Top cheap (or free!) caravan camping spots around Australia

Top cheap (or free!) caravan camping spots around Australia

Have caravan, will travel.

Ready to hit the road on your next adventure? We’ve done the research to find the best spots around Australia with free (or very cheap) caravan camping.

New Norcia, Western Australia – for a unique historical experience

About a two-hour drive north of Perth is Australia’s only monastic town, New Norcia. Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has served as a mission, a monastery, and now as a place of spiritual retreat. Visitors can take a conducted tour of the monastery or participate in spiritual activities throughout the year.

As well as boasting a rich historical and cultural heritage, the town of New Norcia features unique architecture, a museum and art galleries, and delicious local foods, wine and beer.

There’s also plenty of bush scenery to enjoy and visitors can walk sections of the Pilgrim Trail that spans the 202 kilometres between Subiaco and New Norcia.

There’s a free overnight rest stop camping area with basic amenities right next to the monastery. Check in with the Roadhouse for permission to stay (phone 08 9654 8020 or email

Alternatively, you can book an unpowered site with the Roadhouse for $10 a night or a powered site for $20 a night. The Roadhouse has showers for a small fee and a coin operated laundry.

For more information:

West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory – for top-end nature lovers

Free camping in the top-end is rare, but for a small fee you can camp in the gorgeous West MacDonnell National Park within walking distance of the Ellery Creek Big Hole, a spectacular outback waterhole in Ellery Creek which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges.

An easy hour’s drive west of Alice Springs, the Ellery Creek Big Hole camp ground has several easy walks and also provides day trip access to nearby attractions including Glen Helen Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, Palm Valley and Hermannsburg Mission.

The campground facilities include a shower and toilet block, water (although it’s recommended to bring your own), gas BBQs, picnic tables, and a communal fire pit.

Spaces are limited and operate on a first come, first served basis and the fee is $6.60 per adult per night.

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Lochenbar Station, Queensland – for first-hand experience of a working cattle station

Get a taste of Central Queensland life with Kroombit Bush Camping at Lochenbar Station. Lochenbar Station provides volunteer opportunities and farming experiences for people from all over the world. As a visitor you’ll be able to see goats, horses, cattle, chickens and ducks, and may have the chance to get involved with drafting cattle, mustering, horse riding, and animal husbandry.

The station also provides short walks and scenic views, and close access to Biloela and Kroombit Tops National Park.

Camping facilities include unpowered sites, covered shed area with wood BBQs, toilet and hot showers (with a gold coin donation).

Bookings aren’t required, and the camping is free, although the station gratefully accepts donations from visitors who enjoy their stay.

For more information:

Pamamaroo Lake, New South Wales – for absolute lakeside camping and peaceful sunset views

Lake Pamamaroo camping area is 16 km north of Menindee, and comprises part of the Menindee Lakes system. Activities at Pamamaroo include fishing (the yabbies are abundant and delicious), kayaking, swimming, and just sitting back to enjoy the stunning views.

Camping is free and facilities include shaded sites, toilet, and rubbish bins. You’ll need to bring your own drinking water and firewood.

For more information:

Menindee Visitor Information Centre (08) 8091 4274

Menindee Outback NSW

Christie’s Beach, Echuca, Victoria – for adventures on the banks of the mighty Murray River

Christie’s Beach provides shady, scenic bush camping right on the Murray River for campers who enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking or simply taking a dip in the cool waters of this iconic river.

The campsite is located conveniently close to Echuca where visitors can take a ride on a historic paddle steamer, sample culinary delights on the Echuca Moama food and wine trail, or enjoy a cycling or walking tour.

The site is free with bookings not required, but you’ll have to be fairly self-sufficient as a long drop toilet is the only amenity provided.

For more information:

Echuca Moama Visitor Information Centre 1800 804 446

Now you’re ready for an affordable holiday that will give you an adventure to remember and beautiful photos too, all that’s left to do is hit the road!

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Anna Rogan | Content Services Melbourne

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