With over five hundred national parks that protect and showcase a diversity of natural landscapes, Australian campsites ca be found in the bush, along the coast, surrounded by desert, at the base of mountains, and even covered in snow. Check out our top choices for campsites around Australia that are a little off the beaten track.
Nestled between sparkling blue ocean of a secluded bay and the surrounding sub-tropical forest, the town of 1770 is one of Queensland’s less known camping ground. Located in the north of the state with the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, you can actually sleep on the soft sandy beach beneath lazy palm. As secluded as it is, you can still find plenty of available options close by, with scuba diving, snorkelling, reef trips, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and of course, leisurely walks along the beach.
Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory
Situated in the West MacDonnell Ranges, the camping area at Ormiston Gorge in the Northern Territory is surrounded by a rugged scenery made up of rocky cliff faces and river banks lined with gum trees. Explore the many hiking trails in the area on foot, like the nearby Ghost Gum Lookout trail that finishes after 40 minutes on a platform with a simply breathtaking view, or a 4 hour section of the Larapinta Trail called the Ormiston Pound Walk.
Lucky Bay, Western Australia
Located above the beach, the campsite at Lucky Bay in Western Australia boasts some truly stunning sights. Enjoy the views of dramatic rocky outcrops surrounding turquoise waters on white sandy beaches, with the added bonus of sun-baking kangaroos laying about beside you.
Green Patch, New South Wales
At Jervis Bay inside a National Park named Booderee, popular Green Patch campsite on the southern Coast of New South Wales is so beautiful that it often books out months in advance. So, get in early to enjoy the many bushwalking trails dotted with shady little picnic spots and nearby beaches perfecty situated for both cooling off and getting a tan.
Pondalowie Bay, South Australia
Hiding between rugged bushland and coastal views on Yorke Peninsula’s southern tip, Innes National Park is a beachside playground only 4 hours’ drive from Adelaide. Well known for its decent waves, Pondalowie Bay also offers some good spots to fish as well as a shipwreck at nearby Ethel Beach to see. So once you have pitched your tent, wander along the pristine beach and explore the area before catching a wave in the surf.