Entry to the Reserve is after approx 5km of good quality dirt road (no concerns for trailers, motorhomes, or caravans etc.). There is approx 7 camping area's along an additional 5 km of dirt road that runs parallel to the river. At the entrance to reserve is an unmanned ranger station accepting $5 per night fee's. It has over 100 structured camp sites, with each area having between approx. 10 and 30 campsites. Each area has a toilet (hole in ground with roof), with the larger areas also having new recently built toilet 'blocks' with more modern toilets.
Each area has different size campsites, with many of the sites (at least half) also having a wooden picnic table and steel bbq plate/stand. Many (the vast majority ... all?) campsites also have fire pits (holes dug into ground, coals) from previous visitors. Wood for a fire is plentiful, with a tomahawk useful/required to get some larger logs from fallen tree's etc. otherwise lots of groundwood/kindling is all around.
The river is small (more a creek) but has lots of drinkable water (I still carry my own in some plastic jerry cans). I say drinkable because it's very clear and tasted great, but we still used our own for drinking and cooking since it was right beside us and we didn;t have to fetch/carry any from the river to our site. You could paddle in the river, but I doubt there would be any spots deep enough to swim in, certainly none I saw. There is plenty of sign posted walking tracks all along the reserve, and 4 or 6 bridges (some being bouncy/suspension, which my daughter loved) for accessing the walking tracks. We did a 5km return hike to see a terrific natural waterfall, and soothed our feet in the water pools below it.
Directions: From Melbourne, travel along the Melba Highway to the intersection of Murrindindi Road just before Devlins Bridge. Turn right and drive 10 km to the Reserve.
We (myself, wife, and 2.5yo) stayed a couple of weeks back (mid Dec.) for a weekend and it was a terrific spot. Virtually deserted, there was only us in the whole camping area we stayed in (Bull Creek area, 5km along dirt road from start of reserve), with the other areas between us and the start of the reserve only having a few campers or none.
Map (via toiletmap.gov.au) ... http://www.toiletmap.gov.au/browse.aspx ... cfd7330f3f
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) :
The Murrindindi Scenic Reserve, situated in the northern end of the Toolangi State forest, provides excellent opportunities for recreational activities such as camping, bushwalking, picnicking, horse riding, fishing and mountain bike riding. The area comprises a variety of environments, including tumbling waterfalls, soaring Mountain Ash forests and damp fern-filled gullies. The reserve is a very popular camping venue with approximately 100 campsites scattered along several kilometres of the banks of the Murrindindi River. Most sites and their surrounds are flat and provide reasonable access for people with disabilities.
http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/CA256F310024B ... +Guide.pdf
http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/DSE/nrenfor.n ... A40011DC7F