We just got our hands on the all new Camps 10 Australia Wide Book for savvy campers and travellers.
Let’s just say “Wow” this amazingly detailed guide has the lot!
I will start with WHY you need this book for your camping in Australia toolkit.
Simply, it saves you money and time! The guide prominently lists rfee and budget friendly camping areas, National Parks, State Forests, rest areas, station stays and Showgrounds to camp at.
The book is intended as a guide only. We all know circumstances can change so make sure to check for updates on the ‘Updates’ Tab at Camps Australia Wide website if you have any doubts.
Table of Contents
Camps 10 Australia Wide Guide
Our family of 6 have been camping heavily for the past 10 years. Which led us to an unforgettable 1 year of travelling around Australia with a Jayco Eagle.
This was the best travel experience of our lives and it wouldn’t have been possible without the Camps Australia Wide Guides. Finding cheap and amazing destinations around Australia is hard because of the shear size of our beautiful country.
At the time of our big lap of Australia, we had the Camps 5 Australia Wide Guide. It was so helpful and allowed us to camp for free and within our budget everywhere around Australia.
Now we have the new Camps 10 guide which looks and feels amazing.
We saved thousands of dollars using this book. So if you think spending a few dollars on the best guide in Australia isn’t worth it, just think of that one night where you have to spend $60-80 dollars a night for an unpowered site at the Big 4 all because you don’t know where the cheap camping is located.
With Camps 10 you will know and you will know what to expect. This guide will make you the expert, the local and give you life experiences you can only dream of.
Don’t take our word for it, ask anybody who camps which is the best guide and they will all recite the words ‘Camps Australia Wide 10’!
The Camps Australia Wide Range of Products
Here is the Camps extensive range of professional products available for your camping pleasure.
Camps Australia Wide 10 B4 Incl. Camps Snaps
This guide is the easy to read version with camp snaps, larger maps and larger text.
Camps Australia Wide 10 A4
This is the most popular edition and is very compact but it does not have any pictures of the sites.
Caravan Parks 5 Australia Wide A4
An easy to use and comprehensive caravan park guide for all you RV travellers.
The Camps Australia Wide Community Cookbook
This book is packed full of tried and proven recipes from Aussie Campers. It also contains awesome recipes from other fellow travellers.
This book will make your mouth water!
Camps Australia Wide POI – A Digital Download of Camps 10 & Parks 5 for your GPS
Get the latest Points of Interest (POI) from Camps Australia Wide suitable, partnered with GPSOZ for a large variety of GPS units.
Camps Australia Wide Gift Cards
The perfect gift for the camping, caravaning addict in your circle. Available in values of $10, $25, $50 and $100.
Camps Australia Wide App
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Has a FREE 3 day trial! Very compact and great for tech lovers.
What’s in Camps 10 Australia Wide that Makes it so Good?
Stay with me! This is going to be the most detailed rundown on the guide that you have ever seen.
There is over 20 years of travel, research and knowledge transferred into these exceptional books. And with so much helpful content you wonder how the creators kept the guide simple and super easy to navigate.
Some say it’s like a bible to them and they don’t know what they would do without it!
What’s New With Camps 10?
Finding your perfect camping spot has never been easier with the new guide.
New and improved easy to read edition includes:
- Better Camp Snaps
- Larger Maps
- Over 5000 Personally checked Free & Budget Campsites
- Summary of all site facilities
- Over 950 NEW campsite listings
- 3935 Pet Friendly Sites
- A complete list of public dump points
- Sites overlaid onto the latest Hema Maps
- GPS Co-ordinates provided for every listing
Information About the Camps 10 Guide
At the beginning of the book they cover some important features including:
- The GPS co-ordinates used, which are all in (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds)
- Feedback contact details so they can maintain accuracy of information
- Dump Point List – Protecting our environment is top priority so each point has GPS co-ordinates
- Free & Low-Cost Camping Areas around Australia
The book also covers a set of seven principles of leaving no trace to help keep Australia beautiful. These include:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Minimise campfire impact and damage
- Respect all flora and fauna
- Be considerate and respective to your hosts and other visitors
We love these principles and live by them whenever we camp. All campers and travellers should follow these guidelines so that we can keep camping great for the future.
