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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bky1HV7A8qc/

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: No

2. Gregory River (Gregory, QLD)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnRygIslnNm/

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

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

Stevenson Falls (Barramunga, VIC)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhBZH_nnebC/?taken-by=rlockett.jpg

Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Spring Bay Hotel (Triabunna, TAS)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb1GU2YHMZg/

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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnmojuZhppH/?taken-at=259268961095030

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Pets: No

Lake Mulwala (Mulwala, NSW) 

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Cause trees don’t swim

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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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOtmbewAZWw/?tagged=mackintoshdam

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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmAZUHPg-EY/?tagged=robejetty

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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Cost: $5 per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Workmans Campground (Agnes Water, QLD)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Baqluv-DKO7/?taken-at=949613472

Cost: $9 per person per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: Yes

Cliff Head Campground (Dongara, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaFpQdEFXSO/?taken-at=1030920978

Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Stanley Tasmania Campground (Stanley, TAS)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn2rnsEn8Vy/?taken-by=stanleytasmania

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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#capebridgewater #portlandvictoria #3305 #beachwalks

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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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmGSnzUnj_c/?tagged=ospreycamp

Cost: $10 per person per night

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: No

Quobba Campground (Macleod, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnPn1MADCWN/?hl=en&tagged=quobba

Cost: $11 per person, Kids free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Sandy Cape Campground (Jurien Bay, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnyTBYvHiWo/?hl=en&tagged=sandycape

Cost: $15 per person

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnDmQP9FXfg/?hl=en&tagged=luckybay

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

Toilets: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: No

Rapid Bay Campground (Rapid Bay, SA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnf-ueGhGNz/?hl=en&taken-at=300549430

Cost: $7 per person per night

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Newnes Campground (Wollemi National Park, NSW)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkFngAknsAL/?hl=en&tagged=newnescampground

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 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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQVnc-lcjv/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmfpgxmFrDU/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnh8-SEldv4/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnKVxcUl9ip/?hl=en&taken-by=two.sea.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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnW72iGFaVB/?hl=en&taken-by=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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVCsSSFiXw/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnGWIwagCRx/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BndToGnnMve/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm19BGUF_PJ/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnhO9NdlnrY/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnS98C8nwJl/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm8Hyj5loXy/?hl=en

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_

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnOF_-ulKJE/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnKfYwZB3qy/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnLSneKh16B/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnW9CDoHk1Q/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmsVLpQHvZY/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVk6cbnVo1/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVcYrogLnC/?hl=en

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnCwQjxggXw/?hl=en

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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Caravan Insurance 101

Caravan insurance

If you need comprehensive insurance cover for your caravan or trailer, it can be tough to find where to start. It’s important to keep your caravan secure when you are traveling Australia on the road, in your home or at a campsite.

Caravan Insurance will make sure your caravan is protected from damage, theft, fire and many other losses while it is on the road or secure at your home or caravan park. Many providers will also let you cover the contents of the caravan to make sure belongings remain protected for when your caravan isn’t being used.

What cover do I need?

Caravan

  • A caravan is an unpowered vehicle that is usually towed by your car. From traveling across Australia to relaxing in a caravan park, a caravan insurance policy should be the best for you.

Camper Trailers

  • These are basically combinations of caravans and tents. They usually have a pop top, where the roof raises up to create a living space. You can get cover for your camper trailer under a standard caravan insurance policy.

Motorhomes

  • The main difference between a Caravan and a Motorhome is the fact that you can drive a Motorhome and it doesn’t need to be towed. Which means Caravan insurance policies won’t cover your motorhome, and you’ll need to look into motorhome insurance

Do I need to get Caravan cover?

Different from Car Insurance, Caravan Insurance is not a legal requirement. Your car’s CTP will cover anything that happens on the road, but only if it’s attached to your car.

If your trailer comes off and collides with another car, you most likely won’t be covered. Having no insurance on your caravan is very risky and will mean that you’ll have to use your own cash if you’re in an accident.

How much does it cost?

The cost of caravan insurance differs from person to person and caravan to caravan. Some factors that might determine your cost include:

  • How much you insure on the caravan. It is up to you how much you want to Insure on your Caravan, you can do practically any amount you want up to its value. The higher you insure it for, the higher the premiums will be.

 

  • How much you’re going to use it. The cost will be different if you are using it routinely and are traveling frequently compared to if it is parked in the same spot all year round.

 

  • Your agreed out-of-pocket expenses. Your excess is the amount of money you agree to pay out of pocket any time you claim. You can often choose your own excess amount when getting your policy. A higher excess means lower premiums.

