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These are several camping options along the banks of the Howqua River. The sites are free and no bookings are required.
Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from the region, together with a correspondingly diverse bird population and the greatest density of koalas in Victoria.
Dispersed bush camping is permitted on the Baw Baw Plateau. The Plateau is a fuel stove only area – no solid fuel fires are permitted and collecting firewood is prohibited in the park. The area falls within domestic water supply catchments, so care must be taken with the disposal of human waste.
Explore a variety of landscapes including eucalypt forest, creek flats, waterfalls and steep escarpments. From the peak of Mount Buangor, the highest in the area, you can experience spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Excellent canoeing can be enjoyed throughout the park, advance bookings and payment for camping are required year round for the Shearers Quarters. Fees no longer apply to Mount Crozier campground, Lindsay Island, Wallpolla Island or Lake Crosbie.
Located in the south of the park is the popular and spacious bookable Wonga Camping Area. This large picnic and camping area provides a range of facilities including a picnic shelter, tables, fireplaces, toilets, and water for handwashing. Nearby within walking distance the Visitor Information Centre has displays and information about the park.
Camping is available at Ackle Bend, Horseshoe Bend and Kiata campgrounds and at Broughtons Waterhole, Mallee Walkers Camp and Yellow Gum Walkers Camp. Camping fees apply at Ackle Bend and Horseshoe Bend. Bush camping away from the park campgrounds is permitted in the central and western blocks of the desert.
There are two remote hike-in camping experiences in Mount Buffalo National Park. Mount McLeod Camping Area is accessible along the Mt McLeod track, located approximately 8km from the Reservoir Picnic area. Rocky Creek Camping Area is accessible along the Rocky Creek track, located approximately 6.5 km from the Reservoir Picnic Area.
Spend a night under the stars, and wake up to the rugged ridge of the spectacular Cathedral Range. Camp at the foot of the range and choose between the peaceful ruins of Cooks Mill or the woodland clearing at Neds Gully. For the more adventurous, hike to The Farmyard and stay overnight with only lyrebirds for company.
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park protects an area of 48,000 hectares 580 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. It lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers.