Blanket Bay Campground - Great Otway National Park

National Park - Victoria


Blanket Bay Campground is the perfect family escape and popular during school holidays so book early. Located on the eastern coast of Cape Otway campers and day visitors can make the most of the seaside location and wander inland to look for koalas. The often calm waters off the ever-so-popular Blanket Bay Campground are protected by an intertidal reef. This small beach is often sheltered by the high hills of Cape Otway. Explore the unique underwater life found within these intertidal rockpools. Bring a snorkel to get a better glimpse! Katabanook Walk leads inland off from the campground. The short walk meanders along a fern-laden trail shaded by tall, twisted Manna Gum trees. Blanket Bay also serves as an overnight stop along the iconic long distance walk - Great Ocean Walk. You may choose, if prepared properly, to follow the trail west to Parker Hill. If you are an experienced walker, and can car shuttle maybe walk further on to the Cape Otway Lightstation. Visit the Great Ocean Walk website for more track sector details. Blanket Bay Campground is very popular and requires advanced bookings and payments year-round. Peak season release dates apply for Summer, Labour Day long weekend and Easter long weekend.  Blanket Bay Campground contains 22 campsites accommodating a maximum of six people per site. All campsites are unpowered and are suitable for tents, camper-trailers, campervans or recreational vehicles. Visitors are advised to supply their own water and firewood.

How to Get There

Blanket Bay Campground is nestled on the eastern coastline of Cape Otway, a three hour drive from Melbourne. Follow the Great Ocean Road and then Lighthouse Road. Close to Blanket Bay Campground, Cape Otway sits at the southern tip of Victoria's western coast - where the Southern Ocean meets Bass Strait. The Cape Otway Lightstation stands as testimony to the area's shipwreck history, rugged rocky shores and beaches, tall forest and the long distance Great Ocean Walk segments passing close by. Download the Apollo Bay and Cape Otway visitor guide to get the most out of your visit. 


The campsites closest to the beach are the most accessible as they are on flat ground and close to toilet facilities and taps. There is also vehicle parking very close to these campsites on level ground with a compacted gravel surface. The most accessible sites are sites 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 21. All of these are within 40 metres of the toilets. There are ocean views from some of these sites. Access to the beach from the campsites is via two paths with many steps. Best access to the beach for wheelchairs and strollers is via the boat ramp located within walking distance from the campground. There is a separate designated camping area at Blanket Bay for users of the Great Ocean Walk. These sites are not accessible for wheelchairs. There are four standard toilet cubicles and a unisex accessible toilet. They can be accessed by the campground service road or by a level compacted gravel path leading from some of the campsites. The entrance to the toilet cubicle is approximately 870mm wide with an inward swinging door. The door has a turnstile locking mechanism. There is ample room for manoeuvrability in the cubicle and there are two types of toilet roll dispensers. Railing is on the left side of the cubicle wall and extends behind the toilet. The cubicle also has a bench seat. The wash basin is found outside the toilet cubicles and is accessible for wheelchairs. It has a knob handle cold water tap and a stainless steel mirror. There is no mains power in this toilet or the campground. Water for camp use can be accessed from a tap on the rainwater tank near the vanity basin. There is another tap within the campground, however it is less accessible than this one.

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