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Top 4 Budget Campgrounds near the Gold Coast

A holiday along the Gold Coast is definitely not something to be missed. Sure, it might be a popular travel destination, but that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.

With a plethora of nature, wildlife and beautiful summit views, we’ve put together the 4 best budget campgrounds near the Gold Coast. These rare finds are highly recommended from all types of travellers, whether your adventure awaits as a family, lovebirds, or a lone traveller.

With something for everyone, let’s have a look at the 4 top budget campgrounds for your Gold Coast getaway.

Quick Links

  1. Ngumbi Campground
  2. The Settlement Camping Area
  3. James Sharp Memorial Park
  4. Flanagan Reserve Bush Camping

Winter sunset at Wyaralong Dam

Wyaralong Dam

1. Ngumbi Campground

Mount Joyce Recreation Park, QLD

Ngumbi Campground is located along the banks of Lake Wyaralong, making it a picturesque spot for inland camping. The spacious campground features an old farm house where you can eat your meals and have some shelter, plus it’s equipped with a rainwater tank for when you need to refill your recycled water.

The campsite is also surrounded by plenty of activities, be it: beginner or expert hiking trails up to Mount Joyce, canoeing and kayaking along Lake Wyaralong or bird watching up to the summit.

Overall, Ngumbi Campground is a great location to get away into nature. With beautiful views of Mount Joyce, Lake Wyaralong, and the remote star-filled sky, this campground suits all travellers whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Water Tanks
  • Shelter

Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls

2. The Settlement Camping Area

Springbrook National Park, QLD

Located south of the Gold Coast in Springbrook National Park, The Settlement Camping Area is a tranquil spot for campers. In fact, you’ll find the campsite is surrounded by lush forestation, and an abundance of hikes and trails to send you on your way.

The Settlement Camping Area is also a great base for the Warrie Circuit, and the Purling Brooks Falls walk – which is not to be missed. From this particular spot, you’re within walking distance to various hikes, as well as coffee shops for your morning caffeine fix.

As a bonus, the campsite welcomes plenty of wildlife, with wallabies, bush turkeys, and native birds often gracing the area. It also includes electric BBQs for all to use, as well as toilets and recycled water.

At night, you’ll see why the stargazing is praised by all travellers, with the large bushland giving each group adequate privacy. So, to get yourself a spot, make sure you book through the Queensland Parks website!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • BBQs
  • Toilets
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Recycled Water

A beautiful morning on the banks of the upper Coomera River.

Upper Coomera River

3. James Sharp Memorial Park

Canungra, QLD

James Sharp Memorial Park is the perfect family campground: a large, open camping space located inland from the Gold Coast. There’s plenty of space for the kids to play, local activities nearby, and across from the campsite, Coomera River gives you the opportunity to fish, swim or canoe.

The campsite also features amenities, such as flush toilets and wooden BBQs to use during your stay. Look further out, and you’ll find plenty of things to do nearby: a game of golf at the Canungra Golf Course or perhaps a walk in the Canura State Forest.

Oh, did we mention you’re allowed to take your furry friend along? So bring them, your partner or the kids, and we’ll see you there!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • BBQs
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pet friendly
  • Recycled Water

Lower Portals Rock pools at Mount Barney

Mount Barney National Park

4. Flanagan Reserve Bush Camping

Barney View, QLD

Flanagan Reserve is the perfect spot to stay for bush camping along the Logan River. With 12 hectares of camping and lots of shaded areas, Flanagan Reserve is the prime spot for travelling inland of the Gold Coast.

At this particular campground, you definitely won’t run out of ideas during your stay: check out the wildlife at the bottom of Mount Maroon, the hikes up Mount Barney National Park, or perhaps a combination of swimming, fishing and canoeing along the Logan River.

It’s got everything you need, from toilets, hot showers, firewood and plenty of privacy – plus you’re allowed to bring a furry friend.

Should you wish to find some adventure elsewhere, you’ll also find the town of Mount Barney a short drive away, where you can enjoy wineries and coffee shops.

What are you waiting for? Book on their website, and we’ll see you at Flanagan Reserve!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Pet Friendly
  • Hot showers
  • Open fires

From lakeside bushland to lush forestation, these top 4 budget campgrounds are a must. Seclude yourself in nature at these inland getaways, and explore the different hikes, views, and wildlife the Gold Coast has to offer.

If you’re looking to get away from the crowded campgrounds, we highly recommend these rare finds.

To organise a budget holiday, consider your nearest Travellers Autobarn or book online – we’re always here to help you plan your next adventure.

The Sunshine Coast is an ultimate trip destination, known for its gorgeous beaches, scenic drives and lush national parks. If you’re planning a trip along the Sunshine Coast, we’ve put together these free campsites to stop on your way.

From quaint towns to rainforest bushwalks, we’ve found the perfect spots to stay, whether you’re travelling with the family or as a lone adventurer!

With plenty of options for free camping along the Sunshine Coast, let’s have a look at our top 5 best spots to stay with great amenities and scenic surroundings.

Free campsites

  1. Kandanga RV Park
  2. Tiaro Memorial Park
  3. Belli Creek Park
  4. Little Yabba Creek Park
  5. Simeon Lord Park

creek and stone stepover bridge

Amamoor State Forest

1. Kandanga RV Park

Kandanga, QLD

Kandanga RV Park is near it all: a swimming pool, bowls club, railway station, and cafés all within walking distance! The 12-site campground is located on a large grass area with lots of shade, and also features showers, BBQ’s and a fire pit. It’s also a great spot to bring along your furry friends!

Kandanga is a quaint village, surrounded by the Kandanga creek. This makes for great picnic spots, as well as lots of spots to swim. If you’re looking for something more active, make sure to check out the Anamoor Walking Trail nearby.

You can stay at this campsite for a maximum of 3 days, making it a perfect spot to stop on your trip along the Sunshine Coast, or for a weekend getaway.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Pet Friendly
  • Swimming Pool
  • Showers
  • BBQ
  • Drinking Water

Mary Ann steam locomotive riding through Queens Park in Maryborough

Maryborough, QLD

2. Tiaro Memorial Park

Tiaro, QLD

If you’re looking for a camp spot to take the family, Tiaro Memorial Park is for you! This family-friendly park is located on the Fraser Coast, just off the Bruce Highway. The campsite itself offers a playground and skate rink for the kids, as well as a fitness station for those active travellers.

You also do not want to miss out on the small town of Tiaro. Tiaro is filled with lots of interesting small shops to explore during your stay. Have a look through the different cafés, gift shops and christmas cottage.

Tiaro Memorial Park is a great stop over, allowing travellers to camp up to 48hrs, and provides hot showers, fresh water, and also allows you to bring your pets.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • BBQ
  • Kids Playground
  • Showers
  • Fresh Water
  • Pet Friendly

dog next to camp fire

3. Belli Creek Park

Belli Park, QLD

Belli Creek Park is a great rest spot if you’re travelling up the Sunshine Coast. This bushy campground has a lot of activities to explore during your stay, perfect for either families with kids or couples.

The campsite is located near Belli Creek where the kids can splash or use your kayak. To stretch your legs, there are also some great walking tracks connected to the campground to explore that take you through the bushland and along the creek.

The campground is also only a 5 minute walk away from cafés, as well as the picturesque Belli Creek. The campground also features a spot for cooking, sheltered areas, and even a fire pit. Make sure to get in early at Belli Creek Park, since it’s a busy spot!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Pet Friendly
  • Toilets
  • Fire pit
  • Sheltered benches
  • Large grass areas

Little Yabba Creel

Little Yabba Creek

4. Little Yabba Creek Park

Kenilworth, QLD

Little Yabba Creek Park is a beautiful free camp site, surrounded by rainforest. The pet friendly campground is located on a large grassy area that also allows fires and has BBQs.

