If you’re reading this, you’re someone who enjoys getting amongst nature and leisurely indulging in a spot of camping. Here at Thrifty, we love it too and have put together the best of the best when it comes to camping in Australia.
Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, NSW
The winner of the whitest sand in all the land goes to Booderee National Park. Three unpowered camping areas, Green Patch, Cave beach and Bristol Point (ideal for larger groups), are spread throughout the park. Each area offers natural settings and individual campsites. Summer can get busy, so be sure to book your camping spot in advance so you don’t miss out on the best beach camping in NSW.
Bigriggen Park, QLD
Undoubtedly one of the most popular camping spots in Queensland – Bigriggen boats 60 acres of campsites in both powered and unpowered settings. Walking tracks, wildlife and open fire pits, are just a taste of the camp-friendly amenities on offer in the lush landscapes of Bigriggen Park. However, it’s the proximity to a number of natural wonders, including Mount Barney, Border Ranges and Lamington National Park that make it a real winner.
The Fortress, Grampians, Victoria
If the alluring name doesn’t entice you to camp here, the stunning scenery of the mountainous Grampians certainly will. Wait for a warm weekend this summer and leave your tent at home (or in the car) to sleep under the stars. Perfect for couples keen for a romantic evening spent stargazing. Then, explore the various hikes on offer but be sure to register with Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre before you head out. Autoclub members can save at Big 4 NRMA Halls Gap Holiday Park stay 4 nights and only pay for 3 or save 10% on shorter stays.
Uluru, Northern Territory
It couldn’t get any more magical than camping in the spiritual heart of Australia, right? Immerse yourself in our country’s ancient culture and bring the family to experience Australia’s National treasure.
Ayers Rock Campground is just 15 kilometres from the red centre and caters to a range of accommodation types including tents, cabins, caravans and motorhomes. It also features amenities like a pool, barbecue, outdoor kitchen and laundry facilities. There’s also a free shuttle to the onsite supermarket, local bars, shops and restaurants.
Bay of Fires, Tasmania
It was a tough decision selecting Tassie’s best camping spot – there’s no shortage of them! Bay of Fires takes the cake due to its incredible, unparalleled scenic campgrounds. There are eight (free!) campgrounds on the shores of the tricoloured coastline, offering endless horizons, beautiful beaches and golden granite headlands.
We recommend you hire a car from Launceston and take the two and a half hour drive (185 kilometres) to this unmissable camping spot.
Lake Eyre National Park, South Australia
At 12 metres below sea level, the vast wilderness of Lake Eyre National Park is quite the experience for campers at any stage. This is why it’s our pick for the best camping spot in South Australia. For those wanting to see Australia’s largest salt lake, Kati Thanda, you can set up camp at either Halligan Bay, ABC Bay and Muloorina Station. These locations are accessible only by four-wheel-drive, so you can conveniently pick one up at one of the many Thrifty car hire locations in Adelaide.
So that about wraps it up for the best camping spots in the nation. What’s next to do? Book your car with Thrifty and don’t forget the tent!