Best Camping in Australia
These are Australia’s ten best camping areas. Don’t trust us? Ask the camping expert.
Kerryn Burgess has the enviable job title of camping expert, which basically means she gets to camp around Australia for work. Her latest book, Australiaâs Best Camping, reveals her pick of the top 100 camping spots around Australia. But even an expert has to have favourites, and here are Kerryn’s picks.
The best, most memorable camping in Australia (and therefore the world) can be found in the Whitsundays. And thatâs no exaggeration. With white-sand beaches, warm azure water, lazy snorkelling and tiny campgrounds for just a handful of campers at a time, this really is paradise found. You can take your pick from campsites including Whitehaven Beach, Crayfish Beach, Maureens Cove, Planton Island, Denman Island, Sawmill Beach and Paddle Bay.
If the Edith River flowed with cold beer and water nymphs provided free massages, Leliyn might be a better campground than it is â but only just. Itâs the Top End campground of your fantasies, with a freshwater pool and great facilities.
Superb bushwalking and views youâll remember for life at the best campground on Tasmaniaâs east coast. Every campsite has been designed for maximum view impact. Once youâve soaked in the view, take one of the many walks.
Australiaâs wildest, most rugged, most exhilarated coastal camping â and a close community of campers to swap stories with around the campfire. Itâs a camping experience youâll never forget.
Tidal River is the biggest and the best national park campground in Victoria, with superb walking tracks and activities to rival WetânâWild. With its hot showers, supermarket and coffee, Tidal River is closer to a camping town than a regular campsite. But with a spectacular wilderness at your tent flap, you donât need the campsite to be wild too.
These gorgeous, private, bushy campsites have easier access to more native wildlife than any zoo, with wallabies at the campground and seals and sea lions not far away.
Dales camping area or Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Vast, remote gorges and dramatic landscapes in the heart of the Pilbara make for the camping experience of a lifetime â one the author found more valuable than a share in Gina Rinehartâs Pilbara operation.
The Basin is a huge, grassy, shaded area that has access to all the coves, beaches, headlands and views that make the coast north of Sydney so special.
Youâll find a sparkling beach backed by bushland and birdlife at Green Patch, plus whales if youâre lucky. The campsite itself is also kind of sparkling, with tall trees, secluded areas, private corners â oh, and that extraordinary white sand beach.
Bald Rock Creek camping area is a beautiful and sympathetic blend of natural elements and functional campsites with access to one of the best collections of day walks in the region.