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Cost: $11 adult per night, $3 child per night

Address: Dawson Creek Road, Millstream WA 6716

GPS: -21.5975, 117.088

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Campfires: No

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: 2WD

Water: BYO

Number of Sites: 15

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: No

Big Rigs?: Under 7m

1. Stargazers Campground
Millstream Chichester National Park, WA

Why stay at a five-star holiday park when you can stay at 1000-star campground? Stargazers Campground displays the night sky in all its unpolluted glory at the Millstream Chichester National Park, described as an ‘oasis in the desert’. The park encompasses the Fortescue River in WA’s Pilbara region, its landscape interspersed with rolling hills, escarpments, tree-lined rivers and water pools. Within the park, Stargazers Campground can be found on Snappy Gum Drive, north of the Millstream–Yarraloola Road.

The small campground can accommodate caravans, camper-trailers, campervans and tents, and is equipped with toilets and gas barbecues. Surrounded by spinifex and eucalyptus woodland, this campground is close to Deep Reach Pool on the Fortescue River, where you can fish, swim, canoe and kayak. Follow one of the many bushwalking trails or embark on a scenic drive to take in the wild beauty of this national park.

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Get lost (metaphorically speaking) in these wild and wonderful remote campgrounds 

WORDS JANIE MEDBURY

IMAGES FROM TOP There is an abundance of swimming spots // When the middle of nowhere is exactly where you want to be // It's all blue skies and red dirt here // The walking trails end in views like this // Images credit: Tourism Western Australia

AUSTRALIAN CARAVAN MANUFACTURER WITH 2 YEAR STRUCTURAL WARRANTY 

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BALL: 180 kg | TARE2180 kg | ATM: 2700 kg
AXLE: SINGLE | SUSPENSION: CONTROL RIDER

MALIBU CARAVANS RAZOR 18'6 OFF ROAD
$55,990

Cost: From $40 p/night (unpowered)

Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872

GPS: -25.23848, 130.99055

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: Accessible by caravans in good weather

Water: Yes

Number of Sites: 220 unpowered

Power Available: Yes

Dog-Friendly: Yes  

Big Rigs?: Yes

2. Ayers Rock Campground
Yulara, NT

Ticking Uluru, or Ayers Rock, off your bucket list needn’t be a one-day affair. Make the most of your experience by pitching a tent at Ayers Rock Campground, just a 10-minute drive from Uluru, under the shade of native desert oaks. And because it shares land with Ayers Rock Resort, there are plenty of facilities for a comfortable stay, such as a pool, camp kitchen and self-service laundry, and much more.

To see Uluru in all its glory against a colourful sky, you will want to get to the viewing platforms at either dusk or dawn. You can also complete the 9.4km walk around the base of Uluru or take a guided tour of Kata Tjuta. As a guest staying at the Ayers Rock Campground you can participate in a range of free daily activities, including guided garden walks and Indigenous bush yarns.

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

IMAGES FROM TOP Yulara from the sky. Credit: Lonely Planet // Enjoy activities with other guests. Credit: Outback Tour Services // Uluru Entry Station. Credit: ExplorOz // Talk about camping with a view! Credit: GobackpackGo

OUR AIM IS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A CARAVAN THAT YOU WILL BE PROUD OF

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Cost: $15.50 p/night for 2 adults

Address: Deep Creek Campground, Eddystone, Tas 7264

GPS: -40.969952, 148.312559

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: 4 weeks

Road Access: Unsealed

Water: BYO

Number of Sites: TBC

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: No

Big Rigs?: No

3. Deep Creek
Mt William National Park, Tas

Wildlife and wildflowers abound at the Deep Creek campground, so nature lovers in particular should add this camping spot to their list of ‘must-visit’ places. Located north-east of Launceston, this campground is tucked within Mt William National Park, which is one of Tassie’s least visited parks, so you can expect plenty of peace and room to yourself, even in peak season! It also means you’ll need to be self-sufficient and well-equipped, as you’ll have to venture off the beaten track to get here.

Take a bush walk and check out the native flora; at dusk it is highly likely you will spot wombats, forester kangaroos and even wallabies. The beautiful white sand beaches are one of the drawcards here – and you might even be the only one there! Plus, the iconic Bay of Fires is just a one-hour drive south of the campsite, too. Leave large caravans and motorhomes at home, as access to the park is unsealed with low-hanging branches.