How to Use Camps 10 Australia Wide Guide
Layout of Guide
The book has been divided into different coloured sections for each State or Territory for super easy navigation.
All listings are in linear order along highways and roads.
Use of Abbreviations in Camps 10
Here is a list of some main abbreviations used in the book:
- Dr – Drive
- Rd – Road
- Ave – Avenue
- Hwy – Highway
- St – Street
All maps have been made by Hema with sites and site numbers from Camps Australia Wide 10 overlaid.
Below is an example of the maps used, such great detail.
Site Classification Symbols and Map Symbols in Camps 10
They include great explanation and descriptions of site symbols which are placed as close as possible to the exact postion.
Major Terms Used in Guide
Just as an example, REST AREA – An area usually located close to the highwayto enable a traveller to take a break.
How to Locate a Campsite?
Knowing the name of a campsite helps, so go to the site index at the back of the book (alphabetically listed) and this will give you the site number and the relevant page number to match.
Need to find a site in a particular area? Then just look at the relevant map for site numbers in the region, then look up those sites in the numerical listing.
It is as easy as that! If we can do it you can too.
Here is an example of a camp listing for Queensland
Amazing Legend for Campsites
Each site is laid out for easy interpretation making it fool proof!
Example below of the legends used.
General Comments in Camps 10
Here the guide explains to the reader some important information regarding:
- Road Conditions
- Travelling with Pets
- Generator Use
- Rubbish Protocol
- Toilet Waste
- Donation Areas
- Maps & State Regulations to do with overnight camping
This is so helpful for everyone from nomad to weekend warriors!
Important Contacts – Safety First!
Australia Camps 10 also includes all the important contact numbers for the following emergency services so you don’t need to worry.
- National Parks and Wildlife Services in all States
- Aboriginal Land Permit contacts for WA, NT and SA
- Road Condition contacts for all states and territories
- Vehicle Assistance numbers all states
- Royal Flying Doctor Service Numbers all states and territories
- Weather Information
- Fruit and Quarantine Zones
I hope you have a better understanding of the power of this book and what it will do for you.
We have our copy and use it to get away from the crowds and save a ton of money. You can do the same.
Over the years you will save thousands on accommodation using this book trust me because I have!
For a limited time only and because you have come this far, we want to give you 15% OFF your first Camps 10 Australia Wide Guide!
You deserve to know about the secret camp spots in Australia.
Below for your information, we will cover some questions you may have regarding camping and caravanning in Australia. Let’s go!
Camping in Australia
This is one of the most amazing travel experiences you will ever have in your life, trust me!
We have travelled all around the world and seen some awesome places but nothing compares to camping in Australia.
Finding free and good quality campsites in Australia isn’t always easy. There can be annoyances, dangers and weird unexplained things happening at certain camps.
This is why you need to have the ultimate guide for camping in Australia so that you know before you go.
Camps Australia Wide App
Did you know that Camps Australia Wide has an awesome app also!
If you are the kind who loves tech and can’t be bothered with a bulky guide, then just grab the app here!
It has the entire guide packed in there so you can carry it anywhere.
Enjoying a coffee in a small town and want to look for your next exciting campground and haven’t got you book under your arm. Then use the compact app and search for what you are looking for.
It’s that easy!
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When is the Best Time to Go Camping in Australia?
If you don’t know much about Australia you probably think that the whole country is just hot all the time. Well it’s not! It can be bloody freezing in winter and that is even way out West.
Australia is a country of extremes depending where you go, so make sure you are informed before going to remote and always carry safty gear.
Best Season to go Camping in Australia
Australia is a massive country and remember everything is opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. So winter in Australia is summer in Europe and America.
Everything is opposite to what you think with Australia. The general rule of thumb is:
- Head north in the winter – Spring months
- Travel south in the Summer and Autumn months
If you can get this roughly right you will experience the best of our sunburnt country.
