Camping in Australia

If you love camping adventures—or road trips with a camper trailer or caravan—you’ll love every part of Australia.

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Gabyon Station

110 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents674000 acres · Yalgoo, Yalgoo
Just a two hour drive from Geraldton, Gabyon offers you the unique chance to visit or stay on a real, working West Australian sheep station. Step out of the bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the expansive and beautiful landscape of the outback and become part of the real, authentically Australian country life. Soak in the peace and tranquility as you gaze over hectares of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife, or get your hands dirty and help out in the every-day life of the station - there is always plenty of work to be done! The outback life is something every Australian and International traveler should experience at least once - and where better than here with all of us at Gabyon?The team at Gabyon invite you to enjoy a station stay,  whether you are just passing through overnight or would like to stay for a week, there is plenty to see and do. Pick a spot and camp or stay in our rustic and cosy accommodation, we love visitors so we have made staying here affordable for everyone, no matter your style of holiday! Try a variety of fun activities like horse riding, quad biking and shooting; you can even book to come and have a delicious meal with us, your friendly hosts, to ensure you have the full experience of station life in the real Australian Outback. We can't wait to have you here!
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Behind The Pines Kalpowar

100 sites · RVs, TentsKalpowar, North Burnett
Our property is an old school with a large oval, pine plantation, plenty of shade, tennis court and cricket field. Room for tents, vans, etc. Family friendly.Dog friendly. Toilet available (no shower). Campfires permitted in firepits when restrictions aren't in place. Firewood free.We are on the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) and we are registered host for the Bicentennial National Trail users. It's a great base and we often have guests staying with lots of great stories to tell.We have farm animals guests are welcome to feed. We can loan you tennis racquets, balls and cricket equipment at no cost. Outdoor cinema available! Help in the garden in return for free produce.Splinter Creek is less than 500m walk and we are always lucky enough to spot the resident platypus whenever we go for walks. We live 18km from the beautiful Kolan River. Interesting disused train tunnels 2km from the property.
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Charleys Creek Campgrounds

78 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents35 acres · Chinchilla, Western Downs
Want to save! Book direct via our website. Charleys Creek Campgrounds, Chinchilla (previously known as Clover Hill Camping) is a unique campground right on Chinchilla’s doorstep. Set on 35 acres on the banks of Charley Creek, it has a beautiful bush land setting adjacent to the creek. A truly tranquil experience. Recently rebranded the name to Charleys Creek Campgrounds as it is more fitting, as there is no clover, not much of a hill, and not in America (Ranch). This will also tie in with our other entities - Charleys Creek Beef and Charleys Creek Brewing. We have a number of projects on the go and planned for the Charleys Creek entities to make every stay a unique and authentic experience. "Not just a campgrounds, its the experience". You are welcome to visit us, get to know us, and be part of our journey. This campground offers toilets, showers, access to potable water, and power hook ups. Open fire pits, and fire wood available. It is a dog friendly property. The story of Clover Hill Ranch- In 2019 our livestock enterprise was struggling with the ongoing drought. Water was getting very low and we were buying hay from Victoria. One day while checking stock on our grazing property Bradys (adjacent to Clover Hill Ranch) we looked across the near dry creek and said to each other - if we are going to endure this drought we need to do something different. So we were able to acquire Clover Hill Ranch which was then being run by the CMCA under a lease agreement to the then owners. Then Covid struck and the CMCA left Clover Hill Ranch. So we took it on ourselves and it has been a journey managing our four farming blocks Riverleigh; Coleridge; The Shanti and Bradys as well as Clover Hill Ranch. Fast forward and it is now April 2021 we absolutely love it; enjoy chatting with Campers about our story and we have even organised a Farm Tour route through all of our properties. The feedback has been amazing. We are continuously doing improvements to Clover Hill Ranch with many new Powered Sites with town water and new campsites right on the creek. And everyone loves it when we bring out our trailer mounted meat smoker to put on a smoked Wagyu feast! Campers can purchase our Wagyu and Grassfed Angus beef to try while camping and can even buy some to take home. Activities available at Charleys Creek Campgrounds, Chinchilla: include camping; fishing; kayaking; motorbike riding; bird watching and bush walking. There is accessibility for RVs, camper trailers, caravans and big rigs. Pull through bays available. Camping in tents is allowed. It is walking distance to Chinchilla town centre and Lions playground. Farm tours available upon request. Bookings preferable in advance to avoid disappointment.
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Burrum Shores Beachfront Campground

