Desert 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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Coober Pedy Views

13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Coober Pedy, SA
Coober Pedy Views is located on the fringe of Coober Pedy and offers a unique outback camping experience for guests who are more adventurous and prefer privacy and a secure location. New Driveway is completed.... In 2019 I was sitting in my Alfresco Area feeling that the beauty offered in front of my property should be shared to people I thought might appreciate a different aspect to Coober. Since that time I have probably had 600+ guests enjoy what Coober Pedy Views has to offer. Whilst it remains a rustic type setting, with campers needing to be SELF SUFFICIENT (NO PUBLIC AMMENITIES AVAILABLE) I can offer Power (subject to availability) to 6/8 sites. Bookings can be made via Hipcamp.com and more information via WikiCamp.com
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Beltana Flinders Historic Town

8 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Beltana, SA
Located at the end of a bitumen road in the town of Beltana, the campsites are adjacent to the local hall. There are showers, toilets, a free BBQ in the community park , mobile phone coverage and potable water available We are the closest campground to the new Nilpena Ediacara National Park. Beltana is a State Heritage listed town in Adnyamathanha country. Beltana is important as it is the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, was influential in the establishment of the Overland Telegraph and was important is the states early settlement. Beltana has survived in spite of the challenges and has an excellent walking trail detailing this history for visitors. There is capacity to have a fire in a communal fire pit, but please bring your own wood. Dogs on leashes welcome. This campsite offers a safe and comfortable place for campers who are travelling through on their holiday and need somewhere to stop overnight, but two nights is recommended to give you a chance to visit this historic town. The town is significant is South Australian history and there is interpretative signage that provides the visitor with an informative trail. Whilst with us visit the new Nilpena Ediacara National Park. We have the closest camping facilities.
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Nambung Station Stay

44 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5000 acres · Nambung, WA
Nambung is a 5,000 acre working sheep and cattle farm 2 hours north from Perth. We are surrounded by the Nambung National Park so there is always plenty of wildlife to see and wildflowers in season. We have a caravan park with powered or unpowered sites and onsite caravans for hire. Dog friendly (must be on a leash at all times). Toilets and shower amenities for guests. “Farm Biosecurity - Foot and Mouth Disease International visitors and Australians returning from Indonesia & Bali will need to have been in Australia for at least 7 days prior to visiting our farm.
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Swag Inn

6 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Ross, NT
Our backyard campsite is only 9 km from the centre of Alice Springs. Its located in a rural/urban setting. Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it. The Swag Inn camping spot has access to an outdoor shower and toilet and laundry sink. Enjoy the view of the ranges and the amazing stars in the desert night sky from your campsite. Listen to the bird calls and enjoy the peace. Campers are welcome to enjoy the BBQ Firepit and firewood, within local restrictions. Around town, there are numerous sites of historical significance to the region’s settler history, including the Old Telegraph Station Reserve, which marks the town’s important role as the mid-point of the 19th-century telegraph line running from Adelaide to Darwin. There are great places to eat and drink, with great views.
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AU$40
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Meralda Station Cobar

20 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents400 acres · Cobar, NSW
Meralda is a family owned property, we are nestled in the outback town of Cobar. We are offering seasonal paddock eco camping stays on our gorgeous little property only minutes from the Cobar town centre. If you after a secluded, peaceful outback setting where you can immerse yourself into bush nature, Then our place is for you. We have allocated a nice open space for you to choose your site; set up under the shade of a majestic gum or in the open paddock by our dam. Unwind and cosy up around our campfire and enjoy our magnificent sunsets and as the evening turns into night and the breathtaking star show begins. With no artificial light, stargazing at our property is simply incredible. You can also see native wildlife kangaroos, emus and echidnas among some of the native wildlife that can be spotted here. If you’re a bird-watcher, you’ll love the vast array of galahs, major mitchell's, parrots and wrens nestled in the trees. On our little property we farm sheep and goats. There are always strays, and dropped off orphans that become our little babies. We offer a complimentary petting tour for families who want to get up close with our station friendly animals. Lots of fun can be had in the dam -Swimming is permitted and water sport activities on request or BYO Kayak. We recommend extending your stay at least two nights at the station and taking the time to explore Cobar; a unique town, rich in mining heritage and natural attractions. Visitors will be amazed by open-cut mines, Aboriginal rock art, museums and colonial buildings and new sound chapel. If your into bike riding or long walks we have a bitumen walking/bike track that goes into town not far from our station entry. If you want to duck into the local club to have dinner, or a few drinks there's a courtesy bus to Golf Club Available that will collect you from our front gate. Add on extras to make your stay more memorable with tours, hampers, animal feeding, holistic treatments and if any farm work is happening your welcome to watch or join in.
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AU$35
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Rawnsley Park Station