Which Caravan Insurance should I get?

There is no one ‘best’ caravan insurance or policy. It all depends on your situation and what types of cover you are looking for.

The way to go is decided what type of cover best suits you and your situation and compare their policies to other providers.

Find what you need for the best price.

Below are some companies that offer good caravan insurance options:

Youi

  • No matter the size of your adventure, or where you go or don’t go, our comprehensive caravan & trailer insurance has you covered. (www.youi.com.au)

CIL

  • CIL Insurance can provide caravan insurance anywhere in Australia and are Australia’s Leading Specialist Caravan & RV Insurer. (www.cilinsurnce.com.au)

NRMA

  • Protect your touring caravan or camper trailer with NRMA Touring Caravan Insurance. Includes cover for accidental damage, theft, fire, storm and more. (www.nrma.com.au)

GIO

  • Comprehensive cover for your caravan, trailer or horse float at home, on-site and on the road. (www.gio.com.au)

CGU

  • Whether you’re a grey nomad doing laps of Australia, or a family that cherishes a yearly caravanning holiday, it pays to protect your home-on-wheels. CGU offers comprehensive caravan cover, with plenty of options to tailor it to your needs. (www.cgu.com.au)

Allianz

  • Whether you have a caravan, camper trailer, horse trailer, or trailer, we have an insurance option for you (www.allianz.com)

QBE

  • Complete cover for your little piece of home – when you’re on the road, at a caravan park or at home. You’ll also be covered for damage to other people’s property. (www.qbe.com.au)

Apia

  • Protects your caravan for accidental loss or damage anywhere in Australia due to events such as accident, storm, impact, vandalism, fire and theft. (www.apia.com.au)

RACQ

  • RACQ Caravan and Trailer insurance provide the protection you need to get out and enjoy the freedom and adventure that touring offers. (www.racq.com.au)

RAC

  • Whether you’re heading up north, down south, exploring interstate or somewhere in between, the open road will be much more relaxing with trusted insurance for your caravan or trailer. (www.rac.com.au)

Suncorp

  • When you own a caravan, trailer or horse float, you want insurance that moves with you. (www.suncorp.com.au)

Thinking of another insurer that is not on the list? Leave a comment below!

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Australia’s Top Ten Swimming Holes

Australia’s Top Ten Swimming Holes

Image above: @cyaround_oz

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)

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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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbVoy84DHy-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmF9en_A-op/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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)

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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)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BS79gCPD1A-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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!

You need a Wooshka, here’s why.

Campfires are one of the best parts of camping. They provide warmth, atmosphere
and something to cook on.

My partner and I had been doing our research on the Wooshka, the reviews where
great so we decided to go and have a look at one in person down at our local
Bunnings store. We tossed up the pros and cons, and in the end, the pros definitely
outweighed. We arrived home after purchasing our Wooshka and we just couldn’t
wait to use it. We went all out and purchased most of the accessories for it,
including the hot water canister, flue oven, beads basket and the rotisserie.

We found that a lot of campsites we went to didn’t allow fires pits, but because of the
Wooshka isn’t an open fire, it’s fully contained and raised off the ground, most
campsites allow them.

What a great little stove the Wooshka is. We use it for heating, cooking and just for
the atmosphere both while camping and at home. Initially, we thought it might be a bit
large to cart around especially with the accessories, but when you consider its use
and the fact that it uses so little wood compared to an open fire, it is worth finding a
space for it.

Our first camping trip away with our Wooshka was over the Easter break, for
breakfast most days we cooked bacon and eggs on the hotplate but we also decided
to try the breakie boats everyone has been talking about. We put egg, bacon,
cheese, spinach, capsicum and mushrooms into the taco boats and cooked them in
the oven, they were so yummy!!

For dinner we cooked a roast pork on the rotisserie, it cooked so evenly! It was
definitely a hit. While our roast was cooking we put potato jackets and corn in the
oven, they came out beautifully golden and the corn was so juicy!

We had recently seen a family cooking pizzas in their Wooshka oven, on this
occasion we didn’t make them. But we can’t wait to use it again and try out so many
more recipes.

Our 17 Best Free Camps in Australia

Written ByKevin & Adele Hockey

In our 2 years in Australia, we have found some fantastic free places to camp.

For us, we love the ocean and therefore most of our best places are overlooking a beach.

