Live life outdoors: best camping spots in Australia
Australia is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque countries in the world.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for rolling hills, pristine beaches, lush rainforests or arid plains, our beautiful country has it all.
From the adventurous rookie to the fearless explorer, this list of the best camping spots in Australia has something for everyone.
Easy-access campgrounds for a relaxing weekend away
Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, NSW
Just a three-hour drive from both Sydney and Canberra, Booderee National Park is a tranquil getaway perfect for a family holiday.
Meaning ‘bay of plenty’ in the local Dhurga language, Booderee is home to white sandy beaches and crystal clear water as well as beautiful bushwalking trails the whole family can enjoy.
It’s also kid-friendly, with the park hosting an assortment of children’s activities during the school holidays such as campfire yarns, bush tucker sessions and Aboriginal tools and technology classes.
Dawsons Spring, Mt Kaputar National Park, NSW
Perched on the side of a mountain in the Mt Kaputar National Park, this popular campground offers an array of experiences depending on which time of year you visit.
Go there during autumn for ideal temperatures for bushwalking and cycling, or head over in spring to see an abundance of wildlife.
If summer is more your style, relax in the shade offered by the park’s scenic bushland – a cool and picturesque alternative to the heat.
Winter is often considered to be the most beautiful time of year, with a layer of mist surrounding the high plateau area.
Come prepared for the occasional snowfall – the mercury sometimes drops below zero!
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA
The white beach and turquoise waters of Lucky Bay truly make it one of the most charming places to camp in Australia.
Only a 40-minute drive from Esperance, Lucky Bay has everything you could possibly need for a perfect weekend getaway.
Coastal bushwalking, fishing, boating and swimming are just some of the things to do in this idyllic place, and the caravan and camp ground offers picnic areas, solar-heated showers and toilets.
Noah Beach, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, QLD
Take a two-hour drive north of Cairns and you’ll stumble across one of the most naturally beautiful places in the country.
Noah Beach is situated between the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest, meaning you’ll have a great selection of activities at your fingertips.
Be careful though, crocodiles and lace monitors (the second-largest goanna in the monitor lizard family) may be present on the beach, so remain croc wise at all times and try to avoid feeding the monitors.
The campgrounds are also located in a black spot for phone coverage, so switching off from the rest of the world will be easier than ever.
Rugged and challenging camping trips for the seasoned explorer
Mitchell Falls, Mitchell River National Park, WA
The four tiers of the Mitchell Falls in the Kimberley make up one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia.
Accessible only by 4WD – and then an 8.6km hike across some pretty rugged terrain – Mitchell Falls is not for the faint-hearted.
Tourists also have the option of taking a helicopter tour and seeing the falls from the air, but where’s the sense of adventure in that?
The Fortress, Grampians National Park, VIC
Featuring spectacular views of the imposing Fortress structure and surrounding mountainous terrain, the Fortress hiking trail is recommended for experienced and self-sufficient bushwalkers only.
In total, the hike covers about 30km of steep, rugged walking tracks that wind through some of the most striking areas of outback Australia.
This particular track will take three days to complete, however there are single-day tracks in the area for the less intrepid explorer.
Main Range, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
The Main Range hike around Mt Kosciuszko can be completed in about nine hours, but the best way to appreciate the natural beauty of the entire area is to stay overnight.
If you’re keen on seeing all the sights, the total distance is about 28km with a change in elevation of 1200m.
Sights include Mt Townsend and Mt Kosciuszko, as well as the Blue Lake, Lake Albina, Mueller’s Pass and Wilkinsons Creek.
Trust us, the extra few kilometres are worth it if you’re interested in seeing some of the most breathtaking views Australia has to offer.
Poeppel Corner, Simpson Desert National Park, QLD
Poeppel Corner is a gem for any adventurous four-wheel-drivers, located amidst the rolling sand dunes of the Simpson Desert.
It’s a fairly isolated area, so if you’re planning on spending the night out there you’ll need to be completely self-sufficient.
Situated on the spot where Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory meet, Poeppel Corner is the perfect example of Australia’s bewitching desert landscape.
Australia really does have something for every type of camper, so get outside, take advantage of our country’s beautiful landscape and love your life outdoors.