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23 of the Most Unique Places to Go Camping & Caravanning in Australia

Thursday 17th August 2017
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By Cam Donovan
Plan to hit the open road soon, but need some travel inspiration in the meantime? With over 7.5 million square kilometres to explore, the Land Down Under is truly a land that keeps on giving.

To help you narrow down the best of the best our country has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most unique destinations in Australia. And the best part? Camping is not only allowed, but encouraged at most of these breathtaking sites. So go on, pull the trigger on that new Esky you’ve been eyeing and share the good news with your travel mates.  


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1. Pinkest Lake




Pink Lake, WA

Officially named Spencer Lake, this pink-hued body of water is only one of three pink lakes in Western Australia (the other two are Hutt Lagoon near Geraldton and Lake Hillier on Middle Island). The water gets its rosy tint from a species of algae that produces a pink coloured chemical as a means of protection against the sun’s rays. The nearest town to Pink Lake is Esperance, where you’ll find several camping and caravanning options, including Pink Lake Tourist Park and Esperance Bay Holiday Park.


2. Northernmost Point




The Tip, Cape York, QLD

As the saying goes, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” This couldn’t be more true when planning a trip to the Tip. Situated more than 1,000 km north of Cairns, the trek requires navigating through rough terrain, croc-inhabited river crossings, and a scramble over steep rocks to finally reach the cusp of the Cape York Peninsula. For those who don’t mind some advanced planning, a visit to the Tip is sure to provide a rewarding experience. The nearest commercial campsite to the Tip (within 10 km) is Cape York Camping. They offer cabins, powered and unpowered sites, and on-site amenities including bathrooms, showers, campground shop, bar and restaurant, and swimming pool.


3. Largest Opal Mining Area




Coober Pedy, SA

A real gem of a place, visitors are often initially drawn to Coober Pedy for their underground homes, known as “dugouts”. But these dugouts were built by opal miners to serve as shelter against the harsh desert conditions. For any aspiring gem hunters out there, this is your chance to try your hand at opal mining. You’ll find unique underground accommodation options, as well as aboveground camping and pull-through campsites at Riba’s Underground Camping & Caravan Park, just 5 km outside of the town centre.


4. Tallest Waterfall




Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park, QLD

Meet Australia’s tallest single-drop waterfall: Wallaman Falls. At a height of 268 m, this staggering waterfall is a sight to be reckoned with. It’s also located within the UNESCO World Heritage site listed as the Wet Tropics of Queensland, in Girringun National Park. The Wet Tropics is home to many unique species of wildlife, making the visit to Wallaman Falls even more worthwhile. Camping nearby is no problem, as campsites are located within the park itself. Don’t forget to pick up a permit, and campsites bookings need to be made here.


5. Highest Point




Mount Kosciuszko, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

Want to see Australia from the very top? Then the hike to the peak of Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 m) should be on your bucket list. Arguably the most merciful of the “Seven Summits”, the Mount Kosciuszko summit walk is a rewarding hike nonetheless. And who knows, maybe once you’ve seen the view from up above, you’ll feel inspired to conquer another one of these renowned summits. If you’re an inexperienced hiker, please be sure learn safe hiking practices and etiquette, and don’t be afraid to ask for advice from locals and fellow hikers on the trail. There are plenty of campsites and caravan parks located within Kosciuszko National Park — just check their official website for more information.


6. Most Haunted Town




Port Arthur, TAS

If you fancy a glimpse into the past, what used to be the country’s strictest convict settlement can be found at Port Arthur. The prison at Port Arthur was once known as being inescapable, due to the peninsula’s unique geographic location; the town was surrounded by water, which was rumoured to be inhabited by sharks to further deter prisoners from attempting escape. Today, the Port Arthur Historic Site is known not only as Australia’s best preserved penitentiary, but also the most haunted. If you aren’t afraid of ghosts, you’re welcome to stay the night at Port Arthur Holiday Park.  

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7. Southernmost Point



Image: South Point at Wilsons Prom


South Point, Wilsons Promontory, VIC

The Prom is Australia’s southernmost national park, but you’ll need to hike for at least two days if you want the coveted selfie with the official sign that reads, “The most southerly point of the Australian mainland.” The hike is no walk in the park either, in fact, it can seem like more of a scramble at times. Expect a 30 km round trip hike from the Telegraph Saddle car park (the closest place to South Point to park your car) to the sign, but most visitors tend to stop at the Roaring Meg Campground for an overnight stay. That way, you can hike from the campsite to South Point without having to carry all of your gear.


