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Postby LiL and Dingo » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:57 pm

Hi my first time here, hubby and i have only done one long trip in our caravan.cost us a fortune staying in parks every night. We want to go to the south coast of nsw in February.
Any of you lovely people out there know of any good free spots, We have only a 2 wheel drive and 15 foot pop top, so cant go off road.
We travel with our little dog so national parks are out
We love fishing, and meeting new people, and now have the travel bug.
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Re: free camping areas

Postby Bradd » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:07 pm

Well worth the approx $55 is Camps Australia Wide 5
It lists Free and low cost camp spots, rest areas etc
The ultimate travel guide for the budget-conscious traveller.



Also check out (free) http://ozcamps.net/
Its an ever growing online guide to free/low cost camp spots
using a google maps thingi.

And don't forget NSW State Forests are free to camp in
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forests/recre ... es/camping

and National Parks are generally cheaper than Caravan Parks (not always)
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks/


Edit
Although we are in Vic, it is a similar down here
Our last few holidays cost us

$0.00 - 3 nights Mt Buangor State Park
$0.00 - 8 nights Paradise beach camp ground
$75.00 5 nights Princess Margaret Rose Caves Camp Ground, Lwr Glenelg National Park (great facilities)
$0.00 1 night Bass Valley Reserve
$52.00 4 nights Smith Mill Camp ground, Grampians National Park
Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations.
When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong. ~George Carlin
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Re: free camping areas

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:03 pm

Bradd's suggestions are right on the money Lil. Purchase the CAW5 from your local auto club and get it at a discounted price. You'll also find that it lists the 'pet friendly' campsites as well.

As you say NPs are out for you but a lot of NSW state parks are pet friendly and the link that Bradd provided should give you that info as well.

Tourist Info Centres are also a great source of info whilst travelling so don't be affraid to stop off and check places out with them.

And of course there is always 'Google'.

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Re: free camping areas

Postby LiL and Dingo » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:32 am

Thanks guys, the camps 5 is on the list. am checking them web sites out too.
Cost us on the approx. $25 a night, for 5 months for our 1st long trip, cant afford that again.
Not only am i new to this site, but only just taught myself how to use the computer, after alllllllllll theses years
Any one else with any imfo. for us, would love to hear from u. We have never done any free camping. Except many years ago when u could just about pitch a tent any where.
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Re: free camping areas

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:03 pm

LiL and Dingo wrote:
We have never done any free camping. Except many years ago when u could just about pitch a tent any where.



Once you get into the swing of it Lil....you will love it and wonder why it took you so long to get back into it.

BTW, there are still some places where you can still just about pitch a tent anywhere but they are a long way west of the tourist strip.
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Re: free camping areas

Postby Matilda » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:01 am

Hi LiL and Dingo,

Welcome, you have plenty of great advice already, here is a few more websites that may help you find a free campsite.


http://www.free-camping-australia.com/

http://www.caravanandcampingnsw.com.au/free_camping_nsw

http://www.exploroz.com/places/Find/Cam ... &s=NSW&ps=

http://www.wildwalks.com/ some of these sites are free

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forests/recreation click on 'camping' with dog link

HAPPY CAMPING :grin:

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