Looking to switch-off, kick back, and relax, all the while taking in the spectacular sights and sounds of the natural world? Sounds like you need to take a camping trip.
Memories made when camping last a lifetime. Not only is the camping experience inexpensive and ideal for families, it also gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our screens and reconnect with those closest to us. It’s no wonder the family camping trip has been a tried and true tradition in Australia for decades.
If you’re on the hunt for the best campgrounds near Canberra, we have you covered. After conducting a little research and listening to local feedback, we’ve come up with this list of the top three campgrounds in the region. Let’s jump right to it.
What makes a great campground?
What you want out of a campground will depend if you’re a serious outdoorsy type, a first-time camper, or a family with little kids. Here are a few starting points to keep in mind:
- A spectacular surrounding. First and foremost, the best campgrounds near Canberra are situated among spectacular natural surroundings.
- The facilities you need. Do you need bathrooms and showers, or are you more than happy to go all out and camp without any other facilities?
- Proximity to activities. This might be a cinema, pool, or playground, or a few hikes, a beach, or some other type of nature-based activity, nearby. Enquire about this before you plan your trip.
- Other features. Maybe you need a powered campsite. Perhaps you’d like a resort-style swimming pool, a sauna, and a restaurant, too. Or it could be you are after the home comforts of a cabin or villa. Consider the features you’d like and find a campground that ticks all the boxes.
The top campgrounds near Canberra
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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Here are your top picks for campgrounds in and around Canberra.
Set on the stunning banks of the Cotter River, Cotter Campground is the most highly serviced campground in the ACT. The picturesque spot is ideal for a wide range of campers, from swags to vans, and 10-person tents to camper trailers. The site includes hot showers, water, dishwashing facilities, toilets, wood, BBQs, and more. Plus, you’ll enjoy easy access to the fabulous walking trails in the region.
Located adjacent to the former space tracking station site, Honeysuckle Campground is a scenic location suited to couples, families, and large groups. A stone’s throw from both the Booroomba Rocks and the Australian Alps Walking Track, Honeysuckle Campground is a great base to explore the local area.
After something a little less out-there? The Alivio Tourist Park is a fully-serviced park with campsite, cabin, and extremely comfortable villa accommodation available. Situated a short 4km from the city centre, the Alivio Tourist Park is conveniently accessible, and yet still surrounded by gorgeous, tranquil bushland. As a guest, you’ll have access to the swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, BBQs, table tennis tables, laundry facilities, and an on-site café and bar. How good is that?
Which campground did you pick?
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