Green Hill Lake Reserve Camping Area - VIC RVFT

Free Camping - Victoria

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Situated on the Western Highway, just 4 km east of the picturesque Victorian township of Ararat, Green Hill Lake has plenty on offer for locals, campers and travelers alike. There is drinking water available, fireplaces, barbeques, picnic tables, chairs, playground and exercise machine, pontoon, boat ramps  and even hot showers to keep you feeling refreshed during your stay. The campground has no designated camping spots – camp where you like, so no need to book –camping is free however there is a suggestions and donation box where the funds are used for maintenance and improvements.

The lake is well-stocked with trout for those looking to catch a feed of fish for dinner,   be it from the jetty, a boat or the shoreline and there are walking tracks where dogs can be unleashed while you relax and take in the lake’s natural beauty. A concrete walking or cycling path runs all the way to Ararat.

The lake has two green lawn picnic area with table and chair sets and solid fuel BBQs – wood can be purchased from our rangers at $12 a bag otherwise you are more than welcome to bring your own wood or gas fired BBQ. The area features a covered Picnic Pavilion which proves ideal in inclement weather, although please note camping and vehicles are not permitted inside the lawn area.

Our friendly rangers visit the lake most days and are a great source of information regarding local events and tourist attractions. As the rangers will tell you there are plenty of great things to see and do in the area including many wineries, museums and heritage centers along with well maintained national parks and gardens. Ararat has everything travelers could want and a vibrant shopping centre with many restaurants, health facilities, sporting and leisure facilities including heated and outdoor swimming pools.

A free permit (issued on-site) is required for stays over 72 hours which is valid for 28 days.


CMCA User
 27/10/2015
Lake is dry at the moment. Good tap water access and plenty of garbage bins. Fires only during Winter Season.

CMCA User
 22/09/2016
This place is amazing. The showers are hot and the toilets clean. Volunteers attend to replace toilet rolls and make sure the facilities are clean. $5.00 donation per night per vehicle is requested.

CMCA User
 13/03/2016
Quiet, pleasant site. Should be even better when lake fills. Hot showers - excellent value at $5 per site.

CMCA User
 10/12/2019
Stayed just one night last week. will be back. Lots of room for all. with pleasant view of the lake and close to the town.

CMCA User
 14/05/2019
Quiet place to base oneself for a couple of days R&R. Lots of birdlife both on the water and in the Bush. Had a fog this morning but it made for some beautiful photos and also the dew on the spider webs stood out - magical really. Plenty of garbage bins around and a few water taps but not sure if it is potable water so didn’t fill. Donation box at showers.

CMCA User
 29/12/2017
Came for 1 night stayed 2 would definitely come back.

CMCA User
 18/06/2018
Lovely spot. Toilets, showers and rubbish bins. Only downside is the many people in tents, caravans and MH that seem to be living here permanently. Makes the place look like a shanty town. Thank you for this beautiful place to stay Ararat Council

CMCA User
 04/09/2016
Lake is low but has water. Plenty of rubbish bins, showers had water when we arrived in the afternoon, hot showers also in the morning. Toilet block has power point for shaver, hair dryer etc. Popular site but plenty of room. $5 per night per van donation.

CMCA User
 20/03/2019
I agree, many perms. drive past them to the end of road, park under trees. Great feathered friends to watch on a shrinking lake. walk/ cycle to toilets & hot shower. Donation box on wall of ablution block

cmca.Tonks73
 12/01/2022
Awesome place.
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Free - No Cost (Free for 4 nights after that need park vic permit)
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