Camping and Accommodation
Parks Victoria campsites can be booked online at Park Stay. At the time of writing, a site for up to six people cost between $24 to $28 per night, depending upon the season. There is a small additional cost for extra cars. Book early during public or school holidays. Bring your own water, particularly in summer. Carry out your rubbish – there are no bins.
The North – Mt Stapylton
If you are bouldering around Mt Stapylton the most convenient camping is Stapylton Campground. It’s on Plantation Rd, 6km south of the Mt Zero/Flat Rock Picnic Area). Run by Parks Victoria, it has six vehicle accessible sites, seven tent-only sites and six group camping sites with tables, fireplaces, pit toilets and shower stalls (BYO hot water). It is the best place to meet other climbers and makes for a relaxing location to spend rest days. Just up the hill is the popular Campground Boulders. For those without wheels, there is a walking track leading the 5km to Mt Stapylton past several smaller bouldering areas.
For those who are too good for tents, Mt Zero Log Cabins is very close to Mt Stapylton at 221 Flat Rock Rd. If you are in a group it can be a very comfortable alternative to camping whilst still being affordable to those on a tight budget.
Another excellent and central accommodation place is Wartook Rise, which is 20 minutes from Mt Stapylton, 35 minutes from Halls Gap and 45 minutes from Buandik. It features a large mudbrick cabin perfect for larger groups in a beautiful location.
Halls Gaps & Environs
If you are climbing at the Bleachers, Valley of the Giants or Venus Baths, Halls Gap is rammed with accommodation options, from commercial campgrounds to deluxe digs. The closest Parks Victoria–run campground is Borough Huts, 10.5km south of Halls Gap on the main road. It has 30 sites in a pleasant location on Fyans Creek.
If you are climbing at Buandik, the Tower or the Cave of Man Hands, your best bet is Buandik Campground. Located next to Cultivation Creek just off the Harrop Track, Buandik Campground has 13 sites and toilets. You can roll out of your tent, shoulder your mat and walk from the campground to the boulders at Buandik, easy as.