Australia is jampacked with opportunities to go camping in the great outdoors, especially with its wide variety of different terrains and vast lands. There’s so many good places to camp and it’s amazing that there are heaps of marked trails for visitors to hike, all around the country. To make things easier with choosing where to camp when visiting Australia, here’s five of the best camping spots around the country that you should check out:
1. Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory
Camping at the Ormiston Gorge is easy as there are barbecue and bathroom facilities available on the site. Drinking water supply is limited here so remember to pack your own water just in case. It’s essential to make bookings because it can be quite a popular area to camp at due to its bushwalking, wildlife, swimming and lookouts.
Ormiston Gorge is perfect for swimming especially during Spring and Summer. There’s a visitor centre just 500m away and the waterhole has two short designated walking paths. If you’re staying longer since you’re camping, you can take on the 3-4 hour loop track instead called the Ormiston Pound Walk. This circuit follows the rocky slope and loops back along the gorge. Native plants and animals are abundant in this area so keep your eyes peeled.
2. Karijini, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
At Karijini National Park, you can have an amazing outback camping experience at either the Dales Gorge Public Campground, the Karijini Eco Retreat which is catered to people who want more luxury in their camping or the Savannah Campground. This area is very remote so you need to bring all your necessities with you! It’s so remote that there’s no mobile phone coverage although there’s a public telephone you can use at the nearby visitor centre.
There’s so much to see and do at Karijini – it typically takes a few days to get the most out of it. You’ll find heaps of extraordinary gorges and rock pools along the many available walks in the area.
3. Green Patch Camping Area, Booderee National Park, New South Wales
An excellent choice of campsite to enjoy the beauty of Jervis Bay is at the Green Patch camping area, which has plenty of activities to do nearby such as hitting the surf, snorkelling, fishing, hiking through the bush and bike riding. Jervis Bay is well-known for its very white sanded beaches, Hyams Beach in particular. Toilet and shower facilities as well as barbecues are available at the site.
There are interesting cultural tours available at Booderee National Park – as the national park is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, there is an Aboriginal cultural program that is actively running which includes bush tucker walks, stories of the area’s past and traditional Koori games to entertain the kids.
4. The Fortress, Grampians National Park, Victoria
At this spot you likely won’t even need a tent to camp out. If the weather’s fine, you can just roll out a sleeping bag and sleep under the stars on the overhang that overlooks the landscape of the Grampians. This is actually the first stop on a 3 day long hike that goes for a total of 27.3km so if you’re into hiking that’s a bonus in planning your trip to this national park. There are also shorter day walks that let you enjoy the landscape of the rugged sandstone ranges.
5. Waldheim Cabins, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania
Camping spots are limited at Cradle Mountain and they aren’t free, so you’ll have to pay campground and cabin fees. Camp out at the Waldheim cabins which are located 5km within the national park. There are 8 cabins to choose from and they have all the basic amenities you need for your stay. If you’re looking for a cabin in the woods experience and want to go wombat spotting at night time, this is your perfect stop. Otherwise, there are multi-day tracks that go around Cradle Mountain.