A lovely dog-friendly campground surrounded by huge eucalyptus trees, Lake Elizabeth is located a short drive (on generally 2wd friendly gravel road) out the back of Forrest in the Otways. It has a drop toilet and is a short walk from the start of the popular and also dog friendly Lake Elizabeth walk.
|Quick Fact Box|
Toilets – Yes Drop Toilets (always best to take your own paper in case they run out)
Dog Friendly – Yes
Mobile Reception – Not really (I have none with Telstra but Parks website calls it ‘poor’, it has been a while since I stayed overnight).
Bookings? Must prebook online at Parks Victoria
Unfortunately, this campground is not van/car camping friendly, you need to prebook your tent camping and then you drop off your stuff to pitch your tent of the other side of the barriers and park your car nearby
How to get to Lake Elizabeth Campground (and delicious stops along the way)
Melbourne/Geelong to Forrest
The quickest way to Forrest from Melbourne or Geelong is inland (but it’s also accessible by heading north from the Great Ocean Road). Its really choose your own adventure via the GPS as there are quite a few different routes you can follow, with most people turning off at Winchelsea or a bit further along to go via Birregurra – just be aware that these are regional roads and some have basically no road shoulders.
If you turn off the M1 at Winchelsea you can go via the Deans Marsh Store, a popular road trip stop, for home made pies, sausage rolls and salads in the garden (they also have delicious vegan pie but they seem to disappear early most days).
Alternatively, you turn off a bit further west along the M1 and include a visit to the little town of Birregurra. It has some nice historical buildings, local cafes and a bakery that sells its popular gluten-free bread and rolls throughout the region.
Forrest to Lake Elizabeth
From the back of Forrest, the road becomes gravel and varies in bumpiness depending on how recently it’s been graded. While it’s signposted in spots to Lake Elizabeth google maps will come in handy (though I have no reception down in the campground area), you turn off to the campground before getting to the carpark for the Lake Elizabeth walk.
I took these photos in late 2021
Things to do near by
Forrest is a tiny but awesome little town with plenty to do for a weekend away if you like to get out and explore. There are Mountain Bike Tracks, Bushwalks and a trail in nearby Forrest as well as a craft brewery, local produce store and chocolate factory to enjoy after your effort (or an alternative relaxing day).