Travelling Australia For Under $50 A Week!
The question is can it be done? To put it simply, yes it can and has been done. But what can you expect for $50 per week or less for accommodation? You might just be amazed with how far your dollar is going to get you and you can still have million dollar views for well, a dollar!!!!
Share and use our free camps ground reviews that are free camps all around Australia and you are going to be well on your way to travelling Australia for under $50 per week in accommodation.
This is an amazing guide, with years of knowledge to help keep the costs down while you travel to maximise the time spent travelling and still feel like your’re on holidays.
Some Free Camping Tips
If you haven’t Free Camped, it is time to get out and discover why it is becoming so hugely popular. There are thousands of amazing Free Camps that are filled with some amazing people that we are sure will come life long friends.
Do the “dirty chores”, like repacking the van, any small repairs at free camps so when you are paying for accommodation you can maximise your stay and use of their amenities.
Of course if your going bush or Free Camping then being self sufficient is priority. This is where our solar guide will prove invaluable. Check out our Solar Bible Here
Water, water and more water. It is the fundamentals of life, you need to have means of getting water with just your car leaving you van behind. Some water bladders and small pumps make great use of space and are invaluable for water storage and transport.
For washing look into the mini washing machines either powered or not. They are surprisingly water savvy and do a great job.
National Parks normally offer some of the best views and the best prices, so if you want that million dollar view but at an almost free camp price then this is the way to go
Use our ever increasing Data Base of camp reviews or join up at our Facebook Group to find hidden gems and reviews on nearly every campground there is.
Always bring make/bring extra meals so you don’t have to pack up early or pay an arm and leg for your meals.
SOME OF THE MUST HAVES
Webber Q or similar, they are an amazing simple to use BBQ that really do live up to all the hype
4WD Awning – Great to put up quickly for lunch or extended breaks
12v Dual Battery System – Whatever suits your Budget.
Car Fridges – Engle & Evercool, are both some of the best out there, but plenty of others to chose from
Some Of The Best Free Camps In Australia
The Best Free Camps In Australia are some of the prettiest and scenic camp spots Australia has to offer and all for free.
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.
Blue Pool camping area, Briagolong State Forest
Blue Pool, Briagolong State Forest is a small shady camp spot that has a basic drop toilet, fire pits and picnic tables. The site slopes away towards the creek so it is probably not well suited to caravan or large trailer camping. The actual camp ground is a short walk up from the beautiful Blue Pool and is pet friendly.
Horseyard Flat camping area, Alpine National Park
Camp among Black Sallees on the banks of the Moroka River at Horseyard Flat. When camping be fully self sufficient with food, water and camping equipment.
Pineapple Flat camping area, Alpine National Park
Bring your 4WD and set up your camp on the grassy well shaded sites. You will enjoy how picturesque it looks and why not tackle some of the 4WD tracks in the park.
Western Beach camping area, Lake Albacutya Park
The main feature of this park is the lake, which fills from Lake Hindmarsh when the Wimmera River is in flood. At high water mark, the lake covers 5850 ha. The lake generally fills and empties on a 20 year cycle, the longest dry period on record being 27 years. The park also includes Ross Lake (470 ha) and a 2.5km stretch of Outlet Creek.
Outlet Creek and the sand dunes north of the lake can be explored on short day walks or longer overnight expeditions. The park is also popular for water skiing, fishing, yabbying and boating when water levels are high enough.
Port Parham Foreshore Camping Reserve is a lovely camp spot with great amenities. Enjoy walks along the beach clean toilets and places to fill your water.
These camp spots are all well maintained and there are huts at some of the camp spots letting you can stay with a roof over your head.
Tiparra Rocks Camping Area has an amazing vista to look at. It does require an permit to stay at.
Bidjar Ngoulin camping area, Munda Biddi Trail
These campsites are designated ‘FUEL STOVES ONLY’ campsites. This minimises the risk of bushfires as in warm windy weather as fires can escape very easily. It also prevents foraging for wood, which helps protect the habitat of our wildlife. Cyclists will need to carry a fuel stove (or equivalent) for cooking and a warm sleeping bag and clothing for cool evenings.
The Munda Biddi Trail campsites are not accessible by vehicles, so you’ll have to make arrangements to meet your vehicle support at public campsites or other vehicle access points marked by a red car symbol on the maps.
Caliguel Lagoon camping area, Condamine
A fantastic lagoon camp spot that is very popular with water-based activities that is pretty special.
Nice camp spots available and is a great place to launch your kayak.
Apsley Waterhole camping area, Douglas–Apsley National Park
There is a small bush camping area near the Apsley Waterhole, ten minutes walk from the carpark off Rosedale Road. For those walking the Leeaberra Track there are remote bush campsites near Heritage Falls and Tevelein Falls, both on the Douglas River. There is no charge for camping.
Lovely spot to stay, great for kayaks and fishing. Road in can be a bit rough, and camp spots can be a bit soggy depending on the weather. If you like walking and wild life make sure you check it out. You need to get a permit for this camping area.
Set on the spectacular banks of Lake Sorrell, camping doesn’t get much better than this camp spot.
Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area, Southern Forests
Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area, which is one of the most stunning free camps that Australia has to offer. Nestled beside Esperance River on soft, mossy ground with toilets and all the activities you could want.
Inspiring Travellers To Follow
OUR LAP OF AUSTRALIA ALL FOR UNDER $30K
4278 Lts Diesel
119 Nights at Caravan Parks
6 Nights in National Parks
4 Nights at Station Stays
7 Nights in Free Camps (could have been alot more)
91 Nights with Family in the Kimberleys, Sunshine Coast & South Australia
$26 per week ACCOMODATION budget to #Travel Australia PLUS our FAVOURITE camps!!
Our family of four have been travelling #Australia since March last year on a 🤩$500 per week 🤩 budget, however this is not our first lap of Australia and nor are we unaccustomed to being budget travellers either! From 20 years of travelling together both in Australia and overseas, this is what we have learnt : 😳😃👨👩👧👦