The campground has its own walking tracks through the pleasant Fig Tree Walk, or for any travellers who love a harder hike should check out the Little Yabba Trail nearby. If you’re travelling during the warmer season, you can also cool off in the Little Yabba Creek, which is in walking distance to the campground. A short walk away will also lead you to the small town of Kenilworth, which is filled with small shops and cafés.

Little Yabba Creek Park is a great spot to stay for a night or two. Make sure to bring your own firewood and drinking water!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Pet Friendly
  • BBQ
  • Toilets
  • Fires Allowed

rare pink flannel flowers

5. Simeon Lord Park

Harlin, QLD

Located within the suburb of Harlin, Simeon Lord Park is a lovely spot to stay for an overnight rest. The rest area provides you with the necessary facilities, such as toilets, a water tank, as well as a bonus BBQ area and picnic table.

The camp spot is located along the main road of Harlin, which means you’re within walking distance to a convenience store and a pub. If you’re looking for something to do besides spending time at the grassy Simeon Lord Park, you can take a short drive to Toogoolawah to view various museums and galleries for a bit of local culture!

And – if you’re eager to stretch your legs, make sure to check out the beautiful walking trails around the Brisbane River nearby. If you’re lucky you might even spot the region’s beautiful Christmas Bells wildflower and Flannel Flower.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Picnic Tables
  • BBQ
  • Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Pet Friendly

For anyone travelling through South Queensland, these free camping spots along the Sunshine Coast are not to be missed. Surrounded by culture and nature, each of these free campgrounds has something to offer everyone!

If you’re travelling on a budget, free camping is a perfect option to affordably see the beautiful sights of the Sunshine Coast. Pop in to your nearest Travellers Autobarn to chat to our staff about the best Campervan option for you.

Planning a road trip down the South Coast of NSW? We’ve put together a list of our favourite spots to camp for free.

From pristine beaches to lush rainforests, these campgrounds have something for everyone – so you’ll definitely have options on your next adventure.

Bring your canoe or get your hiking shoes on – it’s time to explore free camping down the coast!

Quick links

  1. Cave Beach, Booderee National Park
  2. Bendethera Valley Campground
  3. Bendeela Recreation Area
  4. Red Gum Campground, Clyde River National Park
  5. Carrington Falls Campground, Budderoo National Park
  6. Bodalla Forest Rest Area
  7. North Head Campground, Murramarang National Park

Cave beach at Booderee National Park

1. Cave Beach, Booderee National Park

Jervis Bay, NSW

Cave Beach is the perfect free campground in Jervis Bay for travellers who love to be surrounded by water, bush and wildlife.

In fact, the campground is within walking distance of two amazing beaches: Cave Beach and Bherwerre Beach. Cave Beach is a great spot for surfers and swimmers – with some amazing tidal caves on offer – and Bherwerre attracts visitors for its fishing and endless white sand.

Did you know? Cave Beach Campground also inhabits native Australian wildlife, like Kangaroos and Echidnas, and provides a range of trails and circuits for those who love a good bush walk.

Overall, it’s a picturesque camping spot equipped with access to water, barbecues and showers, plus it’s a great way to wind down and escape the busy streets – so we’d definitely recommend it on your next road trip.

For more information, feel free to visit the Booderee National Park  website.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Public Toilets
  • Sheltered gas barbecue area
  • Cold water showers
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Wood barbeques

cute wombat looking at the camera

2. Bendethera Valley Campground

Deua National Park, NSW

Bendethera Valley Campground is a relaxing and secluded spot to stay, whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or both. The campground is located in a quiet bushland area, and is a great base for any travellers looking at exploring the Bendethera Cave. Next to the caves, there’s an ambitious walking track for those who like an adventure – roughly an 8 km round trip, with some challenging terrain towards the end.

The great thing is, Bendethera Valley Campground is also a fantastic place for families: it’s right near the Deua River (perfect for the kids to swim in) and it invites many native wildlife, like Kangaroos, Wallabies – and if you’re lucky – some Wombats in the evening.

Travel in early spring to watch the Bendethera Wattle bloom, or head down any time of the year for a relaxing time away – either way – put it on your list!

For more information, feel free to visit the Bendethera Valley Campground website.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Wood barbeques
  • Picnic tables
  • Public toilets
  • Hiking trails
  • Fire rings

kangaroo valley river

3. Bendeela Recreation Area

Kangaroo Valley, NSW

For travellers wanting to stay in secluded bushland, Bendeela Recreation Area is the perfect free campground – located at the bottom of Kangaroo Valley, and surrounded by natural forestation.

With access to a range of activities, like bushwalks, canoeing, fishing, swimming and boating – there’s certainly something for everyone!

Keep in mind – this campground offers fresh drinking water and public amenities, but you will need to make a reservation via BIG4 Holiday Parks. f you’re considering heading down the south coast for a rustic camping adventure, check out Bendeela Recreation Area on its own, or pair it with a campervan hire to extend your trip.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Picnic Area
  • Public toilets
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Portable gas barbeques permitted
  • Canoe launching areas

black cockatoo flying

4. Red Gum Campground, Clyde River National Park

Batemans Bay, NSW

Red Gum Campground is a lakeside free camping spot, located in a remote bush area near Batemans Bay. The campground is very intimate, with just 4 camp spots along the river.

You’ll find many bush trails for walking and bike riding, and of course, the beautiful Clyde River for all things fishing, swimming and kayaking. Like some of our other featured favourites – Clyde River also attracts many rare birds, so don’t forget your binoculars! Besides the rare black cockatoo and sea eagle, you will also be able to catch sight of some wallabies and possums at night.

Red Gum Campground is a great choice for those looking at a night or two away in nature. Make sure to bring your own drinking water and firewood to use at the campsite – we’ll see you there!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Riverside campsites
  • Extra parking available

carrington falls in the southern highlands

5. Carrington Falls Campground, Budderoo National Park

Robertson, NSW

Looking for the magnificent Carrington Falls Waterfall? You won’t have to go far – this campground is in prime location to set up camp. Located next to the Kangaroo River, Carrington Falls Campground is a small no-frills campground with access to many trails and lookouts of the falls.

It’s connected to an easy trail up to Izzards Lookout, but for the best view, we’d point you over to the Missingham Lookout and Warris Chair Lookout tracks. Trust us, these longer trails are a bit more challenging, but they’re totally worth it for the front views of the gorges.

Travelling in warmer months? You’ll find a tonne of swimming holes near the campground to cool off in – and in springtime – catch the yellow and red native flowers that bloom in the bloodwood forest.

Like Bendeela, don’t forget to book a site in advance and bring drinking water – see you there soon!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Carpark
  • Walking trails

Bodalla Forest Rest Area

6. Bodalla Forest Rest Area

Bodalla, NSW

Just off the Princes Highway, Bodella Forest Rest Area can be found in the Bodalla State Forest near Narooma. This bushland campground is surrounded by spotted gum trees and plenty of easy walking trails through the Bodalla State Forest.

On your way, you’ll uncover designated bike tracks and various walking trails, including the highly-recommended Mummaga Lake Walking Track, which takes you through a circuit of the forest and Mummaga lake. Alternatively, try out the Box Cutting Rainforest Walk: unlike how it sounds, it’s a really enjoyable trail that takes you through moss-covered trees and bird nests all the way through.

Back at your campground, the Bodalla Forest Rest Area also attracts many native animals and birds, making for a perfect overnight stay for your highway travels. It’s a simple and small campground that provides drinking water, toilets and allows you to bring your pets – and if you plan to start your own campfire, make sure to bring your own firewood.

