Caravanning Australia continues our ‘National Parks’ series, this time in Victoria. This state boasts some of Australia’s best national parks, with daytrip, overnight and longer camping options. From snowy peaks to eucalypt forests to beach walks, there is plenty of adventure to throw yourself into. Here are Caravanning’s picks (a hard task with so many stunning parks to pick from):
Croajingolong National Park
This park is one of the best destinations if you want an escape from civilisation. You can find secluded beaches here to boat or fish. Wander down the beach to see the waves crashing on the shores, or keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife. If you follow the Fly Cove Walk from Wingan Inlet Campground, you might be able to see fur seals basking on the rocks. From October–May, if you’re lucky, you can see whales moving along the coast in their migration patterns.
Great Otway National Park
Stretching up from Torquay along the world-famous Great Ocean Road, this park has it all – impressive waterfalls, dramatic coastlines and expansive forests. You can see Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles by foot on the Great Ocean Walk or take a tour of the historic Cape Otway Lightstation. Prime surfing can be found at Johanna Beach, where the waves reach colossal heights. Unwind with a picnic at the Sheoak Picnic Area near Lorne, surrounded by cool fern gullies and towering eucalypt trees.
Mount Buffalo National Park
This is the ultimate park for any thrillseekers where you can smash out some hikes, rock climbing, hang-gliding or skiing. You can even go cliff-camping, which is when you sleep on a vertical cliff face a gorge and abseil 300 metres down in the morning! It’s Australia’s first and highest commercial cliff-camping experience. Hikers can traverse The Horn and The Cathedral, which are best enjoyed at sunset.
Pictured is Buckland Valley, Mount Buffalo National Park, Victoria.
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