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.

Marg McIntosh Park Widgee QLD

Camp at Marg McIntosh Park, Widgee, Queensland

The Gympie Region in Queensland have doubled their free and budget options for RV travel and camping! Marg McIntosh park is pet friendly, allows free RV overnights and has: Toilets BBQs Picnic tables Mobile coverage Shade It is suitable for big rigs, caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers (self contained) with a stay limit of 20 hours – but hopefully this will be extended when the Gympie RV strategy is implemented. The camp is located beside a road, and water – so does have great views! Widgee also has a showground you can camp at, closer to the town. Find more free and budget

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Proposed Tin Can Bay freedom RV park moved out of town

Proposed Tin Can Bay freedom RV park moved out of town

Great that a new freedom RV site is planned for Tin Can Bay, Queensland BUT the draft presented to Gympie Regional Council late last year proposed the more convenient site as the Depot off Coral Trout Drive (pictured). Council officers said it was visible, not used for any other purpose, was not in proximity of houses and only 200m to shops. We did a site visit and noted it was a large flat area, also in walking distance to Tin Can Bay Inlet. The local councillor suggested there was the potential for misuse and compliance issues and a larger site

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Dumaresq River Texas Queensland

Dumaresq River Free Camp and Queensland Rabbit Works at Texas, Queensland

Dumaresq River image from the Camps Australia Wide App Travel ‘Deep in the heart of Texas’…. Texas, Queensland – that is! The camping area at Dumaresq River is actually just south of town and unique – as you are perched right on the state border. Step over either bridge and you are in NSW! Pet and Big Rig friendly, this site has a 14 day limit and is for self contained vehicles only. Bonuses include level grassy areas, wooden BBQs and rubbish bins. Be sure to leave a donation in the box at the shed. Drive over the cattle-grid for riverside

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Free camp oasis at Leichhardt Falls, Queensland - Image Julie Holt

Free camp oasis at Leichhardt Falls, Queensland 

This is a very popular and scenic stop along the Queensland Gulf section of the Savannah Way. Best for self contained vehicles as there are no facilities – it is free and pet friendly. Make sure you leave no trace when you leave. The rocky plateaus and water provide great photo opportunities and exploring. Water levels will vary depending on the season. Julie Holt sent in these photos and told us, “The birdlife was amazing. The birds and wildlife were so natural, even though the cockatoos were noisy. Lucky for me I could take my hearing aids out to sleep!”

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CAMPS at Eromanga Hall Queensland

GO RV FREEDOM CAMP OF THE MONTH: Eromanga Hall, Queensland

Eromanga Hall, Queensland is the Go RV magazine’s Freedom Camp of the Month. You can check out more site photos from our night at the hall, the caravan park at the motel, the wonderful Natural History Museum and other dinosaur things to do around town! We also chat about the Natural Sciences Loop in Queensland’s south western corner – and definitely recommend you add this road trip to your list.  Or here’s the article – with more great reads in the GORV magazine. GO RV FREEDOM CAMP OF THE MONTH Eromanga Hall Queensland Order your newly released CAMPS Pendium today!Simply enter

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Eromanga Hall QLD

FREE camp: Eromanga Hall, Queensland

Dinosaurs, pub down the road, a welcome hot shower and beautiful western sunset – no wonder we loved our time in Eromanga. Eromanga’s town claim is threefold: the furthest town from the sea, the only independently owned oil refinery in the country AND Australia’s largest dinosaur! It is also on Queensland’s Natural Sciences Loop. We rate the wonderful free overnight camp – complete with excellent showers, toilets and playground. And it is pet friendly, with room for Big Rigs, shade and mobile reception! Driving in from Noccundra, and plenty of water crossings, Eromanga was muddy. We were first at Hall, so had the

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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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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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