8 campsites to hit the hay on Down Under
Whether you're unrolling a swag or booking a room, we uncover the best campsites Down Under.
Camping is a hoot. Yeah, there’s the quality time with nature, the satisfaction of staying alive with only caveman resources, the eternally-missed peace and quiet that you can’t find in a pumping hostel. And, maybe most importantly, there’s the potential for meeting new crew and hearing some wack travel stories that you’ll remember forever.
Road trips are flippin’ exhausting, with all that driving, swimming, frolicking. So you want to make sure you have a zen nest awaiting you that night where you can safely slip into that sleeping bag.
Whether you’ve rented a car and need a cabin for the night, or you have a camper and just need a place to park the thing, campgrounds are a cheap and cheerful solution.
Here are a few solid campsite options to make your road trip a little easier.
BIG4 Cairns Coconut Resort
As much as you convince your mother every time you’re on the phone of how grown up you are, no one will ever outgrow a waterslide. Even if you have to pin-ball down that thing when your shoulders touch the sides.
The BIG4 Cairns Coconut Resort thankfully made theirs with adult-children in mind, so you won’t have that problem here. You will, however, have the problem of choosing where to begin with the two pools, water park, mini golf, and fitness centre.
Stretch out those legs after the long drive in a watersports wonderland of your very own. Plus, nothing says ‘ice breaker’ like a friendly slide collision.
BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park
If you’re fretting about the fun factor, this will put your mind at ease: the BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park won the best holiday park in Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards twice in a ROW.
And with good reason. You can hire pontoon boats, you can water ski, and you can wriggle your tushie down a heated waterslide.
Not to mention, the BBQ area – because it would be rude not to throw another shrimp on the barbie, now, wouldn’t it?
Marengo Holiday Park
Only a rookie would skip the Great Ocean Road on their travels Down Under, and you’re not a rookie. Are you? No.
This is one bloody long road (243 kilometres or 151 miles, to be exact) and its beauty does not get old, so you’ll need a few places to stay along the way.
The location at Marengo Holiday Park is one of those sights that’ll make you rub your eyes, but fear not - it is not a mirage. With water so close you can almost dip your feet from your campervan - and views of the local seal colony - you’ll be dragging your feet when it’s time to skedaddle.
BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park
Just a few minutes from Adelaide Airport, this campground serves convenience on a silver platter.
With this site as your launching pad, you can explore all that Adelaide has to offer and rest assured you’ll have somewhere to retire that’s fresh, clean and covered in pools.
If dipping isn’t your thing (even though of course it is) there are golf courses, go karts, and a café that will keep everyone happily fed. Plus, if you’re ready to revisit your inner 12-year-old, there’s even a skate and BMX park.
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Okay, animal lovers. Listen carefully.
This campsite is in Monkey Mia, which is within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area (an easy 9 hour drive north of Perth), so you know you’re going to be within overexcited-reaching-distance of wildlife.
There’s a daily dolphin experience, kayaks and catamarans, snorkelling, and basically anything else water-related you can imagine.
When your poor heart needs a rest from all the animal love, head to dry land for a game of chess, tennis or volleyball.
The question is, is this a message you want to send people: “I’m staying on a working camel station in the Aussie outback”? Because if it is, book yourself a spot at this site (about 300 kilometres - or 186 miles - from Alice Springs) quick-smart and make sure your phone is open to Instagram.
Kings Creek has powered and unpowered campsites for you to choose between, or if you’re feeling fancy, you can glamp it up in a private safari cabin or tent. You’ll have a swimming pool and quad bikes to keep you busy, but the beauty of this place is not being busy – it’s so remote and relaxed that it almost moves in slow-mo.
BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park
Just a few minutes from the ferry terminal, this BIG4 campsite provides the sweetest symmetry for the beginning and end of your Tassie adventure.
Obviously, a day trip to Cradle Mountain is happening at some point. Why is it obvious? Because it’s a World Heritage area with scenic hikes and visits to Aboriginal cultural sites that’ll change your mind, body and (we said it) SOUL.
1770 Camping Ground
Welcome to paradise, or the town in Queensland more commonly known as 1770. Think white sands, clear water and front-row camping spots. If you hit it between November and January, you could even be lucky enough to see the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
At the 1770 Camping Ground, they accommodate everything from a tent to a camper van. You won't have to fret about recharging the iPhone for your morning one-with-nature selfies, because all the beachfront sites have power.
If you have the time, be sure to head to Capricornia Cays National Park to find the 14-hectare coral cay that is Lady Musgrave Island. This place is essentially an oasis of tropical fish and corals, rich forests and beaches worth more than an Insta story. Jump on Lady Musgrave Barrier Reef Cruises while you're at it, if you want to get wet, and don't forget your reef walking shoes or sunscreen
JUCY gives travellers the green light to have the time of their lives! With a range of cars and campers to choose from - you pick the destination, we’ll sort the rest.