Tag: Free camping

Mount Franklin Reserve

Mt Franklin is a small volcanic crater that offers ideal place for a picnic or basic camping set amongst plantings of huge conifers and deciduous trees that create an exotic atmosphere. Also known as Lalgambook by the Djadja Wurrung people, Mt Franklin offers fine views on the approach to the summit.

Mount Franklin is a fine example of a breached scoria cone. The breach, through which the road now enters the crater, is thought to have been caused by a flow of lava breaking through the crater rim. Lava from Mount Franklin and other volcanoes in the area filled valleys and buried the goldbearing streams that became the renowned ‘deep leads’ of the gold mining era.

You can camp for short stays at Mt Franklin which is also suitable for caravans and motor homes on a first come first served basis. No fees apply. Toilets, fireplaces and washing water are provided.

Camping is also available in caravan parks in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs adjacent to the park.

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

  • 13 1963
  • Overnight camping available

Slaty Creek Picnic & Camping Area

Slaty Creek is a great place to enjoy a bush picnic close to the township of Creswick.

Pan for gold along the meandering creek, take a stroll beside old water races, or simply sit and watch the bush come alive with many species of birds.

The campgrounds are located on the creek flats and are surrounded by tall Manna Gums. No booking is required. Camping is on a first in, first-served basis. There are three basic bush camping area available. All campsites are unpowered. Campfires are only allowed in the fireplace provided – supply your own wood. Fuel stoves are preferred for cooking. No drinking water is available – supply your own.
Number 1 has non-flush toilets, picnic table, fireplace and access to the Goldfields Track. It also has disabled access and is more suitable for larger groups.
Number 2 has a fireplace available but no toilets.
Number 3 has a fireplace and a picnic table but no toilets. All campsites are unpowered and are suitable for motor homes as well as tents.

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

  • 13 1963
  • Overnight camping available

Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve

A lone pine tree stands as a sentinel crowning this picturesque granite outcrop, a sanctuary for native plants and animals. Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve offers magnificent views and a rich variety of spring wildflowers.

The best way to enjoy the park is on foot. A network of tracks links all major features within the reserve. A walk to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Other activities that can be enjoyed in the park are camping, picnicking, horse riding and mountain biking.

Many tracks within the park are in poor condition following heavy rainfall early in 2017. Visitors are urged to use caution and drive carefully. Access to Cork Oaks Road between The Dam and Cork Oaks Visitor areas is now only suitable for 4WD vehicles with good body clearance.

Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve is 8 km west of Clunes and 35 km north of Ballarat.
Camping is allowed for short stays at Cork Oaks Picnic Area, The Dam Picnic Area and Manna Gums Picnic Area. No booking required and no fees apply.
Dogs must be controlled on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your dog.

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.

For up-to-date park information including any changed conditions, visit the Parks Victoria webpage or call 13 19 63.

  • 13 1963
  • Reserve open daily. Overnight camping available.

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