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

IMAGES FROM TOP You have been warned. Credit: gonetorecess.wordpress.com // Mt William NP. Credit: Big4 Holiday Parks // It's possible you'll have the campgrounds all to yourself. Credit: Tassie Trails // Bay of Fires, Mt William NP. Credit: AWOL

“Fishos will love this area, as there is an abundance of Tommy Ruff and Garfish, and plenty of good spots off the rocks to access deep waters”

Defect – Where the installation has not been carried out in accordance with the product manual,  using dedicated wiring from a single battery supply, there is potential at any time for no trailer brake output indicated by a flashing yellow/red warning lamp. 

Hazard – When towing, the braking distance of the tow vehicle and trailer may be increased and that could lead to a risk of a car accident.

What to do – Affected customers should contact REDARC Electronics by calling 1800 733 272 or 08 8322 4848, 8am‑5:30pm Mon-Fri (ACST), or by email at service@redarc.com.au or visit the REDARC website -
www.redarc.com.au/recall‑notice.

If a consumer is affected, they should either go back to their installer to seek free repair or call REDARC Electronics Technical Support line to receive details on a dealer network to arrange a free repair.

If the Tow-Pro V2 electric trailer brake controller is not installed in a vehicle, the consumer should contact REDARC to arrange a free replacement.

Customers can also contact REDARC Electronics at
www.redarc.com.au/recall-notice and check, using the serial number checking tool, if their product is in the affected batch.

Cost: $6.55 pp per night

Address: Lot 274 Booloumba Creek Rd, Cambroon, Qld 4552

GPS: 152°38'59”E, 26°38'22”S

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: High-clearance 4WDs only

Water: Non-drinking

Number of Sites: 24

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: No

Big Rigs?: No

4. Booloumba Creek Camping Area 1
Cambroon, Qld

Imagine relaxing amid picturesque rainforest in Queensland’s rugged Conondale Range, framed by eucalypt trees, waterfalls and boulder-strewn swimming spots. If this sounds like your cup of tea, the plainly named ‘camping area 1’ at Booloumba Creek is our pick for you. You will need a high-clearance 4WD to tackle the unsealed roads and creek crossings; unsurprisingly, campervans, caravans and camper-trailers are not allowed (however, they are catered for in ‘camping area 4’).

At camping area 1, you will get secluded tent-based camping close to Booloumba Creek; expect mostly dirt sites with compacted granite tent pads. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets, and water pumped from the creek is available, however, it is unsuitable for drinking without treatment. Fires are allowed only in the fire rings and you will need to bring your own firewood. There’s no mobile phone coverage here, however there is a payphone at the back of the camping hut.

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

IMAGES FROM TOP Be self-sufficient and don't leave anything behind // A peaceful escape amid nature // Booloumba Falls // There's plenty of camping areas to choose from to suit your needs // Images credit: weekendnotes.com

Cost: $10 p/night, per vehicle

Address: Wurlie Road, Corny Point SA 5575

GPS: 34.58'15.9"S, 136.58'14.7"E

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: Gravel

Water: BYO

Number of Sites: 10

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Big Rigs?: Yes

5. Swincers Rocks Campground
Corny Point, SA

Uninterrupted beach views and solitude is what you get at Swincers Rocks in Corny Point, which is essentially the tip of the stunning Yorke Peninsula. There are absolutely no facilities here, so it truly is an escape from civilisation. Fishos will love this area, as there is an abundance of Tommy Ruff and Garfish, and plenty of good spots off the rocks to access deep waters. It’s also great for snorkelling and there’s a few clear and shallow sandy areas that are perfect for dipping your toes in the water.    

Before you set up camp, be sure to get a permit from the council office. Dogs are allowed here as long as they are restrained. If you’re bringing kids along, however, it’s probably best to stay in the safety and comfort of the nearby caravan park and leave Swincers Rock for a day trip. But if you’re self-sufficient, we reckon the view here more than makes up for the lack of toilets!

