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Parks where you can enjoy a campfire in Australia

13 May 2021

One of our favourite things we look forward to when winter rolls around is gathering around a campfire after a big day of exploring. We love how stories are exchanged, as laughter and music fill the air, while marshmallows are roasted, all from the coming together around a toasty, roaring fire.

If the idea of cosying up by the fire is appealing, then here's a list of our parks where you'll be able to sit back and relax with a firepit.

NSW  |  QLD  |  SA  |  VIC  |  TAS  |  WA

A fireplace in a standard cabin

Campsites with fire pits in NSW

Ballina

Located in picture-perfect NSW Northern Rivers region and just two hours from Brisbane, Discovery Parks - Ballina is a popular spot for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors with its river walks, and extensive pathways for cycling, and walking. 

Drop into any of Ballina’s quaint craft shops, and markets, and the Naval Maritime Museum. Ballina is also home to the Big Prawn, so make sure you grab a photo and pick up some local seafood to cook up a storm for dinner before cosying up at the communal fire pit.

Type of firepit allowed: Communal 

Eden

A true gem, Eden lives up to its alias as the Sapphire Coast. Known for its unbridled coastal wilderness, book your stay at Discovery Parks – Eden and spend the day exploring NSW’s natural playground. Try the multi-day Light to Light walk, or head to Ben Boyd’s lookouts, where it is are perfect for whale watching, then retire back at camp for the day. Exchange stories and sightings of the day by the campfire, and maybe enjoy a s’more or two.

Type of firepit allowed: Raised pit only.

Hire cost: $15 per day, or Bring Your Own (BYO).

Kindling and wood: Available for purchase at $20 each a bag. 

Emerald Beach

Looking for your next North Coast camping trip adventure? Head over to Discovery Parks - Emerald Beach. Tucked between the beach and bush, Emerald Beach makes a great spot for outdoor fun (even in the cooler weather!) with many opting to explore local rivers and creeks via kayak. 

It’s also a popular spot to witness the annual migration of humpback whales from late May to November. After a big day out, head back to your base at Discovery Parks - Emerald Beach to cosy up by a roaring fire.

Type of firepit allowed: Communal only in the unpowered site area

Forster

A hidden treasure of the region, Discovery Parks - Forster is located on the tranquil shores of the Wallamba River making it a favourite place to return to for nature lovers. Explore and discover the coast, hinterland national parks, lookouts and beaches with the family. Discovery Parks - Forster is dog-friendly facility so your furry family members are welcomed to stay and enjoy our park facilities too! 

Type of firepit allowed: Contained fire drum and raised pit only, limited sites and locations

Please check with park staff before lighting a fire.

Gerroa

Gerroa, a lovely seaside town situated at the mouth of Crooked River, promises an outdoor experience for all. From wave pools, bobsleds, and chairlifts at Jamberoo Action Park, to the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk and Kiama blowhole, you’ll find it hard to cram everything in when you stay at Discovery Parks - Gerroa

Type of firepit allowed: Communal firepit only - has to be extinguished by 10:00 pm.

Horseshoe Lagoon

Discovery Parks - Horseshoe Lagoon holiday park is located between the charming towns of Echuca-Moama and Barmah. Enjoy your time outdoors forest bathing in heritage-listed Barmah National Park, which forms part of the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. 

Hop on an eco-certified cruise through the forest, or do it yourself via canoe or kayak and take in the beauty of century-old gums. You can also head down memory lane with the region’s history of paddle steamers with a trip to the port of Echuca. 

While no open fires are permitted at Discovery Parks - Horseshoe Lagoon, you can still do some camp fire cooking with a chiminea! Think baked potatoes in foil, bakes beans, pizzas, and s’mores!

Type of firepit allowed: Chiminea-style firepit only

Hire cost: Bring Your Own (BYO)

Kindling and wood: Bring Your Own (BYO)

Lake Hume, NSW

Located on the picturesque shores of Lake Hume, Discovery Parks - Lake Hume’s proximity to the Albury town centre means being able to enjoy a balance or lakeside charm (and its water sports), and town life.

Spend the day meandering through the Albury Botanic Gardens, then sample delicious wines from the nearby Rutherglen region. Wind down the day by a wood fire, kicking back with family and mates.

Type of firepit allowed: Raised and enclosed firepit only. Communal firepit area available for all guests to use.

Hire cost: Bring Your Own (BYO)

Kindling and wood: Bring Your Own (BYO)

Mildura Buronga 

For a tranquil winter escape, make Discovery Parks - Mildura, Buronga Riverside your next holiday destination. Just 15 minutes from the heart of Mildura, enjoy uninterrupted river views with your morning coffee, or watch paddle steamers roll down the river as you prepare to wind down for the day. Get back to nature by exploring the unique outback areas of Mungo National Park and the Murray-Sunset National Park.

Type of firepit allowed: Raised firepit only - ash must be disposed and not left on-site.

Hire cost: Bring Your Own (BYO)

Kindling and wood: Bring Your Own (BYO). 

Moama West

A short drive from the historic town of Echuca-Moama is Discovery Parks - Moama West. Enjoy a stroll down memory lane when you step back in time at the old port of Echuca. Go on a ride on a paddle steamer, visit the Holden Motor Museum and the Great Aussie Beer Shed for an authentic Aussie experience. 

Type of firepit allowed: Chiminea firepit only -  has to be extinguished by 11:00 pm.

Hire cost: $10 for duration of stay 

Kindling and wood: Free kindling, $20 for firewood 

Note: No children should be left unattended around fire.

