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The best free campsites in Australia

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Travelling around Australia doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, finding excellent free campsites is easier than you may think! 

When looking into your next holiday around Australia, look into visiting one of these free camping grounds:

Blue Pool, VIC

Camp next to a deep, beautiful gorge in Gippsland’s Briagolong State Forest, about a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne. The Blue Pool camping area is an ideal summer destination where you can take a refreshing dip in the stunning, natural Blue Pool, picnic on its banks or adventure through the surrounding wilderness walks in the Briagolong State Forest. Dogs are allowed at this small campsite and toilets are nearby.

Bretti Nature Reserve, NSW

This lovely, picturesque camping and picnic area, situated about 30km north of Gloucester, is a wonderful family and pet-friendly camping spot. Feel in sync with nature, surrounded by large open spaces, birdlife and a flowing river which is perfect for swimming. Facilities are basic, with no showers, taps or toilets but you can boil water from the river for drinking.

Babinda Rotary Park, QLD

Sleep peacefully in the small, lush green town of Babinda. Located in the Cairns region, beautiful Babinda is nestled in the picturesque valley between Mt Bartle Frere (the state’s highest mountain) and Mt Bellenden Kerr. Babinda Rotary Park is perfectly situated between the pristine coastal Graham Range and inland Bellenden Ker Range. From here, you can explore nearby Josephine Falls and swim in the cool waters at The Boulders. Toilets, showers and a few picnic tables are available at this campsite.

Long Beach, SA

Claim your own little stretch of beach by camping on Long Beach’s gorgeous, white sands for free. Lying to the north of Kingston SE, Long beach is approximately 100km long, running from Kingston SE to the Murray Mouth. Fishermen often regard the beach as one of Australia’s best surf fishing destinations but it’s also ideal for relaxing with the family. Of course, be aware of incoming tides when setting up camp on the water’s edge!

BRIANNA PIAZZA

 

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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