8. Reddest Rock




Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

One of our most iconic landmarks, Ayers Rock (known as Uluru by the Anangu) is recognized as Australia’s “Red Centre” because it appears to change colours depending on the time of day; it is probably most famous for glowing red at sunrise and sunset. Coincidentally, Uluru also happens to sit almost exactly in the geographical centre of mainland Australia. The closest accommodation to the rock is Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara (8 km from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entrance), where a multitude of options are available, including hotels, apartments, and a campground.


9. Largest Sand Island




Fraser Island, QLD

Stretching over almost 2,000 square kilometres, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Not only that, but it’s also the only place to find a rainforest atop sand dunes. With so much land to cover, you’ll be plenty busy on Fraser Island. Fancy a swim in a rainwater lake? Can do. Want to take your 4WD for a spin? Check out the 75 Mile Beach. See wildlife? The waters along the eastern coast are prime for humpback whale sightings between the months of August and October. And best of all, Fraser Island boasts 45 camping spots, so take a look on Queensland’s official website for all of the available listings.


10. Last Volcanic Eruption




Blue Lake, Mount Gambier, SA

Blue Lake is one of four crater lakes within Mount Gambier, but only it and another remain today, as the other two have dried up. It is said that the last volcanic eruption to occur on mainland Australia happened here, but it’s unlikely to erupt again and is now considered dormant. Regardless, we still think you should see Blue Lake with your own eyes — it didn’t earn its name for no reason. Especially in the summer months, you’ll get to see this lake transform from a muted grey into a deep cobalt blue colour. Conveniently, you’ll also find the Blue Lake Holiday Park nearby if you’re looking to spend a few nights in the area.


11. Lowest Point




Lake Eyre, Lake Eyre National Park, SA

The lowest natural point in mainland Australia can be found in Lake Eyre, approximately 15 m below sea level. Lake Eyre is also the largest salt lake in the country, however nowadays, it’s rarely ever full. Even just to see a small flood in the lake, you may have to wait three years. This is because the amount of water that fills the lake is dependent on the intensity of the rainfall in the surrounding areas. But the lake still makes our list because it offers a unique camping experience, where you can try for yourself at one of two campgrounds within the park: Halligan Bay and Muloorina Station Bore.


12. Largest Single Rock




Mount Augustus, Mount Augustus National Park, WA

More than twice the size of Uluru (the Reddest Rock on this list), Mount Augustus holds the title for the world’s largest monolith (basically a single rock). A visit here is a great choice for those who want to get away from it all. From Carnarvon, it’s a 460 km drive to Mount Augustus National Park. Unlike Uluru, climbing Mount Augustus is encouraged, but be prepared for a moderately challenging 12 km round trip to the summit. And since it’s prohibited to camp inside the park, the nearest accommodation option is Mount Augustus Tourist Park. You’ll have spectacular views of the mountain from here.


13. Deepest Cave




Niggly Cave, Junee Cave State Reserve, TAS

Calling all explorers! The Junee Cave is just far enough off the beaten track that it’s less popular among the tourists, but in reality, it’s not even 100 km out from Hobart. This large cave system, consisting of nearly 300 caves, is a great choice if you want to feel as though you’ve got the entire place to yourself. For bragging rights, don’t miss Niggly Cave, Australia’s deepest cave at 375 m deep. What’s more, Tasmania’s first national park, Mount Field National Park, is only 5 km away in the nearby town of Maydena where you’ll find the Land of the Giants Caravan Park. With plenty of campsites suitable for tents, campers, and caravans, you’ll feel right at home at this serviced camping and caravan park.


14. Easternmost Point




Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron, NSW

Not too far from Brisbane, about 170 km south of the capital, you can find yourself at the most easterly point on mainland Australia. The landmark is characterized by the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is still in use to this day. Although the lighthouse is now automated, up until 1989, it was operated by the local residents. While you’re here, you can also visit the former lighthouse keeper’s residence in the Maritime Museum. There are many camping and caravanning options in the area, including North Coast Holiday Parks Clarke Beach and First Sun Holiday Park.

Want to see give caravanning a try in Cape Byron, but don’t own an RV? Check out the listings on Camplify for motorhomes, caravans, and campers available for hire on the NSW North Coast.


15. Oldest Religious Site




Devils Marbles, Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, NT

You’re probably wondering how so many rocks managed to make it onto this list, but trust us, Devils Marbles offers much more than just the rocks themselves. According to Australian Aboriginal mythology, the marbles represent a central spiritual theme and thus possess extraordinary powers. The site is self-guided, but there are many signs with detailed information if you’d like to learn more about the history of the Indigenous people in Australia. You can even set up camp on-site, but be prepared to self-cater, as facilities here are limited.


