To get the low-down on everything camping in Bright and Mt. Beauty we caught up with local police officer Sam McIntosh. Sam camps at various locations in the area half a dozen times a year, and with five children of his own aged between 5 and 15, he is well qualified to talk us through the best spots for visit.
Sam will often take his family to various sites along the Ovens River and Buckland Valley. There is plenty on offer for the entire family; swimming or fishing in the warmer months, and footy in the cooler ones.
Most times of the year you can find a good camping spot, but obviously during summer time you might have to go a little bit further out of town then normal, as a lot of campers descend on the area. Easter is another peak time for the area, with people getting in one last adventure before the cold settles in.
There are many holiday and tourist parks scattered through the area if you are looking for a little bit of luxury in your holiday. Bright and Porepunkah have numerous parks available and are extremely popular year-round. Both of these areas fill up very quickly so either plan your trip very early.
The landscape in the area is very diverse and depending on your preferences, you can find exactly what you are after. If you are keen to get as close to nature as possible then you can go well into the bush and the mountains (although you’ll need to be completely self-sufficient).
Alternatively head to the high plains with camp spots available year round. You can also stay at one of the parks, or close to the river banks not far from town. The North-east Alpine region does get hot over summer so be aware if you are planning a Bear Grylls type of adventure.
Check out the video for more of what Sam had to say….