Summertime in Australia
Summer can get really hot in all parts of Australia but tends to be unbearable in the north of Queensland, Northern Territory and northern parts of West Australia.
This is also the wet season in the north which can see cyclones and floods. Most areas are closed in the very north at this time of year. Places that close in the summertime are:
- The Kimberley region – WA
- Cape York – QLD
- Gulf of Carpentaria – NT/QLD
Heading to the outback is not advised during this time because the temperatures can reach high into the 40-50 Degrees Celcius. This is not pleasant and can be dangerous for your health.
Summertime in the south is better because you will have low humidity and less rain. Saying this they do experience heat waves which can get really hot, up to 45 degrees Celcius. This is a dry heat.
Avoid School Holidays
Camping in Australia is hugely popular with local Australians. So make sure you try to correspond your trip out of school holiday periods.
If you don’t you will find most campgrounds will be packed and you will be forced to camp in the worst areas.
During these times prices rise too so make sure to avoid these key Australian dates below:
|State:||Dates For Australian School Holidays:||Year:|
|1. QLD||11 DEC-28 JAN / 4 APR-19APR / 26 JUN – 13 JUL / 18 SEP – 6 OCT||2020|
|2. NSW||18 DEC-4 FEB / 9 APR-27APR / 3 JUL-20 JUL / 25 SEP-12 OCT||2020|
|3. VIC||18 DEC-28 JAN / 27 MAR-14APR / 26 JUN – 13 JUL / 18 SEP – 5 OCT||2020|
|4. SA||11 DEC-28 JAN / 9 APR-27APR / 3 JUL – 20 JUL / 25 SEP – 12 OCT||2020|
|5. WA||17 DEC-3 FEB / 9 APR-28APR / 3 JUL – 20 JUL / 25 SEP – 12 OCT||2020|
|6. NT||17 DEC-28 JAN / 9 APR-20APR / 26 JUN – 21 JUL / 25 SEP – 12 OCT||2020|
|7. ACT||18 DEC-3 FEB / 9 APR-27APR / 3 JUL – 20 JUL / 25 SEP – 12 OCT||2020|
|8. TAS||17 DEC-5 FEB / 9 APR-27APR / 3 JUL – 20 JUL / 25 SEP – 12 OCT||2020|
Is Camping Popular in Australia?
Oh yeah! Aussies love the great outdoors and camping.
We love BBQ’s, beers, 4 wheel drives and sport. Camping is only getting more popular. Especially with COVID-19 stopping all international travel.
Now spots are hard to come by. But this will calm down a bit in the future when Australians can travel again to Bali and New Zealand.
Camping is a favourite Aussie past time.
What is the Best Caravan Park in Australia?
This is really a personal preferance and depends on what you love about the great outdoors.
Here is the hot list from Escape Travel:
- Big4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, NSW
- Rac Cervanes Holiday Park, WA
- Big4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort, QLD
- Marengo Holiday Park, VIC
- Sea Vu Caravan Park, SA
- Red Bluff, WA
- Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, QLD
- Tathra Beachside, NSW
- North Star Holiday Resort, NSW
- Big4 Macdonnell Range Holiday Park, NT
- Big4 West Beach Parks (ADELAIDE SHORES), SA
- Cactus Beach Camping, SA
Best Camping Areas Around Australia
We have stayed in a lot and here is our top list of affordable camping grounds in Australia that we loved:
- Cape Tribulation Camping – Daintree QLD
- Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows & Camping
- NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park
- BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park
- Horseshoe Bay Resort
- Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach
- Notch Point Campground (Yarrawonga Park Reserve)
- Eungella Dam Campground
- Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands
- Agnes Water Beach Holidays
- Fraser Island Seventy Five Mile Beach Camping
- Inskip Camping
- Double Island National Park Campground
- Ocean Beach camping area Bribie Island
New South Wales
- Broken Head Holiday Park Byron Bay
- Calypso Yamba Holiday Park
- Yuraygir National Park Campground
- Darlington Beach Holiday Park
- Kangaroo Valley
- Trial Bay Gaol Campground
- Point Plomer Campground
- Kylies Beach Campground
