Mueller Inlet Campground
Peachtree Creek Reserve
Point Hicks Lighthouse
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.
When you're there
Need to know
Thurra River Campground
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
An all-abilities accessible toilet is available for visitors. The toilet is located opposite site 39 at Thurra River Campground. Please contact the Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 if you wish to enquire further about booking this particular campsite.
Be prepared and stay safe
Croajingolong National Park is in the East Gippsland fire district. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. Anyone entering the park during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at emergency.vic.gov.au, on the Vic Emergency App or call the Vic Emergency Hotline 1800 226 226.
No fires may be lit on Total Fire Ban days. On Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating days this park will be closed for public safety. Closure signs will be erected but do not expect an official warning.
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.
Croajingolong National Park
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Cape Howe (Croajingolong National Park)Parts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.17-21 October 202224-28 October 202227-31 March 20233-7 April 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Croajingolong NP _Cape Howe aerial shooting information (485KB)
Croajingolong National Park information update 7 February 2023Point Hicks Road is closed south of Bald Hills.The following eight areas are closed because of the 2019/2020 bushfires and coastal erosion caused by ongoing heavy rainfall. Visitors are unable to access the Point Hicks Lighthouse, Thurra River Campground, and nearby walking tracks. Parks Victoria continue to maintain surveillance and security of these areas. Please continue to monitor this site for updates and change of conditions.· Point Hicks Lightstation· Thurra River Bridge· Thurra River Campground· Mt Everard Walking Track· Dunes Track· Saros Track· Sledge Track· West Beach TrackThe Wilderness Coast Walk is closed between Bemm River and Wingan Inlet Campground.The following walking tracks are closed:· Wingan Inlet Rapids WalkThe following jetties around Mallacoota are closed:· Kingfish Point· Gravelly Point· Swan Lake· Clinton Rocks Track· Cicada Trail· Gale Hill· Betka Track· Miners Track· Lakeview Track· Howe Flat Track· Howe Hill Track· Barracoota TrackThe water supply at Wingan Inlet Campground water trough was damaged by floods. Campers are advised to not rely on the trough for water resupply while camping.
Planned aerial shooting operations targeting deer – Croajingolong National ParkParts of the Park will be closed during these dates while aerial shooting operations targeting deer are undertaken.17-21 October 202224-28 October 202227-31 March 20233-7 April 2023See attached map for details.
Attachments: Croajingolong aerial shooting info sign (499KB)
Wilderness Coast Walk - Sandpatch Wilderness Area openThe section of the Wilderness Coast Walk from Wingan Inlet to Shipwreck Creek has reopened – this section is referred to as the Sandpatch Wilderness Area.Combined flood and fire damage have made some areas more difficult to negotiate.Hikers must be able to self-navigate with a map and compass through the Sandpatch Wilderness Area as directional signage and steps at Sandpatch Point were destroyed in the fires. Some parts of the track have thick regeneration that is difficult to walk through, particularly near Benedore River.Recent and consistent rainfall means that creeks and rivers could be high and difficult to cross as estuaries are open to the sea.The Wilderness Coast Walk from Wingan Inlet to Mallacoota is now open. Bookings are essential and can be made on the Wilderness Coast Walk page.