Battersbys Campground


Battersbys Campground

Unwind at this cosy campground on the banks of the Glenelg River. Try your luck fishing from the jetty or relax at camp and enjoy the company of kangaroos and other native wildlife.

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Located on the banks of the Glenelg River, Battersby Campground is a great place to explore the river in your canoe or kayak or relax at camp and enjoy the surrounds.

This small campground offers two unpowered campsites, both suitable for camper trailers, campervans, caravans, mobile homes and tents. Each campsite accommodates up to six people. Campground facilities include non-flush toilets, fireplaces, picnic table and non-potable water. Advanced bookings and payment are required year-round.

Things to do in the area

A group of four hikers walk along the beach at Discovery Bay as part of the Great South West Walk

Great South West Walk

Walk the diverse landscapes of Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park, Cobboboonee National Park and Cape Nelson State Park. Starting from Portland, the walk travels through majestic tall forests, meanders alongside the World Heritage Glenelg River, remote ocean beaches, past ancient lakes and culminates along rugged ocean clifftops.
A woman playfully splashing a friend in another canoe with her paddle on the Glenelg River

Glenelg River Canoe Trail

The Glenelg River offers excellent opportunities for flat water canoeing over the 75kms from Dartmoor to its mouth near Nelson. For much of its distance the river flows through the Lower Glenelg National Park, enabling enthusiasts to observe wildlife in its natural environment.

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


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.

How to get there

Battersbys Campground

Lower Glenelg National Park is in south-west Victoria adjoining the South Australian border, about 420km from Melbourne and 490km from Adelaide.

Battersby's Campground is south of the river and is 2wd accessible from Forrest road, just off the Portland - Nelson Road. There is also a jetty for water access.

Need to know

Battersbys 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.

  • Lower Glenelg National Park

    Glenelg River jetties underwater - Hazardous Conditions

    The Glenelg River mouth is closed by a sand bank due to natural processes.  The closed mouth is causing the water level in the Glenelg River to rise, resulting in some Jetties, Landings and Boat Ramps that are attached to campsites and visitor sites to become submerged.
    Sites located in the Lower Glenelg National Park and sites near the river mouth/estuary area of Discovery Bay Coastal Park are impacted.  Campsites are not currently impacted, only the waterway assets including jetties, landings, and boat ramps.

    Partially submerged or submerged water based assets are hazardous to park users.  Fluctuating water levels can cause silt and mud to accumulate on deck boards causing slippery conditions.  Deck boards can become loose or dislodge when rising water puts pressure on jetties causing gaps and trip hazards that cannot be seen underwater.  

    Park users including water craft users are advised not to use partially or submerged jetties and landings for their safety.

The jetty at Hutchessons Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Hutchessons Campground

Take an easy drive to this quiet spot along the river. Pitch a tent at Hutchessons Campground 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.
A 4WD and caravan setup next to a picnic table at Pritchards Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Pritchards Campground

Pritchards Campground has all the modern conveniences you need for a relaxing riverside getaway. Park the caravan at camp and launch your boat, canoe or kayak to explore the serene river.
An orange tent in a sandy clearing at Wild Dog Bend Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

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.
A kayak lashed to the jetty at Forest South Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Forest South Campground

The camping area is located beside the Glenelg River amongst eucalypt forest
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