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CAMPS November 2022
General

5 country pub crackers for great camping

It’s been a big week for us! SOOO good to be back on the road again, even just for a quick weekender! The new deck at Theebine Hotel is huge and we were lucky to be among the first to dance on it. Pubs and camping are a fun combination – so we’ve filled the newsletter with them. Most of these camps are free and all are pet friendly. We take you to an awesome NT camp close to Berry Springs and the Territory Wildlife Park, a WA tavern just over an hour from Perth, a riverside pub near the NSW

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Jennacubbine Tavern
Camping

Two sites to choose from at Jennacubbine Tavern & Hall, WA

There’s two sites to choose from at our newest free camp listing in Western Australia.  This country pub stay with its welcoming atmosphere is only 10 km off the highway – is the Jennacubbine Tavern.  Friendly owners Michelle and Brett offer free camping with plenty of room and level sites, they also leave access open to the toilets.   Hearty pub meals are served Thursday – Saturday and Sunday lunches, with pizza and steak nights popular. You can also camp at the hall, across the road. For just $10 per night, they provide toilets, showers and power is available to boil

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Theebine Hotel owner, Jackson, Queensland
Free Camping

Have fun at Theebine Hotel, Queensland

Theebine Hotel owner, Jackson If you haven’t been to Theebine, then you should!  Update: We were back again, last weekend for the opening of the new deck at Theebine Hotel. What a night, and I slept like a baby in the van. Check out the photos on our socials! We visited last September, met the publican,  some CAMPS fans (thanks Jeanette and friends) and said hi to the local councillor, Cr Dolly Jensen and had a lovely relaxed lunch! Since then, the Mary River flooded and has caused dreadful damage to the area. So, I’d say, they need your support even

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Darke Peak Hotel - Georgie Nagel Photography
Budget Campsite

NEW owners for Darke Peak Hotel, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Darke Peak Hotel – Georgie Nagel Photography Congratulations to Elli and Jake, new owners of Darke Peak Hotel on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.  New publican, Jake worked previously as a refrigeration mechanic Image Georgie Nagel Photography Although the couple have spent the last seven years in Melbourne, Elli grew up in the town and has a lovely connection to the pub. “There are no shops in town, so I spent a lot of time at the pub. My first job was washing dishes and babysitting the kids here, it was like a home to me.” The historic pub was built in

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Lauren, Sean, Izzy and Blair welcome campers and are looking forward to reopening the Toompine Hotel
Camping

Free camping is open: Toompine Hotel, Queensland

Lauren, Sean, Izzy and Blair welcome campers and are looking forward to reopening the Toompine Hotel Great news for Toompine Hotel, south of Quilpie, Queensland – camping is still open, renovations continue for the family friendly pub and a Christmas surprise! Update: Great news – the bar and cafe are now open – order a pub feed when you are there! We drove past Toompine last winter, south of Quilpie, and checked that the hotel was still closed. Publicans, Stu and Lauren Bond updated us today. Lauren said, “Unfortunately we are still restoring the hotel. Camping is always open. There

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Sign at Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland
Hotel Camping

Is pub camping free?

What do you think of this sign? At CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE, it is a given for us to support any business where we camp for free. Especially, if we want businesses like this hotel to continue to offer a free campsite. A camper recently told me that pub stays are NOT free stays, because you are compelled to buy a drink or meal for your patch of land. However, I am a bit of a glass-half-full kind of person. I reasoned that night, I was planning to eat out anyway – or socialise at the bar. So the FREE site is

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Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland
Budget Campsite

FREEDOM CAMP OF THE MONTH – Sandy Creek Pub, Queensland

There were still a few campers around, and a couple of vans leaving when we dropped into Sandy Creek Pub, last week. You camp in the grassy paddock next door with some farm animals, and enter via a gate. The pub is not far from the Cunningham Highway, near Warwick in Queensland’s Darling Downs. We loved the sign here about patronising the hotel. The site is for patrons only, with a donation for charity and a fee for a shower. But it is great to find this freedom camp here, because the only other options in Warwick, are caravan parks.

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Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn Free Pubstay
Camping

New WA Pubstay, The Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn

There’s a brand new Pub Stay nestled in the heart of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt at the Grande Olde Dumbleyung Inn.  Its historic rooms will remind you of bygone days with expansive views from wide balconies.  Located around 230 km south West of Perth, the Inn has received approval from the shire for RV (any kind of campers welcome) camping behind the pub.  They offer delicious pub meals, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  The area is filled with history and is the home of the famous Lake Dumbleyung where Donald Campbell broke the world speed record on New Years

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Curlewis Commercial Hotel
Camping

3 New Pubstays

You’ll find our first free Pubstay around 18 kms south of Gunnedah, NSW just off the Kamilaroi Highway.  The historic Curlewis Commercial Hotel is located on the corner of Goran and Railway Streets.  It offers a country welcome, relaxed atmosphere and a large grassed area for free overnight parking for campers including RVs, caravans and  camper trailers to pull up for the night. Grassed area at the Curlewis Hotel Campers tell us there’s hospitality plus at this Pub Stay.  The friendly owners offer 24 hour toilet access, meals seven nights, showers available, lunch Friday through Sunday with weekend raffles and

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