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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!
Ravenswood Pub – Images courtesy Janet Peters Ravenswood is in North Queensland. Built in 1902, once a gold mining town with 5000 residents and over 30 hotels in the late 1800s, now it is just a sleepy Outback town and a nice place to stop for a night. Traveller Janet Peters said, the publican loves visitors to partake a beer on arrival. “The kitchen is always open to purchase food. Very friendly people and locals were full of info on red claw at the dam, 115 km up the road.” Ravenswood Pub Camping Area – Images courtesy Janet Peters There is a
Victoria Hill Bush Camp – image Desley Hodge Big thanks to Desley Hodge for sending in her photos of Victoria Hill Bush free camp – near Warwick, Queensland. Have you camped here? She said, “Had been mowed and river was full, so looked great with people fishing. We also loved 697 Canungra Showgrounds and NSW 169 Woodenbong Campground.” “LOVE the larger maps book. The hardcover makes it easier to have open on my lap and love having a visual of the campsites. Planning trip to Cooper Pedy next!” This newsletter is jam packed with pet-friendly FREE CAMPS across Australia, to
Maryborough is a town and region with excellent options for RV travellers. If you like being right in a city centre, then camp a night or two at The Alan and June Brown Car Park. This RV park is for travellers with self contained vehicles only. Pets are allowed and it is 48 hours only. Toilets are across the street, as is more RV day parking. And it is well signed. The fact that it is behind the police station, also gives travellers peace of mind. Although this is simply a car park, and you are close to a road –
You’ll find free camping, new events (including Mother’s Day treats), new owners and perhaps a ghost at the Harrisville Royal Hotel in the Scenic Rim of Queensland.
CAMPS loved our visit to Leyburn Sports Ground – image Hugh Gilmore Since we visited, Leyburn Sports Ground very flash automatic showers and a dump point all on site. Here’s some of the bird life at Leyburn, Queensland, Australia and a look at their FREE recreation ground. CAMPS at Leyburn Sports Ground It is a great spot to set up your tent, caravan or Big Rig. The site is lovely, grassy and HUGE. image Karen & Mal Grice This free campground has a 72 hour limit – with new showers, a flushing loo and dump point. Thanks Karen & Mal
Theebine Hotel owner, Jackson If you haven’t been to Theebine, then you should! Update: We were back again, last weekend for the opening of the new deck at Theebine Hotel. What a night, and I slept like a baby in the van. Check out the photos on our socials! We visited last September, met the publican, some CAMPS fans (thanks Jeanette and friends) and said hi to the local councillor, Cr Dolly Jensen and had a lovely relaxed lunch! Since then, the Mary River flooded and has caused dreadful damage to the area. So, I’d say, they need your support even
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