Camping in winter has its own charm! Don’t let the cold weather stop you from exploring the outdoors. Pack your warmest sleeping bags and beanies and get ready to rug up in the south. Or it’s time to strip down if you’re heading north.
If you’re planning on a camping trip this winter, you’re spoilt for choice in Australia, and we have tried to narrow down some of the best places to camp in Australia.
1. Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven | New South Wales
Jervis Bay in New South Wales is a terrific camping spot for both summer and winter. While summer comes with warmer temperatures, winter gives visitors memorable views of the humpback whales as they migrate north. If you’re after blinding white sandy beaches and the world’s clearest water, then Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay is the place for you.
When you stay in the Jervis Bay campgrounds, the surf is in earshot, and you may even have some wildlife stroll past your tent. Enjoy the region’s white sandy beaches, national parks, and tranquil waterways on your camping trip in Jervis Bay.
2. The Grampians | Victoria
The Grampians is in Western Victoria, and it is the fourth largest national park in the state. The cultural significance of this area, coupled with its breath-taking mountain panoramas and stunning waterfalls make it our top recommendation for your winter camping trip in Victoria. Get close to nature and meet resident wildlife when staying in a forest park or choose a campsite with access to incredible hikes just a short stroll from your tent.
Some nights can get quite cold, but its nothing that a cozy campfire and some blankets can’t fix!
3. Millaa Millaa | Queensland
The North Queensland town of Millaa Millaa is part of the Tablelands region and is famously home to the iconic Millaa Millaa Falls. The Millaa Millaa tourist park offers seven acres of rainforest gardens and an abundance of friendly, adorable wildlife, making it one of Australia’s best camping spots. Keep your eyes peeled for tree kangaroos, platypuses, and an array of vibrantly coloured birds and butterflies.
4. Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park| South Australia
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is located on the south-western tip of the Yorke Peninsula, approximately 300 kilometers by road from Adelaide. Come winter, this spot transforms into a fresh green landscape, with wild seas and large surf. Visit one of the surrounding lighthouses or learn about the tumultuous maritime history of South Australia at the shipwreck of Ethel. Then retreat to your campsite to catch some of the best coastal views in South Australia.
5. Freycinet National Park| Tasmania
Freycinet National Park is a truly magical place. It is a sanctuary to wondrous birdlife, secret bays, warm beaches, and glistening granite peaks. Calling Tasmania’s east coast home, Freycinet Peninsula is best known for the breath-taking Wineglass Bay – the region’s most photographed and celebrated views.
The pretty coastal town of Coles Bay will be your camping base from which you can explore the national park, which is only a short drive away. Freycinet and Coles Bay offer a tremendous number of activities to suit everyone.
6. Albany | Western Australia
Camp in Albany in wintertime to escape the crowds, enjoy beautiful beaches without another human in sight, and witness whales migrating. The oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, Albany is also a place that takes you back in time.
The area has so much to offer and acts as a gateway to amazing nearby destinations including the Stirling Ranges, the towering karri forests, and West Cape Howe National Park to name a few.
7. Butterfly Springs, Limmen National Park | Northern Territory
Butterfly Springs is a little gem hidden within the second largest national park in Australia. As pretty as its name, this postcard-perfect spot is home to a picturesque free campsite. There is heaps to explore in the area as well. The striking towering sandstone formations of the Southern Lost City and Western Lost City are nearby and make for fascinating exploration sites during a hike or drive.