Do These 5 Things Sound Like What You’re Looking for
- An escape from the city that’s not too far to travel?
- A tranquil spot to hitch a tent or park a camper van or caravan?
- Somewhere with public toilets and a place to wash your hands?
- A place where you can take your best friend i.e. your family pet dog?
- Where you can cook on the camp BBQ/fire which is provided?
An easy 2hr drive will find you at the scenic free camping ground – Meredith Park Camping Grounds, which is located along Lake Colac in Ondit.
About Meredith Park Camping Ground
- There’s 30 campsites along the lake in a designated area
- Very clean flush toilets with a sink to wash your hands
- Rubbish bins provided
- BBQ fire places are provided, you just need to bring your fire wood
- Fires are permitted in designated areas only, provided fire restrictions are not in force
- There are no dump waste spots here
- Dogs are allowed on a leash
- Boat ramp
It’s a beautiful place to just relax reading a book whilst you have a fishing rod or two in the lake.
Trees are dotted along the camping area offering little shade and there is a boat ramp for those wanting to get out onto the lake, water levels permitting.
Meredith Park Camping Grounds Location
- The camping ground is approximately 158km from Melbourne CBD and without peak traffic take approximately 2hrs
- 175 Meredith Park Road, Ondit, VIC 3249 Australia
How Long Would I Stay?
If you are looking for a place to sit and relax you could spend at least 2-3 days here.
Check the weather conditions prior to going especially the wind strength.
Day 1 Itinerary
We left the bustling city of Melbourne on a Friday afternoon. It was an easy drive over the Westgate freeway following the signs to Colac and then the camping ground signs. Once you leave the freeway it’s a scenic drive surrounded by farmland, as you near the camping ground there’s distant views of the windmill farm.
The evening was spent relaxing in the camper van as it was too windy to stay outside. Due to the strong winds we were unable to have a camp fire but were able to witness a gorgeous sunset.
Day 2 Itinerary
Awoke to a beautiful view of the lake, the wind had calmed down so we were able to cook on the camp BBQ/fire pit provided and eat breakfast whilst looking at the scenic surroundings.
There was enough time to stroll along the lake and throw the fishing lines in for a couple of hours before the wind returned.
Due to the 30km/hr strong winds returning we decided to move camp. We had planned to stay here 2 nights and we would’ve done if it wasn’t for the windy conditions. We were lucky we could get wifi reception so we could find our next destination.
We drove from the Meredith Park Camping ground 50km along very scenic roads where trees framed the roads. Within 45 mins we arrived at our next home for the night at Stevensons Falls Campground Barramunga in the Otways.
We took a stroll around the beautiful camping ground and adjacent pine forest, it was then time to set up the campfire in readiness to cook dinner and whittle the evening away having a drink or two around the fire.
Day 3 Itinerary
Relaxed around the camp fire and had breakfast before packing up camp. It was then time to explore the Stevenson Falls Otway before heading back home.
About Stevensons Falls Otway
The Stevensons Falls are beautiful and the walk to the falls is just as gorgeous, the pathway leads you through all types of forests, from pine forests to tree ferns and massive gum trees. Theres a creek which runs alongside the pathway.
How Do I Get To Stevensons Falls?
There are two ways you can get to the Stevenson Falls. You can choose to walk from the camping ground or drive closer to the Stevenson Falls and walk from the carpark.
If you choose to drive to the Stevenson Falls theres a car park where you can have a picnic before taking a short easy 500m walk. The walk is gorgeous, you go past all sorts of pine trees as you head to the waterfall track. There’s lots of tree ferns & massive gum trees. The entire area is so beautiful and green. The Falls are worth the walk and when we were there a rainbow shone on the bottom of the Falls.
It’s a 4.6km walk from the camping ground to the Falls, unfortunately we were unable to do this as a tree had fallen across the path. So we drove to the Falls car park and then took the easy 20 minute return walk.
About Stevensons Falls Campground Barramunga
It’s a beautiful free camping area which has 50 campsites suitable for tents, camper vans or caravans. The camping spots are all different sizes and most are a generous size with some being extra spacious with room to accommodate a couple of vans or tents if you are camping with family or friends. There were some camping spots for tents only where you’d walk in.
The camping ground is situated near the small Gellibrand River and is well shaded with all types of trees. The other side of the river is a pine forest which is fun to explore if you like pine forests.
The camping ground is great for all ages, there’s make do swings in a couple of the camping spots for the kids, ducks to watch as they waddle past or to admire as they sit on the bridge barrier & then there’s the walk to the Stevenson Falls which is beautiful.
Facilities at Stevensons Falls Campground Barramunga
- There are two long drop toilets which were clean
- Dogs are allowed but required to be on a leash
- BBQ fire pits provided at most camping spots, you just need to bring your own wood and check fire restrictions.
- We didn’t see water so make sure you take plenty to drink/cook and to extinguish your fires.
- You’re required to take your rubbish home
How Long Would I Stay?
We only stayed a night as my family had to return to work. This is definitely a place to return to and take in the peace, serenity and fresh air.
I would recommend staying at least 2-3 days if you want to relax in a beautiful setting.
- There’s lots of sightseeing options nearby, including the Great Ocean Road which is approximately 25 mins drive away. Make sure you have a tank full of petrol if you want to explore the surrounding areas as the closest petrol station is 30 mins away.
- Take plenty of water for drinking, cooking and extinguishing campfires
Stevensons Falls Campground Location
- Roadknight Creek Road, Barramunga VIC 3249
- The Stevenson Falls Campground in Otway is approximately 171km, 2hrs and 10 mins from the Melbourne CBD.