16. Most Unearthly Place



Image: The Pinnacles


The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, WA

Until space travel to Mars becomes a reality, a trip to the Pinnacles will have to do. The vastness of the land, the jagged rock formations, and the yellow sand are convincing enough to make us feel as though we’ve been transported into outer space (without the deadly side effects). For an even more eerie experience, visit this desert in the late afternoon to see the sun cast strange shadows on the sand. Although there are no campsites in the park, there are accommodation options in the nearby town of Cervantes, like RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.


17. Brightest Glow-in-the-Dark Tunnel




Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel, NSW

There will probably be very few times in your life where you’ll go out of your way to be surrounded by worms — this is one of them. The Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel is a bushwalking trail in what used to be an old railway line, but today, it’s home to various species of glow worms. Once you reach the darkest section of the trail, turn off your torch and wait to be amazed. It’s worthwhile to spend a few days in the area, especially when there’s the Newnes Campground nearby. Campsites are free, but are first come first served.


18. Most Shells on the Beach




Shell Beach, Innes National Park, WA

This one’s a bit of an odd ball. Really, who wants to wear thongs when they’re on the beach? From afar, Shell Beach looks like any other white sandy beach, but once you get closer, you’ll see the entire beach is made up of white shells. So if you don’t want to end up with cuts on your feet, thongs are a must here. Camping here is easy too, as there are several campsites available within Innes National Park. Just be sure to book online and in advance!


19. Westernmost Point




Steep Point, Edel Land, WA

Unfortunately less accessible to those who aren’t experienced in off-road driving, Steep Point and the surrounding region of Edel Land can only be reached by boat or 4WD. This is good news for those who can self-drive, as you’ll likely encounter very few crowds if you do decide to make the trip. Some of the other highlights here include the Zuytdorp Cliffs that tower up to 200 m above the water, as well as access to some of the world’s best land fishing spots. Nearby campsites include Shelter Bay, the Oven, and False Entrance, but be aware that all sites are controlled by a permit system and advance bookings must be made here.


20. Most Paranormal Activity




Wycliffe Well, NT

A visit to Wycliffe Well, the self-proclaimed “UFO Capital of Australia” could make even the most resolute non-believers wonder. Apparently the area’s been a beacon for paranormal activity, especially UFO sightings, since WWII, but nobody seems to know why. But if you’re the type to need to see it to believe, Wycliffe Well may be your best bet. The go-to accommodation in the area is Wycliffe Well Holiday Park, where basic rooms and campsites are available.


21. Oldest Living Organisms




Hamelin Pool, WA

Welcome to Hamelin Pool, home to stromatolites, the world’s oldest living organisms. Although they may not look alive, don’t be fooled by their appearance. If you get close enough, you may be able to see the oxygen bubbles forming. These bubbles are believed to have played a big part in our existence, so come give your thanks to these guys. Stay a night or two at Hamelin Station, where there are powered and unpowered campsites with access to modern amenities like toilets, showers, kitchen, and laundry facilities.


22. Most Tranquil Place




William Ricketts Sanctuary, VIC

William Ricketts Sanctuary is the place to go to truly become one with nature. The sanctuary is filled with unique and mystical sculptures, all of which embrace and pay tribute to Australian Aboriginal spirituality and their way of life. If you’re ever feeling bogged down by your everyday routines, this is a place where anyone can go to seek inspiration, find peace and tranquility, and connect with Mother Nature. The best part is, it’s only an hour drive from Melbourne, so there are many places you can go to set up camp. One of which is in the Dandenong suburb, called the Dandenong Tourist Park.

If you know William Ricketts Sanctuary is a must-do on your next road, but you don’t own an RV to do the trip, be sure to check here for RVs and caravans for hire in Melbourne and its surrounds.


23. Most Remote Town





 Birdsville, QLD

A top contender for one of the Outback’s most remote places, Birdsville’s claim to fame is the annual Birdsville Races. Every September, the number of people in this little town jumps from less than 200 permanent inhabitants to almost 10,000 visitors. Apart from the Races, other notable attractions here are the Birdsville Track, the Birdsville Hotel, and Big Red (an iconic outback sand dune for those brave enough to attempt it). The only real campground here is the Birdsville Caravan Park, but they’re well-equipped with toilets and showers, camp kitchen and BBQs, and coin-operated laundry.

We hope that at least one, if not all, of these uniquely Australian camping and caravanning destinations have made it onto your bucket list. So what’re you waiting for? Show your friends our list, make sure your van is in tip top shape, and pack your bags for your next big adventure!

 

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