7 Incredible Free Camping Spots Around Australia

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7 Incredible Free Camping Spots Around Australia

Australia offers some of the most breathtaking landscapes, and there’s no better way to experience them than camping in the great outdoors.

Perfect for adventurers, families and everyone in between seeking an authentic and budget-friendly camping experience, we have 7 of the best free camps for you to discover and enjoy. But before you set off on your journey, it’s essential to understand what free camping is all about.

What is free camping?

Free camps are entirely cost-free and differ from traditional campgrounds, pub stays, or organised locations. Typically, free camps offer minimal or limited amenities and you usually won’t find designated sites, and powered options are rare. It’s important to be self-sufficient with your own toilets and showers, the capability to carry your water supply, and the means to manage your grey and black water responsibly.

What facilities can be expected at a free campsite?

Amenities at free campsites can vary significantly and it is recommended that you have the ability to carry your water and manage grey and black water responsibly. Roadside rest stops are the most basic, often lacking toilets or access to water. However, there’s good news! Many free campsites do provide toilet facilities, and some even offer showers. Keep in mind that if you require electrical power to charge your campervan’s devices, you’ll need to connect at a paid campsite or have your own power source via solar panels or wind turbine.

Whether you’re an avid camper, nature enthusiast, or just looking to escape the hustle and bustle, these free camping spots in Australia have something for everyone.


7 Incredible Free Camping Spots Around Australia


QUEENSLAND – Babinda Rotary Park Campground (Wooroonooran National Park)

  • Located in Babinda Queensland, Wooroonooran National Park (No pets).
  • Perfect access point to swim and picnic at the beautiful Babinda Boulders.
  • Crystal clear streams and amazing waterfalls – Ideal for bush-walking, fishing, or just relaxing by crystal clear water.
  • New toilet and shower block (Showers $2 coin-operated).
  • Toilets.
  • Bins.
  • Water.
  • Dump point.

Babinda Rotary Park Campground with flowing river.

NEW SOUTH WALES – Long Gully Campground (Budawang National Park)

  • Free river camping for experienced and well-equipped travellers located on a grassy flat beside Yadboro River
  • Bring the tent, firewood, and enough food to last (water can be collected from the river and boiled)
  • Dramatic wilderness area
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Wildlife including goannas and wallabies

Campground located at Long Gully, Budawang National Park NSW

VICTORIA – Blue Pool Campground – Victoria (Briagolong State Forest)

  • Surrounded by tall fern trees.
  • Features composting toilets, non-potable water, and more.
  • Access to the beautiful Blue Pool, ideal for families with rope swings, cliff jumping, and swimming.
  • Natural shade for comfortable camping.
  • Short and long hikes available nearby.

Blue Pool Free Campground

WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Cosy Corner Campground – Western Australia (South Coast)

  • Located near a sheltered beach with stunning marine life.
  • Facilities include toilets, a dump point, and a cold shower.
  • Maximum stay of 7 nights allowed.

Cosy Corner Campground Free Camp

SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Murtho Forest Landing

  • About 10 minutes from Paringa in South Australia.
  • Numerous campsites along the Murray River.
  • Riverside camping including a boat ramp, swimming, fishing, and boating and is a popular mooring point for houseboats.
  • Pet friendly
  • Drinking water / water to refill tanks can be accessed in the carpark of the Renmark Swimming Centre, Cowra Street, Renmark.
  • The dump point is also located at this site.

Murtho Forest Landing Free Camp

NORTHERN TERRITORY – Little River, Cape Crawford

  • Located just 10km from Cape Crawford, which features waterholes, waterfalls and ancient rock formations such as the ‘lost city’
  • A riverside camping spot in the Northern Territory.
  • Minimal facilities – Best suited to self-contained campers
  • Relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Shade, caravan and trailer access (note: there are minimum facilities at this campground)
  • Pet friendly

'Lost City' rock formation - Cape Crawford Northern Territory

TASMANIA – Lake Mackintosh – Tullah

  • Stunning lake stocked with trout for fishing.
  • Hiking opportunities, including Mount Farrell summit.

Lake Mackintosh Tullah Free Camp



















Remember, while these spots offer incredible experiences, responsible camping is crucial. Always leave no trace of litter or waste behind, keep noise to a minimum, and respect any local regulations.

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Happy camping!

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