The new year is always full of so much expectation and excitement – we throw ourselves into new projects and plan a year’s worth of adventures. After a few months of enthusiasm and hard work, the Easter long weekend presents the perfect opportunity to switch off and get away for a few days.
Here are some of our favourite camping spots around Australia perfect for an Easter getaway:
Howqua Hills Historic Area, VIC
Just over 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne and half an hour from the town of Mansfield (famous as part of the Ned Kelly trail), the beautiful and secluded Howqua Hills river valley is an easily accessible (2WD) destination with an abundance of excellent car or ‘walk in’ camping options.
You can easily find a hidden riverside gem all to yourself between Sheepyard Flat and Noonan’s Hut. Go for a riverside walk, a horse riding trek, try your hand at fly fishing or explore one of the many 4WD tracks. Amenities include designated fire pits, long drop toilets and river bathing.
Bookings and more info here.
Grampians National Park (aka Grampians Gariwerd), VIC
Ah, one of the Homecamp all-time favourites! The Grampians National Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Stretching over 1,500 square kilometres there is an abundance of attractions for campers, hikers, rock climbers and aboriginal art enthusiasts.
Avoid Hall Gaps for camping, but do visit the “Brambuk” The National Park & Cultural Centre, it’s a fantastic place to get a deeper understanding of the parks ecology, it’s history and people.
If exploring the park in the south then Jimmy Creek Campground is a good bet although it can be busy. Strachans Campground to the south west is a better option and in a less explored part of the park. Both of these campsites are a fairly easy drive to Dunkeld and the iconic Royal Mail Hotel if you want a change from camp food and perhaps a refreshing beverage at the bar after a hard day’s hike! The drive back to the park from Dunkeld at dusk is absolutely sublime.
If heading North then the Stapylton campground is suitable for 2WD and has good facilities. This is a great starting point for Mount Zero and Mount Stapylton walks – both a very different vibe from walks in the southern part of the park.
Waitpinga Campground, SA
Situated in the wild and rugged New Headland Conservation Park on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, Waitpinga is the perfect weekend getaway if you’re based in Adelaide or southwest Victoria. The stunning coastline in this area is a raw and beautiful as they come – take heed if considering surfing or swimming as strong currents exist along most of the beaches.
Waitpinga Campground is suitable for car campers with parking spaces right alongside all campsites. Basic drop toilet facilities are available.
More information here.
Depot Beach, NSW
Nestled in the Murramarang National Park on the far south coast of NSW, Depot Beach is a favourite camping spot for regulars to the area. With shady campsites amongst the tall spotted gum trees, the campground is perfect for when the weather is still warm enough to want to seek some shade. Visitors from overseas love meeting the numerous friendly kangeroos who call the campground home (remember to look but don’t touch and definitely don’t feed them).
As the name suggests, the campground is right on the beach for those who love to swim, surf and snorkel. Once you set up your tent, you’ll never want to leave.
Bookings and more info here.
Conto Campground, Margaret River, WA
For those out West, Margaret River is a favourite Easter destination. Conto Campground in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is a large campground on the coastline with access to coastal walking tracks and plenty of beaches. Campsites are scattered in amongst thick coast scrub so you can find a private spot to pitch your tent, even in the busy seasons. Despite having 116 campsites, spots do book up quickly over weekends and holidays so definitely book in advance.
You can easily fill your days exploring the coastline close to the campground, or jump in the car to head to other beaches or Margaret River’s many wineries. Don’t forget to watch at least one sunset from the beach – a novelty for us East Coast residents who aren’t used to seeing the sun set into the sea!
Make a booking or explore the area here.
Mount Buffalo National Park, VIC
Four hours drive from Melbourne, the Mount Buffalo National Park is undoubtably a very special place and a Homecamp favourite spot. Incredible views, sheer granite cliff faces, plunging waterfalls, snow gums and an abundance of wildflowers make this place it well worth a visit.
If car camping, then consider the Lake Catani campsite as a base. Large, private campsites with designated fire circles and almost luxurious amenities such as flushing toilets, hot showers (!), dish washing facilities and a basic laundry make this a great base for a few days to explore the National park and surrounds.
For those seeking something a bit more adventurous, try booking the Mount McCleod campsite. This is remote camping but still only about two hours hike from the main road. You will be rewarded with sublime views from the Mount McCleod summit all to yourself.
Be sure to witness a truly awe inspiring sunset at ‘The Horn’ at least once whilst in the park.
Bookings and info here.
Great Otway National Park, VIC
A good bet for beachside camping is the wonderful Blanket Bay campsite nearby to the Cape Otways Lighthouse. It’s a great place to explore the National Park from and you have easy access to miles of beach walks and many surf fishing opportunities.
Blanket Bay has just 22 large sites and so tends to get booked out at weekends and holidays – it’s good idea to book well in advance. Facilities include communal fireplaces with hot plates, long drop toilets and running water from a tank. Check out the sunrise from the beach.
More info here.
North Era Campground, Royal National Park, NSW
If you haven’t ventured to ‘the Royal’ yet, then you must book in a trip now! This incredible stretch of coastline just south of Sydney is full of coastal walking tracks, scenic lookouts and beachside campsites. If you feel like a hike, lock yourself in to hike the entire length of the park on The Coast Track, a two-day hike which takes you across long sandy beaches and through lush rainforests. If you’ve seen the famous Figure-8 Rockpools on Instagram, this is where you’ll find them!
North Era Campground is our favourite campsite in the park and is accessible by a short 45 minute walk. The walk in takes you over a steep headland, so make sure you can carry all of your gear in and out (you’ll need to take your own water in too). If the swell looks promising, carrying your boards over the hill is well worth it for clean waves minus the crowds.
Bookings and more info here.
Treachery Camp, NSW
An all-time favourite for those travelling the East Coast, and while this isn’t a National Park Campground like our other suggestions, it is just as lush and enjoyable as the rest. Just down the road from the tiny surfing hamlet of Seal Rocks, the Treachery Beach Campground is a commercial campground that still has an earthy authenticity to it. Campsites are scattered between trees, meaning that even on the most crowded weekends you can find a spot for you and your tent. There are also cabins available for those wanting more luxury.
The campsite sits right behind the sand dunes of Treachery Beach, perfect for surfing, hiking, swimming and fishing. And to add even more luxury, there’s a cafe onsite open daily and a fruit and veg van that comes past the campground weekly.
Despite it’s large size, this popular campground does book out so book in advance in peak season.
More info and bookings here.
Wilson’s Promontory, VIC
Last but not least, another favourite in the Homecamp team – Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria. The camping possibilities at this location are close to endless! Choose the well-equipped and car accessible Tidal River Campground, or opt to hike into one of the more secluded campgrounds around the park. We love the campsite at Sealer’s Cove, easily accessible as a half day hike in and out. This area is truly untouched serenity, so best to lock in a few day to explore the beaches, views and walking trails.
It does get incredibly busy so book well in advance and check the National Park website for details on campsite summer ballot systems. All info and bookings here.