Free Camping in Australia

Yes, there is a lot of FREE camping in Australia!

You don't need to pay for expensive caravan park camping on your travels in Australia. However, you do need to know where it is ok to camp for free and where it is not.

The rule of the thumb is that you are not allowed to pull up and camp for free on the land that belongs to national parks and Aboriginal communities/shires, as well as the land that is privately owned. And mining leases.

Private land has signs which you should obey. The best way to find out where exactly is a national park or Aboriginal shire boundary is to use HEMA maps.


They are the most comprehensive and detailed maps that you can use in Australia, and they have all the national parks and Aboriginal land marked in detail.

That's about it. On the rest of the land, unless there is a 'no camping' sign, you should be alright to camp.

But things can actually get even better than that.

In Australia, there are designated FREE camping areas everywhere, and knowing them, and with right planning, you can travel around Australia camping for FREE as much as you like!

Facilities vary. Some of the spots have showers, others only toilets, some have drinking water and barbecues, others have not.

The best way to find out about all the designated FREE camping spots in Australia is to buy this excellent book. This is what we are using, and on all our trips it has saved us thousands of dollars! It first seems not so cheap, but considering that one night at a caravan park costs you $30-ish (when camping in a van), the book has paid for itself in three nights of camping on the free spots!


It tells you exactly where the free spots are - there are lists as well as maps that refer to the lists. It also tells you whether the spot has showers, toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, fire place, barbecues, shade, mobile phone coverage, and pet and disabled access. There is no better way to save money on your travels!

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