Top 10 Places in Australia to take your camper trailer
Here’s the Platinum Camper Trailer and Caravan’s State-by-State wrap on some of our best known camper trailer spots. This is just but a small samples of what Australia has to offer – there are so many more than just these 10, but this will wet your appetite and possibly introduce you to some locations that are not so well known. Let’s face it; anywhere you can camp in your camper trailer is going to be better than a day in the office.
Bribie Island - QLD
Camp behind the dunes on the Ocean Beach, and enjoy fantastic opportunities to boat, fish and explore.
Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area, just a short drive from Brisbane offers a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle, others accessible by boat.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
Kilcowera Station - qld
Kilcowera station is located a 14-hour drive from Brisbane and offers up a genuine outback experience. Throughout the area, there are plenty of places to make camp with your camper trailer.
One of the most scenic spots at Kilcowera Station is the Cardenyabba lagoon. This area of natural beauty is the perfect place to spend an afternoon kayaking or catching yabbies.
Spend your day exploring the 120,000 acre Station. As with most Outback destinations, the night sky is not affected by light pollution. There is nothing quite as Australian as enjoying a cold one next to a roaring campfire under the stars.
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park - sa
The lowest natural point in mainland Australia can be found in Lake Eyre, approximately 15 m below sea level. Lake Eyre is also the largest salt lake in the country, however nowadays, it’s rarely ever full. Even just to see a small flood in the lake, you may have to wait three years. This is because the amount of water that fills the lake is dependent on the intensity of the rainfall in the surrounding areas. But the lake still makes our list because it offers a unique camping experience, where you can try for yourself at one of two campgrounds within the park: Halligan Bay and Muloorina Station Bore.
TALBOTVILLE HISTORIC TOWNSHIP CAMPING AREA - VIC
Speak of Victoria and we immediately think High Country… a place that is the 4X4 Mecca of Australia. I could fill a book with descriptions of magic campsites around here. So let’s just drill down to the best one. Talbotville – an abandoned gold mining town north-west of Dargo, best accessible by 4WD only and literally surrounded by endless days of tracks. The town is long gone, leaving a perfect level green grassed camping area beside the most pristine river, the Crooked River. If there was a campsite in heaven, this would be it!
Ayers Rock Campground – NT
Nothing screams Australian outback more than Uluru. One of the best places for those touring with their trailer camper in the Australian Outback is the Kata Tjuta National Park.
Set against the warm red sands of the desert, Ayers Rock Campground is the perfect place to pitch up and explore some of the finest Outback scenery in the world. The campsite is located just 15 km from Uluru and plenty of desert oaks provide shade from the heat of the day.
Located over 1500 kilometres from Adelaide, this stunning destination definitely requires a camper trailer fit for purpose. Hardcore drivers would be able to reach it after a solid 17-hour drive. But it is better to split the journey between several days and enjoy what the heart of Australia has to offer along the way.
Niggly Cave, Junee Cave State Reserve, TAS
Calling all explorers! The Junee Cave is just far enough off the beaten track that it’s less popular among the tourists, but in reality, it’s not even 100 km out from Hobart. This large cave system, consisting of nearly 300 caves, is a great choice if you want to feel as though you’ve got the entire place to yourself.
For bragging rights, don’t miss Niggly Cave, Australia’s deepest cave at 375 m deep. What’s more, Tasmania’s first national park, Mount Field National Park, is only 5 km away in the nearby town of Maydena where you’ll find the Land of the Giants Caravan Park. With plenty of campsites suitable for tents, campers, and caravans, you’ll feel right at home at this serviced camping and caravan park.
The town of 1770 is found on the Queensland coast between Rockhampton and Bundaberg. It has two good caravan parks – one on the shores of Bustard Bay and one that is a 10-min walk to the pristine surf beach. Eurimbula National Park, just before the town, has two waterside camping opportunities at Middle Beach and Bustard Bay. If you are into boating and fishing these are the picks. A few kilometres south of 1770 is Deepwater National Park with numerous camping opportunities tucked amongst the shade trees just 5-mins walk from the surf beach which you will have all to yourself.
The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, WA
Until space travel to Mars becomes a reality, a trip to the Pinnacles will have to do. The vastness of the land, the jagged rock formations, and the yellow sand are convincing enough to make us feel as though we’ve been transported into outer space (without the deadly side effects). For an even more eerie experience, visit this desert in the late afternoon to see the sun cast strange shadows on the sand. Although there are no campsites in the park, there are accommodation options in the nearby town of Cervantes, like RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.
Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, SA
This breathtakingly beautiful desert landscape is an absolute must-see for all camper trailer owners. Located approximately 970 km from Adelaide, it is the perfect stop over point on your way to Uluru.
This is definitely a hardcore destination and is one of those Outback locations that is quintessentially Australian. If you want to catch up here, you are going to have to be self-sufficient. Having a camper trailer that is up to the job is essential.
During the daytime, temperatures can reach boiling point and evenings are surprisingly cool. If you want to have a real Outback experience, then you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere better than here.
Wycliffe Well, NT
A visit to Wycliffe Well, the self-proclaimed “UFO Capital of Australia” could make even the most resolute non-believers wonder. Apparently the area’s been a beacon for paranormal activity, especially UFO sightings, since WWII, but nobody seems to know why. But if you’re the type to need to see it to believe, Wycliffe Well may be your best bet. The go-to accommodation in the area is Wycliffe Well Holiday Park, where basic rooms and campsites are available.