Camping in winter has a particular appeal. Cosy blankets, hot drinks and marshmallows over a campfire; the misty landscape rolling out majestically before you. An RV provides the perfect way to camp in winter - self-contained, warm, and simple to set up camp. If you’re looking for places to visit in winter, rural drought-stricken communities are destinations that not only provide a selection of family winter activities but are assisted economically by every visitor.
Victoria is the perfect place for a winter camping RV road trip. With a variety of attractions in both rural areas and closer to the capital city of Melbourne, there’s no limit of winter fun to be had.
Soak Away the cold at Peninsula Hot Springs
Soaking in hot springs is always an attractive prospect in winter. The naturally warm waters will chase away any winter chills. Peninsula Hot Springs is fed from a natural thermal spring which ensures the water remains blissfully warm, year-round. The Hot Springs offer a number of different levels of pricing and privacy and have shallower, cooler pools available for small children. There are also picnic facilities on site. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, there is a day spa and restaurant available too.
Ski or Snowboard the Victorian Alps at Falls Creek Ski Resort
The perfect winter holiday needs to include some time in the snowfields. Falls Creek Ski Resort provides the best family snow experience in Victoria if not all of Australia. The expansive ski resort provides runs for all levels of skiers and snowboarders and includes a terrain park to level up your skills in a more controlled environment.
Falls Creek caters heavily to children and families, with kids lesson available and an ample tobogganing run and free play area. Childcare is also available. Prices are reasonable and you can hire everything you need, including clothing and ski gear, at the resort.
Paid camping is available at The Park Mount Beauty
, half an hour from Falls Creek, or there is free camping at Mountain Creek Campground (see WIkicamps
for details) which is an hour away. Considering their altitude, both campgrounds will be cold but they are at least below the snowline.Find a van near the ski resort
Enjoy the famous Yarra Valley Wineries
The Yarra Valley is world famous for its wines, and winter is the ideal time to explore its wine region. The area features a number of family-friendly wineries, which are perfect for spending a lazy winter day with the kids in tow.
Payne’s Rise is off the beaten track and extremely picturesque, with a sprawling homestead and plenty of room for the kids to run around in. De Bortoli features a kid’s playground set against gorgeous views. Oakridge not only offers a selection of beautiful wines but also provides a fine dining experience. And there’s no need to worry about the kids no eating what’s on offer - they also have a kid’s menu to choose from. Tarrawarra Estate even offers school holiday art courses and workshops, making it a top choice for a winter holiday wine day.
Stay close to Melbourne and experience its winter delights
Victoria’s capital city prides itself on being a winter city, with plenty of sport, dining and tourist activities that make the most of the cold. Rugging up and enjoying a meat pie and a game of AFL at the MCG is an essential Melbourne experience. There’s also the gritty gorgeous street art to be enjoyed in Hosier Lane, and hot chocolates and coffee in Federation Square. Ice skating is available in nearby Docklands, and the penguin exhibit at Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium is not to be missed.
From July to August you can catch a movie at the Melbourne International Film Festival or indulge in delicious foods and outdoor shopping experience at the Queen Victoria Night Markets. For a more upmarket dinner option, hit up Vie du Monde for exquisite food and views to match.
With so many different experiences available in Melbourne, it’s worth staying for a few nights if you can. Paid camping is available surprisingly close to the city at Big4 Melbourne Holiday Park
in Coburg, just six kilometres from the city centre. If you’re looking for something more picturesque, there’s a free camp called Longridge Camp available in Warrandyte, a 45-minute drive away (see WIkicamps
Hike the Trails of the Grampians National Park
The Grampians National Park needs to be seen to be believed. Its centre is the tiny town of halls gap, nestled in amongst massive rock formations that seem impossibly big against the otherwise flat landscape surrounding them. The Grampians National Park features more hiking trails than you could count, for every level of hiker.
The Pinnacles is probably the most well-known Grampians hike, and for good reason. Beginning and ending from the aptly named Wonderland car park, the 4.2-kilometre walk takes four hours and takes sprawling rural views from rugged cliff tops.
The Chatauqua Peak trail traverses a similarly spectacular clifftop as well as the beautiful Clematis Falls but is an underrated trail where you won’t see quite so many people as at the Pinnacles. Its best-taken advantage of at sunrise, where you can watch the sun roll across the landscape. A 5.6 kilometre, two and half hour walk, it explores the falls, forest floor, and the peak with its interesting geological formations.
Halls Gap itself is popular with tourists and the rock-climbing community and offers unique shopping and dining experiences. E-bikes are available for hire and the main street is well equipped with bike paths. There are many walks that leave from Halls Gap itself. The most impressive of these is the relatively short and easy walk to Venus Baths. This 2.3-kilometre track is accessible for children and loops around the beautiful Venus Baths, a series of water holes surrounded by vibrantly coloured sandstone and lush native greenery.
For camping, Halls Gap Caravan Park
is located right in the centre of town, which means it can be busy at peak times and in school holidays, but also has the advantage of everything Halls Gap has to offer right at your doorstep. Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park
is also an option, on the banks of Lake Bellfield, a few kilometres out of town. Both of these are paid parks so if you’re looking for free camping, Plantation Campground is a widely recommended option, about ten kilometres north of Halls Gap.Find a van near Halls Gap
Planning winter camping holidays in Victoria leaves you spoilt for choice, with so many diverse and enriching activities available. From city lights to snowfields, mountain views and rolling wineries, Victoria has everything you need for your winter family getaways. Hiring an RV leaves you with limitless options and the freedom to explore any or all of these options. These winter school holidays, pack up the kids, rug up warm, and hit the Victorian roads to see the very best the state has to offer.
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