Winter camping in Vic?

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We recently went camping for the first time a couple of weeks ago in the Western Port region & loved it. We didn't exactly rough it - tent & facilities.
I'd love to go again, sooner rather than later, which means cold Victorian weather. I'd prefer not to drive out of the state & have been looking at areas along the Murray.
Am I insane? Is it just going to be too cold? Am I going to put the kids off camping forever?
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 05:58

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 05:58
Deb, probably all of the above, but only one way to find out, do it.

A little more info would help, do you have a 4wd? If not, it will limit where abouts you can get into or more importantly, get out from, which will determine locations recommended. Good luck.
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Follow Up By: Deb S3 - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 06:50

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 06:50
Hi John,

Thanks for the encouragement.
No, no 4wd.
I'd prefer toilets too.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 06:18

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 06:18
Deb,

Make sure you go somewhere that you know you will be able to have a fire. Cold as it may be, nothing like a fire to warm one side of your body at a time.

And lots of warm bedding too. Have fun,

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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 07:13

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 07:13
Deb, both those will limit where abouts you go, maybe WikiCamps or similar will be your best friend. Good luck.
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Reply By: noggins - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 11:16

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 11:16
The further north you go towards Mildura the warmer the days are , but the nights can be freezing.
Your still in Vic so there's plenty of climate conditions to choose from.....





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Follow Up By: Deb S3 - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 13:15

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 13:15
Yes, I had wondered about the freezing nights.
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 23:39

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 23:39
we free camped for 10 weeks in Paddy's ranges just out of Maryborough Vic in 2012 - Easter onwards. Had a fire each night and only got a bit frosty for a few nights late April - great spot - has toilets
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 09:34

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 09:34
Yes it will be cold, especially at night but you could create some amazing memories!. Kids will forgive you if they can play with fire! Take lots of potatoes and foil and marshmallows and try some camp fire cooking in the camp oven - season it BEFORE you go! Nothing like damper and golden syrup. Stay away from snow areas (!) and look for sunny days, perhaps in the north west. You will probably have to invest in really warm sleeping bags and some thermal underwear. As the kids won't be able to swim being by the river may lose a lot of its attraction. Have you checked out opportunities for a farm stay offering camping where there will be lots of varying activities, animals etc to create extra interest? It might also be good to be within reasonable reach of an interesting town or historic site (eg Ned Kelly area?) so in case of really bad weather you can have an alternate outing. There are web sites listing farm stays and their facilities. Good luck! Lynne
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