Let’s face it – kids will never get bored with sleeping under the stars. From your backyard to the Outback camping has oodles of appeal for families. But for adventurous tribes, why not try something a little bit different?
Cranes and convicts
Cockatoo Island – the largest island in Sydney Harbour, explore spooky convict prisons, giant cranes and historic ship-building machinery
Don’t miss the Convict Clues activity trail where kids become a history detective as they search the island for convict clues and the Ships Ahoy discovery trail where they can search for historic ship-building objects.
El Questro Wilderness Park in Western Australia’s Kimberley is the last frontier in Outback camping. Here you can go barramundi fishing, set out on a horse trek, or explore remote areas by helicopter.
Paperbark Camp at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast features 12 safari style tents (complete with wrap-round verandahs!) with hotel style amenities, including a fabulous restaurant, set amongst soaring eucalypts and paperbark trees.
Hatters Hideout in NSW’s beautiful Blue Mountains is a camping cave. Accessed via a 300-metre walking track the cave comes complete with mod cons, including a gas barbecue, icebox, tables and chairs, swags and lanterns!
If you’re looking for a quick bush getaway in Sydney, then Lane Cove River Tourist Caravan Park and Campground – just 10 kilometres from Sydney Harbour Bridge – can transport you into tranquil bushland.
New to the park is the Tandara luxury camping experience – a spacious canvas tent perched on the western side of the Lane Cove River valley in a private setting. Designed for two people with a full king-size bed, wi-fi and spa-style bathroom with freestanding bath, this is glamping to the max!
Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. A prime spot for whale and dolphin spotting, attractions on this World Heritage-listed island include Rainbow Gorge, the Champagne Rock Pools, Lake McKenzie and the Maheno, the most famous of the island’s wrecks.
Driving on Fraser requires a permit, a four-wheel drive and, preferably, experience in sand driving. For kids, there’s a great Junior Eco Rangers programme (ages five to 14) at Kingfisher Bay Resort, with nature-oriented activities such as stargazing, spotlighting and campfire songs.
Riba’s Underground Camping, located five minutes from the opal capital of the world in Coober Pedy, is the only underground tent camping in the world. Located 850 kilometres north of Adelaide and 680 kilometres south of Alice Springs, this is the Outback experience with a twist.