Where to pitch a tent in Queensland and New South Wales
THE after-effects will be felt across much of Queensland after Cyclone Debbie pummelled the Whitsundays Island group and parts of the north Queensland coastline on Tuesday. For the most up-to-date advice on national parks across the state, visit npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts. A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representative also said it was important to check weather forecasts before heading to camping destinations.
But the weather will eventually pass and, when it does, here are some lesser-used camping destinations across the state recommended by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representative, plus some popular New South Wales desitnations.
Check out island national parks like the Frankland Group, Barnards and Goold islands. On the mainland, try Davies Creek National Park, Henrietta Creek (Wooroonooran National Park), Smalleys Beach (Cape Hillsborough National Park), Murray Falls (Girramay NP), and The Diggings (Crediton State Forest).
Wide Bay and Central Burnett
Further south, try Kroombit Tops National Park north of Monto, where it's always five 5 degrees cooler than the lowlands; Curtis Island; or Bulburin National Park.
In Carnarvon National Park in the Central Highlands, look beyond Carnarvon Gorge - this vast park has other spectacular sections such as Ka Ka Mundi and Salvator Rosa. You'll need to be self-sufficient.
Visit Sundown National Park south-west of Stanthorpe for very different terrain. Easter is a perfect time to explore this park, which can be hot in summer and freezing in winter.
And here are some campgrounds in New South Wales where you can enjoy a "device free" caravan and camping holiday:
Pebbly Beach campground in the Murramarang National Park on the South Coast is the quiet getaway. Couple that with an unpowered campground and you have a tech-free oasis. You may even be lucky enough to meet a resident kangaroo or two.
Cast a line
Swap a laptop for a fishing rod at Inland Waters Holiday Parkes Lake Keepit, on the banks of Keepit Dam, near Tamworth. Renowned for its fishing and water activities, enjoy their rustic bush camp sites complete with open fires.
Barrington Tops National Park in the Upper Hunter has nine bush campgrounds to choose from. From the remote sub-alpine wilderness of Black Swamp campground, to the Gloucester River campground great for swimming, walking and picnicking, Barrington Tops is perfect for active families wanting to bushwalk, mountain bike, fish, canoe and star gaze.
Seal Rocks is a secluded camping gem in the Great Lakes area. Set up camp at North Coast Holiday Parks Seal Rocks to enjoy all this charming coastal village has to offer.
Back to bush
Get back to nature at Port Stephens Treescape, an eight-hectare bushland holiday park on the edge of Tomaree National Park offering powered and unpowered sites, studios and suites. Located next to the popular One Mile Beach and the Samurai Beach sand dunes, the park is in a wildlife corridor so campers get to enjoy native bird and animal life including many koalas
Nestled within the lush rainforest of the Byron Bay Hinterland, Rummery Park Campground in Whian Whian State Conservation Area offers plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family - bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding trail and swimming in nearby Minyon Falls.