Paddys Ranges State Park absolutely deserves a spot on your itinerary if you’re looking for a straight up bush camping weekender out of Melbourne. No crowds, no fuss, no worries.
Innes National Park is a protected stretch of blinding white beaches, rocky coves and dune-side campgrounds fronting the improbable blue waters of the Spencer Gulf, right on the southwestern tip of South Oz’s Yorke Peninsula.
Dundee Beach, 140 clicks outta Darwin proper, offers first rate driving down towards Finnis River and is home to some of the finest tropical sportfishing and mud crabbing opportunities anywhere.
An easy drive east from the capital to the Lakes Roadhouse, through the eucalypt forest of Wandoo National Park out to Avondale. The 300km loop is perfect for a long daytrip, even allowing time for a trackside smoko pitstop.
Chichester State Forest is a knockout spot in the hinterland of the NSW lower north coast. It’s about a three-hour run north of Sydney and is imbued with the sort of serenity that makes it feel much further afield.
Flea Creek is tucked away in a valley surrounding the Goodradigbee River, near the northern fringe of the Australian Alps and within the Brindabella National Park.