"Nelson on the Glenelg River" Nelson by Kate-Me

Nelson Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 25 photos

Nelson is a small coastal village on the Victorian/South Australian border, at the mouth of the Glenelg River.

Having recently bought ourselves an inflatible 2 person Kayak on Ebay for Christmas, my husband and I decided to take our first camping trip after Christmas somewhere where we could try it out properly.

near the South Australian border was one of the closest destinations we could take and still find plenty of water. The water crisis in Victoria is such now that entire lakes in our region are bone dry (with the exception of a lake only 2 kms from our house, so we'd been able to get a bit of practice in before the trip).

So, we set off at 10 am on Feb 1 (Thursday).

At approximately the half way point (2 hours into the journey), we stopped at Hamilton and had a bit of a picnic lunch outside the information centre.

We arrived at the small village of Nelson around 4 pm, and had to revise our idea of going Kayaking on arrival, as a strong wind was blowing against the current, though the day itself was clear and blue and a pleasant 25 degrees.

We got some information at the small visitor information centre to find out about camping.

There are 2 caravan parks, and first we checked out the first one, River Vu, 3.5 stars, just across the road, with a view of the river, but we found it to be very tiny (not much bigger than 1 small paddock) and we’d have been right next to cabins and other tents, with no quiet at all, with just a hedge blocking some of the wind (and some of the view) from the river.

So, we drove about 2 kms out of Nelson to a caravan park we didn’t even know was there, which was much more spacious – more like a little tent/van township, with trees blocking some of the wind, but it was just a semi bush setting, and a long way from the river (2 or 3 kms) so would be defeating the idea of a river holiday.

My third idea was for us to drive to the Princess Margaret Rose caves, about 12 minutes further up the river, where I knew there were also cabins, besides a camping area, so imagined it to be fairly substantial.

Donovan's Landing, just a few kms from Nelson, up river.

Our campsite at Princess Margaret Rose caves.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty location on the river, with cruises & other nature activities
  • Cons:Small place, a little off the beaten track. Hard to see a lot of it if you don't have a boat
  • In a nutshell:An ideal area to explore by canoe or boat at your leisure
  • Last visit to Nelson: Feb 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 16, 2007
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