Australia

Favourite free camp spots in Australia

Free camping is a great way to explore Australia, we’ve found bush camping has lead us to some quiet and incredible places, that putting a price value on them would be hard. There are thousands of free camps all over the country from coast to the outback. Over the past year we have found the app Wiki camps to be an excellent tool, when seeking places to camp aswell as general information on areas.

It’s definitely been the biggest saving of our travels, we have found camps vary greatly, being open minded to what to expect. You meet some great people, I’ve even found people seem way friendlier.

Everyone is there to relax and have a good time. There has been so many spots that we have ended up staying at for days or weeks. Below are so far my ultimate favourites.

. JAMES PRICE POINT

Situated in the Kimberleys, 50km north of Broome, Western Australia. This area is well worth the sandy drive up to. Recommend 4WD but I have known 2WD to access it also. Set amongst the Red Pindan cliffs and golden sandy beaches it makes a stunning backdrop.

We spent three days alone in this spot. It’s so peaceful, with an array of wildlife around. No facilities are available, so being self sufficient is required.

During our time in Broome, we camped at this spot 3 times, for a duration of 2 Weeks. Great fishing spot.

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FINKE RIVER

Situated in the West Macdonnell Ranges just north of Glen Helen on the Larapinta Drive in NT. The Finke is one of the largest rivers in Central Australia. This area is recommended for 4WD with high clearance, it has no facilities, but it’s a free, clean, quiet and close to all the beautiful water holes and sightseeing spots. We enjoyed spending a night in this spot, the night sky was absolutely incredible. Definitely a haven for star gazing. It’s so peaceful it makes you feel like the only people in the world.

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MORRIS PASS LOOKOUT Situated 30 kms of Kings Canyon in Northern Terrority. This camp is marked as a 24 hour rest area. It also has no facilities, but offers spectacular views of sunset. Although we didn’t have this area to ourselves it offers plenty of space and secluded spots overlooking the ranges. Definitely a great spot for solar power. . NORA CREINA Situated along the limestone coast in South Australia, this place is a hidden gem. Four wheeled drive access is required, to get around and over the sand dunes But is also worth the drive either from Robe or Beachport. We spent the Christmas period in this spot and it was so lovely and peaceful. Metres from the beach it was the perfect secluded location with great 4wd tracks. .

COCKLE CREEK Situated at the most Southern point of Tasmania. Cockle Creek sits on beautiful Recherche Bay at the the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It’s the furthest point south that one can drive in Australia. Definitely one of Tasmanias hidden gems. It’s the perfect free camp, walking distance to some of the clearest water, white sandy beaches and untouched bush with an abundance of wildlife. It’s drinking water and nee long drop toliets. We enjoyed meeting the local residents, Tasmanian Devils, Quolls and wallabies. It’s definitely a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy nature. .

MAQUARIE HEADS Situated north of the town of Strahan on the West coast of Tasmania. This area is a perfect spot, for being secluded and amongst nature. We were fornunate to find a peaceful spot to ourselves over looking the water. There are also no facilities, so being self contained is helpful. With what feels like an endless list of beautiful free camps. It’s been great to get off the grid and discover some of these amazing places.

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Melbourne a vibrant city

Melbourne boasts all when it comes to sport, culture, shopping and food. It’s been renowned for it flair for food, beautiful gardens stylish shopping malls and ethnic cuisines.

During the summer months especially the city is buzzing with events and eterntainment. Melbourne provides a wide range of accommodation for a top price, in the centre, unless your willing to stay in the surrounding suburbs and reduce the nightly cost.

We decided to book ourselves 4 nights in a beautiful house just outside the city via airbnb.

With great public transport links, via the train and trams, and the availability of myki cards. Which provides unlimited travel on public transport during one day.

Making getting around Melbourne real easy. We spent a couple of days exploring central Melbourne, depsite reaching 40 degrees, we made the most out of exploring.

The shopping malls are a great location in this heat. We enjoyed spending a morning wandering around. The range of retailers is phenomenal.

Exploring the CBD is pretty easy, and a great way to discover what this vibrant city offers. The tram 35 is a hop on hop off step up, which links around the whole area, its free and informative of the various landmarks.

The Laneways in particular was a highlight, Melbournes tiniest streets filled with colourful Street art, cosy cafes and cool boutiques.

Rich in history, you can spot new builds are settled amongst the old giving the city a quirky and diverse feel.

Whilst in Melbourne, Walking along the Yarra river between north and south bank is a afternoon well spent.

With plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes and lovely grassy areas to enjoy a picnic. It’s perfect spot to absorb the atmosphere. In walking distance to the centre is one of the finest examples of Botanical gardens.

Perfect spot to surround yourself in nature and get away from the bustle of city life. With over 8000 species of plants it’s an interesting place.

Melbourne is a great hub when it’s comes to arts and culture. With a variety of events and exhibitions. The Melbourne museum was a great place to spent a whole afternoon, it was well worth the entry fee of $15 per adult.

