Awesome camping by CIL

Our crew reveal more of their favourite campsites in this feel-good series presented by CIL 

This month, Lapping the Islander Jayde Quinn shares another brilliant camp but one that’s much closer to her hometown in Perth. We also invite Jillaroo Jess from the Offroad Adventure Show for two absolute corders, one in Tassie and the other along. Check ’em out!

Rottnest Island, WA 

It’s not your usual campground (there are no cars on Rottnest), but it’s definitely worth the effort it takes to get there.

With our bags packed with everything you can think of needing to survive any occasion, we set sail on the Rottnest Express and within 20 minutes we had arrived to, the island

life you dream with perfect blue water and white crisp sand.

We spent a week soaking up every bay and reef on the island but it wasn’t enough, we wanted more. The island itself has everything you need and the campground’s right near the beach. Or if you have a boat you can live from the boat. We spent our mornings at the local and only bakery, then off for a snorkel and a bike ride, some lunch and an afternoon nap to

follow. The water is as clear as something out of a movie, we would wake up, have a swim and head to the pub for tea, the island vibe is mesmerising. We can’t wait to head back.

If you don’t have a boat to head off don’t worry, they have a ferry running every 30 minutes that leaves from either Fremantle or Hillarys Boat Harbour. If you haven’t been, make sure you head to Rottnest it’s the perfect island escape

–Jayde Quinn, Lapping the Island.

Left of Field

When it comes to road-tripping, Tasmania is an often-forgotten corner of Australia – though I think the residents like it that way. There are so many hidden gems packed into this island, and compared to the mainland they’re relatively close together.

While travelling the picturesque state in 2019 we discovered the coolest campgrounds. Left of Field Camping Gardens in National Park is a destination in itself. I’m a simple girl and generally don’t mind where I’m staying as it’s usually just a waypoint. However – I loved staying here! Every direction you turn there’s an oddity to see, whether it’s an upside down tree or a bicycle way up high. They’ve done a fantastic job of creating a space that people of all ages can enjoy. There’s wildlife galore, too, we even saw an echidna and platypus during our stay. Few words can describe this place, you’ll just have to check it out for yourselves

– Jillaroo Jess, Offroad Adventure Show.

Lawn Hill NP, QLD 

If you don’t mind roughing it and have a sense of adventure, you cannot look past visiting Boodjamulla, aka Lawn Hill National Park. Located in the Queensland Gulf, it is approximately 100kms west of Gregory and one of Qld’s most incredible remote locations.

There are two main camping options – both RV friendly – but I really enjoyed Adels Grove. Despite being 10km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Adels has all the necessities. Suited more to the self-sufficient travellers, Adels has more of a station stay feel. If you don’t feel like travelling to the gorge one day, they’ll quickly point you in the direction of their own gorgeous swimming holes!

However, you’d be crazy to not take the time to explore Lawn Hill NP while you’re there. It is a true desert oasis. The contrast between the red dirt, the sapphire blue waters and sparkling waterfalls will not let you down

– Jillaroo Jess, Offroad Adventure Show.