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Camps Australia Wide App

- How to use the Camps Australia Wide App

To familiarize yourself and to get the best use of the app please watch the video tutorial on the link below:

Camps Australia App for Tablet  Demo

Camps Australia App for Phone Demo

- How do I locate a site

There are three ways to locate a site –

  • Use the search feature, which you can access in the top left corner from the Map page. If you know the name of a site, simply type the name where prompted. Tap on the site to bring up the site page. If you don’t know the name of the site, type in the name of the city/town and search through the results listed for sites in that city/town via the drop down list on the left hand side. Alternatively, tap the name of the city/town in the list then use the map to navigate for sites in the selected area.
  • Using the Map, zoom into the area you want to search and tap the site icon. A site information box will appear. Tap on the site information box to go to the site page. Tapping on the map will close the site information box.
  • Use the List feature when using the map. All the sites that appear in the sections of the map showing on the screen will appear in a sidebar. Tap on the site to go to the site page. Zoom in or out to adjust how many sites appear in the list.

There are always variations in odometer readings and road distance signs, so allow for these.

- How do I use filters?

Tap on the green Filters button next to the search field in the top left of the screen to access filter options.

The Key search categories are;

Near me: used to search for sites within certain ranges, ie 20km/50km/100km etc, from your current location.

Site Type: used to search for different categories of site, ie Overnight Camps, Caravan Parks, Dump Points etc.

Price Range: used to search by various price range of sites, ie Free, Budget, Medium, Expensive.

Amenities: used to search by available facilities, ie Toilets, Showers, Drinking Water, Powered Sites etc.

Suitable for: used to search by vehicle suitability, ie Campervan, Camper Trailer, Big Rig etc.

Facilities: used to search for additional, non-essential facilities, ie Picnic Tables, Fireplaces, BBQ’s, Swimming Pools etc.

Connectivity: used to search for communication options, ie Public Phone, Mobile Reception, Wi-Fi etc.

Setting: used to search for sites with Shade or Pleasant views.

Additional Options: used to search for Pet Friendly or Author Recommended sites.

To filter by site category tap on the type(s) of site(s) you want to display, the selected option will then display a green tick to the right of the list to show it has been selected, tap the green Apply button at the bottom of the screen to apply any selected filters. All sites that match the selected categories will have their site icon displayed on the map page.

For example, to see only overnight camping sites – scroll down to the Site Type category, select the Overnight Camp Area option from the list, then tap the Apply button at the bottom of the page. You will now see only overnight sites on the map. Use the same process if you only want to see caravan parks or day use only sites. You can apply multiple filters at the same time.

You can further refine your search by filtering by your required facilities, price, connectivity etc. To turn on a facilities filter, tap the relevant symbol and the filter will display a green tick to the right of the selected option. For example, if you only want to see sites with toilets, tap the Toilet box to select then tap the Apply button. Now, only sites with toilets will appear. You can have more than one filter applied at the same time. Simply select all the facilities you would like to have included in your search before hitting the Apply button.

To clear a filter or multiple filters, tap the item(s) to turn them off (green tick will be removed) and then tap the Apply button at the bottom.

To clear all filters select Clear at the top right of the filter menu.

- I can’t see any sites or I can see limited sites on the map?

You may have filters selected that are hiding sites. See the “How do I use the filters?” section to learn how to turn these off and on.

- What does ‘fees from’ on the site information page indicate?

The fee shown is current in our database and is based on the low season cost for a powered site for 2 adults. Extra charges may apply for additional persons. There may be a lower fee available for unpowered sites.

NOTE: All fees are intended as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.

- How do I get offline maps & sites?

To access Offline maps, tap the green gear wheel Map Settings icon in the top right of the Map page.

There are 3 options available in the Map Settings; Map, Satellite and Offline.

Select Maps, to choose a specific states offline map for download. Tap the Download button, to the right of the required state to download that states offline map data. Only one state at a time will download.

It is recommended to only download offline maps before you intend to travel, as the data is updated daily and any changes made after you download, including new sites, closures, pricing changes etc, will need to be updated again before travel.

When you are out of cellular range coverage, select the Offline setting at the top of the Map Settings to switch to Offline map navigation.

If updated data is available for maps that have been previously downloaded, the Download button to the right of the state will now display the option to Update instead.

If you are running low on storage space or no longer need offline access to a state previously downloaded, select the red Remove button to the immediate right of the relevant states heading.

NOTE: You will need to have a strong Wi Fi connection/signal to successfully download these maps & data. It is recommended that users with limited free memory available on their devices only download the states they intend to travel to in the immediate future.

- How can I see my current location on the Map?

You can zoom to your current location (shown by the blue location dot) by tapping on the blue arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the map.

If the blue dot is not showing, you have not allowed Location Services access to Camps Australia on your device. To allow Location Services to track your location, please close the Camps Australia App then follow the instructions below;

Apple Devices – Go to your phone or tablets Settings menu, search the list on the left hand side until you find the Privacy setting. Tap this option and ensure the first menu item for Location Services in enabled. This will be indicated by a green toggle switch to the right of the menu option. If this toggle is grey, please tap to enable.

Once you have confirmed that Location Services are enabled, search the list below for Camps Australia App listing, tap the listing and ensure that the option While Using the App has been selected. A blue tick to the right will display the currently selected option.

Android Devices – Go to your phone or tablets Settings menu, search for Apps and Notifications from the menu options, then select the App Permissions setting. Search the permissions list for Your location/Location services, then search for the Camps Australia Wide App from the list. Ensure the app has permissions by tapping the toggle switch to the right of the listing.

- How do I switch map view?

Select the green gear wheel in the top right of the Map screen to select Map Settings.

You have three map options to chose from,  Map (Google/Apple Map) ; Satellite (Google/Apple Satellite View) Offline (OpenStreet Map – this must be downloaded in Offline section of the App to make navigation possible). 

Just tap the one that suits your needs!

- How do I get directions?

On the sites information page, displayed on the left hand side after you tap a sites icon, you will find a green button at the bottom of the page that says Get Directions.

Once selected, you will be given several options to choose your preferred method of navigation including; Apple/Google Maps, Safari/Chrome browser or if you have purchased and installed, the Metroview GPS App.

Note: Use of directional navigation requires access to either Cellular of Wi-Fi Data as well as permissions for Location Services. To enable Location Services please refer to the “How can I see my current location on the Map?” FAQ’s.

- How do I use Trip Diary?

Note: Trip Diary is not viewable when offline.

To set up a new trip, tap on the Trips icon (green briefcase) at the bottom of the navigation page. To add a new trip, tap the (+) plus sign in the top right of the menu. You can then add a Name, plus start and end date (optional) for your trip, then tap the Create button in the top right to finalise.

To add sites to your trip planner, go to the Map or use the Search feature to select sites for your trip. Tap on a sites symbol and to access the sites information page. Add this site to your trip by tapping the Trips icon (green briefcase with the + symbol found in the top right corner of the sites listing page, below the sites photo).

A pop up box will display all of your current trips for you to add your current selection to, or you can also choose to create a new trip entry by selecting + Create New Trip at the bottom of the screen. Repeat this for any site that you want to add to your trip(s).

To view your trip, go back to the Trip menu at the bottom of the page and select a trip from your list. The map section will display the sites you have selected for your trip. You can tap on these symbols to go to the site page.

To delete sites from your trip, open the trip you wish to modify then select Edit in the top right corner of the list. To delete items –

On Apple Devices – Tap the red Minus (-) icon to the left of the site listing, then tap Delete to remove completely.

On Android Devices – Tap the green Trashcan icon to right of the site listing, then tap Delete from the pop up menu to remove completely.

To delete a trip, select the trip you would like to erase, then select Edit in the top right corner of the menu, then select Delete Trip at the bottom of the menu box. 

- How do I create favourites?

To add sites to your Favourites list, navigate to a site through the Map tab and select a site by tapping on its icon, then tapping the red Loveheart icon at the top left of the site listing, below the site photo.

Alternatively use the List tab; and tap the red Loveheart Icon to the right of the sites listing.

To access your Favourites list, tap the Loveheart icon marked Favourites at the bottom of the navigation page.

To remove a site from your favourites, access the Favourites tab at the bottom of the navigation page and tap the Loveheart icon next to the site to remove from your listing.

- How do I recommend a new site?

Please Note; you need to be online in order to recommend a new site.

  • Tap on the More icon found at the bottom right of the navigation page.
  • Tap on Recommend New Site – this will connect you to our website. Just complete the form and tap the Submit button at the bottom of the form.

 Simply tap any of the apps navigation feature icon once you have completed your submission to return to normal functioning. GPS coordinates are preferred if possible but if you do not have them available please try to give us as much directional/landmark information as possible.

We review all submissions manually and may contact you for additional information in regards to the site.

- How do I send an update for an existing site?
  • At the very bottom of every site page (under the weather) is a Report button.
  • Tap this and you will be redirected to our website; complete the form and submit.
  • Use the back arrow at the top left of the screen to return to the app.
- How to I register my Camps Australia Wide App?

When you first purchase the Camps Australia Wide app, you will be prompted to the Log In screen. If you are a new user please tap the Subscribe now option above the email entry field. Enter your name, email and password, then tap Sign Up to initialise your new account.

If you already have an account with us, simply enter your email and password in the entry fields and tap Log In at the bottom of the page.

Note: A purchase via the Google Play and Apple storefronts DOES NOT automatically register an account with Camps Australia Wide, this only handles your subscription with the relevant storefront, All users MUST create an account directly with Camps Australia Wide as per the instructions above, to be able to access the App.

- I have forgotten my password?

To create a new password, follow these procedures –

From within the app whilst already logged in;

  • Tap on the More icon found in the bottom right of the navigation page.
  • Scroll down to the Account Details section and Tap on Change Password, then enter a new password and confirm.
  • Tap Save to finish.

If you have forgotten your password at the Log In screen;

  • Tap the Already Subscribed? Log In button at the title screen.
  • Below the data entry fields is an option in green writing titled, Forgot your password?
  • Tap the text and you will be prompted to enter your email address then tap the Reset button below the data entry field.

This will send an email to the address you have entered, follow the link on the email to submit a new password.

Please note the email needs to match the account that you initially registered with Camps Australia Wide and may sometimes be intercepted by your email program as junk/trash. If you do not receive the email within 10 minutes of submission please check your junk/trash folders.

After checking your junk/trash, if you still have not received an email, please contact Camps Australia Wide direct via email at – info@campsaustraliawide.com or by phone on 07 5486 2542

- How do I change my email address?
  • Tap on the More icon found at the bottom right of the navigation page.
  • Scroll down to the Account Details section and tap your email address.
  • Tap the Email field on the right of the screen and enter the new email address
  • Tap Save (Android) or Done (Apple) in the top right corner, to finalise process.
- How do I subscribe for site updates?

The Camps App is based on a yearly subscription model. This includes all updates to current site information as well as new sites and site closures during that period. Subscription includes free updates to the App including any new features that are added during development.

To subscribe to the Camps Australia Wide app, simply download the App from the Google Play or Apple App storefronts. Upon opening the app you will be prompted with the option to Subscribe Now, please tap the button and follow through the purchase process for your preferred app platform.

Please note, subscription to the App DOES NOT automatically register and account with Camps Australia Wide. You will need to register an account with us AFTER subscribing. See the FAQ’s for how to register your account for details.

  • To check the status of your subscription or next billing date, please refer to the FAQ for you relevant platform.
  • To cancel your subscription, please refer to the FAQ for your relevant platform.
- How do I get the updates for the Camps Australia Wide App?

All updates to the site data are available automatically once you have subscribed.

Updates to site info, including facility changes, contact details changes, closures, as well as all new sites added to the system, will automatically update anytime you open the app.

Please note you will need to have access to cellular data or Wi-Fi for updates to apply correctly.  Any new site data will automatically update into the app whilst online, however you will need to manually update your offline maps for them to stay up to date. Please refer to the Offline Maps FAQ’s for further information.

New versions of the App that contain feature updates will be available for all subscribers, through the Apple and Google storefronts. Please allow automatic updates through your phone or tablet to receive these updates as they are released.

- Can I install the Camps Australia Wide App on multiple devices?

Yes! Each purchase allows two (2) downloads from the same account/log-in on multiple devices, or multiple accounts using Family sharing. Please note sharing is only available for devices on the same platform. For example, either both are Apple/iOS or both on Android devices.

Some people don’t understand why we can’t provide two apps per download from different platforms. This would be like buying a 2 for 1 TV deal from Good Guys, and wanting one of them from Harvey Norman. They are two totally separate storefronts.

As long as you are operating on the same device platform, you can use family sharing to install the App on both yours and your partner’s phones. Alternatively you can use the same Apple/Google ID on two devices, to make the app available on both your phone and tablet simultaneously.

Please refer to the How to set up Family Sharing FAQ’s for further instructions.

We do recommend including one of your downloads on a larger device like an iPad or tablet, so you can see more of each map! Please note: the App is not compatible with your laptop or computer.

- Is the Caravan Parks Australia Wide book available as an App?

All the tourist parks listed in the Camps Australia Caravan Parks guide as well as our Camps free and low cost campsites are included when you purchase the Camps Australia App.

Caravan Parks, Campsites, Day use area’s and Dump Points all use different site symbols within the Camps app for ease of navigation and our filters can be used to isolate your preferred site type.

Please refer to the Filters FAQ’s for additional information.

- Can someone enter GPS co-ordinates into the Camps Australia Wide App to find a campsite?

The Camps App is not a GPS. Only a GPS App or GPS navigation system has that function.

All the sites in the Camps App that the user selects in the Camps App use either Google Maps GPS (while they have cellular service) to direct them with turn by turn instructions to the sites. 

Once ‘cellular‘ service is lost the Google/Apple Maps will not work.

There is an option for users of the Camps App to buy and install MetroView GPS App to their device, this can be used at any time, and does not rely on cellular service.

You should add MetroView to your phone, tablet and play with the App to see how it works. This info is on the Camps App video and App Stores.

Please note that all of our Camps Australia Wide data and POI’s are available for purchase on most makes and models of in-car navigation systems. Please contact our partners at GPSOZ on 02 9999 2313 to check compatibility with your in-car system and make a purchase of this data.

- When using the Camps Australia Wide App is there a way of finding a camp by using THE SITE NUMBER instead of a town/place name?

The numbers quoted in the printed guides are not used by the App for navigation. The books site numbers are related to each state and also for the Camps budget sites as well as the Caravan Parks sites, it would be very confusing to have 7 site no 1’s in the app. Also many book owners will keep older editions as their “bible” for several years and the use of site numbers would cause confusion for all users.

Instead you can search sites recommended by Camps or Caravan Parks guides owners, by the name of the site listed, or go the map in the App and check out the locality. Alternatively, buy the book as well – they work really well together. Here’s a post on that: What benefit is there to owning the books, when you already have our App?

- How do I check my subscription status on Apple?

First open your iPhone or iPad Settings.

Next select the top menu item, which displays your Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store information.

Next Select the 4th menu option, Subscriptions.

Search for the Camps Australia Wide GPS Guide in the list.

Select the Camps App, the Next Billing Date indicates when your current subscription will end.

- How do I check my subscription status on Android?

First open the Google Play Store.

Next tap the 3 horizontal lines in the top left of the screen to access the main menu.

Next please select the third menu option Subscriptions to display current subscriptions.

Search for the Camps Australia Wide GPS Guide in the list.

Select the Camps App, the Cancels on date indicates when your current subscription will end.

- I have purchased the Camps Australia Wide App on my Android but it isn’t showing in my subscriptions list?

Sometimes you may be logged onto multiple accounts on Android devices and the Camps App purchase may be associated with an alternate account.

First open the Google Play Store.

Next tap the 3 horizontal lines in the top left of the screen to access the main menu.

At the top of the menu you will see a coloured circle with a Capitalised letter that should match the first letter of your name. Under this your name and email address should be displayed.

There should only be one account active, if you see a second circle this means there is another account present on the device. Tap the small triangle to the right of the primary email to see any other available accounts on your device.

You can tap the other accounts in the list to switch to the alternate accounts details and check that accounts subscription history.

If you successfully find your purchase of the Camps App attached to an alternate account, you will need to restore your purchase from the alternate account.

It is advised to not operate multiple accounts on one device to avoid issues with payments and subscriptions.

- How do I restore purchases from alternate accounts on Google Play?

After confirming you are running multiple accounts on your device, you will need to first delete the Camps Australia Wide App from your device before switching accounts.

Next open the Google Play Store.

Next tap the 3 horizontal lines in the top left of the screen to access the main menu.

Please select the alternate account from the drop down menu. This should reload the home page of the Google Play store.

Please select the main menu again. It should now display the secondary account details at the top of the screen.

Next tap My Apps and Games.

There should be 3 menu tab options to choose from, Updates, Installed and Library. Please select Library.

Next, find the Camps App and select Install.

Once installed, open the Camps App and tap Restore Purchases before attempting logging.

Once operational you will need to switch back to your primary account using the method above, or remove the secondary account completely (recommended).

It is recommended to completely remove the alternate account from the device to ensure no future transactions are placed on the incorrect account.

Please take note of the alternate accounts details for future reference, in case you need to restore purchases again in the future.

- How do I cancel the subscription on my Apple device?

First open your iPhone or iPad Settings.

Next select the top menu item, which displays your Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store information.

Next Select the 4th menu option, Subscriptions.

Search for the Camps Australia Wide GPS Guide in the list.

Select the Camps Australia Wide App, then select the Cancel Subscription option at the bottom of the window.

Tap Confirm to terminate subscription or Not Now to cancel procedure.

- How do I cancel the subscription on my Android device?

First open the Google Play Store.

Next tap the 3 horizontal lines in the top left of the screen to access the main menu.

Next please select the third menu option Subscriptions to display current subscriptions.

Search for the Camps Australia Wide GPS Guide in the list.

Select the Camps Australia Wide App and select the last option for Cancel Subscription.

You may be prompted to offer advice on your reason for cancellation; you can chose to provide feedback or decline.

Tap Continue to proceed; then tap Cancel Subscription to terminate subscription or tap Keep subscription to cancel procedure.

- How do I set up Family Sharing on my Apple device?

On your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settings and select your name at the top left to access your Apple ID. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.
  2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then tap Get Started. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your family and invite your family members.
  3. If you’re using iOS 11 or later, choose the first feature you’d like to share with your family. Then follow the instructions to invite your family members using iMessage.

Invite people to join your family

As long as you both use iOS 8 and later, you can add anyone who has an Apple ID to your family.

On your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Go to Settings > Select Apple ID > Family Sharing. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Family.
  2. Tap Add Family Member.
  3. Enter your family member’s name or email address and follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. If you’re using iOS 11 or later, choose whether you’d like to send an invitation via Messages or to invite them in person. Then follow the onscreen instructions.
Joining a family group

Accept invitation to join directly from your device. You’ll get an invitation sent to you by email or text message. If you miss the email or text invitation, you can respond from your device Settings or System Preferences:

On your iPhone or iPad:

Go to Settings > Select Apple ID > Invitations. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Invitations.

To accept an invitation, follow the onscreen instructions. When joining, you might be asked to confirm your account information and to opt-in to any features or services your family set up.

- How do I set up Family sharing on my Android?

As the family manager, you can invite up to 5 people to join your family group. You can also remove people from your family group, or delete the family group completely.

 To invite family members via Play Store app

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. In the top left, the 3 horizontal lines in the top left of the screen to access the main menu, then select Account.
  3. At the top of the screen select Family then select Manage family members.
  4. Tap Invite family members then select Send.

Please note, at instruction 3,  select Family, you may need to select Sign up now, to enable family sharing. Simply click the button and follow the instructions to enable, then continue with the remaining steps listed above.

Camps Books

- What is the difference between Camps A4 and Easy to Read B4?

The text and maps inside the books are identical. However, as the Easy to Read B4 (Camps Snaps) book is larger, the maps are larger too, so are easier to read and includes photographs of the majority of sites. This gives you a visual perception of the location and helps you compare sites and choose where to stay!

- How often is CAMPS produced?

Each edition is published every two years. CAMPS 10 was distributed from February 2019. CARAVAN PARKS 5 came out December 2018.

You can buy directly from our website, or over the phone. If you like we can add your email address to our fortnightly newsletters, where announcements will be made closer to the release.

- How can I keep my camps book updated?

We provide a free Update Service on our web site for the current edition and also for the previous edition of Camps. Updates are available from the first published date for 4 years. These provide details of site closures or a change in the status for a site e.g from overnight use to a day use no camping or vice versa, changes to pet /no pets allowed, as well as details of new facilities that may be added to existing sites.

To access the updates go to our website and the updates page

https://www.campsaustraliawide.com/update-service/or click updates from the home page.

Then select launch updates program this will open a blank page with headings. Here select the edition of the book you have (updates are available for the current edition book and the previous book) and the state you want to update, then a date range or leave blank if you are updating for the first time, this will then give you all the current updates. Then hit search. 

The updates then are loaded into the page.  

From here you can then print them or print as a PDF. 

We usually recommend to people that they record the date they last printed the updates then next time they can put this date into the from box in the search and just get the updates from that date instead of everything again.

Follow in the instructions from the “Important: Updating This Book” page in the introduction pages of your book. 

- Why aren’t there many caravan parks in CAMPS book?

The ethos behind the Camps book is “Free and Low Cost Camping”, so only sites that are less than $25 per night are in the book. 

Some caravan parks can fall within that price band and are therefore in the book but a lot can be more expensive, so they are not in the Camps book, they are in our Caravan Park Book. 

The Caravan Park book, lists all caravan parks regardless of price. See it here: https://shop.campsaustraliawide.com/products/caravan-parks-australia-wide-4th-edition

If you like to stay in both freedom camps and caravan parks – we recommend you purchase one of our Travel Packs: 

https://shop.campsaustraliawide.com/collections/travel-packs

There are however, some remote parks and stations that we do list with a $+ symbol in the Camps book. This is either because there is no other choice in that location or the facility is unique.

- What is the difference between the Caravan Parks Book and the Camps Book?

The Camps book is aimed at “Free and Low Cost Camping”, this includes rest areas that allow overnight parking, national and state parks, showground camping, hotel and pub camping, the only caravan parks listed in it are low cost council parks and smaller remote town parks that were under $25.00 per night for a powered site when we went to print. 

The Caravan Parks book lists only caravan parks no matter what the cost.

- Why do the site numbers change with each edition?

As a new book is only released every 2 years there are always changes to listings during that time and we also add new sites and delete closed and unsuitable sites. As the format of the numbers follows along a highway route, when we come to printing the next edition the numbers all have to be realigned to accommodate these changes.

- I am unfamiliar with the symbols in the book.

Please read the Legend page in the introductory pages of each book. There is also a full and correct list of symbols at the very back of the book and inside cover in CAMPS, for easy reference.

- How can I keep my Camps 8 and 9 books up to date?

We provide a free Update Service on our web site for the current edition and also for the previous edition of Camps. Updates are available from the first published date for 4 years. These provide details of site closures or a change in the status for a site e.g from overnight use to a day use no camping or vice versa, changes to pet /no pets allowed, as well as details of new facilities that may be added to existing sites. We do not usually list new sites on the updates.
Changes to the listings in the book

Camps Australia Wide provides details of free and low cost camping or overnight sites throughout Australia. The availability of these are “Subject to Change without notice”. Controlling authorities for the sites listed may change the site to NO Camping at any time. Please observe these regulatory signs and respect the conditions, and, as always use common sense.

- What are GPS coordinates?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. Using signals provided from satellites users are able to determine reliable positioning & navigation.

There are 3 common GPS coordinate display formats:

– Latitude and Longitude (-17.598889 145.758611) DDD
– Lat / Long -minutes-seconds (17 35 56S    145 45 31E ) – We use this one. DMS
 Lat/ Long -minutes-decimal seconds (17 35.933 145 45.517) DMM

The Camps Australia Wide & Caravan Parks Australia Wide books use Lat./ Long –minutes-seconds, or DMS  ( ddd mm ss )    Generally you will find that most GPS units have the above three settings, so if you want to input our GPS coordinates for a site into your GPS you must have the right setting selected. Entering our coordinates into another setting will result in incorrect directions and you will not access the correct site.

Camps Australia Wide site Point of Interest  (POI) files have been created for some of the popular GPS brands, these files only match the Camps 8 sites and when loaded into your GPS will allow quick select for your GPS to direct you to your selected site. See our shopping cart for information on POI’s.  As always take care when following directions from your GPS as they tend to want to take short cuts, so use common sense when following the directions given.

- Why do the site numbers change with each edition?

As a new book is only released every 2 years there are always changes to listings during that time and we also add new sites and delete closed and unsuitable sites. As the format of the numbers follows a highway, when we come to printing the next edition the numbers all have to be realigned.

- What is the difference between the Camps book and the Caravan Parks book?

The Camps book is aimed at free, low cost camping, plus rest areas that allow overnight parking, national and state parks, showground camping, hotel and pub camping ,  the only caravan parks listed in it are  low cost council parks and smaller remote town parks that were under $25.00 per night for a powered site when we went to print.

The Caravan Parks book lists only caravan parks no matter what the cost.

- Why aren’t coastal and city caravan parks listed in the Camps book?

These premium locations tend to charge much more than $25.00 p/n for a powered site so they are over the cost parameters for being listed in the Camps book.

There are however, some remote parks and Stations that we do list with a $+ symbol in the camps book. This is either because there is no other choice in that location or the facility is unique.

- Are your books suitable for people in tents, 4WDs and camper trailers?

Definitely! The only camps that aren’t listed in the book and App are walk-in campsites – where you cannot camp beside your vehicle. Most sites in the book are suitable for every type of camping.

Our list of sites suitable only for 4WD, roof top tents, camper trailers and regular tents are growing every week. Please note if you see listed Self Contained Vehicle Only – it currently only includes vehicles that is fully self-contained with respect to shower, toilet, washing, cooking, sleeping facilities which must have holding tanks for toilet waste and sullage water sufficient for at least 48 hours’ use by the occupants. These sites generally have symbols only for motorhomes and/or caravans.

- What is the difference between the Camps A4 book and the Camps B4 with CampSnaps book with photos?

The text and maps inside the books are identical.

The difference is that in the B4 with CampSnaps, where we have a photo of an overnight site we have placed that photo alongside the text.

This gives you a visual perception of the location. To view the difference visit our sample pages.

- How often is a new edition of Camps Australia Wide released?

We release a new edition of Camps Australia Wide every 2 years. Camps 9 was released in February 2017.

The Camps 10th edition was released in February 2019 and is the current edition.

- We have a Camp 6 and are going away next year. Are there many changes from Camp 6 to the current edition?

People still travel with our older editions, however…. we also update closures, contact details, and changes in facilities every single day. 

Just between Camps 9 and 10 – we’ve added an extra 950 sites – so there are many more sites now compared with 6 – that was almost 8 1/2 years ago. 

We do have website updates, but they only date back to the previous issue for CAMPS and the current issue for Caravan Parks books. If you also stay in Caravan Parks – we recommend you look at our Travel Packs. 

Any more queries – we’ll be happy to help – please give our team a call, they’ll be back on the phone tomorrow! Enjoy the planning for your next trip.

Caravan Parks Books

- I have arrived at a caravan park and it is no longer Pet Friendly, but it is listed as pet friendly in the book.

Under the legend page in each book, please read the information under the Pets symbol:

“It is highly recommended that you contact the park prior to deciding to use the park, as some parks limit the animal size and only permit animals in off-peak periods. Management reserve the right to amend the park’s policy at no notice (and often do!) so to avoid any disappointment make a phone call.”

Every entry is verified for each edition. Caravan Park owners are not always aware it is us calling, and we use their websites to check accuracy also. 

Thank you for letting us know, so we can change the listing. Although the books are published every two years – we do change our app and highlight important changes to sites on our website (and pet friendly symbol is something that we do alert people to changes) – see updating this book, in the early pages of your book.

Please ask to receive our newsletter list if you are not receiving them already, it is another way we let people know about new sites. 

We do our utmost to keep CAMPS accurate – which is why it is so popular. 

- How often do you release a new edition of Caravan Parks Australia Wide?

We release a new edition every 2 years. Edition 4 of Caravan Parks Australia Wide was released June 2016

Buying your products

- Can I express mail online?

We are happy to organise this for you over the phone. Our website does not have this facility yet, but we are planning to include it in future updates.

- Where is your store located?

We now operate out of Rainbow Beach, Queensland. The best way for you to receive your copy is to visit our website or give Michelle and Heatleya call. 

www.campsaustraliawide.com 07 5474 2542

What shops stock the Camps Australia Wide books?

