The great escape
We’re spoiled for choice with camping locations in Australia. Here are some ideas to help you pick the perfect destination for your trip.
Finding the perfect spot to camp is a cinch. Have a think about where in the wilderness you want to wake up in the morning, and let that be your guide. Coastal, riverside, forest or farm, start doing a bit of local research and you’ll find you might not have to venture far to find a spot that feels a world away.
Ask seasoned camper friends to share their favourite local gems, check in at your state’s parks department or think back to where you used to go on school trips as a youngster. You only need to get far enough away to escape the light pollution from the city and the skies will open up their treasure.
Here are some great online resources to check out.
Two mates with a passion for camping started this site to help people easily find information on local campsites. Search by state, refine by need and away you go. Using ‘the vibe’ rating system, they compare campgrounds and take into account factors including access, facilities and serenity. They’ve got some nifty ‘how to’ guides as well.
A simple website and blog run by a family who loves to camp. They’ve got reviews of campsites around Australia, equipment reviews from coffee makers to airbeds and a brilliant collection of ‘top 10’ lists – ‘10 beginner camping mistakes’ might be handy one for novices to read!
ExploreAustraliais a Melbourne-based publisher and specialist in planning an outback adventure. The site offers plenty of inspiration on where to camp, national parks and kid-friendly activities, and the blog is a useful resource on topics including lighting a campfire, 4WD tracks and natural photography.
State park websites
Don’t miss checking out your state’s park website before you go – they share important information on bushfire safety, park closures, local alerts, booking information and permit requirements.