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Explore Your Own Backyard With Australia’s Best Caravan Parks

By Sophie Oddo
2nd Jun 2020

Crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay meet white sandy beaches.

Living in Australia, we are blessed with an abundance of stunning, sprawling landscapes to immerse ourselves in. Whether it’s gorgeous beachfronts, rolling vineyards or mountain ranges, there’s no denying this picturesque playground of ours is filled with many epic adventures, just waiting to be had. 

So, to help you get out and about to experience all this beautiful country has to offer, we’ve rounded up Australia’s best caravan parks from all corners of Australia—because flying OS is so overrated. 

New South Wales

NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort

Merimbula Beach, Far South Coast

Perched on the edge of Merimbula, NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort is the ultimate holiday destination with spectacular ocean views, state of the art facilities and a range of accommodation options. Choose from one, two and three bedroom cabins and villas, as well as powered, unpowered and ensuite sites. Complete with a swimming pool, tennis court, wood fire pizza ovens, laundry, kitchen, water park and more, you’ll be sure to  have everything you need on hand.

First Sun Caravan Park

Byron Bay

Located on one of Australia's most famous beaches, First Sun Caravan Park in Byron Bay is so close to the beach you’ll be waking to the sound of the surf. If the location doesn’t have you sold, the accommodation range is vast, with self-contained cabins, lodges, huts, powered and unpowered caravan sites and shady camp areas to choose from. With first class facilities and views towards ‘The Wreck’ beach, Byron Lighthouse and Mount Warning, this place is a must-visit.

sunset at the beach with dreamy mountains in the background an surfers scattered on the beach.

Huskisson Beach Tourist Resort

Huskisson Beach, Jervis Bay

Boasting uninterrupted views of the stunning bay, endless white sand and crystal clear waters, it’s easy to see why Huskisson Beach Tourist Resort is one of Australia’s best. Offering self-contained holiday cabins, powered ensuite sites and shady campgrounds, there’s something for every kind of holiday-goer. Spend your days taking in the magnificent view from your deck, stroll into Huskisson town and pay a visit to one of their delicious restaurants and cafes, spend a day on the water swimming, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding or go for a bike ride around the walk path. Bliss.

Victoria

MARENGO HOLIDAY PARK

Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

The Great Ocean Road is a must-visit for any traveller looking to experience the very best of the Australian coastline and Marengo Holiday Park in Apollo Bay gets our tick of approval. Each of the self-contained cabins comes with linen, access to free wifi and the option of either ocean views or spa and gas log fire (fancy). Campers can choose from powered and unpowered sites, ocean views, close proximity to amenities and shelter from weather. Park facilities include a laundry, bathrooms, camp kitchen and outdoor BBQ area. 

PHILLIP ISLAND CARAVAN PARK

Phillip Island

Backing onto the stunning Phillip Island beachfront, Phillip Island Caravan Park offers accommodation for every holiday maker, with two and three bedroom deluxe villas, one and two bedroom ensuite cabins, one bedroom park cabins, bunk cabins as well as powered and unpowered sites, so you won’t be short of choices. Nearby facilities include a modern camp kitchen, amenities block, laundry facilities and kiosk, making for a seamless beachside holiday.

a stunning craggy coastline juts into blue ocean below.

South Australia

Sea Vu Caravan Park

Robe

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful township of Robe, Sea Vu Caravan Park features jaw dropping beach views as well as a short walk to local shops, restaurants and wineries. The park offers up 'ocean view' cabins, 'seaside' cabins and beach shacks accommodating up to six people, with all accommodation including linen and wifi. Powered and unpowered camp sites are also available with oceanfront views and provide campers with access to a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. All you need to do is settle in and relax. 

Discovery Parks 

Barossa Valley

If there’s one thing that can rival a seaside holiday, it’s a holiday amongst one of the world’s best wine regions, the Barossa Valley. Tarunda Caravan and Tourist Park is the perfect hub to explore the vine-covered plains and hills that surround the township, located just a few minutes from the centre of Tanunda. With two-person deluxe safari tents, a wide range one and two bedroom cabins with ensuites and balconies, a three bedroom house as well as powered and unpowered camp sites, the options are endless. With so many world-class wineries, historic buildings, museums, scenic tours, bush walks, art galleries and dining experiences at your fingertips, you’re sure to have a good time.

a stunning vista of a rolling vineyard in the Barossa Valley

Western Australia

RAC Esperance Holiday Park

Great Southern Edge

Situated directly opposite the stunning beaches of Esperance Bay and a short walk from the town centre, it’s no wonder that RAC Esperance Holiday Park is our go-to for the ultimate coastal experience in Western Australia. With 170 sites to choose from, you can opt for a fully contained two bedroom cabin or a range of powered campsites with ocean views, BBQ area, camp kitchen and laundry facilities. Once you’ve set up base you can spend your days exploring the surrounding national parks, offering up some of the whitest beaches and clearest waters in Australia.

