The Best Free Camps In Australia
The Best Free Camps In Australia are some of the prettiest and scenic camp spots and for all for free. We list and share our Best Free Camps In Australia.
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New South Wales
Bendeela Recreation Area, Kangaroo Valley
Bendeela Recreation Area is a popular recreation area which is about 150 kilometres south of Sydney. It has wide open lush spaces and sits on the banks of the Kangaroo River, it’s the perfect spot to relax and get back to nature. Popular activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing and wildlife spotting. As visitors of Bendeela we need to take special care of Bare-nosed wombats.
Big River camping area, Goulburn River National Park
Escape the city life and set up camp at Big River campground. Located at the end of Big River drive, the campground is the perfect getaway set among the trees above the Goulburn River.
The whole family will enjoy plunging into the waterholes along the river for a swim. Explore the sandstone caves and overhangs that follow the river. As the sun goes down, fire up the barbecue and cook up a hearty meal, watch the kangaroos grazing and prepare for another exciting day.
Blackbird Flat Reserve camping area, Macleay River Public Recreation Reserve
Blackbird Flat is a Public Reserve located 68 kilometres west of Kempsey on the Kempsey – Armidale Road and 110 kilometres from Armidale. Blackbird Flat is an ideal place for campers and day visitors to enjoy the Upper Macleay on the edge of the mighty Macleay River. The Upper Macleay environ is a mix of forest, National Parks and cattle properties. Day visitors can enjoy a picnic or barbeque, fish for perch or bass in the Macleay River, swim in the river (footwear required), canoe or take the dog for an outing.
Bodalla Forest Park, Bodalla State Forest
A great spot for a family picnic not far from the Princes Highway in Bodalla State Forest near Narooma. The shaded area is nestled under tall spotted gums, with a easy walking trail from which you may spot a variety or native animals and birds.
Coachwood camping area, Chichester State Forest
4wd only camp spot that is located on the Telegherry River. The river is great to swim in but cold. It gets cold so make sure you bring warm clothes
Daisy Plains Huts, Carrai National Park
It’s a case of first come, first served at Daisy Plains huts in Carrai National Park. The four buildings, set among tall eucalypts, include a five-room bunkhouse (without beds), a kitchen with open fireplace, and a pit toilet. Other than that, there are some tables, but when the setting is this beautiful, you really don’t need much else.
The huts, often used by NPWS staff doing maintenance work, are left open for the public to use at no charge. It’s very remote, so you need to bring everything with you, including firewood, and ensure you remove all rubbish when you leave. The reward is peacefulness you won’t find at many campgrounds. At dawn and dusk, glossy black cockatoos squawk in nearby trees, and you might even spot a red-legged pademelon grazing on the short grass. The endangered Guthrie’s grevillea, which flowers green, is also found around the edge of the plateau, particularly at Marys View in the adjacent Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
Ingar Campground, Blue Mountains National Park
Soothe those frazzled city nerves with a quick getaway to Ingar campground on Kings Tableland, near Wentworth Falls. The Ingar trail leads to this picturesque campsite nestled amongst the scribbly gums.
Kickstart your kids’ love of the Australian bush with a heap of family friendly options, including mountain biking and walking. The nearby dam on Ingar Creek is perfect for swimming, paddling and liloing. If you’re lucky, there might be an eastern water dragon sunning itself on the creek bank.
After a barbecue dinner, get out the torch and look for the local nightlife. You might see sugar gliders, possums and bandicoots. Then it’s time to toast marshmallows over your campfire before settling, exhausted but happy, into your tent.
Jacob’s River camping area, Kosciuszko National Park
Jacobs River campground is a special spot, just a short drive from Jindabyne and Barry Way. Found right by the riverbank and surrounded by gum trees, the campground might be easy to reach from town, but once you arrive, the sense of solitude makes it feel miles away from civilisation. Outside of school holidays and long weekends, you can often have the entire area to yourself.
Bring a tent and pass a long weekend fishing and swimming in the river, or bring a mountain bike and hiking boots and use it as a base for exploring further afield. The campground caters to the very active, day-trippers looking for a picnic spot, and visitors who are simply scouting for somewhere to kick back in serene nature. And nature is everywhere: kangaroos, wallabies and emus like to forage in the undergrowth, while native birds roost in the trees, so don’t forget your binoculars if birdwatching is an interest.
Pindari Dam camping area, Pindari Dam
Pindari Dam is a popular sport and recreation destination north of Inverell near the NSW-Queensland border, offering year-round attractions for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers. Pindari Dam operates with Queensland’s Glenlyon Dam to meet irrigation, stock and household needs in the Border Rivers valley.
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