We’re bloody spoilt in Australia. Surrounded by stunning scenery just hours out of most major cities. But where are the top spots for scenic views and camping? Here’s 4 of our faves from Victoria and NSW.
1. East Gippsland
With 9 National Parks spread over this lush area of Victoria we think it should appear on every campers bucket list. Here’s 3 of the top picks (plus some special mentions):
Image: Mallacoota Campsite
Halfway between Melbourne and Sydney is a seaside town called Mallacoota. The Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park is right on the waterfront and provides private jetties for boat moorings. Head on a hike to one of the many lighthouses or spend a few days in the quiet beach and forest surrounds.
Image: Cape Conran
If it’s wildlife you’re after then Cape Conran Coastal Park should be your next stop. Around 396 km from Melbourne, the campsite is tucked behind dunes of the main beach. Keep your eyes peeled for Possums, Wombats, Lace Monitors and plenty of birdlife.
Image: Echo Bend
Sometimes you’re seeking a dose of nature with a dash of city comfort. Echo Bend Camping Park is the perfect mix bringing you to the heart of the wilderness with access to park facilities like running water, hot showers and a kiosk.
- Angusvale is a classic campsite within the Mitchell River National Park. If you’re after remote nature this is the spot to be in East Gippsland.
- Boat lovers can’t go past Bunga Arm. It’s accessible only by boat with a lake on one side and the ocean on the other. Another top spot for animals with ample birdlife active in the area.
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Make it a ‘glamping’ weekend
Getting out into the great outdoors is no longer reserved for rustic campers. Sure, there’s a lot to love about heading out remote and being one with nature but there’s also times you’d prefer to enjoy the scenery with some home comforts. If you’re looking to take a glamping trip instead here’s 4 ways to bring along a touch of luxury:
1. Swap your basic sleeping bag for a comfy mattress: most modern air beds come with external pumps for no fuss inflating and deflating.
2. Upgrade your seating with portable outdoor furniture: we’re thinking inflatable lounges that are perfectly compact when not in use, or a soft outdoor-ready beanbag.
3. Fancify your sun shade: keep sunsmart with a portable awning that attaches to your car and makes for a perfect picnic spot.
4. Or go all out with a mini gazebo: there’s plenty of understated options that will give you a chance to invite the other campers around for a cold drink.
2. Snowy Mountains
They may be famous in the cold weather for a skiing holiday, but the Snowy Mountains are an Australian gem all year round for campers. Australian travel blogger Todd Powell, from Over Yonda Adventures, loves to sneak off for a visit whenever he has the chance.
“There’s a narrow, winding road in the Snowy Mountains called Barry Way. It is along here that I love to wild camp. The burbling waters of the Snowy River meanders past eroded, tree filled muddy banks which give rise to secluded hideaways perfect for camping. At night, the bright stars seem so close that they can be plucked by the handful from the heavens. And, if you are lucky, you might get a glimpse of the magnificent Australian brumby galloping past and splashing through the cold river as he travels this iconic Australian landscape.”
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3. Grampians National Parks
With stunning small towns, delicious food and wines and multiple natural wonders - you can’t go wrong with a holiday in the Grampians.
Image: Peaks Trail
If you’re an avid camper and hiker then the newly opened Grampians Peaks Trail is a trek you won’t want to miss. It’s a 3-day, 2-night hike featuring new, sustainable campsites to relax and refuel at overnight.
Image: Bugiga Campsite
The first stop along the trail is the Bugiga Hikers Campsite with amazing views of Mount Rosea. It’s a challenging walk so better suited to experienced hikers but the views are definitely worthwhile.
For a less strenuous experience, and not overnight, try a visit to Kalymna Falls Campground or Borough Huts Campground for access to hikes and swimming holes. Or for the perfect family getaway sort out everyone’s preference for coffee, nature and wildlife with a visit to small village Halls Gap.
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4. High Country Victoria
Adventure travel blogger (and coffee lover) Jeanette Cheney has a soft spot for camping in High Country Victoria. She writes about all her adventures with husband James over on Traveling Honeybird and shared with us what she loves about Victoria’s wilder patches:
“One of our favorite areas to camp in Australia is just about anywhere in the high country Victoria. A shrt 3 hour drive from Melbourne this area is right near the ski fields, surrounded by wineries and other delicious places to visit. Making it a great place to hike, bike and do the winery tours. Now dependant on the time of year or the weather there are a handful of free campsites that you can use. If you were to force me to pick just one campsite I really couldn't do it.”
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Pack up the car and get on the road. You’ve got camping to enjoy!