Caravanning is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors, with a little bit of indoor comfort too. Plus, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of a country with some of the most uniquely located caravan parks, in the world. Forget about hotels on your next holiday and get into the spirit of one of Australia’s national pastimes.
Enjoy the great outdoors with a caravanning adventure.
Booderee National Park, NSW
The seaside escape of Jervis Bay teems wildlife, including bottlenose dolphins, penguins and migrating whales. You can take the caravan into the heart of Booderee National Park, to fully immerse in natural wonders.
Learn about Koori culture and traditional foods of the Booderee’s and bird watch at Cape St George Lighthouse. Throw a line in at Green Patch Beach, where’ll you’ll find a campsite with toilets, hot water and barbies, to cook up your catch of the day.
Granite peaks on a backdrop of glittering ocean awaits, in Western Australia’s Cape Le Grand National Park. Explore remote wilderness between Cape Le Grand Beach and Rossiter Bay, or picnic on the sheltered beaches of Lucky Bay and Hellfire Bay.
Inland, you’ll spot western grey kangaroos, pygmy possums and groves of banksia. Stay at the Lucky Bay Campground, with a camp kitchen, hot showers and direct beach access for daily dips.
Daintree National Park, QLD
Rainforest walks, ocean safaris, fishing and horse riding are literally on your doorstep here.
Imagine what a joy it’ll be to park your caravan in the midst of the Daintree Rainforest? As if that’s not a prime location in itself, Cape Trib Camping rests on the edge of Myall Beach, fringed by the Great Barrier Reef. Rainforest walks, ocean safaris, fishing and horse riding are literally on your doorstep here. Plus, there’s a bar, shop and takeaway pizzas, onsite.
Park your van in the heart of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
The famous Overland Track starts at Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, but you don’t have to hike the six day trail, to invest in exploring a large dose of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Cradle Mountain Caravan Park offers a home away from home, with nearby canyons for adventure sports, glacial lakes, ancient pines and perhaps even the opportunity to see a Tassie Devil in the wild.
West MacDonnell National Park, NT
The West MacDonnell National Park brings a whole new meaning to ‘camping under the stars’, where you can truly escape from artificial light to appreciate the night sky. Ormiston Gorge is a spectacular showcase of the MacDonnell Ranges, with a near-permanent waterhole for refreshing swims.
Do the Ghost Gum or Pound Walk and spot rock wallabies, ring-tailed dragons and water birds. The campsite offers basic toilets, showers and barbecues, however it’s advisable to bring your own water.
Now, what was that about not having enough time to take the caravan out?
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.