- Mungo Brush Campground
- Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks
- Kendalls On The Beach Holiday Park
- Bristol Point Camping Ground
- Depot Beach Views Holiday Accommodation
- Gillards Campground
- NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Park
- Wilsons Promontory Camping Area
- Borough Huts Campground, Grampians
- Princess Margaret Rose Cave Campgrounds
- Tenbury Hunter Reserve, Murray River
- Deep Creek National Park
- BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park
- Wilpena Park Caravan Park
- Pondalowie Bay Campground6, Innes National Park
- WoodCutters Campground, Lincoln National Park
- Yangie Bay Campground
- Perlubie Beach Camp, Streaky Bay
- Point Sinclair Campground
- Le Grand Beach Campground, Esperance
- East Bay Camping Ground
- Parry Beach Campsite
- Banksia Campground
- Roundtu-it Eco Caravan Park
- Pemberton Caravan Park
- Conto Campground
- Margret River Eco Lodge
- Yallingup Beach Holiday Park
- The Cut Campground, Leschenault Peninsula
- Sandy Cape Recreation Park
- BIG4 Sunset Beach Holiday Park
- Coronation Beach Campground
- Denham Seaside Caravan Park
- Red Bluff Campsite
- Ningaloo Coral Bay – Bayview
- Elles Beach Campground
- Osprey Bay Campground
- Yardie Creek Campground
- Dales Campground
- Eighty Mile Beach
- Windjana Gorge Campground, Kimberly
- Silent Grove Campground, Kimberly
- Manning Gorge Campground, Kimberly
- Ellenbrae Station, Kimberly
- Home Valley Station, Kimberly
- El Questro Station, Kimberly
- Litchfield National Park
- Kakadu National Park
- West MacDonnell National Park Campgrounds
- Ayers Rock Campground
Now that is a list! We enjoyed staying at all these but that was our big family.
There are so many more we never even visited. To check them out before wasting precious time just go into the Camps 10 Australia Wide guide and find out some helpful information first.
Is Free Camping Legal in Australia?
Free camping in Australia is available, but you can’t just camp everywhere.
In Australia there are specifically designated areas that you can camp at for free or a very small fee. There are less and less of these places due to growth over the years and idiots vandalising free camps or leaving rubbish.
Sometimes great camps have disappeared due to campers destroying the environment and being a nuisance. This forces councils to close camping areas that were once free.
If you decide to camp anywhere without checking first you may be fined for camping in a restricted area. Many areas in Australia have ‘no camping’ signs in place, so if you see one don’t bother.
Can you Sleep in Rest Areas Australia?
Australia has some really nice rest areas on the side of our highways.
Some of the bigger rest areas in Australia along the highway are legal to camp over night and it’s generally legal to stay for 24 hours.
All the other rest areas you are allowed to stay overnight as long as you’re not setting up a permanent camp.
Is Camping Safe in Australia?
Camping in Australia is pretty safe most of the time. But thefts can occur.
We have had items taken a few times while camping in Aus. They are generally items that are just laying around like bikes, skateboards, surfboards, solar panels, clothing, food and drinks. Easy to take items.
It is purely opportunistic.
Here are just a few simple ways to help minimise the chances of you being robbed:
- Lock up bikes, boards, BBQ’s, Solar Panels
- Put clothing away at night
- Place Esky’s inside car
- Lock vehicles and Camper’s
- Try not to camp near walkways and roads
If you become a victim, report your incident to the police, and make sure your insurance policies cover theft for outdoor camping etc.
What Makes a Good Caravan Park?
A good park in Australia really depends on your family status. If you are a travelling family with kids, you are going to need entertainment.
But if you are just a couple without kids you are going to want peace and quite.
