Remote Camping Gems With Steve Pizzati
Let’s face it – we’ve all had a difficult six months (and some, even longer)! For some, there’s been not much interruption (lucky you), but for others it’s been an interminable slog with lockdowns and restrictions. The one thing we all have in common is that we’ve all been dreaming about the places we’d like to get to once the borders finally open.
Just because you’re getting away from civilisation it doesn’t mean you need to get away from creature comforts and the key to most of those comforts is power. There are a few ways to power your trip and campsite but the best solution is to have a deep-cycle battery. Deep-cycle batteries are quite different to regular car batteries because they’re designed to maintain a strong, steady flow of current for a prolonged period while car batteries are designed to give a huge surge when starting. So, whilst it’s tempting to just use your car battery, you’ll actually be doing it serious damage and likely end up getting away from civilisation for longer than you intended!
The team at your local Battery World can help guide you in ensuring you have all the right equipment to power your adventure and make your first trip away, one to remember! Once you’ve got your power needs sorted, here are my five campsite destinations that are not only remote but offer the most serene and captivating experiences our country has to offer:
The Northern Tablelands of NSW amazingly, have over a dozen (!) National Parks including the Wili Wili and Werrikimbe so there are countless campsites to choose from. One of the most secluded is Halls Peak campground. The track to Halls Peak can be quite challenging but once there, you’re greeted by the serenity of the Chandler River and all the fishing and swimming you could ever want.
Victoria is the most densely populated state in Australia so finding a remote campsite can be a challenge. Luckily, there are dozens of remote mountain huts scattered around the Victorian Alps that can give you the seclusion you’re looking for. One of my favourites is Edmondson Hut, deep in Alpine National Park. With stunning mountain views in all directions, you can actually use the historic hut itself for shelter and cooking - just remember to replace any firewood you use as these huts are often used as emergency shelters in the winter.
I think most Australians at some point have wanted to visit our northern most locale, Cape York. So, if you’re up for the challenge, this is the ultimate destination for the adventurous family. Once there, you can stay at Jardine River National Park, an absolutely gorgeous location that has clear rivers, stunning waterfalls and pristine beaches with views over the reef.
It doesn’t get any more Australian than staying on a working outback sheep station. Upalinna Station in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia offers the opportunity to stay in the shearer’s quarters or just setup your own camp. Nearby Wilpena Pound offers plenty to do including fossil hunting but if you’re anything like me and into star-gazing then the Flinders Ranges holds extra appeal as it has some of the clearest, darkest skies in Australia.
We often forget that Western Australia is bigger than Texas and Alaska combined, so if it’s seclusion you’re after then WA has almost limitless choices. But I think the best campgrounds are the ones on the pristine white sand beaches that seem to almost surround the state. Ningaloo Homestead is on the beach, has views of the world-famous reef and plenty of historic sites to visit as well.