If you enjoy beaches and nature, there’s a great national park just 1.5 hours south-east of Melbourne… It’s called Wilsons Promontory.
We were there last winter, it was ~15°C and it was really really awesome!
Thank-you for your response, I will look into that.
Because any winter temperature of 15 degrees Celsius looks really good as my town averages -15 in winter!
- You could go to Fraser Island or the Whitsunday Islands (but they’re kinda hard to get to and you may need a tour/car)
- Port Douglas
- Cape Tribulation
- Airley Beach (where the Whitsunday’s depart from)
- lots of places on the beach in the north (depends on the time of year)
- Surfer’s Paradise (the whole Gold Coast is pretty cool. more hostels than camping but that’s how you meet lots of people)
Thanks for sharing these ideas, will check on them.
Queensland where the above places (Fraser island, Whitsundays, Noosa, surfers paradise) is a really long drive (and a boat ride for some) away from Sydney. I haven’t been camping though so can’t give you suggestions.
boodoree national park has some great camping spots, its about 3 hours (if even) drive south of syndey, in and around jervis bay. Cave beach and green patch in paticular are beautiful. but there’s a pretty high demand for sites and you’d have to book well in advance. they have ready acess to the beach and are surronded by bush (forrest if you prefer). its camping ‘light’ though, they have shower blocks and acess to bbq’s. lots of wildlife.
Terrific. Thank-you for your response.
My parents used to take me to Broken Hill but basically we just tooled around and used a map that had campsite info on it.
I would recommend that you visit Symbio Animal Park near the Blue Mountains if you like animals, though.
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It depends on what you want from your trip but I would recommend camping on the beach at Fraser Island, Queensland. It’s easily accessed via Hervey Bay and is an eco island. Tourism is carefully monitored to protect the island and it is the worlds largest sand island. Fraser has a wealth of natural beauty that can be visited for free either in an organised trip or by hiring yourself a 4 × 4. The roads are dunes and the main road a beach (look out for light aircraft landing… you have to give way!! lol) There is so much to see… I would recommend Lake McKenzie and Ely Creek.. to name but two… if you do visit please let me know what you think :)
Thanks, that is very helpful. If I visit, I will let you know.
Another good place to check out is Byron Bay. Awesome scenery and lovely beaches.
Noosa is also another favourite of mine.
Plus Steve Irwin’s Zoo is just round the corner from here. :)
Glass house mountains are worth checking out too.
Didn’t do any camping. I can tell you though that the Hilton in Cairns and Sydney are probably the best places to stay at in each city. The one in Cairns is by the docks and you can see sailboats go by amidst a backdrop of hills as far as the eye can see. Breathtaking. The one in Sydney is centrally located to everything and made going to different activities and sightseeing very easy. Don’t forget to climb the Harbor Bridge and do it at night! The view is amazing. I heart Australia~!
Awesome! Thanks for the info, it will come in handy.
I agree with a lot of other answers, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Surfers Paradise…But the best camping experience I had was in the Northern Territory on a 3 day tour to the rock when we slept in swags under the stars. Unbelievable! Do this if you can. I can give you a fantastic tour group to go with out of Alice Springs if you are interested.
Thanks very much! When you say a 3-day tour to “the rock” are you meaning Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)? What is the name of the tour operator in Alice Springs?
It was called Mulga’s Adventures. The tour was $250 australian which includes transport, meals, camping, camel ride. It leaves from a great hostel called Annies Place right in Alice Springs. I was a little unsure of the quality of the trip for so little, but it was really more than I expected…
Good luck, let me know what you think!
The Grampians National Park in Victoria is awesome. We took a group of about 15 people and had so much fun although many of us ended up sleeping in the car bc it rained and it was freezing (around winter time) but the hikes are amazing. Wilson’s Prom is really nice too.
Thank-you for these ideas.
I have camped all over Australia, so its really difficult to suggest one particular place. All of the camping facilities are pretty good to be honest. But a few that stand out in my head are, Cape Tribulation (amazing) Wilsons Prom, down towards the Southern region is nicer as its seems more green. If you want a different place to stay then try Coober Peedy where you can stay in a cave, I thought that was most unusual.
Whatever you do you’ll have an awesome time, Oz really is beautiful and very varied.
Thank-you very much for those suggestions.
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