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Glamp and camp in the Yarra Valley this summer

Summer

Regardless of where your sense of adventure wants to take you, the camping and glamping options in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges have your back for easy peasy, close to home and safe destinations, jam-packed with good times. Whether you’re a rookie adventurer or a seasoned tent pitcher, a little R&R in nature can still include a few home comforts.

Camping is 5 million star accommodation, but go glamping and it could be 5 kazillion! Or if you just want no mobile phone reception for an enforced tech-free break, try some free-range camping – great on a budget and the best back-to-nature experience there is.

Where Can I Camp or Glamp in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges?

Glamping

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So floors and walls are important to you but you’d still love the feeling of nature surrounding you without losing out on the creature comforts. Glamping is the perfect compromise – a meeting of the outdoors and the indoors – decorated!

  • BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park - Glamping – Pods and Belle tents, in natural settings for families and individuals, personal decks, ‘styled rooms’ and private en suites – all within a holiday park setting with loads of facilities and close to Healesville.
  • CABN – Off grid tiny house accommodation - no pressure! In locations only you will know about for a completely private escape.

Caravan and Camping

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Today’s caravan parks are part places to stay, part theme parks and part community. Think occupied kids all day, pools and playgrounds, modern facilities and close proximity to townships – and the river! And all your neighbours are friendly – including the fauna. Plus there are cabins if the idea of towing a van or packing a tent overwhelms you.

Lilydale Pine Hill Caravan Park – Whether you need a cabin or a site for your RV, caravan, large rig, camper van or tent - there is a site to suit. Drive-through sites, ensuite sites, powered and unpowered sites, storage sites, and one and two-bedroom cabins are also on offer. Sites are pet-friendly, however, no pets are allowed in cabins.

BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park – Stunning landscapes and native Australian wildlife on 60 acres of tastefully landscaped grounds and loads of bushwalks to explore. Plenty of of waterside locations so rest and rejuvenate to your heart's content by one of two pools, the trickle of Badger Creek, or the serene Lake Picaninny. Now where’s that novel you’ve been meaning to read all year?

Warburton Holiday Park – With one kilometre of Yarra River frontage, this 22 acre campground lets you enjoy life riverside. Recently refurbished, cabins, sites and facilities are all premier class. Awesome tubing down the river and BBQs for every meal – don’t you love outdoor dining! (and it’s adjacent to the new Warburton Water World Splash Park too – a bonus for the kids.)

Enclave at Healesville - The park resets on the foothills of Mt Riddell in Badger Creek and is surrounded by forest and rolling hills, vineyards and fruit and berry farms. The snowfields of Lake Mountain are only 45 minutes away. Enclave at Healesville offers are range of accommodation options including spacious cabins and powered and ensuite suits. Pets are welcome on sites only.

View all our camping options here.

Free Range Camping

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Go off the beaten track with scenic walks at your doorstep, night skies full of constellations, furry friends and birdy wake ups and the best-tasting campfire meals – that fresh air really does make you hungry.

Try these campsites:

  • Kinglake National Park – Stay at the popular The Gums Camping Area. Nestled in a tranquil eucalypt forest and next to a meandering mountain stream, it has tent sites and basic facilities.
  • Yarra State Forest - Take a trip up Blacksands Road (then Creek Road) to Starling’s Gap. With fireplace, toilets, picnic table and an open setting among the ferns and mountain tops.
  • The LaTrobe River Camping Area – Free campsites just 32 km from Yarra Junction. Facilities include fireplace, toilets, and picnic tables. Free, walk in camping is also available at Federal Mill and Ada No 2 Mill among fern gullies.
  • Kurth Kiln (23km south of Launching Place near Gembrook) – Choose from Magazine Track Camping Ground, Heritage Fence Camping Ground or Scout Loop Track Camping Ground, all with toilets.
  • Longridge Campground in Manningham offers quiet solitude on the banks of the Yarra River.

Visit Parks Victoria for more information on these campsites and to book a site.

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