Camping and caravanning are a national pastime in Australia, with many people regularly heading out to the coast for a relaxing weekend, towing their camper trailers packed with everything at hand. Others choose to go further inland during the cooler months, to the geographical heart of this vast country, but whether you want a beachfront holiday, a trek across national parks and forests, or just to spend some time exploring some of Australia’s heritage towns and river locations, there is a spot to suit all tastes and requirements.
Broome in Western Australia is a popular attraction for campers all year round due to its temperate climate and excellent large caravan parks that are situated in and around the town. The former gold port of Esperance, bordering on a scenic bay with great views of the headlands, is a great place to set up your trailer for one or more days of camping. There is also great bush camping to be had in Cape Le Grand National Park so head over to Lucky Bay, which is home to a large colony of kangaroos. If you want to explore Australia’s only fringing reef then aim for Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef. Snorkelling and swimming are very accessible for the whole family within this marine park, and from November to February you’ll even get to see the turtles nesting.
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If you want to do a spot of whale watching, June or July is when the humpback whales start their migration to the warmer waters of Queensland, and Jervis Bay is the place to be. There is good camping at Booderee National Park, and with stretches of pristine white sandy beaches nearby, this has to be one of the most beautiful places to set up your camper trailer in Australia.
One of the “must see” sites in Australia has to be the trip to watch the sun rise and set over the sacred Uluru, which towers over the desert at 348 metres high. Best visited during the cooler months, you can take your pick of designated camping spots in the National Parks, but aim to fit in a visit to the ancient rock formations in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
You can also pack up your camper trailer and drive to Darwin, which is the tropical capital of the Northern Territories, if you are looking for a holiday with more of a cultural feel. There are a number of outdoor festivals that take place, excellent camping facilities, and you can go swimming in the crystal clear waterholes in the Litchfield National Park. There are opportunities for cruises and crocodile spotting, or bush walks through the monsoon forests a well.
If you are going to be fully self-sufficient, which is easy with a camper trailer, and you are looking to really get away for some peace and quiet, then the Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula is the top destination for fishermen and surfers alike. The national park is a haven for wildlife, and has eight designated camping spots that offer wilderness camping at its best. All the sites have access to sandy beaches and have basic facilities. For those who are keen on diving, there are around 40 shipwrecks that attract a lot of interest from divers, and at Pondalowie Bay there are often surfing events taking place.
So pick your destination, hook up your camper trailer, and head off to the holiday of your choice.