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The best caravan and camp sites for Christmas

Amazing view in Kondalilla National Park.

If you want to take a break and spend quality time together this Christmas, why not book a reliable campervan? The Christmas season is one of the busiest periods for Australian caravan and camping sites and that’s easy to understand as there are some terrific holiday parks to choose from — but what about if you want a caravan or camping Christmas break without the crowds? VroomVroomVroom is here to help!

With so many holiday parks and different camping options across Australia to choose from, we’ve selected a few lesser known — yet beautiful — spots to help you you find the perfect setting for your next outdoor adventure. Read on for our recommendations for getaway locations for a campervan holiday.

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Australia.
White sand and crystal water at Murray’s Beach in Booderee National Park.

New South Wales: Booderee National Park

Only three hours drive from Sydney or Canberra, Booderee National Park is situated at Jervis Bay on the south coast of New South Wales between Nowra and Ulladulla. The park includes three camping grounds owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.

If your kids and the whole family enjoy whale and bird watching, be sure to visit the historic Cape St George Lighthouse. You may also want to take this chance to learn more about Koori culture, enjoy a range of walks, swim and snorkel at Green Patch Beach, or surf at Cave Beach.

Other campgrounds in the area include Trial Bay Gaol Campground, Cattai National Park, Euroka Campground, Little Beach Campground, and Toms Cabin.

Western Australia: Mandalay Beach

Located between Manjimup and Walpole, around a four hour drive to the south of Perth, Mandalay Beach is a great stop both for its stunning beach scenery, and the chance to spy the wreck of the Mandalay which finished its final journey here in 1911.

Offshore lies the Great Southern Ocean and Chatham Island and the area is popular with both anglers and beach lovers. Boardwalks lead down to the beach, and include whale watching lookouts and information about the Mandalay wreck. While whale watching is best between September and June, you never know when you might get lucky.

If you’ve always wanted a camping holiday in a remote and beautiful location, Mandalay ticks many of the boxes, and caravan and camping parks in the area cater to those looking to unwind and escape. Other nearby points of interest include Cape Le Grand National Park, Warren National Park, and Wellington National Park.

Walk the boardwalk at Mandalay Beach.
Feel the sand between your toes on Tasmania’s Seven Mile Beach.

Tasmania: Seven Mile Beach

Just a 30-minute drive from Hobart or a ten-minute drive from Hobart International Airport (HBA), Seven Mile Beach offers everything you might need for a memorable campervan or camping holiday.

If you’re after more than just relaxing on the sand, nearby Tasmanian landmarks including Mount Wellington, Historic Richmond, Port Arthur Historic Site, and Battery Point. Likewise Hobart’s excellent food scene is a short drive away.

Points of interest further afield include Ben Lomond National Park, South Bruny National Park, Mt William National Park, and Mt Field National Park.

South Australia: Second Valley

While Adelaide’s West Beach is home to one of the best caravan parks in the country — and very close to Adelaide International Airport (ADL) — what to do if you’re looking for something a bit more unadulterated and closer to nature? For that we’d recommend making the one and a half hour drive south of Adelaide to Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula. There you’ll find both camping and caravanning options in a beautiful rural setting.

Think long cliff walks at sunset — or if cliffs aren’t your thing, try a stroll along the spectacular Rapid Bay Jetty set a little to the west. The beaches around here are tight and cliff-sheltered, and often so quiet you’ll feel like the pod of dolphins offshore are spoiling the serenity. Don’t forget your fishing kit — though not for the dolphins!

Second Valley also makes for a good spot to break up the drive south to Cape Jervis for the ferry to Kangaroo Island, or, for those seeking true wilderness, the impressive Deep Creek National Park — where Deep Creek Cove beckons.

Savour Second Valley’s sublime coastline.
Tallebudgera Creek from the air.

Queensland: Tallebudgera Beach

Set midway between the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads, immediately to the south of Burleigh Head National Park, Tallebudgera Beach is an impressive stretch of east-facing beach offering a pleasing contrast to the more developed nearby centres of the Gold Coast and Coolangatta.

Families may want to factor in a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary — always a crowd-pleaser for kids, while nearby golf courses and other more grown-up attractions are also within easy reach.

While camping and caravanning facilities are on hand, if you’d prefer to get away a bit further, destinations such as Auburn River National Park, Blackdown Tableland National Park, Lake Murphy Conservation Park, Paluma Range National Park, and Sundown National Park, are worth considering.

Victoria: Grampians National Park

Want to relax and get closer to nature? Then Grampians National Park, about a three hour drive to the west of Melbourne, should be at the top of your camping hit list. The park works perfectly as a weekender from the Victorian capital, but likewise works well as a stopover on a road trip to Adelaide.

Perfect for camping, appreciating nature, climbing, and scenic drives, the Grampians is a popular destination for nature-loving travellers in Victoria. People visit for its majestic waterfalls, spring wildflowers, and breathtaking panoramas. Hikers should also hope for wallabies, kangaroos, and even emus.

The park has a selection of vehicle accessible campgrounds and three hiker camps that can be booked online. All campgrounds have basic facilities such as picnic tables, pit toilets, and fireplaces.

Other areas worth visiting in the region include Cathedral Range State Park, Alpine National Park, and Bunyip State Park.

The spectacular Mount Abrupt in Grampians National Park, Victoria.
Mangrove Forest in Charles Darwin National Park.

Northern Territory: Hidden Valley

Situated only ten minutes from Darwin and even closer to Darwin International Airport, Hidden Valley is the perfect hideaway if you want to explore the many wonders of the Top End over Christmas without needing to spend hours on the road.

Both camping and caravan facilities are on hand, and with Charles Darwin National Park and its rich mangrove ecosystem nearby, there’s plenty to keep nature lovers busy — there’s even a viewing platform from where you can admire Darwin’s skyline from afar.

If you’re up for more driving, consider Elsey National Park, Litchfield National Park, Howard Springs Nature Park, and Judbarra / Gregory National Park.

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