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Top caravan spots around Australia to visit this summer
They say there’s nothing quite like getting out on the open road. What better time to pack up the caravan and get exploring than in the summer when there’ll be plenty of daylight hours to enjoy the best of Australia’s camping and caravan spots? These are just a few of the top spots to check out, whether you’re looking for a great place to fish or you simply need a family-friendly beachside retreat for your next holiday.
Great for the whole family
Bathers Caravan Park, Esperance, WA
About 3.5km east of the main town so you’re able to enjoy a bit of quiet and relaxation, Bathers Caravan Park is still close enough to enjoy what Esperance town has to offer. This caravan park is pet-friendly and just a street over from a dog beach if you want to bring a four-legged friend with you. The park itself is perfect for caravans, tents and motorhomes; there’s also cabin accommodation if you fancy a night under a ‘proper’ roof during your stay.
Get out on the water
Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes, VIC
For those looking to get out on the water once the caravan is parked for the day, Lakes Entrance is the perfect place to set up camp. The Gippsland Lakes are home to Australia’s largest inland waterway, which means it’s ideal for kayaking, fishing, sailing, and everything in between. If you’re heading to Lakes Entrance during the festive season, you could even catch the New Years Eve fireworks on the foreshore.
Take in the scenery
Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park, SA
There’s no shortage of campsites at Wilpena Pound that are perfect to park your caravan, with both powered and unpowered campsites on offer as you take in the gorgeous surrounds. You can enjoy some of the simple luxuries like amenities blocks, laundry facilities and a general store, or even head over to the Ikara Flinders Ranges for access to the resort pool, restaurant, bar and bistro. Who said a caravan holiday couldn’t be a chance to indulge?
Wake up by the ocean
Reflections Holiday Park, Bonny Hills, NSW
Reflections Holiday Parks has over 30 caravan parks dotted around NSW, but spots like Bonny Hills, Red Rock and Copeton Waters are among the top picks for a beachside weekend. Each of the parks is located on iconic NSW Crown land, so your stay will mean you get an amazing caravan spot while those that run Reflections are able to nurture the precious surroundings. They’re also constantly working to reinvest in the parks and reserves, so your kids (and grandkids) will be able to enjoy these surrounds for years to come.
Tick one off the bucket list
BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park, St Helens, TAS
Located not far from the famous Bay of Fires beach, BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park is consistently recognised as one of the best caravan and holiday parks in Tasmania. It’s a great spot for a family holiday, or if you’re taking a caravan trip solo because there are so many iconic spots to check out in the surrounding area. As well as Bay of Fires, which was voted as the best beach in the world by Lonely Planet, there are also places like Wineglass Bay, St Columba Waterfalls and Binalong Bay to pay a visit.
Get back to basics
Blue Range Hut, Uriarra Forest, ACT
While all the bells and whistles are great in some instances, sometimes it can be all the more enjoyable to pick a caravan spot with just the necessities. Blue Range Hut keeps things simple, with an open fireplace and picnic table, as well as access to pit toilets, and wood-fired and gas barbeques outside. The surrounding area is great for those feeling active, including horse riding and cycling. Be sure to book before you head to Blue Range Hut – it may be small, but it’s a hot commodity in the area.
Enjoy a tropical paradise
Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park, Jabiru, NT
Driving your caravan through Kakadu National Park will give you a chance to take in many of the natural landscapes Australia has to offer, while getting to appreciate the culture and history of a land proudly shared by its Aboriginal owners. There are plenty of tours and activities to take part in once you’ve set up camp at one of the powered or unpowered camping areas, or you can simply lounge by the Kakadu Lodge lagoon-style swimming pool
While we might not be able to cover every caravan spot around Australia, these will give you the perfect starting point so you can start planning your next adventure!
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