Camping at the Brisbane Ranges
The Brisbane Ranges are great spot to see some typical Victorian bush, ideal for those looking to go for a day hike or camping somewhere close to Melbourne or Geelong. The national park is around a one hour drive from inner Melbourne, a lot less if you’re leaving from the west and can avoid any traffic.
There are two main campsites in the Brisbane Ranges that you can drive into and about the same distance from Melbourne and Geelong – Boar Gully Campground is about ten minutes closer to Melbourne and Friday’s campsite is about 5 minutes closer to Geelong if you’re taking the most direct routes to each campsite, whereas they’re about a twenty minute drive from one each other. All other camping areas require a hike to get there.
Boar Gully Campground
We took a look at the two different campgrounds and decided that Boar Gully was more private and suited to us.
There are seven campsites, usually two are sharing the one fire pit. We had plenty of room in campsite 5 and a direct path to the drop toilets and a water tap, although next time we’ll stay at campsite 6 or 7 as they’re right next to a small dam.
There’s a lot of room and some nice and easy walking tracks leaving from the campground and the dam has fish and yabbies for catching.
Friday’s campground is a relitively small and cosy place sourounded by bushland and seemed to be well suited for caravans and families. There are toilets, a large carpark and all of the campsites border eachother with a dirt track/road going around ithe perimeter.
Two hiking trails start at Friday’s campsite – you can park here even if just going on a day hike.
This is a nice and easy place to get away for a night or two, it’s well shaded and a safe area for kids. If you’re looking for something more private, hike to one of the other sites or head twenties minutes down the road to Boar Gully.