Catford camping area (bush camping, upper section)

Dogs allowed Free No rubbish disposal Vehicle-based camping Wood fireplace Fishing

Catford is almost as far as campers can go for an overnight stay in the upper section of Big River State Forest. Beyond this point, heading north, only 25 Mile Creek offers the possibility of camping. The access track to Catford, which gets you down close to the river, can be negotiated by standard 2WD vehicles, but only during dry weather.


Who to contact: DSE 13 6186

This campsite is located in Big River State Forest

An expansive forest blankets the hills and gullies surrounding Big River as it wriggles down from Lake Eildon past the Yarra Ranges. This rugged area was the setting for 19th-century goldmining exploits, and now it’s popular with bushwalkers, anglers and 4WD enthusiasts. Access the river’s upper reaches via Big River State Forest Rd just east of Cumberland Junction, 19 km east of Marysville down the Marysville–Woods Point Rd; its lower reaches are accessed via the Eildon–Jamieson Rd or Big River State Forest Rd. Note: the Big River camping areas are usually very popular during holiday periods; you can’t book any of the sites in advance, so you should try to arrive early to claim one.

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