Camping in Australia – Family-Friendly Destinations

Get out into the great outdoors in Australia by sleeping under the stars. Camping with the family is not only a good way to encourage your kids to appreciate nature, but it can also save you money on your next holiday. Australia has no shortage of picturesque camping spots to stop and stay awhile, and there’s no need to rough it with built-in features like barbecues and electric outlets! The following are a few of the top spots for families, combining a wealth of activities with the amenities you need to enjoy your stay.

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6 Family Friendly Destination for Camping in Australia

Glengarry Holiday Park, Queensland
You don’t have to venture into the wilds of the outback to get away from it all. The picturesque beaches of Port Douglas are very popular with families, with gentle waves and starry nights. One of the top options in the area is the Glengarry Holiday Park, where you can choose to pitch a tent on an electric powered site or upgrade to your very own villa.

Arthur River Cabin Park, Tasmania
Are your kids animal lovers? Try getting off the beaten path and head over to Tasmania. Not only do you get to enjoy a ferry ride, but you can spot native wildlife including Tasmanian devils, wombats, and eagles. Arthur River Cabin Park provides rustic accommodations in a beautiful setting along the west coast’s Arthur River.

Coral Bay, Western Australia
Ningaloo Reef is a fantastic destination for older children who can enjoy snorkelling in these colourful waters. The Coral Bay settlement is located right on the beach, with your choice of rental cabins and caravan parks. You can also pitch a tent nearby, but either way your family can enjoy a variety of water sports as well as glass-bottom boat trips and white sandy beaches.

Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Another top spot for animal lovers, Kangaroo Island is a great place to see kangaroos, sea lions, and sea birds. You can stroll along the beach or go swimming in the rocky pools dotting the island. One campsite here is located at Stokes Beach, which features BBQ shelters and other amenities geared for families.

Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory

If you’re looking for adventure, find a car with 4WD from a local listings site like and venture into the rugged Northern Territory. Litchfield National Park is only 100 km away from Darwin, so little ones won’t have to sit in the car for too long. Here you’ll find a safari camp and plenty of outdoor excitement. Watch out for crocodiles!

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Western Australia

Swim with the dolphins at Monkey Mia, a resort park located adjacent to the Francois Peron National Park. In addition to dolphins, you can also spot whales and sea turtles in these crystal clear waters. You can choose from caravans or bush camping sites, and enjoy amenities including a hot tub, kitchen, and play parks.

Before you take off, be sure to check the local listings to find out more about fire bans, permit requirements and fees to better plan your journey. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your camping holiday.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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