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
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Aire River West
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Change of conditions
- Sand Road Bridge, the bridge that connects Aire River East and West, is closed to vehicle traffic until the end of June 2015 (approx.) due to repairs by Colac Otway Shire. The bridge remains open to walkers but minor delays may be encountered during this time.
at Aire River West
Wednesday 15 April, 2015 |
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. 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.
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.
Fees apply at these hike-in and group campsites and hikers must book in advance.
Online booking tip: Overnight hikes are booked per person, per night so set your booking search criteria to 1 night and 1 adult to return results for all available sites.
(For visitors with mobility limitations)
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 include picnic tables, fireplaces with hotplates, pit toilets and taps providing limited tank water
There is designated parking on a level compacted gravel surface very close to the picnic area. There are no designated disabled parking bays.
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.
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.
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.
- Great Otway National Park - Camping fact sheet (PDF 694.9 KB)
Important information on revised fee structures for camping in Victoria’s parks and reserves, effective from 1 July 2014.