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.

Things To Do

 
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.

  • Cape Horn (Croajingolong National Park)

    Cape Horn Jetty Closed

    Cape Horn Jetty is closed until further notice due to structural damage. This closure is inclusive of the surrounding retaining wall. 
    The site can still be accessed by four-wheel drive vehicles from Cape Horn Track.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2020

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the closures or visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

  • Croajingolong National Park

    Croajingolong National Park closures due to fire damage

    The majority of Croajingolong National Park, including The Wilderness Coast Walk, remains closed due to widespread bushfire damage, with the exception of the following sites that are open:

    • South West Arm day visitor area (no toilet facilities, no jetty access)
    • Sandy Point (no toilet facilities)
    • Allens Head
    • Cemetery Bight
    • Goanna Bay
    • Narrows Jetty
    • Cape Horn
    • The first 300 metres of Narrows walking track only.

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