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Accommodation Page - Camping versus Hotel/Motel/Unit

We prefer camping as we just love being outdoors and travelling with friends and family. When the kids were younger it was great for them to be able to get outside, run around and play rather than us having to pack them and their gear up and take them some place to play. Camping tires them out early, leaving parents free to enjoy the evening. There is nothing more relaxing than drinks and nibblies around a campfire. Now that the kids have grown up we still prefer the freedom of camping on most occasions. The added bonus is of course the price difference. We would never be able to afford the number of holidays we take if we were to stay in more formal accomodation. Australia's climate, and Queensland in particular, is suited to outdoor living, travelling and camping.

For great maps all around Australia with marked camping areas ranging from Free Camps to reasonably priced Caravan Parks and National Parks it is worth buying a copy of this book. Camps Australia - The ultimate guide for the budget conscious traveller. We referred to our copy every day of our round Australia trip. There are plenty of great free camps especially in Western Australia where you can camp right on the water eg Cosy Corner

Caravan Parks we loved

Mataranka Homestead, NT, has caravan sites and is situated next to the Mataranka Hot Springs which are crystal clear thermal pools. A must see.

Closer to home for us... you can still find some caravan parks where you can stay right on the water's edge of Queensland Beaches. Usually you would have to go to more remote areas eg Fraser Island to camp this close to a beach. At the Southport Broadwater, Gold Coast, you can put your caravan on a waterfront site. Have a look at our photos in the Southport Web Album.

We are regular visitors to Brunswick Heads Massey Greene Caravan Park as we love to be right on the riverfront for fishing and easy canoe access.

Great National Park campgrounds

All National Parks are worth a visit and most allow camping and provide excellent facilities for the traveler. Boodjamulla ( Lawn Hill ) Gorge in north west Qld is great - like an oasis in the middle of a desert. The canoes will come in handy here. There are also some great walks and an amazing sunrise to be had from the top of sandstone cliffs and spectacular gorges. For something different, you can also explore fossil sites not far from here .

Each year we camp on Fraser Island. For ease of travelling we take the tent not the caravan/camper trailer. We love to watch the whales, fish, canoe and just relax.

Different Accommodation options

If you don't mind a bit of walking (20km one way) then try staying in the old lighthouse keeper's cottage on the southern-most point of the Australian mainland - Wilson's Promontory. It was quite a walk with spectacular scenary to make the long walk worth it. You need to book at least a month ahead to ensure you get a bed. To save carrying much in you can also book ahead for food to be there for you when you arrive. The helicopter drops off supplies every couple of weeks to the park rangers.

If you're looking for a more comfortable experience that doesn't involve helicopter supply drop offs or a great deal of walking, Australia has some great luxury timeshare resorts available. If you've never stayed in an Australian timeshare resort, it is highly recommended especially for those traveling in large groups because of the large units and ample amenities. You can find timeshares in places such as Coolangatta, Surfer's Paradise, and Brisbane.

Campervans - Travelling New South Wales Made Easy

New South Wales is a south-eastern state of Australia that offers a wide variety of places to see and things to do for visitors and locals alike. Sydney is the largest city in Australia and one of the most popular tourist destinations. From the vibrant city people visit the Snowy Mountains, the outback, Hunter Valley with some of the best vineyards in Australia, the Blue Mountains with its unique and beautiful wilderness, the Northern Rivers where there are five UNESCO World Heritage Listed National Parks and the long sandy beaches along the coast.

Just two and a half hours from Sydney are some of Australia’s most amazing activities. In the Blue Mountains there is an aerial gondola with a glass floor that goes 279 metres above the valley of the Kedumba River. At Nelson Bay visitors can kayak with dolphins. They can take a houseboat down the Hawkesbury River and also visit the largest collection of reptiles in Australia at the Australian Reptile Park. Hunter Valley has excellent wineries with wine tasting and there are resorts and spas in all of the above locations.

The North Coast has the world’s largest subtropical rainforest that lies next to ancient volcanic mountain range. The beaches offer surfing, whale-watching and friendly dolphins. They also attract artists and artisans for local festivals and markets. The ideal spot for those who love hiking is the World Heritage Listed Barrington Tops National Park. Parts of these forests have been untouched for thousands of years.

Lake Macquarie is a deep, blue lake with beautiful beaches and relaxing natural wilderness. It is four times bigger than Sydney Harbour and a spectacular aquatic playground. There are lake cruises, mountain walks and fabulous dining and shopping. For those looking for a little more adventure on their holiday there is diving or snorkelling around shipwrecks at Catherine Hill Bay, horse riding in the foothills and climbing around the sea caves at Caves Beach at low tide as well as fishing and swimming.

Byron Bay is a very popular holiday destination in New South Wales. It is in the far north east of the state and has some of the best surfing in the world. The beaches are pristine and beautiful. Byron Bay is a place many people visit for healing treatments. It has a large health industry with alternative health practitioners and spa treatments for beauty and health. With hang-gliding, skydiving, micro-lighting, kayaking with the dolphins, horse riding, golf and fishing along with circus skills and art workshops there is something for everyone. There are several places where people travelling in a campervan can have powered or unpowered sites at very low prices that are close to all the facilities and activities.

New South Wales offer rainforests, mountain tops, ancient natural wonders and exciting night life. Of course relaxing days are also available for every type of holidaymaker. With so many places to visit in New South Wales, consider travelling with a campervan. It gives you the same freedom as using a car, plus you don't need to pay for expensive accommodation.

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