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9 Stunning Campsites in NSW – All For Free!

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from the hustle and bustle! You want an adventure, you’re craving an open road, wind in your hair, you’re destined for a week away, to hangout out with friends. There is only one thing for it, a campervan road trip hitting up all of the best free camping in NSW!

Well we want to make that trip even easier for you, by giving you the tricks of the trade. We’ve got your top 9 free campsites in NSW.

Whether you want to park near a fishing spot in the forest, pitch up near the coast – or even stay in the rainforest with dramatic waterfalls nearby! We’ve got all the top spots, right here. Happy exploring…

#9: Free Camping in the Blue Mountains at Cathedral Reserve

CATHEDRAL RESERVE free camping

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Who doesn’t love the Blue Mountains? How about free camping in the Blue Mountains? Surely very few people, right? That’s exactly why our #9 free camping spot is right here, amongst the eucalyptus forests, dramatic scenery and waterfalls. Welcome to Cathedral Reserve.

On Mount Wilson, this campground is a flat grassy area nestled in the gum trees. Just 10 minutes hike from the campground is the Cathedral of Ferns trail, a must see for anyone who loves ferns. There are many bushwalks in the local area, so make sure to pack your hiking boots.

Consider an early rise on one or two mornings to see the misty sunrise. It makes for the most perfect shot, whether you’re into your photography or not. Also, be sure to see the fireflies glowing in the warm summer nights, something truly magical about this experience.

This is a very good free campsite for a 2wd, so you’ll easily be able to swing your campervan in and get comfy.

  • Toilets
  • Camp Fires w BBQ Pits
  • Waste Facilities
  • Good Roads
  • 2wd access

#8: Gum Bend Lake near Condobolin

Gum Bend Lake near Condobolin

(Gum Bend Lake near Condobolin)

If you want beautiful lake surroundings then this is your spot, with great access for 2wd, you’ll be able to get your campervan parked comfortably!

There are many walking trails nearby, so you can be sure to keep active… if you want. This free campsite is peaceful and tranquil for the majority of the year, you’ll be sure to find your Zen here. They offer hot showers, flushing toilets and barbeque pits, which is more than a lot of other free campgrounds!

Gum Bend Lake was made for boating, swimming, fishing and water skiing. It also sits on 40 hectares of landscaped grounds, so there is plenty of space for on land activities too. The lake itself is a 25 minute walk from the campsite, but it’s well worth the effort.

This landscaped campground is located 99 km West of Parkes. The nearest village is Condobolin, 5 km away. Here you’ll find a few cosy cafes for your morning coffee.

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Water
  • Pet Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Camp Fires w BBQ Pits
  • 2wd access

#7: Peaceful Free Camping at Swans Creek Crossing

AUSTRALIA FREE CAMPING

Halfway between Taree and Kempsey, Swans Creek Crossing is an idyllic forest campground for a campervan or camping retreat. Just 16 km NW of Kendall, Swans Creek Crossing is a quiet and peaceful free campground with sufficient facilities to stay comfortable in the Kerewong National Forest. Enjoy the wonderful swimming hole and tons of walking trails to stretch your legs.

With a bunch of facilities, you’ll be very comfortable here:

  • Toilets
  • Camp Fires
  • Pet friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Water
  • 2wd access

#6: Murphy’s Glen – Free Camping in the Blue Mountains

We had to give you another free campground in the Blue Mountains, just because there are so many amazing ones. Pack up your belongings and head to Murphy’s Glen, with a number of small pools and stunning lookouts, you will be glad the phone signal isn’t great.

Make sure you come prepared to this spot, as it is very remote and there is no access to running water. You’ll need enough for drinking and cooking. The local nightlife can really put on a show at the Glen, so watch out for the bat displays and possum parties. Very entertaining from a distance!

Please note: there are unsealed roads here, so usually 4wd access only. There is a steep hill at the bottom of the entrance, if the weather isn’t perfect then this section can prove tricky for 2wd vehicles.

  • Toilets
  • BBQs
  • Water
  • 4wd access only

#5: Old Olney bordered by 3 National Parks

Campfire while hiring a campervan

Do you love National Parks and State Forests? Well 3 border Old Olney: Wyong State Forest, Watagan State Forest and Watagan National Park! The forests have been harvested for timber for over 100 years, with the history comes a magical sense of mystery. Old Olney is an award-winning campground and you will see why when you’re there.

To get there, travel along the Central Coast of New South Wales, this campsite is located just 16 km West of Cooranbong, a rural suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie. Cooranbong is surrounded by National Park as well, so you can get your fix of trees and bushwalks at this spot.

