@Iluka Group Retreat & Camp
@Iluka Group Retreat & Camp
@Iluka Group Retreat & Camp

Want to try out what it is like to go camping?

Mornington Peninsula is a great place to start your camping adventure.

It helps the foray into the camping world with a great place to find a brewed coffee. Mornington Peninsula has numerous local cafes willing to deliver the morning fix. The Peninsula is a place with sandy bays, shallow safe waters for kids and aquatic sports galore. Culture buffs do not despair, artists and artisan crafts have made Mornington Peninsula their home. Art trails, boutique galleries, pop up stalls in farmers markets, the place has got the lot. Nature lovers have extraordinary landscapes to walk, cycle or ponder among where wildlife and marine life invites further investigation.

Mornington Peninsula is a destination where locals will introduce visitors to how to holiday like an Australian.

Mornington Peninsula Shire – foreshore camping

Mornington Peninsula has a treasure, the foreshore. Visitors can camp on the foreshore in designated areas.

Mornington Peninsula Shire manages three foreshore camping sites


The largest of the three camping reserves, Rosebud’s camping sites stretch 10km to the seaside village of McCrae. Facilities include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees, kids’ play areas, barbecues, boat launching ramps close by and the extensive shopping of Rosebud just over the road. There are 812 camping sites. For more information check out Rosebud Camping.

What to do nearby:

  • Two Bays Walking Trail
  • Waterwild Rosebud
  • Check out bathing sheds at Rosebud Beach



The Rye reserve has a prime position along 2km of white sandy beaches with 174 sites. Facilities include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees, kids’ play areas, barbecues, boat launching ramps close by and Rye village just over the road. For more information check out Foreshore Camping.

What to do nearby:

  • Wittingslow Carnival Park
  • Leisurely explore extraordinary rock formations of Number 16 Beach
  • WhiteCliffs lookout walk



Sorrento is recommended if you like a smaller camping ground, as it’s just 1km in length along the beach with 147 sites. The chic cafe scene of Sorrento is only a short drive away, as is the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry which crosses Port Phillip Bay to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Camping facilities include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees and boat launching ramps close by. For more information check out Sorrento Foreshore Camping.

What to do nearby:

  • Sorrento heritage trail
  • Sorrento art galleries
  • McCrae Homestead and Museum exploration


Capel Sound - Foreshore camping

Capel Sound Foreshore Reserves is Crown Land, managed by a Committee appointed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Campgrounds are sections A, B and C in Capel Sound and sections F,G and H in Tootgarook. Sections A,B,C and F are powered. Sections G and H are unpowered.

All campsites have dedicated taps with potable water. For information check out Capel Sound Foreshore Reserve.

What to do nearby:

  • Port Nepean National Park walks
  • Local beach people watching
  • Launch your boat at the local ramp for a day fishing

WhiteCliffs / Camerons Bight - Foreshore Camping

Foreshore Camping at WhiteCliffs is very special.

Stunning foreshore camping; these amazing sites will make your holiday one to remember. Please check the opening & closing dates for each campground before booking a campsite. Usually open to the public from October to the end of April. All other times school, outdoor education and community groups. The WhiteCliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Reserve is approximately 6 kilometres long and located near the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The foreshore borders the villages of Rye and Blairgowrie, and consists of many heritage-listed Boat Sheds, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Blairgowrie Marina, two boat ramps, boat trailer car parks, several public car parking areas and a public BBQ area adjacent to Hughes Rd.

WhiteCliffs Campground (formerly Tyrone campground) is situated just one kilometre from Rye township. A total of 43 campsites on secluded coastal land with direct beach access, hot showers, a laundry facility, dump point and playground. This campground opens 19/12/2020, closes 25/4/2021. For more information check out Camerons Bight Foreshore Campground Powered Sites.

What to do nearby:

  • Mornington Peninsula hot spring day out
  • Rye for brunch
  • Spend a day at the local beach


Camerons Bight Campground

Camerons Bight Campground Powered Sites (formerly Stringer Campground) is located 2km from Blairgowrie township. A total of 59 powered sites are nestled by the beach with hot showers, laundry facilities and a nearby BBQ area. This campground opens 19/12/2020, closes 25/4/2021. For more information check out Camerons Bight Foreshore Campground Powered Sites.

What to do nearby:

  • Sorrento Village art trail
  • Blairgowrie for brunch
  • Winery tour


Camerons Bight Unpowered Campground

Camerons Bight Unpowered Campground is at the western end of the WhiteCliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore. A total of 65 unpowered sites in a coastal woodland setting with beach access, hot showers, laundry, dump point & nearby BBQ.

It is a small campground with only 44 sites, 20 of which are right on the beach front. It has the same management as Camerons Bight and Stringer Campground. It is secluded and wooded.

What to do nearby:

  • Heritage Lime Kiln exploration
  • Whitecliffs lookout walk
  • Rye Summer Carnival

NOTE: The campgrounds are located at the Sorrento end of the six kilometre wooded foreshore that runs from Whitecliffs (in Rye) to Camerons Bight (between Sorrento and Blairgowrie). Camerons Bight and Stringer are also the closest campgrounds to Sorrento Village and Point Nepean National Park.