53 sites · Lodging, RVs73 acres · Burrum Heads, Fraser Coast
Access to the camp sites is via a dirt track. Accessible for 2wd vehicles with decent ground clearance and 4wd vehicles. We can only only accept bookings from self contained caravans and motor homes* (Toilet and shower be inside your caravan or motor home, no external portable toilet or shower tents are permitted).Please note this is a strict council regulation. Grey water must be captured in a bucket and can be emptied onsite as advised by caretakers. ____________________________________________________________________________ Burrum Shores Campgrounds offers well maintained grassy sites with access to the beach. We limit our listings to 9 bookings at a time with 6 having ocean front views and 3 wetland view sites (all are dog friendly) where you can watch the sun rise or set. Everyone has plenty of space to sit back and unwind in our slice of serenity. Campfires are welcome in a raised fire pit, either bring your own or use one of our communal campfire areas. Firewood and kindling is available for purchase on arrival. There is drinkable water available onsite but no toilet or shower amenities. All caravans and motor homes must be fully self contained. All waste and rubbish to be taken off site. There is a dump point in Burrum Heads at Hillcrest Caravan Park just five minutes into town. All sites are pet friendly on application. We ask that you keep your dogs on leash all of the time. Our only rules are that you respect the property and other guests. We look forward to welcoming you to our special spot.
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Greenup Meeting Place

51 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Coolmunda, Goondiwindi
Greenup Meeting Place is a picturesque 10 acre property, with frontage on Bracker Creek and Coolmunda Dam. Our property is located near Inglewood, close to the Queensland border. Once home to Greenup School, the land is rich in history – the perfect place to put your feet up and unwind. Based in the middle to explore the Goondiwindi region and surrounds. Our peaceful, non-powered campsites have plenty of room for singles, families and groups. We cater for tents, caravans, RVs and camper trailers. Our sites have access to toilet and shower facilities. Your closet dump point and water is in the township of Inglewood (25klms). Where you are able to top up for your needs. Our dormitory style and family room accommodation is ideal for small and large groups of up to 50 people with shared toilet and shower facilities and a dedicated sitting room available. Fish the creek for Yellowbelly, Cod or just sit back, relax and enjoy the abundant bird and wildlife. Have a swim, go kayaking or take a walk to explore. Or why not join us for a coffee and meal at CC Cafe Thursday-Sunday! Pet friendly yes, all pets are to be kept at your camp, on leash to walk and must be cleaned up after. Generators are allowed, MUST be OFF by 8pm as a consideration to others. Our gates close at 4PM if you are unable to be in by 5PM you will have to unfortunately arrive the following day. Internet and phone coverage can very WELCOME TO THE BUSH.
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OZ SKY RANCH

68 sites · RVs, Tents350 acres · Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim
Oz Sky Ranch is set on 350+ acres in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, just outside of Brisbane at the bottom of Mount Tambourine near Canungra. We cater to adventurous souls, with a range of adventure tourism activities in and around our property. Try tandem hang-gliding and paragliding and a full range of hang gliding and paragliding courses or just bring your own stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Our lake is lovely and clean and is great to swim in. We opened up our working cattle and turf farm to promote Hang gliding and paragliding, we believe the more people see it, then the more people may like to come for a tandem flight or learn to fly with us. You can buy a friend or loved one a gift of a life time. Tandem hang gliding gift vouchers are very popular, as you get to take off from the property and flyover you’re campsite and then up to 2500ft. Then come and land right next to your friends and family at the Oz Sky Ranch. We pride ourselves on keeping the property lovely and clean. We are also opening our home and farm to you. So please respect it and enjoy it as we do. We have 5 designated campsites positioned around the property. Within the designated sites, there are camp spots that we rotate. Please check with us to see what ones are open. We need to rotate the sites and rest them. This is how we keep them well-maintained and looking amazing. If it is wet weather we will close down sites and recommend other spots. We rotate the sites and rest them. Then they don’t get overused. We want our camp sites to look lovely for you. We pride our self’s on having a lovely property. If it is bad weather, we will recommend another site or we can give you a full refund. Campfires are allowed at designated camp spots when fire bans aren't in place. Firewood is available to purchase - see extras. We accept groups however we have strict rules around this, so please discuss with us first. If you are up early in the morning you may be lucky enough to see the best in QLD barefoot water skiers training on the lake and also tandem hang gliders getting towed up from the airstrip. All campers must check in before dark. We look forward to your enquiry.
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Columboola Country

233 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents265 acres · Hookswood, Western Downs
**SPECIAL OFFER - BOOK THREE NIGHTS, PAY FOR TWO** (one night will be refunded to your credit card after booking confirmed).265 acre bush property, with powered & freestyle camping sites. See other listing for cabins & cottage.The Punchbowl Creek roughly divides the property in half and boasts the best natural waterhole in the area. We are located approximately 1/2 way between Chinchilla & Miles Qld.Amenities available. Pet friendly.
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1770 Eco Camp, Agnes Water

