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.

Allora Rest Area Queensland

Free overnighter: Allora Rest Area, Queensland

Dalrymple Creek, Allora, Qld – is a free overnight rest area, close to road and highway. There’s water in the creek, picnic tables and shelter, toilet, swings, bins, plenty of shade in this pet friendly pretty park. We had no problem with road noise, but were awakened by a late arrival. I took the path beside the creek, and looked up to find a lot of bats! There are a couple of plaques to read – the dedication of the parkland to Eric Ireland and about the wooden water trough, which has been on display here for 30 years. Dalrymple

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Lake Clarendon Reserve - image @ledantecphotography

Free camp at Gatton, Queensland, has reopened

Lake Clarendon Reserve – image @ledantecphotography After Lake Clarendon Reserve closed due to Covid restrictions – it is now all open and operational again. Provided by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, this pet friendly site has a 48 hour limit, accessible eco toilet, BBQs and picnic tables/shade shelter. There is mobile coverage, and some shade. The dam supplies water to the Central Lockyer Irrigation Scheme, and is currently very low. Please note, there are frequent closures when the dam levels become unsuitable for recreation. You’ll be able to relax to beautiful sunsets here, and there is a walking trail adjacent to the

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Thallon Silo

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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Chinchilla Weir QLD

Chinchilla Weir, Queensland 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, Queensland

  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 Queensland 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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