Camping is certainly gaining popularity, when once upon a time many people may have shied away from it. Why? Maybe it was because of the lack of facilities or perhaps it was because of the whole creepy-crawly issue, but nowadays we have much better tents, much more glamorous campervans, and as a result infinitely better campsites.
Australia is without a doubt one of the most visited countries in the world, and it’s quite often the case that anyone visiting tries to get out and see some of the landscape, away from the cities. This is a definite must do if you haven’t been before, because you will come across some simply jaw-dropping sights before you. Hiring a car or campervan and heading off into the wilderness, with a decent amount of planning of course, is a fantastic way to see this wonderful and diverse country.
There is a little in the way of camping etiquette you need to bear in mind, and you shouldn’t simply set up camp anywhere – always go to an official campsite; this is for your safety more than anything else. You should also remember to look after the landscape, by taking any rubbish with you, and not leaving anything behind when you set off to your next destination. In terms of not upsetting other campers, try not to get too close; the general rule is to leave around two car spaces between you and them when you set up camp.
It’s always a good idea to check out campsites before you head there, because some have more facilities than others; i.e. some require you to be totally self-sufficient, whereas some have more in the way of facilities for visitors – it always pays to be prepared!
Every single state has countless campsites. Here are some of the best camping spots in Australia:
- Victoria – Grampians Peaks Trail, Errinundra National Park
- New South Wales – Stone National Park, Lithgow
- Western Australia – Francois Peron National Park, Quobba Coast
- Queensland – Sundown National Park, Cooloola
- Northern Territory – West MacDonnell Ranges, Palm Valley
- South Australia – Arkaroola, Victor Harbour
Of course, these are just a few ideas for you to check out, and there are countless more besides. If you want to head into total wilderness, you should check out sites which tick this box for you, but if you want to be somewhere which is nearer to a large resort or city, you won’t struggle – most Australian cities and large towns are surrounded by nature just a stone’s throw away.
If you have shied away from camping in the past, perhaps it’s time you changed your opinion?