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As the world of caravanning moves from the rain-soaked, cramped little family getaways of yesterday, into an affordable wide open road of exploration from the convenience of a home away from home, knowing the top five caravan hotspots in Australia has never been more important. So, with this in mind let’s look at the most diverse stopovers to be found in Australia. Each of the following is worthy of being squeezed onto every camping enthusiast’s holiday bucket lists!
- Newnes Campground – New South Wales
Newnes campground is one of the most dramatic campsites to be found in NSW. With sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus trees framing a flat, grassy site, it is the ideal spot for a more scenic break away from home. Visitors can explore the nearby tracks and tunnels of the historic abandoned oil shale mining site ruins, or take a short drive over to Glow Worm tunnel, which is lit up by its namesake -glow-worms – and by the bioluminescent larvae of a type of fungus gnat. The campsite does not take bookings and operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to arrive as early as possible to get a good spot.
- Cowes Caravan Park – Victoria
Private motorhome hire is on the rise to meet with the demand for these unplugged, stripped-back type of holidays, and with sites such as the beautiful Cowes caravan park right on the beach, it’s no wonder! With shallow waters and fine white sand, swimming and water sporting activities for the whole family, once you hook up, you’ll never want to leave.
- Barn Hill Station – Western Australia
When traditional camping sites are just too holiday-ish, why not visit Barn Hill Station for a truly different getaway? Situated in the middle of family owned and run cattle station, it really is an isolated beach spot for those who wish to unwind. As this site offers differing accommodation options – including powered and unpowered sites – you really can tailor your stay. As Barn Hill is a popular and affordable, yet secluded campsite, bookings need to be made well in advance to ensure availability.
- Blue Lake Holiday Park – South Australia
One of the biggest cities in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Blue Lake Holiday Park is situated on top of the world famous Blue Lake and is set on around 27 acres of landscaped gardens and amazing views of the surrounding valley. With so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
- Eungella National Park – Queensland
A mountain resort unlike any other, Eungella National Park is one of the most ecologically diverse grounds in the whole of Australia – with over 860 species of plant and an unusual array of wildlife. With a choice of campsite: the Fern Flat camping area – which can be accessed by foot only, or Broken River bush camp – which plays host to twelve open plan sites and is suitable for motor homes; you’ll find a campsite to suit your needs.
- Discovery Holiday Parks – Hobart, Tasmania
Located in the bush, Discovery Holiday Parks in Hobart is one of the more connected parks on the list. With a wide range of activities from nearby ghost hunting nights to a visit to the local chocolate factory, the stunning views of Mount Wellington nearby could well set the tone for your trip. As Hobart is central to Bruny Island, visitors can enjoy days out in Launceston and Strahan too, if they don’t mind a lengthy drive.
While many caravan owners are turning to caravanning as a whole new way of living, costs are low and freedom is a defining factor, but a rented caravan may be the way forward for those who are not quite willing to commit just yet!