30 of the Best Free & Low Cost Campsites across Australia

There are plenty of great campsite locations in Australia, But some can be quite expensive. So here at Campersway, We have compiled some of the best free & low-cost campsite locations across Australia.

1. Corella Dam (Mt Isa, QLD)


Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: No

2. Gregory River (Gregory, QLD)


Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

*Gregory town has free showers and toilets in walking distance*

Stevenson Falls (Barramunga, VIC)


Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Spring Bay Hotel (Triabunna, TAS)


Cost: $2 per night

Toilet: No

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Wallangarra Rest Spot (QLD/NSW border in the Southern Downs region)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Lake Wyangan (Griffith, NSW)


Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Pets: No

Lake Mulwala (Mulwala, NSW) 

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Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Doolans Bend (Murray River Browns Plains, VIC)

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Quicks Beach (Barooga, VIC)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: No

Babinda RV Stay (North QLD)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes, $2

Pets: Yes

Brown Bay (Port MacDonnell, SA)

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Good weather keep comin! #navara #nissan #beach

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Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Pets: Yes

Garden Island (Clarence Point, TAS)

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Lake Mackintosh (Mackintosh Dam, TAS)


Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

7 Mile Beach (South of Geraldton, WA)

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Robe Jetty (Robe, SA)


Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Ante Chamber Bay Campgrounds (Kangaroo Island, SA)

Cost: $15 per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Gordon Foreshore Reserve (Gordon, TAS)

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road to paradise x

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Cost: $5 per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Workmans Campground (Agnes Water, QLD)


Cost: $9 per person per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: Yes

Cliff Head Campground (Dongara, WA)


Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Stanley Tasmania Campground (Stanley, TAS)


Cost: $8 per night

Toilet: No

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Lara Wetlands (Patrick, QLD)

Cost: $10 per person per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: Yes

Hently Park Campground (Portland VIC)

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Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Bay Of Fires (North Eastern Coast of TAS)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Osprey Campground (Cape Range National Park, WA)


Cost: $10 per person per night

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: No

Quobba Campground (Macleod, WA)


Cost: $11 per person, Kids free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Sandy Cape Campground (Jurien Bay, WA)


Cost: $15 per person

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Lucky Bay Campground (Cape Le Grand National Park, WA)


Cost: $10 per Adult per night, children $2.20, Seniors $6.60

Toilets: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: No

Rapid Bay Campground (Rapid Bay, SA)


Cost: $7 per person per night

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Newnes Campground (Wollemi National Park, NSW)


Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Paddys River Falls Campsite (Tumbarumba, NSW)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Pets: Yes (With Conditions)

Top 25 – Van Life Inspiration Photos

Travelling around Australia in a van turned home can be a goal of many. Waking up in a different picturesque location every morning is stuff dreams are made of. But it isn’t easy, most pack up and sell all that they own to travel in these vans, and most don’t regret a single second of it. From the top end in Queensland, the red dirt in Uluru or the hot days in the Northern Territory, Living out of a van can enhance the experience if exploring Australia.

If you need some inspiration to pack it all up and hit the open road, we’ve compiled some of the best #vanlife Instagram photos to really show you the best of the best.

1. @drifterscampervans – “Jump right in!”

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Jump right in! #wearedrifters

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2. @nomad_adventure_rentals – “Carpark set up”


3. @civilian.life – “Today’s Coffee stop”


4. @scribblesthevan – “This is Daisy”


5. @saltysummits – “Here I am smiling”

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#vanlife, #camperlife, #livingontheroad or whatever other idolised hashtag we are all guilty of using and making the lifestyle look bloody damn glamorous and easy. Well, it's not. Here I am smiling. Not because I woke up to a sunrise at the beach or because we stumbled across a kick ass secluded free camp. I am smiling because we have been parked up in a caravan park for an entire week! And it feels so effing great! We have not had to worry about the 6pm panic attacks of where are we going to sleep or the dreaded 5am alarms screaming at us to move on. We do mostly free camp but there comes a time when you need to be able to actually relax, completely set up comfortably and smile at everyone that walks by instead of trying to figure out what annoyed comment they are mumbling under their breath at you because you have turned the car park into your backyard yard with a makeshift clothes line and all. Oh and having a shower in a cubicle every night has been a dream! Morale of my story is that, it IS OK to pay for accommodation every now and then because seriously, sometimes free camping absolutely sucks!!!!!