68 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Agnes Water, Gladstone
Eco Style camping nestled in 42 acres of bush land in the Agnes Water Hinterland. We offer a variety of different site options. Currently we have powered sites for you to rock up in your choice of accomodation or our custom styled Eco Tents which offers a very comfortable option for those that don't want to bring their van or tent. We also offer modern amenities including showers, toilets, camp kitchen, walk trails, swimming holes, and much more. Pet friendly areas available.
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Cullendore High Country

50 sites · RVs, Tents4000 acres · Cullendore, Tenterfield
Cullendore High Country has been operating as an established campground since 2015. We are a 4000 acre working cattle property and campground only two and a half hours from Brisbane. We are located in the picturesque, temperate high country only a 30 minute drive from Warwick, QLD. Campers have access to our property, as well as the neighbouring Maryland National Park. Our focus is to provide a quiet family-friendly venue. The space and quiet of our campground allows visitors to interact with the many native birds and animals that frequent the campground, providing a unique backdrop to an authentic bush experience. Campers can enjoy relaxing around their campfire in the bush, with firepits available at each site. This is combined with the luxury of flushing toilets and hot, gas-heated showers. To make the most of our peace and tranquillity, campsites are scattered in secluded areas throughout the property. There are 4 main camping areas, The Forest Camp, The Creek Camp, The Mountain Camp and The Overflow, each offering something different. We have smaller sites, suitable for a couple, a family or a few friends through to larger sites for groups and all sites have been levelled for a comfortable stay. We cater for all forms of camping including tents, camper trailers and caravans. The campground is accessible by 2WD and 4WD vehicles and firewood, ice and drinking water is available from our office. We are only a 30 minute drive to many local attractions located around Stanthorpe and Killarney. We are a pet-free campground.
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Habitat Noosa Everglades EcoCamp

281 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents65 acres · Cooroibah, Noosa
Habitat Noosa Everglades EcoCamp awarded “Australia’s Best New Tourism Business” is located 25 minutes from Noosa, set amongst 65 acres of National Park and perched on the edge of picturesque Lake Cootharaba. Boasting a number of waterfront activities from stand up paddle boards, canoes, wave skis, kayaks and tinnie hire to frisbee golf in a bushland setting. The Great Sandy National Park location extends a number of walking trails where you can get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife and discover the rich history of the region. The CootharaBAR & Bistro dishes are inspired by the regions fresh, local produce and the Micro Brewery, boasts 11 tasty beers brewed onsite. The EcoCamp is the gateway to one of only two Everglades in the world, where the tea tree infused waterways and ancient rainforests provide a truly memorable tour experience. Habitat Noosa Everglades EcoCamp is the ultimate Accessible Wilderness Experience! The campground features modern facilities, laundry, camp kitchens an onsite bistro and micro-brewery, water activities, walking treks and daily tours to the Noosa Everglades. Campfires are allowed when there are no restrictions in place. Campfires are only permitted in fire pits that are off the ground. Sorry, no pets.
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Splitters Farm

136 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents156 acres · Sharon, Bundaberg
Splitters Farm is a family owned property just 10min drive north of Bundaberg's bustling central business district. Set amongst lush tropical bush-land, the 156 acre property is bordered by Splitters Creek, a fresh water reserve that feeds into the beautiful Burnett River. We offer both powered and unpowered options for guests, along with glamping tents and retro campers for those looking for a little extra comfort. The acreage is home to native animals such as wallabies, platypus, barramundi, prehistoric lung fish and boasts over 150 documented species of Australian bird life. Access to the property is by booking only until it is open to the general public in 2020 as a nature based eco-tourist venture. Showers, toilets and laundry facilities will be available. This property is dog tolerant with strict rules due to our rescue animals that free range around the property. Please enjoy the natural beauty that the Bundaberg region has to offer and drop us a line if you’re in ever in the area.
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Waterfront Holiday Park

