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Ballots and peak season bookings

Outside of peak holiday periods outlined below, bookings can be made up to 12-18 months.

Further availability will be opened at 12 pm (noon) on the first Monday in August and the first Monday in December.

Peak season periods fill quickly. Camping over Easter, Labour Day and Christmas can be particularly popular.

First in, first served

The following parks are booked using a first in, first served online and phone booking system. Bookings for these sites at peak periods will open on specific dates - see table below.

  • Croajingolong National Park: Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek, Thurra River and Mueller Inlet
  • Great Otway National Park: Blanket Bay
  • Corringle Foreshore Reserve
  • Peachtree Creek Reserve
  • Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The maximum stay at Croajingolong National park, Corringle Foreshore Reserve and Peachtree Creek Reserve is reduced from five weeks to three weeks.

A maximum stay of three weeks has been introduced at Bunga Arm campground in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

Summer ballots

Wilsons Promontory (Tidal River) and Cape Conran

Applications can be made for Tidal River/Wilsons Promontory and Cape Conran during the ballot period listed below or by calling 13 1963. A random selection process applies after the closing date and applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Park

Type

Ballot Period

Stay Period

Cape Conran
(Banksia Bluff)

Cabins

1 August - 15 August 2019

28 December 2019 - 18 January 2020 (Sat - Sat)

Cape Conran
(Banksia Bluff)

Camping

1 August - 15 August 2019

28 December 2019 - 18 January 2020 (Sat - Sat)

1 week minimum / 3 week maximum

Wilsons Promontory National Park
(Tidal River)

Accommodation

1 July - 15 July 2019

22 December – 26 January 2020
1 week minimum / 1 week maximum

Wilsons Promontory National Park
(Tidal River)

Camping

1 July - 15 July 2019

21 December 2019 - 18 January 2020 (7 night min, 14 night max, Sat - Sat)
1 week minimum / 2 week maximum

18 January - 27 January 2020 (9 night min)

Advance Bookings and Peak Season Release Dates

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

Park

Type

Bookings open*
(release date)

Stay period

Max/Min booking period

Summer

    

Croajingolong National Park
(Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek
and Peachtree Creek Reserve)

Camping

1 August 2019
12pm (noon)

20 Dec 2019 -12 Jan 2020

No minimum stay

Croajingolong National Park
(Mueller Inlet, Thurra River)

Camping

4 Sept 2019
12pm (noon)

20 Dec 2019 - 25 Jan 2020

7 night minimum (Sat to Sat in 7 night blocks)

Great Otway National Park
(Blanket Bay)

Camping

1 August 2019
12pm (noon)

20 Dec 2019 – 25 Jan 2020

7 night maximum stay

Corringle Foreshore Reserve

Camping

4 Sept 2019
12pm (noon)

20 Dec 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

No minimum stay

Mount Buffalo National Park

Camping

4 Sept 2019
12pm (noon)

22 Dec 2018 - 29 Dec 2018

29 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019

No minimum

7 night minimum (Saturday arrival)

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park
(Bunga Arm)

Camping

8 Oct 2019
12pm (noon)

20 Dec 2019 – 25 Jan 2020

3 week maximum stay

Cup Weekend

    

Wilsons Promontory National Park
(Tidal River)

Camping

3 Sept 2019
9am

Melbourne Cup Weekend
1 - 5 November 2019

4 night minimum stay

Easter & Labour Day

    

Wilsons Promontory National Park
(Tidal River)

Camping

Feb 2020 (TBC)

Labour Day 6 – 8 March 2020

3 night minimum stay

Wilsons Promontory National Park
(Tidal River)

Camping

1 Feb 2019 (closed)

Feb 2020 (TBC)

Easter 18 – 21 April 2019

4 night minimum stay

Corringle Foreshore Reserve

Camping

4 Feb 2019
12pm (noon)

Easter 18 – 21 April 2019

4 night minimum stay

Croajingolong National Park
(Wingan Inlet, Shipwreck Creek
and Peachtree Creek Reserve)

Camping

4 Feb 2019
12pm (noon)

Easter 18 – 21 April 2019

4 night minimum stay

Croajingolong National Park
(Mueller Inlet, Thurra River)

Camping

4 Feb 2019
12pm (noon)

Easter 18 – 21 April 2019

4 night minimum stay

Great Otway National Park
(Blanket Bay)

Camping

4 Feb 2019
12pm (noon)

Labour Day 6 – 8 March 2020

Easter 18 – 21 April 2019

3 night minimum stay

4 night minimum stay     


Page updated: 6/8/2018