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6. @chrisburkard – “Night light”

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Night light.

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7. @mitch.cox – “stoked”


8. @hikingdiaries – “From the mountains to the coast”

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From the mountains to the coast… Bay of Fires, Tasmania!

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9. @glampervanlucy – “Take me back”

10. @the_wayward_blonde – “A little creativity”


11. @fulks – “disconnect from time to time”

12. @runksy – “The wave watcher”


13. @ksherlach – “Home is where you park it”


14. @road_head – “Fresh look out of the salon”


15. @vwnorthvan – “Pretty winter morning”

16. @cleocohen – “Australia’s best qualities”


17. @van_lifecamper – “#Volkswagon”


18. @flolanni – “Be a dreamer”

19. @lateafternoon – “Office for the day”


20. @van_traveller – ” Van Life”


21. @loki – “little more dig hair”


22. @panamericabus – “Full time travellers”


23. @torischoller – “having a ball.”


24. @weirdkidonajourny – “Best scenery on the road!”

25. @jeromeczw89 – “Another beautiful day in Croydon”

Top 25 Aussie Instagram Travel Accounts You Need To Be Following

Top 25 Aussie Instagram Travel Accounts You Need To Be Following.

25. @adventuresinabus

Tom and Cat from ‘Adventure in a bus’ post some awesome content on their Instagram page which will make you really want to travel Australia with them in their bus turned home.

24. @ozvanadventures


This family of five from Geelong specialise in photos about camping, caravanning and four-wheel driving. If you need some help getting motivated, check them out!

23. @two_filthy_hippies


20-year-old’s Jess and Tom from Two Filthy Hippies are documenting their travels on their Instagram page and the photos they are sharing are amazing. Another one to follow if you need some motivation.

22. @cyaroundoz


Jack and Jem and their dog Ace from Cya Around Oz are a couple who quit their jobs to travel around Australia. They post some amazing content on their Instagram page.

21. @ten_itchy_feet

Ten Itchy Feet belong to the travelling family of five Rhys, Lyndall, Carter, Heath and Chelsea. They have some awesome stuff on their Instagram page to help you get motivated to travel Australia on your own or with your family.

20. @two.seas.aus


Hayley and Siye from Two Seas Aus have shared some amazing photos on their Instagram page with many more to come. Again, If you need some Inspiration, these guys are the ones to follow!

19. @all.about.adventure


Run by couple Jamie and Camille, along with their dog Pumba, All About Australia’s photos are really great and will definitely motivate you to go and explore.

18. @livanfornow

Livan for now is a family of six travelling Australia. Corey and Ally along with their four children, Mackayla, Chloe, Cody and Ava are currently touring Australia and posting some awesome stuff on their Instagram

17. @the_thong_and_jandal


Dean calls them thongs and Katie calls them Jandals. But it doesn’t matter what you call them when they take photos this good. Dean and Katie have been travelling Australia documenting their travels, check out their Instagram page for more!

16. @hoorooaustralia

Ali and Matt make up the Instagram page Hooroo Australia who are two travelling nomads in their Nissan Patrol. Their content on their page shows off the best of their travels and will definitely inspire you to travel.

15. @tripinavan


Justin and Bec from Trip In a Van travel around Australia with their three children Jack, Billy, Charli. The family of five have been all over Australia and post some awesome stuff on their Instagram page.

14. @we_who_roam


Bec and Gary from We Who Roam are travelling around Australia in their Big Red Van. They appeared on Sunrise not too long ago and have inspired many to travel as well with their photos on Instagram.

13. @thegreatescapeaustralia


The Great Escape Australia is made up of Renee, Nathan and Ryan. A young family who have been travelling Australia since January 2016. They post some great stuff about their adventures across Australia on the Instagram page.

12. @aussiedestinationsunknown


Miriam and Chris along with their three kids Cooper, Aylah and Charli have been adventuring locally around South East QLD and Northern NSW on weekends and around Australia on the longer breaks. Their Instagram is great for photography lovers, some really awesome pics on there.

11. @_aswewander


As we wander is run by WA couple Luke and Jess who document their travels through photos on their Instagram page. Currently living on the road, their photos rival few for the best.

10. @jasandjoes_longroadhome


Jas and Joe are two26-year-olds slowly making their way around Australia on a long road home. They left Mandurah, Western Australia in Oct 16′ and have been posting some of the best content documenting their trip since

9. @onedayweshould

Kirby Gibbons along with her husband Gibbo, and their three children Axl, Bonni and Darci, are travel bloggers from Tasmania and have some amazing content on their instagram page. They’ve completed a lap of oz, and Kirby was also on the last two season of Australian Ninja Warrior as the #roadtripninja.

8. @_tribeoffive_


The ‘Tribe of Five’ consists of Kristy and Christian and their 3 Children Ivy, Haddie and Bodhi. The Family of five originally from Melbourne sold everything they owned in December 2017 to travel Australia and now post some amazing content on their Instagram page

7. @the_savilles


The Savilles are a travelling family lead by Candice and her husband, along with their two children, have been posting some amazing content on their Instagram documenting their travels around Australia

6. @rahcelgrixti


Once you see the images Rachael posts on her Instagram, you’ll definitely want to go and travel in outback Australia. Rachael has been all around Australia so far and is currently living on the road.

5. @civilian.life


Kallie, Dylan and Lincoln (and one more on the way) are a family traveling around Australia in their bus Nelly. These guys share some amazing photos from their travels and need to be checked out sooner than later.

4. @elisehalina & @goldykilner


Elise and her boyfriend Josh, who works as a Marine Biologist and Tour Guide on the Great Barrier Reef have been travelling around Australia out of their van for more than a year now. Another great account to follow if you need some Inspiration.

3. @blondenomads


The family of Four Blonde Nomads made up of Rob, Traci, Marli and Ziggy have been travelling around Australia now for while now after selling all of their possessions and choosing to live on the road.

2. @sarahbyden


Many of Sarah’s photos have appeared across Campersway’s posts the last couple of months. The photos she capture and posts to her Instagram page are a delight to see. Make sure you are following Sarah if you need to be inspired to travel.

1. @elisecook


Elise’s Instagram content is amazing. Elise travels around Australia with her husband Scot in their van. If you need some inspiration to travel our great country, look no further than Elise’s Instagram page!

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Family Camping Checklist!

Helpful tips for buying a tent

Buying a tent can be a daunting process. It isn’t easy, and it’s ideal that you do some research on what tent would best suit you before you go the store or buy it online. To make things a bit easier, Campersway has come up with some quick tips when deciding what type of tent to you and your family should go with before you camp.

How many people will be sleeping in the tent?

First things first, you need to find out how many people will be sleeping in the tent. A tents size can be quite deceiving as well, when a tent says it is a ‘four-person tent’, It means it will fit four people at a maximum. Realistically, A four-person tent can comfortably fit 2 people with beds and bags, or maybe 3. If you’re after a tent to fit a family of four, a six-person is probably the best fit. If there are any more than 4 people, you might have to look further than a six-person tent.

You need to take into consideration what you will need space for, whether it’s storage or bedding. You might think that a four-person tent looks massive when it’s empty, but once you start filling it out, you run out of room very quickly.

What conditions will the tent be used in?

Not all tents can be used in every weather condition.

For hot, summer weather, a lightweight tent with heaps of ventilation that is not designed to withhold rain and wind would be perfect. A three-season tent is perfect if you are camping in both winter and summer. It will be more likely to survivor heavier rain and winds, as well as provide protection from the cold weather.

Winter tents are not too common in Australia, as our conditions are milder in winter. But if you are planning on camping in snowy conditions, you will definitely need a winter tent – not a three season tent. Shop carefully to get the right tent to suit the weather you will be camping in.

How much will the tent weigh?

Some tents can be extremely heavy, so if you need to carry it a long distance, make sure get a smaller one.

Some of the larger tents are extremely heavy to carry, even if it’s just from the car to the campsite. Some family tents are so large when packed up in their bags, you won’t even be able to fit them on the roof racks.

