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.

QLD Balgal Beach by Kate31b from Instagram

A free camping beach in Queensland? 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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Free lakeside relaxation at Boynedale Bush Camp, Queensland

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, Queensland

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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Camping is on at Lake Proserpine

The picnic area Lake Proserpine Free camping at Lake Proserpine opened in October, 2019! Whitsunday Regional Council have just announced the development of the recreational facilities at beautiful Lake Proserpine to include a campground. Land has been cleared just south of the boat ramp and picnic area with 72 hour free camping for self contained vehicles. Campers that are not self contained can use the toilets and amenities block north of the camping area until facilities are constructed. Council have done up the nearby toilets blocks and showers, and two wash bays for vehicles will be going in. Works on

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Greenpatch Reserve - Image Courtesy Cairns Regional Council

Confused about Greenpatch?  

Image Courtesy Cairns Regional Council If you’re confused about whether Greenpatch Reserve is opened or closed, you’re not alone. The popular campsite had been closed for upgrades and we were all thrilled when it re-opened November 1, only to be surprised that it closed again a few short weeks later.  The camp is along the banks of the Mulgrave River (which is prone to potential flooding) and as the wet season was approaching Council chose to close the camp to ensure the safety of campers, even though the rains had not yet arrived.   The Council have reviewed their procedures,

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New free camp: Little Mulgrave Creek

Thanks to Phil Hughes for this update. We are staying at a free camp on the Little Mulgrave Creek, approx 11kms west of Gordonvale and 46kms east of Atherton, Queensland. Co ordinates: 17 8’ 22” S  145 43”26” E. From Gordonvale you travel 11kms on Gillies Highway, turn right where a sign says Catch a Barra 4km, immediately before the bridge going over the Little Mulgrave Creek. Immediately over the bridge is the Mountain View Hotel. There is room for 20 vans under shade. The only water is from the creek which is clear and tastes like spring water. There

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Babinda Rotary Park

Explore waterfalls from Babinda Rotary Park

Enjoy a peaceful night sleep in the humble town of Babinda (located just off the Bruce Highway). This free camping site is found in the Cairns region, between the coastal Graham Range and inland Bellenden Ker Range. Babinda is said to be named after the Aboriginal word “binda” which means waterfall or rain. Either is plausible since there are plenty of waterfalls in the nearby ranges and it is one of the wettest places in Australia (receiving nearly 4 metres of rainfall per year). The town is nestled amongst lush mountains and green farmlands and is a great place to

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Bushy Park

A popular free camp: Bushy Parker Park, Rollingstone, QLD

Bushy Parker Park is a great rest area to stop over for free with all the camping facilities you need. There is plenty of shade and if you feel like taking a dip there is a clean creek closeby where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. If you would prefer to hit the waves there is a patrolled swimming area closeby at Balgal Beach, another free camping site. Rollingstone is located alongside the Bruce Highway and is a popular Queensland destination for camping, swimming and picnicking. If you need a fuel top up or supplies there is also a service station

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