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Victorian High Country Adventure With Dogs

We recently had the pleasure of taking our two Rottweilers, Khaos and Rogue, on a camping trip to the High Country. We stayed at the Deptford Historic Camp Ground, which is located in picturesque forest and is accessible by four-wheel drive.

Deptford Historic Camp Ground - Dog friendly with drop toilets

The campground is located on the Bruthen side of the Nicholson River, and the only way to access it is by crossing the potentially deep river. Any 4WD or AWD vehicle should have no issues. However, once we got there, it was totally worth it!



The campsite was clean, quiet, and spacious enough to accommodate 3-4 groups of campers. The campsite is pet-friendly, as we couldn't imagine going on a trip without our furry friends. The only requirement was that dogs must be under direct control at all times and be on a leash in picnic and camping areas or when near other visitors.



The dogs absolutely loved the quiet bush surroundings and the fresh running water. They had fun playing with toys in the river while we enjoyed a few drinks, and we were visited by a group of kookaburras doing some late afternoon food hunting before the sun set. It was a serene and peaceful experience, with nothing but the sounds of nature and the company of our furry friends.


Site History - Houghton’s Diversion Tunnel & Baker’s Oven

We also went on a short bush walk to the Houghton’s Diversion Tunnel and Baker’s Oven, which was a pleasant walk that meandered through the surrounding bush and incorporated some of the local history along the way. The Haughtons Flat Diversion Tunnel is a Victorian gold rush diversion tunnel on the Nicholson River. It is located at the southern end of the former Deptford township, approximately 35 km north of Bairnsdale. The tunnel is approximately 50 m long and was built in the mid-1800s to divert the river's flow and allow gold mining in the area. This walk also includes the site of the township cemetery and ‘Baker’s Oven,’ It was a great way to explore the area's history and learn about the early settlers' struggles and achievements in this beautiful part of the world. The walk was approximately 1 hour return.



Overall, our camping trip with Khaos and Rogue was an unforgettable experience. It was great to see how much they loved being in the wilderness and how they enjoyed the freedom of running around and exploring.


If you're a pet lover and want to go on an adventure with your furry friends, we highly recommend visiting the High Country and exploring the many pet-friendly campgrounds and hiking trails it has to offer.

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