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17 Extraordinary Australian Outback Camping Destinations

Wednesday 18th November 2015
By Dave Eddy
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By Dave Eddy


Comeroo Camel Station, Bourke
Comeroo Camel Station is situated North West of Bourke, right on the back door of the NSW Outback. The Camel station is fully operational, covering about 100,000 acres of red dirt, and campers have the unique advantage of staying overnight, or a month at a time, giving you plenty of time to catch some yellowbelly on the waterways, relax in the spa and or enjoy the clear desert nights to partake in some star-gazing.

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Dead Horse Gully Campground, Tibooburra
A camp site for the serious traveller, situated outside the remote community of Tibooburra, in New South Wale’s most North West corner, Sturt National Park. This a no-frills, fair dinkum camping experience, offering spaces for tents and Caravan sites. Its biggest feature is the massive Boulders for which Tibooburra gets its name (an Aboriginal word literally meaning ‘Place of Rocks). With the bare nessecitities, including toilets, and more importantly a Barbie, it is perfect place to escape for a few days, while not getting completely lost.

Aragunnu Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park
For a nice change of pace check out the South Coast of NSW, where the bush meets the sea in breezy coastal townships. Aragunnu Campground is located near Narooma in Mimosa Rocks National Park. There area options for tent and caravan sites, with the beach only a walk away. Check popular spot Moon Bay, explore the Mumbulla Creek Falls and see the lay of the land from Wajurda Point Lookout. 

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Riverside Tourist Park, Queanbeyan
Camping close to the city with plenty activities for everyone, you can’t ask for more from Riverside Tourist Park. Sitting on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, the park offers a safe, family-friendly environment surrounded by leafy-green scenery. With a quick walk to shops around Queanbeyan, and transport options in Canberra, it is an easy alternative. Plus, pets are welcome, so you can bring your best mate along.

Blue Range Hut, Uriarra
If more low-key accommodation options are your sort of style, then the Blue Range Hut is for you. A former Italian Interment Camp in wwII, the snug, 1 room camp site located in the middle of the Uriarra Forest offers you an intimate option away from the communal vibe of some camp sites and caravan parks. Great as a home-base for those who want to explore the forest, either on horse-back or on bike, then settling down over a cuppa and listening to the sounds of the bush all around you.

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Bogong Mountain, Alpine National Park
Bogong Mountain offers some of the best camping scenery in Victoria, especially in winter (if you can stand the cold). Ranging from snow capped peaks, plunging waterfalls, rocky ridges and grassy plains up in the highlands, there are stunning 360 alpine views from the Mountain. keep an eye out for the areas historic mountain huts. There is also cabin accommodation available for those who prefer the comfortable side of life.

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Casuarina Campground, Wyperfeld National Park
From snowy mountains, we turn east to the pine forests and lakes of Wyperfeld National Park. Set amongst the woodlands, lake beds and the Mallee sand dunes lies the Casuarina Campground, offering simple amenities such as picnic tables, fire-places and toilets. Bookings are not required, so spend your time planning to explore the walking tracks all the way to Brackey Well. 

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Rivers Edge Wilderness Camp, Lonnavale
On the bank of the Russel River, the Rivers Edge Wilderness Camp offers a wide variety of facilities and spacious campsites for both tents and caravans. The river offers great fishing for trout, and you might meet a platypus swimming around in the rivers pools. The surrounding White Gum forest is home to an abundance of eagles.

Crayfish Creek Van Park & Treehouse, Stanley

Crayfish Creek Park is not your run of the mill Caravan park – it caters to every need; from basic tent grounds, caravan sites, all the way to ‘The Treehouse’, a luxury cabin that includes a spa. There is so much do to here, you will be busier than a one-handed bricklayer. There are surrounding beaches and shell coves, as well as fishing and bushwalking in Rocky Cape National Park. In Stanley, you can take a chairlift to explore the areas infamous volcanic plug, the ‘Nut’.

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Second Valley Caravan Park, the Fleurieu Peninsula
A great local secret, Second Valley is located in between the rolling hills and sparkling coastline of the Peninsula, with great fishing, bush walking and swimming by the jetty, set against a backdrop of breezy pine trees. The Caravan Park has cabins and camp sites, as well as on-site vans.

Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, Simpson Desert
Not for the faint of heart, camping in the Simpson Desert is the quintessential Outback camping experience. You will need a Desert Park Pass to access any of the three facilities; Mt Dare, Oodnadatta and Birdsville. To camp in the desert you will need to be totally self-sufficient, and is often a challenge for 4wd enthusiasts.


Rottnest Island Camping, Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island, just 18 km off Perth, is one of Australia’s most well-loved nature parks. Surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, snorkelling around the reef and shipwrecks is a must. The Island has a fascinating history, being a former Aboriginal prison and having a role in our WWII military defence system. Its also home to our fury little friend the quokka. The Island has campsites just a stroll from the Island famous beach, the Basin.

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Pinnacles Holiday Park, Cervantes
Perfectly situated 2 hours north of Perth, and 2 hours south of Geraldton, Pinnacles Holiday Park is the gateway to Western Australia’s Coral Coast. A beach front location, right next to Western Australia’s most striking natural landmarks, the limestone towers called the Pinnacles. Offering a range of accommodation options including camping and caravan sites.


Ayers Rock Camp Ground
The Ayers Rock Campground is located only 15km from Uluru, so close you could chuck a thong at it. It doesn’t get much more Outback than this. Situated within the Kata Tjuta National Park, amongst the stunning background of the desert. Pitch a tent under the native desert oaks.

Garnamarr Campground, Kakadu National Park
Kakadu is one of the largest and most secluded National Parks in Australia, home to some of the most diverse fauna and flora; 20,000 native plant species and their world famous crocodiles. Garnamarr Campground is right next to the stunning Jim Jim Falls in the middle of Kakadu.

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Kilcowera Station, Thargomindah
Private and remote, Kilcowera Station is the perfect stop while camping through outback Queensland. There are camp grounds near the Shearers Quarters, or by Cardenyabba Lagoon, where visitors can kayak and catch yabbies.

Sundown National Park, Sundown
In the mountainous hinterland of South West Queensland, just above the NSW border, you can discover the Sundown National Park. For experienced campers, the camp ground is located near steep gorges and ridges to explore. The campsites are only accessible by 4WD, with further campsites hidden high in the bush. There are many tracks that lead to various rivers and waterholes.


So there you have it, 17 of the most extraordinary outback camping destinations from all corners of this great country of ours. 

Have you been to any of these iconic places? Any others you’d add to the list?

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