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This large, flat and open campground is located on the western side of the Aire River where fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed. It’s a good place for large groups to camp. Please check Park information as the flats are prone to flooding and may be closed.

The camping area is located off Sand Road from the Great Ocean Road. The campground has river access.

Advanced bookings and payment are required year round.

There are 40 campsites available accommodating a maximum of 6 people per site. All campsites are unpowered. Sites 1-5, sites 17-23 and sites 27-40 are suitable for large caravans; sites 7-11 are suitable for small caravans; sites 12-16 are suitable for tents only. All other sites are suitable for tents, camper-trailers, campervans or recreational vehicles.

Non-flush toilets, a picnic shelter, shared picnic tables, on-site information, access to the Great Ocean Walk, shared fireplaces and a boat landing are available.

Only allowed in fireplaces provided – supply your own wood. Fuel stoves or your own gas barbeque are preferred for cooking.

Some water is available but is not suitable for drinking – supply your own.

There is no rubbish collection at this campground. Please take all rubbish with you.

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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

Great Ocean Walk hike-in and group campsites

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 campsites 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 to 16 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.

Accessibility information

(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.

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.