One of Australia’s big appeals are its landscapes. So heading into a long-weekend where half the country migrates anywhere but the city, it only seemed right to ask, “where are you headed?” As well as throw in some of the hidden and not hidden Easter long-weekend spots our crew love the most.
Cumberland River Holiday Park
The location for our most recent photo-shoot, Cumberland River Holiday Park is a gem along what is already a national treasure – The Great Ocean Road. Just minutes away from Lorne, lookouts, and opportunities to chill on the river, this spot gives you a bit of everything. There’s even cabin options available if pitching a tent isn’t your scene. Camp fees do apply with this location. Visit the Cumberland River Holiday Park website for information.
Johanna Beach is a pristine unpowered spot that’s perfect for people who just want to disconnect from their phones. The sites are free to access but you have to get in quick as there’s only 25 spots available for this first-in-best-dressed hideaway. The toilet facilities are on the basic side and grounds are slopped, so be prepared for that. But really, when you consider the quality of the beaches (it’s the back-up location for the Rip Curl Pro) how can you complain?
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Bristol Point Camping Ground
There’s a lot to love about Bristol Point. The swimming, fishing, walking, surfing, and cycling spots are all top shelf. The campgrounds accommodate the adventure seeker who still appreciates a warm shower at the end of a long day. And size of the site makes it ideal for big groups (can take up to 35). So when we like the idea of a yarn around the fire, or even a cultural story from Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, Bristol Point is where we go.
Depot Beach Campground
I’m sorry, you had me at pizza oven! With a wood fire pizza oven onsite, this camping ground adds a touch of gourmet flavour to our list (just bring the ingredients). Prefer BBQ? Well, you’ve got that too, so burn your steak and snags away whenever you like. Amenities include hot showers, toilets (with a flush, not just holes), a laundry and picnic tables. Dogs, yep, they can come too. Showers are coin-operated and cost $1 per 4 minutes.
Mystery Bay Campground
Mystery Bay is a stunningly beautiful spot that’s great for a night or two. The foggy mornings create a slightly eerie feel on winter mornings, which is great for the ‘gram. Suited to groups and couples who don’t mind a crowd especially over Christmas and Easter. And there’s a plethora of activities to sink your teeth into here; try island tours, whale watching, a swim, or unhitch the boat at Narooma or Bermagui lake.
A former space tracking location turned campsite, Honeysuckle Campground is a stone’s throw away from wildlife-filled walking trails and Australian history (if that’s your speed). Located near the Australian Alps Walking Track and across from the site where pictures of Neil Armstrong were transmitted to the world, Honeysuckle allows you simultaneously clear and fill your mind with historical sights. Take a step for self-kind and check this place out. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Being spoilt for choice is exactly what you’ll be at Noah Beach. Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rain forest, Noah is the bridge between World Heritage stardom. Close to glorious walking trails, transparent waters, towering trees and accessible by car this is definitely a spot worth checking out. Tip: check the Parks website before heading up as this spot is closed during the wet season (usually reopens Good Friday).
Nightfall Wilderness Camp
If pitching a tent and “roughing it” doesn’t sound overly appealing, there is an alternative – glamping. Hidden away in Lamington National forest, Nightfall Wilderness Camp provides a luxurious outdoors experience with catered meals, cabin-like tents, and unspoilt forest views. Your hosts (Jaide and Steve) will make sure things run smoothly. But the really cool thing about this place is their eco-friendly creds that keep this campsite untouched for future generations.
Yallingup Holiday Park
Grab your boards and hit the surf. Yallingup Holiday Park is situated on the door step to some of Australia’s best surf breaks and seaward views. Walk the beach or explore ancient rock formations and limestone caves in spots like Wyadup Rocks. Accessible to large cars and caravans, make the beach your new home for $32 per night. As always, double check that price and availability if you’re heading down during a peak holiday season.
Hamelin Bay Holiday Park
Most known for its epic stingray experiences, Hamelin Bay Holiday Park is one of those bucket list items you just have to do. With over 120 camp spots available, powered and unpowered, this is a perfect location for families, couples and backpackers. Activities include the Cape to Cape Track, Hamelin Bay Wineries & Breweries, and of course up-close stingray experiences.
The glorious turquoise waters of Rapid Bay are truly a sight to behold. Located two hours away from Adelaide, the bay is the ideal spot to snorkel, fish, or just kick your heels off the pier. The nearby campgrounds give you excellent access to the beach (you’ll be on the beachfront). And the large grass field affords you plenty of space to setup. FYI – there are no specific spaces allocated here, which adds to the casual vibe, but it does mean you’ll need to get in quick to snap up your spot.
Old Man Lake Campground
Great for a short stay, the Old Man Lake Campground is close to some historic indigenous sights and of course the glistening beach waters. Known locally as a great walk, check out the nearby trails around Little Dip National Park or step over to the salt lake and simply relax. Access is available for cars but caravans might struggle to get in as the track to get here is tiny. Cost wise, it’s pretty cheap (~$13) for two adults and no fee is required to enter the park which is a bonus.
Freycinet National Park Camping Ground
Set on Coles Bay and only metres away from perched dunes and breathtaking views is Freycinet National Park Camping Ground. Admittedly, it’s not the easiest of spots to book (a ballot system applies for peak holiday seasons), but you will have the option to take a powered or unpowered site during your stay. The other upside is you won’t be short of things to do. Wake up each morning to the sound of wildlife and a new adventure, including fishing, walking, swimming, or an overdose on oysters from Freycinet Marine Farm. FYI – camp fees do apply and you’ll need a valid Tasmanian National Parks pass to enter.
Mount William National Park
If long, white beach sands sound like a dream, Mount William National Park could be a happy camping ground for you. Only a short drive from the Bay of Fires camp, the grounds offer fire pits (just bring wood) to spin a yarn around and an open air canopy to take in the stars at night. All the basic creature comforts are on site including toilets, picnic tables, and barbeque, making it a great spot for families and travellers passing through. Only catch – no pets allowed.
If a more isolated spot is what you need, you should absolutely check out Gurrrandalng Camping Grounds. Tucked in the Keep River National Park, the grounds are near level 3 mountain hike trails and historic sandstone rock formations. Ideal for groups and those who prefer DIY over glamping, Gurrandalng is the spot sit around and tell a yarn around the fire. FYI – no drinking water is available here, but you can get some from Jarnem.
You’ve probably seen this spot show up in your instagram feed once or a million times before, and for good reason. Wangi Falls, located in Litchfield National Park, is perfect for 4WD-ers who tow a caravan and need a daily dose of panoramic views. Ironically, you can’t actually take a dip in the water but you can always head down to Florence Falls or Buley Rockhole to do this. FYI – while you’re there, take a snorkel to peek at the fish and underwater rock formations – pretty impressive!