Summer time in Australia (or any time of year really) is great for camping trips with the family, days of boating either on some of our large lakes and dams, exploring the river ways or heading out on the open seas. So why not combine them?
There are plenty of camping sites around Australia with boat access, so you can combine your favourite outdoor activities. We’ve put together some of the more popular camp sites from around the country so you can pack your tent, hitch the boat and head off on another great Aussie holiday.
Queensland Camp Sites
Located on Peel Island in Moreton Bay, this camp site is so remote you actually need a boat or kayak just to get there. Make your way to Horseshoe Bay on the southern side of the island for a private sheltered campsite amongst wind sculpted sandstone and the remains of the old quarantine station.
Head out to Lake Somerset Holiday Park for a camping and boating holiday for the whole family. The holiday park features camp sites and caravan access, as well as mini-golf, sports equipment, an oval, playground and bushwalking tracks. The lake is open to swimming, boating and water-skiing, with locals calling it one of the best fishing spots in the region.
Cromarty Boat Ramp includes a free campground visitors can use up to four days. There’s an eco-toilet available and pets are allowed. The boat ramp provides access to Haughton River, which is popular for boating, kayaking and fishing.
Another camp site only accessible by boat, Lime Pocket can get flooded at high tides so it’s important to check the tides before planning a trip here. If you do though, it’s a wonderfully private spot with only 6 sites available. Get some friends together and book in advance to have the whole campsite to yourself.
New South Wales
Situated on the north coast, Mungo Brush campground is open to camping and caravans, with picnic tables, BBQ facilities, swimming areas and boat ramp access to Bombah Broadwater. Camping here opens up boating access to the state’s largest coastal lake system.
Situated on the Murray River, Gunbower Island is perfect for adventurous campers, with bushwalking, access to the river for boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing.
Lake Lonsdale campground at the northern end of the lake is a rather dry bush camp site with no facilities available, so make sure you pack whatever luxuries you need. Camp sites overlook the lake and its white sandy beaches, birdlife, swans and views of the Grampians.
Situated on the Murray River, this camp site has picnic spots, scenic natural cliff views and a boat ramp directly onto the river. Fishing and swimming is allowed and you can bring your pets.
This shady camp ground on the shores of Western Australia’s Poorrarecup Lake is free all year round. There are toilets and showers, sites for campers and caravans, as well as boat access from the shore where you can kayaking, water-skiing, sailing, boating or fishing.
This small, free campsite can host caravans and campers with a short walk down to the beach which is good for swimming, fishing and surfing. There is a boat ramp where you can launch from, though you’ll need a 4WD to get access.
Limmen National Park
Part of Limmen National Park, this simple campsite on the Towns River has a boat ramp so you can explore and fish the riverways. Keep an eye out though, as there are crocodiles in the river.
Also known as Tomato Island Camping area, Munbilla has bush camping available with plans for a powered facility in the works. At this stage there is only a boat ramp providing access to the river.
You’ll find this camp ground on the sealed Gordon River Road near Strathgordon. It has a boat ramp for access to the lake, as well as toilets, picnic facilities, BBQs, shelters and caravan access.
There’s free seaside camping available at Mayfield Bay on the east coast of Tasmania. There’s room for big rigs here as well as boat launching access.
If you’re planning on doing more boating this summer you can talk to us about marine finance to get the right boat for you. You can also talk to the team at Aussie Leisure Loans to talk about camper trailer or caravan finance to really enjoy the outdoors.