The Best Camping Spots in Australia

Explore some of Australia's best camping spots from tropical paradises to rugged coastlines! From Mungo National Park to Cowes Foreshore Holiday Park - find out where to go for your next camping adventure.

The Best Camping Spots in Australia

Australia is a vast and beautiful country, with a wide variety of landscapes and climates. From the lush rainforests of New South Wales to the rugged coastline of Tasmania, there are plenty of amazing camping spots to explore. Whether you're looking for a secluded spot to relax or an adventure-filled getaway, here are some of the best camping spots in Australia. Mungo National Park in New South Wales is home to the famous Millaa Millaa waterfalls.

Surrounded by lush rainforest and Queensland's highest mountain, Mount Bartle Frere, this tropical paradise is a great place to camp. Binna Burra Lodge's Rainforest Campsite offers the perfect base camp for exploring the park's waterfalls, enjoying the incredible views, and taking part in activities like rappelling down cliffs and hiking the 165-meter (540-foot) zip line that crosses the treetops. On New South Wales' picturesque Sapphire Coast, you'll find NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort. The Neck is an isthmus of white, calcareous sand surrounded by shrubs and tall grasses and swept by the Tasman Sea.

On the north side is the wooden staircase that leads to the iconic panoramic viewpoint, while on the south side, there is a hidden campsite in plain sight. Protected behind sand dunes and in the middle of a forest of tall eucalyptus trees, this site without electricity from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is just 20 meters from the beach. Bellwether, a small-scale company on the limestone coast of South Australia, offers a bucolic boutique farm and winery experience. Set up your tent among lush grass and ancient chewing gum trees in one of their six sites and enjoy all that this rural retreat has to offer.

In the heart of Jawoyn country lies Leliyn (also known as Edith Falls), a serene waterhole that has captured the hearts of many campers. A few steps from the campsite, you will find natural tiered pools linked by a waterfall that emerge from behind the trees and scrubs like a mirage. Escape the tropical heat of the Top End with a dip in the cool waters of the plunge pool. Charge up your four-wheel drive and set your GPS for Dirk Hartog Island, where you can escape into some of Australia's wildest and most remote terrain.

Located in Shark Bay World Heritage Area, this arid, scrubland island shaped by sand dunes is home to all kinds of wild creatures like sharks, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, dugongs, sea eagles, ospreys, and even Australia's largest loggerhead turtle breeding colony. Snorkel next to cuttlefish and stingrays or follow one of the walking trails to explore some of its hidden pools. Watching the sunset at Steep Point, Western Australia's westernmost point, is quite a spectacle. There are three different family camps available at DHI, all with hot showers and fresh drinking water; two can be reserved for exclusive use with private camping kitchens.

The most intrepid campers or campers on a budget can opt for one of nine basic campsites in the island's national park. The Sunshine State may be best known for its beaches but delve into its lush interior behind Brisbane and Gold Coast and you'll wonder why you haven't visited it sooner. When summer comes around, Mount Barney National Park offers respite from stifling city heat with its rarefied air. Mount Barney Lodge overlooks a stream with Mount Barney as its backdrop and offers activities like rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, mountain expeditions, sailing courses and more. Cowes Foreshore Holiday Park on Phillip Island is another great spot for camping. Not only is it located on beachfront with all amenities you could want but it also offers an authentic experience with its close proximity to local cafes and pubs, old school dairies, boutique breweries and wineries.

Ashlee Salter
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