36 sites · Lodging, Tents10000 acres · Flinders Ranges, SA
Rawnsley Park is a 12000 hectare sheep station near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia's beautiful Flinders Ranges. Powered camping sites, bush camping, accommodation, store, fuel, swimming pool, restaurant.Bushwalking trails to Rawnsley Bluff, helicopter and light aircraft flights, 4WD day tours and self-drive tracks.All campsites have access to toilets and hot showers. Dogs are welcome on a leash.Adjacent to the caravan park is a bush camping area along Kangaroo Creek.Flush toilets on-site and access to caravan park facilities.Bushwalking trails to Rawnsley Bluff, helicopter and light aircraft flights, 4WD day tours and self-drive tracks.
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AU$32
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Berry Springs Farmstay

17 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Berry Springs, NT
Welcome to Berry Springs Farm Stay, where nature's beauty meets sustainable living! Nestled next to the renowned Berry Springs, our farm offers a tranquil retreat for those seeking a getaway immersed in the serenity of rural life. Whether you prefer a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of Berry Springs or a leisurely dip in our 12-meter pool, you'll find relaxation at every turn. At Berry Springs Farm Stay, we're not just about providing a peaceful escape—we're also committed to making a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare. Your donations through Hipcamp directly support our re-vegetation projects and the care of our beloved rescue animals. Prepare to be charmed by our adorable farm residents, including miniature donkeys, goats, pigs, geese, ducks, chickens, guinea fowls, peacocks, and rabbits. Keep an eye out for our newest additions, whether it's baby chicks or goslings taking their first steps. Conveniently located within walking distance of essential amenities such as shops, medical services, and dining options, Berry Springs Farm Stay serves as the perfect base camp for your adventures. We welcome pets but kindly ask that they remain on a lead and respect the peace of our farm animals. Please remember, we're not a caravan park, so we kindly request that you obtain permission before driving onto our property. However, once you're here, you'll find plenty of space to pitch a tent, park your van or motorhome, and gather around a campfire under the starlit sky. Whether you're joining us as a supporter, volunteer, or simply looking for a unique getaway with friends, Berry Springs Farm Stay offers an unforgettable experience for all. Come and make memories with us, and don't forget to explore our special activities for that extra touch of magic.
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Adavale Farm

15 sites · RVs, Tents40000 acres · Langlo, QLD
Our property is located 67km North West of Chareville on Adavale Road. We are in the Queensland Outback on 40,000 acres. Our large sites offer the perfect place to base yourself and explore or to just relax and enjoy the serenity. Our sites have access to amenities including toilet, shower and laundry. We also have areas for table tennis, hand ball and yabbying for the kids to enjoy. We welcome guests to join us for the animal feeding each afternoon, please let us know if you would like to do this. The lookout camp sites are located 3kms from the main camping area and facilities and is for fully self contained campers only. Come soak up the sunset and stunning views in the afternoon. You can also explore the unique caves and rock formations. and enjoy some wildlife watching. New cave walk is a must see. Enjoy a BBQ on the mountain overlooking the property and have your own personal campfire or join in with your fellow campers at the communal campfire. Plenty of firewood to collect. This location provides you with some great photo opportunities. We welcome guests to join us for the animal feeding each afternoon, please let us know if you would like to do this. We are also only a short drive from the Langlo River which is a great spot to catch a fish, go kayaking, swim or just relax by the water. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash at all times to protect the livestock and wildlife.
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Catninga Camps & Accommodation

