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11 Stunning Campsites Around The Country To Get You Off The Beaten Track

It’s no surprise that camping and road trips are becoming the travel trend of 2020. There aren’t many flights, sure, but it’s also the perfect way to stay socially distanced and to explore new places that the planes don’t go.

“We’ve had record bookings for our vans over the past month so we know Australians are hitting the road to travel locally where they can,” explained Justin Hales, CEO of Camplify — which is basically Airbnb for camper vans. “For many this is their go to holiday choice, but we’re also seeing a lot of new customers who haven’t camped or hired a caravan [or] camper van before”.

We love to see that adventurous spirit, but where should you take it?

There are endless options in this country of ours for a road trip to remember, but in the spirit of exploring new things (and distancing from others where possible), Camplify have rounded up some hidden gems that their users and fellow camping enthusiasts gave rave reviews.

#1 BIG4 East Beach Park, Kiama, NSW

 

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“This caravan park has everything you could ask for, giving you no reason to leave if you don’t want to,” said Linda Thompson, owner of camper trailer Easy Peezy in NSW.

“It has direct access to a stunning beach nestled in a gorgeous little protected bay. BIG4 East Beach Park also has plenty of bike tracks and a waterpark that will keep kids entertained all day.

#2 Trial Bay Gaol, NSW

 

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“Trial Bay Gaol campground is right by the peaceful beach and perfect for a family camping holiday,” explained Shannon Culhane, owner of The Coogee Campervan in NSW.

“Bring your caravan, motorhome or tent for a weekend of swimming, fishing and fun. During the whale migration season you can see whales off the beach from the comfort of your caravan. The area is full of Aussie wildlife with kangaroos chilling out at the campgrounds”.

#3 Reflections Holiday Park, Bermagui, NSW

 

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Apparently this coastal town is a popular recommendation among Camplify users, who love it for its beautiful beaches, cafes, shops and a popular ocean pool just a short walk from the caravan park.

If you enjoy getting amongst the sea life, it’s a good spot for snorkelling, and even watching seals sleeping along the coastline.

#4 Borumba Deer Park, QLD

 

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“This family friendly park has deers grazing on site to keep the kids entertained,” said Erin Short, owner of campervans Hendrix and Huey (Drifters) in QLD. “This relaxing destination also offers kayaks, mini golf and playgrounds, not to mention the brand new amenities following their recent renovations”.

#5 Habitat Noosa, QLD

 

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“Located 25 minutes north of Noosa, Habitat Noosa everglades ecocamp is Queensland’s most exciting eco-tourism product,” Erin also recommends.

“This much-loved camping ground on 65 acres of natural bushland (previously known as Elanda Point Education Centre & Adventure Park) has undergone extensive revitalisation to provide onsite cabin, camping, motorhome and glamping accommodation, along with recently renovated amenities”.

#6 Sandstone Point Holiday Resort, QLD

 

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“Located at Sandstone Point overlooking the pristine waters of the Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay, you will find this picturesque icon for tourists, and locals to soak up and enjoy,” describes Kim Uglow, owner of caravan ‘Lifestyle of the Famous’ in QLD.

She also calls it ‘a five star resort for camping’, as it has gourmet dining options, entertainment and a nearby water park.

#7 The Scenic Rim, QLD

 

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According to Lucy, the owner of Yugen Campers in QLD, the Scenic Rim has some of the best campgrounds available. In particular, she suggests visiting Spring Gully Stays, where you can sleep by the river, or Bigriggen which is perfect for watching the sun set and a little star gazing.

#9 Zanetti’s Beach, VIC

Lockdown won’t last forever, and when it ends David Williams, owner of expander van, Tanami in VIC, strongly recommend heading to Zanetti’s Beach, a short drive from the Murray River and the VIC/NSW border.

Stretches of soft white sand, easy swimming and a convenient proximity to the local town make it a go for him.

#10 Coral Coast, WA

 

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A drive along the Coral Coast Highway includes some of the most iconic experiences in the area, like the unique Pinnacles Desert in Cervantes, skydiving and sea lion charters in Jurien Bay, Dongara-Port Denison’s award winning rum distillery, the leaning trees of Greenough in the greater Geraldton area.  For these reasons, Burn Papalia (who owns the Busselton Luxury Pop Top Camper in WA) can’t get enough.

#11 Fonty’s Pool, WA

 

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“This idyllic holiday park is not your typical caravan park,” said Kevin Carter, owner of motorhome KC’s Avan in WA.

“This magical location overlooking the Fonty Pool, is an ideal base for exploring WA’s beautiful South West. Enjoy the taste of the famous black truffle, visit award winning wineries, marvel at the tall timber forests and fresh produce grown on Seven Day Road”.

(Lead Image: Provided / EcoQLD)