Thurra River Campground

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Thurra River Campground

Perfectly positioned to explore nearby Point Hicks and the Thurra River Dunes, the large Thurra River Campground sits in the surrounds of stately eucalypt trees. Explore the seemingly endless stretch of pristine coastline, walk to the nearby dunes and discover the rich history of Point Hicks Lightstation.
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Set between the calm Thurra River and wild Southern Ocean swells, the spacious Thurra River Campground is the perfect base for a great family escape.

Explore the unique landscape of the Thurra River Dunes. A short walk from the campground meanders through coastal banksia and heathland before opening onto the dunes towering 30-metres above the coast below. Take in the views over the pristine forested slopes of Croajingolong National Park, the rough Southern Ocean and if you’re lucky Southern-right and Humpback Whales splashing about the water between September and November.

Just beyond the dunes, discover Point Hicks Lightstation and learn the secrets of Captain James Cooks first sighting of mainland Australia, life in this remote part of the world and the stories of wrecks found throughout the area. Walk from the campground to access the lightstation.

Thurra River Campground offers non-flush toilets, shared picnic tables and fireplaces with barbecue plates for visitors to enjoy.

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An aerial view of the Croajingolong National Park.

Mueller Inlet Campground

This campground is on the shores of Mueller Inlet and overlooks the inlet to the river mouth and ocean. The campsites are protected by a dune system covered in Banksia Woodland and Heath.
Two hikers at sunset in the Croajingolong National Park.

Peachtree Creek Reserve

This campground is on the eastern shore of Tamboon Inlet, good for both fishing and bird watching. There is neither vehicle nor walking access to the coast so boats are an excellent way to explore the area. The inlet waters and surrounding forest are part of Croajingolong National Park, where there are other campgrounds available.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Situated deep within Croajingolong National Park, the Point Hicks Lighthouse now offers a unique holiday experience for those who want to stay in one of the keepers cottages, which are now comfortable, self-contained holiday accommodation.

How to get there

Thurra River Campground

Thurra River Campground is approximately 7 hours drive east of Melbourne. Follow the Princes Highway to Cann River. Here, turn south off the highway onto Tamboon Road before turning left onto Point Hicks Road. The campground lies just over the Thurra River.

Please note that campfires are only allowed in designated fireplaces and it is recommended that you bring your own drinking water on visiting Thurra River Campground.

 

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Perfectly positioned to explore nearby Point Hicks and the Thurra River Dunes, the large Thurra River Campground sits in the surrounds of stately eucalypt trees.

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Thurra River Campground

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Croajingolong closure

    Croajingolong National Park is currently closed due to fire activity in the surrounding area in East Gippsland. For the latest information on fires, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au

    Point Hicks Lighthouse and caravan turning circle access.

    Vehicle access beyond the end of the Thurra campground is currently modified due to ongoing coastal erosion.  Visitors wishing to access the beach at the gate or walk to the Lighthouse need to park at the end of the Thurra campground in the Hiker's carpark.  Please note that this extends the Lighthouse walk to 8 km return (and also extends the West Beach, Saros and Sledge Walks).  Due to this change, caravans greater than 4 metres in length are no longer recommended for Thurra camp as there is no turnaround area available.  These changes are made to ensure visitor safety.

    Attachments: Point Hicks Road Q and A - November 2019 (484KB)

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Kingfish jetty closed

    Kingfish Point Jetty on Mallacoota Inlet has collapsed and requires significant repair. The jetty is out of use until further notice, which may limit access for some vessels.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Point Hicks Lighthouse access road safe to access

    Restrictions applying to the access road leading to Point Hicks Lighthouse from the Thurra River campground have been lifted from 21 December 2019 in time for the Christmas holidays.
    Recent favourable weather conditions have rebuilt the beach and dunes adjoining the road allowing for safe vehicle access, provided drivers comply with the traffic control measures that are in place.
    Visitors are advised caravans greater than 4 meters in length are not recommended for Thurra River campground as there is limited turnaround area.
    Coastal erosion may reoccur with changes in the weather so Parks Victoria will continue to monitor the road and advise visitors of any future access changes.

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