White sand and dolphins
190 kilometres (118 miles) south of Sydney is Booderee National Park, where you can squeak your way over pure white sand. The park is home to two basic campgrounds – Green Patch and Bristol Point – that front Jervis Bay where dolphins regularly frolic, attracted by the bay’s seagrass meadows. A third campground, Cave Beach, is set among tea trees and faces Wreck Bay.
Kick back at Kakadu
Cooinda Camping Ground is right next to picturesque Yellow Water Billabong, one of the highlights of visiting Kakadu National Park, 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast of Darwin. Cruise the billabong to look for crocodiles and birds. Afterwards, kick back at Cooinda Lodge’s shaded pool, bar or bistro.
No tent required Wander among wombats
The critters at Springlawn in Narawntapu National Park, east of Devonport in northern Tasmania, are comfortable with campers sharing their environment. Watch the wombats nibble at the grass from up close but don’t feed or touch them. You might also spot Tasmanian devils, Forester kangaroos and Bennetts wallabies coming out to forage, especially around dusk.
Soak in a hot-spring oasis
Roll out a sleeping mat at the Fortress, a natural rocky overhang with views across the rugged Grampians landscape in western Victoria. The unusual camping spot is the first stop in a three-day circular hike from Harrop Track carpark. Best to pack a tent for the other night on the track and remember to register your trek at the Brambuk Cultural Centre, a striking building with fluid lines that resemble a cockatoo in flight.
Experience the Red Centre
Uluru is the spiritual heart of Australia. Ayers Rock Resort, 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the striking red monolith, offers a wide range of accommodation, including campsites. Pitch your tent on lush grass underneath native desert oaks. The campground includes a swimming pool, barbecues, an outdoor kitchen, and laundry facilities. Campers can catch the resort’s free shuttle to the onsite supermarket, bars, shops and restaurants.