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|best campgrounds for climbing
Hi coming out from Canada in March April and going to the Arapiles, Mt Buffalo and Grampians, what campsites would you recommend?
is it possible to reserve sites and how?
Arapiles - The Pines, just show up
Grampians - Stapylton seems to be the most popular base
Mount Buffalo - Lake Catani on the Plateau. You can book a site via http://parkstay.vic.gov.au/
Lots of info on Chockstone if you search, but I'll point you in the right direction/s.
Arapiles has plenty of camping in the Pines (at $4 per night) and you can always find a spot. Easter (March 29-April 1) is a major holiday here and will be busy. No marked sites, no reservations, so just show up and pick a spot.
Buffalo requires campground reservations (Lake Catani campground) and you're advised to book over Easter, but otherwise you can probably just show up as it's not peak time. Refer to http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mount-buffalo-national-park. Marked and numbered sites. Online bookings at http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/accom_rates/mt-buffalo-national-park/
Grampians is a big area, so you'll choose a campground depending on where you want to climb. The most popular campground in the Northern Grampians (Taipan Wall etc) is the Mt Stapylton campground, Check out http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/grampians-national-park/things-to-do/camping which has info and links. All these only have basic facilities (pit toilets, a bucket shower if you're lucky) so if you want more civilised surroundings the options are to go to one of the commercial campgrounds. For Dreamtime wall (worth a visit), Jimmy's Creek is the closest official campground.
There are also some bush camps (no facilities) in the Grampians known to climbers if you're fully self-sufficient (incl water) and want to save money.
Weather-wise, the best time of year to come. Be aware the Victorian school holidays run 29 March to 14 April.
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