Caravan parks close to Melbourne

A common question we get asked is where are the nearest caravan parks to the Melbourne city centre?

While travellers towing a caravan, those with campervans, motorhomes or tents are well catered for in rural and regional Victoria, choices are limited close to the centre of Melbourne. This is mainly due to the amount of space caravan parks would occupy in areas where land is at a premium.

We have compiled a list of all the caravan parks that are within 25 kilometres drive of Melbourne’s CBD that permit short stays, which means they are suitable for holidaymakers, travellers or casual visitors looking for somewhere to stay with their caravan or campervan.

See the map at the end to see the location of all these caravan parks in relation to each other and Melbourne’s city centre.

 

1. Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park

Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park
Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park
  • 11 kilometres by road north of Melbourne CBD
  • 265 Elizabeth Street, Coburg
  • Ensuite sites, powered sites, unpowered camp sites
  • Solar heated pool, adventure playground, games room, movie room, camp kitchen
  • Secure luggage storage available
  • Official website – www.melbournebig4.com.au

2. Discovery Parks BIG4 Melbourne

Ashley Gardens BIG4 Holiday Village
Discovery Parks BIG4 Melbourne (formerly Ashley Gardens BIG4 Holiday Village)

3. Honey Hush Caravan Park

Honey Hush Caravan Park
Honey Hush Caravan Park
  • 18 kilometres by road west of Melbourne CBD
  • 6 Leakes Road, Laverton North
  • Powered sites, unpowered tent sites
  • Official website – www.honeyhush.com.au

4. Crystal Brook Tourist Park

Crystal Brook Tourist Park
Crystal Brook Tourist Park
  • 24 kilometres by road north-east of Melbourne CBD
  • 182 Warrandyte Road, Doncaster East
  • Ensuite sites, powered sites, unpowered sites, tent sites
  • Games room, heated pool, playground, go karts, volleyball, Wi-Fi, bike tracks
  • Daily bird feeding
  • Storage facilities for vans, boats and luggage
  • Pet friendly
  • Official website – www.cbtp.com.au

5. Sundowner Caravan Park

Sundowner Caravan Park
Sundowner Caravan Park
  • 25 kilometres by road south-east of Melbourne CBD
  • 870 Princes Highway, Springvale
  • Powered sites
  • Take away food shop at entrance
  • Official website – www.sundownercp.com

6. Wantirna Park Caravan Park – NOW CLOSED

Wantirna Park Caravan Park
Wantirna Park Caravan Park
  • 25 kilometres by road east of Melbourne CBD
  • 203 Mountain Highway, Wantirna
  • Ensuite sites, powered sites
  • Pool, playground, tennis court, camp kitchen
  • Official website – www.wantirnapark.com.au

 

 

Tips when using Melbourne’s toll roads

For those using Melbourne’s toll roads, there are a couple of tips or tricks motorists should be aware of.

1. Some small parts of the toll roads are free to use

The operators of CityLink (parts of the Monash Freeway and Tullamarine Freeway) and EastLink don’t publicise this, but there are short stretches of their toll roads which are free to use, thus you won’t need an electronic tag or be charged for using those sections.

For a toll-free journey on part of CityLink, enter the M1 at Punt Road or Cremorne Street, head eastwards, then exit at Church Street.

CityLink
CityLink toll free route – Punt Road to Church Street

For EastLink, enter the M3 from Caribbean Park Drive at the service centre, head southwards and exit at Wellington Road for a toll-free journey.

EastLink
EastLink toll free route – Carribean Park Drive to Wellington Road

2. Use each toll road’s trip cap to your advantage

Both CityLink and EastLink have trip caps.  This means that after accumulating a certain number of toll costs during an uninterrupted one-way journey, there are no additional costs to pay when driving in the same direction further along the toll road.

These trip caps can save you money as it may be more economical to use one toll road for longer journey (thus reaching the trip cap) rather than combining shorter journeys across multiple toll roads.

For example, consider the journey from Melbourne’s outer southern suburbs (Eg: Frankston) to the inner city.  There are two options:

  1. Travel north along the toll road EastLink (M3), then at Dandenong North enter the Monash Freeway (M1) which then becomes the toll road CityLink as it runs south of the city centre.
  2. Travel north along the toll road EastLink (M3) which then heads west and becomes the Eastern Freeway which takes you to the inner northern suburb of Collingwood.
CityLink and EastLink
Minimising toll costs – M1 vs M3 from Frankston to the city.

While the first option is of a shorter distance, it will cost more than the second option, because smaller sections of two separate toll roads are being used.

With the first option, you pay an EastLink toll of $4.37 plus a CityLink toll of either $4.24 to exit at Punt Road or $6.90 to Kings Way, taking the total toll cost to between $8.61 and $11.27.

With the second option, the EastLink trip cap is reached, so currently the journey will cost $5.69.  So this option saves you between $2.92 and $5.58.

In addition, EastLink offers a 20% discount on tolls for travel during weekends, so you can save even more by using EastLink instead of CityLink which offers no weekend travel discounts.