So…have you ever been driving waaaay out in the sticks, surrounded by picturesque countryside and thought “damn, I wish I could camp somewhere like this!” Well, it turns out you can!
Youcamp is the equivalent of Airbnb for private camping, boasting an array of idyllic spots to pitch a tent or pull up a caravan on private land – from farms to wineries (YES, wineries). Sadly, Youcamp lost dozens of hosts due to the bushfires but there are still a smattering who sustained damage and have kept their listing open (or have just re-listed). For instance, Earl’s Farm devastatingly lost their home and all their belongings but bookings are open for campers to plonk a tent by the river, which was miraculously untouched.
It’s free to list with Youcamp (take note, rural land owners!) and while there are camp sites Australia-wide, we’ve dedicated most of our list to feature remarkable locations that need your support, particularly those on the south-east region of NSW. Prices range from just $11 per person (per night) with most being dog friendly, so if you fancy getting off grid this Easter (or even this weekend) consider an escape to the country.
Stunning Eden on NSW’s Sapphire Coast is the place to go for water babies – whether you’re keen to be alongside the water, or in it. You can pitch a tent on the banks of the tranquil Towamba River and spend your days fishing, kayaking, bushwalking…or head to the nearby coast for snorkelling. From May to early November the main drawcard are whales, with plenty of vantage points to spot humpback whales along ‘humpback highway’. Lovers of seafood will be right at home with many of the restaurants featuring locally caught fish on their menus…or buy mussels straight from fishing boats to cook up on your camp stove.
Kiah Wilderness Camp (above images) (from $22 per person, per night) details here
Kiah Country Gardens (from $18 per person, per night night) details here
Earls Farm (from $56 per night for a group of four) details here
Affectionately known as ‘the land of many waters’, the Eurobodalla region boasts something for everyone. Ocean and river meet forest and farmland, with a huge array of activities to fill up your to-do list. Mogo Wildlife Park is back up and running and is great for kids, while thrill seekers can enjoy mountain biking, surfing and even snorkelling with seals. Those who prefer to move at a more leisurely pace should consider a visit to Pearly Oyster Bar in Bateman’s Bay or the Bodalla Dairy because, well, cheese. Yum.
Mungerarie Farm (above images) (from $18 per person, per night details here
Tomakin River Camping (from $22 per person, per night) details here
Clyde River Camp at Brooman (from $50 per night for two people) details here
The Hundred Acre Woods (from $13 per person, per night) details here
This stunning region is home to the renowned areas of Jervis Bay, the Kangaroo Valley, Ettrema Wilderness, Budawang Ranges and Morton National Park. You’ll find decent surfing waves on the coast all year round, simply lounge with kangaroos on the beach while spotting dolphins and whales in the distance. Inland bushwalkers are rewarded with countless panoramic views and those in search of tasty local produce can hit up the wineries or even the famous Berry Donut Van.
The below properties haven’t been impacted by the bushfires but by holidaying further afield and tasting (and buying) their local specialities, you’re investing in the future of our rural communities. A very worthy investment!
Rawnsley Park Station, South Australia (images above) (from $32 per night for two people) details here
Bolinda Vale Farm, Western Australia ($11 per person per night) details here
Hiddenvale Hills Farm Hideaway, Queensland ($15 per person per night) details here
Humpty Doo Bush Camp, Northern Territory ($20 per person per night) details here
If camping or caravanning isn’t your jam there are still lots of ways you can support rural tourism operators who are rebuilding after the bushfires, or suffering due to ongoing drought. These initiatives include: @staywiththemau @stayinthebush @buyfromthebush and @emptyesky