Leanganook Camping Area


Leanganook Camping Area

The Leanganook Camping Area in Mount Alexander State Park is a spacious campground in a natural bush setting. The mountain is sacred to the Dja Dja Wurrung People, who call it Liyanganyuk (Dog’s Teeth). You can learn more about its cultural significance from the signs at the Liyanganyuk Banyul gathering place and shelter.

Once the site of a koala park, the diverse animal, bird and plant life will delight nature-lovers. Below the canopy of Manna Gum, Messmate, Long-leaved and Yellow Box trees, wildflowers are plentiful in spring. Flushing toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces and shelter make it ideal for families and first-time campers. Sites are unpowered and camping is free with no bookings required.

Walkers can take a short detour from stop LT09 on the Goldfields Track to the camping area (stop LT10). From here, Dog Rocks is a pleasant 3km return walk (Grade 3, 45 mins, some steps), and Lang’s Lookout is 9km return (Grade 3, 2.5-3hrs, some steps, steep and rough sections).

Visitor Tips: the scenic Joseph Young Drive is sealed and suitable for all vehicles, however there are some steep sections and sharp corners. Drivers should take care, particularly in wet or icy conditions. The road into the camping area is unsealed. Vehicles, mountain bikes and horses are permitted on formed open roads but prohibited on walking tracks. No bins are provided, so please take your rubbish home for recycling or disposal.

Light fires only in the fireplaces provided and ensure that: a 3 metre area is cleared of anything flammable; at least 10 litres of water is available for immediate use; an adult is in attendance (awake, within 50m with a clear line of sight) at all times. No fires may be lit on a day of Total Fire Ban. Gas or electric barbecues may be used provided that the above conditions are met.

Collect only dead wood from the ground. Fallen wood provides important habitat for many small animals and insects so consider bringing your own firewood, or a gas camping stove or barbecue.

Mount Alexander is in the North Central Fire District. On Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating days the Park will be closed for public safety. Do not enter the Park. If you are already in the Park, leave the night before or as early as possible in the morning. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at www.emergency.vic.gov.au, on the VicEmergency smartphone app or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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Leanganook Camping Area

Need to know

Leanganook Camping Area

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash



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