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Free Camping ……. and caravanning is one of the more rewarding ways to explore and experience a place. This is especially true in a country like Australia, famous for the great outdoors.
There are plenty of campsites tucked away – but if you don’t know where they are you can easily miss them. People often assume that it won’t be difficult to find a place to stopover on a budget but soon discover it can be a lot more expensive than anticipated. Or worse, they can’t find somewhere to stop and continue driving when they are tired.
These “free camping” sites include rest areas, picnic areas, parklands or parking areas next to a business. You can also stay for free at some hotels, state forests or RV Parks – we even come across free caravan parks!
Some would only be suitable for a brief overnighter on your journey and may have a maximum time limit. Others are next to pools or rivers, with toilets and you are welcome to bring along your pets and stay for longer.
Generally, less pricey means less facilities. However, we list free camps with pools, showers, playgrounds, near boat ramps and wonderful views. Some are close to world class destinations, and Aussie icons.
Just use the symbols or the filters to find them in our comprehensive guide books and Camps Australia Wide App!
Here’s a free site in the north east corner of Tasmania – so easy distances from Musselroe Bay, Petal Point or Waterhouse Conservation Area.
Tasmania has so many romantic locations! We loved our walk to Liffey Falls, with a pretty free camp, a donation camp nearby and a new farmstay in the area! Firstly, I have to say on our drive to Liffey Falls in the Great Western Tiers, you come across the BEST views like the one above… Liffey Falls includes not just one waterfall – but four: Alexandra Falls, Hopetoun Falls, Albert Falls and Victoria Falls (known as “Liffey Falls”). We took the shorter walk from the top carpark (a day use area only). There’s shelters, information boards, picnic and barbecue facilities at the carpark. https://youtu.be/Isc7dQdEFSM
Travellers @seaustravl had three incredible days at pet friendly, free camp Cosy Corner North A colourful camping mecca, add The Bay of Fires to your itinerary! Just north of beautiful Binalong, not far from St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania, you’ll find 5 stunning beach camps, one after another! All free, and located in the well known Bay of Fires Conservation Area. https://youtu.be/OSyGR25ihXM We marvelled at the views, some campers had snaffled up pure oceanfront sites on little coves. Others were only metres from beach paths, with good facilities. In all of the locations, there’s fishing and swimming, you would be lulled
Ezra from the UK, is touring Tasmania – and hiring a motorhome for a week’s camping. He said places are booking out already, and was hoping for some advice… Now, we’re just back from Tasmania and it is no surprise bookings are busy. Especially around that time. We had trouble, too – but there was still room in free camps. Now to ‘Camping 101’ tips! Firstly – here is our latest article that is perfect for you. I would recommend choosing one corner of Tasmania (depending on where you fly into Tasmania), otherwise in a week you’ll spend a lot
Whether you have a tiny caravan or a huge big rig this campsite has space for everyone. The shade is great and it is close to Georges Bay which a great place to fish or go for a stroll. If you want to see Tasmanian birds and wildlife, Humbug Point is located on the northern side of Georges Bay where you can enjoy nature by going bushwalking, swimming and paddling. Where: 8 km North East of St Helens.Pet Friendly: YesToilets: YesShade: YesShower: NoWater: YesFire: YesCaravan and Big Rig: YesMobile Reception: YesMaximum Stay: 1 monthDirections: Access to camp site via Binalong Bay Road. Turn East off route C850 after 7 km and
What a site! Just a short walk from this free, pet-friendly campground at Leven Canyon Reserve is a lookout 275m above the river! On arrival, we saw the day use area below the carpark – the elevated campground is quite sloped, but there were still flat locations to set up camp. I loved this camp spot with the silver wattle, looking over the valley of blue gum – this is the photo chosen for our brand new CAMPS 12 now available on pre-order… There were a couple of RVs set up at the top of the hill. Below that was a
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