Camping your way around Australia is a great way to see, explore and experience all of what this beautiful country has to offer. The best thing about Australia is that there is so much diversity and many different contrasting landscapes to discover. From quirky to quaint – spectacular to simply amazing – there are thousands of great campsites ready and waiting for you to set up and enjoy.


It won’t take you long to find the most popular campsites in oz, a google search or word of mouth will give you the hot spots almost immediately. But, sometimes the best campsites are the ones less known about – we take a look at 5 campsites that seem to be a well kept secret.


Sues Bridge Camping Ground (WA)

Located in the Blackwood River National Park in the south west corner of WA (55 kms from Margaret River), Sues Bridge Camping Ground is a hidden gem. This campsite is managed by the Department of Parks & Wildlife and could just be one of the best secret camp grounds in WA. The facilities here are top notch including a well designed campers kitchen with gas BBQ's, drinking water and plenty of space to prepare meals. It even boasts a wheelchair friendly BBQ facility to compliment their wheelchair friendly campsites which makes it such a great place for everyone to enjoy. Set under the canopy of large trees, this campsite is located beside the Blackwood River which is great for fishing and paddling – or perhaps a nice swim to cool off.


Sues Bridge Camping Ground is suitable for all types of rigs from tents to 5th wheelers.


One for the list to check out!


Johanna Beach Camping Area (VIC)

Johanna Beach Camping Area is managed by Parks Victoria and is located along one of Victoria’s premier road journeys – The Great Ocean Road in the Great Otway National Park. So not only is it situated in a prime location, but the area and campsite itself is fantastic. There is plenty of room for the biggest of rigs and the green grass below your feet is a welcomed feeling after a big days drive. There are only basic facilities here: Non-flush toilets and water for washing but as they say in the real estate world, “Location! Location! Location!” - and this one takes the cake.


This campsite can serve as so much more than just a handy overnight stop for travellers but in fact is a great base for exploring nearby Cape Otway and a perfect spot for an early morning or late evening trip to the 12 Apostles for sunrise/sunset photo opportunities. If you are a beach lover, there is a steep trek down to a beautiful beach, but it is worth the trouble!


Definitely a quieter spot, but a ripper none the less!

Sandy Cape Camp ground (WA)

Sandy Cape Camp ground is located in the Sandy Cape Recreational Park, around 10kms north of Jurien Bay in WA. A basic campsite with minimal facilities but boasts some pretty amazing scenery which is highlighted by the fact its located directly behind the steep sand dunes with easy access to a great safe bay to swim, fish and paddle. With only composting toilets on site, you must come prepared to be self sufficient and take your rubbish with you, but this can be disposed at the bins near the information bay.


Grab a camp chair and sit up on the dunes and enjoy the magical sunsets or throw a line in for a chance to catch some whiting, salmon or perhaps a bream – you may even spot the friendly resident sting ray that likes to swim in close for a feed.

Serenity at it's best!

Illaroo Camping Area (NSW)

This unknown beauty is located in the Yuragir National Park near the small village of Minnie Water, around 40 minutes south east of Grafton. Perched behind the dunes with a fantastic swimming, fishing and 4x4 beach at your doorstep, this campsite is popular with locals but is not quite as well known to the wider population as other campsites.

National Parks have done a wonderful job in managing this campsite and the facilities here are in great shape. The campsites are large and range from sheltered sites to large open sites (some with magical beach views). Wildlife is plentiful here, the resident goanna is always giving stayers a friendly “hello” and the bird life here is so varied with a myriad of species to be seen.

What a beautiful way to relax with some down time!

Mambray Creek Campground (SA)

Another lesser known, but underrated campsite. The Mambray Creek Campground is located in the Mt Remarkable National Park not too far out of Port Augusta in South Australia.

This is the sort of campsite that you stumble upon by accident, but soon recognise that it was a great accident to make. This camping ground would be popular with the avid bush walkers amongst us (there are numerous walks that lead out from the camp ground) and is slowly becoming a more popular spot with travellers too.

The sites are large, most have drinking water available and the facilities include toilets, washing up areas and HOT showers! Set in a stunning area with great views of the mountains, this campsite is a top spot for a few nights with loved ones.

Remarkable by name and remarkable by nature!


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