Discovery Parks - Eden
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Take advantage of the season's good weather – and the public holidays – with a camping trip over the Easter long weekend (15–18 April 2022).
To get the motor running, we've picked 21 camping spots across Australia that offer plenty of wilderness and places to swim. Be warned, though: They're super popular and can be booked out weeks in advance, so it's best to get in early.
If you like the idea of a rustic stay, but would prefer to stay in a cabin, lodge or caravan, we've got you covered with a list of these too.
Want to camp in comfort? Campervan hire is an excellent way to keep some of the finer things on a tight budget. Especially as there are stacks of campervan parks around Australia to stay in.
Sitting within Twofold Bay on the Sapphire Coast, Eden’s within easy reach of 8 national parks. The area is popular for whale watching and is home to more beaches than you can probably visit over a single weekend – even if it's extra long.
Where is Eden? It’s a 3-hour drive south of Canberra, 6-hour drive south of Sydney and 6.5-hour drive east of Melbourne.
Covered with countless walking tracks for all abilities and dotted with freshwater swimming holes and waterfalls, the Blue Mountains is an easy getaway from the city. Plus, it’s accessible by Sydney Trains, which makes it ideal for those without a car.
Where are the Blue Mountains? It’s a 1.5-hour drive west of Sydney (this gets you to the main town of Katoomba), a 3-hour drive southwest of Newcastle and a 3.5-hour drive north of Canberra.
Explore the area’s waterways and bushland or just relax by the riverside. The Hawkesbury is an easy-to-get-to spot surrounded by national parks and dotted with campsites.
Where is the Hawkesbury? It’s less than an hour north of Sydney and about 2 hours south of Newcastle.
The world’s largest sand island is the perfect place to camp. The island is limited to 4WD access and the sand tracks throughout it lead to pristine lakes, sand dunes, beaches and cold-water creeks.
Where is Fraser Island? It’s a 1.5-hour journey from Hervey Bay and a 6-hour trip from Brisbane. You’ll need to take a 10-minute barge from Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach, a 30-minute journey from River Heads, which is included in the travel times above.
An easy drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is home to the beautiful Glass House Mountains and surrounding rainforest.
Where is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland? Inland from the Sunshine Coast, which is 1.5 hours north of Brisbane and 2 hours north of the Gold Coast.
Stay among UNESCO World Heritage rainforests and consider day-tripping out to the Great Barrier Reef, all from base camp. Being the shoulder season, it should be a bit drier and cooler than going in the heat of summer.
Where is the Daintree Rainforest? The Daintree River Crossing is 1.5 hours north of Cairns, with the main highway heading north into the rainforest from there up to Cape Tribulation.
One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, Great Ocean Road is a must-do for any Australian. Winding coastal roads, iconic surf beaches and inland rainforests are just some of the highlights along the 243km route.
Where is Great Ocean Road? The east end of the route begins in Torquay, an hour south of Melbourne, while the west end at Warrnambool begins 6.5 hours east of Adelaide.
Teeming with wildlife, wildflowers and waterfalls, the Grampians is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s named after the set of rocky ridges boasting panoramic views over the surrounding national park.
Where are the Grampians? Grampians National Park is 3 hours north-west of Melbourne and 5 hours south-east of Adelaide.
Where calm lakes meet surf beaches, Lakes Entrance is ideal for water lovers. Lakes and inlets offer kid-friendly swim beaches, while all the waterways offer playgrounds for fishing, waterskiing and surfing.
Where is Lakes Entrance? It’s a 4-hour drive east of Melbourne and a 7.5-hour drive south of Sydney.
Perched on South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Robe is a bit cooler than Adelaide, making it a perfect escape. Plus, it has beautiful beaches and a few historic buildings to check out while in town.
Where is Robe? It’s a 3.5-hour drive south-east from Adelaide or a 6-hour drive west of Melbourne.
Spot seals lounging on beaches, kangaroos hopping through bushland and other wildlife on the island. It’s small enough that you can drive around and see most of it over a weekend, but chances are you’ll want to stay much longer.
