The Best Christmas Camper-Trailer Destinations 2018
As the days begin to warm up and with Christmas just around the corner, a lot of families are thinking about where to go to see in the New Year. For most families, camper-trailer holidays are all about the bush and getting back to nature.
When it comes to Christmas camper-trailer getaways, Australia is the best place in the world. When the Kimberly and North Queensland are too hot and humid, the weather is perfect on the south coast of NSW.
One of the best things about Australia is that you can find the perfect Christmas destination just a few hours drive from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. From tropical forests to endless white beaches and the beating red heart of the centre, there is literally something for everyone.
South Gippsland, Victoria
If you are looking at escaping the heat over the Christmas period, then South Gippsland is the place for you. Covering more than 3,300 square kilometers of land, South gippsland is a cool-weather playground. With temperatures averaging 14°C at night and 24°C during the day, beating the heat is easy.
Waratah Bay offers a secluded place to set up your camper trailer over Christmas. A few rounds of cricket on the beach and a spot of fishing for some snapper are a great way to relax. With roughly 20 km of open sandy beach to enjoy, it is an ocean lovers paradise.
Situated just 200 km southeast of Melbourne, it takes approximately two and a half hours to reach along the South gippsland Highway from Melbourne. Nearby, you will find Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Bushfire track. Both of these offer up some of the most perfect bush walks around.
Owen Springs Nature Reserve, NT
Owen Springs Nature Reserve is a former cattle station spread out over approximately 1570 square kilometers. Over the last few years, it has become extremely popular as a 4WD bush destination. The red sand and rocky gorges surrounding the Hugh River set the tone for a quiet activity filled Christmas getaway.
There are plenty of places to pitch up between Redbank water hole and Lawrence George. The Old Owen Springs Homestead ruins are perfect for exploring and the Nature Reserve is roughly a 40-minute drive from Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway. One thing to note is that there are no campsite facilities available in the reserve. Therefore, you will need to carry sufficient food and water with you for your trip.
The reserve is also rich in Aboriginal history and many sacred sites can be found here. For those traveling with dogs, the campsite at Redbank water hole is dog friendly, meaning every member of the family gets to enjoy a Christmas camper trailer getaway in the bush.
Bay Of Fires, Tasmania
Bay of Fires is located on the east coast of Tasmania and offers up white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Huge granite boulders covered in orange lichen can be found throughout the three sections that it is divided into. There are many secluded inlets and beaches to explore, while Binalong Bay is the perfect place for a spot of surfing, snorkeling or swimming.
For those looking for the perfect camper trailer Christmas destination, the middle and southern sections of the conservation area have various campsites available. The Southern Beach sites have toilet facilities to use. While you are not allowed to camp within the northern section of the conservation area, campsites can be found at Deep Creek.
Located at the southern entrance, you can find St Helens, a small coastal town with plenty of facilities and services. Temperature wise, you can expect daytime temperatures of 21°C and evening temperatures of approximately 10°C. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, the white sandy beaches are a fantastic compromise.
If total isolation isn’t your thing, then a Christmas camper trailer getaway to 1770 is a great place to go. With an average December daytime temperature of 28°C and an evening temperature of 20°C. It’s hot enough to be able to enjoy the beach without being unbearable. Situated on the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, there is plenty to see and do.
Enjoy sound playing a drink or two at the 1770 Distillery. Head out into the ocean on a lunch cruise or paradise tour or spend the day Wildlife spotting at the Deepwater National Park. There are two campsites perfect for spending the Christmas holidays at. These are 1770 camping ground and Captain Cook Holiday Village.
Reaching 1770 takes approximately five and a half hours from Brisbane. If you are traveling from Brisbane, why not make a pit stop at the Great Sandy National Park and visit the small coastal town of Rainbow Beach. Whether you want to enjoy Christmas Day soaking up some rays on the beach or exploring the reef with a snorkeling trip. You can find it all in beautiful 1770.
Mungo Brush, NSW
Just 250 km from Sydney, Mungo Brush, located in the Myall Lakes National Park is a water lovers paradise. Nestled between the lake and the beach, Mungo Brush campground is a fantastic place to spend the Christmas holidays. There are plenty of family-friendly activities available, including kayaking, fishing and bush walks.
The campground has toilets, barbecue facilities and picnic tables that are perfect for enjoying Christmas dinner. Just 5 km away you can stock up on some basic supplies or grab a drink at the licensed Cafe. The Tomaree Head Summit walk offers up spectacular views of the coastline. You could also enjoy a Boxing Day picnic at the grandis picnic area, or you can see the tallest tree in New South Wales.
With an average December daytime temperature of 27 degrees and a night time temperature of 19 degrees, you can enjoy the beach and bush in comfort. The gentle waves and clean beaches make it the ideal place for those with kids and is a perfect camper trailer Christmas destination to head to.
If you still haven’t decided where to pitch up over the festive holidays, any one of these five destinations is a great choice. With Christmas and New Year being all about family, you will want to try and avoid the crowds.
Going off-road is the best way to experience Australia, and a camper trailer such as the Complete Campsite Fraser XTE is the best way to go. Perfectly designed to tackle rough terrain with ease, it offers maximum comfort with minimal effort.