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

IMAGES FROM TOP Corny Point Lighthouse. Credit: yorkepeninsula.com.au // Berry Bay, Corny Point. Credit: southaustralia.com // Beautiful colours at Corny Point. Credit: southaustralia.com // Enjoy a day at the beach. Credit: visityorkepeninsula.com.au

1. Stargazers Campground
Millstream Chichester National Park, WA

Why stay at a five-star holiday park when you can stay at 1000-star campground? Stargazers Campground displays the night sky in all its unpolluted glory at the Millstream Chichester National Park, described as an ‘oasis in the desert’. The park encompasses the Fortescue River in WA’s Pilbara region, its landscape interspersed with rolling hills, escarpments, tree-lined rivers and water pools. Within the park, Stargazers Campground can be found on Snappy Gum Drive, north of the Millstream–Yarraloola Road.

The small campground can accommodate caravans, camper-trailers, campervans and tents, and is equipped with toilets and gas barbecues. Surrounded by spinifex and eucalyptus woodland, this campground is close to Deep Reach Pool on the Fortescue River, where you can fish, swim, canoe and kayak. Follow one of the many bushwalking trails or embark on a scenic drive to take in the wild beauty of this national park.

Cost: $11 adult per night, $3 child per night

Address: Dawson Creek Road, Millstream WA 6716

GPS: -21.5975, 117.088

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Campfires: No

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: 2WD

Water: BYO

Number of Sites: 15

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: No

Big Rigs?: Under 7m

RIPPER
BUSH CAMPS

5

Get lost (metaphorically speaking) in these wild and wonderful remote campgrounds 

WORDS JANIE MEDBURY

LIFESTYLE Bush Camps

IMAGES FROM TOP There is an abundance of swimming spots // When the middle of nowhere is exactly where you want to be // It's all blue skies and red dirt here // The walking trails end in views like this // Images credit: Tourism Western Australia

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

AUSTRALIAN CARAVAN MANUFACTURER WITH 2 YEAR STRUCTURAL WARRANTY 

MALIBU CARAVANS RAZOR 18'6 OFF ROAD

BALL: 180 kg | TARE2180 kg | ATM: 2700 kg
AXLE: SINGLE | SUSPENSION: CONTROL RIDER

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$55,990

2. Ayers Rock Campground
Yulara, NT

Ticking Uluru, or Ayers Rock, off your bucket list needn’t be a one-day affair. Make the most of your experience by pitching a tent at Ayers Rock Campground, just a 10-minute drive from Uluru, under the shade of native desert oaks. And because it shares land with Ayers Rock Resort, there are plenty of facilities for a comfortable stay, such as a pool, camp kitchen and self-service laundry, and much more.

To see Uluru in all its glory against a colourful sky, you will want to get to the viewing platforms at either dusk or dawn. You can also complete the 9.4km walk around the base of Uluru or take a guided tour of Kata Tjuta. As a guest staying at the Ayers Rock Campground you can participate in a range of free daily activities, including guided garden walks and Indigenous bush yarns.

Cost: From $40 p/night (unpowered)

Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872

GPS: -25.23848, 130.99055

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: Accessible by caravans in good weather

Water: Yes

Number of Sites: 220 unpowered

Power Available: Yes

Dog-Friendly: Yes  

Big Rigs?: Yes

IMAGES FROM TOP Yulara from the sky. Credit: Lonely Planet // Enjoy activities with other guests. Credit: Outback Tour Services // Uluru Entry Station. Credit: ExplorOz // Talk about camping with a view! Credit: GobackpackGo

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

OUR AIM IS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A CARAVAN THAT YOU WILL BE PROUD OF

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3. Deep Creek
Mt William National Park, Tas

Wildlife and wildflowers abound at the Deep Creek campground, so nature lovers in particular should add this camping spot to their list of ‘must-visit’ places. Located north-east of Launceston, this campground is tucked within Mt William National Park, which is one of Tassie’s least visited parks, so you can expect plenty of peace and room to yourself, even in peak season! It also means you’ll need to be self-sufficient and well-equipped, as you’ll have to venture off the beaten track to get here.

Take a bush walk and check out the native flora; at dusk it is highly likely you will spot wombats, forester kangaroos and even wallabies. The beautiful white sand beaches are one of the drawcards here – and you might even be the only one there! Plus, the iconic Bay of Fires is just a one-hour drive south of the campsite, too. Leave large caravans and motorhomes at home, as access to the park is unsealed with low-hanging branches.

