Swan Lake Campground


Swan Lake Campground

Experience the vast, mobile sand dunes a short distance from the campground. Walk along the track towards the beach and marvel at the immense height and sheer walls of the dunes.

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Set amongst a significant coastal dune system, Swan Lake is a small campground with five campsites that can accomodate a maximum of six people at each site.

While the gravel road is well maintained and accessible to 2WDs, there is a steep descent into the campground. Visitors towing a caravan will need a 4WD vehicle. The road from Swan Lake campground to the beach is 4WD only.

The campground is also accessible to hikers along the Great South West Walk.

All campsites are unpowered and are suitable for one camper-trailer or a medium sized tent, and bookings in are required in advance.

There are non-flushing toilets, shared picnic tables and shared fireplaces available. Campfires are only allowed in the designated fireplaces and you need to supply your own firewood — firewood collection is prohibited.

Bore water is available but is not suitable for drinking — supply your own.

Things to do in the area

Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.


Walk white sandy beaches, swim in cool coastal waters or surf the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
The lighthouse at Cape Otway in the Otway National Park.


Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A Land Rover Defender attempts a river crossing in the Alpine National Park.


Enjoy a range of short and long 4WD trips in Victoria's parks. From the desert or mountains, to the rainforest or snow, 4WD tracks cater for all levels of skill and expertise.

How to get there

Swan Lake Campground

Swan Lake Campground is in south-west Victoria between Portland and Nelson adjoining the SA border, about 420kms from Melbourne and 490kms from Adelaide. From the Portland – Nelson Road, turn south into Telegraph road and then veer right and follow Swan Lake Road to the campground.

Need to know

Swan Lake 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Beach Rd Nelson road work closures

    Beach Rd will have a continued closure until 12 April 2024. This closure is necessary for essential road maintenance and infrastructure improvements to allow future all year access.
    Eel Creek culvert is currently being replaced with no public access available along Beach Rd.
    We currently anticipate to allow public access before the Easter Weekend.   
    Road users, especially caravans should avoid using Beach Road as turn-around options are limited.
    Great South West Walker users can complete the walk by following signage and direction at Eel Creek.
    Beach Road will be accessible to the public over the Easter weekend under controlled traffic conditions for access to the Ocean Beach Carpark only.
    No access will be available to the Estuary Beach Carpark until 12 April.
    The Glenelg River Estuary is currently blocked.
    This is causing the water level of the Glenelg River to rise and in doing so is beginning to inundate some of the Jetties, Landings and Boat Ramps that are attached to campsites and visitor nodes to become submerged.
    This is affecting sites located in the Lower Glenelg National Park and some assets around the river mouth/estuary area of Discovery Bay Coastal Park.

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