So check that out before you commit to purchase. Whilst weight for car camping is not as big as a consideration as weight when you are hiking, You really need to look at your own capabilities and whether or not you will be comfortable moving that tent around.

How easy is it to set up?

How many times have you walked into a camping store, see a big, massive tent, with lots of room and storage area, and it sleeps ten people! However good this tent looks, you need to think about how long it took the camping store staff to set up.

You don’t want to spend hours on end upon arriving at a campsite on setting up a complicated tent, so you need to consider ease of setting up when selecting a tent.

Remember as well, the bigger the tent, the bigger are you will need to set it up, so make sure the area you are going to can accommodate larger tents.

Hopefully, that helps If you are looking for what tent you should buy. I would also recommend going into your local camp store and asking the staff. They know best when it comes to tents, they are the experts for a reason, and they can help select a tent personally suited to your situation.

Family Camping Checklist

Family Camping Checklist

Make sure you never leave anything off the checklist when packing to go away camping with your family with Campersway handy family camping checklist.

It can sometimes be tough trying to remember what you need to take camping when you’ve got your hand full with the rest of the family, So Campersway has made a print out list to make sure you never forget anything again.

Click here for a print out PDF Version

However, if you can’t open that, the list is below.

Campsite Gear

  • Tent, Pole, Stakes
  • Mallet
  • Cover for under your tent
  • Extra Tarp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Pillows
  • Repair Kit
  • Extra Blankets
  • Headlights and Flashlights
  • Lantern
  • Batteries
  • Shovel
  • Camp Chair


  • Stove
  • Fuel for Stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Firewood
  • Frying Pan
  • Pot
  • Corkscrew
  • Tablecloth
  • Roasting Sticks
  • Food Storage
  • Esky
  • Ice
  • Water Bottles
  • Plates and Utensils
  • Cups and Mugs
  • Knife and Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Foil
  • Soap
  • Sponge
  • Dishtowel
  • Paper Towel


  • Clothes for Daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimming Gear
  • Rainwear
  • Jacket
  • Extra layers for warmth (Thermals)
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Beanie
  • Socks
  • Shoes (hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes)

Personal Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid Kit
  • Medicine
  • Toliteres
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Towel


  • Phone Charger
  • Maps
  • Garbags
  • Firestarters
  • Firewood
  • Beer and Wine

Everything you need to know about the Raptor Fishing Platform

What is the Raptor Boats’ Fishing Platform XL?

Raptor Boats’ ‘Fishing Platform XL’ merges your fishing boat and your tent, which allows you to wake up and fish from your bed, sheltered from the rain and wind. With a 150 square floating platform, there is plenty of room for you and your entire fishing crew.

Raptor Boats' 'Fishing Platform XL'

With all bases covered, Fishing platform XL lets anglers focus on their next catch, without being caught in the elements. It is put together using 5 pieces. Four air deck parts around the base, while the surrounding tube keeps keen fishermen from falling into the water.

It’s made of a high-strength five-layer PVC in 1100 decitex. It also features a special anti-slip material capable of supporting over 3500 lbs. And if the open waters prove too unpredictable, the ‘Fishing Platform XL’ comes with a free repair kit.

Raptor Boats' 'Fishing Platform XL'

There are also hand grips on each side of the boat, and sinking isn’t an issue as the vessel includes eight different air chambers as extra security measures, as well as an effective drainage system to stop capsizing.

With plenty of room on board, This vessel has room for all you and all your mates to kick back, relax, and catch some fish from the comfort of your own tent.

The Raptor Boats ‘Fishing Platform XL’ is available directly from Raptor boats‘ website as well as many other sites, however, make sure you save up, as it will set you back anywhere from up to $2,690 USD.

You’ll never have to return to the land ever again! All you have to focus is on is your next catch!

For more from Campersway, read some of our other blog posts below!

The best fishing spots along the South Coast


Australia’s Top Ten Swimming Holes

Australia’s Top Ten Swimming Holes

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There is nothing like swimming on a hot summers day, and its even better when its spent in an amazing natural beauty in the Australian wilderness and shrouded in secrecy, Which is great, Because Australia is home to many natural wonders ready to be explored, Including an array of natural water holes and waterfalls perfect for cooling off.

