Good to know

  • Walk-in only (1.2 km)
  • Heavily treed and grassy area
  • No facilities provided
  • Portable toilet required
  • Campfires are not permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • Mobile phone coverage is available


  • Dispersed camping
  • Bird watching
  • Walking
  • Fishing

Camping area description

The St Arnaud Camping Area 3 provides walk-in camping and day recreation on the banks of the Avoca River, approximately 17 km north east of St Arnaud, with pedestrian access to the Avoca River off Pearse Road (Gower East).

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 has uneven terrain in parts with easy access to the river. 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.
  • 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.

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 St Arnaud head north east to Wedderburn along Wedderburn Road
  2. Approximately 14 km from St Arnaud turn north (left) onto Pole Road
  3. Turn right onto Pearse Road
  4. Travel through a farm gate along Pearse Road (please leave the gate as found, open/closed)
  5. Parking area can be located just beyond the bend in the road.
  6. Walk 1.2 km to the camping area, along the farm track to the designated camping area

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area

Map - Avoca River - St Arnaud Camping Area 3 (PDF, 2.1 MB)


Further information

Page last updated: 09/11/22