I don’t come from a camping family but ever since I moved to Australia, I got into it. Because… camping is seriously one of the best ways to explore Australia.
I’ve never seen as much wildlife, ok kangaroos, than when I’ve gone camping, and there’s something really special about lying in a tent and hearing a whole lot of strange noises in the night!
So why do campground reviews?
There are a few Aussie blogs around that give you information on campgrounds in Australia (and overseas) but I always struggle to get information that’s not just the basic facts (e.g. there are toilets, no showers, …) or how to get there (which can also be quite handy).
I often want to know if it’s off the beaten track or what the general vibe was. Basically, would you ever go back?
So I’ve come up with my own ratings of a campsite.
It’s not based on what facilities are offered since we don’t really care too much about that. But I will usually make a comment about toilets. Because toilets are important, everybody needs them. I’m happy to deal with anything from flush, composting to pit toilets as long as they’re clean. That’s my main criterion.
We’re into basic camp spots that are in beautiful locations and that leave you feeling relaxed and wanting to stay forever. The more isolated and on our own we are, the better.
All ratings are entirely subjective. Obviously. And I’m totally ok with that. 🙂
Campground Rating: Tents
|1 tent: Run away as fast as you can. It is so awful, words fail me.|
|3 tents: Don’t want to stay forever but it’s quite nice for a few days.|
|5 tents: When can we move in?!?!?!|
I must say that I’m yet to stay in a place that deserves 5 tents but I’m sure it’s out there waiting for me to discover it! 🙂
Insect Impact Rating: Mozzies
In addition, given that the husband is such a fabulous mozzie magnet (which generally means he gets eaten alive while I may have a bite or two to show off), I award some of these lovely insects to indicate the general insect / mosquito impact at each campsite. This may not apply to all campgrounds.
|1 mozzie: Even if you spend years here, your chances of meeting one aren’t high.|
|3 mozzies: Bearable, if you have some insect repellent.|
|5 mozzies: Infestation, or simply, death by mozzie.|
Graphics credit: The creative talents of my sister.
Campground Reviews | Australia
Click on the pictures below to check out the campgrounds we thought were awesome and those that were not.
Disclosure: We hardly ever stay in caravan parks so if you’re looking for those, you probably won’t find too many reviews here. Most of our camping adventures take us to Australia’s national parks or state forests – wherever there’s some hiking or exploring to do.