Happy camping!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Barbeques
  • Dog friendly

North Head Beach Batemans Bay

7. North Head Campground, Murramarang National Park

Benandarah, NSW

A short drive from Batemans Bay, North Head Campground is a remote bush camp spot surrounded by nature’s best. The campground is located in a beautiful bushland, home to lots of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and birds.

It’s within walking distance to Honeysuckle Beach, known for its crystal-clear water, fishing spots along the rocks and calming sounds of crashing waves during the evening. You can also venture on the Oaky Beach walking track, which will take you through a beautiful bushland and offers swimming and fishing at a remote beach in Murramarang National Park.

The campground is secluded, so make sure to pack everything you need – including water for drinking and cooking.

We’ll catch you there soon!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • Swimming & Fishing spots
  • Walking trails

Whether you’re travelling during the warmer seasons or through the cold, these free camping spots all have something unique to offer. From bushwalks to swimming, these campsites are all highly recommended by travellers for their amazing views, activities and amenities.

If you’re after more free camping spots, check out our favourite campgrounds in New South Wales, or get in touch with Travellers Autobarn for more handy advice.

A road trip along the Great Ocean road is an Aussie travel bucket list item, and one that can be ticked off in just a few days! It can also be a very budget friendly holiday, with several low cost and free camping spots to choose from along your route.

Sure, The 12 Apostles and panoramic beach views first come to mind when thinking about the Great Ocean road, but Great Otway National Park also has plenty of waterfalls and forest hikes that are not to be missed. Many of the lower cost and free camping options can be found a bit inland in beautiful forest settings and are a great base from which to explore the national park.

Join us, for the best free and low-cost campgrounds along the Great Ocean Road. Let’s go!

Free camping along the Great Ocean Road

  1. Allenvale Mill Bush Campground
  2. Jamieson Creek Bush Campground
  3. Beauchamp Falls Reserve
  4. Sharps Camping Area
  5. Timboon Recreation Reserve

Lorne Beach

1. Allenvale Mill Bush Campground

Lorne, VIC

Allenvale Mill Bush Campground is located just outside the town of Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, less than 10 minute drive from the town centre and the beach.

The beach itself is located about 2.5 km from the campground, but it’s quite walkable from where you’ll set up. More importantly, the campground hosts 20 tent-only sites with no direct vehicle access, and offers a direct escape from the grid – all sites are unpowered.

At $13.70 per night, it certainly offers a bang for your buck: several wildlife species frequent the campsite, such as Kangaroos, Cockatoos and other birdlife – plus Platypus are known to live in and around the river.

Other local attractions include The Canyon (aka. Lorne Waterfalls Circuit) – an 8.5km (about 3 hours) walk – and Sheoak Falls, which can be accessed from the Great Ocean Road (20 minutes walk) or from Sheoak Picnic Area (about 2.5km).

Bookings and payment in advance are required year round, so feel free to check out Parks VIC for further detail.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • 20 tent only unpowered sites
  • No fires allowed
  • Non-flush toilets
  • Non-potable tap water
  • Low tables/seats

sunrise at the beach

2. Jamieson Creek Bush Campground

Separation Creek, VIC

Only 17 minutes drive from Lorne, you’ll find Jamieson Creek Bush Campground – just off the Great Ocean Road.

The campground hosts 24 individual campsites, 14 of which have direct vehicle access that can accommodate cars and campervans arriving from a big adventure. The remaining are suitable for tents, but note: all are unpowered – so pack your essentials!

With the beach just minutes away, some awesome views and close access to the highway, it’s really an unbeatable location and should be on your list if you’re considering a road trip.

Here’s a bonus tip: on your way south, make sure to make a stop at Mount Defiance lookout for some photo-worthy views, and get up extra early to catch the sunrise.

Facilities at this campsite include toilets, BBQ, cooking shelter, a lookout and designated fire places, but you will need to bring your own firewood and drinking water. The campsite is easily accessible for 2WD vehicles, but the road beyond the campsite is suitable for 4WD vehicles only, please make sure your vehicle is suitable.

Since this campsite is hosted by Parks VIC, we recommend booking in advance at the Jamieson Creek Campground website.

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Toilets
  • BBQ and cooking shelter
  • Designated fireplaces
  • Scenic spot by the beach

Beauchamp Falls

3. Beauchamp Falls Reserve

Beech Forest, VIC

Beauchamp Falls Reserve is located just 6 minutes drive from the small town of Beech Forest and about one hour from Apollo Bay. This area of the Otways National Park is littered with waterfalls, and makes for a great detour from the coast on your Great Ocean Road road trip.

It’s a small campground with about 15 sites, all unpowered, and the Great Ocean Road entrance is only recommended for 4WD vehicles.

Travelling by 2WD? Access the reserve via Beech Forest for a smoother ride.

As well as Beauchamp Falls (about 40 minutes hike from the campground), other local attractions include Hopetoun Falls, Congram Waterfall, The Redwoods, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures and Triplet Falls. Forget what TLC says about this last one – go chasing waterfalls!

Although Beauchamp Falls Reserve is currently closed to the public for upgrades, definitely add this one to your list – and check in for updates before you considering booking your next road trip.

We’ll see you there shortly!


Rosella at Sharps Camping Area

4. Sharps Camping Area

Lorne, VIC

Located about 10 minutes drive from Lorne, this small campground is a free camping option along the Great Ocean Road for those travelling on a budget, or for self sufficient campers that don’t mind getting in touch with nature and camping without amenities.

There are 6 unpowered sites at this campground – so it’s a first-serve basis – and there are no toilets or running water stations available. That being said, toilets, barbecues and picnic tables can be found in close proximity, right within the Sheoak Picnic Area.

Rosellas, cockatoos and other wildlife frequent this campground to make for a great photo opportunity, but please remember that feeding wildlife is not allowed.

Its proximity to Lorne and its beaches as well as forest walking tracks and waterfalls makes this campground a great option to consider for outdoor enthusiasts.

As mentioned above, this campground operates on a first come, first served basis – so no bookings are required. Learn more about Sharps Camping Area on their website, and add this one to your next free camping adventure.

See you soon!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • 6 non powered sites
  • Free camping
  • No bookings
  • No amenities

Lock Ard Gorge

5. Timboon Recreation Reserve

Timboon, VIC

Timboon Recreation Reserve is another free camping option along the Great Ocean Road, located in the small town of Timboon – about 20 minutes drive from Port Campbell.

The campground is free but gold coin donations are appreciated for staying at the campground and using the dumping point. Facilities include toilets, coin operated showers and running water, and all sites are unpowered and no bookings are necessary.

Timboon Recreation Reserve is a good place to stop overnight with several attractions nearby, such as Loch Ard Gorge (not to be missed), the Arch and London Bridge rock formations, and Port Campbell. Elsewhere, check out Timboon for a range of cute outlets including a local distillery, cheesery and ice creamery.

Enjoy your adventure!

FEATURED AMENITIES

  • Free camping
  • Public toilets and showers
  • Running water
  • Dumping facilities

We hope to have inspired you to try out some of these low cost and free camping options on your next road trip. If you’re looking to travel on a budget without compromising on comfort, travelling in a campervan is a great and cost effective option.

As always, please remember to respect the locals, take all your rubbish with you and leave the place better than you found it.

For a perfect starting point, Travellers Autobarn Melbourne can help you find the most suitable campervan model for your travels, or recommend other spots, such as the best free campgrounds in Victoria. Get in touch with the team, or book your adventure online – happy camping!

Camping is part of Australian culture! No matter if travelling in your own car or renting a campervan – it is the best way to see Australia. Besides staying at caravan parks there are lots of options to camp for free around Australia – meaning big savings to your budgets!

