The Best Camping in Oceania

Part 6 Of The Series: The Best Camping Around The World

Best Camping in Oceania covers some of the best camping in Australia as well as New Zealand, and other Pacific islands.

Although a relatively small total land mass, these Pacific gems have ample opportunity for some of the best camping in the world.

Below are suggestions from some of the best outdoor travel writers today. Each of them have contributed their experiences to help you plan your next adventure in each of these areas.

So if you are planning a trip to any of these, make sure you pack your camping gear and get out to explore the best camping in Oceania.

Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, New Zealand

Written by Jennifer Parkes from Backyard Travel Family

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Photo credit: Jennifer Parkes from Backyard Travel Family

Glendhu Bay is the only lakeside campsite on Wanaka, one of the most beautiful mountain and lakeside towns in New Zealand.  Easily the most well located and the most incredible views, it is one of the best camping grounds in New Zealand.

There are tons of Wanaka attractions and activities to explore while you are there.  In Winter, check out the ski fields of Treble Cone and Cardona.  Or in summer, get out on the lake.  Paddleboard, SUP or take a Wanaka water taxi to Mou Waho Island to explore the hidden lakes.  Wanaka is a great place to base yourself for exploring, with many Queenstown activities, just an hour’s drive, it’s an easy day trip.

Glendhu Bay campsite is well set up for all manners of camping.  From campervans who are self contained, to flat sites for tents, it is well equipped.  For those who perhaps don’t want to camp in bad weather, they even have cabins and motel style units for an easy nights sleep.  Got a boat? Launch it at the far end of the campsite.

A few top tips for camping at Glendhu Bay: if you’re camping over the Christmas/Summer Holiday period of December and January, book as far in advance as you can, as spots book out fast (it’s a favourite local spot)  Also the main kitchen facilities can be a decent walk in this long narrow camping ground, so check the site map and ask for advice if you are going to use these.

Written by Jennifer Parkes from Backyard Travel Family: Active Family Travel Specialists in New Zealand


Honeymoon Bay, Australia

 by Natalie & Steve from Curious Campers

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Photo credit: Natalie & Steve from Curious Campers

Honeymoon Bay is a campground in Jervis Bay three hours south of Sydney, Australia. It is an idyllic spot, surrounded by bushland and fringed by beaches with some of the whitest sand in the world. It is the perfect spot if you want to get close to nature. 

The campgrounds cater for basic bush camping. There are toilets but you will need to bring in all supplies down to your own toilet paper. Most of the year, you get a site on a first come, first served basis but over the busy summer period, sites are allocated by ballot. The campground is in an area owned by the Australian Navy, so it also has the oddity of being closed periodically if they are conducting live fire drills. But don’t be put off!

These small inconveniences are more than made up for by the setting. The campground is just metres from the little bay which has crystal clear, emerald green water. The Eucalypt forest comes right down to the fine white sand. The entrance to the bay is guarded by a patchwork of rocks which are a great spot for snorkelling.

Expect to have everything from Kangaroos to echidnas and wallabies sharing your campsite and kookaburras and colourful parrots overhead. The pristine waters in the bay and beyond are home to dolphins, seals, rays and a host of colourful fish. A dolphin cruise or sea kayaking tour are great ways to get up close to the abundant marine life.

There are a range of walks you can do in the area that take you along some of the stunning white beaches, onto headlands patrolled by sea eagles and along sea cliffs that are great vantage points for spotting whales during the Australian winter. 

Natalie & Steve 

Sandstone Point Caravan Park, Brisbane, Australia

by Chris Fry fromThe Aquarius Traveller

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Photo credit: Chris Fry from The Aquarius Traveller

This one is more like your Luxury Style camping but means you never have to leave the campgrounds. The Sandstone Point Big 4 Holiday Resort is located on the north side of Brisbane, overlooking Bribie Island in Queensland, Australia.

Accommodations options can suit all budgets, starting with powered or non-powered sites for caravans, RV’s, campers, tents, or even extra-large bus setups. Alternatively, you have single and multi-bedroom cabins, as well as glamping safari tents surrounded by mangrove bushland.

One of the biggest highlights at the Sandstone Point Caravan Park is having a Water Park and a large heated pool. This is where you have several water slides to keep the kids entertained for hours. Additionally, a giant 800 litre Water Bucket that releases onto the guests underneath every few minutes.

Located in Brisbane, the weather is mostly warm all year round. However, the heated pool does make it a little more comfortable for those cooler days. If the water activities are off the cards, then you could try sun tanning in the bungalows, tennis, basketball, or jumping on the giant pillow.

There is something for everyone at the Sandstone Point Caravan Park, from an overnight stay to a week-long vacation. If relaxation is what you need, then you could end up spending your days drinking the different cocktails on the menu.


Wrap Up

As we mentioned, these are some great write-ups describing some pretty incredible places to camp.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each of these outdoor travel writers for providing their expertise to this post.

Each of them has much more value on their respective websites. Please take some time to explore their many other tips and guides by following the links in their submissions above.

More Camping Ideas

If you are looking for more camping ideas and outdoor fun, be sure to read our other articles.

For starters, take a trip around the world in the rest of this series: The Best Camping Around the World.

We kicked off Part 1 with the ultimate bucket list camping – ones that just needed to be in a category all to themselves. I mean, how do you top Antarctica, Bali, or Nepal? And who has ever thought of camping on an island near Yemen?

Part 2 jumped into some of the  best camping in Canada. I didn’t grasp how difficult it would be to cover all of that natural beauty in one post. It would take a lifetime to try all of them. But we have the privilege to feature the best from coast to coast.

Part 3 journeys across that border into some of the top places to camp in the United States. That was no small task either. And while we have quite a few to contribute to this post, we were able to feature some great writer’s experiences in places that are only on our bucket list so far.

And Part 4, just before this one covered some amazing places to camp in Europe. Which has so much variety! From Alpine woodlands to nordic beaches, the possibilities for great camping are endless.

We also recently wrote about our camping adventure in Iceland, one of our favorite places to travel. Iceland is more amazing than the pictures can tell. There is a feeling of solitude and peacefulness rarely experienced in everyday lives.

If you want to see how we camp around the world, be sure to read our post covering our Wild Packing Check List.

It’s not just for backpacking. But any time you want to bring camp around the world, you will want to know what to pack, what to pick up in the destination country, and what you can do without.

It really could be narrowed down to coffee as a single item checklist. But we figured why not go all out and include everything to make camping as relaxing and enjoyable as possible?

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