Ryan’s Den, Great Ocean Walk, Victoria

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:15 December 2016 

When wanderlust beckons, and nothing short of a picture-perfect window into Australia’s natural wonders will suffice, where do you go? Well, for those of you who haven’t been there yet, Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk is your answer.

Average Winter Temp: 14°C

Average Summer Temp: 20.7°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Gadubanud people

A magnificent and beautifully curated excursion along the Victorian coastline, the Great Ocean Walk will serve your senses with delectable samplings of natural beauty, while offering you comfortable camping options at one of its many campsites.

Ryan’s Den is among the most prominent campsites of the Great Ocean Walk. Located approximately two-thirds of the way through the walk, it marks the transition of the terrain from a simple, beginner-level trail to a more challenging trek through rugged landscapes. Tourists can use Ryan’s Den as a convenient base from which to explore the many landmarks of the Great Ocean Walk. Visit the Twelve Apostles, passing through tall forests, heathlands and beaches, admiring the countless stunning views of landforms framing the ocean, and catching more than a few glimpses of kangaroos, wombats, koalas and kookaburras, fur seals and even whales going about their day.

The Great Ocean Walk is special in its ability to offer tourists the chance to craft their own unique experience of the Australian coast. Through its many well-equipped campsites, Ryan’s Den included, it extends a warm welcome to one and all, throughout the year. Head out there solo or with the family for an experience of a lifetime.

National Parks

Great Otway National Park

Twelve Apostles Marine National Park

Attractions & Activities

  • Overnight Camping
  • Bush Walking
  • Photography
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Bird Watching
  • Stargazing
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Wreck Beach
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Apollo Bay
  • Bells Beach

Caravan Parks / Accommodation

Ryan’s Den is a hiker camp conducive to solo tent campers, while some of the other campsites along the Great Ocean Walk also accommodate groups. Facilities at all the sites include toilets, tank water, sheltered kitchens and picnic tables. Caravanning tourists, or those looking for better amenities, can find decent stay options around in the area, some of which are listed below.

Apostles Camping Park & Cabins

Princetown, Vic

Located on the banks of the Gellibrand River, this beautiful property offers the complete range of accommodation options ranging from cabins to tent sites to parking spots for caravans and campervans. Well-equipped with all amenities including toilets, showers and a camp kitchen, the property comes with the added advantages of a lovely idyllic setting that’s worth a visit in itself, and a great location near the west end of the Great Ocean Walk.

$30/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites

$35/night for 2 persons, powered sites

(Cabins and tent camping sites are also available.)

 

Bimbi Park – Camping Under Koalas

Cape Otway, Vic

This delightful site in Cape Otway enables guests to relax in the lap of nature, shaded by tall manna gums and surrounded by a variety of birds. Accommodation options here include budget and luxury cabins, bunk rooms and on-site caravans, specialty camping pods, as well as powered and unpowered sites for caravanning tourists. Together with the standard set of amenities, Bimbi Park offers some bonuses of its own, including an outdoor theatre and a bush camping area. Pets are welcome.

$20/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $8 for every additional person; $3 per child (off-peak season rate)

$40/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 for every additional person; $8 per child (peak season rate)

$25/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $8 for every additional person; $3 per child (off-peak season rate)

$45/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $8 per child (peak season rate)

(Cabins, bunk rooms and camping pods are also available.)

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

Rest areas in Victoria are listed and mapped in detail on the RACV website. Free campsites are scattered across the state, particularly in the vicinity of the Alpine National Park.