Below, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Swimming Holes across Australia which are just waiting for you to dive in and enjoy.

10. Serpentine Falls

(Serpentine National Park, Western Australia)

Wet and wild Sunday’s. #serpintinefalls #gushing

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Just over an hour drive from Perth, Serpentine National Park is home to the stunning Serpentine Falls. The area is most well known for its beautiful waterfall that cascades over a sheer granite rock face and is a perfect place to take a refreshing dip and simply relax, However, This spot can get very busy on weekends and public holidays, so make sure you plan to go earlier in the day.

9. Python Pool

(Millstream, Western Australia)

Loving being on holiday in Western Australia! #westernaustralia #pythonpool

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This amazing deep swimming hole against the beautiful rock formations close to Roebourne-Wittenoom Road is a fantastic place to come and relax. Located in the Millstream-Chichester National Park which is described as an ‘oasis in the desert’ is a must see if you are in the NT, The rock walls against the water are some of the coolest you will ever see.

8. Buley Rockhole

(Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory)

Such clear water #buleyrockholes #litchfieldnationalpark #nt

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The Buley Rockhole is a perfect spot to come relax and take in the beauty of the bush around you. Located in the picturesque Litchfield National Park, The Buley Rockholes have an astonishing pool to take a dip in and cool off or to lay back and let the water run over your shoulders. This spot is a must see if you are in the Northern Territory! 

7. Killen Falls

(Tintenbar, New South Wales)


Killen Falls Nature Reserve is located in Tintenbar, New South Wales, about a 20 minute drive from Ballina. A beautiful clean water hole which is refreshing to swim in. The cave behind the falls is also awesome to explore. It is recommended you wear enclosed shoes around and inside the pool as some of the rocks can be quite sharp and hard to grip, but other than that, this place is almost perfect.

6. Josephine Falls

(Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland)


The Josephine Falls are one of the most scenic falls in Queensland. With beautiful crystal clear waters and sandy beaches perfect for relaxing on. The Josephine Falls are treasured by Cairns locals all year round and is a definite destination for nature lovers and backpackers alike. Make sure you bring your bathers and go for a dip here!

5. Gunlom Falls

(Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory)

This beautiful water hole has plenty to offer, the pristine pools are perfect for cooling off and provide amazing views of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Gunlom Falls are not however easy to access, with a steep climb to the top of the falls, However, don’t let this stop you, this amazing destination needs to be ticked off the bucket list as soon as possible!

4. Millaa Millaa Falls

(Millaa Millaa, Queensland)


Postcard perfect waterfalls. A hidden gem in a beautiful landscape with falls which are amazing to swim through. The water is always refreshing and clear here, However, This area can get very populated on hot days. Don’t let this deter you however, The falls also looks amazing in the mist or rain. It is also really accessible with the carpark almost at the base of the water. If you are in the area, make sure you see it!

3. Lake Argyle

(Lake Argyle, Western Australia)

Lake Argyle is the second largest man-made freshwater reservoir in Australia and is Located 70 km away from Kununurra. The best way to experience this beautiful lake is via a cruise, hiring a boat or bringing your own. The Infinity pool located in the Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park is also an experience on its own with great views of the red cliffs contrasting with the blue lake, especially awesome when viewed at sunset. Make sure this place is on your bucket list!

2. Mitchell Falls

(Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia)


This is a fantastic spot! You have to experience this place in person, photos of the falls just don’t do it justice. The falls are at their most beautiful during the wet season, However, The Falls are only accessible via 4WD, and it is a long trip. Don’t let this put you off though, the journey there is an adventure of its own, and definitely well worth it!

1. Wattamolla Pool

(Royal National Park, New South Wales)


Where the river meets the sea. Located only 50 km from Sydney, Wattamolla Pool is one of the most beautiful, impressive locations on this list. With a massive swimming hole, Sandy beaches and a massive waterfall, Which people love to jump from into the crystal clear waters below, Is perfect for relaxing and daredevils alike. If you’re ever in New South Wales, This place needs to be checked out!

Didn’t see your favourite on the list? let us know in the comments below what you think the best waterhole in Australia is!

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