P. 03 5768 2376 F. 03 5768 2446

Situated in a beautiful valley in the Strathbogie Ranges. Charnwood is surrounded by forest and hills. It is the ideal centre as a base for your adventures, camps, weddings, birthday parties, festivals, events and more.… or just sit back and relax. This site has over 100 beds and camping accommodation for many more… possibly another 900. This site will meet the needs of most groups.

Charnwood has accommodation for 100 people or more in the three buildings. There is a combination of bunkrooms and bedrooms. Some rooms have ensuite facilities the rest have shared shower and toilet facilities within the buildings. In each buildings is a kitchen. They are all heated plus there , heating, under cover recreation and games areas and a classroom.

Activities available on site include walks, swimming in the lake, bike riding, canoeing, environmental studies and games. A short distance from the camp is a bush camping facility, abseiling, rock climbing, sailing, canoeing and mountain bike riding. A little further away are rafting, skiing and even more rock climbing, bushwalking and mountain bike riding.

Auscamp, a fully accredited and insured service provider, can run the adventure activities for you or, if you have your own equipment and qualified staff you can run them yourself.

Short stays of one or two nights can be accommodated through to longer multi week bookings. Charnwood can be booked for self cater groups or we can provide full catering.

If you are organizing school programs or social gatherings and want the opportunity to stay at one of the most beautiful sites in Victoria now is the time to book. We encourage people to visit the site to see for themselves what is available.


  • Lake Nillahcootie
  • Strathbogie State Forest
  • Mt Samaria
  • Mt Buller
  • Mt Stirling
  • Mansfield
  • Benalla
  • Swanpool
  • Wineries


  • Accommodation for 100 +
  • Camping areas
  • Self catered kitchens
  • Dining room
  • Recreation areas
  • Chapel
  • A Lake
  • Walking Trails
  • Bike riding trails
  • Initiative trails
  • Camp fire areas
  • Large open spaces

As well as the accommodation kitchen, dining and passive recreation areas. The site offers space for ball games on our lit oval, a chapel, a lake for canoeing swimming and for the daring we have a slack line. There are also bike riding courses, initiative activities, bushwalking trails, camp fire areas and additional camping space. Not far from the site are a range of rock climbing and abseiling opportunities, canoeing on lake Nillahcootie, bush walks ranging from half day to many days, down hill and cross country mountain bike riding and skiing.


Onsite and close by:
  • Climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Bushwalking
  • Flying fox
  • Initiatives
  • ... And more

A little further a field:
  • Canoeing
  • Lake activities
  • Sailing
  • Snow sports
  • Big bush walks
  • Big mountain bike rides

Some of the specialised activities listed above require instruction by qualified guides.


We offer both catered and self catered programs. when we cater there is ample quality food, for example breakfast is continental style with a hot option, lunch is sandwiches rolls wraps and in winter includes hot home made pies and soups, dinners include pastas, roasts and BBQ’s with desserts to follow.

We are happy to cater for special dietary needs, allergies and medical conditions.


1450 Lima East Road, in Lima East

This is less than a three hour drive from the centre of Melbourne via the Hume Highway and Benalla turnoff. Benalla is 35kms from Charnwood and 40kms from Mansfield. (Mt. Buller is just over an hour away)



Charnwood is available for schools, families, churches and youth groups. Over the past few years Charnwood has hosted numerous family get togethers, church gatherings, youth programs, fund raising programs, motor cycle camps, music camps, art drama music festivals and weddings.

Charnwood provides accommodation, facilities and packaged programs for groups. We can assist you with organising full programs including transport and meals or just supply the venue for you to do your own thing.

Minimum Numbers: 30
Minimum charge applies.
Small groups by arrangement for shared use.