Top 5 no-bookings camping areas

Camping in Tasmania, Tom Simpson

Camping in Tasmania, Tom Simpson

There’s nothing we like better than camping in summer. And a lot of people agree, which means that campsites can get booked up quite quickly over the summer months. Luckily, there are some fantastic no-bookings camping areas around the country that mean even the most unorganised camper can find a last-minute campsite.

Mungo Brush camping area, Myall Lakes, New South Wales

Situated between a lake and a beach, Mungo Brush camping area is the pick of the bunch in Myall Lakes National Park and competition for these sites is fierce at Christmas. Set up your tent or van underneath the paperbark trees and enjoy a sundowner with spectacular lake views. The beach is only a short walk away through the dunes if you prefer an ocean view with your drink.

The camping area has good facilities, including toilets, and proximity to great fishing spots, bushwalks, swimming, as well as access to boat ramps. And at three hours away from Sydney, it’s far enough away to feel like an escape.

Tapanappa camping area, Deep Creek Conservation Park, South Australia

You don’t need to book at any of the campsites at Deep Creek Conservation Park, which means that you can take your pick from camping areas settled in a stringybark forest to campsites with little to no shade overlooking the spectacular coast.

Or there’s Tapanappa, which offers the best of both worlds, being set back from the coast so that jaw-dropping views are just a quick walk away and the campsites offer some shade. With both drinking water and toilets available, this is a popular campsite that fills up quickly. It’s also a staging ground for those preparing to undertake hikes within Deep Creek, including the epic Heysen Trail, which crosses much of South Australia.

Honeymoon Pool camping area, Wellington National Park, Western Australia

Like many campsite names in Western Australia, including Lucky Bay camping area, Honeymoon Pool lives up to its name. That’s not to say that the camping area is full of honeymooning couples – you’re more likely to find families – but rather that it’s an idyllic spot that should give campers some happy memories to take home with them.

The camping area is in a picture-perfect setting next to the Collie River in Wellington National Park. Surrounded by forest, it has toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and limited disabled access. The main activity at the pool is, of course, swimming, but canoeing and bushwalking are also popular.

Billy Goat Bend camping area, Mitchell River National Park, Victoria

The secret is out about our favourite no-bookings campsite, Johanna Beach camping area. But there are still plenty of less-crowded no-bookings sites around Victoria, included this gem in Mitchell River National Park. While not situated directly on Mitchell River, Billy Goat has a spectacular panorama over the river and park. There isn’t much else at this site apart from the view. It’s a favourite with canoeists, but its location above the river means it’s a bit of hike to reach if you are canoeing through the park.

Mt Field Campground, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania

You’ll find this caravan park and campground nestled in Mt Field National Park. Set under giant swamp gums next to the Tyenna River, this campsite is in a charming location, and offers great access to the rest of the national park. From the sweeping alpine regions to the gracefully tiered waterfalls, Mt Field offers a range of environments to explore and activities with which to explore them, including cycling, canoeing, hiking and fishing.

The campsite has fantastic facilities, including toilets, hot showers, drinking water, disabled access and powered sites – all the things you’d expect at a site you’d have to book at.

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