Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Australia's Most Scenic Campsites

Australia has no shortage of breath-taking scenery that seems tailor made for backpackers and photography buffs to enjoy. One of the best ways to take advantage of the beauty of the great outdoors is through camping. After all, there's no better ways to capture the beach at sunrise than by waking up on the sand. The following are a few of the most picturesque camping spots in Australia, nestled in surroundings with that certain "wow" factor. 

Fraser Island, Queensland 
The natural splendours of Fraser Island have earned it a top spot as a World Heritage site. It's the world's largest island composed entirely of sand, providing no shortage of colourful sand dunes to rest your weary head on and capture on film. Lush rainforests, crystal-clear natural pools, and rainbow-studded waterfalls help enhance your stay with memorable beauty. It's possible to visit the island on a day trip, but sleeping overnight allows you to enjoy it at different times of day. 
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Yuraygir National Park 
If you're looking for an isolated spot of wild scenery, pitch a tent in the Yuraygir National Park. This park covers approximately 60 kilometres of coastline in New South Wales, dotted with rugged rock formations and secluded beach coves. There are nine campgrounds to choose from, along with plenty of walking trails and sandy beaches to enjoy. Nature photographers won't want to miss a visit during the springtime, when the park's meadows come alive with a rainbow of wildflowers. 

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 
Take a real walk on the wild side in Tasmania, which offers endless stretches of remote wilderness to explore. One of the best camping and beauty spots is on Cradle Mountain. Pay a visit to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to spot chubby wombats and quirky platypuses in their natural habitat. If you're lucky, you may even see the elusive Tasmanian devil. Campers can choose from caravan parks, log cabins, or campsites for tents. You can reach Tasmania on a daily ferry and bring your car along to help explore this verdant paradise. Peruse the latest reviews on sites like motoring.com.au to find something that can handle off-roading if you want to get off the beaten path. 
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Booderee National Park, NSW 
Not too far away from Sydney, Booderee National Park is home to the powdery beaches and turquoise waters of Jervis Bay. There are three campsites to choose from, including Cave Beach, Bristol Point, and Green Patch. If you're interested in soaking in a typical tropical beach scene, it's hard to beat the views here. Jervis Bay is also one of the safest spots for ocean swimming in Australia, so you can bring the kids along. 

Apollo Bay, Victoria 
One of the world's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria offers no shortage of panoramic vistas to enjoy. Stop and stay awhile by camping along the way. Apollo Bay is located towards the end of the road, with several campsites to choose from. You can stroll along the beach and enjoy the impressive site of the Twelve Apostles rock formations looming above you. 

Campsites in these Australian beauty spots can fill up quickly, so it's best to make reservations in advance. By sleeping out in Australia's wilderness, you'll be able to enjoy it both morning and night.

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