Colac Bay / Oraka Township Overnight...

Colac Bay / Oraka Township Overnight Campervan Parking


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Freedom camping is permitted for self-contained and certified campervans, motorhomes and RVs at Colac Bay in Southland. Vehicles can park for up to two days on the Colac Foreshore Road, between the boat ramp and shelter shed. Drive along the foreshore, past the cemetery and out to the point (follow the signs to the boat ramp). This site is pretty exposed to the wind - pretty much from all angles.....

There are public toilets and a kids playing area in the middle of town. This town is renowned for its surf - primo!.

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Hakuna Matata's avatar

Hakuna Matata

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome spot right on the ocean. Good surf spot too for those keen. The toilets are bolted shut now, but we’re not not appealing anyway. Had the place to ourselves.

Reviewed 29 days ago

Wayne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Open beachfront parking area at southern end of Colac Bay. Last night there were a dozen MH’s well spread out in space available. White noise from ocean was awesome. Basic, clean toilets and large rubbish skip provided.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Aaron's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

An amazing freedom camping spot. Recommended. Admittedly we had great weather

Reviewed 8 months ago

VM's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful view over Colac Bay, quiet with only the sound of the ocean.
There is grass and lovely sunrise and sunsets over the mountains.
If it’s windy it’s not very sheltered.
Flush toilet but no water tap.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Emily's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Not bad for a Southland beach, tried monkey island, this one seemed more sheltered with the wind direction that night.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Hamish's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing sunrise views. I think there was a toilet there but we didn’t use any of the facilities. Great directions on this site - we arrived at 8:30pm and found it easy enough. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Martin's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Pretty nice and quiet spot, but only one toilet to share between all. And no sink or rubbish bins around. :-)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Matt's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Gravel road with space for parking on the grass next to it. Fairly clean flush toilet. Being practically at the end of the peninsular you can feel the wind blowing against your vehicle.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Pretty views of bay and ocean, decent flush toilet, quite busy when we were there. Best spots are at the very end of the road but it's a bit of a walk to get back to the toilet from there. Make sure you seal up as soon as the sun starts to set, midges attack in swarms.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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P Poiraa

Ranking: 9/10

This was a great spot! We were lucky with the weather I think and could walk and sit outside our van until late. Picked mussels! Toilets okay. No water. No power. Southern scenic route is great....

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Connie Hopper

Ranking: 6/10

Quite a windy spot and a few sandflies in the morning. It was quite muddy but there's plenty of places to park on grass/gravel. Flush toilets, surprisingly with toilet paper and bins. Right on the water, great spot. A 30 minute walk to the tavern, nice owners there and decent enough food.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ben McGeachie

Ranking: 10/10

Great place to camp. It's free! Not windy on this occasion but other reviews say otherwise. Self contained so didn't have a need to use public toilets. Great views. Nice little village and we were all alone. This is the motorhome life!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sebastiaan Kemperman

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot, bit windy but plenty of space. Lovely cafe nearby in the village for breakfast/morning tea.

Reviewed over 6 years ago