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Aire River - Great Ocean Walk

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Location: Aire River (West)

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  • The flats at Aire River West Campground are closed to drive-in camping due to wet conditions. 12 drive-in campsites are currently available. at Aire River (West)
    Monday 2 June, 2014 |
  • Sand Road is closed from 1 July to 31 October 2014. During this time Aire River West remains accessible to vehicles via Horden Vale Road and the Sand Road bridge. The bridge has a 2 ton and 2.1m height limit until further notice. at Aire River (West)
    Monday 2 June, 2014 |
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Camping
Canoeing
Fishing
Short walk
Camp fires
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Aire River (West) is a big, flat and open camping area on the western side of the Aire River.

It's a good place for large groups to camp. It has 50 grassy campsites suitable for tents and caravans.

There are toilets and fireplaces provided.

Be self-sufficient with drinking water as there is none provided.

Enjoy fishing and canoeing on the river. There is a boat ramp nearby.

Book your stay

Advance bookings and payment are required year round.

Great Ocean Walk Hike-in and Group Campsites

Along with the car-based camping area at Aire River, there is also a purpose-built Great Ocean Walk hike-in camping area and a group camping area.

The hike-in campsite has eight individual camp pads set into the surrounding bushland. Each camp pad has room for a 2-3 person tent. There is a maximum of 12 people per hiker party, booking no more than four hike-in campsites at each location.

The group camping area offers larger and more open sites catering for groups up to16 people with enough room for eight 2-3 person tents.

Registration fees apply at these hike-in and group campsites and hikers must book at least two weeks in advance.

Aire River Escarpment Lookout Walk

Distance: 4.2km (return)

Discover the peaceful estuarine waters of Aire River, Hordenvale Wetlands and the impressive view from the Escarpment lookout over the ocean and wetlands. Keep an eye out for kangaroos and wallabies in the coastal scrub.

Accessibility information

Access is via Horden Vale Road, Horden Vale. This road is narrow in sections and crosses Aire River on a single lane timber bridge. The road and bridge are not suitable for large buses.

The day visitor area is located on the west side of Aire River adjacent to the campground. There is also a day visitor area on the east side of the river but there are no accessible toilets on this side.

Facilities

Facilities include picnic tables, fireplaces with hotplates, pit toilets and taps providing limited tank water

Parking

There is designated parking on a level compacted gravel surface very close to the picnic area. There are no designated disabled parking bays.

Picnic area

The picnic area has a number of picnic tables and a rotunda scattered on a flat grassed area adjacent to the camping ground. These have bench seats on two sides and sufficient underneath space at the ends for wheelchairs or strollers. There are also some fireplaces with barbecue hotplates.

aire river - picnic shelter 

The day visitor area is close to the west bank of the Aire River. The river can be crossed in wheelchairs and strollers via the vehicle bridge. The ocean beach is not accessible by vehicle or by wheelchair.

aire river - vehicle bridge 

Toilet Facilities

There is a unisex accessible toilet and standard toilet cubicles that service both the campground and the day visitor area. A compacted gravel path of approximately 100 metres leads from the day visitor area to the toilets. This path is on reasonably level ground except for the last 25 metres, which has a slope of approximately 1:14. Drop off parking is available within 30 metres of the toilets if required.

For further information about toilet access refer to Aire River West Campground. 

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