Lake Elizabeth Campground

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Lake Elizabeth Campground

Lake Elizabeth Campground is a dogs-on-lead camping area. Sheltered by tall eucalypt trees it nestles beside the small Barwon River. Lake Elizabeth is a short 1km walk away. Forrest Mountain Bike Trailhead is at the Day Visitor Carpark. Pitch a tent in the small campground. Look and listen for Satin Bowerbirds and inquisitive Superb Fairy-wrens and Eastern Yellow Robins.
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There are 20 campsites accommodating up to six people per site. All campsites are unpowered and are suitable for tents only. There is no direct vehicle access to the campsites. A 15-minute unloading bay is located close by and a separate carpark is located above and behind the campground just a two minute walk away.

Non flush toilets, shared fireplaces and picnic tables are provided. Dogs are permitted on-lead.

Once you're unpacked and set up, walk the 1km to beautiful Lake Elizabeth. Flooded after a landslip created a natural dam, the lake is scattered with the still-upright trunks of dead trees, giving an eerie atmosphere to the valley. Platypus are sometimes seen early morning and at dusk in the still waters. A host of birds live in the area and Satin Bowerbirds (the male dark satin blue and the female is olive green) are often seen near the camping round. Wrens, robins and grey shrike thrush also visit regularly. You may see glowworms beside this track after dark.

Dogs should be kept on-lead to reduce their impact on native wildlife and to preserve their health and your dogs as snakes are common in this area and its walks. There is poor mobile phone reception here.

Explore the area by walking, canoeing, mountain biking and four-wheel driving. Birdwatching is popular here. The village of Forrest is nearby for supplies and is a major mountain bike trailhead for the area's cycling network.

As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lake Elizabeth is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do

 
Canoeing

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

Mountain biking

Explore parks on two wheels with mountain bike trails to suit most experience and fitness levels.

How to get there

Lake Elizabeth Campground

Lake Elizabeth Campground is a 10 minute drive from the town of Forrest along Kaanglang Road. It is two hours' drive from Melbourne.

When to go

A great time of year to explore the walks, drives and rides of the Otways.

Need to know

Lake Elizabeth 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.

  • Great Otway National Park

    Bird Track and Kennett-Wye Jeep Track Closed Due to Landslip

    Bird Track and Kennett-Wye Jeep Track are closed for public safety due to a landslip undermining part of the track. Repairs are planned and due to be completed in early 2024. 

    Garvey Track Closed due to road repairs

    Garvey Track is closed from the Sheoak Picnic Ground to Sharps Track to allow for repairs to stabilise and road works to be undertaken.

    Delayneys Track Closed

    Delayneys Track is closed until further notice.

    Partial Park Closures at night

    Sections of the Great Otway National Park will be closed from dusk to dawn for invasive species control from Sunday 3rd March to Friday 15th March 2024.  Areas that may be affected by rolling park closures include Kawarren block, Carlisle Heath, Kennedy's Creek and Wonga block.  Non- Parks Victoria roads will remain open to through traffic and no day visitor areas or campgrounds will be impacted by park closures. 

    Partial Park Closures at night

    Sections of the Great Otway National Park will be closed between dusk and dawn from Sunday 3/3/24 to Friday 15/3/24 allow for the safe delivery of an invasive species control operation.  The areas of the park that may be impacted by rolling park closures are the Carlisle Heath, Wonga Black, Kawarren block and Kennedy's Creek block.  All non-Parks Victoria managed roads will remain open.  This program will not impact on day visitor areas or campgrounds.

    Curtis Track is closed.

    Curtis Track is closed due to unsafe conditions.

  • Other issues

    Sharps Campground permanently closed

    Permanently closed due to environmental and safety risks. 

  • Jamieson to Separation Creek Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Wye Road Closure - Pest Animal Control

    Wye Road will be closed from 8.00pm to 6.00am Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th of March 2024. Firearms will be in use to control pest animals during this time. Recommended detour via Grey River Road. 
    Please note the walking track from Separation Creek to Wye Road will also be closed to all public during this time.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Grey River Road Closed 3 March - 24 March

    There will be a full closure of Grey River Road between Kennett River and Benwerrin Mount Sabine Rd.
    Dates: 4/3/2024 – 22/3/2024 this is all weather dependent and the closure may be extended if required. 
    Planned works: FFMVic will be working with contractors to stabilise 2 landslips, during this operation the road will be closed. 
    Grey River Picnic Area is also closed

    Please take your rubbish home

    Reminder to campers and visitors to please take your rubbish home. Please do not put rubbish in toilets. Visitors have been placing rubbish in the pit toilets making human waste removal difficult. Parks appreciates your assistance in looking after the Park.

  • Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Maits Rest Carpark- bus access

    Maits Rest Carpark is suitable for small coaster buses only. Large buses or coaches are advised to use Melba Gully walk track near Lavers Hill.

  • Melba Gully Day Visitor Area (Great Otway National Park)

    Melba Gully - Large bus access

    Melba Gully Walk Track and picnic area is accessible for large coaches. Toilet facilities are available on site

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