There are many free camps around Oz but sometimes you pull up and are just blown away by how amazing it is. Friendly people, extraordinary views, fun activities the location provides or the sunrises and sunsets that welcome you or complete another magnificent day on the road in this incredible country we get to call home.

We all have our own perceptions of what that is for us, the following 17 places are the ones that have appealed the most to us from what we have seen so far.

No doubt we will continue to add to the list over time.

For clarity, we consider Free camps as totally free and are not campgrounds, Pub stays or other organized locations. Free camps mostly have no or limited facilities.

There are no designated sites at Free camps and no powered options. Usually, you are expected to be self-contained with your own toilets and showers, the capability of carrying your own water and storing your grey and black water.

All 17 are completely free, at the time of writing there was no charge to stay.

# December 2017 Update – Uluru has been removed as it is now closed. Wallangarra, Lake Wyangan, Quicks Beach, Lake Mulwala and Doolans Bend have been added.

17. Wallangarra Rest Stop

Location: At the Qld/ NSW border in the Southern Downs region

About: An excellent free camp area with lots of facilities and heaps of space when traveling the New England Highway. It is located directly on the border of Qld and NSW.

There are plenty of facilities making this an ideal stopover for free.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/G_7ACEoxYRk

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

16. Lake Wyangan

Location: Griffith, NSW

About: A beautiful lake with great fishing in a quiet country town and excellent wineries close by, what’s not to like.
Toilets and showers are available but in your drinking water.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/Tqtn1sSkXYQ

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: No

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

15. 7 Mile Beach WA

Location: South of Geraldton, WA

About: A simple free camp spot with no facilities but lots of beach and amazing sunsets every night. A short few km from the Highway.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/AyBicHrnhdM

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

14. Lake Mulwala

Location: Mulwala, NSW near Yarrawonga on the Murray River

About: This is a fabulous free camp just a few km from town and right on the bank of Lake Mulwala, part of the amazing Murray River on the NSW/ Victoria border.

Known for its fantastic fishing you can find a campsite right on the banks and enjoy up to 2 weeks in this amazing location. There are no facilities, you will need to have your own arrangements for toilet, showers and bring your own water.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/HxI6YCiSt1w

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 14 nights in any 3 month period

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

13. Doolans Bend

Location: Murray River Browns Plains Victoria, 30 km from Albury.

About: One night here just wasn’t enough. A fantastic location directly on the banks of the Murray River. Set up a fire, cast out a line and enjoy this amazing location in a beautiful bush setting.

There are no facilities so bring your own water and you will need to take your rubbish back with you.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/sgX1KdX3nZ0

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

12. Cliff Head Campground

Location: near Arrowsmith, WA

About: Cliff Head has 3 free campgrounds, Cliff Head South, Cliff Head North which looks fantastic and this one which is in the middle. We chose this one as it had more space and good protection from the wind.

A beautiful beach with great sunsets and the campground has plenty of room to move.

When we were there new toilets had just been installed.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/71WRACdqIxg

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

11. Babinda RV stay

Location: North Queensland

About: This is a brilliant Free campground in North Queensland providing all the facilities you would need. A new shower block provides great hot showers for $2, there are a separate toilet block, good water, and a dump point.

Besides the campground is a great shallow creek perfect to lay in and relax.

Lots of space and plenty of good level space to park.Best facilities of any Free camp we’ve seen in Oz.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/I8Ju2MezaI8

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes. Also Vodafone and Optus.

10. Brown Bay, Port MacDonnell

Location: East of Port MacDonnell, South Australia

About: The opportunity to park with an extraordinary view directly from our Motorhome gets this one into our Top 10 Free Camps.

There is a bitumen car park with designated spaces perfect for staying the night, however, there is also a track to the beach and it leads to an awesome space to park right on the beachfront.

The beach is very popular with local surfers and you can swim and fish the day away or just absorb the fantastic views.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/3a2gcDfqztI

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 24 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, outdoor cold shower

Potable water: No but water is available back in town at Port MacDonnell

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

9. Garden Island

Location: Clarence Point, Tasmania

About: Located just north of Beaconsfield in Tasmania this is a great Free camp in the middle of the River Tamar.
If you like fishing you will love it here and we saw Seals playing in the River right in front of us.
Enjoy the views directly across the river to the town of George Town during the day and see big ships sail on by.
There are no amenities so bring plenty of water with you.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/puWpqsGSpVE

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

8. Lake Mackintosh

Location: Mackintosh Dam, Tasmania

About: Not far from Cradle Mountain is Lake Mackintosh, a very beautiful lake where even Darryl Kerrigan would be pleased with the serenity.
We built a fire and enjoyed the incredible views, peace, and tranquility.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/GhktiivXg_E

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

7. Robe Jetty

Location: Robe, South Australia

About: This is not well noted as an official free campsite however the information center in town made us aware of its availability. We further heard that it is known to be ok to free camp here.

