Van Life Along The Great Ocean Road

Van Life Along The Great Ocean Road

Road-tripping is the perfect way to travel the Great Ocean Road. The great thing about this stretch of land is that it’s very accommodating for van life. There are campsites, outdoor facilities, and well-maintained roads throughout this region of Victoria. So pack your van and let’s explore The Great Ocean Road together!

Road Trip The Great Ocean Road

While private tours or weekend trips away are amazing experiences, they don’t quite compare to living the van life. A huge element is the freedom camping provides. You can just pull up your van in any one of the amazing sites along the coast, and be right amongst nature.

Accommodation can be pricey along the Victorian coastline, so having a warm bed inside your van will certainly save you hundreds of dollars. Many of the campsites in this region are equipped with fresh water, toilets, and cooking spots so you can still enjoy the necessities.

Van life also offers the benefit of bringing your belongings with you. You can pack your surfboard and hiking gear without having to lug it around from hotel to hotel. If you’re sleeping at the beach all you have to do is grab your board and jump in the ocean!

How To Prepare For A Van Life Adventure

Make sure to book your campsites in advance so you don’t miss out on the best spots. Remember that camping in your van on the side of the road, at beaches, or in carparks is not permitted and you may be fined.

Before you take off, you want to make sure you’ve packed all the right things for your van dwelling. You’ll be driving around in a small space, and you need to make sure that everything has its place so that nothing gets lost or damaged.

Make sure that your van is fully prepared for your trip: check all the lights, fuses and fluids; make sure there are no leaks anywhere; clean out any leftover food and drinks; give it a good vacuum so it smells nice. Then pack! Here’s what we recommend putting into your van:

  • Sleeping bag & pillow (or mattress) — You’re going to want something soft to sleep on if possible. Inflatable mattresses are great options. Make sure you pack warm sleeping gear, there’s a lot of cool wind in this region.
  • Tent — Camping means freedom! It’s always good to have a spare tent, you never know when it’ll come in handy. You might go for a hike or simply want to sleep outside.
  • Kitchen items: pots, pans, plates/bowls/mugs, a cutlery set (knife included), salt & pepper shakers, cooking utensils, tea towel, and washing-up equipment.

Best Hidden Beaches Along The Great Ocean Road

Now that you’re packed, you’ll want to know what the best destinations are. Beaches are everything along The Great Ocean Road so bring your snorkel and surfboard! Here are some great beaches to visit and camp at.

  • Bells Beach
  • Torquay Front Beach
  • Lorne Main Beach
  • Fairhaven Beach
  • Johanna Beach
  • Gibson Steps
  • Loch Ard Gorge Beach
  • Port Campbell Beach
  • Childers Cove Beach
  • Logans Beach
  • Plus many more!

Camping Locations

There are countless camping sites along the coastline, which is amazing for van life but can make it a headache to choose which ones are worthwhile and which are not. Here are some of the top camping locations.

  • Port Campbell Recreation Reserve
  • Princetown Recreation Reserve
  • Johanna Beach Campground
  • Aire River East and West
  • Bimbi Park
  • Blanket Bay Campground
  • Marengo Holiday Park
  • Jamieson Creek Campground
  • Big Hill Campground
  • Hammonds Road Campground

Van Life Along The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a wonderful place to explore with your van. It’s not just about the famous landmarks and attractions, but also the hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered.

Van life doesn’t come without modern problems. You might find it difficult to connect to Wifi while road-tripping – that’s all part of camping though. We recommend you head into a local cafe, enjoy a coffee, and connect there. There are plenty of small towns scattered along the Great Ocean Road, so you won’t be without internet for too long.


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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.