Free camping sites in Shoalhaven City region New South Wales

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 preview of campsites and caravan parks we have found with 30 years of research! Happy camping…

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Quondong Point

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Curtin Springs, NT

Free camp at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn, Northern Territory

Free camp at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn – a definite stop in the Red Centre in Northern Territory! One of our fam has headed out on a four hour tour to Mt Conner. We’re stowed up at the ‘bough shed’, the historic original homestead for the Severin family in 1956. Three years they lived here! Desert Oak, chicken wire and spinifex grass make up the structure. Read up on it: they say they were the first evaporative air conditioners – just put a sprinkler on the roof. A common shelter back then, is now a brilliant – and unique –

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Wallam Creek GoRV Freedom Camp of the Month

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Lake Throssell. Whilst my sister cooked up ‘spag bol’, Western Australia cooked us up an glorious outback sunset.

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Dumaresq Dam Recreation Area

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Dumaresq Dam Recreation Area was previously a day use area.  But thanks to a redevelopment project by the Armidale Regional Council it is now a free camping area! Council have just completed stage one of the redevelopment which includes: – new amenities block and picnic shelters – campsite and un-powered motor home parking areas – bitumen roads and parking areas – long bay parking and upgraded boat ramp – artificial beach and sandstone wall – additional boardwalk There are a limited number of unpowered camping sites and it will be first in best dressed for these concrete slab sites.  No

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