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Caravans and motorhomes in Victoria

CaravansSome travellers seek holidays where they can truly charter their own destiny and who want to take their accommodation with them as they travel around Victoria. Caravans, campervans and motorhomes are an ideal option for this purpose.

Caravans

A caravan is a mobile home on a trailer, towed behind a vehicle. It is equipped with bedding and cooking facilities and many also feature a shower and toilet.

When travelling in Victoria with a caravan, you can stay overnight at designated camping areas with basic facilities, or pull into one of the state’s hundreds of caravan or tourist parks. These parks vary widely in their facilities, but all provide, as a bare minimum, electric power connections, communal cooking and bathroom facilities. Some provide ensuite sites where your van is parked beside a private bathroom reserved for your use only.

Many caravan parks have developed into fully-appointed resorts set within landscaped grounds that also offer luxury cabin accommodation, a huge range of family-friendly recreational facilities and onsite activities for guests.

Locate caravan parks in Victoria by going to accommodation search and selecting caravan park in the preferred accommodation style box.

Campervans and motorhomes

Campervans and motorhomes are vehicles which provide transport and accommodation all in one.

A motorhome is typically built on a truck or bus chassis and provides fully self-contained and reasonably spacious accommodation including kitchen and bathroom facilities. A campervan is generally a smaller vehicle in the style of a van, a bit tighter on space, which is fitted out with basic living facilities.

Motorhome and campervan rentals range from budget to luxury and can sleep between 2 and 6 people. Motorhomes usually do not require anchor to a caravan park-type facility because they are fully self-contained, whereas some of the smaller campervans are more suited to the traveller who expects to end each day in a caravan or camping ground spot where they will find toilet and shower amenities that are not contained within their campervan sleeper.

Some campervan and motorhome hire companies which have depots in Victoria are:

If you’re thinking about planning a campervan holiday, have a read of 101 Campervan Tips.

Caravan parks close to Spirit of Tasmania

Caravan park
Caravan park

When travelling within Australia with your caravan, you need not let the waters of Bass Strait constrain your journey.

Spirit of Tasmania, a passenger and vehicular ferry which traverses Bass Strait and links mainland Victoria with Tasmania, welcomes aboard those travelling with caravans, campervans and motorhomes.

Between late December and Easter, Spirit of Tasmania operates a number of day sailing services which depart from both Melbourne (Station Pier at Port Melbourne) and Devonport at 9am. Check-in for those services is between 6:30am and 8:15am.  Due to the early morning check-in, those with caravans or motorhomes may find it convenient to stay in a caravan park close to the ferry terminal the night before, so that first thing in the morning they only have a short drive to board the boat.

Caravan Parks close to Port Melbourne

1. Discovery Parks BIG4 Melbourne

Ashley Gardens BIG4 Holiday Village
Discovery Park BIG4 Melbourne (formerly Ashley Gardens Holiday Village)
  • 13 kilometres by road north-west of ferry terminal entrance
  • The quickest driving route does not use any toll roads
  • Ensuite sites, powered sites (paved and grassed)
  • Recreation room, playground, pool, tennis court, indoor spa & sauna, camp kitchen
  • Van storage available
  • Woolworths supermarket is next door
  • Official website – www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/vic/greater-melbourne/discovery-parks-melbourne
  • Location – 129 Ashley Street, Braybrook
  • Phone – (03) 9318 6866

2. Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park

Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park
Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park
  • 16 kilometres by road north of ferry terminal entrance
  • 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
  • Location – 265 Elizabeth Street, Coburg
  • Phone – (03) 9353 8222

3. Honey Hush Caravan Park

Honey Hush Caravan Park
Honey Hush Caravan Park
  • 17 kilometres by road west of ferry terminal entrance
  • The quickest driving route does not use any toll roads
  • Powered sites, unpowered tent sites
  • Official website – www.honeyhush.com.au
  • Location – 6 Leakes Road, Laverton North
  • Phone – (03) 9369 2253

Caravan parks close to East Devonport

1. Abel Tasman Caravan Park

Abel Tasman Caravan Park
Abel Tasman Caravan Park
  • 900 metres by road from  ferry terminal entrance
  • Cabins, powered sites, unpowered sites
  • BBQ area, childrens playground, newly renovated amenities
  • Official website – www.abeltasmancaravanpark.com.au
  • Location – 6 Wright Street, East Devonport
  • Phone – (03) 6427 8794

2. Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport

Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport
Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport
  • 1.3 kilometres by road from ferry terminal entrance
  • Cottages, cabins, ensuite sites, powered sites
  • BBQs, kiosk, playground, movie room, waterfront location
  • Official website – www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au
  • Location – 13 Tarleton Street, East Devonport
  • Phone – (03) 6427 8418

 3. Devonport Holiday Village

Devonport Holiday Village
Devonport Holiday Village
  • 1.8 kilometres by road from ferry terminal entrance
  • Cabins, ensuite sites, powered sites, unpowered sites
  • BBQs, mini-supermarket, 3 hectares of gardens and trees
  • Official website – www.devonportholidayvillage.com.au
  • Location – 20 North Caroline Street, East Devonport
  • Phone – (03) 6427 8886

4. Bay View Holiday Village

Bay View Holiday Village
Bay View Holiday Village
  • 2.1 kilometres by road from ferry terminal entrance
  • Cabins, powered ensuite sites
  • BBQ area, waterfront location
  • Official website – bookings.goldenchain.com.au
  • Location – 2 North Caroline Street, East Devonport
  • Phone – (03) 6427 0499
Tasmania
Caravan parks close to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal in East Devonport

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

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

 

 

Off the beaten path in Melbourne & Victoria

Melbourne and Victoria offer a wondrous number of destinations ripe for exploration and enjoyment. While the city of Melbourne holds many different popular attractions, research the possibilities of going off the beaten path. Journey through the countryside and visit unique locations and experience once-in-a lifetime adventures.

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Great Ocean Road
The 12 Apostles rock formation on the stunning Great Ocean Road

Considered one of the most scenic areas in southern Australia, the Great Ocean Road lies south-west of Melbourne along the coast. Driving on the road, visitors see an array of unusual rock formations jutting out of the shoreline or out of the water. One of those not be missed are the famous Twelve Apostles – although due to wave erosion, there are only 8 of these limestone stacks left standing. The area has sandy beaches and camp sites where holiday makers enjoy canoeing and kayaking or just exploring and photographing the landscape. Venture to the Great Otway National Park and hike through gorges while witnessing cascading waterfalls and encounter a series of caves. The park also serves as home to a myriad of wildlife including kangaroos and koalas.

Great Ocean Road tours & activities

HANGING ROCK

Hanging Rock
The view from Morgan’s Lookout near the summit of Hanging Rock

The Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve lies in the middle of the Macedon Ranges, east of Woodend. This unique rock formation rises 718 meters above sea level and features a massive boulder suspended between other massive structures. A pathway leads into the expansive cavern beneath the hanging rock. The location remains a favourite destination for climbing and gaining a bird’s eye view over the landscape. The park also has a forest, creek and picnic grounds along with an interpretation centre and cafe. While hiking around the park, guests often see eagles, koalas and kookaburras along with possums and wallabies. The local Hanging Rock Winery welcomes visitors to sample a number of locally produced wines while enjoying the view of the Macedon Ranges and lush green rolling hills.

HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

Koala
A koala at the Healesville Sanctuary

Unlike conventional zoos, the Healesville Sanctuary strives to defeat species extinction through a number of breeding programs. Set in a rural bush setting on the outskirts of Healesville, the sanctuary features animals native to Australia that range from cassowaries to Tasmanian Devils. The park offers various live demonstrations and feedings throughout the day to the delight of guests. Watch the abilities of the birds of prey or cuddle a koala. The facility hospital also provides an opportunity for viewing the newest park residents.

TRAVELLING THROUGH VICTORIA

Rather than flying to Melbourne or another location in Victoria, staying in a hotel and relying on public transport or tours for seeing the sights, consider creating a holiday while driving a campervan. Having a personal vehicle provides greater freedom to leisurely come and go wherever desired. Enjoy the great outdoors and spectacular scenery while staying in and exploring the many national parks around the area. Save money and calories while indulging in a home-made BBQ in the fireplaces provided at the camp sites. Caravanning also offers privacy. Sleep in without awakening from the noise created by other hotel guests. Conversely, when staying in rural locations, families or groups of friends need not worry about disturbing other guests. Take a road adventure in a caravan and make lasting memories.

Campervan hire is a great way to explore Melbourne and Victoria. When thinking of campervan hire in Melbourne and Victoria, also take into consideration the state has quality camping parks with convenient facilities where people can rent a space for the night.

Campervan
Create the ideal holiday experience in Victoria by hiring a campervan