Top 5 Family Friendly Camping Spots for Christmas
5 Best Camping Spots for Families in Australia
Christmas in Australia means long, summer days and time off work and school to venture into the great outdoors. For many families, it’s an opportunity to bundle up the tents and grab the kids for a summer camping adventure in some of the country’s most picturesque spots. Whether you’re after endless beach days or remote bushwalking trails, we’ve got you covered with 5 of the top family-friendly camping spots to explore this Christmas.
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Dominated by the pink-tinged granite rocks of the Hazards, Freycinet National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful slice of paradise on Tasmania’s East Coast. While it’s renowned for the postcard-perfect beach at Wineglass Bay (which is a steep but short trek over the Hazards) there are plenty of secluded bays and blindingly white sand beaches where you can escape the crowds.
Freycinet is the kind of place to bundle all your gear into the car - kayaks, surfboards and snorkelling equipment - with a little bit of everything on offer. Short walks throughout the park make it ideal for families with young kids while older ones can tackle the soaring peak of Mount Amos for unparalleled views across the peninsula. Wildlife and birdlife abound, particularly around the RAMSAR-listed Moulting Lagoon, which provides a sanctuary for migrating species.
Camping within Freycinet National Park is extremely popular over the summer holidays, with locals and visitors alike going into a ballot each August to nab a site. Most are unpowered, with drop toilets and cold-water showers, although you can find a limited number of powered sites at the Richardsons Beach camping ground. If you’re not lucky in securing a site within the main park, there are also free and first-come, first-served campsites at Friendly Beaches with basic drop toilet facilities.
Tassie summers might be mild but you still need to keep your drinks and perishables cool. So pick up one of our Portable Fridge Freezers for your Freycinet adventure.
North Stradbroke Island, Queensland
Affectionately known as “Straddie”, North Stradbroke lies just a stone’s throw from Brisbane’s CBD and has long been a go-to destination for city dwellers wanting a taste of island life. It holds the title of being the second largest sand island in the world, with freshwater lakes and sun-drenched beaches where you can while away the Christmas holidays.
The protected waters of Cylinder Beach and Home Beach are both popular with swimmers while surfing families (or those who want to learn) should head to Main Beach, which also serves as the starting point of the Keyhole 4WD Track. North Stradbroke is also home to the Eight Mile Swamp (the largest of its kind in the world), which provides a vital habitat for endangered and rare plant species, as well as migratory wading birds.
There are various campgrounds clustered around Amity Point, Dunwich and Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, including both unpowered and powered sites. Toilets, showers and children’s playgrounds are available at all, making them ideal for family stays. If you’re after something more remote, you can opt for one of the 4WD-accessible beach campsites (no facilities) or you can splurge in one of the glamping tents operated by Minjerribah Camping.
Get some much-needed protection from the Straddie sun with one of our Heavy Duty Awnings, complete with LED light strips for after dark entertaining.
Innes National Park, South Australia
Home to rugged coastal cliffs, white sandy beaches and historic lighthouses, it’s no wonder Innes National Park is a favourite for family camping trips over the summer holidays. It’s located on the Yorke Peninsula, around 3.5 hours’ drive from Adelaide, with the entire park accessible by 2WD.
There are easy strolls for young tackers and plenty of sandy coves where you can settle in for a day at the beach, as well as great fishing and surfing spots. You can discover the storied maritime legacy of South Australia at the Ethel shipwreck and while touring the lighthouses, then wander onto the abandoned ruins of historic Inneston. Kangaroos and emus greet you around every corner while pods of dolphins can often be seen frolicking offshore.
When it comes to overnighting, there are numerous campsites scattered throughout Innes National Park that can be booked and paid for online. The Pondalowie, Cable Beach, Stenhouse Bay, Shell Beach and Casuarina campsites are all equipped with drop toilets and water (non-potable), as well as barbecues and picnic tables. Keep in mind that mobile service is extremely limited within the park, so be prepared to go offline for a few days!
Don’t want to go shower-less during your stay in Innes National Park? Check out our range of Portable Hot Water Showers for a little luxury in the bush.
Grampians National Park, Victoria
Dominated by dramatic sandstone escarpments and dazzling waterfalls, the Grampians has long been a playground for nature-loving Melbournians. It lies just three hours’ drive from the Victorian capital, with the town of Halls Gap serving as its gateway and offering plenty of family-friendly amenities.
Delve into the region’s indigenous history at the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, then follow the short path that leads to the spectacular MacKenzie Falls. Sweeping views across the Victoria Valley are on offer from The Balconies, which is an easy walk for those with youngsters in tow. When it comes to water pursuits, you can launch a canoe or cast a fishing line to see what’s biting at Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook or just soak up the surrounds on one of the Grampians scenic drives.
Campgrounds are plentiful throughout the national park, with freebies including the basic campsites at Plantation, Kalymna Falls and Wannon Crossing. The rest of the campgrounds can be booked and paid for online, with all campgrounds within the park unpowered. Pit toilets, picnic tables and wood fire barbecues are available at most, including at the Stapylton, Jimmy Creek and Smiths Mill campsites.
Keep going after dark with our range of LED Lighting Products, which are ruggedly designed to withstand the rigours of bush camping.
Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales
Forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, Barrington Tops lies around four hours’ drive north of Sydney. Carved from ancient volcanic flows, it’s blanketed by one of the largest temperate rainforests on mainland Australia, with an abundance of hiking trails making it a bushwalker’s paradise.
There are options to suit all experience (and energy) levels, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging overnight treks where you can bush camp with your family. Many of the trails open up to magnificent viewpoints overlooking the Hunter Valley, with a 2WD suffice for accessing most of the sightseeing spots. You can try your hand at gold panning at the Mountain Maid Gold Mine or lure brown trout in one of the creeks, then take a dip in the refreshing waters of Ladies Well.
While there are various accommodation options in the gateway towns of Dungog and Gloucester, you can easily bunk down at one of the sites within the national park’s bounds. There are basic campgrounds with drop toilets and picnic tables on the banks of the Allyn, Manning and Gloucester Rivers or you can head to the Polblue Campground that’s accessible to caravans and trailers.
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