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Free camping sites in Northern Territory

From private oases of waterfalls and gorges; red, red soils; spectacular sunsets. Northern Territory is where you can camp beside a mine, a river or even an old army aeroplane strip – for free!

Here’s a few freedom camping sites you might like to add to your NT travel list.

Remember, there are many more free and donation overnight stays for ‘The Territory’ in the CAMPS books, and in the Camps Australia Wide App!

Best for bragging: WWII Gorrie Airfield, NT

Best for bragging: WWII Gorrie Airfield, NT

There are absolutely no facilities – but how many people can say they’ve slept on an airfield? It is suitable for big rigs and pets, camp in dry weather only - and enjoy the views! This little strip of history was the Territory’s largest aircraft service and repair...

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Fossick at Mud Tank Zircon Field, NT

Fossick at Mud Tank Zircon Field, NT

Stay the night on a fossicking field. Zircon is a lesser known semi-precious gem stone, found by digging and sieving. The Mud Tank area on Alcoota Station, 17 km south east of Gemtree, has been known for its zircon material since 1940. It is now a camping spot with...

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Neil Hargrave Lookout, NT, is a perfect base

Neil Hargrave Lookout, NT, is a perfect base

What is amazing about this rest area is that you are in the West MacDonnell Ranges, close to tourist icons. This route is a must-see with beautiful gorges, indigenous culture, chasm, gap, hole and pits! With a bitumen surface, there are picnic tables and a BBQ, but a...

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Vince Connolly Crossing (NT) has shade and space

Vince Connolly Crossing (NT) has shade and space

If you are hankering after wide open spaces, then you’ve found it. A perfect overnighter, this is a roadside rest area, but has a large area where you can get away from the road. There are lots of shady sites and plenty of room. The toilets are suitable for people...

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Freedom Camp at Ginty’s Lookout

Freedom Camp at Ginty’s Lookout

The Red Centre is internationally famous for good reason, with massive natural wonders like the Ayers Rock and the Olgas in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the breathtaking sandstone escarpments of Kings Canyon and the contrasting extremes of the MacDonnell ranges...

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Saddle Creek – Last Campsite before WA

Saddle Creek – Last Campsite before WA

As you travel from NT, this is the last campsite near the road before you arrive at WA, and what a good one. Number 173 in CAMPS 9, it is 117km west of Timber Creek – where we bought petrol.

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Free camp at Little River, NT

Free camp at Little River, NT

The Northern Territory is home to an array of mysterious and impressive landforms that aren’t quite like anything you have seen before. Cape Crawford is no exception with it’s waterholes, waterfalls and ancient rock formations such as the ‘lost city’. Little River...

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Cook up some fresh fish at Robinson River Crossing, NT

Cook up some fresh fish at Robinson River Crossing, NT

Robinson River Crossing offers a nice quiet place to stop for the night and an opportunity to do a spot of fishing. Since facilities are very basic it is most suitable for people with camper vans and caravans. If you are self sufficient you can enjoy a break from your...

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