Just 2hrs outside of Melbourne CBD you’ll find this gem of a free camping area located alongside the Avoca River. It’s a great spot to camp. How often do you get to camp for free alongside a beautiful river and at the same time be within easy 5min walking distance to a town centre.
There are 2 different areas to camp which are situated either side of the Pyrenees Hwy, B180. On the left side (facing away from Avoca town centre) it is clearly labelled Avoca RV Park also known as “Avoca Lions Park Free Camping” and the camping conditions noted.
The camping area on the right side (facing away from the town) of the bridge on the Pyrenees Hwy, B180 was more appealing to ourselves. There was a lot more space to find your special spot right alongside the river. Although there were no toilets in this area you could easily walk to the clearly labelled Avoca RV Park on the left of the bridge to use the facilities. In this area there were no signs advising of the camping conditions and some campers did have fires going in their own fire pits.
The area is surrounded by tall trees, so ensure you take care where you set up camp and be mindful of falling limbs. You’ll find a couple of picnic tables closer to the Pyrenees Hwy and a walking track alongside the river.
With plenty of grass area it’s great to stretch your legs, kick a ball or perhaps a game of cricket with family/friends. If you want something a little more relaxing how about throwing the fishing line in?
In the event you didn’t get the catch of the day from the Avoca River or you’re looking for a day/night off from cooking you can stroll to the main street of Avoca to grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes or go to the Avoca Hotel.
Avoca RV Park, left of the Pyrenees Hwy
Whilst we did not stay at Avoca RV Park we checked it out prior to exploring the area so we were aware of our options for free camping as it was late in the afternoon when we arrived in Avoca.
7 Reasons why you would stay at the Avoca RV Park
- Free camping area for self contained
- Flushing Toilets
- Close to shops
- Heart of the Pyrenees
Whilst the camping area is not suitable for tents, it’s great spot for self contained campers. Note: camp fires are not allowed. For those looking for a scenic camp site but still close to a town this is a perfect spot. Whilst there are homes opposite the road and on the other side of the river you still have the feeling of space and serenity.
Avoca RV Park Facilities
- Flushing Clean Toilets
- Wash basins
- Picnic area
- Suitable for self contained campers, Caravans, camper vans, motor homes
- No fires permitted
- No generators
- No tents
- No dump point
We would’ve been happy to stay here for a night if we hadn’t found the “Waterfall Camping Ground” where it was more secluded. The Avoca RV Park was definitely a great back up plan if we couldn’t find anything away from town. For us when we camp we like to find a place to camp away from towns. Don’t get us wrong we love to visit the country townships, however look for places to stay where our neighbors for the night are kangaroos.
Our trip to Avoca was spontaneous. The night prior we spent at the scenic Green Hill Lake Reserve in Ararat. After exploring Ararat we visited the Ararat Visitor Information Centre where they talked highly of Ararat. Without a second thought off we headed.
Below are some of the places we explored on our 3 day escape whilst in Ararat and Avoca. Both places are very beautiful and have a lot to offer. We stayed at the nearby Waterfall Campground which is another free camping area. Check out our link for 3 day itinerary Melbourne – Ararat – Avoca – Melbourne
- Historical town of Ararat
- Alexandra Gardens Park
- Green Hill Lake Reserve
- J Ward Asylum
- Avoca Chinese Gardens
- Governor Rock Lookout Tower, Pyrenees State Forest
- Valley Walk, Percydale
Another place which has a great free camping ground is Mt Franklin which is situated on an extinct volcanic crater nearby to Daylesford. If you are heading back to Melbourne this is a perfect place to stop.
Avoca RV Park Location
- Corner Creek Street and Pyrenees Hwy, Avoca VIC 3467
- Approximately 183km, 2hrs from Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 63km, 44 mins from Ararat
- Approximately 70km, 50mins from Ballarat