As Easter approaches, this is the perfect time for you and your loved ones to take time out of your busy and stressful schedules to unwind. One of the best ways to do this is by staying and relaxing in some of the best campsites in the country – and for those planning to spend their holiday in Australia, you might also find this list interesting as year-round destinations!
So, here are our tips for some of the best camping sites you can visit this Easter:
1. New South Wales: Jarvis Bay
For those who want to spend time on pristine white sandy beaches and swim in clear blue waters, you will find the National Park in Jarvis Bay the ideal place to spend your Easter holiday. Easter time can still bring wonderfully warm temperatures and sunny days to enjoy. On the other hand, if the weather is cooler, this area offers you amazing bush walks and views that will take your breath away – and great fishing for the angling enthusiasts too! With only a 3 hour drive south of Sydney, what’s not to love about this area? And if you extend your trip into May, you will also have the opportunity of seeing humpback whales migrating!
Looking for things to do while in NSW, visit: www.visitnsw.com/things-to-do
2. Queensland: Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. You can gaze up at towering ancient trees in astonishing rainforests growing out of sand on this World Heritage-listed wonder, and be amazed by the incredible blue and greens in the stunning freshwater lakes. Apart from the natural beauties on this island, it is also a great place for 4WD enthusiasts where all of the sand tracks lead to cold water creeks, beaches, sand dunes, pristine lakes, etc.
This island is located about an hour and thirty minutes drive from Hervey Bay, and there are plenty of spectacular camping grounds along the coast to choose from. While there, it won’t be difficult to see why this is one of the most visited islands and camping spots not just in Queensland but in all of Australia.
Our tip: make sure you pack away your food around your campsite each night not to attract the famously local dingoes.
Looking for things to do while on Fraser Island, visit: https://www.visitfrasercoast.com/Destinations/Fraser-Island
3. Queensland: Lake Moogerah
Set up your campsite and then go boating, walking, or simply drive around this lake and appreciate the beauty of the expansive Lake Moogerah, just an hour and a quarter from Brisbane’s central business district. This lake is surrounded by natural wonders, small towns with plenty of character to wander through, and you can pick up plenty of delicious fresh produce in this area too.
Lake Moogerah Caravan Park offers spectacular scenery of mountains and the lake, with wide open spaces and an abundance of wildlife. They offer kayaks, tinnies and paddle boards to enjoy some hours on the lake, and you won’t be disappointed with the amazing sunsets you will see in the evenings.
This campsite will have you falling in love again with all of nature’s beauties.
Looking for things to do in QLD, visit: https://www.visitqueensland.com.au/
4. New South Wales: Boyd River Campground
The Boyd River Campground located in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park is around a 3½ hour drive west from Sydney, making it a perfect getaway for a long weekend. This campground has 30 campsites available and provides the perfect base to explore Australia’s nature. While you are camping, you will have the opportunity to be visited by sugar gliders, brush-tail possums and tawny frogmouths all enjoying the tall snow gums towering around the campsite.
Whether you want to go bushwalking, ride mountain bikes, have a keen interest in landscape photography, or are just eager for a getaway, this is the perfect destination. If you have some time spare, take a ride to the Kananga-Boyd Lookout. Here you will enjoy an amazing view and may even spot wedge-tail eagles.
Looking for more camping areas or things to do in NSW National Parks, visit: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/
5. South Australia: Flinders Bush Retreats
Beat the crowded campsites and explore the Flinders Ranges in all its natural beauty at Flinders Bush Retreats. Campsites here are available in designated spots in Willow Waters Gorge, limiting the amount of campers at any one time. Caravans, camper trailers and tents are welcome and sites are allocated depending on your size requirements. Your campsite is also booked exclusively for you, so there are no shared sites.
The Flinders Bush Retreats is located on a family farm, designed to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With limited mobile phone coverage, you can get away from it all. Let the kids get dirty, climb a tree, make a cubby in the creek, catch a tadpole or two…. it’s these impressions that will make memories to last a lifetime!
