We often camp at Ayson’s Reserve just outside of Elmore in Victoria. It is on the Campaspe River. Ayson’s is the original site of the Elmore Field Days before it became too large. It is perfectly flat with enough room for what looks like a hundred camps. There are toilets and a dump point. It is well grassed and maintained and stretches for about a kilometre along the river bank. This is a perfect spot to be in hot or cool weather.
In summer you wake to the screech of cockatoos and the smell of hot dry bush. Which way is the river flowing? Who cares it doesn’t matter. Emerald green willows dip in the water. Noisy galahs and corellas chatter and every so often a water hen honks. It is reminiscent of the Murray. The community is friendly and you can unhook and drive in to town for a look around Elmore and nearby Rochester. There are four pubs in Rochester and The Shamrock puts on a very good lunch.