Good to know

  • Walk in access only
  • No facilities available
  • Portable toilet required
  • Campfires not permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • Livestock may graze this area
  • Mobile phone coverage  may be available


  • Dispersed camping
  • Fishing
  • Walking

Camping area description

Avoca River - Charlton Camping Area 16, 17 & 18 provide walk-in camping and fishing on the banks of the Avoca River, approximately 12 km north of Charlton. There is pedestrian access along Crown land adjacent to the Avoca River off Charlton-Glenloth Road (refer to the map below). This camping area is on a licensed Crown water frontage that has been designated for camping. Before visiting this site, find out about camping on licensed Crown water frontages.

The camping area is mostly flat with good access to the river. There are many trees in the camping area. It is important that campers take care to use the map and instructions below to safely access the area and avoid trespassing on private property.

Camping is only permitted in the designated area on this frontage (see map below). Visitors may use other areas of Crown water frontage for recreational activities other than camping such as fishing, walking, and picnicking.


Crown water frontages are rough and rugged bush camp areas. Before you go, it is important to consider all potential risks and hazards when accessing and camping at this location. Campers are responsible for their own safety and the safety of those in their care.

Tree hazard

  • Trees and limbs may fall unexpectedly. Avoid camping under trees.
  • Stormy and windy weather increases the risk that trees and limbs may fall.


  • This site may be part of a working farm
  • Cattle may be present on this water frontage and access the river.
  • If cattle approach you, avoid sudden movements and loud noises.
  • Farm animals  are not pets. They can be large and unpredictable and should not be approached.
  • Store your food in a secure container to avoid attracting livestock and other animals.
  • Leave all gates as you find them.

Water and flood safety

  • Play it safe by the water.
  • Hidden dangers may include submerged objects and debris and strong currents. A storm well upstream from you could cause flash flooding.
  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology for weather forecasts and flood warnings, or visit Play it Safe by the Water for more information.


  • Be aware of dangerous weather and bushfire conditions.
  • Check VicEmergency for information about current fires, Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.

Other risks that may be present include dangerous terrain, animals and adjoining farming operations.

How to get there

  1. From Charlton head north on Calder Highway for 6 km
  2. Turn right onto Charlton-Glenloth Road for 5.7 km
  3. Parking may be limited on Charlton-Glenloth Road
  4. Access to the camping area is from roadside via an unused road licence
  5. Walk east towards the Avoca River
  6. Enter the Crown licence and follow the banks of the Avoca River south for 500 m to camping area 18
  7. Camping area 17 is a further 500 m south and camping area 16 a further 500m from camping area 17

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area


Further information

Page last updated: 12/10/22