Last Updated on March 18, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ
Searching for Australian campsites or caravan parks that we won’t regret in the morning adds that little frisson of uncertainty that makes road-tripping round Australia so exciting.
Although sometimes it’s a little TOO exciting when darkness is falling and we’ve got NO clue as to where we’ll spend the night. That’s why we take time each trip on a reconnaissance mission for the next one! And that includes scoping out future campsites.
But sometimes, after a long day on the road, it’d be nice to find somewhere COOL to stay with the facilities we want and directions on how to get there.
And now I can with the FAAAAABULOUS new Explore Australia Camping Around Australia app (available for iPhone & iPad)!
I’d already picked out these 6 HOT campsites to stay at one day – but who knows how long before we re-visit them? And whether they’ll still be operating when we DO get there? Using the app will not only tell me that, but it’ll also suggest alternative Australian campsites to try if I find we’ve missed the boat!
And you can too!
So check out these 6 COOL Australian Campsites at the top of my list – then try the Camping Around Australia app from Explore Australia!
1. Caroline Pool, via Halls Creek, Western Australia
The unbelievably scenic Caroline Pool (pictured above) just south of Halls Creek would’ve made an ideal campsite IF:
a) our camper trailer had high clearance (it doesn’t);
b) we were ready to ‘ROCK’ along the rugged dirt track out towards Old Halls Creek (we weren’t);
c) we hadn’t already travelled 367 km since leaving Wyndham that morning (we had); and
d) we didn’t care about its lack of facilities (we did)!
Besides, any extra driving would’ve eaten into my photo time at China Wall, a 6 metre high quartz vein that bisects the landscape just like a miniature of its namesake!
But there’s always a next time, right? Although judging by the number of rigs already set up when we dropped in for a look, maybe the word’s already out!
MORE about Halls Creek
2. Yarrie Lake, via Narrabri, New South Wales
Whether or not the circular Yarrie Lake was formed by a meteor way back in the dim, distant past is kind of irrelevant if you’re looking for a peaceful and picturesque campsite with powered sites, hot showers, toilets and laundry facilities.
Oh, and a great birdwatching, water-sports, walking, relaxing and photography spot!
About 30 km west of Narrabri, the gateway to magnificent Mt Kaputar National Park, with its amazing Sawn Rocks it sounds too good to be true.
So next time we’ll check it more thoroughly for hidden flaws!!
MORE about Narrabri
3. Point Sturt, via Goolwa, South Australia
On the last leg of its long journey through three states from headwaters high in the Snowy Mountains, the mighty Murray River enters the Great Southern Ocean at Goolwa. But not before passing through Lake Alexandrina which, along with Lake Albert is the centrepiece of South Australia’s Lower Lakes region.
Near a water-bird wetland (aka ‘swamp’) and overlooking the dunes of the amazing Coorong National Park across the lake, Point Sturt is superbly situated to appreciate the 360 km²(138000+ acres) body of water.
And who needs facilities in a cool camping spot like this?!?!
MORE about Lake Alexandrina and Goolwa
4. Barcoo River camping area, via Isisford, Queensland
A long time ago, one of the most feared creatures on the planet started its quest for world domination right here in Isisford! Fossils of Isisfordia duncanii – also known as the mother of all crocodiles – were found nearby and are now on display at the Outer Barcoo Interpretive Centre.
But ancestral crocodiles aren’t the only attraction in this small outback township south of Longreach.
One of the most bizarre and intriguing town signposts I’ve ever seen greets travellers from the east before crossing the Barcoo to the campground on the other side complete with toilets. Showers are available in the town park – if you can get past the beautifully restored pub!
But Isisford is memorable for other reasons. Because a few years ago, on our one and only day trip there, it was the very first spot EVER where I was given a Senior’s Discount. INCORRECTLY, of course – I’m not THAT old!! But you knew that, right?!?!?!
MORE about Isisford
5. Borough Huts, via Halls Gap, Victoria
We just can’t seem to get past the Halls Gap Caravan Park on our regular visits to the Grampians – jewel in the Victorian National Parks crown!
Perhaps it’s the proximity to the Halls Gap bakery – the perfect destination for an early morning constitutional!
But every time we drive past the excellent Borough Huts campground on Fyans Creek around 10 km south of Halls Gap on the Dunkeld road, we vow to stay there.
There’s a lot to be said for staying in the middle of the Grampians National Park right next to your very own scenic public toilet and within cooee of many of the excellent hikes and drives that make a visit to the park so memorable.
If only we could tear ourselves away from that TOO-FINE bakery …
MORE about the Grampians National Park
6. Devils Marbles, via Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
As well as the location of one of my favourite Scenic Public Toilets; a killer sunrise AND sunset photo spot; AND a site significant to the local Aboriginal people, Karlu Karlu – colloquially known as the Devils Marbles – also boasts what must surely be one of Australia’s most picturesque campgrounds.
