Camping and Caravan Parks in
Australia are about the same, I mean, wherever there is a Camping ground, you will normally find places for Caravans and Motorhomes. They are divided into four categories; the first one is a grassed area for tents, normally divided in squares and by streets, including the number of that piece of ground that will be yours for a while. Inside these areas you have the option of powered sites and non-powered sites (these are cheaper!). The second category is Cabins. Some have bathrooms and kitchens inside, some don't. Some cabins sleep up to eight people, with one double bed and some bunks. The third category is for caravans, motorhomes or whatever you drive and sleep in. There are concrete platforms to park your vehicle on, with water and electricity connected to your vehicle. The last category, is the community area with a collective kitchen, toilets, shower, laundry, swim pool, playground etc.. These common areas are very well kept and clean. (So clean, that it's sometimes possible to eat your spaghetti off of the floor! Well......maybe not.)
Camping in Australia - For a better understanding, first let's explain the difference between camping and caravanning in Australia as an alternative way of traveling. Camping, doesn't need a better definition because it is refers to you sleeping on the ground preferably in a tent. Caravan, is that huge thing you tow behind your car and some times call home. Campervans, are Vans adapted by you for sleeping in usually with 2 beds, a very small kitchen, a place to keep your belongings and nothing else. Campervans are usually expandable to allow standing room, but wind down to be more compact when driving. Motorhomes
(pictured above), are non expandable campervan that have permanent height. They have much bigger kitchens, a double bed, 2 or 4 single beds, cabinets to keep thing tidy, toilets, TVs, and you will find some with video players,
etc. Motorhomes are the most popular vehicles to travel Australia in - and you will find huge ones on the road, sometimes much more luxurious than holiday houses. Camping, Motoring and Caravanning are a national passion, and all Australians at some stage, will indulge. There are specialized magazines for each mode of travel in what we call News Agencies, and of course book shops all over Australia.
Australians Camping and caravan Parks are some of the best in the world, Not only for their locations, but also for the facilities that they provide. I've been at a Camping ground near Cairns that is beside a Gold Field, it had 3 swimming pools, walking trails in the bush, many sports facilities, restaurants (plural), Sauna, massage room, Gym, and a bunch of other great things. I felt like I was in a 1000 star resort sleeping in the dog's house (the tent). Another one in Yamba, a small town in New South Wales, was beach front, with boat platforms, ramp, places to clean fish, Cinema for 100 people, heated pool, thousands of lorikeets and much more. The place was great for fishing despite that fact that the pelicans are your partners in the catch. This camping was one of the best I've ever been, but unfortunately they didn't accept long term residents there.
Wild Camping in Australia can be made in areas designed or approved of, or areas without restrictions by the Council or State Governments. In most Australian cities, you can not camp on the beach or public parks, but in remote areas it's alright as long as nobody owns the land or it is in a protected area. To camp in national parks or nature reserves you need a permit (paid) from a ranger or local councils. There are many Islands on the Great Barrier Reef that you can camp on after permission is granted; and you have to take everything over there including water and take nothing when you leave besides
For wild camping in Australian National Parks,
including some islands from the Great Barrier
Reef a fee is charged and it costs A$ 6 in
Queensland to A$ 7 in New South Wales per person
per night. The sites below can give you more
information about camping in national parks in
prices for private campings in Australia:
prices varies during seasons.
- Tent per person per night Non-Powered Site A$
- Tent per person per night Powered Sites A$ 12.
- Cabin for up 8 people per night A$ 80 - 120.
- Campervan non-powered site A$ 20 per night.
- Motorhome or Caravan powered site A$ 25 per
don't think we can camp here honey...
The owners got the place first.