Free camping sites in New South Wales & ACT

If you are exploring the East Coast on a budget you will be particularly eager to find a free place to stop over that has sufficient facilities. New South Wales is a fascinating state and not to be underestimated – with the Great Dividing Range and Pacific Ocean beaches, beautiful National Parks and the only location in Australia you’ll be Back of Bourke and see the Dog on the Tuckerbox!

Here’s a preview of free NSW and ACT campsites we have found during our travels, discover more with our App and comprehensive Camps 11 Guidebook.

Newnes Campground - image Bec Conroy

Everything money can’t buy is at Newnes Campground, New South Wales

Newnes Campground – image Bec Conroy Love kangaroos, campfires, towering rock faces and sunsets that blow your mind? Then Newnes Campground is the place for you. Newnes Campground really is (as the sign at the entryway states) everything money can’t buy. Deep in the NSW Wollemi National Park, just outside of Lithgow, Newnes Campground is a hidden (and free) gem.  There are a couple of loos and loads of fire pits, but no running water or trash facilities. Bring all you need in and pack it all back out. Multiple hikes leave from the campground to explore the surrounding Wollemi

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NSW Cowra Overnight Rest Stop

Cowra Overnight Rest Stop, New South Wales has location, location, location!

This overnighter is opposite McDonalds in Cowra, a pleasant walk to the Australia’s World Peace Bell, 50 metres to the river, and just over the bridge you’ll find the shops. There are toilets and a dump point, plus an Information Centre and even a rose garden! This bitumen parking area is surrounded by parkland and sports fields, and is adjacent to Edgell Park, with BBQs and a good dog area. Cowra is best known for the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history. It has a cemetery, POW theatre and hologram, military and migrant camps. There’s even more

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NSW Kyffins Reserve

Kyffins Reserve, New South Wales, is a bird watcher’s paradise

You just have to look at the photograph to see why this spot made our list. Right on Lake Mulwala, the kilometre of shoreline has walking tracks and designated areas for bush camping. For fishing and boating enthusiasts, it comes highly recommended. Camp beside these ghostly river red gums, and you might just catch some Murray Cod, Trout Cod, Golden Perch (Yellow Belly), Silver Perch or Murray Crayfish. Note that a NSW recreational fishing licence is required for the Murray River. Alternatively, if you are just after a peaceful setting with wonderful birdlife – this is for you! Facilities are

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NSW Bethungra Dam

Beautiful night skies at Bethungra Dam and Reserve, New South Wales

This site is not so well known, which makes it even more attractive if you’re hoping to get away from it all! There are good facilities here – toilet, picnic tables, fireplaces, boat ramp, access for big rigs, shade, and it’s pet friendly. There is a big flat gravel area for RVs, and the night skies are perfect for stargazing. In 1895 the dam was constructed as a water supply dam for Junee, north of Ulandra Nature Reserve. After 1906, water quality problems led to its disuse. Blue green outbreaks may mean it is closed for recreation, but it still has

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Imperial Hotel Qurindi

New listing – Imperial Hotel Quirindi, New South Wales,

Image Courtesy Mattinbgn WikiCommons If you find yourself on the Kamilaroi Hwy heading south from Gunnedah, pop in and say hello to new owners Ann and Mick at the Imperial Hotel in Henry Street, Quirindi. Nestled In this beautiful district in northern NSW, the Imperial is a traditional country hotel offering old fashioned pub meals, a yarn or two from the locals and we hear that the food is excellent. On a hot day, there’s a cool beer garden to relax in and the hotel is close to the centre of town, bowling club, swimming pool and tennis courts. Owners

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The Reef Reserve Oberon NSW

Free camp: The Reef Reserve, Lake Oberon, New South Wales

This pretty spot is situated around 3.5 kilometres from the centre of Oberon, New South Wales.  It’s quickly becoming a fisherman’s paradise as it is well stocked with trout and both fly fishing and spinning for trout are permitted all year round.   The unpowered campground provides beautiful views of Lake Oberon and you can stay for up to 72 hours. Treed with native Eucalypt and grassland, you can choose to camp amongst the shade trees or near the lake and toilets. Sites are well spaced for privacy and dogs are welcome on lead. Facilities include a boat ramp, picnic area

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Freedom camp at Lake Wyangan

Freedom camp at Lake Wyangan

Lake Wyangan is a beautiful location, NSW site 1108 in Camps 10 or find on the #campsaustraliawideapp. It was formed in 1957, using the remains of a gypsum mine and a natural swamp area. The picnic area/freedom camping is only 8km from Visit Griffith. Traveller Michael Lennon sent in this photo below and advised us, “When the ablution block was replaced a few years ago, showers were installed but the shower roses were not attached and the pipes were capped off at the wall. It was deemed that the water quality was not suitable. There is an almond milk plant, which will

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Swans Creek Crossing

Free State Forest Camp: Swans Crossing

Popular with both the locals and visitors, this free camping ground is a NSW gem. At Swans Creek Crossing you will find a large open grassy area surrounded by native forest and hardwood plantations. This area is suitable for tents, caravans and campervans, however there is no power available. The nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek is a popular swimming hole and the camping ground itself is located in the Kerewong State Forest. Just a 20 minute drive from Kew (halfway between Taree and Kempsey) Swans Creek Crossing is a quiet and peaceful camping ground with sufficient facilities for a couple

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Olney HQ Camping Area

Olney HQ Camping Area is a great stopover – and it is free!

If you are travelling along the Central Coast of New South Wales Olney State Forest is a great spot to stop over. Located in a popular recreation area, this free camp site is great for both families and small groups. Located west of Lake Macquarie, the area is impressively green and is bordered by Watagan State Forest, Wyong State Forest and Watagans National Park. In both 2012 and 2013, the State Forests of the Watagan Mountains won the Gold Award for Adventure Tourism in the Hunter Central Coast Tourism Awards and won a bronze award for tourist attraction in 2011. It’s safe

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