Below you will find a list of articles that will guide you through free camping Australia guidelines, best free camping spots in Australia as well as best apps for free camping! Enjoy!

Australia has some of the best natural diversity and beauty in the world. So, it’s no doubt campervan travel is so popular when the great outdoors has so much to offer here. If you plan on hiring a campervan for your trip around Australia, you might be wondering how to find campgrounds and places to park up for the night. There are a lot of opportunities to camp for free in Australia, you just have to know where to find the sites. Luckily, we live in the age of technology, so access to information is right at our fingertips. We have put together a list of our top 3 apps to help you camp your way across the country – all for free!

Free-Camping-Apps-Australia

Travellers Autobarn App

We know how important budget-friendly travel is to our customers, so we have created this awesome app to help you find freedom campgrounds in Australia. Inside the app, you’ll find a map with hundreds of pinpointed campgrounds around the country, and information about what facilities you will find at each. From free sites to fully-equipped motorhome parks and everything else in between, there will be a site to suit your budget, wherever you are in the country. The app tells you which campgrounds are suitable and unsuitable for self-contained vehicles, which have BBQs, toilets, showers, dump-stations, as well as other handy information such as reviews and petrol station locations. If you’re using the app while in one of our campervans, you’ll also find the vehicle explanation videos and our contact information very useful.

Travellers Autobarn Free Camping App Australia

NSWParks

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is a state-run app which is great for finding camping areas in national parks. These are generally always cheap or free to stay in, and a huge benefit of camping in them is that they are generally a lot quieter and in stunning surroundings! If you are a fan of hiking, cycling, historic sites and beautiful lookouts – this app will be great for you too. Most states in Australia have an app similar, but this is a great starting point if you are travelling along the east coast.

WikiCamps

WikiCamps is a great app for finding campsites in Australia. A great benefit of WikiCamps, you’re able to download the maps for offline and it allows you to navigate and get directions to sites, directly from the app. The difference between WikiCamps and some others is that is has a lot of other useful features. It has a compass, a camping checklist, world time zone clock, and other great camping features.

 Travellers Autobarn Free Camping App Australia

We would recommend everyone downloads at least one of these apps before setting off on your campervan journey. Even if you do not plan on freed camping, these apps are great for finding paid caravan parks and advise you on which have amenities such as toilets, dump stations and communal kitchens. They are a must-have on any holiday!

For more information about free camping all around Australia or to access our free camping Australia article library come and explore today!

Few places in the world are blessed with Australia’s stunning nature, and with such a small population compared with the sheer size of the country, there are plenty of free camping opportunities. From the gorgeous coastline to the tropical rainforest and the desert interior, this nation has so much to give. But it’s also a fragile land, and its people serve as proud protectors, so it’s important to free camp responsibly and leave only your footprints behind.

Our comprehensive free camping in Australia guide has all the bases covered and plenty of top tips, so get planning your Aussie road trip now.

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • What is free camping in Australia?
  • What are the rules: Do’s and Don’ts?
  • How to find free campgrounds?
  • Best Apps for free campgrounds?
  • Pick the pitch or campsite with the best view – Outback free campsite secrets
  • How to find free campsites In National Parks
  • The 3 best free campsites in every state – NSW, QLD, NT, WA, VIC & SA

Travellers Autobarn Free Camping Australia

What Is Free Camping in Australia?

Free camping often involved camping outside of campgrounds on public land or using campsites specially designed for free campers. Most of the free camping spots in Australia will be quiet and low-key, some remote, some just off main highways. There are plenty of options to choose from, so it’s time to get excited about free camping!

To free camp in most of Australia, you’ll need your own wheels — preferably a self-contained camper with its own toilet and water storage. The vast majority of sites aren’t served by public transport, and you’ll soon realise that many camping places are set up as simple spots where people can rest during long drives.

Make sure you look out for road signs to check the legality of your parking. Local councils can — and do — issue fines. In a residential area, or in a car park near a well-known tourist site, you might stick out a bit. That means that these are the places where you’ll need to be a bit more careful, especially if you’re camping on the Great Ocean Road or somewhere equally popular.

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How to Find Free Campgrounds in Australia?

Chat to the experts — Chances are at each free campsite someone has been where you’re going or is going where you’ve been, so make sure to check with other travellers on recommendations for the best free camping spots. There’s a real community spirit in the RV world whether you’re chatting to fresh-off-the-boat backpackers or people who seem like they’ve been living in their campers since the 60s.

Search on Google Maps for Free camping spots — Searching on maps can lead you to many free camping spots in Australia, lots with reviews and images to support. It’s always worth checking out the most recent write-ups. For example, Johanna Beach in Vic, is listed as one of the best free campsites in Victoria on many websites, now charges a fee, according to a number of disgruntled reviews who turned up unaware of this.

Seek out specialist websites and forums — There’s a great RV and campervan community online as well as off, who share info on sites like Free Camping Australia. There are also lots of great Facebook groups and pages to help you find spots.

Relevant apps – There are many apps built to help you have the best possible campervan or road trip ever! So make use of these apps. Travellers Autobarn have a free app, which hosts an abundance of information on campgrounds, things to do, where to locate ATMs, find the closest petrol station, and much more.

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What Are The Rules? Your Do’s and Don’ts

Free camping is not a right, it’s a privilege, so try to treat it as such — You might like your music loud but that doesn’t guarantee everyone else does. Keep your voice down, especially at night.

Don’t disturb the wildlife — That includes feeding and harassing animals or leaving rubbish that they might eat.

Follow the signs — Especially those that say ‘no camping’. It might not be obvious on arrival, but it could be a croc-infested area or sacred Aboriginal land. If someone has bothered to install a sign, it’s usually for a good reason!

Obey the total fire ban — It should go without saying that in a country as dry as Australia has, any fire should be treated with serious caution. Pick a van with cooking facilities, like our Budgie with its big kitchenette, if you’re worried about grilling up food on naked flames.

Keep the countryside clean — In an emergency case where you can’t find toilets and you’ve not got your own, then dig a hole at least 30cm deep, do your business and then make sure it’s fully covered.

Be careful during dawn and dusk — Outback roads can be extremely dangerous during these times as this is when the local animals are most active. Hitting a male kangaroo at a decent speed isn’t good for either party, so try to take extra caution.

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Outback Free Campsite Secrets

If you fail to prepare then you prepare to fail. The bush is wild, exciting, and doesn’t need to be dangerous if you do your homework. Australia is colossal, so if you park somewhere pretty remote and only stay for the night then you should be golden.

To find the hidden campsites, those that are offline, the hidden gems that no one knows about, you going to need to be creative. That’s what free camping is all about and the joy of being at the most tranquil places with the best view around is worth some searching. Sometimes you’ve got to drive around and look out for those quiet, hidden spots. Here’s how to find them:

  • Look early: The light is your friend. You want to know where you’re driving and you want to be able to appreciate the view.
  • Use maps: A spot may not be listed as a campground, but if you find a river on the map, drive along it until you find a quiet place to park up.
  • Pick your site first: A place as impressive as Uluru can be seen for miles around. So why pitch up at the busiest campground in town? Drive around and explore the area by day and keep an eye out for a place with a view to call your home by night.
  • Ask around: Have a word with locals and ask them if they know somewhere that you park up undisturbed. Try other campers too for any off-the-beaten-path tips.

