How to find & book good Australian campsites in 2020
It's getting close to the summer camping season in 2020, and unfortunately, COVID has turned the whole camping world upside down. Firstly, we were not allowed out to camp, now with most restrictions removed, and Australians locked out of international travel, then camping around the country has taken on the "staycation" of choice for a lot of us.
It's time you got organised. We are already hearing around the camping fraternity, that popular sites have been booked out for months for Christmas and beyond into 2021.
How do you find good campsites and how to book them?
Hopefully we can give you some guidance on where we and others we know look for advice and the ability to book a spot.
Place we often browse for camping ideas are:-
Big4 Holiday Parks - If you are a family, and "first timers" you probably can't go past the obvious choice of Big4. They have tons of camping options at reasonable rates and really do cater to families with all of their facilities. With 181 parks nationwide, and 70% being dog friendly, take a look here first.
Wikicamps - This is a brilliant APP for your smart device (great for use on the go) - Australia's largest database of campgrounds, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, points of interest, dump stations, visitor information centres, water taps, toilets, showers, and more. Don't leave home without it.
Campermate - Is another great App (and it is free) - In their own words - So what the hell is CamperMate? We’re basically a bunch of travel addicts who love the outdoors, which is why we’ve created one place where you can book caravan parks, rent campervans, as well as share your experiences and stories.
National Parks around Australia - Here is a guide to some of the states National parks and campsite booking facilities. Note that pets are 100% NOT allowed in any National Park - NSW National Parks, Queensland Parks & Forests, Parks Victoria, WA Parks & Wildflife Service.
HipCamp - Along the lines of AirBnB, people make their own private properties available to camp on. This is a growing part of the market, and some of the destinations are simply AMAZING ! Varying facilities and locations etc, but we are sure with the growth of the desire to camp "at home" in Australia, this website will grow massively.
If all else fails, get onto one of the multitude of camping forums on Facebook, and simply ask for advice. Trust me, campers are most generous with their info.