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SOME OF THE BEST CAMPSITES WITH AUSTRALIAN NATIVE ANIMALS

When you think of the outdoors, you often visualise pristine beaches, the outback, and the wide array of native Australian animals such as kangaroos, emus, koalas, lizards and others. What better way to encounter these animals than by spotting them in their natural habitat. Here are five of the best campsites with native animals that you need to visit. According to me, anyway.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD, VICTORIA

The Great Ocean Road in Victoria is home to some great camping sites. There are fantastic camping spots next to rivers, hidden in forest gullies or behind the beaches. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the 12 Apostles and enjoy a trip to the Great Otway National Park.

Along the Kennett River, you can easily spot wild koalas. At the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, you can find emus and kangaroos, while an encounter with echidnas is highly possible in Port Campbell National Park. Visit Melba Gully to see a large colony of glow worms at night.

And if whale-watching is your thing, whales can be seen all along the Great Ocean Road between June and October.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park that serves as home to more than one-third of Australia’s bird species and a quarter of its freshwater fish species. There are many safe spots in Kakadu to see crocodiles such as the Yellow Water wet grounds. Pitch your tent around Cooinda Camping Ground next to Yellow Water Billabong to have close encounters with unique animals.

The Kakadu National Park houses black-footed tree rats and Northern brushtail possums, as well as agile wallabies, dingoes and black-flying foxes.

BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK – JERVIS BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES

Aside from being close to stunning beaches and being surrounded by scenic nature, Booderee National Park is home to native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, possums and echidnas. It is impossible to list them all, and it is impossible to list all the places to camp. However, the campsites around Green Patch are perfect for enjoying an early breakfast to the huge roar of hundreds of bird species. As you can imagine, they are very popular, particularly between October and May when whales can be seen.

Booderee has over 200 species of birds and over 30 species of native mammals. These include 10 species of bats, 17 amphibians, 37 reptiles and at least 180 species of fish.

THE KIMBERLEY REGION, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Kimberley region of northwestern Australia is rugged, remote and utterly breathtaking. The Kimberley region of northwestern Australia is always on top of travellers’ favourite spots to visit.

Camping in the Kimberley Region brings you closer to dingos, wallabies, bilbies and lizards. One specific spot to get a great camping experience is at the El Questro wilderness park, which is a powered campground where you can enjoy the native animals. On top of having power and native animals around, the views from this location are known for being rich in striking colours.

DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK, QUEENSLAND

It’s the location of the Daintree National Park that makes it special. It must definitely be on your list of campsites with Australian animals. Found within the tropical region of northern Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests on Earth.

Camping in the Daintree lets you see beautiful creatures such as the large Southern Cassowary bird, ringtail possums, owls, tree kangaroos, owls and unusual butterflies among others.

Finding the perfect spot isn’t hard at all at in the Daintree Park as there’s a wide array of camping and caravan accommodation that offers beachfront or rainforest sites. Choose your camping setup from tents, caravans, cabins, RVs to camper vans. Remember, the Daintree Forest is huge.

If you are exploring Australia without encountering native in the wild, you are missing out on a lot. Plan and make your trip more memorable by trying one of these iconic camping destinations.

 


 

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Jennifer will travel with others if she has to. She's all about getting out there without any restrictions. She's sharing here experience OnDECK.