Camping in Australia with swimming

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Camping in Australia with swimming

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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Higher Ground Coastal Bush Retreat & Permaculture
9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents146 acres · Shark Creek, NSW Your coastal bush oasis awaits! Higher Ground Retreat is 146 acres of coastal bushland at Shark Creek behind the coastal range of Yuragir National Park. Enjoy all the Clarence valley has to offer with the laid back lifestyle in the many rural and coastal villages. Enjoy the uncrowded surfing, fishing, kayaking, boating, bushwalking all along this pristine coastline. or take a day trip to explore the wilderness of the upper reaches of the Clarence River. Higher Ground is an off-grid property that feels a world away, but is only 15 minutes drive from Maclean, 25 minutes from the stunning beaches at Brooms Head, Angourie and Yamba, and less than 2 hours from the Gold Coast. Visit our organic permaculture farm and experience the self-sufficient life you’ve been yearning for, with off-grid solar, tank-water and a waterhole for swimming. Vegies, fruit trees, heritage breed chickens with babies hatching, a shade house for seedlings – this garden is designed to minimise effort and inputs and maximize productivity. Learn about animal integration into the system, new ways of composting and food forest systems. We have a homestead for rent, Glamping Belle tents and also a variety of camping options, Each site is relatively flat and has enough shade in the hottest part of the day. Whether you are in the house or camping, you will have privacy both from your fellow campers with each site being at least 30m apart, separated by trees yet still open enough to enjoy the views of the land and each aspect of the sun throughout the day. We have a screened in camp kitchen for you to enjoy with fridge, tank water and solar power. Each site has a metal fire pit and plenty of space for 2-3 tents or caravan /motorhome with good access during the dry season. The composting toilet and hot shower are close by. We are dog friendly as long as your pet is quiet and well managed. Off-lead can be decided depending on the dog and the interaction with our passive 10 year old Koolie who is very relaxed around other dogs. They must be controlled as sheep are nearby and we have an abundance of wildlife. We have a slackline, a rope swing and badmitten for anyone looking to include more play in their stay! Responsible campfires are permitted in the metal fire pits in designated area when restrictions aren't in place. Firewood can be purchased for $15 P bag Full Mobile reception for Telstra and Optus although we encourage you to minimise screen time during your stay and immerse yourself in the off-grid lifestyle 😉. The road in is also suitable for a 2WD but more comfortable in a 4WD. Drinking water is provided. Please bring your own water for cooking and washing up. We hope you enjoy your stay at Higher Ground 🙂
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Watton Airstrip
15 sites · RVs, Tents254 acres · Watton, NSWWatton Airstrip is a stunning property, nestled on the banks of the Macquarie River. Featuring nine riverside campsites, along with paddock and bush sites, all 4WD accessible and two equally stunning 2WD accessible sites. You’ll share our spaces with kangaroos, wallabies, emus, echidnas, deer, platypus and more. Enjoy some optional extras, including Tammie's home made bread, farm fresh, free range eggs, or one of our range of grazing platters, home made jams or hot chocolate kits fresh from our friends at Sophie’s Staples. Or pamper yourself with a Crystal reiki session, or tarot reading. The 2WD accessible sites feature spectacular views to the right, towards Mt Panorama and Mt Horrible and towards Mt Canobolas to the left. Lie back in your swag at night and let the star struck, velvety sky envelope you, or make a booking at the nearby Bathurst Observatory to see the stars up close. Each campsite offers its own unique features for you to enjoy and a hand crafted pit toilet is accessible to those camped along the river bank. Fish or swim in the river, ride your bikes, or set up camp and then head off on an adventure to the Goldfields at Ophir, or History Hill at Hill End via the Bridle Track. Better still, book into a pub crawl with Damo so you can lie back and enjoy the ride. There are plenty of opportunities for 4WDing and bushwalking in the local area. Fires are allowed (fire restrictions permitting). Wood can be collected from fallen wood around the property, or bring your own if you prefer. Pets are welcome for a one off fee per animal. We do ask that pets are supervised at all times and that they do not interfere with farm animals or local wildlife.
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OZ SKY RANCH
43 sites · RVs, Tents350 acres · Boyland, QLDOz 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 only set up bush camping when Covid came to town. 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. We look forward to your enquiry.