A lot of cyclists also fleet to Old Olney, the trail runs are epic, and of course you have the views to match.

You can access with a 2wd car or campervan no problem, and facilities aren’t too bad either, with the following:

  • Toilets
  • Camp Fires w/ BBQs
  • Family Friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Water
  • Mobile Reception
  • 2wd access

#4: Canoeing and Bird Watching in Ellenborough Reserve

Cons to camping in a tent

Ellenborough Reserve campsite provides a spacious rest area 500m North of Oxley Highway. If you love canoeing, kayaking and seeing wildlife, this should be your first destination! It’s home to a wide range of birds including kingfishers, king parrots and bowerbirds. If you’re into bird watching then make sure to pack the binoculars.

On top of all that, and if you still want to see more wildlife, look out for the native animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. There will be plenty hanging around.

Bring your own water and firewood, as this campground won’t offer the basics like many others. Having said that, you will be sure to experience a true, authentic Aussie style camping trip: back to basics, mate!

Please note: this free camping spot is only accessible by 4wd.

  • Toilets
  • Camp Fires
  • Pet friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Maximum Stay: 14 days
  • 4wd access only

#3: Peaceful Free Camping near Sydney – Wingello State Forest in the Southern Highlands

Wingello State Forest

(Wingello State Forest, source: youthadvance.com.au)

Wingello State Forest is an exotic forest full of plantations! There are over 50 campsites to choose from and it is just a 5 minute drive from the small town of Wingello, a village in the Southern Highlands. With access for 2wd vehicles, you’ll be able to get a perfect spot for your van, car or tent!

The forest management practices ensure environmental responsibility and also a sustainable timber industry. Wingello State Forest is best known for the great mountain biking trails, spanning over 1,200 hectares of land. You certainly won’t run out of trail! If biking isn’t your thing, then why not test out you riding legs on a horse. Horse trailers are just as popular in this spot.

You’re lucky with the free facilities here:

  • Toilets
  • Water
  • Mobile Reception
  • 2wd access

#2: Green Patch, Jervis Bay

Green Patch, Jervis Bay

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Picture white sands, turquoise waters, dolphins splashing in the sea and gorgeous scenery – welcome to Green Patch, Jarvis Bay. The land that time forgot. The water will become your best friend here, as you’ll never want to leave. Go swimming at a white sand beach, whale watching with the locals, even scuba diving in the marine park.

The secluded Green Patch Bay delivers a fantastic bush camping experience. It’s a short walk to the beaches of the northern part of Jervis Bay. The campsite itself is well respected by everyone that comes here, almost creating a community type feeling when you’re there. Relax and unwind in one of the greatest Bays in the world.

  • Toilets
  • Camp Fires
  • Pet Friendly
  • Mobile Reception
  • 2wd access

#1: Oxley Wild Rivers

Oxley Wild Rivers

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And finally…if you’re into dramatic rainforest and waterfalls, look no further. This is why we’ve coined Oxley Wild Rivers as our #1 free campground for your campervan road trip.

It is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Oxley Wild Rivers features rare dry rainforest, waterfalls, dramatic gorges, scenic rivers, gigantic wilderness areas and jaw dropping wildlife. Take a scenic drive along the Waterfall Way, explore the Apsley Macleay Gorges and visit Wollomombi, the highest waterfall in NSW! Bushwalkers will love the massive Green Gully trail and massive 65km routes to explore.

It is a magnificent landscape that will mesmerise all!

There are often events going on nearby, local farmer markets are often set-up on the weekend in Walcha, so you can enjoy the local produce.

There are 2 free campsites with free park access at Oxley: Budds Mare and Dangars Gorge. Both are suited for campervans and 2wd vehicles. A third free campsite, Long Point, is built for car or tent camping. All free sites include:

  • Toilets
  • Camp Fire w/ BBQ Pits
  • Pet Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Mobile Reception (most of the time!)
  • 2wd access

 

Now remember, for some of these free campgrounds you may need to pay for parking, especially the ones located on National Parks. There are local numbers you can call to find out, a great website containing all park fees is National Parks. You’ll get all your questions answered there, if we haven’t already.

Travellers Autobarn also provides you with several options to reduce your spending when it comes to selecting campgrounds during your trip. All customers will receive on pick-up a booklet that will highlight free campgrounds all around Australia – meaning instead savings for you. You will also get discount on specific holiday parks we partner with! The benefits are endless.

If we have got you excited to explore one of our top 9 spots, then come and chat to our friendly staff for more information.

For more information about free camping all around Australia, come and explore today!

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