Ten Best Australian Camping Locations in 2023
Australia has campsites that make you think you are on a different planet, from the outback to beaches with blinding turquoise waters and white sandy beaches; Australia offers amazing camping spots to get close to nature.
Some require booking in advance while others are free, but one thing is certain camping in Australia is for everyone even if you don’t know how to pitch a tent. You can even opt for glamping which is actually glamorous camping. It gives you the opportunity to experience the greatness of Australia without sacrificing comfort.
You swap campfire food for five-course meals and a sleeping bag for fine linen and plump pillows. One thing that stays the same though, you stay in a tent. It is the five-star way to camp.
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1. Ngarigo – Kosciuszko National Park
In the magnificent Snowy Mountains Region in the Kosciuszko National Park are numerous free campsites, but our recommendation is Ngarigo. It is just off one of the Park’s major roads and along the Thredbo River which gives you an incredibly scenic setting.
Campers have an abundance of activities close to nature that includes hiking, mountain biking and bushwalking trails. It is a popular brown and rainbow trout fishing spot along the Thredbo River, and you can choose to paddle or canoe down the river as well or enjoy snow sports down the Snowy Mountains.
You don’t need to book a campsite and the sites are not marked either. Simply arrive and pitch your tent where you like. Facilities at the camp include toilets, barbeque facilities and picnic tables.
You will always hear “you must see Uluru”, however, at the same time you will also hear, “do not climb it”, so what to do, drive for hours to check out the famous red rock and its surrounding area?
No certainly not, we assure you, you do not want to miss it and both tourists and locals can do it is the best way there is, camping and exploring the magnificent centre of Australia. Ayers Rock is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you can pitch your tent 15 km from Uluru under the shade of the desert oaks of the campgrounds. Facilities here include self-service laundry, outdoor kitchen and BBQ facilities, swimming pool, Volleyball Court, free shuttle bus, etc.
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3. Cylinder Beach – Stradbroke Island
Stradbroke Island is a prime destination for locals and tourists and a region you simply have to see in your lifetime. One of the Island’s best camping spots is the north-facing Cylinder Beach camping ground. This is one of the most iconic surfing spots on the island and the unique location of the grounds protect you from prevailing winds.
The list of things to do on Stradbroke Island is endless but if you are unfamiliar with it or a tourist looking for a place to camp when you are looking for excellent surf you will not be disappointed.
You will experience wildlife interactions whale watching, swimming and surfing, stand-up paddle, scuba and snorkelling, sandboarding, fishing and so much more.
The camping grounds offer you great facilities you would not expect from staying on the beach like free Wi-Fi, picnic areas, BBQ facilities, dishwashing and washing machines, water, power and toilet & shower facilities.
4. Hamelin Bay Holiday Park
One of Australia’s many must-see and experience places is the Margaret River region. There s no better way to explore the area and stay on the cheap by camping in the area. Our favourite camping spot when you want to enjoy nature and beach life too is Hamelin Bay.
The Bay is 30 km south of Margaret River and 15 km north of Augusta which gives you the opportunity to explore both regions. That is if you have time to tear yourself away from the beautiful Hamelin Bay.
The camping spot is on a sweeping side of the pristine waters of the wide bay where you are guaranteed of safe swimming, boating, diving and fishing throughout the year. Just offshore is gorgeous caves and wrecks that gives you excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. You have plenty of facilities while roughing it too like cooking and bathroom facilities.
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5. Port Arthur – Tasmania
Tasmania is another must-see and must-do location and there is no better way to experience it than a Port Arthur camping trip. Port Arthur Holiday Park is on Garden Point Road with outstanding water views.
This location is just a 16 minutes’ drive from the abundance of local attractions like the Remarkable Cave and Eaglehawk Neck. Also, are you four minutes from Port Arthur Historic Site and opposite Stewarts Bay State Reserve.
You have so much to explore from bushwalking, hiking and climbing, witnessing the power of nature with extraordinary geological formations, boat cruises and water activities plus many more.
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6. Airlie Beach – Island Gateway
When you are ready to chill and explore the Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach, pitch your tent at Airlie Beach. Not only will you have an amazing camping experience with plenty of campsites in the area but try our recommended, Island Gateway Holiday Park.
The park is only ten minutes away from the main Airlie Beach where you can surf, swim and enjoy the sensational beach. Excellent things to do include fishing from the rocks, bushwalks, daily sailing trips, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and much more.
7. Tamworth 2020 Camping
Are you getting ready for the largest music festival in Australia with more than 2800 events and 700 artists? The TCMF Tamworth 2020 in January is around the corner and we show you the best places to book for your 2023 Australian adventure.
The prime camping spot for 2020 is the Riverside Camping Grounds. It is mere minutes’ walk from Tamworth CBD where the musical action is and next to Peel River. Book in time for the 2020 music festival as the camping sites is not numbered or pre-allocated.
8. Cape Leveque – Kooljaman
When you want a camping experience of a lifetime do not miss out on one of Australia’s and the world’s most remote places. Fly from Perth to the outback town of Broome and travel 220 km north to The Kimberley, which is one of the most precious wilderness regions in the world.
Here you have the best of both worlds as it is an area three times the size of England. It is abundant of prolific wildlife, freshwater swimming holes, majestic canyons and the 22 km long Cable Beach.
The Kooljaman is at Camp Leveque which is a wilderness camp with a diversity of natural wonders. Here you can choose to rough it at camps with no power on the western beach, or powered camps too. Other camping includes camping shelters right on the beach, mini safari tents, log cabins and safari tents for those who love their luxuries while camping.
9. Paperbark Camp – Jervis Bay
Do you love camping but the idea of pitching your own tent and packing the car with all of your camping gear is something you do not wish to face? Choose the comfort and style of a glamping experience at Paperbark Camp. Here you have luxury tented accommodation while getting close to nature.
Paperbark Camp is part of the Shoalhaven region, which is in Jervis Bay, 190 km to Sydney’s south. While the area has an abundance of natural treasures, the clear and calm waters of the bay with its pristine bush landscapes and white sandy beaches is the jewel in its crown.
The camping ground is on the shores of the bay, 4 km from Huskisson and close to Hyams Beach and Vincentia.
Choose one of 13 safari-style canvas tents that are high in the soaring paperbarks and eucalyptus trees which gives you the added advantage of catching the sea breeze, added safety and gorgeous views.
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10. Bubble Tent Australia
Something you might not even be aware of is Bubble Tent, which is an Australian first. It is a new and unexpectedly surprising innovation and a camping style that you will love. Approximately 200 km north-west from Sydney between Mudgee and Lithgow is a working farm and this is where this gem camping spot is located
This camping spot overlooks the world’s second-biggest canyon which is also one of the most important bird watching sanctuaries in the worlds. Here you have actual bubble tents overlooking a stunning gully. It offers you a camping experience with a difference that allows you to plug as close to nature as possible while you marvel at the magnificent night sky throughout the night.
Secret lookouts give you the chance to experience the wildlife of birds of prey which includes the Australian wedge-tailed eagle, wild goats, wombats and kangaroos. With only three tents to choose from you need to book in advance as no other tents allowed. It features an outdoor shower, fire pit, telescope and a variety of beds like a love swing, or hammock or a floating bed.
Within an hour’s drive of your camping spot you also have a wine tasting in Mudgee, eco-tours of Wolgan and Capertee Valley, abseiling, hiking and trekking, fishing spots in Lake Lyell and Windamer Dam and so much more.
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We hope you enjoyed our list of best Australian camping places in 2020 and if you know of any others, please leave us your comments.