It is used as a turning circle for vehicles so we stayed back out of the way to allow the traffic to easily use the area.

Swim, snorkel, and fish from the beach or jetty. Only 5 minutes to the town center.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/3IbygOXImfc

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No, we accessed water from the park nearby next to the BBQ’s.

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No but one is available in town approx. 5 minutes away

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

6. Kangaroo Island

anywhere you want to stay but Stokes Bay was great.

Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

About: The cost to travel to KI turns many people away so the island doesn’t have the issues of mainland Australia and at this point, whilst all the information provided to travellers consists of the caravan parks and campgrounds, we found there were almost no “no camping” signs on the island and no rangers to wake you early in the morning asking you to move. We spent 12 nights parked wherever we could find the most stunning location and there were many.

We were generally able to find water and arrange for access to a dump point. From one corner of the island to the furthest point is approx. a max 1.5 to 2 hours drive.

We really enjoyed Kingscote Jetty, Stokes Bay, Vivienne Bay, Pennington Bay

YouTube:
Stokes Bay – https://youtu.be/ndTU1iy15cc
Vivonne Bay – https://youtu.be/APrbzKsoXRw
American River – https://youtu.be/SNWhzh0Bdi4

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  At Penneshaw and Parndana

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Only at Kingscote and Penneshaw

5. Henty Park Campground

Location: Portland, Victoria

About: A superb Free camp and fantastic small town. We loved our stay here and spent almost a week in Portland (we left after 3 nights, was 72 hours, and came back for 2 more). We highly recommend the Seal by Sea tour at nearby Cape Bridgewater. There is so much to see and do in town.
You can surf, swim, snorkel and fish as much as you want. Take the time and explore this great little town.
The campground provides great level, grassed space to park. The Ranger came around each day but was friendly and fair.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/e5llKV3Dykg

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Now 48 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Available at Pool complex next door for $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes, plus Optus and Vodafone

4. Quicks Beach

Location: Murray River, Barooga Victoria

About: Our favorite location along the Murray River, a sandy beach with a flowing river, space and freedom.

It can be very busy here however we got lucky and picked the perfect time to be there. Take your kayaks and tubes and enjoy the best place to swim along the Murray.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/0ro1Pq2dLNw

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  No

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

3. Corella Dam

Location: Between Cloncurry and Mt Isa, Queensland

About: A fantastic free camp 50kms west from Cloncurry in Queensland. Easy short dirt road in, lots of space and if you’re lucky you might get a spot on the dam. Lots of Red Claw and you’ll also be visited by lots of cows.

An amazing free camp which fully deserves our Top 5 spot.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/hbcNx1Tabfs

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

2. Bay of Fires

Location: North East coast of Tasmania

About: The Bay of Fires Campground in Tasmania provides a fantastic free camp on one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches. Located just out of the town of St Helens where you can access everything you need for your time there.

Be sure to wake early to witness the spectacular Sunrise each morning from the beach.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/5fYV4IuSmLc

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet-Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

1. Gregory River

Location: Gregory, North Queensland

About: A magnificent location with a campground above the river or you can free camp beside the river.
Simply relax and enjoy the amazing scenery and the opportunity to float down the river.
This is a popular spot for those traveling on to Adels Grove and Lawn Hill National Park.

YouTube:       https://youtu.be/d95fBExnR5Q

Cost:               Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No, but free toilets are walking distance away in town of Gregory

Showers:       No, but free showers are walking distance away in town of Gregory

Potable water: No, but water is an available walking distance away in Gregory

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dump point:             No but dump point is available close by in town

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: No

 

How do you like the list of our favorite Free Camps in Australia?

Tell us of any we have missed and we will look to go there and add them to our list of Australia’s Best Free Camps.

Safe travels,

The Search For Zac Barnes Continues – Have You Seen Zac?

It’s a milestone Karen and Michael Gudelj hoped would never be reached. 

November 13, 2017, marked one year since their son Zac Barnes was last seen, dashing from a friend’s car in a bush near Thornton. 

Zac’s younger sisters still wake in the middle of the night when it rains, scared their beloved older brother is somewhere outside, getting wet. 

