Australia is notorious for its spectacular natural wonders, offering unforgettable experiences in breathtaking locations, whichever corner of the country you choose to explore. Whether you’re looking for a family-oriented trip, or one to enjoy with friends, there are many incredible locations to captivate and inspire people of all ages.
Unsure which direction head to on your next motorhome adventure? Check out our list of Australia’s best natural wonders that should be included on any savvy traveller’s bucket list.
The Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North QLD
The Daintree Forest is a must-visit location in Tropical North Queensland. Known as one of the largest rainforests in the world, it is a heritage listed location estimated to be over an incredible 135 million years old. The Daintree Rainforest is a perfect choice if you are travelling with children, as it is home to many rare and exotic animals, such as the Southern cassowary, a stocky bird with a vivid blue neck. They are shy and can be hard to spot – but if you’re up for the challenge, head to Mission Beach where they are most commonly seen.
Another experience that the whole family will love is the Great Barrier Reef. It is known for having the largest coral reef system in the world and is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders to exist. You can explore the reefs by swimming, snorkelling, diving, or sailing – there is something for everyone!
There are plenty of accommodation options for motorhomes and caravans – including beach front sites, rainforest spots and other locations along the Daintree River. Your stay is sure to be memorable in this remarkable corner of the world.
Known as the famous desert rock, Uluru is a large sandstone monolith in the southern part of the Northern Territory. This iconic landmark features a multitude of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. The experience will leave you feeling inspired whilst providing a deeper understanding of Uluru’s history and significance.
Kings Canyon, NT
If you are planning to visit Central Australia, a stop at Kings Canyon is a must. Located in Watarrka National Park, the Canyon offers an incredible hike which is best tackled in the early hours. Those who take on the 4-hour challenge are rewarded with breathtaking views of the sunrise over the park.
Watarrka National Park has been home to the Luritja Aboriginal people for more than 20,000 years and is an area of deep significance. Join one of the guided walks on offer with local Aboriginal Elders to learn more.
Kings Canyon Resort offers facilities for travellers in motorhomes and caravans. It also boasts a swimming pool, tennis court and sunset viewing platform to enjoy during your stay.
The Pinnacles, WA
Ready to see something out of this world? Check out the Pinnacles, one of the greatest natural wonders in Western Australia. The Pinnacles Desert is located in Nambung National Park and features an array of stark limestone structures – which, at first glance, make you feel as though you could be walking on the moon! The pillars were formed around 25,000 – 30,000 years ago as a result of the seashells deposited from the sea receding.
For accommodation nearby, check out the Pinnacle Village Holiday Park, which offers both regular and powered camping sites.
Flinders Ranges, SA
Once you have experienced the moon, it’s time to head to Mars! Flinders Ranges is one of Australia’s most iconic outback locations, featuring glowing red vistas, towering cliffs, and impressive craters. The mountain ranges, gorges and creeks which form part of the area captivate visitors whilst offering a stunning backdrop for drives and hikes. Not only is it a brilliant location for outdoor activities, such as stargazing, fishing, canoeing and more – Flinders Ranges is also an excellent spot to taste local bush tucker and mouth-watering delicacies from the region. Book your designated campsites ahead of time and check the local environmental guidelines to ensure you are ready for this adventure.
Cable Beach, WA
There is never a bad time to head to Cable Beach – an area known for its warm weather, sparkling sand and emerald sea stretching 22 kilometres along the coast. Head over during low tide to make the most of the stretch of sand – the perfect springboard for activities such as beach strolling, swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking and more. For something new, check out the area’s local camel rides, best enjoyed during sunset to soak up the incredible array of colours which fill the sky.
Arnhem Land, NT
One thing to know about Arnhem Land is that it is vast – stretching a staggering 97,000 square kilometres and boasting an array of rare wildlife and unspoiled vistas. Visitors are left entranced by the area, rich in Aboriginal culture and customs which have been nurtured over 60,000 years. Fishing, four-wheel driving, hiking and safari experiences are all on offer – and if budget permits – a flight in a helicopter over the region is a wonderful way to soak it all in.
Don’t forget to apply for permits ahead of travel, which are in place to protect the local area.
Kangaroo Island, SA
Kangaroo Island is famous for its mesmerising coastline and natural wonders – It can be easily accessed by a trip on a SeaLink ferry with your motorhome.
As the third-largest island off the coast of mainland Australia, there is an incredible amount of beauty to take in. Despite devastating fires in the summer of 2020, the island is regenerating, with new tourism experiences on offer and national parks re-opened. Come face to face with friendly locals, including sea lions, wallabies, echidnas, and an array of reptiles dotted all over the island – which bring a unique charm to the area. Locals recommend at least a few days here to soak in the scenery and adapt to the relaxed pace of life.
Naracoorte Caves National Park, SA
Naracoorte Caves National Park is located in South Australia and is the only World Heritage Site in the state. A multitude of caves are ripe for exploring – including those which are suitable for novices, and for more experienced cavers. Our favourite is the Victoria Fossil Cave, which features many different types of bones and fossils dating back over 200,000 years.
Blue Mountains, NSW
If you are looking for something to take your breath away, head to the renowned Blue Mountains. Densely populated with a thicket of Eucalyptus trees, the area often features a distinctive blue haze, which led to its current title. A number of villages are nestled within the region, which provide the perfect springboard for activities – Including hiking, cable cars, abseiling, caving, biking, horse riding and more.
There are plenty of options for basing your motorhome, such as Katoomba Falls Tourist Park and Blackheath Glen Tourist Park. Book ahead of peak season as the area is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Gippsland is a rural location situated in the south-eastern part of Victoria and is a great starting point for an unforgettable adventure. Wilson’s Promontory is one of Victoria’s best-kept secrets in Gippsland. Located only a stone’s throw away, jutting out of the coastline, Wilson’s Promontory is a National Park on the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. It features unspoilt scenery, an impressive array of animals, and unforgettable experiences. Further inland, Tarra Bulga National Park whisks you away into a canopy of giant Mountain Ash trees, Fern Gullies, and ancient Myrtle Beech trees. Travelling to Gippsland is a wonderful choice for your next road trip as it offers the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.
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