Point Leo Foreshore Camping

Point Leo has over 168 camping sites, of which only 45 are powered. All sites are open during summer for camping. During winter camping is contained to the powered sites and the east creek foreshore area. Sites for the peak period are allocated according to ballot. Available sites for the Christmas school holidays (including the Australia Day long weekend), and the Easter, Melbourne Cup and March long weekend holiday periods are allocated by ballot, information on the ballot for these periods can be found below. Outside of these ballot periods, bookings are recommended.
To make a booking for any time except the Christmas school holidays, and the Easter, Melbourne Cup and March long weekend holiday periods please check out Point Leo Foreshore Camping.

For campers that arrive without a booking, there is a first in, best dressed

What to do nearby:

  • Panorama Garden Estate tour
  • Kids focus activity, Enchanted Adventure Garden
  • Tree surfing

Shoreham Reserve - Camping

A picturesque classic beachfront camping ground with shared communal facilities. There are hot showers, toilets and shared kitchens. The area is a known birding hot spot with migratory birds nesting on the sandy beach. Shoreham Foreshore Reserve camping grounds and online booking, The campground is located at the end of Prout Webb Road, Shoreham, Victoria.

Please note: All booking requests are to be made to the Shoreham Foreshore Reserve using the above contact details only. The Shoreham Community Association is not responsible for booking arrangements on the Foreshore.

What to do nearby:

  • Winery tours
  • Selfies of iconic gaily painted boat sheds
  • Cruise the bay

Cape Views Holiday Park

Amongst the dunes of Cape Schanck are picturesque locations to pitch your tent or power your motor home. Both Amberlee and Cape Views have swimming pools, tennis courts and trampolines. Both sites offer wide open spaces as well as bushlands, parklands and playground to explore. There is a choice between a resort style park Amberlee offers and farmland dune country located at our Cape views park. For details contact Amberlee at the Cape Holiday Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Portsea Quarantine Station
  • Port Nepean National Park
  • Sorrento foreshore fish n chips by the sea

BIG4 Mornington Peninsula

BIG is a superb family destination with a detailed school programme, an extensive kids focused park activities from swimming pools, jumping pillows, pedal karts and playgrounds. Accommodation ranges from non-powered, powered sites, cabins, chalets and ensuite budget motel units. For details check out BIG4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park.

BIG4 has a property at Frankton, a gateway town to the Mornington Peninsula.

What to do nearby:

  • Catch Sorrento ferry to Queenscliff for a day trip
  • Sea kayaking
  • Visit Trofeo Winery

Kangerong Holiday Park

Kangerong Holiday Park and Rye Beachside Apartments accommodation choices are more than the usual holiday park with comfortable apartments alongside the expected holiday park offerings of non-powered, powered tent sites, caravan sites to ensuite cabins. The park is attractive with a swimming pool, playground and seated picnic areas. The location is opposite the beach at Dromana.

What to do nearby:

  • Fish or dive off the local pier
  • Horse riding on Gunnamatta Beach
  • Snorkeling the rock pools


Mornington Gardens Holiday Village is a family managed Caravan Park located in the heart of the village of Mornington. Mature plantings provide privacy between non-powered, powered sites, cabins and ensuite budget motel units. Facilities include indoor bowls, classic playground, table tennis and recreational facilities. There are shared kitchens, toilets and showers. For further details check out Mornington Gardens Holiday Village Caravan Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Mornington cafes for a leisurely brunch
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park Greens Bush
  • While away the day in the shade of the park’s trees


Mornington Peninsula glamping

Kanasta Caravan Park – glamping with a retro them.

Fancy a retro caravan complete with 1950’s decor then here’s the place for retro glamping Mornington Peninsula style. What an easy weekend escape with a romantic / indulgent edge to your holiday retro glamping. Located in Rye and 5 minutes from the Rye boat ramp, cafes and shops entertainment means just a short stroll to check out the local scene. Additionally Kanasta Caravan Park self contained ensuite cabins. All accommodation comes with full cabin facilities, linen & towels along with a private deck, seating & BBQ’s and use of the park facilities. There are no tent / motorhome sites. For further information check out Kanasta Caravan Park, Mornington Peninsula.

What to do nearby:

  • Portsea rock pools
  • Port Phillip Estate Winery
  • Hotel Sorrento pub lunch

Shoreham Iluka Retreat

Iluka Retreat provides a bespoke glamping in luxurious bell tents that are set up and styled to perfection, so all you need is your overnight bag and a sense of adventure. The camp sites overlook the wetland lake and rolling hills. Each glamping tent is set on a terrace overlooking the valley with lovely areas to relax and the option of your own private campfire – weather and season permitting. Facilities include a clean, spacious camp kitchen, camp bathrooms with hot showers, and your tent is set up with fresh linen, cushions, rugs, comfy mattresses and loads of extras to make your stay as comfortable as possible. This is camping, but not as you know it – so give it a go!

There are additionally camp site zones for those who come with their own tents or caravans. LODGES, Iluka has two private lodges that accommodate up to 100 guests, with commercial and catering equipment, group get-together rooms and guest parking.

What to do nearby:

  • Ashcombe Maze and Water Gardens
  • Point Leo try your best to surf
  • Merricks wineries

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