There’s something strangely primal and satisfying about camping; setting up your own shelter, cooking over a campfire and enjoying the simple things in life. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a loved one or the family, there’s a range of Aussie campsites that cater for varying numbers and comfort-levels.
Love the outdoors, don’t care for camping but still need your luxury? Try one of these incredible Australian glamping holiday sites - highlights from Australia's 16 Ultimate Escapes - and let us know what you think afterwards... A deluxe view of Uluru: Longitude 131 Antique trinkets, earthly furnishings in 15 tented pavilions that raise the concept of 'camping' to another universe. The best bits about Longitude 131? - the view of Uluru, guided walks and a champagne-lined experience. See more: Ultimate Escapes: Red Centre Urban zoo camping: Taronga's Roar & Snore Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo after dark: an intense in-tents experience....
Score: 8.28 As Australian as Vegemite or ANZAC Day, there’s just something about an Aussie camping trip, isn’t there? The openness, not only of the spaces but of your new neighbour who’s just offered you a stubbie; the easy mornings, lazy as a sunning goanna… “I do believe,” reflects Georgia Rickard, “that you really can’t claim to know Australia until you’ve been camping.” Stand-out camping regions: a panel-picked bucket list of camping winners • Barrington Tops, NSW • Bell Gorge, Kimberley, WA • Dorrigo NP, NSW • Exmouth, WA • Fraser Island, Qld • Karijini NP, WA • Lady Musgrave Island,...
Coastal camping is really about finding a little patch of your own, as far away from other people as possible. It’s about fresh, salty air; falling asleep to the roar of the ocean; and waking up with morning swims instead of showers. It’s where you can go just a little bit feral – but in the nicest possible way (it’s impossible to feel dirty with a sparkling ocean on your front doorstep). It’s Robinson Crusoe living at its finest – pick the right spot and you’ll have abundant fresh seafood at your beck and call; a gorgeous beach all to...
They may sometimes be cast as the poor cousin of the accommodation world, but caravan parks have a lot going for them (hey - even Dannii Minogue is a fan!). Staying in a caravan park can be a relaxed, sociable experience, with many now running the spectrum of comfort levels, from powered camping sites to absolute beachfront villas. Choose from parks with pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, go-kart tracks and programs full of fun kids’ activities – art classes, treasure hunts or family fun days, anyone? – or keep it old-school with a great location and relaxed atmosphere instead. Unlike coastal...
Personal butlers. Five-star dining. Drink umbrellas. There are a trillion-and-one ways to define luxury, but sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. Like when you find yourself alone on a beautiful beach. Or accidentally falling asleep in a hammock. Or when you’re so far into holiday mode, that you find yourself wandering around with no shoes on. And no make-up on. And maybe even no pants on. With all that in mind, we’ve scoured the country for nature’s most luxurious spots: hidden hideaways and picture-perfect retreats just begging for you to pitch a tent in, boil the billy...
The traditional family camping trip: bonding experience or blinding headache? Does it build character or breed contempt? Dorian Mode heads to the Snowy Mountains to find out. “Unfortunately we’re full. But you could try camping down the road at the human hovel.” I stared at the phone. “Sorry, did you say the human hovel?” “Yes.” “You’re suggesting I camp at the human hovel.” “Correct.” “Is it popular?” “Very,” she sighed. “The human hovel?” “Yes.” She was becoming annoyed. "Is it busy at the moment?” “No.” Surprise, I thought. “So, you’d recommend the human hovel?” “I’m sure you’d find it suitable.” Now,...
Living proof that great views and comfortable lodgings need not cost the earth, here’s a selection of AT’s favourite holiday and caravan parks in Australia . . . Conjola Lakeside Van Park From the decks of brightly painted cabins, sprawling lawns extend to tree-shrouded Lake Conjola on the NSW South Coast. Self-contained cabins have TVs, DVDs and kitchen facilities, with a golf course and bowling club nearby and cattle grazing on the hills adjacent. The hosts are local, and a great source of info on the best of the region’s national parklands. From $26-$250, www.big4.com.au Boathaven Holiday Park Albury-Wodonga...
Sydney-based author and satirist Brendan Shanahan is a self-confessed man of the city. So, in the name of short-break research, AT asked him to set off on a camping trip – without leaving the city limits. His experience has shown that to expand your horizons, you don’t necessarily need to cross one. Since my first experience in a tent at age 12, protected only by a thin Mr Man sleeping bag which was to prove as futile a defence against the Canberra winter night as it was to the merciless mockery and beatings of my classmates, camping and I have...
Many of today’s caravan parks are eco-friendly, plonked on some of the best coastal or inland real estate in the country, and offer facilities bordering on resort-level quality. As an option for travellers on a budget, they are not to be mocked. Here’s AT’s pick of the parks that are doing it properly. By Kate McKinlay. New South Wales Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, Yamba Yamba, known to most as a quaint fishing village and surf spot, is becoming famous for its caravan park. Topping most travellers’ lists as the ultimate caravan park to spend a family holiday, the Blue Dolphin...
With holidaying 1960s style back in vogue, Susan Hall discovers that it has somehow become cool to tow a vintage caravan behind your old Holden. Time Machines // Every year for one weekend in October, the seaside camping ground at the small town of Coledale near Wollongong, NSW, becomes a living museum. Most of the campsites are booked out weeks in advance by a group of vintage caravanners. They recreate an iconic scene from the past when they arrive in classic cars, towing rounded wooden vans from the ’50s or sleeker fibreglass and aluminium models from the ’60s. Back...
Come Camp with BIG4 is a free camping night that will be held nationally with campers camping out at national BIG4 Holiday Parks Something For Nothing BIG4 has proved that the best things in life really are free. So grab the family for some free camping and fun this November with Come Camp with BIG4. Camping enthusiasts, it’s time to grab your tent and sleeping bag and prepare for the biggest night of free camping -- the 2008 Come Camp with BIG4. Thousands of campers will swarm to over 150 BIG4 Holiday Parks around the country on Friday, November 7....
The longest of Australian Traveller's epic burshwalks, the Heysen Trail is named after Australia's most famous euculyptus admirer and painter. The trail’s best sections are its bookends: the northernmost 60km between Parachilna Gorge and Wilpena Pound Resort, and the southernmost 60km between Cape Jervis and the holiday town of Victor Harbor. The longest and most committing of the four routes is SA’s Heysen Trail, stretching 1200km from Cape Jervis, south of Adelaide, to Parachilna Gorge in the Northern Flinders Ranges. Constructed throughout the 1970s and 1980s, it takes its name from Sir Hans Heysen, the artist whose paintings so popularised...
A humorous insight into the world of caravanning for beginners. Top Ten Tips for Caravanning Thinking of joining the ever-increasing number of Aussies hitting the open road with a caravan in tow? Here, then, are the Top Ten things you should know before pulling into your first tourist park*. *By Emma Siossian, currently in a very small caravan somewhere on the big lap around Australia. 1. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS SLEEPING IN People in caravan parks like to rise early. They have places to be and they need to get there ASAP. I know, I know, they’re on...
Australian Traveller looks at the country's most extravagant and expensive Bush Palace campsites. Bush Palaces If you want to take your hairdryer and don’t want to fashion a peg out of some twigs when you camp, then lucky you’re in Australia. Blessed be the campers and credit cards that get you to these luxury sites . . . 1. Longitude 131 (NT) It’s the granddaddy of stylish camping. Perched on a ridge overlooking Uluru, you can sit in your king-sized bed beneath the ubiquitous “crisp white linen sheets” and watch the colour show as the sun rises and sets over The...
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