Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Postby Bradd » Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:52 pm

One of the most popular Parks in Victoria,
getting back to normal after major bushfires in 2006
Visited in October 2008 for 4 days and January 2009 for 5 days
Both times stayed in the Smith Mill campground.

Brought a screen house and plenty of insect repellant but never needed it.
I didnt see or here a mozzie and the only place flys were more than passers by was at the pit toilet.
Although in october they were quite interested when I BBQ'd lamb chops.
Plenty of shade amongst tall plantation pines, plenty of runing water for washing up
Not supposed to collect firewood but I guess everyone I saw missed that sign, not
that there was much in the way of good long burning logs anywhere near camp.
Plenty of Kookaburras and even more C0ckatoos who were not only noisy but decided the the
branches above my camper tralier were the toilet (another reason to make the effort to put tarp over)
, only saw a couple of Kangaroos/Wallabies near camp (its fenced).

Only 1 KM from McKenzies Falls which has walks to either a lookout (easy) or down to the base
of the falls (medium), we did the base walk and wasn't too hard comming back up as we did it at the
same pace as our 2 yo (one step at a time).

2km up the rd is Lake Wartook, no swimming allowed but low/non powered boats ok

Also not far is Boroka lookout which has fantastic views over Halls Gap to Lake Belfield in the south
and to the east Lake Fyans and whatever else is out that way and Reed Lookout and the Balconies
with great views of Lake wartook, and the Victoria Valley, Moora Moora Reservior.

Person at National Park Centre told me the regions water storage is at 6% and I don't doubt it
Moora Moora Reservoir was little more than a puddle, Lake Bellfield was very low, same with Lake Fyans.
Lake lonsdale was empty.

Also checked out a couple of Aboriginal Art sites, Gulgurn Manja, Ngamadjidj & Bilimina Shelters
Interesting enough, but not sure I would go out of my way again.

Did a few flying drive throughs of some other campgrounds for future reference
Stayplton, Plantation, Boreang, Borough Huts, Jimmy Creek & Buandik (see link at bottom)
All had their positives but will be hard to not go back to Smith Mill again (love the shade).


Unsealed roads can be pretty corrugated in places, managed to break something in
the ignition and muffler needs attention after trip
:-bang


Camping permit required for all campgrounds
Cost = $13.00 per site for upto 6 people
No bookings, first come first served
All campgrounds have toilets and most have water although signs say do not drink.
Visitor Guide : http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources05/05_1411.pdf

Photos and comments of Smiths Mill, 6 other campgrounds & some misc photos from our trip
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/braddiv

Campground Locations
http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en ... 8ea22&z=10

Edited C0ckatoos = dingalings (stoopid bad word filter)
Last edited by Bradd on Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:45 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Postby mouth » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:13 pm

Terrific post and pictures, many thanks!

Am going to the Grampians in March for the Labour Day weekend and was hoping to stay at Smith Mill, but my wife decided to invite some of her family and the "princesses" out voted me and now were staying at a nearby CP so they can have hot showers :(

Smith Mill looks a great spot from your photo's so I think we'll make that our next 'bush' camping spot. My daughter (2½ yo) looks the same age as yours, and enjoys camping as much as it appears your daughter does.
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Re: Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Postby Bradd » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:39 pm

14 yo son tried out the solar bag shower after 2 days and was happy enough.
13 yo daughter was more worried about charging her mobile phone and iPod than missing out on a shower.
Almost 2 yo is happy to stink it up with Mum & Dad

3rd day we ended up at a swimming pool in Stawell where $12.50 got the whole family in for a swim, water slides, spa & hot showers.

We are planing to buy a shower tent and 12v pump shower in case there are no swimming pools around :shock:
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Re: Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Postby mouth » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:51 pm

Bradd wrote:3rd day we ended up at a swimming pool in Stawell where $12.50 got the whole family in for a swim, water slides, spa & hot showers.

Nice, will remember that one. From memory the public pool in halls Gap is quite unappealing.
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Re: Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Postby jagsrk » Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:00 pm

Great information thanks guys. Helped me a lot to plan my trip for Easter.

Is anyone planning to camping in Grampians during Easter?

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Re: Vic Grampians National Park Campgrounds

Postby Bradd » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:09 pm

I will return to the Grampians but as I have been there last 2 holidays I will give somewhere else a try.
And they have closed my favorite campground (temporarily) :cry:
I hope they don't turn it into a numbered camp site type thing.

Smiths Mill Campground and Plantation Campground are now closed to all visitors until further notice. They are both receiving major upgrades over the next few months

http://svc015.wic028p.server-web.com/1p ... n=9&page=8
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