Camping In Australia’s Best National Parks

Can you believe that Australia has over 500 national parks? What’s more, these national parks span more than 28 million hectares, which represents about 4% of the total country!

These parks are all protected and house some of the worlds most delicate and intricate ecosystems, some that are uniquely Australian.

We have everything from red sandy deserts and lush alpine forests, right through to pristine golden beaches.

Further to this, we have 14 World Heritage sites (most of these are classified as natural wonders) along with 13 marine parks that rival the world’s best.

It’s no wonder us Aussies have such an affinity with the great outdoors!

If you are looking for something unique and exciting to do, you should consider camping in one of the many beautiful national parks our great country has to offer.

Our national parks are perfect for those who crave excitement and love exploring new places. What better way to do this than by going camping!

Let’s take a look now at some of Australia’s best national parks to go camping.

Kakadu National Park, NT

Arguably Australia’s most well known national park, Kakadu offers some of the most mind-blowing landscape our country has to offer.

You also get the chance to experience our rich indigenous culture in a way you have never seen before.

Furthermore, there are a number of camping options. For example, there are camping areas at Gunlom, Merl, Mardugal and Muirella Park that cater to large groups.

All of these camping areas have toilets, solar heated showers and clothes washing facilities.

Or if you want to rough and tumble it, there are also several free camping areas with limited or no facilities so you need to come well prepared.

Wherever, or however you choose to explore Kakadu, it will be an experience that you will never forget!

Shoreline Drive, Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park, VIC

Ninety Mile Beach is one of Victoria’s most iconic landmarks. However, despite the name, this stretch of beach is actually 94 miles long (151 kilometres).

If you’re looking for a great place to camp, then Shoreline Drive is the place for you.

Located along Ninety Mile Beach, Shoreline Drive and has about 20 small campsites to choose from and is an extremely popular place during summer.

The beach along here is pristine and allows for totally interrupted views of the beach as far as the eye can see.

There are a number of activities to indulge in including swimming, surfing, dolphin watching or simply taking a stroll along the shore while taking in the epic sunsets.

Dawsons Spring Campground, Mt Kaputar National Park, NSW

Mt Kaputar National Park is a sensational place for camping if you are looking for some spectacular scenery.

This unique national park is a eucalypt forest comprising of semi-arid woodland and sprawling mountain ranges with origins tracing back some 20 million years.

Sawn Rocks is one of the most popular attractions here. This is a basalt rock cliff face that is about 40 metres high and resembles organ pipes.

The campground at Dawsons Spring is situated on the side of Mt Kaputar, which is just past the summit.

The highlight of staying here is catching the amazing sunrises. What a way to start the day!

Dales Gorge Campground, Karijini National Park, WA

Dales Gorge campground is an ideal spot to pitch your tent as you gear up to explore Karijini National Park.

This national park is your typical outback setting with red rock gorges, waterfalls and rock pools.

Dales Gorge campground is located right in the middle of this idyllic setting.

If you are after a secluded swim, head to Joffre Gorge or Fern Pool. Here you will be mesmerised by some of the most breathtaking views this country has to offer.

Deep Creek, Mt William National Park, TAS

Tasmania is renowned across Australia for having some of the most beautiful forests in the country, and Mt William National Park is no exception.

Located Northeast of Launceston, you will find Deep Creek camping ground. The native flora here will make your hiking experiences one to remember.

There is so much to do here. You can tackle some of the hiking trails, go fishing or diving, or just chill out on the sensational white sand beaches.

One of the highlights is around dusk when you can get up close and personal with wallabies and kangaroos and you may even catch a glimpse of the odd wombat!

Be Prepared For Camping And Hiking

There are numerous things you need to bring along if you want your camping experience to be a good one.

Some of the absolute essentials that should be included on your list are:

Sunscreen – We all know that the Australian sun is very harsh, so the number one essential you should pack is the sunscreen.

Insect repellent – Unfortunately, insects are all over Australia’s national parks and the only way to stop them is to bring along some insect repellent.

Sturdy hiking shoes – Focus less on whether or not they are aesthetically pleasing and more about how they will support your feet when hiking.

Waterproof bags – With potential river crossings, waterfalls and of course, rain, a waterproof bag is essential as you explore the great outdoors.

As well as things like snacks, cameras, and other items, it should also contain first aid supplies, clean water and other essentials.

Clean socks – When exploring and camping in the great outdoors, there is a good chance that your socks will get wet from stepping in a puddle or sweat.

Changing your socks as soon as possible will help you avoid any issues like blisters. When hiking, you should carry at least three or four extra pairs with you.

Of course, there are other items you also need to bring along if you are camping.

This includes tents, sleeping bags, food supplies and cooking equipment however, the list above is the bare essentials, and easy to forget.

You Can’t Beat A Caravan For Exploring Australia

If you really want to explore some of Australia’s best national parks, there is no better way to do this than with a caravan.

This gives you unparalleled flexibility in that you can visit a number of different places with minimal hassle and really enjoy the experience in comfort.

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