Johanna Beach Campground

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Johanna Beach Campground

Nestled between coastal sand dunes, a lush, grassy hinterland and a prime surf beach the dog-on-lead friendly Johanna Beach Campground has everything you need for an unforgettable seaside camping experience. Take in the salty ocean vistas, go surfing, fishing or hike a section of the Great Ocean Walk.
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Johanna Beach Campground has 25 sites. There are non-flush toilets and no showers. Campers must provide their own drinking water.

Take a break from your Great Ocean Road drive at this low-key campground. The westerly facing breaks of Johanna Beach are popular for experienced surfers (this is an unpatrolled beach). This is also a good surf fishing beach. Try your hand at catching a mullet or salmon for dinner.

Johanna Beach is close to several other park attractions of natural wonder and beauty. Melba Gully, the Twelve Apostles, Cape Otway Lightstation and Triplet Falls are all within an hour's drive.

Things to do

 
A woman with a large hiking pack takes in the view from Blanket Bay Campground.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk extends just over 100km between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.
A couple follow a walking path through luscious rain-forest ferns.

Melba Gully

Melba Gully has prolific plant growth and is a dense rainforest of Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Tree-ferns, with an understorey of low ferns and mosses. Perhaps the most unusual inhabitants of the area are the glow worms, which can be seen at night along the walking tracks.
A man in a red wetsuit and a women with the top half of her wetsuit undone follow two men in to the surf on the Morning Peninsula.

Surfing

Learn to surf from beaches dotted along the coast or for experienced boarders ride the ultimate wave at ocean back beaches or famous Bells Beach.
Two friends fish off the back a boat on a misty morning on Lake Eildon.

Fishing

In quiet lakes and gently flowing rivers, in the pounding surf or in the depths beneath your boat – the waters of Victoria’s parks and reserves offer some prize catches.

How to get there

Johanna Beach Campground

Johanna Beach is just off the Great Ocean Road near Glenaire. It's a three-hour drive from Melbourne via the direct inland route through Colac. Alternatively, it's a four-hour drive from Melbourne via the world famous and very scenic Great Ocean Road. 

When to go

Book ahead and try for weekdays to avoid crowds and public holidays.

Camping & accommodation

Nestled between coastal sand dunes, a lush, grassy hinterland and a prime surf beach the dog-on-lead friendly Johanna Beach Campground has everything you need for an unforgettable seaside camping experience.
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Need to know

Johanna Beach 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.

  • Herberts (Wymbooliel) Campground (Great Otway National Park)

    Herbert's Campground closed

    Herbert’s Campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

  • Beauchamp Falls Reserve

    Beauchamp Falls Reserve Closure

    Beauchamp Falls campground, road and waterfall are closed to visitors until further notice due to upgrade works. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Lorne walking track closures due to planned burning; Lorne - Saint George Fuel Reduction Burn

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in this park which will result in The following tracks being closed; Canyon Loop, Phantom falls walk, Cora Lynn cascades walk, Green Break track, Wonwondah falls, Henderson Falls from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from 17/2/21 and is subject to favourable weather. Check the status of current planned burns at https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au

    Lorne Area Closures Due to Planned Burning

    Due to a planned burn occurring in the Lorne area, a number of Parks Victoria visitor sites and walking tracks will be closed for safety reasons between the 24 February and 14 March 2021 while the burn occurs.
    Visitor sites that are closed:
     
    Allenvale Mill Campground
    Sheoak Picnic Area
    Sheaok Falls
     
    Walking tracks that are closed :
     
    Cora Lynn
    Phantom Falls
    Canyon
    Henderson Falls/Won Wondah Falls
    Kalimna Falls
    Sheoak Creek
    Castle Rock
    Cumberland Garvey Link

    Lorne Area Closures Due to Planned Burning

    Due to a planned burn occurring in the Lorne area, a number of Parks Victoria visitor sites and walking tracks will be closed for safety reasons between the 24 February and 14 March 2021 while the burn occurs.
    Visitor sites that are closed:
     
    Allenvale Mill Campground
    Sheoak Picnic Area
    Sheaok Falls
     
    Walking tracks that are closed :
     
    Cora Lynn
    Phantom Falls
    Canyon
    Henderson Falls/Won Wondah Falls
    Kalimna Falls
    Sheoak Creek
    Castle Rock
    Cumberland Garvey Link

    Triplet Falls and Little Aire Falls Temporary Closure

    From the 9th March - 31st March the Phillips Track access to Triplet and Little Aire Falls will be closed for essential road works. Triplet Falls and Little Aire Falls visitor sites will therefore be closed during this period.
     
    The linking Brown Town and Youngs Creek tracks will be also be closed during this period for visitor safety.
     
    Access to the nearby Otway Fly will remain open.

Similar experiences

 
A Koala in a tree.

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park Paradise Beach

The campground is separated from the beach by a stretch of fenced vegetation. There is access to the beach from the Paradise Beach camping area. Use this access points to reduce damage to the sensitive coastal vegetation.
Mum and Dad sit around the campfire with their infant son while their three other children play in the background.

Shipwreck Creek

This small campground is set in a tall forest above a small secluded cove which is only a 10 minute walk away. It is an excellent base for walks covering both heathland and coastal scenery.
The sun sets over the water near Cape Liptrap.

Bear Gully Campground

This camping area offers shady campsites set among tall Banksias right on the shore of Waratah Bay. The adjacent beach is unpatrolled and not recommended for swimming. The area is popular for fishing and rock pooling.
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