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Camping

Camping at Thurra River

This campground is located in coastal woodland between the river and the ocean, near Point Hicks. This is a popular spot for families to relax on hot days.

Access
Access is along Point Hicks Road.

Bookings
Advance bookings and payment are required year round. Bookings should be made direct to the Point Hicks Lighthouse on (03) 5158 4268 or visit www.pointhicks.com.au 

Over the Summer and Easter holiday periods, bookings are by ballot and application forms are required.

Campsites
There are 46 unpowered sites available.

Facilities
Non-flush toilets, shared picnic tables, shared fireplaces and barbeques are provided.

Campfire
Only allowed in designated fireplaces – firewood is sold onsite.

Campfire guidelines

  • Light fires only in the fireplaces provided or use a portable camping stove instead
  • Ensure fires are never left unattended and are completely out before you leave
  • During summer and autumn Total Fire Bans are common - this means no open fires can be lit
  • For information on Total Fire Bans call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667

Walks around Thurra River and Point Hicks

Discover vast dune fields, visit the Point Hicks Lightstation, take in coastal forests and explore estuaries and sweeping beaches.

Dunes Walk

2 hours, 4km return
Explore a unique landscape of soaring sand dunes towering 30m above the Thurra River. The walk begins at the Thurra River Campground near campsite 14 and winds through coastal banksias and heathland before opening out into a network of sandy trails through the dunes.

Warning: There are no walking track markers once on the dune fields due to the constantly shifting sands, so take careful note of your return route.

Beach Walk to Mueller Inlet

1.5 hours, 4.5km return

From Thurra River this walk follows the beach east towards Mueller Inlet. Return via the beachor follow the western shoreline to the Mueller Inlet Campground and the vehicle access track back to the Thurra River Campground. This second option will increase the walk to 2 hours, 5.5km return.

Point Hicks Lightstation

1.5 hours, 4.5km return

Experience pristine natural beauty and immerse yourself in history as you walk to the Lightstation. The walk commences 3km past the Thurra Campground at the Lightstation Reserve gate. Once at the Lightstation Car Park, a track to the left of the information board leads down to the monument and another leads to the base of the light tower.

Please note: No access permitted beyond the Lightstation’s stone walls

Saros Track

45 mins, 1.5km return

Enjoy magnificent views of the coast as you follow the path to view the shipwreck of the SS Saros that ran ashore during heavy fog on its way to Sydney in 1937. The track departs from the greasy area to the right of the information board at the Lightstation.

Sledge and West Beach Tracks

1 hour, 1.5km return

Sledge Track was the original supply route on which goods were carted by horse and sled from the jetty to the Lightstation. The track departs from the greasy area to the right of the information board at the Point Hicks Lightstation and leads to the remnants of the old jetty where you can explore the nearby rock pools. From here the track continues on to join up with the West Beach Track which will take you back to the Lightstation.

Mt Everard

1 hour, 1.5km return

Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and heathlands as well as Point Hicks and the dunes from a large sloping rock face on Mt Everard. The track commences from the car park on the Mt Everard Track. To access the track turn off the Point Hicks Rd onto Cicada Trail, 6km north of Thurra River Campground.

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