Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

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Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

Enjoy a pleasant free campground in the heart of central Victoria. Melville Caves Camping Area is used by a variety of groups and individuals from schools, sports groups, active and passive recreationalists. The site is a large open space with drop toilets, a camp shelter and several firepits.

The site is surrounded by a rich variety of plants and wildlife and stunning granite boulders, Kooyoora State Park protects some of north central Victoria’s outstanding natural features. The site has more than 275 species of native flora which are recorded in the park including threatened species such as Lowly Greenhood, Green Leek Orchid and Buloke Mistletoe. All wildflowers are protected, please be very careful when taking photos not to damage any plants.

There are ample opportunities for photography and nature watching along the different scenic tracks which form a trailhead at the campground. For a walk with captivating views, hike 5.3km from the camping area to the lookout on the Long Rock Walking Track. Bring your bike and tour the roads throughout the park, from Wehla Block through Melville Caves to Sunday Morning Hills, enjoying the magnificent view from Mount Brenanah. The wood and fallen branches within the park are important habitats for many fauna, so please remember to bring your own firewood. No bins are provided. Please take your rubbish away for recycling or disposal.

The campground is within Dja Dja Wurrung Country. This cultural landscape is more than just tangible objects it is dreaming stories, Law, totemic relationships, songs, ceremonies and ancestral spirits, which give it life and significant value to Dja Dja Wurrung People. Artefacts are protected by law. We ask visitors to be respectful and mindful to avoid disturbing this park’s rich cultural history.

The area is prone to Bushfires in warmer months. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. For up to date information on bushfires in Victoria call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, download the VicEmergency app, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au or tune into a local radio station. Check the forecast fire danger before leaving home. Consider not visiting forest or bushland on stormy days or days of high bushfire risk.

How to get there

Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

Facilities

Carpark
Toilets

Need to know

Melville Caves Camping Area (Kooyoora State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash

Restrictions

  • No firearms allowed
  • No horses

Warnings

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

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.

Kooyoora State Park - Closed

Kooyoora State Park is closed until further notice due to damage sustained to the road network during the rainfall events over the past few months. All efforts are being made to open the park as soon as possible. Parks Victoria and the local Rangers thank you for your understanding and patience. 

This park has been impacted by recent significant weather events

This park has been impacted by significant flood and/or storm events and some areas may be closed or restricted. Check the Storm and Flood Affected Parks page for the most up to date information on this location.

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