SABINE MORGAN scours Australia to tick off some of the ultimate bucket-list camping destinations.
Whether your family prefers to sleep under canvas, in a caravan or in the relative luxury of a cabin, you’ll find stunning locations, friendly community atmospheres and plenty of activities to keep both kids and parents entertained across Australia. Here are six brilliant camping destinations we suggest you tick off your family’s list.
The Great Ocean Road, VIC
Winding its way alongside the Southern Ocean, the Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s great ocean drives and with an abundance of natural attractions, pristine beaches, fishing villages, shipwrecks, the Twelve Apostles and migrating whales, it’s packed full of fun for every family.
The bucket list
Take advantage of binocular hire and the Digital Detective and high-tech scavenger hunt programs at the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park.
Climb the stairs of Cape Otway Lightstation, the oldest surviving lighthouse in Australia today.
Spot whales from one of the many coastal lookouts along the way.
Commune with nature at Tower Hill, an extinct volcano that’s now home to a tranquil wildlife reserve.
Try a surfing lesson at Torquay, Lorne or Warrnambool.
Head to massive Adventure Park Geelong for thrill rides, water play zones and water slides galore.
Where to stay
Sleep under the stars on tranquil beach side sites or at one of the many camping grounds along this route. There are also dozens of holiday parks with amazing kid-friendly facilities in the area.
Flinders Ranges, SA
The Flinders Ranges offers an authentic taste of the outback in South Australia. Experience local characters and a rugged landscape that dates back more than 600 million years. From the breathtaking beauty of Wilpena Pound to the extraordinary Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, this region offers some of the most dramatic and beautiful sightseeing to be found anywhere in the country.
The bucket list l Grab your backpack and lace up your boots to hike the incredible trails and bush walks of magnificent Wilpena Pound.
Explore Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest lake, which is more likely to be filled with sparkling salt crystals than water.
Head down into the subterranean world of Coober Pedy to fossick for opals.
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