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14 of the Best National Parks to Camp in Australia

Thursday 21st September 2017
By Ella Camplify
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By Ella Camplify
Australia has an immense amount of National Parks to visit - over 500! So when you’re on a camping trip sometimes there’s just too many to choose from, which ones are the best to visit?

We’ve narrowed it down to our favourite few National Parks in each state, so make sure these ones are on your itinerary!

 

 


NEW SOUTH WALES




1. Warrumbungle National Park

The perfect place to escape the city and unwind. Situated near Coonabarabran in NSW south-west region, this national park is especially known for its stargazing. Drop into the information Warrumbungle Visitor Centre and grab a copy of a star chart to enjoy those beautiful, clear starry nights.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Breadknife and Grand High Tops Walk
  • Whitegum Lookout
  • Belougery Split Rock Walking Track
Best Place to Camp: Camp Blackman



Source:  NSW National Parks   


2. Kosciusko National Park

The crowning peak of Mt.Kosciuszko looms over this gigantic national park which spans almost 700,000 hectares. The main reason people travel to this park is to visit the snow! You might not be camping in the winter months but during summer there's plenty of places to go camping, bushwalking, fishing, rafting and horseriding.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Skiing or snowboarding at Thredbo or Perisher
  • Kosciuszko Walk (visit Australia’s highest lake!)
  • Yarrangobilly Caves Thermal Pool Walk
Best Place to Camp: Ngarigo campground




3. Blue Mountains National Park

This heritage listed beauty is home the the famous Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation which brings thousands to the site every year. A range of adventure activities include walking, canyoning, climbing, mountain biking and of course camping!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Wentworth Falls
  • Three Sister’s Walk
  • Govetts Leap Lookout
Best Place to Camp: Perrys Lookdown Campground



Source: Camp Sight


  


QUEENSLAND




1. Daintree National Park

Located 104km north of Cairns, this remote Park has a combination of rainforests and beaches. Popular activities include boat tours, walking, hiking, bird-watching and zip-lining!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Marrja Boardwalk
  • Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail
  • Walu Wugirriga (Mount Alexandra lookout), about 5km north of the Daintree River
Best Place to Camp: Noah Beach Camping Area



Source: Parks QLD


2. Great Sandy National Park

The Great Sandy National Park has esqusite long beaches lined by sand dunes as well as a lavish amount of beautiful wildflowers, lakes and forest. A popular holiday destination due to these reasons!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Cooloola Great Walk
  • Double Island Lighthouse
  • Carlo Sandblow
Best Place to Camp: Cooloola Recreation Area



 


VICTORIA 




1. Grampians National Park

This national park is one of the most popular destinations for Victorians and visitors due to its array of beautiful aspects to explore. As well as camping, you can go climbing, bushwalking and hiking through the waterfalls and see stunning panoramic views from the mountain ranges. The area has a rich Aboriginal heritage and a wealth of rock art to learn about.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Boronia Peak Walk
  • MacKenzie Falls
  • Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre
Best Place to Camp: Boreang Campground




2. Alpine National Park

This park stretches all the way to the New South Wales border when it adjoins Kosciuszko National Park. It’s mountain peaks and grassy high plains are the hiker’s dream! You will see waterfalls along the walks and in winter you can go cross-country skiing! Other activities include canoeing, cycling, four-wheel driving and horse riding.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Paradise Falls
  • Lake Tali Karng
  • Lake Cobbler
Best place to camp: Pretty Valley Campground



 


SOUTH AUSTRALIA




1. Flinders Chase National Park

Beautiful granite rock formations and vast wilderness to explore! For the most part the park is accessible by 2WD, so it’s absolutely perfect for day visits and an amazing location to view wildlife in their natural habitat.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Kangaroo Island
  • Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch
Best place to camp: Rocky River Campground



Source:  Tripadvisor


2. Breakaways Conservation Park (Coober Pedy)

The Park is an arid of scenery ranging from desert to large flat topped mesas. The site has remnants of millions of years of geological history!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Great Breakaways Marathon
  • Main Lookout
Best place to camp: Breakaway Campground



 


WESTERN AUSTRALIA




1. Cape Le Grand National Park (Esperance)

The Park is a beautiful mass of rolling heathlands with massive granite and gneiss peaks! The park is only 45 minute drive from Esperance making it a must see when passing by the area!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Thistle Cove.
  • Le Grand Coastal Trail
Best place to camp:  Cape Le Grand Camping Ground



Source: WA Parks


2. Karijini National Park

Approximately 1400km north of Perth, this park is the second largest is Western Australia and is an iconic and unique nature based destination. It’s famous for beautiful gorges and sheer chasms.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool
  • Mt Bruce (Punurrunha)
  • Joffre Gorge
Best place to camp: Eco-Retreat Karijini



 


NORTHERN AUSTRALIA




1. Uluru (Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park)

Uluru is millions of years old and has a deep Aboriginal cultural importance. The beautiful red rock is 450 Kilometres from Alice Springs and it’s circumference is 9.4km!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Watch the sunset over Uluru
  • Visit the Cultural Centre
  • Walk around the base of Uluru
Best place to camp: Ayers Rock Campground




2. Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Parks boasts a huge collection of ancient Aboriginal rock art. Visit one of the many stunning waterfalls, go birdwatching, swimming or croc spotting! The park covers nearly 20,000 square kilometres so get those very comfortable walking shoes on!

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • Gunlom Falls
  • Aboriginal Rock Art - Nanguluwurr, Ubirr, Burrungkuy
Best place to camp: Anbinik Campground



Source: Anbinik

 


TASMANIA




1. Freycinet National Park (Coles Bay)

The Park is spotted with granite mountains, surrounded by bays and picturesque white sand beaches. This park is perfect for bird-watching as a there is large range of native birds scattered amongst the trees. The park is located 2.5-3 hours from Hobart and Launceston.

Key highlights you must not miss:

  • One of the many beaches!
  • Birdwatching
Best place to camp: Freycinet National Park’s Campground



 

So that its! Our list of the best National Parks to Camp At, however with the choice of nearly 500, there are certainly many National Parks that would have made the list if we could! Check out National Parks Australia to find more information.

 

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