Walk in the light of the moon, hear the call of the owl through the trees, fall asleep to the whispers of the river and awake to a chorus of birdsong welcoming the dawn. Camping out is the most wondrous of ways to disconnect from the mind clutter of the daily grind and synchronize with the rhythm of the natural world. Prepare to step outside and look around – it's time to listen.
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An affordable and family-friendly way to experience Harrietville and its surrounds is to stay at one of the local caravan parks.

The Harrietville Cabins and Caravan Park is located near the centre of the village near the banks of the west branch of the Ovens River.

The Discovery Parks – Bright holiday park is located in Freeburgh on the banks of the Ovens River between Bright and Harrietville.


The Smoko Streamside Reserve Campground is a quiet spot off the Great Alpine Road between Bright and Harrietville that provides free basic campsites along the banks of the Ovens River.

There is a pit toilet and river access for swimming and fishing.

Other campsites can be found along the hiking trails of the Alpine National Park, and at JB Plain, Great Alpine Road, Dinner Plain.



From snow to bushfires, floods and gale-force winds, the weather in the High Country can be fierce and change rapidly. Always check conditions before venturing out, ensure your equipment is working and carry adequate food, water and warm clothing. Importantly, download the VicEmergency and the Emergency Plus apps to your phone.

Notify someone of your plans before you set out. Many parts of the High Country have poor or no mobile phone coverage. Emergency beacons and satellite devices are recommended.


Our region is sensitive to human presence. We are privileged to have endangered animals such as platypus, pygmy possums and alpine dingoes surviving in our environment. Your behaviour has a direct impact on our flora and fauna. When driving or riding, stay on formed roads and don't cut new lines. Protect our wildlife and the beauty of our environment by taking all rubbish with you.

Never light a fire on a Total Fire Ban day. When permitted to use fire, always extinguish your campfire completely before you leave. Enjoy our outdoors, and remember, leave no trace.


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From short riverside strolls to rewarding mountain summits, come and immerse yourself in the nature of Australia's alpine peaks and valleys.