Free Camping has been ever increasing in popularity and it is easy to see why. You can explore more with less, but where do you start? With our Free Camping Guide, you will be planning your next adventure in no time at all.
There are hundreds of locations through out Australia that offers free or low cost camping and now small towns are taking full advantage of what free campers bring to their town – that being money!
It is a fantastic concept that you can travel and see more with the same amount of money, or it free’s money up to spend in towns. With such diverse camping options, free camping needs to be considered, but planned for.
There is lots of reference material that will guide you, groups such as our FaceBook Group is a must to join and is a god send to keep up to date with camp spot conditions through out Australia and our map will help you plan your adventure.
Of course depending on where you are going and what your level of comfort is, is what gear you will need. However the old saying KISS, ” Keep it simple stupid is what you need to follow”.
Water, Water and more water, you need a good solid water supply and a way of catching it is even better. Work out how much gas you need and then buy the right size gas cylinders.
Make sure you have a way of charging your batteries so either solar or a generator (or both) and to take the burden off your electrical supply make sure all your lights have been changed over to LED’s.
Weight is a issue so make a list of needs and then wants, if your towing a trailer make sure you fully pack it even the water and get it weighed so you can keep it within manufactures towing limits.
Porta loos are needed as a lot of camping spots don’t have toilets, so pick a good one that you feel comfortable with.
Lots to consider, but planning is half the fun.
This is key and I don’t think we need to go over just how important it is to be able to contact someone in case of an emergency.
You will get mobile coverage and depending on the service provider this can be great to none, so don’t always be reliant on it.
With a lot of the free camps situated in remote areas or on the fringes of phone reception, pre-planning is key here to make sure communication is always available and at bare minimum tell someone where ,when and when you should be leaving and arriving at destinations.
There is plenty of options from satellite phones to UHF so choose carefully and do as much research as you can.
Tips – Check out and ask our friendly group for advice here
Water Availability: Many free camps are more remote and rely on bore water if they even have water available at all. It’s always wise to carry your own water when camping so keep this in mind
Fires and BBQ’s: If you’re staying in a National Park area you won’t be allowed to collect firewood and will need to bring your own. Similarly if there are fire bans in place then open fires are not allowed. Having a gas cooktop in these instances is always a bonus.
Time Limits: Some camp sites only allow limited stays. Be sure to follow any rules in regards to this as you can face fines in some instances, but more importantly, the rules are there to be sure that all visitors to the area have availability to resources. Campers causing problems by ignoring limits and other rules sometimes are the cause of free sites being closed, so it pays to be respectful.
Rubbish: There are no rubbish collection services at many free camp sites. This makes sense because rubbish services cost money, so if you’re not paying or you’re only paying minimal charges, and there are no bins then have respect and take your rubbish with you. Like other problems caused by disrespectful campers,, excess rubbish being left around campsites has forced closure of many sites around Australia.
Free camp spots are being closed in recent years due to the abuse of the camping areas, be respectful of the surroundings and other campers, stay tidy and clean and only leave foot prints.
Get out there and have fun, practice, practice and practice and never let minor set backs get to you, they come great stories later on. Share your stories and tips but most of all enjoy your travels.