There’s a reason they call Australia the lucky country; from sprawling deserts to lush rainforests, we’re lucky enough to have a backyard more diverse than almost any other country you care to name.
We’re also lucky in that we’re home to some of the finest wine regions in the world. From stunning Hunter Valley chardonnays in New South Wale to Bendigo and Heathcote’s famous shirazes in Victoria, there are picturesque wine regions all over the country.
What better way to explore them than by setting up in one of the countless RV parks nearby and touring your way through one sip at a time? Grab your cork screws; we’ve hunted down the best caravan parks to stay at in Australia’s major wine regions.
Bendigo & Heathcote Wine Country (VIC)
Home to the oldest vines in Australia, Heathcote and surrounding wine country in Bendigo are renowned for their premium shiraz and other red varietals. With ideal soil and small yield harvests, wineries in the region tend to be boutique and have a special feeling of exclusivity about them, drawing visitors from around Australia and all over the world.
Where to stay? Marong Caravan & Cabin Village
Marong Caravan & Cabin Village is the perfect place to base yourself if you plan to explore what Bendigo and Heathcote’s wineries have to offer. Choose from ensuite, powered or non-powered sites in the idyllic, quiet park located just a short drive from Bendigo’s city centre. The solar heated pool and multiple BBQ areas are perfect for a sunny day (once you have visited a few cellar doors, of course!) and they offer a selection of local wine experiences including guided tours and chances to meet local wine makers as you taste their creations.
The Hunter Valley (NSW)
The Hunter Region (more commonly known as the Hunter Valley) is also home to some of Australian’s oldest wineries, from which stunning chardonnay, semillon and verdelho come from. A diverse wine region, the Hunter Valley also produces merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, with beautiful places to eat and sample wines as you make your way through.
Where to stay? BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park
It’s hard to go past the BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park; located in Chessnook, visitors are right in the heart of the region with wineries a stone’s throw away. From this central location you can explore wineries, restaurants, and the local cheese and chocolate factories. The park’s facilities include ensuite powered and drive through sites, a resort-style pool and heated spa, and on-site BYO Thai restaurant. Pet friendly sites are also available.
Margaret River (WA)
There’s more than red dust in Western Australia – the Margaret River is perhaps the country’s most famous maritime wine region and home to countless boutique wineries waiting to be explored. With a combination of red and white wines grown here, this beautiful collection of western vineyards contributes a huge 20% of Australia’s premium wines.
Where to stay? Riverview Tourist Park
Enjoying a relaxed, friendly stay at the Riverview Tourist Park is a great way to compliment any trip to WA wine country. You can leave the keys to the car behind with the Margaret River township (home to many restaurants and places for a few glasses of wine) just a short walk away. Powered sites (and those with ensuites) are available, along with BBQ facilities down by the lake. And if you book your scenic winery tour through the park, you’ll even receive a 20% discount – pretty great value!
McLaren Vale (SA)
Internationally recognised for producing magnificent wines, McLaren Vale is one of South Australia’s most visited wine regions. There are more than 88 cellar doors in the area, most showcasing small, family-produced wines that are rarely found elsewhere. Its Mediterranean climate boasts many European style varietals, with a diverse offering of everything from sangiovese to viognier.
Where to stay? McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park
If you’re after a picturesque country backdrop studded with wineries for your sipping trip, the McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park in the iconic South Australian wine region is perfect for you. Set beside a sparkling lake, this park boasts tennis courts and a volley ball court with many shady spots to set up your caravan. And at only 35min drive from Adelaide, it’s ideal for anyone looking to escape busy city life without the long drive.
With so many beautiful vineyards to gaze upon, and so many interesting grape varietals to sample, it’s no wonder that Australian wine country is home to some of our best RV parks as well.
If you’re looking for a reason to hit the great open road on another adventure, we think this one is a fantastic – and delicious – excuse!