5 Unforgettable Camping Spots in Australia

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By Olivia Williams Jones

No matter how long I’ve lived in this beautiful country, its untamed nature never ceases to amaze me, hence our family tradition to roam the wilderness whenever we possibly can. It does come with its challenges and setbacks, but as soon as we start exploring, all those troubles fade away – and for a mom whose kids are active and curious, that’s a precious feeling!

If you’re looking to see more of Australia, with your family or your friends, you will want to know about those perfect camping spots, and the following five should be on top of your bucket list. Here is my list of 5 Unforgettable Camping Spots in Australia.

Cape Range National Park

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For those among you who are looking into Australia’s national parks, of which there are literally over five hundred, it’s close to impossible to pick a single destination worthy of your trip. Plus, prepare that you’ll always want to see more and come back to the same locations for their breathtaking beauty. Once such example is this extraordinary gorge-laden national park in Western Australia, which is often overlooked for its more famous counterparts. And yet – it’s a slice of paradise for families!

Our personal favorite is camping out on the coast, on Tulki beach, which holds 11 camping spots. A friendly warning: as easy to reach as this spot is, you’ll need your own water supplies and you’ll have to postpone showers, so perhaps more versed wilderness family campers will prefer it. Fall asleep under a clear sky, listening to the crashing waves and far, far away from anything urban.

The East coast

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A more relaxed pick filled with many entertainment and sightseeing options to keep even the fussiest kids occupied, we are very proud of the coastal scenery on the East side of the continent. The best perk? You can even move your journey offshore to some of the best islands in the region, including the famous Fraser Island, and explore the enchanting Whitsunday islands with the help of Scamper boats.

You’ll also get to see the lovely Cairns and Byron Bay, both of which have some great camping spots that are family friendly. Cairns has many well-equipped camping areas for those of you who like to have all the amenities available, while staying just outside of town in Kuranda State Forest is a more “untamed” option.

The many faces of the Gold Coast

Although this little coastal gem technically belongs to the East coast region, it deserves a separate mention here simply because of the level of versatility it offers to campers of all ages and preferences. Yes, that includes you glampers, too, as well as rainforest enthusiasts! The Settlement in the Springbrook National Park is where you’ll find mesmerizing hidden waterfalls and get a chance to hike in nature to your heart’s content.

The key to remember here is that whichever vehicle you choose to roam around in, the roads change swiftly from sandy to paved and rugged in the forest-covered area. If you want to make sure your car can handle it and you’re strapped for time, you can call a reliable mobile mechanic in the Gold Coast to make sure you’re all set for the road. Traveling with kids means we always have to take extra precautions, and it’s worth the effort!

Victoria’s Snowy River

If you’re staying in Melbourne or another urban hotspot in Victoria, this is your perfect chance to see more of this splendid region. A less known location that is perfect both for families and lovers of camping, the Snowy River is the place to go, even though you’d also need to pack your water supply and be willing to spend your time without a flushable toilet nearby. As a part of yet another national park, you can expect to be dazzled by every single sight on the road and upon your arrival to McKillops Bridge.

Fishing fans can find various allowed spots in the vicinity, but make sure you have obtained the needed permits to fish on the premises. Canoes and rafts are another way to explore the area, but always check the forecast to make sure you won’t encounter difficult weather.

The heart of Australia

I honestly think that no worthy Aussie itinerary would be complete without mentioning the epic journey into the red center of the country, where all of its timeless heritage and pristine natural wonders intertwine into a remarkable experience. This is where you’ll see the true outback of Australia, from the famous postcard-worthy Uluru and Kata Tjuta, all the way to Kings Canyon.

You can choose from a variety of intact camping areas, or designated camping and caravan parks with other people sharing the area in case you’d prefer not to be alone. For families on the go, since this is considered one of the best attractions Australia can offer, people with kids travel during school holidays and tend to book in advance – and I’d advise the same for you.

So what do you think about these 5 Unforgettable Camping Spots in Australia? let us know your thoughts. For more adventures far and wide, check out the Travel and Adventure page.

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Olivia is a psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia.

Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is a passionate writer, a traveller, and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family.

Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

35 thoughts on “5 Unforgettable Camping Spots in Australia

  • July 11, 2018 at 1:10 am
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    These are awesome camping spots! If only we have these safe and nice and cool spots like these near our city, I would bring my girls camping every weekend 😀

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  • July 4, 2018 at 7:50 am
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    Havent been to Australia yet, but a lot of my relatives are there. Till now, I never had the inclination of visiting Australia, but your post has changed my mind. I love the outdoors, and definitely going to be checking out the various camping sites in the different national parks.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    Though East Coast sounds the most family friendly place to go, esp with kids, I’m more and more inclined towards Gold Coast! Being lesser known gem has its amazing advantages!

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  • July 3, 2018 at 1:41 am
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    I could camp in all of these spots. Love the scenery of all the areas.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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    I would absolutely love to visit Australia and camping seems like a wonderful place to fully enjoy the land. Love all of your tips!

