Top-10 List: Our Nightmare Campsites of Australia

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This list is our own personal top ten Nightmare Campsites we have seen in our travels around Australia, mostly from our 2008 around Australia trip. We tend to find positives in most of the places we set up camp, so it was a battle to find nightmare campsites for this list, and so far we have only come up with five.

1. Ubirr NT – attack of the mossies

Campsite at Kakadu

This was a nightmare campsite, not because of the camp facilities or anything like that, but because of the mosquitoes everywhere, big ones too. We had to get out of the place before they carried us away.

2. Camilla Beach, QLD – sand trap

Sand Trap

It sounded like fun to camp near the beach again, but with the beach comes sand, and the campsites all had boggy sand which made it very nerve wracking trying to find a suitable spot to set up.

3. Home Hill, QLD


It was a free camp with great facilities, so we cannot complain too much, but we were parked right next to a train line and we had to put up with trains passing our window throughout the night.

4. Charters Towers, QLD

Parking Spot

The only site we could get was right behind the toilet block

5. Wiseman’s Ferry

Wisemans Ferry Camp

We did not realise until the evening that we had set up our van close to the club, which played loud music until the early hours. You probably would have heard the music wherever you set up.

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