52 sites · Lodging, RVs100 acres · Tailem Bend, Coorong
The very friendly park on the Murray River …. Welcome to Waterfront Holiday Park at Tailem Bend. Our Campgrounds, Accommodation, and access roads are all Flood Safe! We’re the perfect stop-off point if you’re traveling from Melbourne or Sydney to Adelaide…or … The perfect Basecamp for short trips, with most places of interest surrounding Adelaide much easier to access without traffic lights from our location just 50 minutes from the city. We can offer you all the facilities you need to make your stay stress free with our easygoing approach. With large sites, stay hitched up if you wish…… Room to Relax. Well-behaved pets are welcome. With big shady trees and awesome views of the Murray River, Waterfront Holiday Park is the perfect place to just relax and unwind. With no jumping castles or playgrounds onsite, adult relaxation is our focus. The Park’s privately owned river frontage includes a boating harbor and boat ramp which is perfect for a morning paddle or water skiing all day. Our backwater is also home to many birds including swans, ducks, pelicans, and many more. Within short driving distance are major attractions including The Bend Motorsport Park, Old Tailem Town, Monarto Safari Park, The Coorong, and The National Motor Museum. The Barossa, Adelaide Hills, and Langhorne Creek wine regions with many quality cellar doors in each area. In Tailem Bend town center you will be delighted at the quality of food and coffee at numerous locally owned and operated cafes, restaurants, bakery, and hotels.
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Camping in Australia guide

Australia is a wild-at-heart continent, and camping is a part of its DNA thanks to Aussies who love camping holidays. It isn't hard to find a good caravan park or camping area—from five-star glamping at Uluru and family-friendly coastal holiday parks to rustic campsites at cattle stations and bush camping in national parks. Pitch your tent near the dunes and be lulled asleep by the sound of the surf, or wake up to bird calls and frog song in the rainforest. Take in the views from a country peak, or head out into the wilderness on an Outback road trip. And the best thing about camping in Australia? There's always perfect camping weather somewhere, no matter the time of year.

Where to Go

New South Wales

New South Wales has a bit of everything that makes Australia such a great place to camp. Hipcampers can choose from snow-covered mountains, beaches, rainforest, and Outback plains—you can always find a good camping spot in NSW.

Queensland

Australia’s favourite place to escape the cold, the white-sand beaches north and south of Brisbane in southeast Queensland are warm enough to swim in all year-round. It may be too wet in summer to camp comfortably in the rainforest of Cairns, the Tropical North, and along the Great Barrier Reef, but winter is the best time to swim in the sea. The Outback, too, is at its best in the cooler months.

South Australia

A wild, dramatic, and mostly deserted coastline, South Australia’s rugged outback ranges and fantastic wine are just a few reasons to pitch a tent or park your caravan here. It may not always be swimming weather (the ocean waters are cold), but the beach camping here is some of the best in Australia.

Tasmania

Any time's a good time to visit Tasmania, a place that will delight intrepid Hipcampers with its wild and remote national parks and camping sites. You'll need a warm sleeping bag and good wet weather gear, as it can snow on the peaks near Hobart even in summer. But don't let a little dampness put you off, because it rains here all the time, which is why the World Heritage wilderness areas are so beautifully lush.

Victoria

Just down the road a bit from Melbourne, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is a bucket-list road trip that lives up to the hype, with some of the best coastal camping areas around. Hiking and camping in the Grampians is good year-round, although the snow-covered high country peaks and the east coast national parks are best saved for the warmer months.

Western Australia

Western Australia is huge, so don’t expect to see it all in a couple of weeks. Let the weather be your guide and explore the coastal national parks, forests, wineries, and beaches south of Perth during the hot, dry summer, then head north to Broome and the Kimberley for a 4WD camping adventure in winter, when it rarely rains.

Northern Territory

When the wintertime chills hit the south, the Northern Territory is the place to be, especially if you’re fond of campervan road trips. The deserts of the Red Centre offer warm, fly-free days and cold nights ideal for gathering around the campfire. Kakadu National Park and the Top End are hot and dry—perfect for swimming.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is not legal to camp anywhere in Australia. Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds and specific areas. Each state and territory in Australia has its own regulations and rules regarding camping. In some areas, you may find free camping spots or rest areas where camping is permitted, while in others, you might need to stay in developed campgrounds or national parks.

It is essential to research and follow the local regulations and obtain any necessary permits before camping. Camping in unauthorized areas can result in fines and penalties. Always practice responsible camping and follow the "Leave No Trace" principles to minimize your impact on the environment.

Yes, free camping is legal in Australia, but it varies depending on the state and local regulations. Each state has designated areas where free or low-cost camping is allowed, usually in national parks, state forests, and reserves. It is essential to research the specific area you plan to camp in and follow the rules and guidelines provided by the local authorities. In some cases, you may need to obtain a permit or adhere to specific restrictions, such as staying only in designated camping zones and following proper waste disposal practices. Always practice Leave No Trace principles and respect the environment and local communities when free camping in Australia.

In Australia, legal camping can be found in various locations, including national parks, state forests, and designated campgrounds. Each state and territory has its own rules and regulations regarding camping, so it's essential to check local guidelines before setting up camp. Some popular camping destinations in Australia include:

Remember to always follow local guidelines, respect the environment, and practice Leave No Trace principles when camping in Australia.

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