Article 8 Awe-Inspiring Australian Adventures for Camping Pros
Camping is the best way to experience the beauty of nature, the thrill of adventure and to build on your collection of unforgettable memories. While the wondrous Australian terrain is plentiful for roving and enjoying, more often than not, the actual camping experience is just as awe-inspiring as the wonderful wildlife that surrounds you.
To truly experience Australia for yourself and in a way all your own, you'll want to venture off the beaten path and check out a few truly unique camping opportunities here. Don't forget to pack an extra tent in your campervan for these truly amazing Australia camping experiences.
1. Desert Roughing
Poeppel Corner, Simpson Desert/Munga-Thirri National Park, Queensland
As one would expect, desert camping comes with its own unique challenges and rewards. The Simpson Desert National Park, also known as the Munga-Thirri Nationa Park, is a chance to have a very unique and remote camping experience, so don't miss out on the fun of exploring over 17 million hectares of bright, persimmon-colored desert in this region.
The most famous spot in the area is Peoppel Corner, where you can see the borders of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Here you'll be camping without toilets, showers and official camping grounds, so make sure to get your camping permit from the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service (07 4656 3273) and start planning your packing for self-sufficiency.
Please note, that this experience is suitable for 4WD vehicles only!
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2. Tentless Camping
The Fortress, Grampians National Park, Victoria
Nestled in the wondrous Grampians National Park of Victoria, The Fortress is a breathtaking place to settle for the night under a blanket of stars or a rocky overhang. This is the first stop on the three day Fortress to Mt. Thackeray hike. Begin at the Harrop Track car park, then amble up the steep 4.3km climb to the Fortress buttress and enjoy the glorious, mountainous view.
This hike is very steep and rough, so make sure you are bushwalking self-sufficiently and are prepared for any weather condition.
Image Credit: Travis Johnson
3. Off the Land Living
Iga Warta, Northern Flinders Ranges, Southern Australia
Named for the native orange trees which speckle the area, this indigenous-owned reserve is nestled in the northern Flinders Ranges. A cultural journey that goes deep into Aboriginal practices, Iga Warta is a place to learn of indigenous medicines, edible plants, ancient art and more.
Visitors stay in tents as a way to intimately connect with the surroundings.
Image Credit: Ben Turner on Flickr
4. Low-Land Exploring
Kati Thanda/Lake Eyre National Park, Southern Australia
Not too many people get the chance to camp 12m below sea level, but that's just part of the cool-factor when camping in the Kati Thanda/Lake Eyre National Park. The stark wilderness of this white, salt-crusted lake enchants visitors and is a great destination in the cooler months.
Camp at Halligan Bay, ABC Bay or near Muloorina Station and know that the park is accessible only by 4 wheel drive.
Image Credit: charles.bukowsky on Flickr
5. High-Land Pitching
Main Range,Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales
This national park not only covers 6,900 square kilometres but also features Australia's highest peak as well as the best views of mountainous country and highland streams.
There is a bevy of great camping options, be it in a lodge, tent or, of course, with your campervan. Many marvelous camping options provide little when it comes to facilities, so be prepared with all your necessities.
Image Credit: Andrea Schaffer on Flickr
6. Wombat Meeting
Springlawn, Narawntapu National Park, Tasmania
Also known as the "Serengeti of Tasmania," the Narawntapu National Park is a peaceful and entrancing sanctuary for wildlife and visitors too. Beaches, wetlands, islands, dunes and lagoons, this park has it all and is not one to be missed on your Australia trip. Rich in beautiful geography and magnificently diverse wildlife, the area is home to Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies, Tasmanian devils and wombats!
Camping is allowed in a few areas of the park, and Springlawn is not only conveniently located with all important amenities, but it's also alive with wallabies and wombats who come out to feed each evening.
Image Credit: Jerome Amiguet on Flickr
7. Wet Gear Testing
Tully Gorge, Tully Gorge National Park, Queensland
It is not often that a camper seeks out the chance to test some wet gear, but that's exactly what it means to camp in Tully Gorge. This national park is a Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and 35 km from Tully, the wettest town in Australia. Heavy rainfall and a lush rainforest of tropical flora and fauna await, and this makes the perfect adventure for hardy campers.
White water rafting is a popular activity in this area, as the turbulent Tully River is constantly fueled by these heavy rains.
Image Credit: Joel Friesen on Flickr
8. UFO Observing
Wycliffe Well Holiday Park, Northern Territory
UFO capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well Holiday Park is situated between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek which happens to be the perfect spot for nature lovers and UFO-watchers too. This little piece of the world is famous for its smattering of UFO sightings during WWII when soldiers began to document the strange lights and flying objects in the sky.
Ever since, many claim to have seen some mysterious goings-on in the starry sky. Keep your eyes peeled for nightly visits by wallabies, shooting stars and perhaps an alien friend or two. Australia is a true paradise for adventurers, and these spots are ideal for anyone who's looking for a unique way to experience this beautiful land. Make reservations early when necessary, pack for safety and self-sufficiency and have a wonderful time discovering the majesty and the mystery of Australia.
Disclaimer: Please always make sure to check with the owner of your rented motorhome if their vehicle is suitable for the adventure you have planned. Some roads and routes must only be accessed with a 4WD.
Image Credit: Tony Bowden on Flickr