Cost: $15.50 p/night for 2 adults

Address: Deep Creek Campground, Eddystone, Tas 7264

GPS: -40.969952, 148.312559

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: 4 weeks

Road Access: Unsealed

Water: BYO

Number of Sites: TBC

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: No

Big Rigs?: No

IMAGES FROM TOP You have been warned. Credit: gonetorecess.wordpress.com // Mt William NP. Credit: Big4 Holiday Parks // It's possible you'll have the campgrounds all to yourself. Credit: Tassie Trails // Bay of Fires, Mt William NP. Credit: AWOL

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

“Fishos will love this area, as there is an abundance of Tommy Ruff and Garfish, and plenty of good spots off the rocks to access deep waters”

Defect – Where the installation has not been carried out in accordance with the product manual,  using dedicated wiring from a single battery supply, there is potential at any time for no trailer brake output indicated by a flashing yellow/red warning lamp.
Hazard – When towing, the braking distance of the tow vehicle and trailer may be increased and that could lead to a risk of a car accident.
What to do – Affected customers should contact REDARC Electronics by calling 1800 733 272 or 08 8322 4848, 8am‑5:30pm Mon-Fri (ACST), or by email at service@redarc.com.au or visit the REDARC website -
www.redarc.com.au/recall‑notice.
If a consumer is affected, they should either go back to their installer to seek free repair or call REDARC Electronics Technical Support line to receive details on a dealer network to arrange a free repair.
If the Tow-Pro V2 electric trailer brake controller is not installed in a vehicle, the consumer should contact REDARC to arrange a free replacement.
Customers can also contact REDARC Electronics at www.redarc.com.au/recall-notice and check, using the serial number checking tool, if their product is in the affected batch.

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

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4. Booloumba Creek Camping Area 1
Cambroon, Qld

Imagine relaxing amid picturesque rainforest in Queensland’s rugged Conondale Range, framed by eucalypt trees, waterfalls and boulder-strewn swimming spots. If this sounds like your cup of tea, the plainly named ‘camping area 1’ at Booloumba Creek is our pick for you. You will need a high-clearance 4WD to tackle the unsealed roads and creek crossings; unsurprisingly, campervans, caravans and camper-trailers are not allowed (however, they are catered for in ‘camping area 4’).

At camping area 1, you will get secluded tent-based camping close to Booloumba Creek; expect mostly dirt sites with compacted granite tent pads. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets, and water pumped from the creek is available, however, it is unsuitable for drinking without treatment. Fires are allowed only in the fire rings and you will need to bring your own firewood. There’s no mobile phone coverage here, however there is a payphone at the back of the camping hut.

Cost: $6.55 pp per night

Address: Lot 274 Booloumba Creek Rd, Cambroon, Qld 4552

GPS: 152°38'59”E, 26°38'22”S

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: High-clearance 4WDs only

Water: Non-drinking

Number of Sites: 24

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: No

Big Rigs?: No

IMAGES FROM TOP Be self-sufficient and don't leave anything behind // A peaceful escape amid nature // Booloumba Falls // There's plenty of camping areas to choose from to suit your needs // Images credit: weekendnotes.com

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE

5. Swincers Rocks Campground
Corny Point, SA

Uninterrupted beach views and solitude is what you get at Swincers Rocks in Corny Point, which is essentially the tip of the stunning Yorke Peninsula. There are absolutely no facilities here, so it truly is an escape from civilisation. Fishos will love this area, as there is an abundance of Tommy Ruff and Garfish, and plenty of good spots off the rocks to access deep waters. It’s also great for snorkelling and there’s a few clear and shallow sandy areas that are perfect for dipping your toes in the water.    

Before you set up camp, be sure to get a permit from the council office. Dogs are allowed here as long as they are restrained. If you’re bringing kids along, however, it’s probably best to stay in the safety and comfort of the nearby caravan park and leave Swincers Rock for a day trip. But if you’re self-sufficient, we reckon the view here more than makes up for the lack of toilets!

Cost: $10 p/night, per vehicle

Address: Wurlie Road, Corny Point SA 5575

GPS: 34.58'15.9"S, 136.58'14.7"E

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Campfires: Yes

Max Stay: TBC

Road Access: Gravel

Water: BYO

Number of Sites: 10

Power Available: No

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Big Rigs?: Yes

IMAGES FROM TOP Corny Point Lighthouse. Credit: yorkepeninsula.com.au // Berry Bay, Corny Point. Credit: southaustralia.com // Beautiful colours at Corny Point. Credit: southaustralia.com // Enjoy a day at the beach. Credit: visityorkepeninsula.com.au

Find more ripper bush camps at CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE