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Our 13 Best Free Camps in Australia

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In 18 months around 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. This tells you just how special our #1 favourite place is, as it couldn’t be any further from the ocean if you tried.

There are many free camps around Oz but sometimes you pull up and are just blown away with 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 13 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 13 are completely free, at the time of writing there was no charge to stay.

Kingston SE RV stay has been removed as it will have a charge as at October 2017.

1 - Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach, WA

13. 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 kms 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

2 - Cliff Head
Cliff Head Campground, WA

12. Cliff Head Campground

Location: near Arrowsmith, WA

About: Cliff Head has 3 free camp grounds, 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

3 - Babinda
Babinda RV Stay, Qld

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 provide great hot showers for $2, there’s a separate toilet block, good water and a dump point.

Beside 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.

4 - Brown Bay
Brown Bay, SA

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

5 - Garden Island
Garden Island, Clarence Point Tasmania

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

6 - Lake MacIntosh
Lake Mackintosh, Tasmania

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
Robe, SA

7. Robe Jetty

Location: Robe, South Australia

About: This is not well noted as an official free camp site however the information centre in town made us aware of it’s 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 centre.

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

8 - Kangaroo Island StokesStokes Bay, Kangaroo Island

9 - Kangaroo Island Vivonne
Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

6. Kangaroo Island, almost 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

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Corella Dam, Qld

5. 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

12 - Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires, Tasmania

4. 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

13 - Gregory River
Gregory River, Gregory Qld

3. 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 travelling 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 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

14 - Portland
Swimming with Seals at Portland, Victoria

2. 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

15 - Uluru
Uluru Ayres Rock, NT

1. Uluru By Sunrise

Location: Uluru/ Ayres Rock, Northern Territory

About: Everything about going to Uluru is expensive, except this little piece of paradise. Located 10kms before Yulara you can enjoy spectacular views of Uluru, see incredible sunrises and amazing sunsets.

At night you can cook on an open fire and take in the scenery of the stars glistening in the night sky.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/OWE4gW5Eyi8

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No. Water is available from the service station in town

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No, but there is one toward Yulara on the right heading in to town.

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes although I found Vodafone worked even better in Uluru

16 replies
  1. Dennis & Marion Cranston
    Dennis & Marion Cranston says:

    Wow, what a wonderful journey you have been on. Thank you so much for sharing & also the information re each campsite & towns & fantastic photos. We will definatly be putting a lot of these sites on our bucket list!!!

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  2. Mark
    Mark says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your top Free Camping spots around OZ. It makes our trip plan easier for when we take off to do the lap. Safe travels and happy free camping…

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  3. Deb
    Deb says:

    Thanks for the amazing pics n awesome information. I am traveling by myself, n all these places look fantastic. Cheers n thanks again Deb

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  4. Susan
    Susan says:

    Thanks so much for all this fabulous information guys. I’m a total newbie (just took off two weeks ago) and am about to hit one of these towns. The info you provided has kick started my day with a glow because I know where to go … and your earlier comment to another respondent about the safeness/security of each of your recommendations is very comforting (as a “onesy” traveller). All the best for the remainder of your indefinite leave!

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  5. Clarke Mc Dowell
    Clarke Mc Dowell says:

    Hi
    Thank-you for your time and trouble posting this. I just thought I would let you know ‘Uluru By Sunrise” has been closed, the aboriginal land was extended and the have banned camping on it.

    Reply

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