All my life I’ve had this weird connection with camping… whether it was in the backyard in a cheap play tent when I was a tiny human or eagerly looking forward to our family’s annual September camping trip, usually with 6 other families! Either way its a strong aspect of my life thats impossible to ignore!
Hey LTA Club!
My name’s Alex Dingley. I’m 19 & have lived in Brisbane, Australia, all my life! I’ve only just caught the “travel bug” at the beginning of the year when I embarked on a trip to Europe for a whole month by myself, without the family. I am in my second year studying Film and TV and have had a youtube channel for over a year now, making videos about travel, life and figuring out what my goals are!!
So why camping? I get this question a lot. I love camping because it’s a form of travelling that anyone can do, any time of the year and for as long as they want.
I’ve been camping for over 10 years now and over the last few months I have been trying to camp a lot more, however I still have a 9-5 job so weekend trips are perfect at the moment, they are cheap, fun and need very little equipment. Great option for the aspiring travel vlogger!
I really wanted to let you guys know about some of my favourite places to camp in Australia for all different types of campers, from the pros, to those just starting out!
Family Caravan parks
Ok, first in my list are probably the most popular choice for families with young children and it’s caravan parks! Even though you may not own a caravan they are great for camping too. Most of the parks listed below are pretty close to shops so you can stay for a while without worrying about food, however they are also usually the most expensive type of camping because they are in pretty well populated areas with lots nearby.
Tallebudgera Creek Tourist park is on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland! I’ve stayed here a few times and loved it. The sites are pretty big and the beaches are perfect all year round. The main park is right on the creek which is great to swim in, tube and paddle board and the main wave beach is a short 5 min walk, perfect for the surfers!
Next for the caravan parks is Bargara. This is a neat spot, its higher up on the Queensland coast near Bundaberg. There’s heaps to do nearby from the pristine beaches, to touring the Bundaberg rum distillery. It’s the perfect place to spend a week with the family.
Heading up the Queensland coast a little further, you’ll find my next favourite caravan park,1770 at Agnes Waters. The sites a reasonably sized however still close together, there are some great ones at the edge of the park right on the beach with awesome views. Lots of small cafes and restaurants nearby, its definitely a great place to stay!
More relaxed and Spacious Getaways
The next type of camping is probably my preferred style. It’s in more open camping grounds where you can take a much larger set up and you’re further away from your neighbours, unlike the cramped caravan parks!
Flat Rock near Ballina at the top of NSW is a great choice if you love the beach and the bush, you really get the best of both here. The sites are well spaced out and the camping grounds feel secluded but they are actually only 10 minutes from the shops!
Rainbow waters in QLD is similar to flat rock with the bush, beach and big sites its also right next to the beautiful rainbow beach. This is where I found one of the most amazing places I’ve been to, which is Carlo Sand Blow. I went here to watch the sunrise with my dad when I was younger and it was breathtaking. Its basically a giant sand dune on the top of a mountain with an awesome view of the town below.
I have visited Neurum Creek the most amount of times out of all these places. Its another neat little camping ground at the base of a mountain right next to a creek and the view is awesome! A few times a year they a host to these epic music weekends with great bands and its always so much fun!
Every now and then it can be great to just rough it! Take the bare minimum, just tents, sleeping bags and snacks. This is great for a one or two night stop over or even just to spend some time disconnected from the world.
I’ve recently discovered O’reilly’s Lamington National park right in the Green Mountains, QLD. I drove there in the afternoon and stayed in the green mountains campgrounds with only essentials, just to get up before the sun to walk a 6km return track to a waterfall for sunrise and it was awesome! You can check out this trip on my youtube channel. The sites aren’t the biggest but there are toilets and hot showers available which is rare in national park camping grounds. There are also some pretty breathtaking hikes and tree top walks to fill your days here. Another bonus was the price, this whole trip only costed me around $12 for the night!! At that price why not get away for the weekend
This is just a small section of the places you can travel in Australia to go camping. Its a relatively cheap and fun way to get out and see something new and really live the adventure any chance you get. I’m actually camping right now as I finish writing this!
Please let me know your favourite places to go camping in Australia or any other country and what style of camping you love. I’m always looking for new locations! I would also encourage you all to have a look at my youtube channel where I post weekly videos about my travels and talk about what’s going on in my life as I try to figure out what I’m doing here 🙂
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