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What to Bring:

  • A torchlight: Australia is known for having a lot of creatures you don’t want to be surprised or startled by in the night!
  • Water: H2O is a premium, so bring more than you think you’ll need and hydrate yourself often. Many free camps won’t have drinking water, especially the more remote you go. It’s good to have a camper with a lot of storage for water.
  • Sun lotion: Slip, slap, slop! The sun is unrelenting, so look after your poor skin.
  • Insect repellent: It’ll feel like you’re waging war on bugs in some parts of the country and repellent is your best weapon. Those darn mozzies get everywhere, especially at night when you least want them humming in your ears.
  • Fridge: The outback consumes all that is living. Your food will go bad in no time, so make sure you use a fridge or an esky (or a tropical ice box, like the one in our Chubby vans) and bring non-perishables or dry foods. Keep goods packed away in your vehicle as they may attract unwanted visitors at night.
  • Gas: Small towns equal big prices, so stock up on petrol or diesel at bigger towns before heading on a long trip.

How to Find Free Campsites in National Park Campgrounds within National Parks and State Forests are almost always immersive and beautiful as they’re far away from cities, so look up nearby National Parks on the road first and focus on building your trip around them. Then you can check which ones have free campsites by taking a look at their official websites (here’s a list of those). Some National Parks require camping passes to visit and stay overnight, so researching beforehand is key. Make sure you check out the rules before bedding down for the night so you don’t get woken up by an angry ranger at 2am!

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The Top Apps for Finding Free Campgrounds

Camps Australia Wide 9

The $9.99 price tag is more than worth the investment for this comprehensive free camping in Australia app. As well as listing free sites, it also covers budget camping and caravan parks to give you a ton of choice. Info like whether the site’s near the road, has awesome views or is only accessible in good weather is also included. If you can’t get through a night without updating your Instagram, you’ll also be pleased to know it lists whether a spot has mobile coverage or not. Reviews from fellow campers and star ratings make it easy to see whether you’re going to love a site or not.

NSW National Parks

With free and paid campgrounds, maps and sites of interests in New South Wales’ over 225 national parks, this is the pick of the government’s state by state apps. Download what you want offline, so you’ll be in the know even when you’re in the depths of a national park far away from phone signal.

Official Travellers Autobarn app

Travellers Autobarn Free Camping App Australia

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Our free road trip app is a one-stop-shop for all your campervan needs. We’ve got the lowdown on the best camping spots and the nearest places to fill up your water tank or LPG gas bottle. We’ve also covered the three great needs of the modern traveler, public toilets, ATMs and most importantly, Wi-Fi hotspots. If stuff gets hairy you can get check out the sections on how to report an accident and dealing with breakdowns.

Free Camping Across Australia: Our Top Campsite Picks

Here are some of the best free campsites in Australia by state:

3 Free Campsites in South Australia

Point Lowly Camping Area 

free camping in SA, Spencer Gulf

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For free camping in SA, this is a cool site on the gorgeous Spencer Gulf. It’s got views of the sparkling water and rocky coastline, which you might even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins from. People also love fishing here and it’s got the Holy Grail of free camp spot facilities: flushing toilets and showers (a word of warning: they’re cold). There’s a dumping point nearby and the site has a breakwater to protect your van from the waves. Unfortunately, there are plans to introduce a charge because of its popularity — so get there quick before the fee comes in!

Murtho Forest Landing 

Murtho Forest Landing free camping Australia

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A 10-minute drive from Paringa, which is known for its vineyards, Murtho Forest Landing is a shady free camping site in Australia just off the Murray River. It’s the place to be if you’re into fishing: people have caught carp and golden perch near here. There’s also a ton of other wildlife to keep an eye out for, from pelicans to roos. The lookout beside the entrance is also worth checking out for its view of the ochre earth meeting the water. It doesn’t have toilets, water facilities or mobile reception, making it ideal for off-grid campers.

Burra Creek Gorge Reserve (World’s End)

Burra Creek Gorge free camping in Sa

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Hikers will be happy with this comfortable free camping in Southern Australia, which is located near the World’s End Gorge. It’s set on the stunning Heysen Trail, so when you’re not hanging out beside the van you can head off on some walks nearby. The site has a pit toilet and is surrounded by bushland. It’s known for being busy but friendly, so it’s a good spot for meeting fellow campers.

3 Free Campsites in Queensland

Cumberland Mine Historic Site

Cumberland Mine Historic Site Free camping

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At first, this looks quite an unremarkable parking area, but it boasts a secluded billabong brimming with birdlife, from cockatoos to brightly coloured budgies. So read up on Australia’s avian creatures and get your camera ready on hand.

Lake Elphinstone

Lake Elphinstone, free camping australia

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Lakeside views, flushing toilets and unheated showers make this a fantastic base for exploring the water on a boat or kayak. There’s almost always plenty of space, so it feels a touch ‘freer’ than other camping spots. Check out the nearby Gleneden and Mt Britain old township and gold mine for a bit of the area’s history.

Gregory River

Gregory River Free Camping Australia

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Superbly located right next to this tranquil river, this is a great place to kick back and relax while camping in Queensland. It’s become popular to float down the river from here, so don’t forget to pack your inner tube.

It’s also a good spot to stop off on trips to Adels Grove and Lawn Hill National Park.

3 Free Camping Spots in Western Australia

Cliff Head

Cliff Head, free camping in WA

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This area offers three free camping in WA sites for the price of none. The sections — Cliff Head North, Cliff Head South and Cliff Head Central — are right on the iconic Indian Ocean Road between Leeman and Dongara. The towering limestone cliffs and azure water is home to rays and dolphins, and campers can enjoy the local area for three nights max pro bono. Recently re-vamped, Cliff Head Central, the biggest of the three, now has eco-toilets, benches, tables, an undercover area with sink and a communal firepit.Cliff Head South offers eco-toilets but nothing much in terms of facilities.

James Price Point 

James Price Point Free Camping Australia

If you’re seeking free beach camping in WA, this hidden gem around 50km north of Broome has no facilities, just epic sunsets and whale spotting at one of the world’s largest humpback whale nurseries. It’s better to walk down to the flaming red-cliffed beach rather than drive your campervan along the unpaved track. The Dampier Peninsula has a number of free camping options along its pristine beaches and shallow reefs offshore — which might make it tough to leave.

Disappointment Rock

Disappointment Rock Free Camping Australia

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The vibrant red soils and wildflowers that bloom in the spring are far from a disappointment here. The campsite is also superbly positioned on the Hyden-Norseman road, recently named ‘The Granite & Woodlands Discovery Trail’. The route has well-signed places of interest to stop at along the way during your trip free camping in North or Southwest WA.

3 Free Campsites in New South Wales

Bendeela Recreation Area

Bendeela Recreation Area Free Camping

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Bendeela is a well-maintained campsite where you’re sure to see the bare-nosed wombats that live close by. When you’re not making friends with the local wildlife, you can swim and canoe in the Kangaroo River. Nearby Tallowa Dam and Fitzroy Falls Reservoir are also worth a look. Thanks to being run by WaterNSW, it’s got H2O, a WC and a toilet dumping station.

Ingar Campground

Ingar Campground free camping in Australia

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If you’re seeking free camping in NSW, this site’s popular because it’s situated right next to a refreshing creek in the Blue Mountains. It’s pretty small and booking isn’t available, so it’s best to get there early. If you’re up for a walk ahead of a dip in the pool, it’s just off the Wentworth Falls to Woodford trail. There’s no drinking water here, so make sure to fill up beforehand.

Newness Campground, Wollemi National Park

Newness Campground Free Camping

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It’s difficult to pick just one free campsite with an awe-inspiring view, but we love Newnes in Wollemi National Park. It’s surrounded by soul-stirring natural scenery including sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus trees, making it an ideal spot for free camping in the Blue Mountains. It’s also got barbies to fire up a feast on and toilets.

3 Free Campsites in Victoria

Blue Pool

Blue Pool campground in Briagolong State Forest

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The perfect place to park up after a long drive and cool down in style. Cliff jump off (check the depth first) and/or take a rope swing into this (croc-free) deep swimming hole beautifully situated in a gorge on Freestone Creek. Its leisure facilities top its other basic amenities, making it popular in the summer, so get there as early as possible to guarantee your place.

