Monday, August 21, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

10 Best Camping Spots in Australia

There’s no doubt about it—Australia has some of the best camping in the world! Whether you are a tent camper or trailer camper, you’ll find endless options for camping Down Under. Check out these excellent camping spots in a variety of Australian environments.
 

Islands:

Fraser Island. Besides being the world’s largest sandy island, Fraser Island is also a great place to engage in all sorts of fun activities. If you stay here, you can hike all around the island and enjoy the many things it offers. Stunning views of the top are located at Indian Head and the Cathedrals, while strips of powdery sand welcome sunbathers and sand castle architects. There are a few safe, protected areas for splashing around, and most coastal areas offer great fishing.
 
Fraser
Moreton Island

Moreton Island in Queensland is the ideal place to camp if you love watersports and the ocean. This area is perfect for many activities, and it’s far away enough from the mainland to escape the bigger crowds. If you visit, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, or you can jump into the water and explore the marine life. Snorkeling and diving are popular activities, especially because of the dive site and dolphin feeding opportunities. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a whale!
 
Moreton Island
Beaches:
 
Jervis Bay

For the whitest sand in the world, head to Jervis Bay. This is one of the loveliest beaches you’ll ever find, and it offers more than just camping opportunities. Crystal-clear waters invite visitors to dive in, and a fringe of protective green forest makes Murray Beach feel practically untouched. Here, you’ll also encounter seals and dolphins. If you like, you can rent equipment for boating, paddle boarding, fishing, and more.
 
Jervis Bay
 
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Although the beach at Wilsons Promontory National Park is the main draw, there are also some other things to do here. Wilson’s Promontory Lighthouse is a great destination for a hiking excursion, as is the more challenging Mount Oberon Summit trail. Of course, you can’t miss the beaches, even with all the hiking trails! Squeaky Beach and the less popular Norman Beach are both worth a trip.
 
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Rainforest:
 
Litchfield National Park

Lose yourself in nature when you visit this beautiful national park! This is definitely one of Australia’s most beloved camping spots. The hidden paradise of the park is just waiting to be discovered, so make sure Litchfield is on your bucket list! The many waterfalls include Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, and Tolmer Falls. All of these are worth a hiking trip up the park’s lovely trails. Once you get your fill of waterfalls, be sure to check out the Magnetic Termite Mounds, a weird but awesome nature site that kids are sure to love.
 
Litchfield National Park
Kakadu National Park

If you find yourself in Australia’s Northern Territory, you can’t miss a campout in Kakadu National Park. This park has endless places to discover—some well-known, and some relatively hidden. Come learn about the thousands of species in the park, see the Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr, wander through the trails, and stand in awe at the sight of thundering waterfalls. While you’re there, stop into the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center to learn about the life of the area’s Aboriginals and the marks their ancestors left behind.
 
Kakadu National Park
Mountains:
 
Grampians National Park

This park is one of the coolest places to camp in Australia’s wilderness. Sandstone mountains rise high above the valleys, creating patterns of light and shadow across the park. Here, you’ll find marsupials (like wallabies) and beautiful flowers in full bloom. Learn about the Aboriginals who have made this place their home for hundreds of years, and imagine what it would be like to live your whole life in Grampians National Park. It’s too bad you can only escape to this campsite for a few days!
 
Grampians National Park
Bunya Mountains National Park

Queensland is home to many beautiful locations, and one of the best is Bunya Mountains National Park. This park is filled with subtropical rainforests that carpet the mountains in a brilliant green. Enjoy the verdant beauty of nature when you camp here, far away from the cacophony of traffic and the bright lights of the city. Bunya Mountains have a lot to love: waterfalls, a huge variety of wildlife, and incredible summit hiking trails lend a timeless feel to this beautiful park.
 
Bunya Mountains National Park
Desert:
 
Yulara

The campground in Yulara is the only campground anywhere near Uluru, the huge red monolith also known as Ayer’s Rock. If you want to see Uluru in all its glory but don’t want to stay in a hotel, check out this unique desert camping area. Experience local Aboriginal culture and legends as you stay in a cabin or campsite. This little patch of green in the vast red desert is an oasis where you can enjoy the best of the area’s walking paths, traditional arts, natural wonders, and more.
 
Yulara
Purnululu National Park

Enjoy the beauty of the open wilderness in Purnululu National Park. This park contains the Bungle Bungle Range, an otherworldly expanse of interesting mountains and valleys. It also includes Echidna chasm, a geologic adventure and one-of-a-kind hiking experience. Stay in the middle of the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of this desert park! There are two campgrounds within the park where you can pitch your tent.
 
Purnululu National Park
 

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