Join Jase Andrews on the road to Australia's best campsites
THE Easter road trip is a time-honoured tradition in Australia and droves of long weekend holidaymakers will be heading out to their favourite campsites this year.
Jase Andrews - Sunshine Coast-based host of Australia's No.1 outback adventure TV show All 4 Adventures - says the Easter break is the ideal time to escape the city, explore the great outdoors and tick a few beautiful camping sites off your list.
His extensive road travel across Oz, on and off-road, means he has discovered some of the best spots and he shares his hot-list here.
As you pack your bags, don't forget the camping essentials: a tent, sleeping bags, pillows, flashlights, batteries and insect repellent.
Make sure you also pack firewood, matches, camp oven, utensils, an esky and trusty bottle opener.
An Easter camping trip isn't complete without some time on the trail as well as in the water, so grab your swimmers, pop your surfboard on the roof, chuck a couple of rods in the boot and grab your bait and tackle box for the perfect weekend away by the sea.
Some of Jase's favourite spots:
NSW, Glenworth Valley
The Central Coast's Glenworth Valley is a popular hot spot for horse riding and quad biking, but not many know of the amazing open bush-style campsites. Situated along Popran Creek, you'll be able to relax in total peace and quiet, throw a line out for some fish and have a wood-fired barbecue at the end of the day. And if you're not keen on pitching your own tent, there are plenty of tents and tipis for hire.
QLD, Cape Tribulation
If you've always dreamt of waking up with the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, then Cape Tribulation is the perfect destination for you. Set up camp at Noah Beach to be tucked between two World Heritage-listed wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Explore the best of both worlds, whether that be along the park's rainforest tracks or in the cool blue waters.
VIC, Mornington Peninsula
Just an hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula foreshore lets you combine beach time with wine tasting. With plenty of wineries a short drive away, crystal-clear bays for an afternoon dip and even natural hot springs to indulge in, there's no place like the Mornington Peninsula.
SA, Coorong National Park
With 34 designated camping sites in Coorong National Park, you're sure to find the perfect spot to set up for the weekend. If you're looking for something a little different and want to experience a few nights among the grand sand dunes, a 4WD and a swag is all you need. The sand, stars, roar of the waves and dawn waking you will be unforgettable.
WA, Cape Le Grand National Park
Endless white sand and pristine turquoise waters makes Cape Le Grand one of the best holiday destinations in the nation. Surround yourself with stunning beaches, walking trails and panoramic views when you pitch a tent at the Cape Le Grand Campground. With facilities including kitchens, gas barbecues, picnic tables and toilets, you'll be able to camp comfortably while basking in nature's beauty.
NT, Litchfield National Park
If you're a fan of waterfalls, natural swimming holes and bushwalking, Litchfield National Park is the place for you. With beautiful spots such as Wangi Falls, Florence Falls or Walker Creek, you'll be able to escape the heat, cool down and pitch a tent before you continue to explore the rest of Tabletop Track.
TAS, Freycinet National Park
For that iconic Tassie experience, you really can't go past Freycinet and its coastal camping sites. Perched among the dunes, just metres from the water's edge, you'll be waking up to breathtaking views every morning. Quintessential Freycinet experiences such as wine tasting and having an oyster feast are only a short drive away, so you can treat yourself without wandering far.