Wye River is roughly halfway between Apollo Bay and Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. If you are looking for somewhere to stay that avoids the busyness of Apollo Bay and Lorne, Wye River is a great option, and it is a perfect base for looking around the region.
Check out our camping and caravan park guide for Wye River and a couple of spots nearby.
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Big 4 Wye River Caravan Park
🛌🏼 Accommodation – Unpowered grass sites, powered sites on grass or cement slabs – some with river frontage. There is a range of accommodation form beach houses, cabins, units and very cool looking safari tents.
🐶 Dogs are not allowed at Big 4 Wye River
Wye River is a stunning spot and that extends through the Big 4 Caravan Park. The Wye River runs through the park which is set in a gully and surrounded by hills. Amenities and camp kitchen are new and good sized. There is an adventure playground, basketball courts, go karts and a games room for the kids.
There are walking trails, trees and open space around the park so plenty to explore. Keep an eye out for wildlife including wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and parrots. Wye Beach is right across the road if you want to go for a swim or get some sand between your toes.
This is a big park, but it is so such a good looking place it has a bush resort feel to it. It is a lovely spot to either unwind or base yourself if you want to look around anywhere between Lorne and Apollo Bay.
Wye River Beachfront Campground
🛌🏼 Accommodation – 60 powered sites and 4 unpowered sites
🐶 Dogs are allowed at Wye River Beachfront Campground between 1 May and 28 October
If you want to stay in Wye River but on a smaller scale to the large Big 4, this is a great option. While there aren’t the bells and whistles you find at the Big 4, there are modern camp kitchen, laundry and amenities and a sheltered BBQ area.
There is direct access to the beach right in front of the Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club and the Wye River General Store is a only a short walk away across the bridge. The Wye River runs past one end of the beach and there are nice views of the hills. If low key and relaxing with easy beach access is what you are after, this is a good option.
Jamieson Creek Campground
🚙 Jamieson Creek Campground is 7 minutes from Wye River towards Lorne
🛌🏼 Accommodation – 24 Unpowered campsites. Sites 1 – 6 and 9 are suitable for small caravans, others suitable for camper trailers and small motorhomes. There are a couple of sites that are too small to park a car next to camp.
🐶 Dogs are not allowed at Jamieson Creek Campground
If you want a bush camping experience near the water this is a lovely spot only a few minutes from Wye River. Access is on a short uphill dirt track that runs off the Great Ocean Road. It is a peaceful spot. All you can hear is the ocean below you and the wind in the tall trees that surround the campground.
As we had a look around the campground there were two or three little wallabies grazing between the sites in the middle of the day. Sites have wood bbqs and there is a toilet block. The campground also has a couple of walking and 4wd tracks to explore.
It is only a short drive down to the beach at Jamieson Creek or to Artillery Rocks which is a popular fishing spot. Stay aware of the currents and surf conditions if you go near the water.
You can book a site through the Parks Victoria website.
Kennet River Family Caravan Park
🚙 Kennett River Family Caravan Park is 7 minutes from Wye River towards Apollo Bay
🛌🏼 Accommodation – Large grassy unpowered and powered sites. A range of beach view, balcony view and park view cabins suitable for couples and families.
🐶 Dogs are allowed at Kennett River Caravan Park on sites from February 1 to December 15 (excluding Easter and Melbourne Cup Long Weekend) on selected sites.
Kennett River Caravan Park has a lovely garden setting and all the facilities here are neat and tidy. There are also sheltered electric BBQs and a small but new playground for kids. There is easy access to the beach all you do have to cross the Great Ocean Road to get there.
Kennett River is best known for the Koala Walk that brings lots of visitors to Grey River Road that runs behind the Caravan Park. So, you could take a stroll along the road to see a koala or just keep an eye out around the park as they are seen in there too.
From the Caravan Park it is only a short walk, bike ride or drive to the Kennett River. There is a great spot for a walk or to go fishing.
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