Stayed at Middle Creek Camp Ground over the Melbourne Cup long weekend.
Despite having the Australian Camper Trailer Group there for their official Weekend trip (27 Camper Trailers)
and the usual Long Weekend crowds, there was plenty of room for a few more.
6 km off the Western Hwy along a good dirt/gravel road.
Suitable for tents to motor homes and all in between.
Facilities are Basic, Men's, Women's and Disabled long drop toilets
A large covered area with tables, benches and a fire place
and a couple of taps fed by 2 small rain water tanks.
Rangers delivered toilet paper and closed one of the
Womens cubicles as it was full (at least they checked it)
Plenty of trees with most of the heavy branches either already fallen or cut off.
Mostly low grass covering the sites and surrounds.
Great place for kids, especially with bikes, many of them spent half the day doing
laps of the camp area as it is a loop road. Our almost 3 yo enjoyed chasing them.
The big crowd had scared away most the wild life, but there were a couple of Kangaroos
near by and a young Echidna wandered through some of the sites.
Having just purchased a 2000 Pajero Escape, I decided to check out some of the tracks
and ended up at the Mt Buangor Lookout after a few wrong turns (mental note get better map next time)
A short but steep walk gets you fantastic views.
On the way there we passed
Ditchfields Camp area in Mt Cole State Forest (after one of those wrong turns)
Pretty basic camp area in a clearing with a hut and toilets.
Mugwamp Hut Visitor/Camp area also in Mt Cole State Forest
A hut and a small picnic area with toilet table & fire place.
Not a lot of room for anything more than a tent (or back of the car)
A short drive from Middle creek is the Bailes Visitor Area
Toilet, Picnic table and Fireplace.
According to the Visitor guide it is not a camp area
but there was one camper there and looked quite suitable
for any type of camper, tent - motor home.
Just up from there is the Ferntree visitor & camp area
The visitor area was qutie large with toilet & tables but no camping.
The camping area was just past this but only a few small sites
suitable only for tents or small vehicles.
After visiting friends in Ararat, on the way back we checked out
the One Tree Hill Lookout which gives 360 degree views of Ararat and surrounds
then 4WD down the other side into Ararat Regional Park.
Also on the way back
Green Hill Lake camp area.
Just off the Western Hwy on the Melb side of Ararat
Plenty of water in it at the moment.
Toilet block (didn't go inside but may have showers)
Swimming in designated areas
Grass was quite long but plenty of suitable areas to set up camp
Langi-ghiran State Park
Drove up to the Langi-ghiran picnic and camp area
Approx 5 km off the Western Hwy
No camping in Picnic area
but plenty of room in Camping Area
Doesn't look like it gets much use
Appeared to be suitable for any type of camper.
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Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations.
When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong. ~George Carlin