The family’s concern for their missing boy hasn’t eased for a second of the last year, leading to their latest attempt to find out what happened that night on November 13.

Zac’s Mum writing this on Facebook last week:

Zac Barnes is now 19 years old an outgoing larrikin you can’t help but like him and if there was any initial resistance he would always win you over especially if he wanted to know you.

Zac is one of 4 boys, he was number 3 of the bunch, and was always loud, as you can imagine. He also has 2 little sisters (8&9) who absolutely adore their big brother. He always had time for them and they truly miss him dearly. Apprentice bricklayer, loved his footy and loved a VB or ten lol, so much so he had a VB label tattooed on the back of his calf muscle.

So I guess you could say a little crazy too. I thought it was a very silly tattoo but now it’s a key identifying mark that just may find him. 12 months ago he never came home. It was a Sunday evening and it has changed our lives.

He was with two friends they tell us he was last seen at the corner of Tripp close and Haussman drive Thornton. They say he ran off and just disappeared. Nothing makes sense. Zac has not used his bank accounts or social media accounts since that day. He was wearing blue board shorts a single tank top and steel cap work boots.

What happened to Zac seems to be a mystery there has been no firm sightings Australia wide. Maitland detectives are working hard on the case. Zac is loud if you were in the room with him you would definitely know he was there especially if he had a few beers under his belt he would be hugging you, making you laugh or both.

Australia we need your help to find Zac if you know anything at all please either call CrimeStoppers on 1800 553 314. Or to donate to the GoFundMe page click here https://www.gofundme.com/7t3xd6-help-find-zac-barnes

 

DIY Campervan – TopGear

TopGear Motorhome Challenge

* Jeremy compares two supercar convertibles, the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo, and the Stig gives them lap times
* The boys are challenged to build their own cool motorhomes and put them through a series of challenges
* SIARPC: actor Andy Garcia

Don’t buy a drone until you watch this! – Campersway

We hope you enjoyed these drone fails, are you in the market for a new drone? Then you need to read this!

When picking out a starting drone, you’ll want to look mostly at durability, ease-of-use, and price. Durability is important because first-time users always have a few crashes, and you don’t want to trash your new toy when you’re first getting started. Ease-of-use is obvious – a high-end drone like the Phantom 4 might have a ton of great features, but to a beginner, those are just complications you don’t really want to deal with. And in case something does go wrong, you want to start with a fairly cheap drone that won’t set you back thousands of dollars.

 

How to fly a drone

  • Pick a nice day with no wind.
  • Go to a large open field with no obstacles such as buildings or power lines around.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum, and switch off your phone.
  • Make sure you don’t fly near people or properties.

Now it’s time to practice your skills. Taking off and climb a couple of meters, hovering, flying from point A to point B, and landing. Take it slowly.

 

Wind Speed

This is probably the first thing you need to find out before your flights if you are flying outdoors. I personally would not fly if the wind is stronger than 15mph. It’s flyable, but the quad will be a bit wobbly and the video footage will be a bit shaky.

Before I understand how important this is, I flew my 450 size tricopter in gusty wind (it must have been 25mph – 30mph) and it didn’t end too well. It was totally uncontrollable, eventually it was pushed away by the wind and crashed pretty badly. So you need to know the limits of wind speed your quadcopter can handle and don’t risk it flying in powerful wind.

Practice Hovering

Hovering is actually harder than it seems, especially when you are flying FPV through a monitor or FPV goggle. Mastering hovering does not only allow you to have better control over your aircraft but also allows you to shoot better aerial videos and pictures.

Cut Throttle

When you are flying forward fast, and you are about to crash into a tree, what would you do? If you can escape by turning left or right, a wise option would be turning off your throttle. By stopping throttle, you also stop the fast rotating propellers as well. This reduces the chance of breaking your props, motors and further damages to your quadcopter. Some nano quads come with prop guards which are also good features to consider.

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Do our kids get along better since starting this trip?

Do our kids get along better since starting this trip?

In short YES. Do they fight like cats and dogs too? yes. But what siblings at this age (all under 5) don’t?? It’s moments like going to a new playground we really see the closeness in the kids. They grab each other’s hands and wonder off together -looking out for one another. They left all their friends behind when we started our journey and now they only have each other.

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They definitely get to a point where they’ve had enough of each other and we try to separate them and do something one on one… Gibbo and I also get to this point. #completelynormal #everybodyneeds5minsalone #travellingaustraliawithkids #caravanningwithkids #siblinglove #lovehate #team #bestfriends

 

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