5 RIPPER BUSH CAMPS
Who knows where your next surprising journey may lead? This is a guide to some of the most breathtaking camping destinations across the country – waiting for your next break
Dawsons Spring, Mount Kaputar National Park, NSW
Dawsons Spring campground is in the Kaputar plateau precinct of Mt Kaputar National Park. This popular campground, perched on the side of a mountain just past the Mount Kaputar summit, offers everything you need to kick back and enjoy the best of the national park.
Dawsons Spring campground has easy access to some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see. With an altitude of 1510m, Mount Kaputar is the star of the national park and from the summit you can take in glorious 360-degree views encompassing one-tenth of NSW with several walking tracks nearby.
Snow gums surround picnic spots with dedicated barbecues and a well-equipped amenities block Please note that GPS co-ordinates are approximate and get you as close to the campsite as possible.
Iga Warta, Northern Flinders Ranges, SA
Our natural environment has so much to offer. Set among the rugged mountains with their contrasting colours in the northern Flinders Ranges, is Iga Warta Campground – a privately-owned property with cabins, safari tents, huts and campsites.
Iga Warta means ‘place of the native orange tree’ in Yura Ngawarla, the language of the Adnyamathanha people who are the traditional owners of the area. When you head to Iga Warta, you will leave your urban self behind and open your mind and your heart to experiences that are new to you and yet as old as the rocks that are home to the region’s rich heritage… giving you unhindered views of starlit skies that crown the warm, clear nights. You will just feel a part of the environment.
The campground within the property has room for all sizes of caravans, and has facilities including toilets, hot and cold showers, a camp kitchen, a pool and a shop that stocks everything from souvenirs to general supplies. Firewood is available for a small fee, although community campfire evenings promise much more fun.
Noah Beach, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Qld
Deep in the rainforest and just 50m from the beach is Noah Beach at a beautiful spot where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. There are 15 campsites, which are packed fairly close together around a circular drive.
No fires are permitted at Noah Beach campground, so you will need to bring a gas cooker; and the water should be treated before being used. All the sites are well shaded, with the rainforest right up to the edge of camp.
There are long-drop toilets, an information board and an abundance of wildlife. There is so much to see and do here you will need plenty of time to explore and relax.
Be aware of things that bite and sting. Nearby Noah Creek is full of crocodiles, so don’t get tempted to dip your feet in the cold water or you might become a croc’s dinner! There are also box jellyfish and Irukandji jellyfish in the sea.
Springlawn, Narawntapu National Park, Tas
Often referred to as the Serengeti of Tasmania is Narawntapu National Park, a special place that abounds with wildlife. Common wombats wander over the grasslands of the park, and because they’re quite used to humans camping in their stomping grounds, you can get quite close to them… but these furry mammals are wild animals so don’t touch or feed them.
This is the place to head to in the national park if you have a large rig and need power. It also has the best facilities and is only 100m past the Ranger Station and visitors centre. It’s just a short walk to join one of the ranger’s spotlight walks or to check out the Springlawn nature walk to the lagoon bird hide.
Signposted access to the Springlawn camping area is via Park Road, approximately one kilometre from the park entrance. There are also token-operated hot showers (tokens are available from the office at the park), septic toilets and electric barbecues.
Lorella Springs, NT
Lorella Springs is a family-owned one-million-acre untouched remote Northern Territory coastal wilderness sanctuary. Located 15 degrees south of the equator, fronting the Gulf of Carpentaria, just off the Savannah Way, the station is a virtually untouched property surrounded by the Limmen National Park, Aboriginal land, and many kilometres of pristine Northern Territory Gulf of Carpentaria coastline, rivers and waterways.
There is no need to book your camping or caravan space at Lorella. Just drive in, stop by the office for registration and to receive some information about what’s been happening at Lorella and the latest ‘must dos’ for your stay, then head across the creek and find your perfect spot.
There is remote camping with just a cleared area. An important note is to make sure you
have completed the Sign Out form before leaving the homestead so that the operators know who is going where and coming back when.