Blanket Bay Campground

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Blanket Bay Campground

Hidden among tall Manna Gum forest on the eastern coastal shores of Cape Otway, the sheltered Blanket Bay Campground is the perfect family escape. Make the most of the seaside location: swim, snorkel or explore the rockpools teeming with marine life. Look for koalas overhead in the twisted Manna Gums.
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Blanket Bay Campground is the perfect family escape and popular during school holidays so book early. Located on the eastern coast of Cape Otway campers and day visitors can make the most of the seaside location and wander inland to look for koalas.

The often calm waters off the ever-so-popular Blanket Bay Campground are protected by an intertidal reef. This small beach is often sheltered by the high hills of Cape Otway. Explore the unique underwater life found within these intertidal rockpools. Bring a snorkel to get a better glimpse!

Katabanook Walk leads inland off from the campground. The short walk meanders along a fern-laden trail shaded by tall, twisted Manna Gum trees.

Blanket Bay also serves as an overnight stop along the iconic long distance walk - Great Ocean Walk. You may choose, if prepared properly, to follow the trail west to Parker Hill. If you are an experienced walker, and can car shuttle maybe walk further on to the Cape Otway Lightstation. Visit the Great Ocean Walk website for more track sector details.

Blanket Bay Campground is very popular and requires advanced bookings and payments year-round. Peak season release dates apply for Summer, Labour Day long weekend and Easter long weekend. 


Blanket Bay Campground contains 22 campsites accommodating a maximum of six people per site. All campsites are unpowered and are suitable for tents, camper-trailers, campervans or recreational vehicles. Visitors are advised to supply their own water and firewood.

Things to do

 
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.

Fishing

In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.
A woman with a large hiking pack takes in the view from Blanket Bay Campground.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk extends just over 100km between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.

How to get there

Blanket Bay Campground

Blanket Bay Campground is nestled on the eastern coastline of Cape Otway, a three hour drive from Melbourne. Follow the Great Ocean Road and then Lighthouse Road.

Blanket Bay Campground

Summer is the busiest time of year due to the coastal access to camp. Enjoy a picnic by the beach and explore rock pools at low tide.

Camping & accommodation

Hidden among tall Manna Gum forest on the eastern coastal shores of Cape Otway, the sheltered Blanket Bay Campground is the perfect family escape. Make the most of the seaside location: swim, snorkel or explore the rockpools teeming with marine life. Look for koalas overhead in the twisted Manna Gums.

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Need to know

Blanket Bay 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.

  • Herberts (Wymbooliel) Campground (Great Otway National Park)

    Herbert's Campground closed

    Herbert’s Campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

  • Beauchamp Falls Reserve

    Beauchamp Falls Reserve Closure

    Beauchamp Falls campground, road and waterfall are closed to visitors until further notice due to upgrade works. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Lorne walking track closures due to planned burning; Lorne - Saint George Fuel Reduction Burn

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in this park which will result in The following tracks being closed; Canyon Loop, Phantom falls walk, Cora Lynn cascades walk, Green Break track, Wonwondah falls, Henderson Falls from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from 17/2/21 and is subject to favourable weather. Check the status of current planned burns at https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au

    Lorne Area Closures Due to Planned Burning

    Due to a planned burn occurring in the Lorne area, a number of Parks Victoria visitor sites and walking tracks will be closed for safety reasons between the 24 February and 14 March 2021 while the burn occurs.
    Visitor sites that are closed:
     
    Allenvale Mill Campground
    Sheoak Picnic Area
    Sheaok Falls
     
    Walking tracks that are closed :
     
    Cora Lynn
    Phantom Falls
    Canyon
    Henderson Falls/Won Wondah Falls
    Kalimna Falls
    Sheoak Creek
    Castle Rock
    Cumberland Garvey Link

    Lorne Area Closures Due to Planned Burning

    Due to a planned burn occurring in the Lorne area, a number of Parks Victoria visitor sites and walking tracks will be closed for safety reasons between the 24 February and 14 March 2021 while the burn occurs.
    Visitor sites that are closed:
     
    Allenvale Mill Campground
    Sheoak Picnic Area
    Sheaok Falls
     
    Walking tracks that are closed :
     
    Cora Lynn
    Phantom Falls
    Canyon
    Henderson Falls/Won Wondah Falls
    Kalimna Falls
    Sheoak Creek
    Castle Rock
    Cumberland Garvey Link

    Triplet Falls and Little Aire Falls Temporary Closure

    From the 9th March - 31st March the Phillips Track access to Triplet and Little Aire Falls will be closed for essential road works. Triplet Falls and Little Aire Falls visitor sites will therefore be closed during this period.
     
    The linking Brown Town and Youngs Creek tracks will be also be closed during this period for visitor safety.
     
    Access to the nearby Otway Fly will remain open.

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