During our family camping and caravanning travels of Australia, we have come across some amazing spots to set-up. Low and no-cost camping options allow us to travel for longer, and can offer more adventurous family experiences thank caravan parks alone. Here are a few of our favourites so far…
Sandy Cape, Fraser Island, Queensland
Fraser Island is renowned for fishing, boating and dingo spotting. With a plethora of hidden camp spots and places to explore, you can’t beat a rooftop tent or swag getaway to this island. We recommend heading all the way up to the Carree Camping Zone (Sandy Cape) for some fun 4WD and fishing adventures.
Bridge Creek, Nolans Brook (Old Telegraph Track), Queensland
Heading on a trip to Cape York is adventurous in itself. About halfway through the Old Telegraph Track is Nolan’s campground. It offers clear water to cool off, a wide open space for camping, and the creek bed to explore. You’ll have a prime position for watching other cars come through the creek crossing on their way through to the most northern point of Australia.
Brumby’s Creek, Petermann, Northern Territory
Located near Kings Station, this camp provides a perfect little stop over on your way to Kings Canyon. With a little creek, rocky hills and some caves to explore by day, kids and adults alike will have plenty to do at camp. Kings Canyon is an easy drive away and offers a range of hikes of varying difficulty to tick off your bucket list. Once dusk hits, relax by a fire, and take in the gorgeous night sky, as sunset fades and the stars reveal themselves.
Richardsons Shack, Lincoln National Park, South Australia
In the Lincoln National Park on the Eyre Peninsula, you’ll find this spot on what could be your own private beach (depending on when you visit). Enjoy searching the rocky waters for Razor fish, watching the kangaroos on the beach, frolicking in the water and watching the vibrant colours of the sunset. If you’re up for it, explore the Donington Loop walking track which will take you to some beautiful beach fronts within the National Park.
Plush’s Bend, Renmark, South Australia
The Murray River has so many great camping spots along its banks. If you have a boat, be sure to check out Plush’s Bend in Renmark. With a heap of birdlife, fishing and waters to explore in your boat, it’ll have you feeling like you’re in the middle of the bush. Keep alert for snakes – we had one slither straight through our site on our first day.
Point Gibbon, South Australia
Port Gibbon low-cost camp requires 4WD access as the road in is not tarmac and can be quite corrugated in areas. With lots of sand dunes for both ‘dune boarding’ and four-wheel driving it surely is enticing. Keep a lookout for snakes and scorpions near your camp (we saw a few of each when we were there). If you’re lucky, you may just see the local sea lions during you mornings exploring the beach-front too!
Bingara, New South Wales
What an incredibly ‘secluded’ feel the Bingara Free Camp gave us! Located along the Gwidyr River in New South Wales, you’ll be spoilt with sounds of wildlife and flowing water to help you relax. Use the rapids up-stream to push you down the river on a tube, spend a few hours fishing, or explore further around the banks. Be mindful that there’s no water or power here – so you’ll need to bring enough with you for your trip.
Happy and safe travels!
This article was first published in Feb 2019