Where is Kangaroo Island? South of Adelaide and accessible by ferry from Cape Jervis. It’s a 1.5-hour drive to Cape Jervis and then a 45-minute ferry ride across.
A little taste of the outback mixed with regional Australia, the Murray River region offers a laid-back vibe that’s perfect for those looking to kayak, go on quiet bushwalks and dip into refreshing swimming holes.
Where is the Murray River? Running from the border of Victoria, popular tourist spots including Renmark, Berri and Morgan, are 2–2.5 hours from Adelaide.
Much more than just wine, the Margaret River region is as much a playground for children as it is for adults. From the calm waters of Busselton to the 150+ cool caverns below the surface, there are plenty of kid-friendly options in the area.
Where is the Margaret River region? It’s about 2.5 hours south of Perth.
Home to pristine beaches and a cooler climate than most of the state, the South Coast from Esperance to Albany borders the clear turquoise waters of the Great Australian Bight. It’s a great area to spot kangaroos hopping along beaches.
Where is the South Coast? It's 5 hours south of Perth. Destinations include Peaceful Bay, Nullaki and Torndirrup National Park.
Often referred to as one of the best places in the world to dive (but much less frequented than the east coast’s Great Barrier Reef), the Ningaloo Coast offers easy access to dive and snorkel sites from Exmouth down to Coral Bay and gives a taste of the outback at national parks like Cape Range National Park.
Where is the Ningaloo Coast? It’s an 11-hour drive north of Perth to Coral Bay or 13 hours to Exmouth. Alternatively, fly to Learmonth (near Exmouth) in about 2 hours and rent a car.
Located on Tasmania’s east coast, Bicheno is ideally situated between Douglas-Apsley National Park and Freycinet National Park. The latter being known for one of the state’s most famous bodies of water, Wineglass Bay.
Where is Bicheno? It’s 2 hours south-east of Launceston and 2.5 hours north-east of Hobart.
A unique combination of historic (and possibly haunted) buildings and the pristine coastline of Tasman National Park, the Port Arthur area has plenty to keep you busy over a long weekend. It’s also near the soaring heights of Cape Pillar, Australia’s highest sea cliffs.
Where is Port Arthur? It’s 1.5 hours south-east of Hobart and 3 hours south of Launceston.
While it’s not the highest mountain in Tasmania, it certainly is the most famous. The iconic peak of Cradle Mountain is surrounded by a national park riddled with hiking trails where you can spot Tasmanian devils, platypuses and wombats.
Where is Cradle Mountain? It’s a 2.5-hour drive east of Launceston or a 4-hour drive from Hobart.
Home to a stunning patchwork of spring-fed waterfalls, magnetic termite mounds, a "Lost City" and the chance to get off-road, Litchfield National Park begs to be explored. It's accessible enough that you could spend a day here, but large enough to make you wish you had a whole week.
Where is Litchfield National Park? Its a 1.5-hour drive from Darwin and a 2.5-hour drive from Katherine.
You can't give Uluru a pass if you're passing through the Red Centre. Take a few days to really get away from it all as you watch the sun rise over the rock, explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and visit the Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.
Where is Uluru? It's a 5-hour drive from Alice Springs.
The Top End meets Outback Australia in Nitmiluk National Park. It's best known for the breathtaking Nitmiluk Gorge and can be explored by boat, air and on foot. Travellers can also enjoy the meandering Katherine River up close by jumping in with a canoe or going swimming. This park has something for everyone with rock art sites, relaxing river cruises and hidden waterfalls.
Where is Nitmiluk National Park? It's an easy half-hour drive east of Katherine.
A well-planned camping trip can be unforgettable for all the right reasons. The key is to be prepared:
It's also worth noting that a lot of camping spots are off the beaten track and best handled by a 4WD, especially if you want to be able to get around and see more of the area.
Getting a free rental car upgrade or discounts on a rental campervan can help you get the benefits without losing the outstanding value holiday that camping offers.
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