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Hart Hill
18 sites · RVs, Tents28 acres · QLDHart Hill boasts a stunning 28 acres. Your initial view of the property coming over a Thanes Creek causeway is that of a magnificent rock face. However, 600m down the road, through the gate, and over the ridge, Hart Hill exposes a lovely undulating fold baring a huge panorama of flat alluvial ground that hugs Thanes Creek. Sprinkled with gums, the camping area is based west of the property in a stunning shady lea cooled by the creek and an old windmill for a backdrop. The properties history is colourful. In 1869 the area was a hub for gold diggers wanting to strike it lucky. Old wooden stumps tell a story of an old mining hut, and if you dug in some of the rock heaps you might get a shock when you uncovered more than gold. Visitors can enjoy campfires, fossicking, swimming, kayaking, fishing and more.
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Hope Valley
27 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1375 acres · Amamoor Creek, QLD4WD Recommended - our driveway's currently very rough after all the rain and you need to drive through two creek beds to get to our front gate. We have a whole beautiful valley with crystal clear spring-fed creeks, patches of rain forest and hillsides covered in grass-trees backing onto Wrattens State Forest. There's 1,375 acres of land - the boundaries of our property are the ridges of the mountains that encircle us, and many rare species abound here. This is a dog and horse friendly property but no pets allowed in the cabin. There is paralysis tick in this region - so we'd recommend treating any animal before you come and frequent checks while you're here. No mobile phone coverage at the cabin, but there is a hill you can drive (or walk) up on the property to get phone signal if needed and we have a landline phone in our house which can be used in emergencies.
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Mondurup Escape
14 sites · RVs, Tents75 acres · Kendenup, WAThis beautiful property is a 75-acre farm and vineyard, overlooking the Stirling Ranges, with a tree-lined stream separating the property into two halves. It is a stone's throw from the neighbouring cellar door, and visitors are encouraged to participate in seasonal activities, and sample and enjoy the local produce. It is near Stirling Range National Park and Porongurup National Park and Skywalk, with unique flora and fauna, mountain climbing, and walking experiences. Plus just as close to the coast, but far from the crowds. Choose relaxation or adventure. There are several sites to choose from, some with access to the toilet facilities and others where you will need to be completely self-contained. Please refer to the site descriptions for more details. We can welcome a small/medium breed dog per booking, however, they must never be left unattended and we ask that you please be responsible for picking up dog waste. Campfires are permitted during the months of May- September subject to conditions/local fire restrictions.
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Adavale Farm
53 sites · RVs, Tents360 acres · QLDWelcome to Adavale Farm! Peaceful rural beef & dairy operations. Scenic views from the campsites. Enjoy bird watching by the creeks or just relax around the campfire. Some campsites overlook some of the dams. Enjoy a swim as the dams are almost full. It's a wonderful place to go star gazing and we offer plenty of fun activities around the farm. Come and experience Australian farming life at our farm. Meet our friendly animals of many varieties. TOILETS available at some of our campsites.
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Natural Bridge Retreat
23 sites · RVs, Tents135 acres · Natural Bridge, QLDA special camping experience can be enjoyed at this spectacular location in QLD close to the NSW border for ADULTS ONLY i.e. 18 years and older. Lamington National Park adjoins this outrageously beautiful property that features the waterfall made famous by actress Laura Dern in the iconic Sunsilk shampoo commercial filmed here in 1998. (LGBT welcome). PLEASE NOTE: The Hipcamp service fee varies according to the amount of the booking. For one guest for one night the service fee is 18% approx. of the camp site fee. Bookings at Natural Bridge Retreat have to be for a minimum of two nights. As most bookings are for two or more people for two or more nights, the service fee is generally 11.2%. A beautiful creek descends through the 135 acres which includes rainforest that is listed as State significant vegetation. There is a deep swimming hole at the waterfall and other swimming areas up and down the creeks. You can hike to the upper plateaus that feature two ancient Strangler Figs with ocean views and a view of Mt.Warning as well as to the Bushranger Caves and lookouts higher up on the Lamington Plateau. Natural beauty is everywhere you look with mountain views, volcanic boulders and rock formations, Upland Rainforest and lots of wildlife. This is a property for nature lovers. Mobile reception (Telstra works the best), flushing toilets (ladies & gents), hot shower and campfires are permitted in designated locations - sorry no pets. We will e-mail further details upon receiving your booking including a link to a Release and Indemnity form that must be completed prior to entering the property and a link to a form to advise your vehicle type and camping mode. *All bookings must be for 2 nights minimum and in the peak periods 3 nights minimum and 4 nights for the Easter holidays.