With exhibitions giving visitors insights to fascinating experiences. The food scene is great for those foodies. Especially ourselves who enjoy sushi it was not hard to find great quality for low prices.

Overall Melbourne is a place you can enjoy, discover and spend lots of money.

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Discovering the Great Ocean Road 

The southern ocean drive, a region of wild and ruggred landscapes, winding along the beautiful coastline of Victoria.

Stretching over 400 kilometres from the border of South Australia through to the seaside town of Torquay. 

It’s a road trip of spectacular scenery of coastline, rainforest, sea stack formations and world class hospitality. 

With most towns hosting events and festivals in all the beautiful spots. It’s the perfect place to feel the freedom, explore the towns and re energise in the national parks. 

Starting from the small town of Nelson we followed the road along to the beautiful coastal town of Cape Bridgewater. 

Here you can enjoy kilometres of walking trails along the coast. This area has an abundance of natural attractions. 

Known for being a special place for discovering creatures big and small. Especially Fur seals bathing on the rocks. 

It’s also home to trees which have been smothered by large sand dunes. Over time the sand forms a crust, leaving behind petrified trunks. 

Following the coastal road, with short distance between them all, you come to the historic and heritage towns of Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool. 

Rich in maritime history, whaling, shipwrecks, colonial buildings. These are definitely spots with give you a taste of sealife. 

They are also great spots to take in the beautiful coastline and maybe spot some sealife. 

Following along the southern road, the options for free camping are pretty limited. Unless your willing to pay the high prices for crowded camping grounds. We choose to camp inland. 

Much to our surprised Victoria has some great free and good sized camping spots.

We were very fortunate to meet some of the local wildlife whilst camping in certain areas. Breakfast time with wild king parrots and dinner with the wild wallabies.  

This area has such an abundance of wildlife.

Following further along are the picturesque towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo bay they all have stunning beaches and rainforest at there doorstep. 

One of the most visited areas, being Port Campbell. A lovely town with plenty of accommodation and cafes to suit all ages.  It’s also home to sculpted formations formed over millions of years. 

Rising majestically from the southern ocean are formations of limestone, most photographed and iconic point and known as the 12 Apostles. 

It’s a place to pause, listen to the waves and taste the salty air. As the light changes throughout the day, the light creates beautiful shadows and different colours. Especially during sunset the colours are stunning.  

The drive has many points of interest allowing you to take in the spectacular views. 

Whilst along the southern road it’s worth while tempting your taste buds with local produce. From gourmet cheese, to world class wineries, to picking your own juicy Berries, to enjoying handcrafted ice cream and chocolates.

Someone for everyone. 

The Bay of Islands
The Grotto
London Bridge

Loch and Gorge

The Great Ocean Road is so diverse with majestic waterfalls, hikes leading you through ancient trees, and adrenaline pumping mountain biking trails. 

The Otway national park provides all this and more. 

Nestled in the Beech forest in the Great Otway national park, are several hiking trails with picture perfect waterfalls it’s also home to the spectacular Californian Redwoods. 

Beauchamp Falls
Californian Redwoods

Steveson Falls

It’s a place of waterfall wanderlust 

The Great Ocean Road is a dramatic shoreline of stunning ranges of scenery. 

Definitely a must see while whilst in the area. 

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Exploring SA limestone coast 

Situated along the coastline of South Australia is an incredible Ancient landscape of the limestone coast.

We found ourselves fornunate to explore this area on weekend trips between working.

Made up of limestone, Sand dunes, sinkholes and caves making it an interesting place to discover.

Mount Gambier Umpherston Sinkhole.

Located midway between Adelaide and Melbourne, Mount Gambier is set amid ancient caves, sinkholes and volcanic craters.

The city proudly holds two state heritage areas, the cave gardens and the mount Gambier volcanic reserve. Including the blue lake.

The blue lake in particular changes colour seasonal, it’s also the main water supply for the city. Offering lovely views and a good walk around the lake.

Bowman scenic drive

With beautiful endless beaches and scenic drives stretched along the coastline, there are picturesque Seaside towns to explore.

The historic towns of Beachport, Robe and Kingston S.E. Are all in great proximity of each other. Offering off roading tracks, along the beach and Sand dunes.

Beachport offers some beautiful coastal driving, walking and boating.

We spent a few days exploring the coastline between Robe and Beachport during Christmas.
Nora Creina being my favourite spot, such a beautiful and peaceful spot.

With a mix of offroading tracks through the sand dunes and along the beach. It’s definitely a highlight of our trip.

Kingston S E is home to Larry the big lobster, situated beside the calm waters of Lacepede Bay it’s an ideal spot for holidaymakers and fishing.

All the porting towns offer a mix of adventure, history and indulgence. Making a unique experience.

We both enjoyed discovering the unspoiled landscape which is why it’s perfect for wineries, agricultural and a unique destination to explore .

