Good to know

  • Walk-in only (1.5 km)
  • No facilities provided
  • Portable toilet required
  • Campfires are not permitted
  • Heavily treed area
  • Livestock graze this area
  • No dogs allowed
  • Mobile phone coverage is available


  • Dispersed camping
  • Bird watching
  • Walking

Camping area description

Charlton Camping area 20, 21 and 22 provides walk-in camping and fishing on the banks of the Avoca River, approximately 12.3 km north of Charlton, with 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 access to Crown water frontages.

The camping area is mostly flat, access to the river can be steep in parts. 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 for 6.6 km
  2. Turn right onto Charlton-Glenloth Rd, continue for 5.7 km
  3. Parking is available roadside
  4. Please follow the signs and walk 1.5 km to reach Charlton Camping area 20
  5. Charlton Camping area 21 is located 430 m upstream from Charlton Camping area 20
  6. Charlton Camping area 22 is located a further 380 m upstream from Charlton Camping area 21

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area

Map - Avoca River - Charlton Camping Area 20, 21 and 22 (PDF, 1.9 MB)


Further information

Page last updated: 11/08/22