Get ready to go camping with Parks Victoria! So you don’t miss out on your getaway, book online in advance for camping and accommodation where fees apply. Bookings are not required for free campgrounds.
Booking release dates
Bookings for campsites and accommodation where fees apply in Victoria’s parks are currently open until the end of August.
Bookings from 1 September 2023 until 6 October 2024 will open at 11 am on:
- Tuesday 4 July - Wilsons Promontory campsites (including Tidal River)
- Wednesday 5 July - Wilsons Promontory roofed accommodation
- Thursday 6 July - Banksia Bluff (Cape Conran Coastal Park); Johanna Beach, Blanket Bay and Aire River West (Great Otway National Park); Cooks Mill (Cathedral Range State Park), Lake Catani (Mount Buffalo National Park) campgrounds
- Friday 7 July - Overnight hike/journey campsites. *This includes Grampians Peaks Trail, Great Ocean Walk, Great South West Walk, Glenelg Canoe Trail, Wilsons Prom Southern Circuit, Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing, and Wilderness Coast Walk
- Monday 10 July - all other bookable campsites and roofed accommodation statewide.
Bookings can be made using our online booking system. If you need further assistance to make a booking call Parks Victoria on 13 1963. We anticipate a high volume of calls, so please expect a longer time on-hold than usual.
Further information on booking will be provided in early June, including a written and recorded step-by-step guide on how to make a booking.
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Parks Victoria’s upgraded online booking system now makes it easier to book a stay in one of Parks Victoria’s 131 bookable campgrounds and roofed accommodation options.
As part of the upgraded online booking system, Parks Victoria has removed the ballot from the last remaining balloted campground – Tidal River Campground at Wilsons Promontory National Park.
With no more balloted booking, campers can now book every bookable campground across Victoria instantly – no more waiting to hear if a ballot application was successful or not.
To ease the pressure on the online booking system, campground bookings for the much-loved Wilsons Promontory and other popular campgrounds are being released on different days to the rest of the state.
When you make a booking, we will send you a confirmation that can be displayed as your permit to camp.
Why have you removed the ballot?
Removing ballots will give campers the flexibility to book the specific sites they want, on the dates they want, and to be able to book sites near friends and family. The Parks Victoria booking system has been upgraded to allow this flexibility, and the ballot at Wilsons Prom has been removed.
With no more ballot, campers can now book campgrounds across Victoria instantly. This means no time spent waiting to hear if a ballot application was successful.
The ballot meant people had to wait a long time to find out if they had secured a site. It also meant people didn’t always get their preferred dates or the area they preferred to camp in.
To ease the pressure on the booking system, bookings for the Prom campgrounds will be released on a different day to campgrounds across the rest of the state.
We know that not everyone is confident online, or people may have differing levels of access to the internet. To provide more equitable access to booking, people can also call 13 1963 if they need further assistance to make a booking.
What is the web address I need to have ready on my screen at 11am on the day bookings launch to make sure I get a space?
The specific address that bookings can be made from is this page. On the day there will be prominent image on the main page of the website that will direct you to this specific booking information page.
Why can I not see a picture of the site I want to book?
We now have photos of many specific campsites around the state, but not all. These photos will be added to over time.
What if I want to book after 6 October 2024?
Camping bookings for after 6 October 2024 will be released during 2024. The date for release of those later dates has not been set. To stay informed, subscribe to the Outdoor Inspiration enewsletter.
Will the system cope? What if it crashes?
The system has been upgraded to improve its ability to cope with high traffic levels. We have temporarily upgraded the capacity of our system to cope with additional traffic and undertaken load testing.
We have also staggered the release dates across a week so that highest demand areas, such as Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory, aren’t released on the same day as all other sites across the state.
Why do some campgrounds have a minimum booking length?
Some popular campgrounds have a minimum number of nights that you must book in certain peak times, such as Christmas and Easter. This is largely to manage traffic at those sites, ensure safety of campers and provide a more enjoyable experience within the campground.
How many campsites can I book at once?
You can book up to ten campsites as part of one booking.
Why are campgrounds open for booking for so long?
This period allows people to plan their holidays well in advance, with bookings open up until the end of the Term 3 school holidays in 2024.
Can I change my booking?
Yes, the upgraded system allows you to change or cancel your booking.
Is there a waitlist for peak times if others cancel?
The system is live in real time, so if someone cancels a site or accommodation it becomes available immediately.
Parks where fees apply
Fees apply to campsites and accommodation at the following parks:
- Brisbane Ranges National Park
- Buchan Caves Reserve
- Budj Bim National Park
- Cape Conran Coastal Park
- Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
- Cathedral Range State Park
- Corringle Foreshore Reserve
- Croajingolong National Park
- Discovery Bay Coastal Park
- Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing at Alpine National Park
- Gabo Island Reserve (accommodation only)
- Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park
- Glenelg River Canoe Trail
- Grampians National Park
- Great Ocean Walk
- Great Otway National Park
- Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
- Kinglake National Park
- Lake Eildon National Park
- Little Desert National Park
- Longridge Camp
- Lower Glenelg National Park
- Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park
- Mount Buangor State Park
- Mount Buffalo National Park
- Murray-Sunset National Park (Shearers Quarters)
- Nioka Bush Camp at Plenty Gorge
- Peachtree Creek Reserve
- Point Hicks Lighthouse Reserve
- The Lakes National Park
- Upper Yarra Reservoir Park
- Wilsons Promontory National Park
- Wyperfeld National Park