People's Park Coral Bay

Coral Bay

Located in prime position, directly opposite the beautiful turquoise waters of Coral Bay and the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, People’s Park Coral Bay, is where you want to be holidaying. Catering to all budgets, visitors can choose to reside in deluxe cabins, hilltop villas, an ocean view penthouse, or lush green oceanfront caravan and camping sites. Featuring a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and toilet blocks, you’ll have everything you need all in one place. Fill your days with day spa treatments, whale shark tours, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, 4WD tours, quad biking and so much more.

KALBARRI RED BLUFF TOURIST PARK

Kalbarri

Where the rugged shoreline meets the stunning Indian Ocean, Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park is well immersed within Mother Nature’s beauty, surrounded by Kalbarri National Park and a short walk to Red Bluff Beach. This park’s prime location means visitors can experience gorgeous sunsets and even catch sight of migrating whales and pods of dolphins. For accommodation, you can choose from self-contained holiday units, powered ensuite sites and even the Wittecarra Beach House. All that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacular view.

Red Bluff bay at sunset, with a dreamy sky, red cliff coastline and blue water.

Queensland

Caloundra Holiday Park

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

When it comes to the Queensland coastline, there’s no doubt the Sunshine Coast rates highly on our list. Caloundra Holiday Park is located on the water’s edge of Pumicestone Passage, providing an idyllic location for a beachside holiday. Reside in a luxury cabin, immerse yourself in the outdoors with one of their camping sites, or go somewhere in between, with their  luxuriously appointed glamping tents. With parks, shops and cafes all close by, you’re sure to have everything you need for the perfect beach escape.

1770 Camping Ground

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone

When it comes to absolute beachfront camping, it doesn’t get much better than 1770 Camping Ground, located in Gladstone. Seventeen Seventy is a peaceful, laidback town and is perfect for those looking for an authentic camping experience with not much else to do but kick back and relax in the great outdoors. Both powered and unpowered sites are available, as well as beachfront sites, allowing you to take in the beautiful sunset each evening. The area is renowned for its reef fishing, however you can also go Estuary fishing, mud crabbing, play golf, go paddle boarding, surfing or bushwalking. It’s just you and nature out here. 

GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND HOLIDAY VILLAGE

The Keppels

Located 15km from the coast off Yeppoon, Great Keppel Island Holiday Village is a stunning escape, suitable for groups, couples and singles, with a range of self-contained cottages, houses and cabins for all comfort levels. If you prefer to camp, you can choose from glamping tents and camping sites that have access to the fully equipped kitchen and amenities. While the accommodation is extremely comfortable, you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding adventuring on jet ski tours and bushwalking. Sounds good to us.  

Stunning view from above of Great Keppel Island featuring blue ocean, white sand and lush green forrest.

Northern Territory

Kakadu Lodge And Caravan Park

Kakadu

Kakadu National Park is Australia’s biggest national park, renowned for its cultural and natural values. Packed with ancient landscapes, unbelievable waterfalls, lush rainforest, wondrous wetlands, an abundance of exotic wildlife and ancient rock art, there’s no question this place needs to be on your bucket list. Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park offers a range of cabins, from lodge rooms with communal bathrooms to one room cabin studios for up to five people. If you’re looking for a more earthy experience, bring your own bed and make use of one of their 200 spacious, grassed caravan sites and large unpowered camping areas. Complete with a lagoon-style pool, poolside bar, bistro and BBQ facilities, you’ll be well and truly sorted here.

Kings Canyon Resort

Petermann

Quite literally located in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Kings Canyon is a natural wonder located halfway between Alice Springs and Uluru. Forged over 400 million years, these layers of sandstone are nothing short of spectacular, soaring 270 metres above sea level with plummets to the Garden of Eden, to form rock pools laden with lush plants and narive animals. Kings Canyon Resort has accommodation types for everyone with glamping, resort rooms, lodge rooms, camping and caravanning available for stays. Thoughtfully designed to blend with its natural surroundings this accommodation is the perfect hub for your impending adventures in the great outback. 

beautiful, large red rock boulders surrounded by lush greenery.

Tasmania

White Beach Tourist Park

White Beach

Experience the best the Tasman Peninsula has to offer at White Beach Tourist Park, nestled in the shelter of Wedge Bay and located only 10 minutes away from Port Arthur Historic Site. Boasting direct beach access, it’s the perfect spot for swimming, kayaking, fishing, or simply relaxing and watching the sun set. Book into one of their self-contained cabins, powered van sites or lush, grassy campsites. With a toilet block, camp kitchen and solid BBQ set up, you’ll be set for a relaxing beachside holiday.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN DISCOVERY HOLIDAY PARK

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain has to be seen to be believed, revelling not only as one of the most beautiful places in Australia, but in the world. Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park is set on the edge of the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, giving visitors a true wilderness experience from their cabin, cottage or camping site. There’s plenty going on in Cradle Mountain, with the famous Overland Track covering 161,000 hectares providing plenty of guided and unguided walks for all fitness levels. There’s also canoe tours, horseback trail rides and even helicopter flights for the more daring.

Cradle Mountain looms above a lake, in which it's reflection shows in the glass-like lake.

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Image credit: Karya Sendiri

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