Stevenson’s Falls Free Campground

Stevenson Campground Free Camping

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Free camping on the Great Ocean Road is becoming an endangered species, but this site is one of the few left and is only a short walk to the nearby whopping 85m waterfalls. There are fire pits, drop toilets and around 50 unpowered campsites for whoever turns up first. As it’s just over half an hour drive from Apollo Bay, the word is out and it can get busy at peak times but don’t let that put you off.

Christie’s Beach 

Christie's Beach free camping in Australia

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Park up at this inland beach and enjoy the cooling waters of the Murray River. About three hours north of Melbourne, this shady bush camp has long drop toilets but otherwise limited facilities Outside the school holidays you should only be hearing the sound of the bird’s that call the river their home. The kookaburras are pretty cocky, so watch your food.

3 Free Campsites in Northern Territory

Wolfe Creek Camp 

Wolfe Creek Free Camping

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Free camp next to the second biggest meteorite crater in the world for a memorable night in the Kandimalal-Wolfe Creek Crater park. You can take a stroll to the rim to see where the meteor is thought to have slammed into Earth almost 300,000 years ago. It’s just a few hundred meters from the campsite, but don’t climb down as the steep rock makes it dangerous. There are toilets but no water, so make sure to prep beforehand.

Two Mile Hole

Two Mile Hole Free Camping

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Two Mile Hole is a great free fishing spot and camping base from which to explore the unforgettable Kakadu National Park. Avoid the billabongs and the sea unless you want to hone your inner Crocodile Dundee. This is a real free bush camping area and there are no toilet facilities or drinking water so bring what you need and tough it out. It closes during the wet season.

Little River Rest Area

Little River Rest Area free camping

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This Northern Territory free camping spot is ideally situated next to a picturesque river, just 10 km from Cape Crawford. There are no facilities and none of the fanfare or crowds of other spots, just you and the great Aussie outdoors. If you want a remote experience then this is your spot.

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Sales & Marketing Manager

There’s no place like home — especially when these ‘places’ boast gorgeous, natural hot springs in the middle of a desert, incredible views of mountain ranges, white sand, blue surf, and eerie rock formations.

South Australia is home to all this — and more. And if you’re ready to take your campervan rental on a veritable adventure, we’ve put together a list of 5 free camping spots in South Australia that you would be crazy to miss!

Since your Travellers Autobarn campervan hire comes with everything you need and you’ll be packing the essentials, all you’ll really need is a rough plan of what you’d like to do and where you can rest your head.

And, if you head to the campsite and decide you’d like to look for something else, access the Aircamp AU app to find a more suitable spot. Travellers Autobarn also offers free roadside assistance so you’re really never alone, even if you’re bush camping.

We’ve vetted these 5 free camping spots in SA for you, though, so take our advice and get your campervan adventure started!

1) Flinders Ranges Free Camping

Flinders Ranges free camping with Travellers Autobarn

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Sitting high atop the Razorback Lookout, the South Australian mountain ranges, burning red and orange in the sunset, look back at you. In that moment, as you gaze across the dotted shrubbery and vast expanse, it will hit you: This might be the most incredible view you’ve had all day — until, of course, tomorrow, when you hit an entirely new trail and lookout point.

Every minute at Flinders Ranges and Outback is a memorable one and there is plenty to do, besides taking in the stunning views. Visit the nearby airstrip for a broad horizon overview of the rugged landscape or head for a round of hiking on the Black Gap – Heysen Trail.

Wilpena Pound, a massive bowl-like crater stands above the rest of the par and offers campgrounds with easy access to the ridges, for stunning sunsets and sunrise moments. Don’t forget to pack your DSLR.

Edeowie Gorge is also a fantastic, if strenuous trail that passes the beautiful Malloga Falls. If you’re looking for a taste of history steeped in the land, you shouldn’t miss undertaking a ridge-top tour of Arkaroola, a privately-owned 610 square kilometres of wilderness sanctuary.

Here, travellers flock to see the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby and undertake a guided 4WD tour on the spine of the ridge. You can also witness rock walls painted over with Aboriginal art, including red ochre emus, snakes, ceremonial circles and leaves. End the evening stargazing at one of the area’s two observatories.

When exploring the Flinders Range, check out the Hookina Ruins campgrounds, located five minutes from Flinders Ranges, just off of The Outback Highway. It’s a free camping site that has:

  • Access for caravans, campervans
  • Access for pets

You could also book a spot at Horrocks Pass Bush Camp. While this site is free and has many more amenities, it’s still an hour and 27 minutes away from Flinders Ranges. Horrocks Pass Bush Camp includes:

  • Access for pets
  • Phone reception
  • Access for campervans and 2wd
  • Fires allowed

2) Kangaroo Island Free Camping

Kangaroo Island free camping in SA

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Cross this one off your bucket list: Kangaroo Island is a must-see if you’re planning a free camping trip in SA. Here, sun, sand, surf, impossibly blue, crystalline waters and warm breezes await you. And while Kangaroo Island has many fantastic ‘paid’ sites including Vivonne Bay, there are quite a few free camping spots you can pitch your proverbial campervan rental for the night.

Once you’re done with a day of kayaking on the Chapman River, swimming in Vivonne Bay, going fishing from the jetty or even checking out the local cellar doors in the region, head to your first free camping SA site, Dunes and the Sea. This free camping ground site is 35 minutes from Kingscote, at Pelican Lagoon, and includes:

  • Allowances for pets
  • Campervans and 2wd access
  • Toilets
  • Access to non-drinking water
  • Swimming

If you’d like to remain close to Vivonne Bay (and, really, who can blame you?), check out Neds Bay, a free camping site that includes:

  • Access for camper trailers and campervans
  • Fishing
  • BBQ areas
  • Access to toilets
  • Allowances for pets

3) Coorong National Park Free Camping

Coorong National Park Free Camping in SA

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As if 130 kilometres of saltwater lagoons was not enough, visitors and campers to Coorong National Park can also enjoy incredible outdoor activities like boating, bird watching, kayaking, fishing, camping, walking, 4wd driving and more.

You can also access the Coorong Northern Lagoon by boat, via Murray Mouth. If you’re using a campervan rental, however, get here via Meningie and Kingston off the Princes Highway. If you’re driving in from the south, enter the park via Kingston.

Ocean Beach, in particular, is a fantastic place to set off from and access the spectacular beaches, launch your sea kayak or canoe from or set up for a day of swimming and fishing. Because of its water access, Coorong is home to a number of rare migratory sea and coastal birds. Its beaches and bush give campers plenty of safe and marked trails from which to explore the area’s cultural and history.

While the Ocean Beach campground is a great place to pitch up a tent and fall asleep by the water, it’s not 2wd accessible. For free camping opportunities where you can also navigate with your campervan rental, we recommend Loop Road Campground. This site includes:

  • Canoeing and kayaking spots
  • Swimming and fishing spots
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

You can also check out Wyomi Free Camp, a great spot for self-contained vans and campervan rentals. There are no bookings required and you can stay for a maximum of five days. Besides, this you also have access to:

  • Drinking water (though we suggest you always boil all water)
  • A dump point nearby, at Railway Terrace, just on the other side of the highway
  • Toilet blocks with flushing toilets
  • Campsites near the ocean
  • Fishing spots
  • Canoeing and kayaking launch points

4) Innes National Park Free Camping

Innes National Park Free Camping in SA

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Innes National Park is absolutely rife with spectacular beaches, perfect and pristine, rugged surf, rocky cliffs and stunning views to accompany these. The park is so vast and sprawling, you can walk and explore without ever meeting another soul.

