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Bush Camping/Dispersed camping in the Grampians
Access T CliffCare
20-Mar-2019
7:50:58 AM

Bush Camping in the Grampians/Gariwerd
Posted on March 20, 2019

For many climbers heading to the Grampians, dispersed camping/bush camping is their preferred choice. As always, it pays to be informed. There are areas you canít disperse camp and in the places where you can, there are rules and regulations.

The more recent Grampians visitor guide clearly shows the areas where bush camping is not allowed. Check this out and know where you can go. Read the rules Ė most importantly around campfires as we start coming into cooler weather.

Dispersed or bush camping is not permitted inside the hatched areas displayed on the park map.
While bush camping, remember Campfires are not permitted Ėfuel stoves only
Only camp in previously cleared areas
Leave no trace of your visit Ėtake all rubbish home with you
Camp at least 25m from waterways and 1km from campgrounds.

*Campfires are only allowed in the park in the official metal ring fireplaces

Keep yourself informed.

*Visitor guide including bush camping area restrictions available to download at end of post.

https://cliffcare.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/grampians-np-visitor-guide.pdf

ajfclark
21-Mar-2019
6:59:09 AM
Mods: Can this please be sticky?
[Moderator edit: Done. ]

Clickly link: https://cliffcare.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/grampians-np-visitor-guide.pdf
kieranl
21-Mar-2019
5:20:19 PM
Removed the embedded
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Clickly link: https://cliffcare.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/grampians-np-visitor-guide.pdf
Olbert
10-Apr-2019
11:20:38 AM
So I'll probably be heading down to the Gramps and Araps over Easter to join the multitudes. I have a van and am planning to free camp in the Gramps. Don't worry, I'll be taking the map showing where free camping is allowed - I'm not intending on camping where I shouldn't.

I'm looking for good out of the way spots to roll up with my van that aren't just the side of a dirt road. Preferably out of sight of randoms who are just happening to go by during the night. I don't need a toilet (not that free camping is allowed near any toilets) or fire place or anything in particular. Just a quiet out of the way spot.

Anybody have any suggestions?

ajfclark
10-Apr-2019
12:00:00 PM
Driving anywhere off a road opens you to being fined for driving off the roads and vegetation damage.
Olbert
11-Apr-2019
12:09:15 PM
On 10-Apr-2019 ajfclark wrote:
>Driving anywhere off a road opens you to being fined for driving off the
>roads and vegetation damage.

I wasn't proposing driving off road. I was hoping for out of the way carparks or pull outs on quiet roads.
gfdonc
27-Mar-2020
4:00:51 PM
Borough Huts campground was closed this morning. Was open when I drove past yesterday.
Sign said the closures were on "under the direction of the Chief Health Officer" . Closed until further notice.
Whippet
27-Mar-2020
4:33:26 PM
Obviously some people donít understand exponential infection rates,
Obviously some people donít understand stay at home.
Obviously some people think they are much more important than everyone else.
Ithomas
27-Mar-2020
5:18:01 PM
On 27-Mar-2020 Whippet wrote:
>Obviously some people donít understand exponential infection rates,
>Obviously some people donít understand stay at home.
>Obviously some people think they are much more important than everyone
>else.

Gfdonc may have a perfectly good reason for being out and about. The other posts are 12 months old.
whippet
27-Mar-2020
6:10:00 PM
Ah ha, iPhone blindness.
Stay at home though.
jrc
27-Mar-2020
6:11:55 PM
Indeed.

Victoria appears to have closed all campgrounds and caravan parks. See dhss.vic.gov.au website and yes it is at the direction of the Chief Health Officer. Also PV site wont accept bookings. NSW has closed national park campgrounds.

Vic also appears to have a ban on outdoor sport gatherings of 2 or more (unless of same residence). So i still cant go out for a crank with you Mr Zoo. Sorry about that (chief)! But i can climb with my kids. For now. Watch for that loophole. "Missed it by that much".
ithomas
27-Mar-2020
7:19:39 PM
Howdy John.

ajfclark
28-Mar-2020
8:30:29 AM
On 27-Mar-2020 gfdonc wrote:
>Borough Huts campground was closed this morning. Was open when I drove
>past yesterday.
>Sign said the closures were on "under the direction of the Chief Health
>Officer" . Closed until further notice.

Parks closed everything on the 25th. They just might not have had signs up yet.

When I first read their directive on the 25th the opening paragraph was:
As directed by the Chief Health Officer all campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks will be closed from midnight tonight.

People can continue to live on a closed caravan park or camping ground if it is registered as their primary place of residence or if they are staying in caravan parks as interim accommodation where their primary residence is not available.


It may have changed as the page has been updated since: http://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/covid-19-update

That page is linked at least twice from the front page of the Parks website, along with posts on social media, etc. Currently the front page has a box on the right that says:
As directed by the Chief Health Officer all campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks are closed as of midnight Wednesday 25 March 2020.


Forests put out a similar release on the same day.
gfdonc
29-Mar-2020
7:41:08 AM
GFDonc has a house in Halls Gap, and is very well isolated with Mrs Donc and the dog.
More so than if we'd stayed in Melbourne.
Some solo explorations delayed by the rain today (which just started).

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