However, ever since we discovered Wycliffe Well – Australia’s UFO capital – on our first road-trip foray north of Alice Springs in 2008, the Devils Marbles campground has always been left for another day.
BUT … it’d be handy to be right on site at sunrise and sunset to capture the magical light that paints the Marbles with classic Central Australian Outback colours.
And test out that Scenic loo …
MORE about the Devils Marbles
If you’d like to have around 3000 MORE Australian campsites at your disposal, check out the Explore Australia Camping Around Australia app (iPhone and iPad compatible) – and I’ll see you on the road somewhere!
And for photos of some of the GREAT Australian Campsites I and others have discovered all around OZ, visit my Pinterest Board – Cool Australian Campsites!
AND … check out my post about Australia’s 10 BEST Camping HOT Spots!
Great camping spot suggestions Marion. We have stayed at Lake Alexandrina at Narrung and loved it. We also stayed at a camp spot near Halls Creek but I can’t remember the name of it. There are so many great places to camp that don’t cost a cent. 🙂
Agreed, Kathy! The more you look, the more you find!!! I’d love to go back to Narrung – we never stayed there, and my camera was playing up so I didn’t get a photo!! As for Halls Creek, we ended up in the caravan park – our vehicle made it out on the dirt roads, but our old camper trailer would’ve been shaken to bits!! There are a lot more places I’d like to go too – see you out there one day!
We love camping at Gordon Country. There are heaps of different bush campsites and 4×4 tracks to check out.
I wish I had known about the campsite at Lake Alexandrina when we travelled through there recently – not that time was on our side. We Aussies certainly have a lot of fantastic campsites. There is something comforting about going back to a campsite you have been to before or that has been recommended.
Wow! That is one place I would love to visit! Great shots!
Wonderful nature pictures with lovely colors and great reflections,
my compliments for these lovely photo’s.
Greetings from Holland, Joop
Travel enthusiasts really knows how to live life to the fullest.
Beautiful, beautiful photos with a lot of colours!!!!
I’m here just imagining how Australia is……My wish, someday, maybe, know this wonderful country!
Hugs from Brazil!
Camping would be worth it, if I could find accommodations as fine as yours! Along with the primo photography…
This is where you camp? Where is all the TV and WIFI? And Coffee houses? I may have to look into this. I’ve been denatured far too long I think.
Thanks for sharing. The Mark Point site’s view is spectacular. A definite for my must-see list.
The camping app sounds great.
Thanks for a great blog. We follow it religiously and marvel at the campsite locations that you seem to be able to ‘discover’.
Both cloud reflections are great.
Aww, such a beauty at Halls Creek! 14 years too late for us, though…
In Grampians NP we had our very first pies, yummy, yummy meat-pies.
We both bit in the front. And burned our fingers on the other side, where the meat came out!
But… hmmmmm, yummy!!!!
We really should open a pie-shop over here, the only way to get a pie…
Oh yeah I can see why these are must see campsites
An app created specifically with you in mind.
Thanks for the tips but we’re no longer campers but lazy seniors who like all the comforts of home, but we do like cabins on camping sites. Got any tips on those? Great scenes from our great country.
Sound like a good App.
In our travels we did not camp in the bush or by lakes etc. we always stayed in Caravan Parks as my husband won’t do anything else. Now we don’t have a van we stay in Motels, eat out which is good but the Caravan was good. One day we may get another.
Wow, these are all beautiful campgrounds. Very scenic! Too bad, I love too far away to enjoy them.
Love the photos, have a happy week!
Halls Creek looks like a bucket-lister. Naturally Victoria’s Grampians are impressive. But honestly… why is there a campsite so close to the Marbles? Sacrilege.
I love especially the photos of the lake … very nice. ciao
What a great day to visit your site. Beautiful pictures and the chance of a prize too.
I particularly love the photos of the Yarrie Lake. I have been through Narrabri several times and always stayed in the hotel because it was cheap. Next time I will look out for that campsite and try to spend some time in the area. It looks gorgeous and I love bush walks and water views.
China Wall !!
We have a China Wall, right here in Aus! Wow.
Another beautiful set of photos Red, you could sell calendars forever.
“On the outer Barcoo, where the churches are few,
and men of religion are scanty,
On a road never crossed ‘cept by folk that are lost, one Michael Magee had a shanty.
You must have been beside yourself with envy, looking at those red hills, rocks and bushes. What captivating campsites Red – you have captured the “alluring look” people search for when deciding where to camp or holiday. I would love to try them all out, but you know what, white sand and dunes still have a tendency to draw me the most.. Excellent display of campsites and most intriguing post in my “camper’s” eyes 🙂
I camped in Tasmania about 10 years ago… but golly I don’t remember where… only that there were lots of wallaby coming out at twilight
Well as usual Red, you have shown a whole lot of great campsites there but the campsite that I like best is the campsite at the Devils Marbles. Can’t wait till we get to see all of these great campsites though.