BEST SITES FOR BEACH CAMPING IN AUSTRALIA
Beach camping is a popular activity in Australia. Unsurprisingly, the country’s coastline stretches for 47,000km and features over 10,000 beaches. There are many places to choose from. You’ll be able to set up camp within walking distance of white sand beaches, fall asleep to the sound of waves and take a dip in turquoise waters immediately after waking up. For those who want this kind of experience, here are five of my favourite places for beach camping in Australia.
WHITEHAVEN BEACH, THE WHITSUNDAYS, QUEENSLAND
Visitors of the Great Barrier Reef should consider beach camping on Whitehaven Beach, which is located in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. Whitehaven Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world due to its white, pure silica sands. The camping area, which has seven campsites, is located behind the beach. Amenities include hybrid toilets and picnic tables. You will have to bring your own drinking water.
JERVIS BAY, BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK, NEW SOUTH WALES
Jervis Bay is located in Booderee National Park, New South Wales. It features 23 km of unspoilt beaches. The national park has three sites for beach camping. Green Patch, which features a natural setting and is suitable for families. Caves Beach, which features a grassy area and is popular amongst surfers. Finally, Bristol Point, which features a bushland setting and is perfect for large groups. Amenities include freshwater, toilets, showers and BBQs.
JOHANNA BEACH, THE OTWAYS, VICTORIA
Johanna Beach is located in the Otways region of Victoria. It’s one of the spots along the Great Ocean Road and is a popular site for surfing. There are 25 sites for beach camping. You can set up camp in a large grassy area nestled behind sand dunes. Johanna Beach is a basic campsite with non-flushing toilets but no drinking water and BBQs. There’s also another camping area for those partaking of the Great Ocean Walk — a 100-km long-distance walk from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. The site has untreated rainwater and composting toilets.
SOUTHERN OCEAN BEACH, COORONG NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Southern Ocean Beach is located in Coorong National Park, South Australia. It’s an isolated beach so you’ll need a 4WD to reach the area. A popular draw of this beach camping site is the sand dunes that change colours during sunrises and sunsets. Since there are no facilities, this campsite is ideal for self-sufficient campers.
LUCKY BAY, CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Lucky Bay is considered one of the best beaches in Australia. It’s located in the Cape Le Grand National Park, which is about 40 minutes from Esperance, Western Australia. Lucky Bay features a 5-km-long stretch of pristine, white sand beach that’s surrounded by tranquil, turquoise waters. You’ll be able to see kangaroos sunbathing on the beach as well as humpback whales in the water during their annual migration. The beach camping area overlooks the bay and thus offers picturesque views. The campground has 22 sites. Amenities include a camp kitchen, toilets and hot showers.
These five campsites are some of the best places for beach camping in Australia. However, they’re just a sample of what the country has to offer. There are so many wonderful places to see, so it’s not surprising that beach camping is so popular. Apart from admiring the spectacular views of these locations, you can also enjoy a ton of water-themed activities such as swimming, snorkelling, fishing, surfing and boating — making it an ideal holiday for families and friends, or alone when you need it to be that way.
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