Ballots and peak season bookings

Most campgrounds can be booked all year round up to 18 months in advance, however, peak season holiday periods in some parks are available for bookings at different times of the year. Peak season periods fill quickly. Camping over Labour Day, Easter and summer school holidays can be particularly popular so be prepared and mark the dates in your calendar.


Summer ballots

Wilsons Promontory National Park (Tidal River) and Cape Conran Coastal Park (Banksia Bluff)

During the summer school holiday period camping and accommodation (excluding Wilderness Retreats) at Tidal River and camping at Cape Conran is allocated via an online ballot system. This is not a first in, first served process. The ballot is a random selection and all entries are considered equal regardless of when they are submitted during the ballot period, making this peak season booking process as fair and equitable as possible.

Summer 2022-23

Wilsons Promontory National Park – Tidal River (camping and accommodation)
Applications open: 9am, Friday 1 July 2022 
Stay date: 22 December 2022 - 29 January 2023 (minimum stays apply)

Cape Conran Coastal Park – Banksia Bluff Campground (camping only)
As part of the Victorian Great Outdoors package, Parks Victoria is investing in improvements to our booking system. This is due to be released prior to bookings opening for summer camping at Banksia Bluff Campground. Please check back here in July 2022 for details on how to book the summer period.  
Stay date: 24 December 2022 - 28 January 2023 (7 night minimum - Saturday to Saturday in 7 night blocks)


Peak season release dates

Advance online bookings apply for selected holiday periods at the following locations. Peak season periods fill quickly and bookings will be accepted on a first in, first served basis.

Melbourne Cup weekend 2022

Wilsons Promontory National Park - Tidal River (camping only)
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: Cup Weekend 28 October - 1 November 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Summer 2022-23

Cape Conran Coastal Park – Banksia Bluff Cabins and Lodge only
Bookings open: To be confirmed    
Stay period: 24 December 2022 – 28 January 2023 (7 night minimum - Saturday to Saturday in 7 night blocks)

Mount Buffalo National Park - Lake Catani Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 (7 night minimum - Saturday to Saturday in 7 night blocks)

Great Otway National Park - Blanket Bay Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 – 28 January 2023 (7 night maximum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Peachtree Creek Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 (no minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Shipwreck Creek Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 (no minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Wingan Inlet Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 (no minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Mueller Inlet Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed    
Stay period: 24 December 2022 – 28 January 2023 (7 night minimum - Saturday to Saturday in 7 night blocks)

Please note, Thurra River Campground in Croajingolong National Park is closed until further notice due to fire impact. 

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park - Bunga Arm Campground
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 – 28 January 2023 (3 week maximum stay)

Corringle Foreshore Reserve
Bookings open: To be confirmed
Stay period: 24 December 2022 - 7 January 2023 (no minimum stay)

Labour Day 2022

Wilsons Promontory National Park - Tidal River (camping only) 
Applications for Labour Day weekend 2022 are now closed.   
Stay period: Labour Day weekend 11 - 14 March 2022 (3 night minimum stay)

Great Otway National Park - Blanket Bay Campground
Bookings open: 9am, Tuesday 8 February 2022
Stay period: Labour Day weekend 11 - 14 March 2022 (3 night minimum stay)

Easter 2022

Cape Conran Coastal Park – Banksia Bluff (camping only)
Bookings open: 9am, Monday 14 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Great Otway National Park - Blanket Bay Campground
Bookings open: 9am, Tuesday 15 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Corringle Foreshore Reserve
Bookings open: 9am, Tuesday 15 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Peachtree Creek Campground 
Bookings open: 9am, Wednesday 16 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Shipwreck Campground
Bookings open: 9am, Wednesday 16 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Wingan Inlet Campground
Bookings open: 9am, Wednesday 16 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Croajingolong National Park - Mueller Inlet Campground
Bookings open: 9am, Wednesday 16 February 2022
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)

Please note, Thurra River Campground in Croajingolong National Park is closed until further notice due to fire impact. 

Wilsons Promontory National Park - Tidal River (camping only)
Applications for Easter weekend 2022 are now closed. 
Stay period: Easter weekend 14 - 18 April 2022 (4 night minimum stay)


Victoria's Great Outdoors

Learn more about Victoria's Great Outdoors and see Parks Victoria's project page or find out about state forest camping.

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