What makes a camping trip truly the best? For some it’s the best company while for others it’s all about the best equipment. Most of us would probably agree that it is the location that catapults a particular camping trip into the realms of being the best.
Australian Geographic Outdoor Magazine has compiled a guide to the sweetest, wildest, highest and hottest camping destinations across Australia. It’s a must read for bucket list camping.
Here’s our fave three:
Best Beachside Camping
Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia
If your ideal camping trip includes sun, sand and surf then hightail it to Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Bay, a 40 minute drive from Esperance. Sparkling azure waters stretch for 5 km and there are a number of great bushwalks in the area that take in the wild coastal scenery. The campsite has solar-heated showers, so you can warm up after a day’s swim.
Best place to camp without a tent
The Fortress, Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia
Roll out a sleeping mat and don’t bother with tent pegs at this rocky overhang overlooking the mountainous Grampians landscape. The Fortress is the first stop on a three day overnight hike – 4.3 km from the Harrop Track car park. Ensure you register with Brambuk – the national park and cultural centre – and it’s a good idea to have a tent packed just in case.
Best Desert Camping
Poeppel Corner, Simpson Desert National Park, Queensland, Australia
The vast Simpson Desert covers more than 17 million ha. of central Australia and is an experience like no other. The dunal desert holds many surprises – including Australia’s largest goanna the perentie. Poeppel Corner is the junction of SA’s Simpson Desert Conservation Park and NT’s Simpson Desert Regional Reserve. There are no designated campgrounds or facilities and only experienced, self-sufficient travellers should explore the desert.
Where’s your favourite ‘best’ spot and why? Leave us a comment below.