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Camping Spot Review – Blackwood Mineral Springs Campground

The TINY town of Blackwood has a surprising number of things going for it – beautiful old buildings and cottages, a lovely cosy local pub (a 5 minute walk from the campground), a cute general store with great coffee, snacks and wood fired pizza plus live music on Friday nights (also only 5 minutes walk away), mineral springs, a beautiful open garden and best of all it’s the perfect distance for a weekend away.

Location – Blackwood is a 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Melbourne or Geelong and is 30 minutes from Daylesford and 10 minutes from Trentham (which desserves it’s own blog altogether, and well worth the drive in itself).

The campground – Although there is a standard campground setup area we chose to camp in the ‘bush camping’ spot (one of two). These were absolutely wonderful. Protected, private, grassy, and with your own very clean toilets. Best of all the bush camping spots are only a 2 minute walk from the picturesque watering hole and mineral springs.

The camping spot with our van 

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The beautiful watering hole

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The campervan set up

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CAMPING REVIEW – FORREST, VICTORIA

We recently had the pleasure of camping in Forrest for a long weekend. We stayed one night in each camping spot to check them both out.

The Town – Forrest has enough attractions for a weekend away:

  • Lake Elizabeth, a nice easy walk around the majestic lake.
  • Lots of hiking trails.
  • Mountain biking rails. This is why we were there and from the looks of things why 99% of other people camping were there too. Apparently Forrest is a mountain biking mecca.
  • The Brewery: has GREAT beers and nice food and coffees too. Lovely comfy couches and lots of magazines help if the weather’s bad and you need to kill some time.
  • The ‘general store’ or café across the road from the Brewery had some nice home made pies, cakes and gifts.

The Campgrounds – From our research we ascertained 3 camping options in/around Forrest.

  • One was a very isolated bush camping area called ‘goat track road camping area’. After asking locals and trying to work out if we could make it to check the campground out we decided it was most likely a 4Wheel drive track so not suitable for our campervan.
  • The first night (a Thursday night in April, school holidays and very nice weather) we decided to check out Stephenson’s falls, which is a beautiful waterfall but also National Park camping. They say 50 spots on the website but it was more like 20, and FULL. We were extremely surprised by how busy it was as we arrived at midday so were lucky to get a spot but many many cars rolled in later in the day and missed out. This spot we would rate as O.K. The spots were not that private or amazing and there wasn’t much to do there besides the short walk to Stephenson’s Falls. We also had some rowdy teenagers playing loud music which always ruins things!

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  • The second night (the Friday night) we stayed at The Wonky Stable’s campground which is in the centre of Forrest. We didn’t even know a campground in Forrest existed and ALWAYS favour national park camping over paid campgrounds but in this instance the campground was better! It was fairly empty and had a lovely view over rolling hills. Fire pits for each campsite and good hot showers plus a new camp kitchen were handy, as was the 2 minute walk to the local pub (average) or a 5 minute walk to the Brewery.

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The Location – Only about an hour from Geelong or Torquay and 2 hours from Melbourne.