Escape the hustle: best places to go camping in Australia

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Australia is a large and magnificent country with many different landscapes and terrains to see and explore. It should come as no surprise that some of the best camping spots in the world can be found in the land down under, boasting mega views and historical significance. 

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Great Sandy National Park, K’gari (Fraser Island)

The Great Sandy National Park in K’gari is described by many who visit as a beachfront heaven on earth. Before you head off to set yourself up, you will need to purchase a camping permit, which can be obtained up to six months in advance. 

You have the choice of two prime camping zones along the western and eastern beachfront. While either area is pristine, those familiar with the park would likely choose the east zone at Waddy Point as their go-to spot. 

Mungo National Park, Willandra Lakes

If you prefer your camping spots to look like a landscape from another planet, the Mungo National Park is going to tick every box you have. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed park can be found deep in the Willandra Lakes of South-West NSW, a site known for much more than its spectacular camping spots. 

Willandra Lakes is known for having significant archaeological discoveries, dry lakes, sand dunes, nature trails, and unbelievable stargazing opportunities, making it the ideal place to escape for the ultimate camping trip. 

Falls to Hotham Trek, Alpine National Park

If rugged camping and draw-dropping views are what you look for when choosing your next camping destination, look no further than the Fall to Hotham Trek in Alpine National Park. This three-day hike is jam-packed with snow gum woodlands picked straight from a fairytale book, snowy grass plains, rocky summits, and historic huts, giving you plenty to see and experience. 

There are two campsites to choose from, Cope Hut Camping Area and Dibbins Hut, each containing five sites on tent platforms. These prime locations will give you endless landscape views to enjoy with mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets each day. 

Whalebone Campground, Francois Peron National Park

In Western Australia, Whalebone Campground can be found inside Francois Peron National Park. Surrounded by impressive rocky headlands, lush vegetation, and wild dunes, Whalebone is not a location where you can spend just one night. 

Because the surrounding nature can be on the wild side, you will need to wait for the access track to open, allowing you to reach the campgrounds by 4WD. Alternatively, you can get there on foot via the Hakea Trail. 

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Ellery Creek Big Hole Camping, Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park

The Northern Territory is a prime location when it comes to incredible campgrounds and enticing swimming spots. And if you are looking for the perfect combination of both, the Ellery Creek Big Hole is going to be the ideal place to visit. 

Known as Udepata to the indigenous Aranda people, who have always viewed it as a special meeting place thanks to the abundance of water found here, the grounds include gas BBQs, toilet facilities, and numerous exciting trails that branch off the main campsite. 

Delicate Campground, Crescent Head

Beach camping offers a unique experience that, for many, can’t be matched. From beautiful sunrise breakfasts and the calming sound of waves crashing to the soft sand between your toes, spending some time camping at the Delicate Campground in Crescent Head is going to be a dream come true. 

Situated in the Goolawah Regional Park, it is a fairly back-to-basics campground for those who like to rough it, with a remote location that will need proper preparation and packing to enjoy fully. The area is also dog-friendly, an added bonus for those who love traveling with their furry best friend. 

Gunn Point, Darwin

Gunn Point, in the northern coastal city of Darwin, is easily one of the most beautiful places in Australia to pitch a tent. Camping on Murrumujuk Beach is no longer permitted, but there are many incredible spots located roughly 10 meters back from the cliff edge to choose from. This is done to prevent and protect against further coastal erosion.

Locals will know that the sunsets seen from the Top End will be some of the best you have ever seen, the perfect way to end a day of beach-side driving and fishing. Light a campfire, settle in, and take in your spectacular surroundings. 

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Overland Track, Lake St. Clair National Park

Overland Track in Lake St. Clair National Park is one of the best places to set up camp in Tasmania. It is a sure-fire crowd favorite with inducing hike-worthy ranges and unbelievable views. 

There are various powered and unpowered camping spots available, all located in ideal places to offer endless views of moss-covered ancient rainforests, intimidatingly deep river gorges, alpine moorlands, and stunning glacial lakes. The hardest part of your trip here is convincing yourself to leave when your holiday ends.