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AUSTRALIA’S BEST WINTER CAMPING SPOTS

Many Aussie’s save their camping for the summer months, but packing up and heading to the backcountry in the winter months can be very rewarding. Without the crowds at the campsites, winter camping is a more relaxing experience and offers a slower pace of life. This is why I try to get away once every winter for a long weekend. Here are some of the best camping spots for the winter months.

BEAUDESERT, QUEENSLAND

Beaudesert may not have much in the way of tourism, but for a rural escape, it is difficult to do better than this quaint Queensland town. The sleepy country pubs and restaurants are ideal for a weekend getaway and the town frequently hosts country markets. Several national parks are also within driving distance, with trails around Mt. Tamborine, Mt. Lindesay, Mt. Barney and Mt. Earnest.

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KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, NORTHERN TERRITORY

The cooler months are perfect for exploring the Northern Territory, and Kakadu is one of the Northern Territory’s gems. The summer months are uncomfortably hot, but in the winter, you can explore the rugged landscapes, gorges and billabongs at much more comfortable temperatures. One of the personal highlights for us, was the Billabong cruise through the wetlands. It was a great way to see the local birdlife and crocs hunting the Barramundi. It is best to travel with a 4WD, as some of the park can be difficult to access.

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MORNINGTON WILDERNESS SANCTUARY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary is located 90 km off the Gibb River Road. There is a radio booth just off the road which you need to use to radio ahead to tell them you are coming and check for space. In the summer months, this campsite is rammed and you need to book well in advance, but you can beat the crowds in the winter. It is run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and offers heaps of information on the local flora and fauna.

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BOODJAMULLA NATIONAL PARK, QUEENSLAND

I think Boodjamulla National Park is one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets. The park is off the beaten track and provides the setting for an isolated peaceful winter getaway. There are heaps of walks to do around Lawn Hill Gorge and you really need a couple of days to take in the whole area, one day on the western side, another on the eastern side of the park. The 7km Upper Gorge Lookout walk takes about 3 hours and took in some of the best parts of the gorge and swimming spots. You can also hire canoes and kayaks and take them through the gorge. The perfect winter camping destination.

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DAMPIER PENINSULA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

If you can face the rough conditions of the Cape Leveque road through the Dampier Peninsula, the region has some fantastic beaches at Chile beach and there are several Indigenous communities to visit. I would recommend the Lombadina Community, they take pride in their community and the facilities and roads are well maintained. Squeaky Beach at Gangnam is worth the effort to get here in itself.

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.