Good to know

  • Walk-in only
  • No facilities available
  • Portable toilet required
  • No campfires permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • Sheep graze this area
  • Mobile phone coverage may be available


  • Dispersed camping
  • Walking

Camping area description

Great Western Camping Area provides walk-in camping and recreation on the banks of Salt Creek. This camping area is approximately 6km north-east of Great Western, with pedestrian access off Metcalfe 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 excellent access to the creek.

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
  • Sheep may be present on this water frontage and access the river.
  • If sheep 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 Great Western travel north-east along Metcalfe Road for approximately 5 km.
  2. Park on roadside and walk into camping area following directional signage, approximately 1km.

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area


Further information

Page last updated: 01/03/23