8 Camping and Glamping Spots in Australia That Are Better Than Any Hotel

Photo of Alice Duffield
4 September 2017

Australia is one of the few countries in the world that camping is an option almost the whole year round. It’s a country that is best seen from the outdoors, not from inside the walls of a hotel. Here is our roundup of the best camping and glamping spots you have to visit in Australia.

Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory

It’s easy to think you can’t get a true outback experience without roughing it to the core – wrong! Not far from the Mary River floodplains near the boundary of Kakadu National Park, you’ll find a luxury camping ground. Explore stunning outback by day and by night head back to a comfortable bed in your personal safari tent.

Mary River Floodplains, Kakadu, Northern Territory, Australia +61 2 9571 6399

Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Camping at Booderee National Park is the best way to get access to some of the most picturesque beaches you’ll ever see. Bring the sunglasses, the sand here is bright white! These camping sites are for the true campers – they are un-powered so don’t bother bringing your hair dryer.

Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay | © Andrea Schaffer / Flickr

Dawsons Spring, Mt Kaputar National Park, New South Wales

With an impressive altitude of 1,510 meters, Mt Kaputar National Park has some of the most breathtaking 360-degree views. There are beautiful walking tracks, and the campground has everything you need in a stunning sub-alpine setting.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

If you’re the kind of person that only likes camping if you have the allure of crystal clear waters to look at and swim in every day, then Lucky Bay is the place for you. There are great walking tracks to warm up on, and the camp site even has solar-heated showers for your comfort at the end of the day.

Cape Le Grand National Park | © Flickr / Missanagz

Noah Beach, Daintree National Park, Queensland

You’ll find this camp ground nestled between reef and rainforest at Noah beach, about 80 kilometers north of the beautiful Port Douglas. It’s a basic campground with no mobile coverage and eco-loos, so it’s not exactly for those new to camping! But what it lacks in luxuries, it makes up for in landscape and wildlife – and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean doesn’t hurt.

1 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation, Queensland

Cylinder Beach Camping Ground, Stradbroke Island

If you’re a South East Queenslander, you’re sure to have stayed at the famous Cylinder Beach Camping Ground – it’s one of the best East Coast beach towns, after all. You’ll find a mix of powered and un-powered sites, some great cafes and restaurants close by but without detracting from that quiet island feel.

300 Dickson Way, Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island, Australia +61 7 3409 9668

Cylinder Beach © Flickr / Michael Zimmer

Tree Tops Chalets, Agnes Water, Queensland

The journey alone to Agnes Waters will make you feel like you’re in the middle of no where and give you an instant feeling of relaxation. The glamping experience at Agnes Water Tree Top Chalets is one you won’t forget. Listen to the waves gently landing on the shore as you drift off to sleep in the comfort of your own canvas tent on stilts. Wake up and prep breakfast in your kitchen and eat on the deck overlooking the gentle bay just meters from your door.

Agnes Water © Flickr / Ian Cochrane

Jeffery Ct, Agnes Water, Queensland, Australia +61 7 4974 7279

Wingtons Glamping, Tasmania

This is the height of glamping decked out with luxurious queen beds with luxurious Egyptian cotton linen and individual fires to warm up after a cold Tassie day. These safari tents are placed only meters from the calm Tamar waters, because there is nothing better than waking up to the sound of water lapping by the shore.

Clarence Water, Tasmania | © Flickr / Ed Dunens