Cooks Mill Camping Area (Cathedral Range State Park)


Cooks Mill Camping Area (Cathedral Range State Park)

A shady campground by the river, Cooks Mill Camping Area sits on the site of an old sawmill that operated in the 1940s to 1950s. Explore the nearby Heritage Site or meander through Manna Gum forest along The Friends Nature Trail or Little River Walk where you might spot a koala snoozing above.

Fit hikers can try one of the harder walks to the peaks of the North or South Jawbone for unforgettable views over the Cathedral Range. There is also great rock climbing at nearby North Jawbone, South Jawbone and Sugarloaf Peak.

Cooks Mill has sites suitable for tents, campervans and a small number of caravans. Pit toilets, fireplaces, picnic tables and shelters are available. Firewood collection is prohibited and no drinking water is available, so please bring your own. No bins are provided. Please take all rubbish home with you for recycling or disposal. Camping fees apply and prebooking is required.

Visitor Tips Do not camp under or near large trees. Branches may fall and swing away from the tree at any time.

How to get there

Cooks Mill Camping Area (Cathedral Range State Park)



Need to know

Cooks Mill Camping Area (Cathedral Range State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No generators
  • No horses
  • Fees apply
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No firearms allowed


  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Vehicles
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
    • Snakes
    • Snakes
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Closure due to COVID-19

Under the direction of the Chief Health Officer and in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services’ requirements, this facility will remain closed until further notice. This is to reduce the number of people moving around in the community and reduce the risk of transmission. For more information, visit

Neds Gully pedestrian suspension bridge and campground CLOSED

Neds Gully Campground and Neds Gully pedestrian suspension bridge are temporarily closed until further notice. Northern circuit tracks can be accessed from Little River Track via Cooks Mill Campground. Alternative camping is available at Cooks Mill Campground.

Bridge upgrade planned

The road bridge at Cooks Mill Camping Area is being replaced, with work anticipated to take place from 21 September to 9 October. This is during the Victorian school holidays. Camping will continue to be available at Cooks Mill during this time, however vehicle access to the camping area will be from the southern end of the park (via Mount Margaret). There may also be some noise in the vicinity of the camping area.

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