Australia’s Top Summer Destinations: recommendations from the experts for your ultimate Summer road trip.

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Aussies need to look no further if they are stuck on where to go for their next road trip, as Australian caravan, campervan and motorhome sharing platform, Camplify has travellers sorted. Camplify has uncovered the top 10 destinations that are being booked for road trips and has spoken to their community of van owners for their top holiday recommendations.

With the weather beginning to warm and the days lasting longer, summer camping is back on the cards for Aussies. Amongst every state in Australia, there are dozens of incredible destinations with something for every type of traveller.

#1 Exmouth, WA

Jake, owner of caravan Stone Unknown, recommends staying at Camp Range National Park, Exmouth, WA. This spectacular location offers some of the best sunsets Australia has to offer. With a view of the famous Western Australian glassy ocean, watch the sun go down at T-Bone Bay and be surrounded by Australian wildlife. There’s so much to explore with an extensive array of walking tracks and snorkelling at Oyster stacks, travellers will never be bored.

#2 Coral Bay, WA

Colleen, owner of Luxury Escapes on Wheels, recommends a stop by the Coral Bay Bakery and Coral Bay Jetty. Known for many things, one being the Coral Bay Bakery, one of the best breakfast spots, a delicious crowd-pleasing place! The Coral Bay Jetty is another must-see, known for the renowned local grouper who has been around for years. Only 4.5km south of Coral Bay is the absolutely stunning, Five Fingers Reef, said to be one of the most amazing beaches in Australia, see it for yourself!

#3 Sunshine Coast, QLD

Lauren and Greg, owners of Gecko 2, suggest a stay at Coolum Holiday Park. Situated just off the beautiful Coolum Beach with a cafe strip right across the road, Coolum Holiday Park is set on ten acres of immaculate beachfront land. The park is only a five-minute drive from Mount Coolum, hike up the mountain and take in the stunning view of the morning sun rising over the ocean. For a slightly different but similarly incredible experience, stroll through the tropical rainforest via the butterfly walk with views over the Glass House Mountains.

#4 Kalbarri, WA

Katie and Ringo, owners of Offroad Bean, suggest camping at Lucky Bay. The jaw-dropping Lucky Bay is a must-stop for all ocean-loving Aussies. This pristine spot will leave you mesmerised only a 50km drive south of Kalbarri. Camp behind the sand dunes with total protection from the wind; if you’re lucky, you might find a spot with no one else around.

#5 Birdsville, WA

Luke, owner of 2019 Jayco Journey, recommends a meal at the Birdsville Hotel. Experiencing the adventure of the true Aussie outback is a bucket list moment for many. One of the best parts of travelling to Birdsville is the journey to get out there. Stop at all the quirky little towns on the way and take in what the Australian countryside is all about. Pop in and have a good Aussie pub feed at the Birdsville Hotel after visiting the Big Red sand dunes that marks the edge of the Simpson Desert with incredible views.

#6 Monkey Mia, WA

John, owner of Lola the Love Bus, suggests stopping by Francois Peron National Park and Denham. Explore the Francois Peron National Park close to Monkey Mia and stop on the way at a little beach called Shell Beach, its unique shell shore is beautiful with pristine blue water. Only a 28km drive from Monkey Mia is Denham, a great spot for any keen fisherman, and for those who aren’t into fishing, there are also some great seafood restaurants for lunch.

#7 Broome, WA

Naomi, owner of Jayco Journey M2, recommends seeing the William Creek Pearl Farm and Gantheaume Point. With so many fun-filled activities like touring the William Creek Pearl Farm or visiting the dinosaur footprints preserved in rock at Gantheaume Point, be prepared to fall in love with everything Broome offers. Visiting Broome on a full moon is highly recommended as you’ll have the opportunity to experience the optical illusion of the moonlight reflecting on puddles in the mudflats at low tide, a magnificent sight to see.

#8 Broken Hill, NSW

Dennis, owner of campervan Hike RV, recommends The Palace Hotel and The Living Desert Sculptures. A totally underrated part of NSW is the way-out-west town, Broken Hill. With lots to see, like The Palace Hotel, an iconic feature in Prescilla Queen of the Desert, or well-known artist Pro Hart’s gallery, embrace the outback spirit. The Living Desert Sculptures are also definitely something you don’t want to miss, best seen at sunset lit up and glowing a fiery red colour. Camp out by the water on Menindee Lakes, with a beautiful outlook of the mesmerising full flowing lakes.

#9 Shark Bay, WA

Katie and Ringo also recommend seeing Dirk Hartog Island & Eagle Bluff. Embark on a complete sealife adventure with heaps to see along the magnificent coastline of Shark Bay. Head out to Steep Point, the most western part of Australia or Dirk Hartog Island, which you can reach after loading your van on a barge. Eagle Bluff is another sea life attraction, with a large variety of sharks, stingrays, turtles and birds to see, so make sure you bring your binoculars!

#10 Longreach, QLD

Steve and Karina, owners of Aquaman, suggest stopping by The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. A very scenic country town, Longreach, is full of history with many old stockman’s tales going back many generations. Visit the iconic Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, filled with fascinating information on the life of a stockman and drover over the years.

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