The property is abundant in native flora, fauna and natural wonders. Explore the gum creeks and amazing geology in Willow Waters Gorge. Bush walking offers amazing views at every turn.
Find out more about Flinders Bush Retreats here: http://www.flindersbushretreats.com.au/
6. Victoria: Port Fairy
Port Fairy is located on the picturesque Great Ocean Road. There are many towns and villages to explore, and you can make endless footprints in the sand while exploring the shipwrecked coast. You will feel like you are walking in the 1800’s as you discover old bluestone buildings, and if you like horse-riding, jump in the saddle and ride over the rich volcanic pastures that produce delicious wines, cheeses and vegetables.
Gardens Caravan Park Port Fairy is nestled beside the picturesque Botanic Gardens on the banks of the Moyne River and is just a stone’s throw from the ever-popular East Beach. Gardens Caravan Park will give the tranquil break you need this Easter.
Looking for thing to do in Port Fairy, visit: https://www.portfairyaustralia.com.au/
7. Tasmania: Cradle Mountain Discover Park
While it’s not the highest mountain in Tasmania, it certainly is the most famous. The iconic peak of Cradle Mountain is surrounded by a national park riddled with hiking trails where you can spot Tasmanian devils, platypuses and wombats.
Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands provide a range of environments to explore. This area has a wealth of wildlife to ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. A visit will reveal why.
Cradle Mountain Discovery Park offers a comfortable setting when in Cradle Mountain. It is ideal for those wishing to immerse themselves in nature, with Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park just moments away.
Cradle Mountain is a 2.5 hour drive east of Launceston or a 4 hour drive from Hobart, making it an convenient location for those looking for a quick getaway this Easter.
Looking for thing to do in Cradle Mountain, visit: https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=3297
8. Western Australia: Alexandra Bridge Campground
With rare forests, national parks and rivers, the Margaret River Region is one of the most stunning places to camp in Western Australia. Easter is a perfect time to visit this biodiversity hotspot and experience the ultimate outdoor freedom.
With a maximum of 21 campsites, Alexandra Bridge Campground is one of the best camping grounds in the region, located on the banks of the Blackwood River, 26 kilometres north-east of Augusta.
A tranquil haven, it features a stunning array of birds and wildlife and the river provides activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing and boating making it a year round destination for visitors who enjoy camping in a natural environment.
Bookings are not taken for the camping ground, so it is first in first served.
Looking for thing to do in WA, visit: https://visitwa.com.au/
9. South Australia: Waitpinga Campground
This campsite is found in the rugged and wild conservation park. Whether you reside in Southwest Victoria or even in Adelaide, this campsite is the perfect place for you and your loved ones to spend the Easter holiday. This campground is located on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Newland Head Conservation Park and is a popular destination for surfing and fishing.
The park protects two long beaches, Waitpinga and Parsons, as well as rocky headlands and surrounding coastal vegetation. Follow the walking trails along the rolling hills and rugged cliffs which provide panoramic views of the Waitpinga Creek, Encounter Bay, the Pages in Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island.
After a day of beach fishing, set up camp at Waitpinga Campground and enjoy the distant sound of waves rolling onto the beach. Due to strong rips and hidden gutters, the park’s beaches are not suitable for swimming.
Looking for more camping areas or things to do in SA National Parks, visit: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/Home
10. New South Wales: Treachery Camp
Situated on 38 acres behind Treachery Beach, surrounded by the Myall Lakes National Park, Treachery Camp offers its guests an unspoiled coastal retreat within 4 hours drive of Sydney.
Treachery Beach is totally unspoiled and known for its excellent surf breaks, great fishing and relaxed pace.
Beach, headland and seascape scenery is spectacular and is popular with photographers and painters. There are many walks along the four beaches and through the bush, behind which are remnants of littoral rainforest with unusual species of plants and birds. The bird life is abundant and very rewarding to the dedicated birdwatcher.
The camp site is “Free Form” ie. no allocated sites, and bookings are essential. They even allow small campfires (subject to fire bans).
Looking for things to do in the Forster and Taree area, visit: https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/forster-and-taree-area