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.

Dickabram bridge Miva QLD

Stop at the historic Dickabram Bridge, Miva, Queensland

You can see why it is a whole lot of water if the Mary River is close to the road above, as it was early January, 2022! 1893 was when the Mary River covered the bridge. In 1955 water splashed through the decking. The bridge stands 23 metres above the river! It is a little noisy crossing the historic Dickabram Bridge, Miva – not far from Theebine Hotel in the Gympie region. After lunch at the pub, we stopped at the bridge’s rest area for the night. And it is also noisy camping next to it. It does sound like

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Dirranbandi Balonne Minor Bridge Camp Site

Free camp riverside at Balonne Minor Bridge, Dirranbandi, Queensland

As we drove towards Bollon from Dirranbandi, we popped into the Balonne Minor Bridge and decided it was our campsite for the night! For me it was the beautiful river and riverbank, there was only a scattering of vans parked up, and it was well off the road. The boys however, loved that the mobile reception was excellent – as there was a footy game on that night. Whilst they set up, I read my book down on the bank. We had a cracking night under the stars fireside, despite a few rodents skirting through the grass. There are no

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Mutee Head - Overland Exposure

“Best camp on Queensland’s Cape York”: Mutee Head

CAMPS Ambassadors, Manda and Daniel from Overland Exposure shared these Queensland photos and declared: “Honestly, the best camp in the Cape! Beach front, off grid, small and quiet, beach walks, sunsets, camp fires, hammock laying, turtles, dolphins – just amazingness! We finally hit the road South and went to Mutee Head Turtle Camp for 2 nights. We checked this out a few days back and loved it. We looked forward to some quiet off grid camping with amazing views, not that Seisia was bad lol, this just had the possibilities of turtles too! It did not disappoint! We saw dolphins

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Gympie Region RV Parks - Camps Australia Wide

6 new RV parks proposed for Gympie, Queensland

Breaking news! Gympie Regional Council RV strategy has proposed 6 new RV sites at Amamoor, Gunalda, Gympie Showgrounds, Kilkivan, Tin Can Bay and a second Kandanga park. This adds to Free RV parks at Dickabram Park, Widgee, Kinbombi Falls, Chatsworth Park, Carters Ridge and Kandanga in the Queensland region, just north of the Sunshine Coast. We’ve been encouraging council for years on this – as it is our local area. It is especially pleasing to hear about Gympie Showground and that for the first time the Cooloola Coast is included, at Tin Can Bay Qld. Plus it is wonderful news

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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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