Looking to take the road less travelled in Australia? Ditch the same old tourist route, hop in a camper and do things your way. For a country that spans over 7 million kilometres there is an abundance of secret spots to uncover, here are a few of our favourites to get the ball rolling.
Kakadu National Park
Experience rich Aboriginal culture in all its glory with over 5000 aboriginal art sites across the park. A 2WD can cover the majority of the park, but make sure one of your stops is Ubirr for the ultimate in sunset goals.
Measuring in at the size of Slovenia, it’s a hard one to miss when in the Darwin area!
Big Bev getting all tropical in Kakadu. This photo was taken earlier this year, in the height of what was an epic wet season for the NT… The buildup is on us now and at this time of the year, a lot of visitors and locals alike flee the top end, chuck the tent in the shed, crank the a/c and bunker down for the wet. They will re-emerge in May exclaiming that they have seen their first dragon fly and it’s safe to start planning trips again. Although getting from A to B in the wet can be tricky, I reckon it’s during this period that I enjoy the waterways the most. The waterfalls are raging and the springs are bursting at their seams. Granted we have to remain 🐊wise and stay clear of hectic floodwaters, I plan to get amongst the all-season haunts as much as possible this year. . . #NTaustralia #topendnt #DoKakadu #kakadunationalpark #northernterritory #australiagram #SeeAustralia #exploringaustralia #weareexplorers
Nearly 400 km north of Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is definitely remote but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth making the effort to visit. Huge granite boulders scatter the valley so take a short self-guided walk to get amongst them or scramble from boulder to boulder. If you can, get there for sunset when it’s less toasty out and makes for even more spectacular photos.
This place looks straight out of a movie – probs because it is! This opal mining town was the set for the 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdrome and it’s this apocalyptic landscape that attracts people – plus the chance of finding their very own opal. Coober Pedy is hot hot hot and to survive the heat while digging for opals, the hardy people of the town decided to dig and live underground meaning you can enjoy underground hotels, churches and restaurants!
Do you like golf? Would you like over 1,000 kilometres of golf? Yep that’s right, the world’s longest golf course – an 18 hole-er with a par of a humungous 72 can be found in South West Australia. Running along the Eyre Highway, each hole is in a participating town or roadhouse, making it a great way to break up monotonous travel and is also plain good fun!
Phillip Island, Victoria
Phillip Island is only an hour and a half from Melbourne making it a great stopping point if you’re travelling through the East Coast. Especially if you love penguins. Get ready for cuteness overload as you watch the world’s smallest penguins come home after a long day fishing. Your admission also helps support the conservation of these little guys too -win win!
Home of the digeridoo and the Yolngu people, this region of Australia is an incredible insight into aboriginal heritage and culture. You’ll need a permit to visit and we recommend joining an organised tour. Make sure you see Gunbalanya with its ancient rock art, listen to Dreamtime stories and find out how the Yolngu people live off the land.
Karijini National Park
Head west for freshwater pools, unforgettable views and a natural spa. After a long day of walking across mighty gorges and swimming in spring-fed pools beneath Fortescue Falls, you’ll want nothing more than to sink into the heart-shaped spa pool at Hamersley Gorge.
How do all these places sound? Like they belong on your bucket list?
There’s nothing worse than getting somewhere you love and having to jump to catch a scheduled flight or bus out of there. With the flexibility of a camper van, you can spend as little or as much time you like so you can explore every corner of Australia on your terms.