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  • July 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    Wow I never thought of Australia as somewhere to go camping! You have so many amazing places to camp and at least you get great weather for it!

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  • July 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    these are such beautiful natural locations. would love to camp here!

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  • July 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm
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    Wow! The sunset in Victoria’s Snowy River looks amazing. I can imagine spending the weekend there with a couple of beers and fishing with the guys.

    Will take note of your tip to check the weather prior to the trip.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 11:42 am
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    Victoria snowy river looks incredible. My family and I love camping. We normally book a camp-ground to visit in the fall.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 9:53 am
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    Hi to everyone… I am glad you all find the article useful and I hope you’ll be coming to Australia to explore it yourself. There’s so many places to visit and enjoy …I’ve selected just some of my family visits most. I’ll write around tips and suggestions for first camping trip in Australia what, where and how so that you can gain a better perspective of what to expect and how to prepare. Thank you all for your kind words. 🙂

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  • July 2, 2018 at 6:45 am
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    Really great choices in places. The Gold Coast and the Snowy River look like really beautiful places.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 1:50 am
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    These camping spots look amazing! I’ve never been camping there before and this makes me want to go!

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  • July 1, 2018 at 11:12 pm
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    This is a great list of camping locations in Australia. I have to go camping soon, I really miss that type of experience it’s so fun and relaxing!

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  • July 1, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    These camping spots look amazing! I’d love to visit someday.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    These camping places look fabulous. Australia looks so beautiful and has such amazing places to visit . I hope that one day I get the opportunity to visit these places.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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    A country with so much natural beauty would surely have done great camping holidays and you have just proved this in your post. For me the ones are the Snowy river and national park. I have tried camping once with the kids and it’s a great way to enjoy your holiday and be close to nature. Great post and the photos compliments it sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    I’m going to visit Australia maybe next year and a camping is an experience I have to try here! Thanks for these tips, they will surely help me 🙂 – Amalia

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  • July 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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    These are beautiful camping sites! I think the advice on bringing water is very apt, especially in the desert places.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    Australia must be a wonderful place to camp. You can see the most amazing sites. I’m not so good with the eight legged wildlife though myself.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm
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    All of those look and sound like great camping spots. But if I were to look at any of them, I would have to say Victoria’s Snowy river looks the most amazing of the camping places.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 6:50 am
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    These are amazing camping sites! We used to camp with my family for 13 years but I haven’t done it with my hubby and kid yet.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 1:48 am
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    These camping spots are amazing!! Did you visit all these spots? What a relaxing trip this must have been!

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  • June 30, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    Wow camping in Australia looks incredible. It must be a brilliant experience to have. I would so love to explore the camping in Aus myself one day

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  • June 30, 2018 at 8:48 am
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    I would love to live in Australia someday! As you rightly said, the untamed wilderness is something that really appeals to me and exploring such lovely camping sites is right up my alley. I have to make it to Gold Coast next year when I visit but unfortunately, since I will have only 3 weeks to explore, I won’t be able to make it to all of these places. Thanks for all the lovely suggestions. I find Victoria’s River and Gold Coast particularly appealing.

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  • June 30, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    Wow this is so awesome- I’ve always wanted to visit Australia and this just makes me want to go more!

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  • June 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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    Such a beautiful experience! I’ve only visited Australia once and have never thought about camping trips there! Hopefully I get to come back and do it!

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  • June 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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    I wont lie I had to google “does it snow in Australia” to find the rational behind calling it
    Snowy River! So many unreal spots to camp!

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  • June 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    I’ve heard amazing things about the Gold Coast. I bet camping there is a dream! Which of these locations is your favorite?

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  • June 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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    Oh wow, these places look great. I have never been camping before but would love to go camping here 🙂 Beautiful photos.

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  • June 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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    Australia is a amazing place. There is so much to see and do. I absolutely loved your pictures. I missed visiting Victoria’s Snowy River. Camping there sounds like so much fun.

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  • June 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    I’m not that big on camping (unless it’s glamping!) but I might give it a shot in Australia! The camping spots there all look so beautiful and serene. Springbrook National Park would be my first pick because of the waterfalls!

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  • June 29, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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    Oh my gosh I can’t even pick a favorite here because they all look so gorgeous. I can’t believe I still haven’t made it to Australia yet, but I would honestly love to camp at any of these places. Great post and beautiful photos!

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  • June 29, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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    Australia looks truly beautiful. I really would love to visit one day and camping seems a great adventure over there. Great post!

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  • June 29, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    Honestly, the thought of camping in Australia makes me think that I’ll be eaten by a crocodile! I know that’s completely silly, but it shows how little I know about the country. Snowy River looks idyllic…so maybe I’d try camping in a van or car first! 🙂

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  • June 28, 2018 at 10:10 pm
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    All of these sound awesome! Each one has such a different landscape. The view at the Cape Range one are amazing!

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