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Drive through Warrumbungle
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Drive through the Warrumbungles, New South Wales

Fancy a leisurely drive through the iconic Warrumbungles, taking in some of the sights that have put this area on the world map?  The 70km Coonabarabran – Warrumbungle – Tooraweenah drive combines views, lookouts, and easy walks on a spectacular day trip. Or stop here camping and take your time to enjoy it all! Starting in Coonabarabran, you’ll drive through the picturesque Timor Valley. Keep a look out for the interesting fences and mail boxes!  Siding Spring Observatory Did you know Warrumbungles were Australia’s and the southern hemisphere’s first Dark Sky Park?  Highlights worth a visit include the Skywatch Observatory,

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Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran Coastal Park VIC
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Beautiful Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran National Park, Victoria

Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran Coastal Park VIC We loved exploring Cape Conran National Park in Victoria’s East Gippsland region. Banksia Bluff is one of those rare PARKS campgrounds where dogs are allowed. In fact, there is a mixture of unpowered dog friendly and non-dog friendly campsites. Dogs must be on a lead. The popular campground has 135 sites spread out over a kilometre, set amongst mahogany gum and banksia woodland. Campfires are permitted on selected sites and must be within a fire ring. Flushing toilets and an outdoor cold shower is available. All sites have some shade and are generally large. Toilets are

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Killalea Reserve, New South Wales - Campground
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Update on Killalea Reserve, New South Wales

Killalea Reserve, New South Wales – Campground Only 25 km S of Wollongong, Shellharbour is the gateway to the South Coast and is perfectly positioned between the pristine waters of the Tasman Sea and the picturesque Illawarra Escarpment. The area rolls from calming countryside to crystal clear beaches and is only 2 hours drive from the heart of Sydney.  The Killalea Reserve, (newly named Killalea Campground) approximately 6 km south of town, has recently had it’s unique environment secured for future generations and has been added to the NSW national parks estate, creating one of New South Wales’s newest regional

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Mardugal Camp - image by Overland Exposure
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Camp at Mardugal, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Only a short distance from Cooinda, Mardugal Camp One and Two (Mardukal) are a good base to embark on day trips to Jim Jim Falls and the Mary River regions. Enjoy watching Kakadu’s wallabies and large colonies of bats. Or utilise the boat ramp at Mardukal Billabong for some barramundi or saratoga fishing. This managed campground has flushing toilets plus hot and cold showers. Divided into generator and non generator zones. Alcohol is permitted, drinking water is available, they are open inthe dry season. Everyone needs a park pass to visit Kakadu. Your pass includes excellent free ranger guided walks,

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Wanderlust Retreat NSW
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NEW CAMPSITE near Wollemi and Yengo National Parks, New South Wales

This site is not cut priced, but how often can you sleep in a cave, or a tipi? And it is pet friendly! Situated in a valley, between two national parks, the owners will welcome you to their natural haven. Discover the local wildlife of kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, cockatoos and lyrebirds. More incredible features of the area include a waterfall, cliffs, caves, and views of Mount Yengo and Moruben. How about camping in a Cave! Wanderlust Retreat is 91 km from Singleton, NSW and not much further to Sydney suburbs. They accept all vehicles, as well as offering traditional American

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Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
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“Unbeatable” beachfront camping at Richardsons Beach, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Wow, what an amazing spot in Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park! Bec from Look The World In The Eye has been travelling Australia for six months when they came across this beauty in Tasmania. They said, “Unbeatable position! This is one of the nicest spots we’ve camped!” “$13 for unpowered ‘tent’ sites (not all suitable to sleep in a car as some car parks sloped – we were in site #30 which was great for our van) or $16 for power and water (all powered sites suitable for caravans).” This site is Richardsons Beach, just outside Coles Bay – beside Ranger

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Jacksons Crossing Camp, New South Wales by John Neiddu Photography
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How to book National Park Campgrounds in Australia – state by state

Jacksons Crossing Camp, New South Wales by John Neiddu Photography Our expert team give you the run down on what you need to know about National Parks in Australia, before you go! Did you know NT has online bookings only for their parks? Other states have ballots for some sites, or no bookings at all! It helps to know our Camping 101 tips… Traveller Chris Rowlandson sent in a tip for everyone:  “I have the new CAMPS Pendium, however as of March 1 this year, all NT national parks have gone to online booking. As there is often no reception

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Bitter Springs, Northern Territory - image Adams Family Travels
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Caravan parks and a natural hot tub at Bitter Springs, Northern Territory

Camps Ambassadors Dale and Tracey enjoyed a hot soak in the Northern Territory recently! Bitter Springs is definitely one of our favourite hot springs. Set amongst the palm trees in the Elsey National Park, you hop in the thermal spring creek and float down with the current for about 15 minutes til you get to another set of steps, where you hop out and walk back to the start and do it all again. You can see from their video how glorious the water is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3rL7xBvaZI The crystal clear, 32 degree temperature of the water lets you see freshwater turtles if

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Bungle Bungles, Western Australia - image Adams Family Travels
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What you need to know: Purnululu National Park – Bungle Bungles, Western Australia

Isn’t this photo by CAMPS Ambassadors Dale and Tracey amazing? It just makes you want to be transported, right there – walking under those those striking banded sandstone domes. Dale said, “If you are unsure on whether to camp or not in the Purnululu National Park, we would highly recommend it. We camped at the Walardi campground at the southern part of the National Park. “There are 37 campsites here and you need to book online to secure a spot. There are toilets and bore water but no fires are allowed and you must take all your rubbish out with you.” Warlardi

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