One of Victoria’s most affordable accommodation options unsurprisingly is Corringle Slips Camping Site, equipped with all the best things a camping spot has.
Where is it?
Corringle Foreshore Reserve, East Gippsland, Vic. Situated at the mouth of the Snowy River estuary, this beachfront camping area offers a host of activities, from boating or surf fishing in the estuary or canoeing in the Corringle Slips backwater and Frenches Narrows.
Swimming is not advised at Corringle due to strong rips and currents, but bushwalking is another alternative.
What’s it like?
Although still in a relatively natural state, Corringle Slips camping area is equipped with barbecues, designated fireplaces, picnic tables, pit toilets, a boat ramp, and jetties. However, drinking water is not available and visitors must bring their own or know how to make untreated water safe to drink. Visitors are encouraged to be self-sufficient with drinking water. Bring bottled water along or know how to make untreated water safe for consumption.
The area is accessible to all vehicle types. At Christmas and Easter, bookings are determined by ballot. But all other time of the year, this accommodation is a steel for that off-the-grid weekend away.
Choose between 24 sites on the property, with the majority allowing all vehicles. Load up the campervan and trailer for a comfy sleeping situation, but if you want to feel at one with nature – bring your swag and sleep under the stars.
Water and boating activities can be enjoyed within the estuary, at Mots Beach, Sampsons Beach and up from the Marlo jetty. Swimming is not advised as the ocean beach at Corringle is unsafe due to strong rips and currents. Surf fishing is very popular. The most common fish caught are Salmon, Tailor and Gummy Shark. A concrete boat ramp is located at the slips, providing access to the Snowy River estuary.
Things to do nearby
Due to the remote location, you’ll have to drive a bit to get to any main sites. But if you’re happy setting down roots and playing beach cricket, then bat away.
Snowy River Estuary Walk
Hit the coastal town Marlo, only a 20-minute drive away, for a walk along the Snowy River estuary, winding all the way across to Ocean Beach. Roughly a 5 kilometre walk, the snags you cook on the barbie will be well deserved.
Of course, if you want a quick and snappy stroll, loop round at Mots Beach for a cool 2 kilometres each way. And for that extra motivation, bring the dogs along.
As you know, swimming is not advised at Corringle (and Ocean Beach) due to strong rips and currents, but we know a few other beaches you can pop down to. Mots Beach and Sampsons Beach are close by, so pump up the floaties and pack on the sunscreen.
If you want to change it up, head east up to Cape Conran. You’ll find Salmon Rocks Beach, a perfect area to bring the jetty out onto. But if you perch yourself on the iconic rocks, and it’ll show off one hell of a sunset.
Rent out a paddle board from SUP Marlo for the day. Prices range from $30 for 2 hours and $40 for half a day. Take a paddle out through the calm waters of Snowy River, while keeping an eye out for local animal and bird life along the coast.
15-minutes up the road lies Orbost a small town, that’s known for the starting points to the East Gippsland Biking Rail Trail and Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail. Hire out a mountain bike (or e-bike with pedal assist for an easy option), and explore the tracks. The whole trail is 94 kilometers, so do’t expect to knock it out in one day.
If you’re taking a day trip all the way up to Snowy River National Park, along the water you can hire out canoes to sail out onto the calm lagoons, or whitewater rafts for those fast-moving rapids.
Wilson’s Promontory National Park, on Victoria’s south-east coast, is something very special. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things to do at Victoria’s oldest national park. Approximately a 4 and a half hour drive, if you’re up for the road trip, the view is totally worth it.
Where to eat?
For a classic Aussie staple meal, head over to Beachside Takeaway & Kiosk in Marlo. Frying up all things fish n’ chips, greasy burgers and crunchy potato scallops, throw the picnic blanket down along the beach for the best spot in all East Gippsland.
For a touch of class, check out The Marlo Hotel has got you covered. Order a standard chicken parma with a bevvy on tap and feel the warmth of the perfect summer night out on their deck. If you don’t feel like dining out, grab the meal to-go and feast around your personal fire-pit back at the camp site.
How much does it cost?
Camping fees from $13.70 per night per site, covering up to six people.
Address: Corringle Road, East Gippsland, VIC