Port Macdonnell known today for being a haven for rock lobster, is steadily become a destination for surfers, hikers, divers and anglers.

Home to the first lighthouse built in SA situated on the southerly point in Cape Northumberland.

It’s offers spectacular rugged cliffs, viewing platforms for penguins.

Perfect spot to explore the maritime history and the chilly waters in south Australia.

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Farm life in Willalooka 

Situated on the highway between Adelaide and Melbourne is the small township of Willalooka. Rich in farming this little spot is home to the Curragundi property. 

Markus and I were fornunate to find ourselves positions working on the farm. 

With over 2000 Sheep and 500+ cattle on the farm this was a new experience.

Everyday lead to new experiences and challenges. 

Driving tractors, fixing fences, stock movements,  learning to shear. We were always active and busy over the couple of months we spent there. 

The farm owners, Russell and Marnie are a lovely couple, very welcoming,  informative and gave us a great experience. 

The first few days we were thrown into the whole shearing experience. Learning the experience as wool handlers for several days. It was pretty full on. Long days on our feet, with high temperatures of 40 degrees. We were also very fortunate to meet and work with the World’s best shearer who lives in this small community. 

Shearing for over 20 years, whilst travelling to many countries, Shannon was an interesting guy and gave us a insight into the shearing world.

From day one, I was busy working an evening job also in the local pub. It was a good opportunity meeting all the local farmers. 

All the jobs, we’re new challenges, from being in a field moving 15 big bulls, to lifting and stacking hay. 

         

                      Australian Kepies 
These guys are so gorgeous and always egar to work. 

The stock movements became a regular occurrence whilst on the farm. Rounding up hundreds of livestock, and moving them. Majority of the time it would run smoothly but you occasionally get the sheep or cow,  who would run the opposite direction.

Over the several months working on the farm, we learnt and gained new skills and experiences. 

Definitely a great experience and one of the reasons we came to Australia. To try different things and to be more open minded. 

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Adelaide and the surrounds 

Rich in history and good living. Adelaide has been considered the sleepy city of Australia,  however it’s slowly becoming the cosmopolitan coastal city. 

With world class art, music and especially the wineries. The patchwork landscape and cool climates create a diversity of styles, which make it a great wine capital. 

Adelaide is attractive to everyone, with outdoor activities for a whole family to enjoy. Within walking distance from the CBD, Adelaide Zoo makes a great day out. 
The surrounding area also is a perfect place to explore.

From wildlife encounters, to discovering the history, tasting fine food and wine to finding the perfect purchases in the hills. 

Woodside is a country market town, home to Melbas chocolate factory, only being a 45 minute drive from Adelaide, it’s the perfect place to sample, while enjoying some shopping. There are also several galleries, pubs and shops. 

The Adelaide hills make a short but great escape from the city. With so much charm This area will make you wanting to see more. 

All the charming towns, have their own special mark.  

Hahndorf Australias Germanic settlement, is the oldest surviving. Built by settlers in the early 1800s. You can discover the old and the new in this picturesque place. With a wide variety of things to do.

Browsing the main street you can discover the variety of shops and eateries. 

                  Tradtional sweet shop 

                  A very German shop 

Such a quaint village, it boasts some of the best restaurants in the hills. 

Another beautiful town set in the Torrens Valley region is Gumeracha, surrounded by orchards,  farmlands and also home to the the world’s largest rocking horse. An icon of South Australia. Situated on a 7acre property you can enjoy a stroll around the bush park, browse upon the wonderful range of traditional wooden toys or enjoy some food at the cafe. 

Winding lanes, rolling hills, kilometres of bushland, beautiful gardens with stunning backdrops make it a haven for good living and a place you will remember.  

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Yorke Penulisua an epic drive to remember 

Situated on the doorstep of Adelaide, the Yorke Penulisua is one of South Australias hidden secrets. 

With lots of outdoor activities, white sandy beaches and picturesque towns this area is not to be missed. 

Surrounded by spectacular coastline, deserted beaches and untouched bush land. 

Innes National Park is a must see place whilst on the Yorke Penulisua. Rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, rare wildlife and ship recks a day isn’t enough to explore. 

The National Park is a real haven for Birdlife. 

         Some of the beautiful coastline.

The Tammar Wallaby are widespread across the peninsula. 

Camping on the peninsula means having the opportunity to waking up some of the most scenic coastal views, for a very small camping price. 

Many of the towns have such a historic charm, but becoming popular spots for fishing and diving. 

Wool Bay. One of my favourite seaside towns, nestled beside the cliffs and overlooking a protected bay, it’s a beautiful spot. 

                 Not a bad spot to relax 

We discovered some many secluded spots, where we made camp and enjoyed the surroundings for several days.

The peninsula has the perfect balance of getting off the grid, but also central to many of the local towns. 

Yorktown, Maitland and Minlaton home to the usual services. Aswell each of them having there unique history.