The best camping in Australia.
If you love camping adventures—or road trips with a camper or caravan—you’ll love every part of Australia.
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 in the dunes and be lulledRead more...
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 in 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 watch kangaroos and wallabies 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
If you shrunk Australia it would end up like New South Wales, which 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, even glamping beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can always find a good camping spot in NSW.
Australia’s favourite place to escape the cold, the white sand beaches north and south of Brisbane in south-east Queensland are warm enough to swim in all year round. In the rainforest of Cairns and the tropical north and along the Great Barrier Reef summer is too wet to comfortably camp, and winter is the best time of year to swim in the sea. The outback, too, is at its best in the cooler months.
A wild and dramatic–and mostly deserted–coastline, rugged outback ranges and fantastic food and wine are just three of the reasons why you should pitch a tent or park your campervan or caravan in South Australia for a while. It may not always be swimming weather–the Southern Ocean is cold–but the beach camping is some of the best in Australia.
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–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 is the World Heritage wilderness areas are so beautifully lush.
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, and has some of the best coastal camping areas around. Hiking and camping in the Grampians is good year round, although camping in the snow covered high country peaks and the east coast national parks is best saved for the warmer months.
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, and then head north to Broome and the Kimberley for a 4WD camping adventure during the winter months, when it rarely rains.
When the wintertime chills hit the south, the Northern Territory is the place to be, especially if you are fond of campervan road trips. The deserts of the Red Centre offer cold nights–idea for gathering around the campfire–and warm fly-free days. Kakadu National Park and the Top End is hot and dry–perfect swimming weather.