Check out your local bookshops, newsagents and camping stores. Also at BCF, ARB, Camping World, QBD bookshops, Anaconda, Harry Hartog Books, Dymocks Books, Jayco, Camec, Getaway Outdoors, RACV and many more!

- The shopping cart won’t let me add an address or won’t ship

Are you trying to ship to an Overseas address? If so then this will not work as we do not ship overseas as the cost of postage to you would be much higher than the cost of the book. Please refer to our website for overseas retailers that stock and ship the book.

- Where can I purchase you books internationally?

Our books cover Australia Wide, all national parks, free and low cost camps in CAMPS 10. We also have a Caravan Parks 5 and an App you can purchase called CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE.

We do have European stockists for both books: 

France

Nostromo Diffusion

www.nostromoweb.fr

Ariane-Libr.Du Voyage

www.librairie-voyages.com

 

Germany

Australien-Karten.de

www.australien-karten.de

Please also check Amazon.com

- The shopping cart won’t accept my coupon number.

Please call us so we can assist you with an order over the phone. If not, please contact us, and have the code number ready so we can check it is the correct one. 

- How do you deliver books purchased from the Camps web site?

We use Australia Post for all shipping in Australia; standard postage is FREE when you purchase a book from us. It generally takes between 5 to 9 working days for delivery.

Note: for WA delivery time take between 9 and 14 days.

Express Post is available for a fee for urgent deliveries.

Newsletter, GPS POI and more

- How do I join your free newsletter?
You can or let us know your email address and we’ll add you. It comes out each fortnight.
- What does your free newsletter provide?

The Camps Australia wide fortnightly newsletter announces new sites, reviews of caravan parks and camping grounds and some of our favourite places and things to do around Australia.

- Can I receive updates through Messenger?

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- How do I get a GPS POI file?

The GPS POI file is available online through our website, click on campsaustraliawide.com and then on the image of the book with GPS POI through it.

 This will open up another page which will give details of the product, to purchase click on BUY NOW From GPS OZ.

 This will then take you automatically to the GPSOZ website and the POI Page.

There select the GPS type you have and then it will itemise the models that the POI upload is available for. Click on the one you want to purchase and the type of computer you have (Mac or PC) and then follow the purchase process.

GPSOZ will then send the file via email to the customer, it is very important that you read the instructions first before they attempt to upload the file as it is password protected. For an small fee, GPSOZ provide extra support for this. 

- I have upgraded from Camps 9 to Camps 10 can I get a POI File?

You will need to purchase the new file as camp site numbers change between editions. Follow the steps above on how to purchase a camps POI file.

- Can we add Camps 8 or older versions of CAMPS books put in to our new Sat Nav?

Unfortunately, once an edition is out of print, the corresponding POI is no longer stocked. The only POI there now is for CAMPS 10 (it includes CARAVAN PARKS 5 also, and updates every 6 months). Note that Camps 10 has 950 new sites.

Here are the POIs that are available for your sat nav from our website:

https://shop.campsaustraliawide.com/pages/gps-poi

- The GPS Co-ordinates are wrong they keep taking me 20-30KM past the site.

Your GPS may be set to the wrong setting if it is doing this for every site, please refer to About this Guide page in the introduction pages of your book for the GPS Information. 

Basically, there are 3 common GPS coordinate display formats. The Camps Australia Wide & Caravan Parks Australia Wide books use Lat./ Long –minutes-seconds, or DMS  ( ddd mm ss ).

Generally, you will find that most GPS units have different settings to choose from, so if you want to input our GPS coordinates for a site into your GPS you must have the right setting selected. Entering our coordinates into another setting will result in incorrect directions and you will not access the correct site. You will need to access the menu of your GPS to find and select (ddd mm ss) which is the correct setting.

Alternatively, instead of manually inputting the GPS coordinates each time you could purchase the GPS POI file.

- How do I give you feedback and updates about sites?

You can use the online feedback form that is under “Updates” on the website or email info@campsaustraliawide.com. Or you can use one of the site feedback forms that are in the back of the book.

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Books and Travel Packs


Choose the Easy to Read Camps 10 edition with Camps Snaps and larger maps OR the popular A4 Camps 10 without photos. If you also stay in Caravan Parks, you can buy a CAMPS 10 and the Caravan Parks 5 and save with a Travel Pack.

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