TOP 5 NATIONAL PARK SITES TO EXPLORE

We are so lucky to live in a country where we have so much at our fingertips…. well perhaps quite at our fingertips, but certainly only a caravan trip away. If you’ve just bought your first caravan, upgraded or even downsized, there is a big, amazing country out there to explore. To get you started, here is a list of our top 5 National Park sites that might be worth a visit.

1. Royal National Park, New South Wales

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  • Distance from Melbourne: 860km
  • Approximate time to drive/tow: allow 15 hours

The picturesque Royal National Park is located in Bundeena, about 50kms south of the Sydney CBD. It stretches along 32km of Wollongong’s beautiful coastline. At the Royal National Park you have it all- dramatic cliff walks, beautiful beaches to relax on, or lush rainforests to explore.

WHERE TO STAY

Try the Bonnie Vale Campground, which is located is deep within the Royal National Park. From the main national park site entrance at Loftus it is a 25km drive to the Bonnie Vale entrance. This gorgeous campground Bonnie boasts 74 campsites, along both the beach and the bush. Basic amenities available include flush toilets, hot showers, washing sinks and drinking water. None of the sites are powered.

2. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

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  • Distance from Melbourne: 1,909km
  • Approximate time to drive/tow: allow 2 days

Located right in the heart of the Central Australian desert, Uluru and Kata Tjuta dominate the landscape. The amazing red rocks are millions of years old. These beautifully historical national park sites are about 450 kilometres, or a four and a half hour drive from Alice Springs, the nearest major town.

WHERE TO STAY

Only 15km from Uluru, Ayers Rock Campground provides air-conditioned cabins, powered sites for caravans, campervans, motor homes and camper trailers.

If camping is your thing, try pitching your tent on lush green grass under the shade of native desert oaks. The Campground also provides a range of services and facilities including a swimming pool, playground, bbq facilities and outdoor kitchen and self-service laundry facilities to make the great outdoors truly enjoyable.

3. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

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  • Distance from Melbourne: 522km
  • Approximate time to drive/tow: allow 2 days
  • The Spirit of Tasmania does allow caravans on board, just book early

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park site has 2 major (and massive) landmarks- the 1545 metre mountain and Lake St Clair which is Australia’s deepest lake. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Cradle Mountain is set on the edge of world-heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park, so a true wilderness experience is on the doorstep of your cabin or caravan.

WHERE TO STAY

There’s also a huge variety of Cradle Mountain accommodation options available. Located right in the national park. From luxury chalets to cosy cabins nestled among the serene mountainous setting, however you want to experience the National Park, there is the accommodation to suit. The National Park site is a 2.5 hour drive from Hobart. Try Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain, which is set on the edge of world-heritage listed Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park.

There are guided and non-guided walks for all fitness levels, canoe tours, horseback trail rides and helicopter flights.

4. Daintree National Park, Queensland

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  • Distance from Melbourne: 2,391km
  • Approximate time to drive/tow: allow 5 days

You can take your pick of surroundings in the Daintree National Park- it’s bordered by dense rainforest and golden beaches. Best of all, the park fringes the Great Barrier Reef, forming one of the few places on earth where two World Heritage areas meet.

WHERE TO STAY

You are spoilt for choice in the Daintree- absolute beach front sites, rainforest sites, and along the Daintree River. There are a range of camping options including unpowered sites, caravans, cabins, tents, RVs, campervans, and powered sites.

Campsites are located in beautiful shady settings in the Daintree Rainforest, making a memorable stay.

5. Mt. Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

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  • Distance from Melbourne: 592km
  • Approximate time to drive/tow: allow 1.5 days

Whether you’re travelling solo, with your other half or the family, Mt. Kosciuszko National Park is not short of spectacular mountainous vistas and family friendly activities. If skiing is your thing, take on the slopes at one of the ski resorts which come alive during the winter months, grab the family and cycle, kayak or just strap on the mountain boots, grab a backpack and take a hike in the awe-inspiring alpine scenery of Mount Kosciuszko.

WHERE TO STAY

Try Discovery Parks BIG4 – Jindabyne , situated just 30km from the Thredbo and Perisher ski fields. In the heart of the Mount Kosciuszko National Park, the region offers year round bushwalking and mountain biking; with canoeing and kayaking on offer for the more adventurous.