Lake Elterwater

Lake Elterwater

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Camping in the rest area along side Lake Elterwater just north of the small township of Ward. This is a designated council camping spot.

Lake Elterwater Road Reserve is an area of legal road located approximately three kilometres north of Ward Township, adjacent to and to the east of State Highway 1.

No person may responsible camp except in the area shown and must be in a certified self-contained

The maximum period anyone can camp in this area is two consecutive nights in any four-week period.


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Daria's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good for a night if it’s late and you need somewhere to sleep. It’s off a highway in the middle of nowhere. Arrived after 8pm, almost full. As a solo female camper, I felt safe because it was full but had it been only a few vans I would have driven on. Drop portaloo’s with toilet paper, no sink to wash hands. Noise from trucks but once asleep it didn’t matter.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Richard K

Ranking: 9/10

Sweet spot. Nice lake and surrounding. Only port a loose toilets were a bit „full“ - could have been maintained already.
It is next to the street, but just a few cars past in the evening and night (Sunday to Monday). A second time on a Tuesday it was worse. Some heavy trucks on the road at night. But anyway a great stay.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Susan Flavel

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful. By a lovely lake. Toilets. Near the road, but not too noisy.
Could hold 5 med campers, plus couple larger vehicles. Also parking in off-road bay next door.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Izaac's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great free overnight campground with benches and port-a-loos. There’s space for roughly 6-8 vehicles and it is really easy to find. Only issue might be the noise if you’re a light sleeper - can be pretty loud right next to the street. But make sure you get up for the stunning sunset over the lake.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago