King’s Birthday Weekend: A Guide to the Best Camping Spots

The King’s birthday weekend is the perfect time to explore the natural beauty of the Northern Territory. With its stunning landscapes, rich history, and unique wildlife, the Northern Territory offers some of the best camping experiences in Australia. Whether you’re an avid adventurer or just looking to unwind, there’s a spot for everyone. Here, we highlight the top national parks where you can pitch your tent, enjoy nature, and make the most of this special weekend.

Monday, June 10th, 2024 is a public holiday in Australia for the King’s Birthday long weekend, with many travellers kicking their holiday off early. With this, you’ll want to make sure and book soon before all the tourists arrive!

Where to Camp For The King's Birthday Weekend in 2024

Camping at Walker Creek in the Northern Territory
Photo by @theycallaustraliahome_ Camping at Walker Creek

Camping at Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is famous for its cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear swimming holes. Campers can enjoy spots like Wangi Falls and Florence Falls, which are ideal for a refreshing dip. The park’s magnetic termite mounds and walking trails through lush monsoon forests provide plenty to explore during the day.

Best Camping Spots Near Litchfield:

Top Camping Tour in Litchfield: Kakadu to Litchfield 4WD Camping 3 Day


Camping at Keep River National Park

Keep River National Park is a gem for those interested in Aboriginal culture and stunning geological formations. The park offers picturesque camping sites near the escarpments and ancient rock art sites that are perfect for the King’s birthday weekend in 2024. Hiking trails like the Jenemoom Walk provide a chance to see the park’s unique flora and fauna up close. Best Camping Spots Near Keep River:
landscape with boab trees at Keep River National Park in Northern Territory
Keep River National Park by @nicole_hodgson

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Photo of Watarrka National Park by @thetravellin_two

Camping at Watarrka National Park

Home to Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park is a haven for hikers and nature lovers on the King’s birthday weekend. Campers can set up at the nearby campgrounds and enjoy the iconic Rim Walk or the easier Kings Creek Walk. The park’s rugged terrain and dramatic cliffs offer spectacular views and plenty of photo opportunities.

Best Camping Spots Near Watarrka:

Top Camping Tour in Watarrka: Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon Camping Safari from Alice Springs


Camping at West MacDonnell National Park

West MacDonnell National Park features stunning mountain ranges and scenic gorges. Popular camping spots include Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge, both perfect for a swim or a relaxed afternoon. The park’s extensive Larapinta Trail is a highlight for trekking enthusiasts, offering rugged landscapes and wildlife-watching opportunities.

Best Camping Spots Near West MacDonnell: Discovery Parks – Alice Springs

Top Camping Tour in West MacDonnell: Uluru Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell 4 Day – Safari Tent from Ayers Rock/Yulara


sunset at West MacDonnell National Park in Northern Territory
Photo of West MacDonnell National Park by @infiniteloopphotos
people swimming in Edith Falls, Northern territory, Nitmiluk National Park with their backpacks on rocks
Photo of Edith Falls by @the.outbackguide

Camping at Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk National Park, known for its majestic Katherine Gorge, offers fantastic camping along the gorge and at Edith Falls. On this year’s King’s birthday weekend, you can enjoy activities such as canoeing, hiking, and swimming in the natural pools. The Jawoyn culture is also prominent, with rock art sites providing a glimpse into the area’s First Nations heritage.

Best Camping Spots Near Nitmiluk:

Top Tour in Nitmiluk National Park: 8 Day Darwin to Uluru


Camping at Elsey National Park

Elsey National Park, located along the Roper River, is famed for its warm thermal pools at Mataranka. The park’s campgrounds are ideal for a relaxing stay, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, and birdwatching. The lush surroundings and historical sites, like the replica Elsey Homestead, add to the park’s charm.

Best Camping Spots Near Elsey: Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park

Top Tour in Elsey National Park: Katherine Gorge to Mataranka


Man swimming at Bitter Springs in Elsey National Park in Northern Territory
Bitter Springs by @brucethetroopy

Do you plan on camping for the King’s birthday in 2024? Share where you’re going the comments below!

On the King’s birthday weekend, remember to pack your sense of adventure, respect for nature, and an open mind as you set out to discover the Northern Territory. Leave only footprints behind as you traverse the trails and immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness!

You can always get more inspiration for other National Parks to visit by following @northerhq

*Cover image is by @granthuntphoto on IG.

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