Camping

Camping in Australia

There are different options in Australia like camping in a designated campground, camping in a national park and free camping.

  • Freedom camping: This is a great chance because Australia’s nature is stunning and you can feel free wherever you go. You should make sure you don’t stay on private property or ask the owner for permission. Since no one takes care of these areas you have to make sure to take what you brought to minimize your impact. Look for resting areas along highways where you can usually find toilets. Always talk to the locals and other tourists to find out if they can recommend you good places to stay. Another option is checking on your smartphone which new apps there are regarding camping.
  • Camping in National Parks: A lot of National Parks in Australia provide the option to camp in designated areas. They usually cost around 5-10$, some are more expensive (an example is the Ayers Rock where you pay 25$). While not too many people check if you actually pay you should put the fee in the “honesty box” to make sure there is enough money to keep the campsite. Not all of these areas have drinking water so always make sure you take a full water tank with you.
  • Camping in smaller campgrounds outside town: It is amazing to see how many little townships in Australia provide campgrounds with views on the sea or rivers. You keep in a small group and usually have showers, a decent toilet and sometimes pools as well. They are cheap (10-20$) but often not any worse than Holiday Parks. They are a good option for travellers on a budget who freedom camp a lot and look for some facilities every few days.
  • Camping in Holiday Parks: This is the most luxurious and complete option on offer. You can do your laundry, check your mails and charge your electronic devices. The prices are higher (usually 20-35$) and it gets a lot busier. If you choose a Holiday Park it is the furthest away from nature, but can be nice after a few nights in wilderness.

Northern Territory:
http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/parks-and-reserves-visitor-guide#.VM__Zy6iqy4
Under “find a park” you can select the park you’re planning on visiting.
New South Wales:
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Stay
Queensland:
http://nprsr.qld.gov.au/
Victoria:
http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/popular-activities/camping
South Australia:

http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Visiting/Camping_accommodation

West Australia:

http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/stay 

Please always check whether the parks offer campervan access.

In Australia every state has its own rules about where free camping is allowed and where it is restricted or forbidden. The best way to find out great spots in your area is contacting the nearest visitor centre.
A list of the official tourism websites can be found here:

www.visitvictoria.com
www.southaustralia.com
www.discovertasmania.com
www.westernaustralia.com
www.tourismnt.com
www.visitnsw.com
www.queensland.com

A great website for locating these free spots is also http://www.freecampingaustralia.com.au/ . Here you can search by the state and find free and low cost campground. Again, please check whether they are accessible by motorhome. In some rest areas overnight stays are permitted, but this depends on the state the rest area is in. Some states like West Australia have “24 hr stopping” signs, in others you can pull over and park. Make it a general rule to ask at the next tourist information or get information on http://www.exploroz.com/Places/Camps_n_Accom.aspx, where you can see free camping spots sorted by state and region on a map.