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Free camping sites Australia

FREE CAMPING !! Do you love the freedom of being out in the countryside by a river or elsewhere away from the hustle & bustle of crowds !?

Many people think of free camping is that it's all about not wanting to pay for accommodation, being tight with your money rather than pay overnight fees.

However even if I had plenty of money I would still free camp as how can you compare the freedom of bush camping with being cramped in a caravan park?

There are many really good caravan parks around Australia and there is a need to stay in them at times, however, some are a nightmare unlike the one out here away from the cities.

You have to contend with codes to boom gates, sometimes only 1 key for the toilets to share & a long-very long list of rules including being told you to have a 10 pm curfew & your stuck in a very restricted spot with neighbors so close you can hear them snoring! True ! & no having a fire either.

My 17-year-old was complaining of a 12 pm curfew the day before that so when I read it I couldn't stop laughing!

When you decide to travel around Australia make sure you take time to utilize some of our beautiful free camping spots as you explore the countryside here and enjoy nature at its best

.A camping holiday is the best way to see and experience the Australian outback.

The great thing about free camping unlike being in a caravan park is that most sites have plenty of room and you choose how close you are to your neighbours.

You can have a campfire every night, Relax, have a chat while cooking your meal on the fire or toast delicious marshmallows - the perfect camping holiday!

( Do watch out for signs about Fire bans as there are times it is too dangerous so Do think of safety first )

There are many delightful spots by rivers wonderful beach side, riverside and forest campsites where you can camp for free! Some are just for one night, however, there are others you can stay for 24 hours or longer.

Do make sure though that if you see a NO CAMPING sign that you move on to where you will be welcome. These spots are checked for anyone who tries to ignore them.

As you are driving along there will be signs up for rest areas ahead where you can pull over for a cuppa or even stay the night.These are marked out with if they have table/chairs -toilets, some have a BBQ etc.

Make sure if you do stay over that you don't leave any rubbish behind as it makes it worse for others in the future.It doesn't take much to put in your car & there are bins along the roadside.

Try to stay at least 2-3 kilometre's out of town or away from caravan parks.

If you are staying in Australia for at least a month then I recommend you buy the Camps 5 book as then you can plan ahead for your stays.

You will get your moneys worth back in a couple of nights!

Some are more inviting than others because of being further of the road or alongside a river which is great in summer especially!

You will find to get a spot you sometimes need to be there by 3,30-4pm at your planned destination otherwise you might have to keep on going as there are a lot of travelers on the road.

However after just missing out on the last spot by a river on our way over we found a nicer one with our own private jetty just 1 kilometer up the road where we had 3 beautiful days of swimming fishing etc.

I have heard about a really nice spot by Murchison River in WA I am looking forward to checking out soon a few hours north of here.

In some areas, they are very strict about where you can camp & this is where the National parks come in handy as they are still normally cheaper than the caravan parks.

It will be worth it to get a yearly pass for the state you are exploring if you are travelling a while as it will save you money on day passes.

Western Australian Park Passes are available from Department of Environment and Conservation offices (DEC), entry points to parks and more than 40 local tourist centres throughout the State.

To buy a Day Entry Pass which gives you entry into one or more parks on any one day.
Fees: $10 per car or $5 concession for up to eight people, $5 for a motorcycle,


You can buy a Holiday Park Pass - Entitles you to unlimited entry to all parks for up to
four weeks.
Fee: $40 per vehicle for up to eight people.

Annual All Parks Pass - Entitles you to unlimited entry to all Western Australian parks for 12 months.
Fee: $80 per vehicle for up to eight people so if you are planning on going to a lot of parks the annual one will save you a lot of money


Marys Pool

Camping

A free camping  spot in Australia !
A free camping spot in Australia !
Watch out for these signs
Watch out for these signs

Free Camping between Tom Price and Onslow

Free camping near a river !
Free camping near a river !
Nice swimming hole
Nice swimming hole

Swans Crossing--free overnight camping australia

If you go North of Sydney near Kew is a lovely spot called Swans Crossing if you want a few days up to a week or more of relaxing, swimming & bush walking at another free overnight camping Australia site.We spent a lot of time there cooking on the open fire, exploring, catching yabbies, seeing the trapdoor spiders!

I loved the waterhole there very near to our campsite!

Swans Crossing is was one of my favourite camping spots to go with the children (especially before it was too well known) as it is a large camping area in Kerwong State Forest, which has toilets, wood, water and barbecues. It is a large clearing - once dairy paddocks - in the middle of the forest and is particularly suitable for large groups because you can spread out as much as you like

The Kids had plenty of room to run around and ride their bikes, there's a swimming hole adjacent to the campground which we had a lot of fun cooling of in and some beautiful bushwalks along Upsalls Creek to more swimming holes.

Swans Crossing

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Free Camping in WA- north of Perth free camping

Watch for these signs as you drive
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Free Campsite on way to Kalbarri

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Campsites where you can have a fire

There are plenty of free campsites where you can have a fire & often they provide the firewood like Swans Crossing NSW!

When it is not high fire danger most National Parks allow fires as well as many free camping spots.

Check out for signs wherever you go just to be on the safe side.

Is it safe to free camp in Australia ?

Many people won't try free camping out in the bush as they are worried about safety .

I would recommend being cautious of course , however many campers spend many nights free camping every year without problems.

If there are other people around that look a bit suss or a worry then move on to another spot but free camping is a great way to enjoy being out in the great outdoors !

One night camping site Australia rate

If you are staying in a National Park the average camping site rate is $7 a person .

At a caravan park it can be between $22- $35 for 2 people per night. So you can save a lot of money over time with free camping while having a great time.

Classic Escapes !

Caravan Parks

There are times when we do need to stay in a caravan park and I can recommend

Perenjori C/ Park as well as Morawa C/Park if you are travelling north from Perth Inland .

They are both peaceful relaxing parks to stay in.

As we travel I will look out for more to recommend.

Camping between Geraldton _ Coral Bay

Watch this space as we have places we are looking at trying out that are either free or low price so we will add to this as we go !

We leave here on Wednesday & are hoping to try out camping spots like

Eagle Bluff

Situated 18km from Denham, camping is available on the top of the bluff or down at the nearby lagoon. This site offers excellent bird watching opportunities with Osprey and Sea Eagles often seen in the area. Eagle Bluff is also a popular snorkeling and fishing site.

If you have a place to recommend then please let me know

!Shire of Shark Bay Free Camping
Camping in the Shire of Shark Bay is restricted. Permission must be obtained from the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre by telephone, on 1300 367 072  or in person at the Discovery Centre, located opposite the town jetty. Discovery Centre opening hours are from 9am to 6pm, 7 days per week (except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day). Camping is allowed overnight only, for one night only.

Permission to camp can be obtained on the day you intend to camp. Those persons found camping without an authorisation will incur a $1,000 fine.

More Camping Hubs

http://hubpages.com/hub/Camping-at-Honeymoon-Pool  A cheap beautiful camping spot not far from Perth  . We paid about $12 a night for 2.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Francois-Peron-National-Park  Free Camping spots

http://hubpages.com/hub/Barrington-Tops-Camping-Sites  Some Free Camping sites

Marys Pool WA



Travelling between Fitzroy crossing & Halls creek is a beautiful free camping spot for 24 hours. We drove in there about lunchtime for a coffee break & loved it so much we stayed for 2 days !We were there early enough to have what I thought was the best along the riverfront as we had 2 big trees and a fireplace !


There is a crocodile warning as you enter so we stayed out of their reach as much as we longed to go in the water .

We had a pleasant time relaxing , cooking on the open fire etc! If you want to be by the river get there early however there is plenty of room for 70-80 rigs !


Travelling around Australia enjoying free camp spots.
Travelling around Australia enjoying free camp spots.
One of the lovely spots we camped at on ouw way across Australia
One of the lovely spots we camped at on ouw way across Australia
Watch out for cheeky possums at night ! This is at a National Park in NSW !
Watch out for cheeky possums at night ! This is at a National Park in NSW !
So much to see & do in the great outdoors
So much to see & do in the great outdoors
Often you will find a bbq available for use of.
Often you will find a bbq available for use of.
The colours out here are beautiful.
The colours out here are beautiful.
cooking & eating outside taste so good !
cooking & eating outside taste so good !
we had our own private jetty at this free camp spot!
we had our own private jetty at this free camp spot!
Swam early morning & evening
Swam early morning & evening


Logo Online 9 months ago

Such a great post! Australia is really a great n wonderful land in the world! its my desire to go there! n one day i will be...! n that's all tips n info will help me, which you shared n discus here...!!! so thanks for this great work.....!!

