Campervan parking sites... restricted to caravan parks or other options?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2012 7:50 PM Last Post By: tigerstu
Oct 20, 2012 5:50 PM
Campervan parking sites... restricted to caravan parks or other options?Anyone have any experience in taking a campervan or similar between Melbourne and Adelaide?
We have 9 days, already booked a nice Britz Campervan and have planned a basic itinerary of areas to stop and stay in or around: Apollo Bay - Port Fairy - Penola/Coonawarra, Robe, Kangaroo Island and Barossa.
My concern is, especially as we are doing this in super peak season (just after Christmas), is where and what type of places can we park and sleep? Are we restricted to Caravan Park and Camp Sites (which will be booked solid) or are there other options, in quiet scenic spots off the main track?
Appreciate the advice!
Oct 20, 2012 5:55 PM
1Local councils along the Great Ocean Road take an extremely dim view of people camping/campervaning in non-approved campgrounds/sites. If you do try it, expect to be moved along by council rangers or the Police at some stage.
I'm not saying it is impossible, but very very difficult to find a place where you can sleep the night without being hassled.
Oct 20, 2012 5:59 PM
2Yeah, I would expect that. Was thinking of staying further outside the places I mentioned, perhaps inland somewhat. We wouldn't be wanting to park on the main street or beach carparks, but 30 minutes drive away from a town.
Also, I have contacted a few Caravan Parks, some I can book with (and even have spaces left) other say just rock up and they will fit us in. I'm starting to think I should try and book as much as I can ahead of time and stick to the itinerary... pity, as I was hoping for some flexibility and on the spot changes.
Oct 20, 2012 6:13 PM
3Problem is, particularly between Melbourne and Port Campbell, there's bugger all between the coast and then the Princes Hwy towns due to the Otway Ranges. If you can't get anywhere to stay in Apollo Bay for example, Lavers Hill (the next town along) would probably have room. Around Port Campbell, Princetown and Peterborough tend to be quieter. Around Port Fairy...well, Warrnambool is a big city with plenty of options, it's likely you'd be able to find somewhere there, otherwise there isn't a whole lot around there.
I'm not totally familiar with the SA coast, it's been a few years since I was last through that way.
Oct 21, 2012 12:46 AM
Oct 21, 2012 2:25 AM
Oct 21, 2012 3:25 AM
6Staying in showgrounds?.....no thanks.
Tiggerstu....just camp in nice spots you see off the road. I do it all the time ( I LIVE in a small truck).
I've never been moved on despite all the threats. Or fined.
I consider bush camping a natural right of free people in Aust.
Even if we have to insist on our rights by civil disobedience.
Oct 21, 2012 6:25 PM
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