5 excellent spots for free camping in Gippsland

Camping is one of the many popular things to do in Gippsland. Whether you love taking a sway or your off-road van there are so many wonderful places to go camping in Gippsland that will have you planning trips to Gippsland for years to come.

Free camping in Gippsland

This region is blessed with both mountains and spots by the water to camp. Below you will find 5 great spots for free camping in Gippsland.

Billy Goat Bend

There is an amazing lookout that gives you a 180-degree view of the wilderness of the area. The fast flowing Mitchel River meanders along below. This location is all about getting away into the wilderness of free camping in Gippsland.

Where is Billy Goat Bend located?

Billy Goat Bend is located in the Mitchel River National Park. Billy Goat Bend is best accessed via the Bairnsdale Dargo Road at Glenaladale. Once you enter the Mitchel River National Park the road becomes unsealed and the conditions are ever changeable. The site is accessible with a 2 wheel drive vehicle but the road is rough in spots. A slow and steady journey will get you there if you are careful.

What facilities are at the Billy Goat Bend campsite?

At Billy Goat Bend, there is car parking at the day area featuring picnic tables and fire pits. A short walk takes you to the free camping area where there are toilets and a lookout nearby. The camping area is not very large and only accommodates tents. From the site, you can do a number of walks including to the nearby Den of Nargun and Angus Vale. These walks are incorporated into the 25 kilometres Mitchel River Walking trail.

Hiawatha Falls

At Hiawatha, there are the falls and the Albert River. You can go swimming and fishing in the river upstream from the falls. This free camping Gippsland spot will help you get away from it all in its hilly forested location not far from the South Gippsland Coast.

Where are the Hiawatha Falls located?

Hiawatha Falls is located in the rolling hills of Gippsland behind Welshpool. The Albert River Road into the Hiawatha Fall camping area is narrow windy and eventually gravel. The road is in good driveable condition for all types of vehicles.

What facilities are at the Hiawatha Falls campsite?

At the camping area, there are public toilets and 2 concrete pitch areas that would suit caravans. The area has no bbq facilities so you will need to bring your own cooker or bbq. The area can be wet and muddy at times because of its location in the mountains.

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You may encounter a number of different wildlife species such as kangaroos and goannas. The Timbarra River runs along the side of the campsites and is good for swimming on hot days. The depth of the river varies so for fishing you may need to follow the river to find a good location. If you are into star gazing Timbarra is an amazing spot with pitch-black nights.

Where is Timbarra located?

Located in the hills of East Gippsland is Timbarra. Timbarra is located 23 kilometres northwest of Buchan, 81km from Lakes Entrance. Turn towards Buchan off the Bairnsdale Nowa Nowa Road. Turn at the Timbarra sign and take Nunnett Rd and turn onto Timbarra Rd.

What facilities are at the Timbarra campsites?

The road into Timbarra is both sealed and gravel. There are a number of maintained camping sites along the road. The sites are suitable for both caravans and tents. The campsites have toilet facilities and firepits for cooking. The sites are maintained with gravel tracks in and open grass areas for camping.

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Seaspray Golden Beach

The camping sites are located on the inland side of the coastal sand dunes. All the sites have pathways leading to the 90 Mile Beach. The walks can be between 100 and 300 meters to the ocean. This area is well known for its fishing, especially for catching gummy sharks in summer and salmon in the winter.

Where is Golden Beach located?

On the 90 Mile Beach between Golden Beach and Seaspray is over 20 maintained free camping spot. Seaspray Golden beach area is best accessed off the South Gippsland Highway at Longford from either Sale or Yarram.

What facilities are at the Seaspray and Golden Beach campsites?

A number of the campsites have toilet facilities, picnic tables and fire pits. Some of the campsites allow dogs and some are pet-free. You will find a mixture of grass and sandy pitches. Some of the sites will suit caravans (not all) while tents can be used at all of these Gippsland free camping areas.


Talbotville is popular for people who want to get away from it and relax in the Victorian high country. Bushwalking, fishing, metal detecting, motorbiking and 4 wheel driving are popular activities while at Talbotville.

Where is Talbotville located?

Nestled in the Victorian High Country past Dargo is Talbotville. Talbotville was once a thriving mining town on the banks of the Talbot River. Today it is a popular camping site with a few relics left from its golden era. Talbotville camping will definitely require a 4wd to access this spot.

What facilities are at the Talbotville campsites?

The camping at Talbotville is on a large expansive grassed area right by the river. There are picnic tables, fire pits and toilets on-site for campers. You can camp in tents and camping trailers. I personally think the road is too thin for a caravan but that’s a personal choice.

We hope you enjoyed the Gippsland Free Camping article from us here at Travels in Gippsland. Get out and explore Gippsland today, set up the tent, take in the views and have a great time camping in our region. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland fishing & camping page for more brilliant inspiration.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids