Good to know

  • No facilities provided
  • Portable toilet required
  • Campfires permitted - bring your own firewood
  • Heavily treed in areas
  • No dogs allowed
  • Livestock graze in this area
  • Mobile phone coverage is available


  • Dispersed camping
  • Fishing
  • Walking

Camping area description

Charlton Camping Area 12 provides walk-in camping and fishing on the banks of the Avoca River, approximately 8.6 km north-east of Charlton, with pedestrian access along Crown land adjacent to the Avoca River off Churchills 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 access to Crown water frontages.

The camping area is mostly flat, access to the river may be steep in parts of the camping area.. There are many trees in the camping area.

Camping is only permitted in a specifically designated area on the frontage (see map below). Other areas of Crown water frontage can be accessed 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.


  • This site may be part of a working farm.
  • Livestock may be present on this water frontage and access the river.
  • If livestock 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.

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.

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-west on the Calder Hwy, continue for 6.6 km
  2. Turn right onto Charlton-Glenloth Rd, continue for 1.5 km
  3. Turn right onto Churchills Rd, continue for 450 m
  4. The Crown Water Frontage is located to the left of Churchills Rd, on the east bank of the Avoca River
  5. The designated camping area begins when entering the licence area

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area

Map - Avoca River - Charlton Camping Area 12 (PDF, 1.8 MB)


Further information

Page last updated: 02/09/22