Arctic camping

Barrington Tops, Gloucester, NSW

Sleep amongst Antarctic beech and snowgums atop this World-Heritage-listed basalt plateau, often missed by travellers driving north from Sydney.

As well as alpine wildflowers, expect subtropical rainforest in the gullies, cool streams and waterfalls to swim under.

Rickard suggests stopping for the “lush forests, crystal clear water and countless birds… to me, this is the ultimate weekend haven,” she says, scoring it a 7.

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