The Great Otway National Park is just before the 12 Apostles on The Great ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. It is a perfect halfway spot to set up camp and its free (free camping = framping). The trees are a stand out with their wiry branches setting a creepy mood on dusk and the beautiful lake walks are a must on sunset.
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Before the snow hits Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia, we decided to get some camping in. This beautiful alpine region has many campgrounds, we stayed at Diggins and Ngarigo, which we had to ourselves. Guess not everyone likes the cold, but we love this area, summer or winter. It is so beautiful here and there is just so much to explore.
From these campgrounds you can drive 10 minutes to Thredbo, a gorgeous alpine village. The weather was a bit rainy one morning so we drove up there, sat at a cafe overlooking the mountains and had a hot coffee. Such a peaceful way to start the day. There are also trail heads from these campgrounds, so you can start your day with a hike from there. If you like fishing, Diggings campground is one of the best spots to catch trout, we spied a few guys fly fishing.
Australia is such a beautiful country, we are so lucky to have such stunning alpine areas. There is something so special about spending time up in the mountains, with hardly anyone around. You are able to unplug from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with the real you.
Between Mimosa NSW and Mallacoota VIC on the East coast of Australia, is some of our favourite coast and camping. Mimosa Rocks National Park is the start (or finish) of this journey, which only takes 2 and half hours to drive but with all the fun places to explore in-between we can often take a few days to do it.
Within Mimosa Rocks National Park is a secluded beach campground called Gillards Beach. It's first in first served, so you can drive around till you find the perfect place to set up. We love the sites here as they are private, most spots are separated by trees and bush and although you can still see other campers, you have your own little space to call home. It's only $20 a night and right on the beach, nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
As you head South there are towns to explore such as Eden, Pambula and Merimbula and you'll be spoilt for choice as to which one to camp at. Although we prefer to free camp, we can't pass up staying at Pambula Big 4 Discovery Park. It's right on the main beach, which is a super fun surf break. So to be able to get up in the morning, take 20 steps and your at the waters edge... Surf till your hearts content, then take a hot shower. It is worth every penny!
The other great place to camp at is just outside of Mallacoota at Genoa. Before you take the Mallacoota town exit there is a reserve on the river opposite the exit that is free to camp on, however donations are appreciated. This beautiful little area was a treat to find and one we will definitely go back to.
This corner of Australia is such a gem. It has some of the most beautiful, rugged, untouched coast and all without the crowds. Every time we come here we find something new, look around and wonder why everyone isn't at this spot. But I think that's the other reason why we love it so much, it's so peaceful, you can always find a little spot to yourself and switch off.
Hat Head National Park in NSW Australia is a beautiful place to camp, well worth the long dirt road you have to drive on to get there. Once you arrive you can choose a place to set up, we picked a nice little spot nestled under some paper bark trees that had a trail leading to the ocean. On the other side of our camp there was another trail which lead to some beautiful sand dunes, the perfect place to watch the sun set. While camping at Hat Head you are bound to share your spot with kangaroos, these friendly guys are used to people and as long as you don't get too close you can hang out with them while they chill around camp. After a yummy dinner of pad thai we bolied up a pot of pepperment tea and settled in for a night around the camp fire. Nothing better than good conversation and a hot drink to end an amazing day.
Camp Cobark is an amazing farm surrounded by mountains that lays west of Gloucester, NSW, Australia. We drove passed this amazing land while on our way out the Barrington Tops and because of how beautiful it was, decided on the spot to spend a couple of nights there. Part of the experience of staying at Camp Cobark is that you are literally camping in the paddocks with the horses and cows. They roam freely around your tent or van and will not pass up being petted if your calm around them. We couldn't get enough of these beautiful animals and won't forget what it was like waking up each morning surrounded by them.
It was such a relaxing couple of days staying on the water, our site named 'slippery dip' because of the slide like rapids on our part of the river. We spent hours laying in the rapids and the fresh water pools, it was nice to just tune out and be in nature. I think we have definitely found ourselves a new favourite farm getaway.
A little bit more from our time spent in the amazing Yosemite National park
Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park has the most amazing campground. We were blown away by the beauty of this place and could not stop exploring. The campground has several sites on the river, amongst the redwoods. It is a very peaceful place, you can just sit for hours taking it all in. We kept expecting a bear to walk out of the forest and start fishing in the river, that would have been amazing. We could have stayed here for weeks, it is definitely on our list of places to return to.
One of our favourite stops in Big Sur was spending the night at Kirk Creek. This campground is nestled high above the coast, with magical views of the ocean. It felt so good to be living the VanLife again, cooking in our outdoor kitchen, having dinner while the sun set and waking up in nature. There is just something so magical about being outdoors, with nothing but books, campfires and amazing views.