Looking for an outdoor adventure? Discover our insider hit list for 10 of the best camping locations across the country - from bush to beach.
Every year, thousands of Aussies flock to vampsites near and far to enjoy the great outdoors. But where to go? The choices seem endless, so we spoke to seasoned camper Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt, media personality and ambassador for leading outdoors brand Coleman®.
Here Peter shares 10 of the best campsites across this great southern land.
1. Yalgorup National Park (WA)
Lying just a few short hours south of Perth, Yalgorup is made up of ten lakes that run in a chain. There are great bushwalking tracks and the opportunity to catch some amazing wild birds like black swans, kingfishers and parrots. Fishing and swimming at Preston Beach is another highlight, as well as viewing The Thrombolites; unique rock-like formations made up of tiny micro-organisms. Incredible!
2. Lake Eidlon National Park (VIC)
Lake Eildon is only a 2 hour drive north-east of Melbourne and lies in the foothills of Victoria’s Central Highlands on Lake Eildon. Let your kids be adventurers and try water-skiing and mountain bike riding! In the meantime, relax and enjoy boating, fishing, or taking a bushwalk through the open woodlands.
3. The Grampians (VIC)
Boasting amazing waterfalls, hiking, bike-riding, rock-climbing and fishing The Grampians is an all-round favourite for most seasoned campers. There is also a great network of roads so you can explore the surrounding villages by car.
4. Barmah National Park (VIC)
One of Australia’s most famous camping destinations, the Murray River, spans throughout Victoria and New South Wales. Pitch your tent at the Barmah National Park, part of the largest Red River Gum forest in the world that’s full beautiful wildlife and scenery. Spend your days horseback riding, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing in the lakes, and soaking up the picturesque surrounds.
5. Oasis Tourist Park (SA)
The Flinders Range is famous for Coober Pedy, known as the opal capital of the world, where you try your luck noodling for your own opal! Chill out at the Oasis Tourist Park which is especially outfitted with a baby’s bath and a children’s play area so perfect for families of all ages. Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre to learn about the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden and enjoy!
6. Fraser Island (QLD)
A big camping must-do in my books is the famous Fraser Island. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Fraser Island is the world’s biggest sand island and is made up of a unique and stunning landscape that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Explore the island on a 4WD guided-tour or just take a stroll along the walking tracks through rainforest or across the sand dunes. Everyone in the family is guaranteed to love it!
7. Alice Springs (NT)
Take the whole family to experience Alice Springs, widely considered to be the spiritual heart of Australia. Choose to trek along the famous Larapinta Trail, check out the spectacular sandstone bluffs in Rainbow Valley, or cool off at one of the many swimming holes in the MacDonnell Ranges. Absolutely stunning and a serious once-in-a-lifetime experience.
8. Barrington Tops (NSW)
Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, Barrington Tops has one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia and offers easy walks, overnight hikes, and some great fishing and sightseeing spots. Discover crashing waterfalls and take a family picnic near the Gloucester Falls picnic area.
9. The Blue Mountains (NSW)
Famous for their cool climate and breath-taking scenery, there’s plenty of great camping spots just a short drive from Sydney. Try a day of horse-riding, get the kids together for a tour of the Jenolan Caves, or feed the kangaroos at the Featherdale Wildlife Park! The cooler temperate means you can all snuggle together in a tent and tell bedtime stories.
10. Myrtle Park (TAS)
Myrtle Park in Tasmania lies along the banks of the St. Patrick’s River and will entertain your whole family with a picnic area, showers, and a play area for the kids. Get your family active with bushwalking, spend an evening fishing for fresh trout, and get the kids together to do some platypus watching!
Do you have a favourite local camping spot? Let us know!