There’s so much to see and do in the vast, wild wonderland that is Australia, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the options when planning a trip. That is why today’s post covers the top ten Bests of the whole country. It’s a whirlwind of a ride, so without further ado, let the countdown begin!
10. Best “Loo-with-a-View”
Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, QL
As one of the best-loved stops on the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba’s Loo with a View is sure to impress. This civic project was made to provide toilets, showers and an observation deck outlooking the glorious, blue coast. Pee by the sea, take in the ocean breeze and head for a walk on the vast stretch of coastline here.
It makes for not only a great pit stop but the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after a long camper haul.
9. Best Waterfall
If you’re looking for a peaceful and secluded trip out in the wilderness with some of the best views to boot, Mitchell Falls should definitely be on your To-Do list. Located on the northernmost edge of Western Australia, this natural wonder features a four-tiered waterfall in which deep blue water powerfully and elegantly pours from basin to basin. Layers of sandstone build up the land in a burnt and fractured fashion and a plateau of abundant vegetation stretches out to the horizon.
There are a few things to keep in mind out here in the wild; crocodiles run loose in northern parts of Australia, and one must always be vigilant to take proper crocwise precautions. Mitchell River National Park is only accessible with four-wheel-drive vehicles. Because of averse road conditions, caravans are not allowed on these roads; however, off-road camper trailers are permitted. This is truly a wild place, so drive with caution and make sure you are self-sufficient.
8. Best Whale Watching in the West
Just a trek south of Mitchell Falls is the Middle Lagoon Natures Hideaway. Here is a truly fantastical getaway for animal lovers of all kinds and is a great place to catch a sight or two of some majestic humpback whales as they make their annual migration from June to October in the warm waters of the Kimberley region. A bevy of jumping dolphins,
Reserve an unpowered camping site for $20 and settle in for a wildlife experience you’ll never forget.
7. Best Panorama
The Mount Kaputar stands stern and strong, emerging from the pressure of two volcanoes and chiseled by erosion over millions of years. The range is paved with ancient lava. The area is home to one of the best examples of organ-piping–a rare rock formation that will take your breath away. Speckled with bright pink slugs and over 185 wild bird species, a visual marvel greets you at every turn.
Dawsons Spring campgrounds are fully equipped with barbecues, drinking water, showers and toilets and are only a mere $6 per adult per night. It’s located just past Mount Kaputar, which gives you great access to this marvelous, 360 view.
6. Best White Sand
Azure skies, turquoise waters and powder-white sands make for an idyllic beach background to your relaxing and invigorating trip to Booderee National Park. Wild beauty stretches from horizon to horizon as a plethora of wondrous birdlife flies overhead and when humpback whales make their migration in June and July. Discover the many layers of beauty that this place has to offer by snorkelling or diving in these vibrant waters.
Several camping sights are available for campers in the area, so plan ahead for your trip by checking them out and get ready to soak in the sights.
5. Best Stargazing
Deep into the heart of Australia, you’re far removed from the glitz and light of major coastal cities which means there is some magnificent stargazing to be had. While you gaze out at the vastness of the universe, you’ll be serenaded by local frogs and the high-pitched golden drummer cicadas. You’ll also be in the company of rare skinks, sphinx pigeons, friendly carpet snakes, shy bandy bandys and howling dingoes.
The Ormiston Gorge campsite can be found right on the Larapinta Trail, about 128 km west of Alice Springs. Make sure to arrive early for the best chance at securing a site!
4. Best for Animal Lovers
This Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a true treasure for diverse wildlife and amazing encounters. Get ready to meet tree kangaroos, ringtail possum and many vibrant birds including the rare cassowary. Goannas thrive here, roaming the campsite, and if you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot a peppermint stick insect. Tree frogs harmonize with Wompoos calling “woooom poooooo” in this tropical rainforest, as the jabiru wades in the occasional pools of water among rainbow clouds of butterflies and moths. Keep in mind that the area is very wild and includes a community of crocodiles around Noah Creek, so always enjoy with respect and caution.
Camping is closed here during the wet season–the first Sunday after New Year’s Day until Good Friday–so make sure to plan your trip so that you can plan to experience this wildlife and not be drenched in the process.
3. Best Beach Camping
Just a 40 minute ride from Esperance, Lucky Bay not only offers direct access to granite peaks and abundant wildflower, but best of all, the front door of your campervan can lead directly to the beach. Let the sparkling water hum you to sleep as you rest up for coastal treks and endless blue vistas.
This campsite is run by the Cape Le Grand National park, so give them a call (08 9075 9072) to prepare for your visit. Areas for tents and trailers are available as well as many amenities.
2. Best Trees
Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania
Get ready to be dwarfed by 100 metre tall swamp gums and towering tree ferns in this Tasmanian park. This slice of the world features some of the most diverse tree life in the world, including 13 rare plant species. While trekking through this mountain pass, you’ll observe how the vibrant flora changes with elevation and incredibly increases in diversity with higher altitudes. Make sure to take a trip to the 3-tiered Russell Falls, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a platypus or two.
Settle in at the Mt. Field Campground next to the Tyenna River a forested area that’s equipped with powered and upowered sites, hot showers, washing machine (coin-operated) and barbecues all at affordable prices.
1. Best Rock
The best rock in Australia is undoubtedly Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. This incredibly large sandstone rock formation is iconic of Australia’s Northern Territory and is a sacred place of the Aboriginal natives. A wondrous time to set your eyes on this hunk of sandstone is at dusk when it takes on a deep red-orange color.
Tourism has boomed here for the last 70 years or so, and so have efforts to prevent adverse environmental and cultural impacts. The local Anangu refrain from climbing Uluru and ask that visitors do the same, so respect their law and culture by staying off and appreciating it from a distance–a culturally aware experience is the best and most authentic way to appreciate this magical place. Accommodation here is outside of the boundaries of the park, however Ayers Rock Resort has a bevy of camping options for all vehicles and is a short trek from the park.
Featured Image: Marc Veraart