Firepit at the camp kitchen

Campsites with fire pits in QLD

Airlie Beach

Wanting a resort-style vibe and the option for an outdoor fireplace during the cooler months? Then head to Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach for the best of both worlds. Nestled alongside the tropical rainforest of Conway National Park, enjoy a day of swimming at the pool or even our waterpark, or venture out for a Whitsundays adventure. When you’re ready to retire, head back to camp and sit back and relax with other campmates by Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach’s communal fire.

Type of firepit allowed: Communal firepit only 

Coolwaters

Among the palm trees of the Southern Great Barrier Reef lies Discovery Parks - Coolwaters, Yeppoon. A paradise for anyone looking to let go of the humdrum of daily life. With its tropical bushland and beachfront access, step out to the great outdoors and venture onto Causeway Lake via kayak or explore the bushwalking trails behind our park. 

Type of firepit allowed: Communal firepit only (one near pool, one near treetops and one in unpowered site area) 

Barossa Deluxe Safari Tent

Campsites with fire pits in SA

Barossa Valley

Cosy up in South Australia’s more visited tourist destination this winter, the Barossa Valley. Discovery Parks - Barossa Valley offers a camping experience like no there, with its unique Deluxe Safari Tents (sites and cabins also available). Enjoy a day out sampling some of Australia’s finest wines, indulge in a degustation menu, or set out on a bushwalk, then head back to put your legs up and relax by the fire. 

Type of firepit allowed: Gas fire pits allowed on sites, communal firepit available (one near glamping area, one near waterpark)

Goolwa

A short stroll from the charming coastal town of Goolwa is Discovery Parks - Goolwa. Conveniently located, it makes for a perfect base to explore all that the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer. Explore the township of Middleton and Port Elliot, or head up to the Murray Mouth where the mighty Murray River meets the Southern Ocean. 

Got the family with you? Kids will be entertained with a pool, playground and bouncing pillow. Fur-kids (dogs) are permitted at this park so be sure not to leave them behind. 

Type of firepit allowed: BYO only- raised firepits preferred 

Hire cost: None for hire

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase at a local hardware shop.  None for purchase on-site.

Note: No children should be left unattended around fire.

Lake Bonney

For a family-friendly escape, head to Discovery Parks - Lake Bonney. With a huge range of water sports, convenient access to over 17 national parks in the region, and outstanding dining options, you’ll be exhausted by the end of each day and ready to retire at camp by the fire! 

Type of firepit allowed: Raised firepits only.

Hire cost: BYO, none for hire

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase at a local hardware shop. None for purchase on-site.

Streaky Bay

Discovery Parks - Streaky Bay Foreshore is located along one of Australia’s premier seafood coastlines. A popular (and much welcomed) stopover for many travelling across the Nullarbor Plain, Streaky Bay spoils its visitors with an abundance of fresh seafood. Plenty to taste, experience, and do (think sandboarding, or visiting a sea lion colony), Streaky Bay is a must-visit when in South Australia. 

Enjoy a night beneath the stars on the beach, by a warm fire at the end of each day.

Type of firepit allowed: Raised firepits only - by the beach between high and low tide marks*

Hire cost: BYO, none for hire

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase at a local hardware shop. None for purchase on-site.

* Must use safety cage provided by park or use your own fire pit

Whyalla Foreshore

With an average 300 days of sunshine per year, South Australia’s third-largest city makes a great holiday destination all-year-round. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the beautiful Spencer Gulf when you stay at Discovery Parks - Whyalla Foreshore. Family-friendly swimming beaches and excellent fishing spots are close by or uncover the mysteries of the city’s seafaring past at the Whyalla Maritime Museum. 

Type of firepit allowed: Raised firepits only - must be attended by an adult at all times

Hire cost: BYO, none for hire

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase at a local hardware shop. None for purchase on-site.

Campsites with fire pits in VIC

Lake Hume, Victoria

After something a little different for your winter getaway? You’ll love the variety a holiday at Discovery Parks - Lake Hume, Victoria offers. From military relics to gold rush history and rebellious bushrangers, learn about the region (and Australia’s) history. See The Man from Snowy River Museum in nearby Corryong, or relive Ned Kelly’s last stand in Glenrowan. 

Hire cost: BYO or hire a firepit for $10 per day

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase for $10 pat a local hardware shop. None for purchase on-site. 

Cradle Mountain Fireplace

Campsites with fire pits in TAS

Cradle Mountain

Revered for its natural beauty, Cradle Mountain is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Set on the edge of world-heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, don’t be surprised with a wilderness experience just at the doorstep of your cabin or caravan at Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain. Explore the wild outdoors then reconvene at the camp kitchen, where a toasty woodfire awaits! 

Type of firepit allowed: Communal firepit in the camp kitchen only

Hadspen

Embarking on a tour of the Apple Isle? Then be sure to include Launceston on your itinerary! Just 15 minutes from the town center of Launceston is Discovery Parks - Hadspen, the perfect base for you to return to after a day of touring northern Tassie. Get arty at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, visit the stunning Cataract Gorge, or taste your way at Tassie’s oldest wine region, Tamar Valley. Wind down the day by a hearty meal cooked over the stove, or your own fire pit! 

Type of firepit allowed: Raised firepits only - must be attended by an adult at all times

Hire cost: BYO, or $10 to hire for the duration of stay

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase at the local store next door. None for purchase on-site.

Campsites with fire pits in WA

Port Hedland

A visit to Port Hedland guarantees an unforgettable experience. Discovery Parks - Port Hedland makes a great base for anyone seeking outdoor adventures - from off-road driving to coastal walks, you’ll also be treated a unique phenomenon known as the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ when the full moon rises at low tide.

Type of firepit allowed: Raised firepits only - must be attended by an adult at all times

Hire cost: BYO, none available for hire

Kindling and wood: BYO or purchase at the local store next door. None for purchase on-site.