Secluded camping near Melbourne


This past weekend, we finally got our act together, the weather forecast was perfect, and we headed off for a camping trip. Of course, we only decided we were definitely going to go camping a few days before, and I totally forgot it was a public holiday, meaning all the usual and popular camping sites around Melbourne were fully booked! I was starting to despair because we had promised the little man we would go, but eventually stumbled across Youcamp, which had places available. This is not a sponsored post, but I wanted to give a shout out to Youcamp anyway. It's kind of like AirBnB for camping,in that people can advertise their land for people to camp on!

We wanted somewhere not too far from Melbourne, because we were only going for one night, and we found a couple of options. We settled on Seven Hills Tallarook because it was pet friendly and seemed to have a decent amount of good reviews.

Having no idea what to expect, we drove out there on Saturday morning, were met by our hosts when we arrived (after driving a few kilometres down gravel roads), and they recommended a hilltop campsite for us and then drove us to our site (while we followed in our car). Our campsite was lovely, on top of a hill with some great views, a picnic table and plenty of shade under a huge tree. These camp sites were all without any facilities, so beware you need to either bring your own portable toilet (or hire one from the hosts) or do as we did, and squat.

Being in the middle of nowhere on a farm, and with no other campers around, was lovely. Also, the stargazing was incredible! We saw one kangaroo at sunset, but didn't spot any other animals while we were there. When we woke up the next morning though there were a ton of fresh poops around, so we must have had a lot of visitors while we were sleeping! It was a totally different experience than our camping adventures in Okinawa, and looking over the dry landscape really made me think of how different Australia is!

If you really want to get away for the weekend, cheaply and not too far from Melbourne, and you don't mind roughing it a bit, I definitely recommend having a look on Yourcamp and seeing what is around. 

Seven Hills Tallarook
This is Australia
Camping at seven hills Tallarook
Our trusty tent, all the way from Okinawa

Perfect climbing tree

Camping in Australia, you might get a visit from some of the local wildlife
Spot our sunset visitor


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