Free camping sites in Queensland

Camping and caravanning is one of the more rewarding ways to explore and experience a place. This is especially true in a country famous for the great outdoors.

There are plenty of free campsites tucked away around Queensland – 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.

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

Chinchilla Weir QLD

Chinchilla Weir, QLD reopens

Just returned from our south west Queensland winter adventure, our first night was spent in Chinchilla, home of the Watermelon Festival. One of the most well known spots is Chinchilla Weir on the Condamine River, where we stopped in for lunch. At the time, upgrades to the new camping area were still under construction and they opened mid July. Council partnered with the Australian Government to fast-track a $1.9 million revamp as part of its COVID-19 Recovery Package which includes a new waterside camp kitchen, fire pits, bin enclosures, shelters, picnic seating, barbeques and signage. Even the weather didn’t dampen the brand-new shine of the facilities near the boat ramp.

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Jordan Valley Hotel - Jericho QLD

New listing! A pub stay in Jericho, QLD

  The Jordan Valley Hotel in Jericho, QLD is new to CAMPS 11 – you’ll also find it on the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App. It is QLD site 443 in Camps 11, we checked it out on our Outback Queensland trip last year. Robert and Gay Stubbs purchased the business in 2005 but didn’t take over management themselves until 2013.  Gay makes meals for any workers staying in the rooms, even packing them a nice morning tea and lunch for their days at work. Thursday night is Pizza night and Friday nights the older locals get a nice home-cooked meal.

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GoRV magazine - Julia Creek RV Stop 1

Our new “Freedom Camp” column in GoRV magazine!

Introducing a brand new column we are writing for Go RV – called the “Freedom Camp of the Month“.  Our first article is all about Julia Creek RV Friendly Site and the lovely town of Julia Creek! We chat about Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre, more things to do – we had to mention our soak in the artesian baths at Julia Creek Caravan Park – have you tried it out? Hope you like it. Have you visited there? Check out the digital magazine whilst you are at it! This will be a regular article, and it is not just

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Jundah Hotel Caravan Park is now free!

Jundah Hotel Caravan Park is now free!

by Jed Elmer We are all feeling the pinch financially at the moment, with many campsites and caravan parks increasing their fees year on year, and free sites sometimes feeling a bit ‘bare bones’. It’s a rare pleasure to hear about a council bucking the trend and making a formerly paid site – now free for all patrons. Jundah Hotel Caravan Park is located between Longreach and Windorah on the upper reaches of Cooper Creek, just south of Stonehenge and west of the Welford National Park. The site features basic but clean amenities, is suitable for all vehicle types, including

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QLD Gregory Downs

Free camp at Queensland’s Gregory Downs

Travellers rave about this beautiful little town, on the lovely Gregory River and “gateway” to Lawn Hill Gorge. Burke Shire Council operates a free, low-impact camping area in the township with toilets, dump point,showers and shade, plus it is suitable for pets and big rigs. You can also rent a canoe! Gregory Downs only has about 50 residents, and the town is famous for the ball, horse racing, rodeo and canoe race on the May long weekend. The pub is worth a visit in its own right, as it has a rich history. Facilities at Gregory Downs include public toilets,

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QLD Balgal Beach by Kate31b from Instagram

A free camping beach in QLD? Try Balgal Beach

This heavenly spot is a popular one, you may need to get here early. With a 48-hour limit, once per week – it is winning with facilities- disability toilet, cold shower, BBQ, picnic table, dump point and water. Right on the beach- there’s also a beautiful creek with good fishing and walking. Pets are allowed and there is mobile phone coverage and ample shade. Across the road is a shop with groceries, fish and chips and alcohol– everything you need! Balgal Beach is part of the Northern Beaches of Townsville with a sand beach and stinger net from November to

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Qld 111 Boynedale River

Free lakeside relaxation at Boynedale Bush Camp, QLD

We love the Boynedale Bush Camp for the views over Lake Awonga! This is a wildlife sanctuary, so pets are discouraged. Small dogs may be allowed on leads. There are drop toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces, with mobile phone coverage, a boat ramp and it is suitable for big rigs. Access best in dry weather only, as roads are unsealed. The large flat camping area has a lookout nearby, so you can take in the lake and Castletower National Park. You can camp for up to seven days within a thirty-day period. Please note that there is no electricity supply,

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Free Stopover: Alwyn Francis Bridge, QLD

Just south of Kingaroy, we’d recommend a shady, quiet campground – and beside the Stuart River (we’ve heard there may not be much water in it at the moment though).  Alwyn Francis Bridge at Taabinga, has toilets, picnic tables, mobile phone coverage and is pet friendly. There is plenty of room for big rigs. Note the time limit of 20 hours. It is QLD site 683 in Camps 10 or find it on the Camps Australia Wide App.  We had a lovely stop here. There is plenty of room so you don’t feel surrounded. Kumbia is only 17km away as

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