Start packing the nylon and get ready to cast a line, we’ve come across Australia’s best camping spots with a mega view to boot.
Don’t expect Wi-Fi, room service, or pretty chocolates to stay on your pillows; but expect early morning swims, no crowds, sunrise from your tent, mountain scenes and the good old Aussie outback.
Before you begin your adventure, you’ll want to grab a few camping essentials. Our favorite picks are below:
Now that you’re ready to go, read on for the best camping spots in Australia.
The Best Camping Sites In South Australia
Coorong National Park
You’ll find this awesome campsite with a view just an hour from Adelaide. There are 16 designated beach campsites, perfect for two-person tents or garlands. Here your eyes can enjoy the endless serenity of the beach and at night you will be treated to a blanket of stars above.
The best campsites in New South Wales
Mungo National Park
If camping in a type of landscape that can only be compared to another planet is on your camping agenda, look no further than Mungo National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage listed park is located in the heart of the Willandra Lakes in South West New South Wales and is known for its very significant archaeological finds, dry lakes, sand dunes, trails nature and its breathtaking stargazing sites. In other words, it’s camping heaven. . Either the main campground or the Belah campground will give you endless desert savannahs.
Camping on the beach is a prime area. For sunrise breakfasts, the sound of crashing waves, and constant sand between your toes, you need to pitch a tent at tricky Crescent Head Campground. Located in Goolawah Regional Park, this back-to-basics campground is for those of you who want to rough it, in other words, it’s remote enough and you’ll want to come packed and prepared. What makes this campsite with a view even better is that it also allows dogs!
Kosciuszko National Park
If you’re daring enough to put on your shoelaces and tackle the main trail loop of Kosciuszko National Park, spoiler alert, you’re in all the glacial landscapes (all protected by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). This beautiful walking trail will take you through the iconic Snowy River, Hedley Tarn, Blue Lake and wildflower meadows in summer. It will also take you to the top of Australia along the main range of Mt Kosciuszko where you will have views of the Australian Alps in just about every direction and there are many scenic campsites along the way.
Queensland’s Best Campsites
Great Sandy National Park
K’gari (Fraser Island)
If heaven was a place on earth, let’s just say it definitely looks like a seaside campsite in the Great Sandy of K’gari National Park. Before settling here, you will need to travel to purchase a camping permit (which can be done up to six months in advance). Take note of the different camping areas here, there is beach camping to the east and west, but if you ask us, the east area of the island in the Waddy Point area should be your go-to .
Bartle Frere Trail
Wooroonooran National Park
Along the beautiful Bartle Frere Trail in Wooroonooran National Park, you’ll find four different campsites, but if you want a site that also has all the views, head to East Summit Camp. This stellar spot can only be reached on foot but is in an open area with all the open spaces and scenes of Innisfail, so the hike is definitely worth it.
The best campsites in Victoria
Hotham Falls Hike
Alpine National Park
For wilderness camping with unparalleled views, strap in to the Falls to Hotham Trek sites in the Alpine National Park. This three-day hike is jam-packed with snow gum forests, snow grass plains, rocky peaks and historic huts, so let’s just say that while your legs will do most of the work, your eyes will be busy admiring quite majestic landscapes. seen too. There are two campsites on this crossing, Cope Hut Camping Area and Dibbins Hut, each with five sites on tent platforms. Sit back and be enthralled by the glorious light that will highlight the incredible morning scenery.
Mount Buffalo National Park
Lake Catani is any adventurer’s version of paradise, located on the plateau of Mount Buffalo and entirely surrounded by magnificent eucalyptus forest, alpine moors and snow-capped grass plains. With 360 degrees of absolute natural beauty, if you’re an avid photographer, videographer, draftsman, etc., you’ll have plenty to work with here.
The Best Campsites In The Northern Territory
Ellery Creek Big Hole Campground
Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park
The Northern Territory is full of great campgrounds and lush swimming spots. If you’re a fan of both, we think we’ve found the place for you. Located inside the Tjoritja/West Macdonnell National Park, Ellery Creek Big Hole is a pretty magical place to call home. Known as Udepata by the Aranda people, who have always believed it to be a special meeting place as it was always filled with water, the campgrounds here have gas barbecues, restrooms and a number of excellent trails starting from the site.
Easily one of the most beautiful places to camp in Australia, Gunn Point ticks all the boxes when it comes to pitching a tent. Although camping on Murrumujuk beach is no longer allowed, there are still a ton of spots about 10 meters from the edge of the cliff (just to protect against coastal erosion). Locals know this, but if you never make it to the Top End, this place will witness some truly breathtaking sunsets. You can drive along the beach, go fishing, light a campfire, etc. Truly magnificent.
Camping at Tennant Creek’s Devils Marbles is unlike any other campsite in the world, so for sure this campsite should be on your to-do list. When you open your tent here in the morning, you’ll be rewarded with gleaming granite boulders and bright blue skies. Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve offers scenic bush camping with chimneys and be sure to be there well before sunset to take in the stunning colors.
Tjoritja (West MacDonnell National Park)
West Macdonnell Chains
For camping with scenic gorges, rainforests and waterholes, camping in Tjoritja (West MacDonnell National Park) is a no-brainer. There are two main campsites here which boast stunning backdrops, both equally beautiful – at Ellery Big Hole and Redlbank Gorge (however, these only have basic camping facilities ).
The Best Camping Sites In Western Australia
Francois Peron National Park
You’ll find this breathtaking campsite with serious views inside Francois Peron National Park. Surrounded by rocky headlands, vegetation and dunes, Whalebone Campground is a tough place to stay for just one night. When the access track is open, you can access this site by 4×4, otherwise it is best to take it on foot from the Hakea Trail.
Francois Peron National Park
Another gold campsite in Francois Peron National Park includes Camping Gregories which is truly the MVP of beach camping. A super popular site for anyone with a number of fishing rods under their belt, camping here will give you sunsets so beautiful you’ll wonder why you hiked up to Oia in Santorini for the spectacle of late afternoon light. You can access this spot by 4×4.
The best campsites in Tasmania
Lake St. Clair National Park
Get your fix of serious hike-worthy beaches and great camping views along the Overland Track in Lake St Clair National Park. There are various camping pitches with and without electricity available here and all of them give you a full view of moss-covered ancient rainforests, deep river gorges, alpine moors and glacial lakes.
Don’t forget to stock up on all these camping essentials to energize your outdoor adventures.
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