Camping sites along the coastal routes

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Camping sites along the coastal routes

Postby gayathri » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:26 pm

Hi, We are in Australia in the month of Aug, covering Melbourne - Great Southern Touring route for 4 days, Melbourne to Sydney Coastal drive for 4 days , Sydney to Gold Coast - Pacific Coast Touring route for 4 days. Pls let me know if there are good camping sites both free and charged ones to camp along these routes. We are hiring a campervan for this period. Are there any do's and dont's, as this is the first time that we are venturing on an expedition like this.

Thanks for the help and advice in advance
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Re: Camping sites along the coastal routes

Postby HGMonaro » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:10 pm

There are caravan parks everywhere. These charge a fee ($20-$40 for 2 ppl, $5-$10 per extra person) but proide toilets/showers/camp (comunal) kitchens/laundries (coin operated) and some 'safety' in numbers.

There are some State and National Park campgrounds that generally charge a smaller fee but have minimal facilities. Maybe a toilet which might be of the 'long drop' variety.

There are some free campsites, some will have long drop toilets but many won't. There's a book called 'Camps Australia Wide' (http://www.campsaustraliawide.com/) that lists lots of free and cheap camps along major routes. Camping in 'truck lay-bys' is not deemed sociable.

If you're in a campervan with a toilet, you need to find 'dump locations' to empty your toilet. You don't do it on the side of the road and it's generally deemed unsociable to use a caravan park toilet (those things can splash when empting). Most van parks will have a dump location.

Just remember, a 4 day road trip over those distances is going to mean you don't have time to waste seeking out camping locations. Unless money is a serious concern, I think just stopping at caravan parks where ever you get to that day is the easiest. Don't think there are any school holidays in August so no need to book ahead (someone might want to validate me on that)

Hope that helps!
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Re: Camping sites along the coastal routes

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:38 pm

I read it as being 12 days all up HG

Melbourne - Great Southern Touring route for 4 days
Melbourne to Sydney Coastal drive for 4 days
Sydney to Gold Coast - Pacific Coast Touring route for 4 days

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Re: Camping sites along the coastal routes

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:40 pm

HGMonaro wrote:.

If you're in a campervan with a toilet, (those things can splash when empting).


Not if you push the release button, they don't splash.
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Re: Camping sites along the coastal routes

Postby HGMonaro » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:29 pm

gypsylady wrote:I read it as being 12 days all up HG

Melbourne - Great Southern Touring route for 4 days
Melbourne to Sydney Coastal drive for 4 days
Sydney to Gold Coast - Pacific Coast Touring route for 4 days



yes, I meant each leg although I didn't actually write that! :roll: However, is still more driving than sight-seeing.

as for the dunny... even using the release button they are dangerous!!!!
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Re: Camping sites along the coastal routes

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:41 pm

HGMonaro wrote: However, is still more driving than sight-seeing.

as for the dunny... even using the release button they are dangerous!!!!


That is true HG re the sight seeing....

You are definitely doing something wrong if it splashing with using the button.....works ok for me
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