You don’t have to go far to find yourself among some of Australia’s dramatic, rugged landscapes.
From coastal oases to mountain top nooks, here are five camping sites that are going on our list for the looming warmer months.
Mount Crawford Forest, Adelaide Hills SA
Pitch your tent among an old pine plantation in the shadow of Mount Crawford, an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Rocky Paddock Campground features 30 camping sites with accessible toilets, as well as fire pits and picnic tables. There’s easy access to scenic hikes, such as the Heysen Trail; Australia’s longest dedicated walking trail and extends 1200 kilometres from Cape Jervis to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.
Book here – forestrysa.com.au
Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Litchfield National Park NT
Accessible only by 4WD, Tjaynera Falls is a stunning campground surrounded by natural waterfalls, towering magnetic termite mounds, inviting swimming holes and walking tracks. Located within Litchfield National Park, 90 kilometres south of Darwin, the limited-access falls offer a quiet, idyllic weekend away. Once the day trippers clear out, you’ll enjoy the peaceful hum of the bush as you sleep under a dazzling night sky, far from any overpowering light pollution.
Find out more here – northernterritory.com
Mount Feathertop, Alpine National Park VIC
The views from Mount Feathertop, Victoria’s second-highest peak, are well worth the challenging hike up. Part of the Victorian Alps, Mount Feathertop is linked to nearby Mount Hotham ski resort by The Razorback; a high, narrow ridge that can be hiked. Mount Feathertop is often conquered via this 22-kilometre trail and capped off by an overnight stay at Federation Hut. Here, you’ll have access to toilets, picnic shelters and camping sites that sit among Snow Gums.
Learn more here – parks.vic.gov.au
Turon Gates, Blue Mountains National Park NSW
Around 2.5 hours from Sydney, Turon Gates Mountain Retreat is splayed out across 6000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, humming with native wildlife. From bushwalking to paddling the Turon River and taking a trail ride with one of the property’s horses, a stay at Turon Gates promises a totally immersive experience, whether you arrive for a traditional camping getaway, or opt for a glamping tent or rustic cabin.
Book here – turongates.com
Noah Beach, Cape Tribulation QLD
For a summer camping trip with plenty of hiking, paddling and beach-bumming, few places compare to Noah Beach. With the Great Barrier Reef on one side and the Daintree Rainforest on the other, this remote beachside campground offers outstanding walking tracks, Indigenous cultural experiences and wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Find out more here – parks.des.qld.gov.au