7 Must-Have Tips For Free Camping In Australia


As travellers on a good finances, we’re at all times searching for methods to save lots of our cash. One of many greatest prices with journey wherever on this planet is lodging. Accommodations and campgrounds, caravan parks and resorts. All of them desire a slice of your pockets. In Australia, even a backpacker hostel can set you again $40 and extra, for one night time in a dorm room. Even plain previous tent websites can get loopy, we as soon as paid a whopping $45 for an unpowered tent website for one night time!

What many travellers in Australia do not find out about, or are even uncertain about, is free tenting. As a result of Australia is a HUGE place with lengthy distances between cities there are at all times little roadside spots tucked away the place you may spend the night time for completely zero {dollars}.

This is our 7 should know ideas for the proper Australian free tenting expertise.

1: First and Foremost: Get the Wikicamps app

That is an app to your telephone that can present you the whereabouts for tons of tenting choices throughout Australia. It is value $7.99 on the app retailer and it’s the greatest $7.99 we spent! It features a journey planner, a chat discussion board and you may retailer its contents offline in your telephone. You should use the filters to see solely free camps, motels, caravan parks, camps with water, bogs, telephone reception and many others. It truly is the one tenting app you have to whilst you’re in Australia. Learn the evaluations on the location you select and depart a evaluate your self. This lets fellow travellers know if it’s a superb camp or a nasty one.

2: Journey by automobile

Whereas folks have travelled throughout Australia by each means attainable one of the best ways to see it’s by automobile, both automobile or motorbike. There are such a lot of again roads and hidden locations which are accessible when you’ve got your personal transport. Soar onto websites like Gumtree to search out the cheapies. Whereas bikes are nice enjoyable, the automobile is your ticket to straightforward free tenting. Our recommendation is to purchase a wagon or van and sleep within the again. This implies you may stealth camp in metropolis automobile parks, at seashores or down gravel tracks. Whereas you should purchase a sedan or motorbike and simply pitch a tent as you go, we do discover having a wagon slightly simpler for tenting in populated areas. With some curtains up, you usually tend to mix in and fewer more likely to be requested to maneuver alongside. A tent setup in the course of a parking zone is bound to attract undesirable consideration.

MyDeal Professional Tip: Match out your automobile with a facet awning for the proper shady retreat.

3: Obey the indicators

When you pull as much as a spot the place you wish to camp and there’s a massive signal saying NO CAMPING, then don’t camp there. Through the years these ‘No Tenting’ areas are spreading and are being aggressively patrolled as too many travellers ignore the indicators and mainly annoy the city’s residents. There a number of Shires in Western Australia that now do not permit free tenting in any respect in the entire Shire. When you do determine to free camp in these areas and also you get caught out, the fines are large. It’s simpler to only transfer on.

4: Camp virtually wherever

So long as you are not on personal property, or in a delegated no tenting space, then you may camp. Simply be slightly sensible about it. Do not make your personal tracks. All the time follow marked trails. When you begin bulldozing your personal paths into the bush, then fairly quickly the locals will discover this exercise and that might doubtlessly result in one other off-limits space. Generally all you should do is go down a facet highway and discover a gravel pit or a pull in by a river. Rivers and creeks virtually at all times could have a number of free camp spots alongside them. All the time respect culturally delicate areas reminiscent of these round Uluru. Don’t destroy them and depart every part as you discover it.

5: Garbage: Take it out with you

Do not depart your garbage behind. Many hidden free camps haven’t any amenities supplied. Together with bins. Take your garbage out with you and dump it in a roadside bin. When you see another lazy travellers garbage mendacity round, decide it up. Additionally, if you happen to take a poop within the bush, bury it deeply. Nobody desires to see another person’s soiled bathroom paper and poop pile. Burying it retains it out of sight and retains the realm trying clear. Once more, do not give the locals a purpose to clamp down on free campers.

6: Converse to different campers

These guys can be an ideal useful resource for one of the best camps arising down the highway. We’ve got had many an ideal camp as a result of we adopted one other travellers recommendation. Plus, travellers are a pleasant lot and chances are you’ll simply find yourself sitting round a campfire, sharing a glass of wine and chatting. It is an effective way to make new associates in addition to to achieve some updated ideas.

7: Campfires

Bushfires destroy massive components of Australia’s superb outback yearly. Too many of those are began by careless campers. All the time remember of the present fireplace restrictions for the realm you’re in. Do not be that traveller that ignored the warnings and restrictions and ended up burning a city to the bottom. Most cities and shires could have massive indicators displaying the present fireplace hazard threat. There are some nice security tricks to be discovered on the DFES web site. Whether it is secure and also you do have a fireplace, be sure to put it out earlier than you allow camp. We’ve got turned as much as camps in the course of the day the place the fireplace continues to be smoldering and smoking from the night time earlier than whereas the campers are lengthy gone.

Free tenting round Australia is an effective way to see this unbelievable nation. Waking as much as the sound of birds, or the crashing of waves simply meters out of your automobile simply provides to the expertise. By being a courteous camper and following the fundamental ideas above you are able to do your bit to assist hold free tenting precisely that. Free.


We’re Todd and Chantelle, two Australian thirty-somethings with a thirst for journey, data and significant experiences.

In 2016 we determined to promote every part we personal, swap up our life and go adventuring all over the world as a substitute of working. And we’ve got by no means seemed again! Discover out extra on Over Yonda Adventures.



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