RV Camping Australia
Australia has many enticing places to park your RV. (Photo: Streamlined Motor Homes image by K. Geijer from Fotolia.com )
Australia is a huge continent with varied terrain, many parks and places to visit. Australians are well-known outdoor enthusiasts so visitors have a wide range of activities to choose from, such as surfing, hiking, kayaking, hang-gliding, yoga, mountain biking and rafting. While it may be nearly impossible to cover the entire country by road, visitors can choose one or two regions that appeal to them and visit many parks and campgrounds in an RV.
New South Wales
New South Wales is a diverse region, encompassing rain forests, coastline, deserts, forests and mangrove swamps. The region is home to 600 national parks and conservation areas. Most national parks have campgrounds equipped for RV camping. Just a few examples of the many outdoor activities available in New South Wales parks include hiking among the waterfalls at Coolah Tops National Park, bird-watching in the old-growth forest at Fortis Creek National Park or swimming and sea kayaking at Jervis Bay National Park. The region also has many RV parks, which they call "caravan parks" and family campgrounds, for a slightly more relaxed, comfortable experience. Most family campgrounds include play areas for children, outdoor pools, showers and toilets, and organized activities such as volleyball, tennis and bike rentals.
Just off the coast near Adelaide, campers can settle into a caravan park with family activities, then day-trip out on the water to sail and look for dolphins or Southern Right Whales. Jet boating is another popular, high-adrenaline activity available in this region. Or, leave all the creature comforts behind and hike the desert trails of the famous Outback. Camping is available throughout the Outback at parks such as Witjira National Park. The Desert Parks Pass gives visitors access to camping facilities at all of the five desert parks. At Coorong National Park on the Limestone Coast, kayaking and water sports take paddlers from the sandy beach to the park's many lagoons. South Australia is also home to Naracoorte National Park and the Naracoorte Caves, a World Heritage Site. Camp inside the park and venture into the caves to view fossils of long-extinct animals.
Queensland is home to the many islands in and around the Great Barrier Reef. The region offers snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, surfing and sea kayaking for active vacationers. Those looking for a more relaxed experience can go for walks along the sand or simply sunbathe on the miles of sandy beaches along the Sunshine Coast. RV camping is available in most of the region's several hundred national parks, as well as at privately run caravan parks. Most campgrounds offer showers and toilet facilities, electric hookups and picnic areas.
Victoria, located in the southeast corner of the continent, is largely rugged wilderness. It is a small state but encompasses rainforest, grasslands and coastal areas. Campers can park their RV at one of 35 national parks or more than 500 private campgrounds, caravan parks and motor home resorts. At Mount Buffalo National Park, campers can swim and canoe at Lake Catani, hike between waterfalls and granite formations, and go rock-climbing. Croajingolong National Park hugs the coast of Victoria's East Gippsland region where an extensive network of trails allows visitors to go for short hikes or through-trek for a number of days along the coast. And at Lake Eildon National Park in the Central Highlands district, families can enjoy mountain biking, fishing, swimming and boating.
Western Australia, the largest state in the country, covers forested land, deep gorges and sandy beaches. Coral reefs are accessible from the coast and offer scuba diving and snorkeling. The sand dunes and arid plains of the interior create a different environment ideal for hiking, biking and nature watching. More than 50 national parks and 300 private campgrounds and caravan parks provide a base for your RV while you explore the karri forest of Brockman National Park, the limestone cliffs of Cape Range National Park or the sandy beaches of Stokes National Park.
Very few parks in the rugged Northern Territory allow camping. Many are sites of sacred aboriginal art and wildlife refuges. But Gregory National Park allows RVs and gives campers the opportunity to canoe, boat, hike and fish. One of the most famous sites in Australia, Kakadu National Park covers about 12, 400 square miles of marshland, tidal flats and hills. There are several campgrounds within the park, all with access to hiking where you can walk alongside cliffs bearing ancient aboriginal rock paintings. Boating on the South Alligator River gives an opportunity for bird watching and wildlife spotting.