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Sign at Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland
Hotel Camping

Is pub camping free?

What do you think of this sign? At CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE, it is a given for us to support any business where we camp for free. Especially, if we want businesses like this hotel to continue to offer a free campsite. A camper recently told me that pub stays are NOT free stays, because you are compelled to buy a drink or meal for your patch of land. However, I am a bit of a glass-half-full kind of person. I reasoned that night, I was planning to eat out anyway – or socialise at the bar. So the FREE site is

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Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland
Budget Campsite

FREEDOM CAMP OF THE MONTH – Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland

There were still a few campers around, and a couple of vans leaving when we dropped into Sandy Creek Pub, last week. You camp in the grassy paddock next door with some farm animals, and enter via a gate. The pub is not far from the Cunningham Highway, near Warwick in Queensland’s Darling Downs. We loved the sign here about patronising the hotel. The site is for patrons only, with a donation for charity and a fee for a shower. But it is great to find this freedom camp here, because the only other options in Warwick, are caravan parks.

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Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn Free Pubstay
Camping

New WA Pubstay, The Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn

There’s a brand new Pub Stay nestled in the heart of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt at the Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn.  Its historic rooms will remind you of bygone days with expansive views from wide balconies.  Located around 230 km south West of Perth, the Inn has received approval from the shire for RV (any kind of campers welcome) camping behind the pub.  They offer delicious pub meals, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  The area is filled with history and is the home of the famous Lake Dumbleyung where Donald Campbell broke the world speed record on New Years

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Curlewis Commercial Hotel
Camping

3 New Pubstays

You’ll find our first free Pubstay around 18 kms south of Gunnedah, NSW just off the Kamilaroi Highway.  The historic Curlewis Commercial Hotel is located on the corner of Goran and Railway Streets.  It offers a country welcome, relaxed atmosphere and a large grassed area for free overnight parking for campers including RVs, caravans and  camper trailers to pull up for the night. Grassed area at the Curlewis Hotel Campers tell us there’s hospitality plus at this Pub Stay.  The friendly owners offer 24 hour toilet access, meals seven nights, showers available, lunch Friday through Sunday with weekend raffles and

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Theebine Hotel owner, Jackson, Queensland
Free Camping

Have fun at Theebine Hotel, Queensland

Theebine Hotel owner, Jackson If you haven’t been to Theebine, then you should! 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 more!  Jeanette was a big fan of her CAMPS book Theebine hotel has a new owner, Jackson. He said it has been busy – there’s a free camp area out the back for campers.  They’ve had

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Bellum Hotel South Australia
Free Camping South Australia

Free camp at the Bellum Hotel, South Australia

For those travelling the Limestone Coast in South Australia, the Bellum Hotel at Mount Schank in SA is always happy to offer free camping. Located 12 km south of Mount Gambier on the Riddoch Highway (aka Bay Road); halfway between Mount Gambier and Port MacDonnell. The hotel is near the base of the Mount Schank volcanic crater and very close to Little Blue and Kilsby Sinkhole. Pet friendly, free camping is on the grassed area on the southern side of the hotel. They welcome self-contained travellers as there is no power or toilet facilities available when the hotel is closed.

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Thallon Silo
Camping

Queensland Routes: St George – Nindigully – Thallon – Dirranbandi – Bollon

Thallon Silo As we headed outback this winter, instead of forging due west from St George, we took a detour – full of gems! Murray the Cod St George We followed the Balonne River into town, stopping at the Beardmore Dam picnic area for lunch. There are four caravan parks in town – we chose the Pelican’s Rest Caravan Park just east of town on the Cararnvon Highway. St George Caravan Park is opposite the bridge and Major Mitchell Monument. You’ll also find Murray the Cod here. The Riverway really makes the most of the Balonne with walkways and picnic

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Eulo, home of Diprotodon
Bucket List

Bucket List: Queensland’s Natural Sciences Loop

Eulo, home of Diprotodon Just back from our winter travels, our plan was to spend most of our time in NSW. Covid has shelved that for a while, instead we drove further west and took on Queenland’s Natural Sciences Loop!  I like my hot baths – what a delight to stop into Charlotte Plains Station (906) 46 km east of Cunnamulla, and have a soak in their soothing artesian waters. I enjoyed a nag with plenty of travellers, including the owner’s family. School holidays meant camping was very popular, but you have a huge area to spread out. The waters

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Tullah Lakeside Lodge
Camping

2 new Pubstays in Tassie

Today we listed two new campsites at beautiful Tullah in Tasmania. Both are pubstays and within close proximity to each other. Tullah Lakeside Lodge This pub stay is right on the banks of Lake Rosebery. They offer camping for Caravans, RVs and camper trailers, with power, water and shared amenities. However, the base is hard gravel. This means you won’t pitch a tent here, but you can always stay in the lodge just for the serenity and views. Camping is $25 for a couple for the night and there is a free area for self-contained RVs. You’ll be stunned with

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