Lower Glenelg National Park

Lower Glenelg National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Gunditjmara People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Gunditjmara Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The Glenelg River has carved a spectacular limestone gorge through the heart of Lower Glenelg National Park. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the landscape. Camp riverside and go fishing, paddle the Glenelg River Canoe Trail, follow the Great South West Walk or visit the spectacular Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

Escape the stresses of modern life with riverside camping along the banks of the Glenelg River. Go fishing, canoeing and kayaking in this spectacular river gorge surrounded by peaceful forest and join a tour of the Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

Discover the unique beauty found within the lower reaches of the Glenelg River – from jagged limestone cliffs to riverside gum trees harbouring koalas. See the area on foot by tackling the Great South West Walk. Set out on a day, overnight or multi-day journey.

If you don't have time to canoe or walk the river, a drive along its course is also pretty spectacular. There are picnic areas to stop and take it all in.

As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lower Glenelg National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Clothes strung up on a line in front of a green tent at Battersbys Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Battersby Campground

Unwind at the cosy Battersby Campground on the banks of the river. Try your luck fishing from the jetty, or relax at camp and enjoy the company of kangaroos and other native wildlife. There are two campsites.

A kayak lashed to the jetty at Forest South Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Forest South Campground

Watch the sunrise turn the limestone cliffs red, and enjoy flat water canoeing or kayaking as you explore the river.

A tent next to a small white car at Hutchessons Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Hutchessons Campground

Take an easy drive to this quiet campground along the Glenelg River. Pitch a tent and watch for native wildlife as you listen to the river flow by. Launch a canoe or kayak and paddle up or down the peaceful water, or try your luck fishing from the jetty.

A man fishes of the jetty at Mclennans Punt Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

McLennans Punt Campground

Pitch a tent at this peaceful campground on the northern banks of the Glenelg River. Go canoeing or kayaking, or cast a line and see if you can catch bream or mulloway for dinner. Bring a pushbike and go for a ride, or take a walk and keep an eye out for native wildlife. There are three campsites.

A tent and fireplace set among green trees at Princess Margaret Rose Caves Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Princess Margaret Rose Cave Campground

Set up camp on a grassy site at Princess Margaret Rose Cave Campground and enjoy the company of native wildlife in a peaceful bush setting. Base yourself here and explore one of the many walking trails in the area.

A canvas tent and picnic table in front of the river at Red Gum Landing campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Red Gum Landing Campground

Pitch a tent at Red Gum Landing Campground and enjoy the serenity of the river. Launch a canoe or kayak and keep an eye out for native wildlife as you paddle along the water. Unwind at camp and drop a line to catch that elusive fish.

An orange tent in a sandy clearing at Wild Dog Bend Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Wild Dog Bend Campground

Bring your tent or campertrailer to this quiet campground on the banks of the Glenelg River. Sit on the jetty and listen to the tranquil sounds of the river while you watch for wildlife. Set off to explore in your canoe or kayak, or go for a swim to cool down.

A camper trailer pictured between two trees at Wilson Hall Campground at Lower Glenelg National Park

Wilson Hall Campground

Wilson Hall Campground is nestled among stringybark and banksia forest overlooking the river. Set up camp on the flat plain and make use of the convenient boat ramp. Launch your boat, canoe or kayak and explore the river, or go fishing for bream or mulloway. There are 12 campsites.

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How to get there

Lower Glenelg National Park

The river has boating zones. Canoe camps are located on the both sides of the river and are generally only accessible by canoe. All other campgrounds are 2WD access. The Great South West Walk traverses this park and joins Cobboboonee, Cape Nelson, Discovery Bay and Mt Richmond parks in a loop to Portland.

When to go

As the weather warms and daylight stretches, make the most of the calm waters of the Glenelg River. Canoe, kayak or boat. Camp riverside and go fishing to catch dinner. Salmon, perch, bream and mullet are abundant during the warmer months.

Need to know

Lower Glenelg National Park

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.

  • Lower Glenelg National Park

    Campground closures to allow the upgrade of facilities.

    We have exciting news! During what is traditionally a quieter time in our park, will be upgrading some facilities. This will include infrastructure improvements such as campsites, toilet blocks and floating pontoons to make Lower Glenelg National Park more accessible for more people.  The affected sites include Forest Camp South, Battersbys and Wilson Hall, these sites will be closed from May to August to allow these upgrades to occur. 

    Princess Margaret Rose Cave and Princess Margaret Rose campground closed for infrastructure repair and upgrades.

    Princess Margaret Rose Cave and Princess Margaret Rose Cave campground will be closed until further notice to accommodate infrastructure repair works. This includes access via vehicle or boat on the Glenelg River. Camping is not permitted on the site or in the picnic area.
    The toilets, picnic area and walking tracks in the remain open. 

Lower Glenelg National Park

Glenelg Drive
Nelson VIC 3292
13 1963
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