After leaving Sawpit Free Campground, we headed north towards the Grampians, and wanted to find a place along the way that we could relax at for a day or two. We’d previously highlighted Annya Campground on Wikicamps, and after stopping at the Bakery in Heywood, filling up our water tanks and hearing a local speak highly of the spot, we rolled in early in the afternoon.
We’d been impressed with Sawpit as a campground, and this is even better in almost every way.
Where is Annya Campground?
You’ll find this great camp on the way from Portland to Coleraine. It’s roughly 30 minutes from Portland by car, or 12 minutes from Heywood.
Do you need a 4WD?
Not in the slightest. It’s a bitumen road right up to the turn off to the camp, and then a short, great condition gravel road. The only thing I will say is if its wet, pick your camp site wisely. There’s marks everywhere of people who’ve sunk into the grassy campground, and no doubt it would have been entertaining getting out again!
What does it cost to camp?
Camping here is completely free, like Sawpit Camp. Considering the views, peace and quiet and the condition of the drop toilet, this is absolutely mint. It’s a brilliant place to relax for a few days.
What’s the campground like?
We enjoyed Sawpit, and this is even better. The campground is grassy, with a heap of picnic tables and fire pits spread around. There’s enough shade around to find somewhere to tuck yourself into, but plenty of options for solar.
There is zero road noise at night (you can just hear traffic coming past during the day), the drop toilet has a vent and zero smell, and you’ll find resident koalas in, and around the campground.
You can do a short walk down the hill through the day use area to a swamp walk and lake, and its just a nice, quiet camp ground.
We were only going to spend a night here, but enjoyed it so much that we decided to stay for another, and had a lazy day around camp.
So far, there’s huge goals being kicked when it comes to free and low cost camp grounds in Victoria, and we’d come back here in a heart beat.