This wilderness is not just nature at its best, it’s also nature at its most luxurious. Even though you’ll be camping in your self-contained campervan rental, this is one of the best free camping spots in SA because of its unique activities.

For example, while you can definitely head for some swimming, canoeing and even fishing at the tip of the Yorke Peninsula, you can also check out the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park, the historic but ghostly town of Inneston, the remains of the wreck Ethel, and undertake a little surfing along the way.

We recommend heading to the Cable Bay Reserve to make your home for the next five nights. It’s a quiet, serene but rocky beach that features golden sands, rocky cliffs and bright blue waters. To get here, drive south from Awanui to Kerikeri along State Highway 10, which will take you past Cable Bay, just south of Taipa. The Cable Bay Beach Campground site itself includes:

  • Direct access to the beach
  • Pit toilets
  • Access to 30-minute short stroll hikes to a four-hour hike with some of the best coastal views, including Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk and West Cape Headland Hike

However, keep in mind that:

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited during Fire Ban periods
  • Campfires and generators are not permitted
  • Swimming, surfing or fishing permitted

5) Talia Caves, Eyre Peninsula Free Camping

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to freedom camp in SA at a spot surrounded by ancient limestone caves?

Talia Caves Campground provides campervan rentals and travellers the chance to undertake bush camping right at the edge of beautiful limestone caves. To get here, simply take the signposted Talia Caves Rd off Flinders Hwy, 44 km north of Elliston. Besides the opportunity to rockfish and explore the caves themselves, campers can also access Talia Beach.

The wave-hollowed caves below provide absolutely stunning views of the beach and are large, cavernous and almost desolate.

Known as ‘The Tub’, which is essentially a large crater, with a granite base, feeding into the sea, and ‘The Woolshed’, these mountainous dunes are simply not to be missed. If you’re camping here, however, take note that there’s not a lot of shelter from the wind, which can really pick up.

The sandstone cliffs, with their intricate honeycombed ceilings and natural blowholes
give travellers ample opportunity to wander, get lost and explore. Make sure to bring your camera with you, however. The Talia Caves campground includes:

  • Access by 2wd
  • No bookings required and no limit on maximum stays but there are no toilets
  • No fires allowed
  • No BBQs provided
  • Camping spots by the ocean
  • Free access
  • Fishing spots

If you’re camping in the high season — usually the holidays — it can be hard to find ‘free’ camping spots in SA, since these might be full by the time you get there, so plan ahead and give yourself time. Since your Travellers Autobarn campervan rental comes with all the amenities you need for a good night’s sleep, you can park at most spots, really, that allow 2wd access. Just make sure the spot is a legal, so you don’t get fined.

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. We also get a discount on specific holiday parks we partner with! The benefits are endless.

Come and speak with Travellers Autobarn’s friendly staff and hire a campervan, we can help you plan your trip and suggest a few alternative spots so that you always have a couple of back-ups without venturing too far off the beaten path.

For more information about free camping all around Australia or to access our free camping Australia article library come and explore today!


About The Author

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Bastian
Sales & Marketing Manager

Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.

Bastian Graf Portrait

Written by Bastian
Sales & Marketing Manager

If you’re looking for free camping, Western Australia has it all. You can find a variety of free facilities that cater for all walks of life and all tastes — from simple and unassuming to rugged and adventurous. For example, if you’re looking for free beach camping, WA offers a favoured location at James Price Point. While if you’re looking for free camping in south west WA, Betty’s Beach is your top spot to visit.

If you’ve never explored like this before, why not try a campervan rental? We have a guide to choosing a campervan or car if you aren’t sure what suits your needs. To make it easier for you to load everything into your campervan and set off as soon as possible, we’ve compiled a great list of the top 10 sites for free camping WA has to offer.

 

#8: Free Camping at Mambi Island Camping Area

Free Camping at Mambi Island Camping Area

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The Mambi Island Camping Area is quite remote, but if you love fishing this just might be the perfect location for you. Travel along the Victoria Highway about 46 kms to the north west of Kununurra and then turn onto the Parry Creek Road to look for the camping area.

There are a number of individual sites dotted amongst the trees and near to the boat ramp of the Ord River. Remember, you’re in a natural environment! Regulators advise you to be aware of saltwater crocodiles (known as ‘salties’ by locals) in the vicinity and keep an eye out for other dangerous native Australian animals too.

  • Campfires are permitted
  • Toilets are available
  • No power available
  • No showers, but non-potable water available
  • Dog friendly
  • Caution – access is via a dirt road and this may be challenging for some vehicles
  • GPS:-15.3458, 128.2824

 

#7: Free River Camping at West Peawah River

Free River Camping at West Peawah River

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If you’re looking for some more fishing opportunities, then why not check out West Peawah River? This facility is located on the banks of the Peawah, and you need to take the north-west coastal highway about 25 kms north-east of Whim Creek.

If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to set up under some shady trees.

  • Access is good, on sealed roads
  • Campfires are permitted
  • Toilets are available, but no showers or power
  • Bring your own water and don’t rely on the river, as it may be dry in drought conditions
  • Dogs are welcome
  • GPS:-20.8476, 118.0682

 

#6: Free Camping at Mary Pool

Mary Pool Free Camp

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If you happen to be in the Kimberley area, look for the Mary Pool Free Camp. It is situated about 180 km to the east of Fitzroy Crossing, or 109 kms west of Halls Creek.

This is an extensive facility, situated on the banks of the Margaret River and you will be able to access the camp on good quality, sealed roads. Keep your eyes open and watch for the possible presence of crocodiles in the river.

  • Toilets are available
  • Campfires are permitted
  • More than 50 sites available
  • Dogs are welcome
  • No showers or power available
  • Water may be available from the river, but it’s not potable
  • Maximum stay 24 hours
  • GPS:-18.7166, 126.8666

 

#5: Free National Park Camping at Peak Charles

Free National Park Camping at Peak Charles

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If you’re looking for some spectacular scenery, travel no further than Peak Charles. This camping ground is situated in the National Park of the same name and is about three hours north of Esperance. Look for the town of North Cascade to help you get your bearings.

Peak Charles gets its name from a towering granite peak that stretches more than 600 metres in height. If you’re adventurous, you will be able to climb up some of its steep hiking paths to gaze off into the far distance. On a clear day you will be able to see many shimmering, salt lakes in the distance stretching all the way to the horizon. Certainly, this is rugged camping at its best and you’ll understand why many people return here year after year because of its outstanding natural beauty.

Please note that on top of the usual safety precautions to take when driving in Australia, you may need four-wheel-drive to access this site.

  • Not suitable for big rigs
  • First come, first served
  • Best to avoid peak holiday periods
  • No services or freshwater
  • Simple bush toilets
  • No pet policy announced
  • GPS: -32.881583, 121.171479

 

#4: Free Camping at Disappointment Rock

Free Camping at Disappointment Rock

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If you love fishing, swimming, and even water skiing, you’ve got to check out this Lake Elphinstone. Located 24 km southeast of Glenden, this spectacular natural lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and trail walks, a perfect spot for free camping in Queensland.

Check out the amenities waiting for you:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Limited phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQs
  • 2wd access

 

#3: Free Beach Camping at Betty’s Beach

Free Beach Camping at Betty’s Beach

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If you’re looking for something that is a little less frenetic, why not try Betty’s Beach? It’s located between Norman’s Beach and Two People’s Bay, about 17 kms south of Manypeaks in Albany. This is a secluded and quiet area that is perfect for fishing or just relaxing. You may have to arrive early to find a great spot, and remember that the campsite is closed from mid-February to late April for salmon spawning season.

