Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)


Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

Enjoy a pleasant free campground in the heart of central Victoria. Melville Caves Camping Area is used by a variety of groups and individuals from schools, sports groups, active and passive recreationalists. The site is a large open space with drop toilets, a camp shelter and several firepits.

The site is surrounded by a rich variety of plants and wildlife and stunning granite boulders, Kooyoora State Park protects some of north central Victoria’s outstanding natural features. The site has more than 275 species of native flora which are recorded in the park including threatened species such as Lowly Greenhood, Green Leek Orchid and Buloke Mistletoe. All wildflowers are protected, please be very careful when taking photos not to damage any plants.

There are ample opportunities for photography and nature watching along the different scenic tracks which form a trailhead at the campground. For a walk with captivating views, hike 5.3km from the camping area to the lookout on the Long Rock Walking Track. Bring your bike and tour the roads throughout the park, from Wehla Block through Melville Caves to Sunday Morning Hills, enjoying the magnificent view from Mount Brenanah. The wood and fallen branches within the park are important habitats for many fauna, so please remember to bring your own firewood. No bins are provided. Please take your rubbish away for recycling or disposal.

The campground is within Dja Dja Wurrung Country. This cultural landscape is more than just tangible objects it is dreaming stories, Law, totemic relationships, songs, ceremonies and ancestral spirits, which give it life and significant value to Dja Dja Wurrung People. Artefacts are protected by law. We ask visitors to be respectful and mindful to avoid disturbing this park’s rich cultural history.

The area is prone to Bushfires in warmer months. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. For up to date information on bushfires in Victoria call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, download the VicEmergency app, visit or tune into a local radio station. Check the forecast fire danger before leaving home. Consider not visiting forest or bushland on stormy days or days of high bushfire risk.

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Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)



Need to know

Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash


  • No firearms allowed
  • No horses


  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Update - Road Closures at Kooyoora State Park

·     The main visitor sites are open at Kooyoora State Park,    however the following roads and walking           tracks remain closed due to storm damage. 
·     One section of the walking track loop between the picnic area and lookout.
·     Mount View Road
·     Kirwan's Road
·     Back Road
·     Summit Track

Seasonal road closures 2023

Seasonal road closures apply to areas within and tracks bordering this park from 15 June 2023. See MapshareVic for locations of the closures. Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information

Kooyoora Joint Management Visitor upgrades coming

Dear Park Visitors, 
DJAARA, Joint Management Partners, will commence construction of a new shelter at Melville Caves Lookout from mid-June 2023. Access to the lookout will remain open for visitors during construction.  
DJAARA are excited to enhance the visitor experience by providing a new and improved facility that will offer a stunning vantage point to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings and look forward to unveiling the new lookout shelter and providing an enhanced experience for all visitors soon. 
For further information and fact sheet please visit
We understand that the construction activities may cause some inconvenience during this period and apologise for any disruption or inconvenience caused.  Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

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