Good to know

  • Walk-in only
  • No facilities available
  • Portable toilet required
  • Campfires not permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • Cattle graze in this area
  • Mobile phone coverage is available


  • Dispersed camping
  • Fishing
  • Walking

Camping area description

The Dartmoor Camping Areas 4 and 5 provide walk-in camping and fishing on the banks of the Glenelg River, approximately 3 km east of Dartmoor, with pedestrian access along Crown land adjacent to the Glenelg River off Dartmoor – Hamilton 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 in parts.

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 Dartmoor head east along Princes Highway
  2. Turn left into Dartmoor – Hamilton Road
  3. After the crossing the railroad tracks turn left into unnamed government road
  4. Follow the track 500 meters to designated parking area
  5. Walk 380 metres along the river track, pass under the rail bridge to enter the Crown water frontage.
  6. Follow the river 400 meters to reach Glenelg River - Dartmoor Camping Area 4
  7. Walk a further 800 meters to reach Glenelg River - Dartmoor Camping Area 5

Please exercise caution when parking

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area

Map - Glenelg - Dartmoor Camping Area 4 & 5 (PDF, 1.9 MB)


Further information

Page last updated: 01/12/22