Lower Glenelg National Park

Lower Glenelg National Park

Lower Glenelg National Park


Lower Glenelg National Park

Lower Glenelg National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Gunditjmara People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Gunditjmara Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The Glenelg River has carved a spectacular limestone gorge through the heart of Lower Glenelg National Park. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the landscape. Camp riverside and go fishing, paddle the Glenelg River Canoe Trail, follow the Great South West Walk or visit the spectacular Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

Escape the stresses of modern life with riverside camping along the banks of the Glenelg River. Go fishing, canoeing and kayaking in this spectacular river gorge surrounded by peaceful forest and join a tour of the Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

Discover the unique beauty found within the lower reaches of the Glenelg River – from jagged limestone cliffs to riverside gum trees harbouring koalas. See the area on foot by tackling the Great South West Walk. Set out on a day, overnight or multi-day journey.

If you don't have time to canoe or walk the river, a drive along its course is also pretty spectacular. There are picnic areas to stop and take it all in.

Two men fishing on the jettys at Glenelg River

Battersby Campground

Unwind at the cosy Battersby Campground on the banks of the river. Try your luck fishing from the jetty, or relax at camp and enjoy the company of kangaroos and other native wildlife. There are two campsites.

Two canoes float down the Glenelg River on a camping trip.

Forest North and South Campground

Enjoy the scenic riverside at Forest North Campground. Launch a canoe or kayak and explore the spectacular limestone gorge. Take a short walk or relax at camp and spot kangaroos and emus. <br /><br />Camp at Forest South and experience the best of the Glenelg River. Watch the sunrise turn the limestone cliffs red, and enjoy flat water canoeing or kayaking as you explore the river.

Two canoes float down the Glenelg River on a camping trip.

Hutchessons Campground

Take an easy drive to this quiet campground along the Glenelg River. Pitch a tent and watch for native wildlife as you listen to the river flow by. Launch a canoe or kayak and paddle up or down the peaceful water, or try your luck fishing from the jetty.

Four friend canoe down the Glenelg River in the Lower Glenelg National Park.

McLennans Punt Campground

Pitch a tent at this peaceful campground on the northern banks of the Glenelg River. Go canoeing or kayaking, or cast a line and see if you can catch bream or mulloway for dinner. Bring a pushbike and go for a ride, or take a walk and keep an eye out for native wildlife. There are three campsites.

Two friends kayak along the river late in the afternoon.

Red Gum Landing Campground

Pitch a tent at Red Gum Landing Campground and enjoy the serenity of the river. Launch a canoe or kayak and keep an eye out for native wildlife as you paddle along the water. Unwind at camp and drop a line to catch that elusive fish.

A man fishes from a jetty in the Glenelg River.

Wild Dog Bend Campground

Bring your tent or campertrailer to this quiet campground on the banks of the Glenelg River. Sit on the jetty and listen to the tranquil sounds of the river while you watch for wildlife. Set off to explore in your canoe or kayak, or go for a swim to cool down.

A Koala in a tree.

Wilson Hall Campground

Wilson Hall Campground is nestled among stringybark and banksia forest overlooking the river. Set up camp on the flat plain and make use of the convenient boat ramp. Launch your boat, canoe or kayak and explore the river, or go fishing for bream or mulloway. There are 12 campsites.

Tours in the area

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If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.

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Lower Glenelg National Park

The river has boating zones. Canoe camps are located on the both sides of the river and are generally only accessible by canoe. All other campgrounds are 2WD access. The Great South West Walk traverses this park and joins Cobboboonee, Cape Nelson, Discovery Bay and Mt Richmond parks in a loop to Portland.

When to go

As the weather warms and daylight stretches, make the most of the calm waters of the Glenelg River. Canoe, kayak or boat. Camp riverside and go fishing to catch dinner. Salmon, perch, bream and mullet are abundant during the warmer months.

Camping & accommodation

Stay in a cabin, pitch a tent, bring a caravan and stay in the grounds at the Princess Margaret Rose Cave. Unpowered sites are available. Permits for camping here are available from Princess Margaret Rose Caves Information Centre –call (08) 8738 4171.

Camping is also permitted at several places along the Glenelg River. Fireplaces, toilets and water are available at all sites. Walkers’ camps are located along the Great South West Walk within a day’s walk of each other.

The best campsites for canoeists are the seven special canoe camps along the river at Pines Landing, Moleside, Skipworth Springs, Georges Rest, Bowds, Patterson and Lasletts. Vehicle access is only available to Pines Landing and Moleside.

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Lower Glenelg National Park

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.

  • Princess Margaret Rose Cave Day Visitor Area (Lower Glenelg National Park)

    COVID-19 closures

    In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, Parks Victoria has closed the Princess Margaret Rose Cave at Lower Glenelg National Park until further notice. For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

Lower Glenelg National Park

Glenelg Drive
Nelson VIC 3292
13 1963
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