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With an increase in demand for RVs and a rise in domestic travel, it is no surprise that more and more people are hitting the wide-open road and exploring everything Australia has to offer, including the campsites.
From bustling beachside beauties to luscious greenery, Australia is packed with incredible hidden campgrounds. To help you plan your next trip, we’ve asked our Jayco Vanbassadors and Friends of Jayco for their favourite campsites across Australia.
South Quandong Point, The Kimberley (WA)
“We loved this campsite. It is located approximately 50km from Broome and is a stunning dog friendly campsite right on the beautiful blue water with the iconic red dirt all around you! A 4WD is required as although the first half of the trip in is paved, the second half is unsealed and sandy in some area, but it’s well worth the drive in! Sit back and relax or explore the rock pools or throw a line in, but keep an eye out for crocs!”
Barracrab Caravan Park, Clairview (QLD)
“This is a great stopover for an overnighter, halfway between Mackay and Rockhampton, right on the Bruce. It’s one of the unique spots along the coast where the highway almost touches the beach. If you camp in the unpowered sites along the beachfront you will be treated to a sunrise over the ocean. With huge tides, it is known for its barramundi and crabbing, while you can also forage in the tidal sands for shells and sea creatures. Enjoy a happy hour drink in the rustic beachfront bar while the kids can play in the playground.”
Halliday Bay Golf & RV Park, Halliday Bay (QLD)
“If you are self-contained with your own shower and toilet and looking for a base to explore the Whitsundays, then Halliday Bay campground is perfect. Nestled among the palm trees with water views, this large grassy area nestles onto the golf course and is great for families. With a netted enclosed swimming area right out the front of the campsite, the little bay is perfect for families. At the end of the beach, there is a short climb to the top of the bluff with a lookout over the islands and surrounding bays. It’s only a short drive to Cape Hillsbourgh to see the kangaroos on the beach feeding at sunrise which is the best way to start your day!”
Iluka Riverside Holiday Park (NSW)
“This park has been recommended to us by many travellers across the years and it’s so lovely. They have great amenity blocks, laundry, disabled amenities, a camp kitchen and BBQ areas right along the river. Plus, it is pet friendly. It is also a good distance into to village, where you’ll find an IGA, butcher, baker, pub and cafes.”
– Dixie and Graeme, Aussie Caravanning Lifestyle
Mellish Park (QLD)
“This is an epic free spot right on the river (which you can swim in!) We came here after being in the Northern Territory and it’s one of the first free camp spots when you across the border. It is all off grid, so you need to bring in your own water and take out your rubbish.” – Travelling Buckinghams
Ruby Gap Gorge (NT)
“This camp spot is located about 150 kilometres from Alice Springs, in the East MacDonnell Ranges. The creek beds are full of tiny red stones once thought to be rubies which sparked a ‘Ruby Rush’ in 1886 – this is before it was discovered they were just tiny garnets!”
Lucky Bay (WA)
“Not to be confused with Lucky Bay in Southern WA, this campsite is 37km south of Kalbarri
It is a beautiful off grid beach camp protected from the wind behind the dunes and the campground is huge – it can hold a couple of hundred vans but gets busy with locals on long weekends and holidays as it’s a great fishing spot. Amenity wise, there is drop toilets, but no power or water. Fire pits provided on some sites, depending on the time of year for use and rubbish bins provided at Ranger station. Plus, it is only $15 per night per car load!”
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