Saxophone 6 months ago

Great article.

It is very interesting.

Saxophone 6 months ago

Great article.

It is very interesting.

figment4 months ago

Thanks for the useful information. I've always wanted travel to Australia.

4 weeks ago

really cool hub i would love to visit australia at some stage of my life

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Please let us know of other Free camping spots you have found . 19 comments

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Trsmd 4 years ago from India

Very much informative page about free camping at Australia. You have also provided nice images and attracting more..thanks for SHARING:)


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thank you for the visit ! We love free camping in Australia .

You can join us on facebook for more ideas .

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

VroomVroomVroom Campervans 11 days ago

Thanks for that. You forgot to mention your own back yard! I've had many fun nights with our staff camping in our back yards like we were kids. Lots of fun!


Marc 4 years ago

A distinction should be made between campsites and overnight rest areas. There have been a lot of problems in W.A. with people using sites like Galena Bridge as a campsite when it is only a 24 hour rest area.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks for the visit Marc . I agree in that people should respect rest areas as just that & not camp there . A camp site is like Swans Crossing where you can put your tent up - set up table & chairs etc where a rest stop you sleep in your caravan / camper over night then move on .


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks . We love free camping australia , Its a lot of fun and saves a lot of money.


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Gary Holdaway 4 years ago from Sleaford, UK

Very nice pictures and it looks like such a lovely place. I don't think I could drag myself over there though, I'm far too afraid of insects and the like, especially the ones you have over there that will kill me! voted up.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Gary Hi and thanks for the visit ! I was born in Wales, grew up in New Zealand . Before we moved to Australia I said I was a bit concerned about dangerous spiders etc . In over 15 years we have never had a problem with them ! Hope to be in UK next year !


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Gary Holdaway 4 years ago from Sleaford, UK

excellent, Yorkshire is lovely, Devon is nice and so is Lincolnshire. We are in Lincolnshire, much more quiet and picturesque than our origins in London.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Might bump into you one day , Plan to see as much of England as we can . I lived in Chepstow 1997-2000, Saw some nice places there then .


Julian 2 years ago

Great job and really nice pictures.

We're planning to drive from Perth to Exmouth with stops in Geraldton, Carnavon, Coral Bay, Shark Bay and Kalbarri. Can you recommend any free camping / rest sites on this route?

Thanks a lot!


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freecampingaussie 2 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi , We took our tent up that way not the caravan but if I remember right there were places you could pull over for the night . Ningaloo Reef is awesome especially for snorkeling . I would camp at the National Park by the beach not at Lighthouse Beach CP !


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CaravanDrifter 2 years ago from Queensland

Loved you hub. Im on the road 8 months of the year, exploring Queensland. My daughter named my van Caravandrifter, and what a wonderful way to spnd retirement. Spain sounds interesting.


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freecampingaussie 2 years ago from Southern Spain Author

CaravanDrifter , Have a fantastic time in Queensland ! A good name for the van ! We didn't quite make it to QLD in van but been a few places there . Are you going to Cape York ?


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CaravanDrifter 2 years ago from Queensland

Yes Cape York is in the plan, there are a lot of free campsites on the road to Cooktown and beyond then Normanton Isa Bulia and all in the Falcon:) enjoy Spain. Do you live there now.


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freecampingaussie 2 years ago from Southern Spain Author

We do at moment & loving it ! Bit different to our plans of visiting Cape York - Tasmania etc but still have a lot of Europe we want to see while here !


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CaravanDrifter 2 years ago from Queensland

Enjoy! :-)


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CaravanDrifter 24 months ago from Queensland

You just have to come to Queensland! National Park fees here are only$5.50 a night and there are heaps of them. Enjoy Spain, Jim


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freecampingaussie 24 months ago from Southern Spain Author

Love National Parks etc. We went to a few on our travels in WA.We used to camp free in a State forest in NSW by a river with drop toilets and they even provided free firewood !

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