Australia is known for its beautiful beaches with pristine white sand and crystal clear waters, but what many people miss out on when they are going on their caravan holiday is exploring the rugged terrain and magnificent waterfalls in one of Australia’s numerous national parks.
Perhaps the best known forest in Australia, the Daintree Rainforest is located in Northern Queensland, about a 90 Minutes drive from Cairns and is certainly a must-see on any Northern Queensland road trip.
But to really make the most of this stunning region we recommend staying at one of the tranquil caravan parks scattered throughout the small area. One of the best places to stop for a night or two is the Lync Haven Caravan Park, which is located in the heart of the Daintree rainforest.
This beautiful campsite is not only situation in a prime location but also offers a range of rainforest unique wildlife experiences and guided walks around the ancient region. One of the highlights of the rainforest is a visit to Mossman Gorge, where the oldest and most preserved part of the daintree survive.
You can explore this area on your own or go on one of the many guided walks, either way, expect to have your breath taken away when you encounter the clear green waters and gigantic boulders the gorge is famous for.
2. The Blue Mountains National Park
Located only 2 hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park is a favourite spot for New South Wales’ caravaners.
This striking region is characterised by its rugged landscapes, with steep cliffs and dazzling waterfalls, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to truly experience the Australian bush.
The area is filled with activities and bush walks, so if you enjoy hiking definitely plan to stay for a few nights.
The national park is littered with campsites, but be careful to ensure the one you choose is caravan friendly, many of the campsites in the park can only be accessed on foot, however, the NSW National Parks website has lots of useful information for the best places to set-up camp.
One of the most popular places to stay with caravan enthusiasts is the Burralow Creek Campground, which is located close to the beautiful Balcamutta Falls.
This camping ground is great for families as well as those wanting to get some quiet, as the area is quite expansive and the sites are unmarked.
3. West MacDonnell National Park
One of the most photographed national parks in Australia, many people don’t actually know about this stunning Northern Territory region.
The West MacDonnell National Park is full of iconic Australian natural wonders, like Simpson’s Gap and the lesser known Glen Helen Gorge, famous for it’s blazing red cliffs that envelop the tranquil water below.
Because of the numerous sites to see as well as the rural location, it’s recommended you stay for at least 3 nights to really make the most of the area.
There aren’t a whole lot of camping ground that are caravan friendly, but the Ellery Creek Big Hole Campground and the Ormiston Gorge Campground are both accessible by Caravans and offer the best facilities in terms of water and cooking facilities.
Consider staying at both camping grounds and use the day to explore the numerous hiking tracks and swimming holes that make up the region. Expect to see a whole lot of red dirt that Australia is known for - this is a true Australian caravanning experience!