This is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking spots to camp in Victoria, with shear cliffs framing a river upon which you can camp on it’s bank. The perfect beach is only a minute walk away (although you need to cross the busy Great Ocean Road so take care with children!). Cumberland River campground is undoubtedly in a beautiful, world class location.
There are a number of walks starting from the campground, ranging from 30 minutes return to full day walks. We loved the walk to Jebb’s pool which was close by and a great place for a cool, shady swim.
The campground – although the setting is world class, the campground leaves a little to be desired – showers are 20cents for 5 minutes, which we woudn’t mind, however without knowing this before arriving you have to be lucky to have enough 20 cent pieces with you for showers each night. Worse still the reception was also ‘out’ of 20 cent pieces for the 3 days we camped here. A problem as the closest place to change money is Lorne.
Lorne itself is a beautiful place to visit and well worth the windy 20 minute drive. It has a number of hatted Melbourne restaurants and some super cute cafes, plus some great book shops and gift shops
There is VERY limited power and running water at this campground, which didn’t bother us however it might if you are not ready for a self sufficient stay. All in all, our biggest issue with the campground was the lack of shade/trees and that the camp spots were mostly just dirt and not grass covered – making it hard to keep things clean.
Location – Cumberland River is about 10 minutes drive past Lorne, and 2 hours and 10minutes from Melbourne. The distance and amenities make it great for a long weekend.
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