Victoria has not delivered a single camp site so far that we’ve been disappointed with, and our most recent stay at Glendinning Campground certainly doesn’t break that run. We had pencilled in one night, and upon arrival knew we had to stay another, as its nothing short of perfect.
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Where is Glendinning Campground?
You’ll find Glendinning about 330km West of Melbourne, and 460km South East of Adelaide. You can see the Grampians in the distance, with Halls Gap (the other side of the Grampians) being 112km away.
What’s the road like to Glendinning?
Access to Glendinning is on a bitumen road all the way, except for the last 1 kilometre or so, which is mildly corrugated gravel. It’s easy enough to get all types of vehicles in here, as long as they aren’t massive.
Do you need a 4WD?
No, not at all. We saw a lot of 2WD vehicles exploring the areas. You will get stuck in some places if you are a little too adventurous, but stick to the main gravel tracks and you won’t have any issues at all.
Is it Caravan friendly?
Yep, and we saw a heap of Caravans here. Interestingly the government website suggests only small caravans, but we did see a few bigger ones and you’d be fine as long as you were careful where you went.
What amenities are there?
There’s a number of toilets at Glendinning in the main camping areas, and we saw a skip bin in place as well, but there’s signs to take your rubbish home. If you are camping away from the main areas expect that you need to be self sufficient.
What’s the camping like?
I was thoroughly impressed with the camping here. We did see a sign on the way in that says you aren’t to camp within 20 metres of the water, but a lot of people were ignoring this.
The main area has a number of places you can pull into and camp, and then you can head left or right for quite a distance and find new places to camp. The area to the left has a heap of spots tucked into the reservoir, with plenty of privacy.
We were surprised to see at least 40 people camped outside of the main area, and it seemed like every single little bay that we drove into was taken by someone. We could have squeezed in somewhere, but hate camping too close to others (for their benefit, but ours too), so kept looking.
Eventually we stumbled across a magic, big and open bay that we could camp 20 metres away from the water from, have a nice fire and relax for a couple of days.
You’ll see in the drone photos below that people are spread out nicely from each other, and you should comfortably be able to find a spot where you are at least 50 – 100 metres away from the next camper, which is perfect.
About the Rocklands reservoir
The Rocklands reservoir is popular for boating, fishing and water activities, and I was quite surprised by how warm the water was, and also how clean and nice it is. There’s a heap of tree’s and bushes in the water (which is so strange coming from WA!), but its almost all gravel, and I walked in and had a nice dip one afternoon.
I was expecting it to be muddy and a bit gross, but its a beautiful, clean reservoir that looks really inviting, however, you want to get in.
Fishing is hugely popular at Glendinning, and its supposed to be one of the best places in Victoria for catching Redfin. You need a license to fish here, but its a beautiful spot and you’d have a heap of options fishing from a boat or kayak.
Can you take dogs?
Yep, which makes it very attractive to a whole heap of people who travel with their furry pets.
Other camping nearby
Looking on WikiCamps, there’s a heap of other camp sites not too far from Glendinning, in both directions. You can drive a fair distance either way around the reservoir anyway, but if all of the good spots are taken then there are most certainly alternative camping options nearby.
Would we go back to Glendinning Campground?
This place is nothing short of awesome. It’s everything that we like; private, free, water front, beautiful, clean, quiet and more. We’d come back here without a second thought, and its clearly loved with the number of others that we saw enjoying it even outside of school holidays.
Glendinning is a truly magic campground, and you’d be mad not to stay here if you are in the area. Please take your rubbish away, look after it and do the right thing, so everyone can keep using it!