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Undercliff Farm
58 sites · RVs, Tents325 acres · Undercliffe, NSWOur property is 325 acres of farm lifestyle, motorbike riding, natural bushland. We have a handful of cross bred cattle and a few sheep. Relax by the creek and enjoy the peace and quite. Our creek heads down to Undercliff Falls, and you can walk along the creek 20/30 minutes to get there or a short drive by road. Great swimming! Our campsites are comfortable and offer open areas, mostly natural bushlands and landscape. People that come to stay with us mainly use our place as a base camp to explore the Granite Belt. With the exception of dirt bike clubs and other clubs that request private usage. By appointment only. Extra fees and forms. Message us if you intend on bringing bikes. Due to an insurance condition, Motorbikes are allowed last weekend of the month & school holidays, no helmet, no riding, no excuses. Stay on tracks. Due to Hipcamp insurance can no longer offer on here. No Eftpos. Close walk to amenities and shelter. Please keep noise to a minimum after 10pm & remember noise travels at night. Electric four is our only powered area, but we do allow generators. Enjoy the creek frontage on Bookookarra Creek. Throw a line in to see if you can catch an eel. Walk to the creek at the camp area, watch the platypus play. Spy over 50 species of birds, if you're a keen bird watcher and don't forget to bring your camera. Bagged firewood is allowed an be purchased locally in Stanthorpe. Purchase on site is available as well. We do not allow you to go and get your own due to biosecurity. We also have a small three bedroom cottage, with fenced dog yard. There are two double rooms and one (twin share) with single beds. The cottage is fully self-contained. Dogs are welcome but must be supervised. Clean up after your dogs please. on leash when roaming around. Do not allow your dogs to intrude on other camps.
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The Rustic Resort Wamuran
9 sites · RVs, Tents90 acres · Wamuran, QLDWe are a 90acre private property who raise cattle and goats and have opened up to campers who, like us, prefer and love peace and nature and like to keep their surroundings beautiful and enjoyable and safe for everyone else. Most of our sites are nestled on different levels between trees and bush , and whilst you may not see your neighbours the bush unfortunately is not sound proof. Due to the unique surroundings we offer, we require you to be extra vigilant with fire safety and to consider your neighbouring campers and our neighbours by observing our no loud music and quiet time of 10pm rules. If this may be a problem for you, please do not book our sites. Full rules are available during booking before you pay and on a tree in each site, we kindly ask you read and agree with them before booking. To all of our wonderful regular campers, we say thank you. We love hosting you on our property and look forward to see you again in the future. After the persistent rain this year, all of our property is advertised as 4WD only, exception is the Dam via gate 4 and Didjabringyabeeralong as it has no particular steep or sloped entry. We affectionately call our property "The Rustic Resort". This is a tribute to the rusty water tanks and dilapidated animal shelters that were left behind when we moved in. Our farm was part of a thriving rural property in the 1920's. It used to be a dairy farm and then a banana farm. We now raise goats and cattle. All of our sites have a fire pit and you are welcome to have a campfire while there is no fire ban. in place. Most sites are within easy walking distance from a toilet. The Secret Hideaway however has a fairly long walk to the toilet, should this be unmanageable for you, please make sure you bring your own camping toilet as we get rather upset with holes or waste in the bush. Our property is dog-friendly to responsible dog owners, has a large farm dam that never runs dry, (NO fishing please as we use this for livestock and swimming dam only, and the last thing we need is hooks in peoples or animals feet. ) it is wonderful for a refreshing swim, there is a ladder to make it easy to get into the dam and there are floating noodles for your use during the summer months, feel free to bring your paddle boards and canoes. We are centrally located to explore the Glass house mountains, Stoney creek, Rocky holes, Bribie island, Woodford, Mt Mee, Montville, Maleny and much much more. We are 10 minutes from Woodford and the wonderful Woodford Folk Festival. Wamuran has an IGA, a wonderful butcher, a bakery, a fish and chip shop and a Thai/Indian take away that is sensational. Wamuran holds a local country market every 4th Saturday per month from 7am to midday. There now is a Pizza van in town, 3 out of 4 weekends, look up Deadwood Pizza Wamuran to check the dates. Wamuran is less than an hour north from the city, yet you will feel like you are far away. If you have any questions please drop us a message.