  • Good for caravans and campers but access is through a dirt road
  • Pets are welcome
  • Showers are available
  • No toilets
  • Maximum stay 48 hours
  • GPS: 34° 56′ 20″ S 118° 12′ 25″ E

 

#2: Free Camping at James Price Point

free camping at James Price Point

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About 52 kms to the north of Broome, you will find the James Price Point camping grounds. This is a fascinating area and was once dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park” by scientists following discovery of a dinosaur print, while many fossilised footprints of ancient man have also been discovered. Offshore you will find the largest humpback whale nursery in the world and you’ll be able to relax on inviting sandy beaches.

Take the Manari road from the town of Waterbank and access is by a gravel road to a gravel parking area.

 

#1: Free Lakeside Camping at Lake Poorrarecup

free camping at Lake Poorrarecup

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Last on the list but first in our estimation is the stunning Lake Poorrarecup. You will need to travel to the northern side of the Poorrarecup Lake to find this free campsite, which is very popular due to an extensive range of water activities. Here you will be able to indulge if you love boating, skiing, sailing or canoeing and you can hang out with both visitors and locals alike as you do so. If you’re not too interested in matters aquatic, you can still commune with nature by taking trails through the bush to see what bird or plant life you can find. Travel 42 kms to the south-west of Cranbrook for this gem.

  • Note that this is a dirt road access
  • Toilets and showers are available
  • Water available
  • Suitable for caravans or campers
  • Dogs not allowed
  • GPS: -34.418584, 117.234877

 

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.

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Remember, if you need help with access to free campgrounds, head over to our free camping in Australia articles or visit our free camping Australia article library today!

Or, if you want more ways to save when you are on the road, get in touch with Travellers Autobarn for more information.


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Bastian
Sales & Marketing Manager

Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.

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Written by Bastian
Sales & Marketing Manager

Queensland isn’t called the Sunshine State for nothing! With an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s the perfect place to road trip in your campervan and explore the many camping options available.

There are thousands of campgrounds across Queensland, from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas – but that doesn’t mean you have to budget for them! At Travellers Autobarn we’re always on the lookout for free camping in Australia. We’ve put together a list of our favourites in Queensland and the Gold Coast to help you plan your next road trip.

You can find out more about campground deals and discounts on our site. For the easiest way to look up free campgrounds, check out our new app for Android and iOS. It’s free, too!

9. Crystal Clear Waters at Babinda Rotary Park

Crystal Clear Waters at Babinda Rotary Park

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Small but well-serviced, Babinda Rotary is surrounded by National Parks and close to two of Queensland’s highest mountains. Splash in crystal clear streams and take in some amazing waterfalls. This campground at 29 Howard Kennedy Drive, Babinda, QLD, 4861, is perfect for bush-walking, fishing, or just hanging out by clear waters. You’ll find this little gem 550 m southeast of Babinda, off Bruce Highway.

Amenities include:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQs
  • Water
  • Waste dump site
  • 2wd access

8. Biking Adventures Are the Star at Bidjar Ngoulin Campground

Biking Adventures Are the Star at Bidjar Ngoulin Campground

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Located on the Munda Biddi Trail, a long-distance cycling trail. If you love to lounge in the shade of towering forests or bike through some of Australia’s lushest bush, put Bidjar Ngoulin on your radar. Water is provided, though the locals mention that it’s non-potable. Located at 28.5 km south of Dwellingup and 32 km from Lake Brockman. You will find well-kept amenities, including:

  • Toilets
  • Shelters
  • Water
  • Rubbish bins
  • 2wd access

7. Striking Stone Waterfalls at Boulders Rest Area

Striking Stone Waterfalls at Boulders Rest Area

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7 km west of Babinda off the Bruce Highway is an enchanting forest swimming spot, perfect to relax and unwind. Boulders Rest Area is a scenic place to splash around with friends or family, and the ample facilities make it easy to enjoy this forest spot. With only 10 sites available this is a small free camping spot with lots to do.

Access via 2wd campervan or car, anyone will be able to get comfortable here and settle in for the night. There are many walks along the river, so make sure you pack your trekking boots. Boulders Rest Area has:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Limited phone reception
  • Fire Pits
  • Water
  • 2wd access

6. Bushy Parker Park: A Restful Oasis

Bushy Parker Park: A Restful Oasis

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To find the most tranquil creek-side camping around, simply turn onto Rollingstone Street from the Bruce Highway, about 50 km southeast of Cairns. Bushy Parker has 30 free spots waiting for you, beside a calm creek in a lush setting. Go south under the highway bridge and you’ll find a little swimming hole as well!

You can also canoe and kayak near the campsite, so you’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy.

Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • Non-potable water
  • 2wd access

5. Riverside Relaxation at Chinchilla Weir

Riverside Relaxation at Chinchilla Weir Free Camping

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9 km southwest of Chinchilla, on Tara-Chinchilla Road, you will find a riverside oasis with a huge range of conveniences. Accessibly via campervan or car, this spot is an awesome place for free camping in Queensland. This spot is best for self-contained vehicles, as the facilities are limited here. You have the option to camp next to the Condamine river, so you can enjoy stunning views of the water.

Beside the winding river, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Toilets
  • Phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQs
  • Power
  • Water
  • 2wd access

4. Rest and Recharge at First Settlers Park

First Settlers Park Free Camping

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Just off D’Aguilar Highway in Benarkin lies First Settlers Park. This spacious family campground has a playground and a great phone reception! Hot showers are available for $2.00 extra, and the legendary Benarkin General Store across the road sells food, so you can stock up on the essentials.

First Settlers is a great place to recharge before you get back on the open road. Luxuries include:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Power
  • Water
  • 2wd access

3. Lake Elphinstone: A Spectacular Natural Lake!

Lake Elphinstone Free Camping

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If you love fishing, swimming, and even water skiing, you’ve got to check out this Lake Elphinstone. Located 24 km southeast of Glenden, this spectacular natural lake is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and trail walks, a perfect spot for free camping in Queensland.

Check out the amenities waiting for you:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Limited phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQs
  • 2wd access

2. Fishing and Water Sports at Wuruma Dam

Wuruma Dam Free Camping

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Wuruma Dam is a fisherman’s paradise, seasonally stocked with barramundi, golden perch, Australian bass and silver perch. People enjoy all kinds of boating, from kayaking to speed boating, with no vessel restrictions. Pets are allowed, provided they stay on-leash. Open fires, however, are not allowed on site–a fully stocked campervan with a gas grill can make this spot a bit easier to camp at. To enjoy this oasis, take Cynthia Range Road west to Wuruma Dam Road.

Features include:

  • Toilets
  • Limited phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • 2wd access

1. Diverse Landscapes at Fletcher Creek Camping Reserve

Fletcher Creek Camping Reserve Free Camping

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At #1 sits one of the most stunning free campsites on the list. With rainforests to the north and desert to the southeast, you won’t run out of places to explore around Fletcher Creek. Located in Gelobera State Forest, 42 km north of Charters Towers, this is a perfect campsite for hiking, biking and observing wildlife. Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Limited phone reception
  • Pet-friendly
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQs
  • 2wd access

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.

Traveller’s Autobarn – Here to Guide You Through the QLD!

If we’ve got you excited to explore one of our favourite spots, then come and chat with the friendly Traveller’s Autobarn team to find out more!

When you rent a campervan from us, you get 24/7 roadside assistance, so you can hit the road free of worries and set up camp wherever you like. Don’t pay hotel bills on your next road trip! Instead, camp for free and see the natural wonders our country has to offer.

For more information about free camping all around Australia or to access our free camping Australia article library come and explore today!


About The Author

Bastian Graf Portrait

Bastian
Sales & Marketing Manager

Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.

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