Walk-in campsites bring two of our favourite things together – hiking and camping. What’s better than setting up camp with friends and family after an action packed day exploring some of the world most amazing and unique wildlife?
Whilst walk-in camping is a blast, there are a few things you need to remember and prepare for before you go. Most locations are usually located near water, however it may not be safe to drink. It’s important to have the equipment at the ready in case you have to treat local water and carry it on your adventure. We recommend a gas burner stove. Not only can you treat your water but it also doubles as the perfect heat source for meals.
And of course, shelter. Hiking for hours on end can be tough, so make sure you’ve packed correctly and lightly. For a single traveler, we recommend the Switch Pitch Bivy Tent because it is light, compact and easy to set up.
Now that you’re ready to go, we have hand selected the best walk-in camp sites in Australia and New Zealand have to offer!
Burra Korain Flat, AUS
Located in one of Australia’s most renowned and popular national parks, Burra Korain Flat is a 6km bush walk located in the Blue Mountains National Park.
The park is an estimated five hour round trip for the self-sufficient walker. Enjoy the general splendor of the Australian bush as you head upstream and trench across creeks. Play a game of eye spy, spot some unique Australian wildlife and stop to enjoy the many waterfalls and cascades that line the trail.
Set nearby the junction of Grose River and Victoria creek, the camp site is a tranquil location perfect to set up for a night or two. The area features a small clearing to pitch a tent and logs to sit around. This track is recommended for the experienced hiker but it’s also a great challenge for any outdoor junkie.
Tarawera Trail, NZ
Tarawera Trail spans 11km from Te Wairoa car park to Te Rata Bay (aka Hot Water Beach) alongside the edge of Lake Tarawera. The track is open to hike, bike or walk and will take you roughly four to five hours to reach your destination. The camping spot, which is located towards the end of the trail at Hot Water Beach, is a spectacular way to complete the hike and the perfect spot to set up camp.
This beach is something truly special, and a must do for any NZ local or visitor. As the name suggests, the destination features a truly unique element – hot water! As a result of an underground river emanating extreme heat, the water surfing through the sand and into the Pacific Ocean is very hot. Think DIY spas in the sand and putting your feet up after a long walk… outdoor luxury at its finest!
Old Mill, AUS
Situated in Brisbane’s Ranges National Park, the camping area is located 27kms from Boar Gully and 12kms from Steiglitz. The 7,718-hectare national park is renowned for hosting Victoria’s richest wildflower habitat.
Roughly a one hour drive from Melbourne, the national park is a local favourite for picnics and bushwalks. There are options for short strolls that can be completed within the day and three day hikes for those wildlife adventurers. On top of the amazing wildflower fields nearby, the ranges also feature some unique native plants to observe if you’re interested in horticulture.
The campsite offers a small humble bush escape that can house two unpowered campsites and is offers a flat surface suitable for tents.
Acacia Flat, AUS
Australia is blessed with some of the most unique and interesting wildlife in the world. Why not explore it? If you want the best views on the famous Blue Gum forest then this is the walk for you. Hiking through the forest is the best way to enjoy all the beauty the national park has to offer, including thousands of eucalyptus trees and surrounding wildlife. The walk does feature some hills and slopes offering a challenge for extreme hikers and is not recommended for beginners.
The camping ground is located in the Grose Valley between Perry’s Lookdown and Lockley Pylon. Relax after your long walk and set up your tent amongst the gumtrees. The campsite is 50m from Govetts Creek, perfect for an afternoon swim or morning bath. The site is comfortable and inviting with a large grassy clearing, log sitting areas and toilet facilities for large groups.