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River Escape - Yarramundi
12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres · NSWCamp or enjoy a tiny house stay along the Hawkesbury Nepean River at Yarramundi - absolute river frontage, where you can leave the city behind and enjoy the serenity. Escape to this relaxing tiny home, situated along the Hawkesbury Nepean River, Yarramundi. Cruise along the calm waters of the river on one of our provided kayaks, cast a line and try your luck fishing, or relax on the deck and spot the wildlife passing by. Guests will love the calming, fresh and modern interior of our tiny houses, complete with chique simplicity and timber touches. With the blue mountains at your fingertips, this is the perfect spot to set up for a while and enjoy the property and it's surroundings. Just 1 hour drive from the Sydney CBD. Camping: We only accept families and couples bookings - no groups. We only take three bookings at one time - families or couples. If you'd like the camp area exclusively, please book all 3 sites. Please note there is a limit to one vehicle per site. Multiple vehicles requires multiple bookings. There are bathroom and shower facilities available, but please bring your own toiletries. Please bring everything you need and leave no trace. Small, well behaved dogs on leash allowed, due to farm animals on the property. The Glamping Tent is setup and ready for your arrival. Overlooking the Nepean Hawkesbury River your in for a treat, surrounded by nature and farm animals. Due to Covid - we ask you bring your own sleeping bags and pillows, torches. Included is a queen size blown up mattress and 3 stretcher beds, fire pit, camp cooking utensils, camping chairs, Glamping Tent all set up, picnic table. Also included is free use of kayaks, paddle boat, life jackets, gather your own firewood, a gorgeous river, and farm animals you can see up close.
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Riverside Escape Off Grid Camping
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents18 acres · NSWA beautiful, off grid, riverside campground with amazing swimming hole on private property. This private campground is located in North West NSW. 50 minutes from Tamworth. Conveniently located 20 minutes outside the pretty town of Manilla and right on the river banks of the Namoi River. 20 minutes from beautiful Warrabah National Park. Tucked away in a little valley overlooking an idyllic stretch of windy river with an amazing swimming hole, sandy beach, tranquil rapids and a beautiful, mesmerising, majestic rock. You could be sitting on the warm sandy bank overlooking the river and being captivated by the surrounding beauty and the magnificence of the swimming hole. This secret little piece of paradise has been untouched for 40 years and is home to an abundance of birdlife. Birds include the colourful Rainbow bee eaters, Kingfishers, Superb Fairy Wrens, Eastern Yellow Robins, Red Browed Finch and many more. A magical place that will delight your senses and make you feel relaxed and at peace. We only have 4 primary off grid campsites except during peak holiday times where we open up some additional sites. Each site is unique to each other and positioned for maximum privacy and to take advantage of the natural beauty and characteristics or our property. If you would like to enquire about having the place to yourselves send me a me a message. We are not a party campsite. Our little slice of paradise is for peace and relaxation. We also need to respect and encourage the presence and abundance of birds and animals and continue to ensure it is a peaceful and quiet home for them. You can enjoy your music as long as other campsites and the local wildlife can't hear it. We are not in a high traffic area so you may get to enjoy having the place to yourself. Our campsites have good access for all types of camp set ups and are not impacted by flooding. They do not become boggy it wet weather due to the high sand content in our soil. BYO camp toilet and leave no trace. There is a dump point and water refill station 20 minutes away in Manilla. Fish in the river; cod, cat, golden perch and carp. We are dog friendly. Well behaved dogs are welcome. They must be kept on leash and supervised at all times to have no negative impact on local wildlife. You can also see more on our Facebook page- Riverside Escape Camping @ Manilla. ACCESS CONDITIONS: To help you decide if your set up is suitable you can find 2 videos on the FB page on 23 and 25 May taken of me driving up and down the track to the campsites in my old Ford Courier that is not 4x4. Just google Riverside Escape fb and it will come up. I'm not able to list the FB site here. PLEASE NOTE: bookings have been set to 12 hours notice. We may be able to accommodate with less notice. We recognise the Kamilaroi/Gomeroi people as the traditional custodians of this land.
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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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