Free Camping Sydney

It’s easy to think of Sydney as being an urban, bustling city famed for its iconic landmarks, and while this is true, Sydney is also surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, from lush forests to serene riverbanks, all within a few hours’ drive from the city centre.

One of the best ways of exploring these amazing places is by camping, and if you want to do this without the expense, you’ll be pleased to learn there are several free camping spots that provide the perfect retreat into nature without the cost. Below, we’re going to be looking at some of the best free campgrounds in Sydney, making it easier for you to plan your trip and save money!

Free camping sites in & around Sydney

  1. St Alban’s Reserve
  2. Cathedral Reserve

To take advantage of these fantastic free campsites (some of which have small booking fees), you should hire a campervan. This doesn’t only make it possible to easily reach them, but it gives you a place to call home while you’re on the road and safely store your belongings while you’re out exploring! Talk to the expert team at Travellers Autobarn today about hiring a campervan in Sydney, and we’ll help you get your adventure started!

St Alban’s Reserve

St Alban's Reserve

St Albans, Hawkesbury

Distance from Sydney: 95km (2 hours drive)

If you’re looking for a free campsite that offers the perfect mix of nature and local interest, you have to visit St Alban’s Reserve. Located within the historic village of St Alban’s, you can pull up in your campervan and get straight into exploring the town and depending on when you’re visiting, you may even be able to check out the St Alban’s Folk Festival.

In terms of amenities, you’ll find toilets and picnic tables, which is basic enough to keep most campers happy and comfortable. The surrounding area also offers up opportunities for fishing and swimming in the Macdonald River, or if you’re feeling less adventurous, simply sit back, relax, and enjoy a picnic in the picturesque setting.


  • Toilets
  • Picnic Tables

Free Campsites Surrounding Sydney

While the sites above are excellent places to camp for free in the Greater Sydney area, they are the only options within 100km. But don’t worry—there are still some fantastic free campsites you can use that aren’t too far away.

Cathedral Reserve

Cathedral Reserve

Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains

Distance from Sydney: 124km (2 hours drive)

One of the most accessible free campsites near Sydney, Cathedral Reserve is located in the village of Mount Wilson and is suitable for campervans, camper trailers, and tents. There are also some great amenities here, including picnic tables, BBQ facilities, and toilets, and you’ll be in close proximity to the village shops, which is ideal if you need to restock on anything.

While you’re here, make sure you check out the heritage gardens, where you’ll find information on the history of the area amongst beautifully-kept planting. Or, if you prefer more of a wild adventure, head out on one of the numerous walking trails and lookouts nearby, where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.


  • Picnic Tables
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Toilets

At Travellers Autobarn, we’re experts in helping you find a campervan that suits your needs. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway for two or enjoying a family holiday with young children, we’ll listen to your requirements and find a campervan that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your Sydney camping adventure. All that’s left to do is decide which free campsite you’ll be visiting first!

Looking for more free camping in NSW? Check out our guide on the best free campgrounds in NSW, featuring the most popular nsw national parks, blue mountains alongside some remote campsite options for those who are after a relaxing getaway.

DISCLAIMER: Any prices displayed are correct at the time of publishing. We highly recommend contacting any campsite or caravan park prior to booking to confirm prices.

About the Author

Bastian Graf

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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