Campsite between two red cliffs is lit up under a starry night sky in the Northern Territory's Butterfly Gorge © Tourism NT/Lachlan Gardiner 2018

9 epic camping spots just a drive from the city

Waterfall pouring down against a wall of greenery © Tourism and Events Queensland/Reuben Nutt

Larapinta Falls, Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland/Reuben Nutt

Young woman sitting on a boulder in blue-green water © Katie Purling/Tourism and Events Queensland

Swimming in natural rock pools, Babinda Boulders, Queensland © Katie Purling/Tourism and Events Queensland

Animal friendly

Dogs are welcome at Babinda Boulders, however you and your canine companion will need to camp a little further afield, at the Rotary Park campground.

Visitors enjoy a swim in Buley Rockhole © Tourism NT/Dan Moore

Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Dan Moore

Travel tip

For a more private dip at Buley Rockhole, swim in the shady creek that runs parallel to the walking trail to Florence Falls. View the Litchfield National Park map and heed signs for safe swimming.

Two friends relax on the sand next to the water at Ormiston Gorge © Tourism NT/Jackson Groves

Ormiston Gorge, Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Jackson Groves

 Autumn trees with yellow, orange and red leaves © Destination NSW

Breenhold Gardens, Mount Tomah, Blue Mountains, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Coffee break

Savour the best coffee in Katoomba at Cassiopeia on Lurline Street. Housed in a vintage building, it’s flush with native flowers and sweet pastries.

Two people fishing on the beach at sunset on Kangaroo Island © South Australian Tourism Commission

Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission

 Family smiles at the camera within a nature reserve © Merima Baralic

Cotter Reserve, Australian Capital Territory © Merima Baralic

Three tents set up on the grass in Margaret River © Wild Goose Camping

Wild Goose Camping, Margaret River, Western Australia © Wild Goose Camping

View of grassy plains and the Cathedral Ranges © Visit Victoria

Cathedral Ranges, Marysville, Victoria © Visit Victoria