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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!
Keep your family, yourself and other campers safe – read up on beach driving safety before you go! Whether you are new to 4WD driving on the beach, or have clocked a few k’s on the sand – there may be some valuable tips in here…
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We live on the beach, so we tend to camp in the bush. But here is an island we loved. Here’s what you need to know to camp on Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island – and why you don’t need a 4WD and you can bring the dog … If you like to travel with a pooch, Flinders Beach and Main Beach are your options for camping – and you will need a 4WD. Our friend’s dog, Bruce, loved it! Facilities are limited and in some zones, there’s nothing provided. Do your research on the CAMPS App. There is so much
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