18 sites · RVs, Tents7000 acres · Woolundunga, SA
Set with a back drop of deep gorges and high mountain ranges & looking towards pristine waters of Spencer Gulf, 'Catninga' is the perfect choice to give you a taste of the Flinders Ranges. We have stunning bush camping options, 'on site caravan' or our B&B (view separate listings to book these). Many hiking trails and nature walks. Farm animals to see and feed (please ask hosts before approaching any farm animals). Bush Camping Private bush campsites located on the banks of the River Red Gum studded creek. Stunning scenery and beautiful sunsets. Enjoy our billion star camping accommodation. Private long drop toilet available at each campsite. Many hiking trails and nature walks. Farm animals to see and feed (please ask hosts before approaching any farm animals).
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AU$12.50
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Higgins Country Retreat

4 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Swanfels, QLD
We have a stunning 200-acre property with Swan Creek frontage and a seasonal waterfall, offering breathtaking views to the east of Double Top Mountain and Swanfels Valley. The crisp country air is abundant with wildlife, creating a picturesque and serene atmosphere. Our property offers a variety of camping sites, each with its own unique charm and appeal. We also warmly welcome responsible k9 owners, making sure your furry friends are also able to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Guests must be fully self contained with their own toilet/shower facilities and must take all waste with them on departure.
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Wave Rock Short Stay

11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Bremer Bay, WA
The Silos is located 2 km from the Hyden town site and 2 km from Wave Rock. Both locations are easily accessible by car or by using the walking/cycling trail. To access the walking trail please head back to Aylmore Road, turn right and when you reach the intersection cross the highway to meet the walking/cycling trail. Left will take you to town and right to Wave Rock. Please be mindful that our property neighbours a working sheep and cropping farm. Wave Rock is a granite cliff 15 metres high and 110 metres long. It’s rounded-like shape has been caused by weathering and water erosion which has undercut the base and left a rounded overhang. Water from the springs running down the rock during wetter months dissolves minerals adding to the colouring of the wave. In 1960, crystals from Hyden Rock were dated at being 2700 million years old, which are amongst the oldest in Australia. A 15 minute drive north of Wave Rock you will see a “giant” lurching out of the bushland. This massive granite rock formation is known as the Humps – grab your hat, sun screen and water bottle and explore! Be sure to visit Mulka's Cave. The name “Mulka” comes from an Aboriginal Legend associated with the cave. As you enter the cave (take a few moments for your eyes to adjust) and look at the walls and note the many hand stencils believed to representing adults and children. Close to Lake Magic, a large local salt lake, Denis Collins constructed a 20m round, 6m deep swimming pool-like gypsum pond whose buoyancy and therapeutic properties are greater than those of the Dead Sea.
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Cheela Plains Station Stay

28 sites · RVs, Tents500000 acres · Nanutarra, WA
Cheela Plains Station is a family-owned and managed working cattle station nestled in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. Our station stay is a welcome stop for travelers on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road between the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park. On a station the size of Cheela Plains there are plenty of amazing locations to explore. Our self-guided walks and trails make for adventure-filled days. Stay a little longer and explore them all. We have Telstra and Optus signal, hot showers, coin-operated washing machines, a communal fire pit and camp kitchen with a fridge, stove and sink. Children 6yrs to 15years half price and 0 to 5yrs are FOC. If electing to stay at the station stay campground for two or more nights, you have the option of a complimentary Gorge Safari Self Drive 4X4, which is a true taste of the outback off the beaten track. The Red Plains Café is open daily from 7:30am till 2:30pm, serving barista coffee, cake, snacks and lunch.
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Desert camping in Australia guide

Overview

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.

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