The 1600-kilometre drive between the sunny paradise of Byron Bay and the cosy bars and laneways of Melbourne is dotted with unspoiled beaches, spectacular headlands, national parks and hiking trails. Many of these places are home to campsites from the fancy, drive-in grounds with hot showers and barbecues to the remote, walk-in pitches.
Melbourne to Bryon Bay Bus Tours should include a diversion to Wilsons Promontory, the most southern point of the Australian mainland. Its 50,460 hectares encompass empty beaches, swathes of rainforest and rugged mountains. For access to both river and sea, take your tent to Tidal River Campground.
Croajingalong National Park
Croajingalong National Park hugs Victoria’s eastern coastline for over 100 kilometres, protecting heathlands, rainforests and eucalypt forests. There’s a bunch of tranquil camping grounds to choose from and Wingan Inlet is one of the prettiest. There are several days walks to keep you busy, covering river rapids, a freshwater lake, windswept headlands and fur seal colonies representing both Australia and New Zealand.
Mimosa Rocks National Park
Mimosa Rocks National Park where the forest meets the sea for miles and miles is dotted with stunning, pristine beaches is an essential place to visit on your Melbourne to Bryon Bay Bus Tours. And one of the loveliest is 500-metre long Aragunnu, found half an hour’s drive south of Bermagui. Leave yourself time for the Mimosa Rocks walk, which takes in an excellent lookout.
This is your chance to park your tent within a few metres of Australia’s deepest and, many would argue, most beautiful, bay. Located with Booderee National Park, Green Patch is dotted with trees and you can expect to meet ‘roos, wallabies and possums. Spend your time relaxing on Jervis Bay’s fine white sand, dolphin spotting, snorkelling, paddling or bushwalking.
Like Tallow Beach, North Era Campground is only accessible on foot, so pack light. In fact, if you’re a keen hiker, then you can make it an overnight stop on the 26-kilometre long Coast Track. Otherwise, drive to Garie Beach Picnic Area and walk from there. Either way, you’re in for a magical escape from urban life.
You’ll need a bit of strength and stamina for this one it’s a 1.2-kilometre walk from the car park. The effort is 100 per cent worth it, though. With just six pitches available, Tallow Beach is one of the most peaceful camping experiences on this list. If you’re serious about Bear Grylls-ing it, then bring a fishing rod and catch your own dinner off the rocks.
This open, grassy area behind Seven Mile Beach is encircled with cabbage palms and has plenty of space for campers of all shapes and sizes. Find a secluded corner for your two-person tent or peg your party kingdom smack bang in the middle of the action. When you feel like a break from surf and sand, wander to Wallis Lake for a dip or paddle in still water.
Trial Bay Gaol Campground
Your tent gives you million-dollar views when you sleepover at Trial Bay Gaol Campground, which is perched on the water at South West Rocks. End your day with a watery sunset and wake up to an immediate swim. If you’re a keen diver, then you’ll want to explore nearby Fish Rock Cave, considered one of the planet’s best cave dives.
Pebbly Beach Campground
Getting to Pebbly Beach Campground is half the fun. Found about 50 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, it’s accessible by sand only. In other words, you have to drive over the beach, then cross a saltwater estuary to get there. To avoid sinking, be sure to travel at low tide. You’ll be pitching just a few metres from the shore, surrounded by she-oaks and with loads of walking trails nearby.
Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay
Start (or end) your journey with a stay on the water’s edge in Byron Bay. If you were in bricks-and-mortar you’d be paying hundreds of bucks a night for this stuff. But, at North Coast Holiday Park, Clarkes Beach, it’s all yours for next to nothing. Byron’s famously warm water and dolphins are just a stumble away, but should you feel the need for a good coffee or a feast, you’re close to town, too.
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