Great Caravan Park for Families
Caravan parks that are awesome for kids and families will have these following facilites:
- Great playgrounds – Jumping Pillows etc
- Mini Golf – Tennis Courts
- Family Bathrooms (Bath together all in one)
- Games rooms
- Outdoor cinema
- Room to kick a ball
- Great roadways for skating and bike riding
- Natural Surrounds
- Onsite resturant – Bar for Mum and Dad
Perfect Caraven Parks for Couples include:
- Quite and private sites
- Amoung nature with bushwalks nearby
- Relaxing pools
- Nice communal Areas
- Tennis and Golfing areas
- Upmarket fascilities (Showers and bathrooms)
These are just some of the things we love in a park when on the road travelling. But these types of places will cost you.
Expect to pay more than double compared with a standard basic caravan park, depending on area.
How Many Caravans are on the Road in Australia?
Roadtrek estimate that at any one time, there are around 120,000 caravans on the road in Australia.
There are 600,000 registered RV owners in Australia with 40 per cent of owners having a camper trailer. Interesting!
How Much are Campsites in Australia?
Campsite costs will depend on a few factors. First of all it will depend on:
- Whether you choose a powered or unpowered site
- Number of people travelling in family or group
- Ages of children (Under 2-3 is usually free)
- Season of travel (Off-peak / Peak)
- Location of Camp area (Beachfront / City etc)
- Size of rig (Some sites charge extra for larger caravans or trailers)
As a rough guide prices start from around $35 to $80 a night in most major camping areas.
The more remote you go expect to pay less. Camping has really seen a boom over the last few years which has drastically affected prices everywhere.
Usually you can visit most sites websites to find out how much you are going to have to pay.
Hot tip! Make sure you book in advance in popular spots because you will miss out!
Where Can you Camp for Free in Australia?
There are a million camp areas in Australia that are free.
But the only real way to find them is to get your hands on the Camps 10 Australia Wide Guide that will show you where to find them.
What is the Best Way to Travel Around Australia?
Well you do have a lot of different options, but we all know it comes down to cost and what you can afford.
Hands down the best way to travel around Australia is with 4×4 vehicle towing a medium sized caravan or camping trailer.
The reason behind this is simple. You want to be light enough so fuel doesn’t send you bankrupt. Big enough so you have comfort and able to detach so you can explore never before seen places.
Go too big and you wont be able to access certain areas. This will also mean you will need a larger car with a bigger towing capacity.
Other ways to explore our sunburnt country on a budget include:
- Vehicle and tent
- Vehicle and Swags
- Motorbike and Tent
- Horse and cart
- Hitchhiking (Not that popular anymore!)
- Bus or Train
Just use what you like and within your budget because remember you will have to return home eventually.
Wasting all your hard earned cash on an overpriced rig will leave you broke, just keep it simple.
How Much Does a Trip Around Australia Cost?
The best rule of thumb used for cost is the $1dollar per kilometer method.
So say you do the normal average distance around Australia then you would just times 35,000 kilometers by $1 dollar!
That is roughly the cost of your trip.
But if you want to budget right down to the wire due to commitments and circumstances then you will need a spreadsheet to input your expenses and income numbers.
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So the average cost of travelling around Australia is the $35,000 dollar mark.
This depends on number of people in family, breakdowns, free camps or paid camps, activities – attractions, winieries – breweries and time on the road.
What is the Cheapest Way to Travel Around Australia?
Definetly by far the cheapest way to navigate Australia is by car. For the most of us who live in Australia you probably own a vehical already so all you need is a tent, swag, camping trailer or caravan and your away!
This gives you total freedom and then it is up to you and your families luxury levels while travelling on the road.
Camp free everywhere if you really want to and travel slow.
Hot tips for travelling Australia the cheapest way:
- Travel slow and to a fuel budget
- Camp in free camps
- Dont drink beer, wine and spirits
- Stay away from wineries and cafes
- Eat healthy and lean
- Dont do any activites or attractions
- Avoid cities and tourist hotspots
- Stay clear of expensive caravan parks
- Travel when children are young and cheap
- Buy second hand vehicle and camper
- Use swags and tents
- Work online or on the road around Australia if you can
What is the Best Vehicle to Travel Around Australia in?
Personal preferance again but really depends on what you are towing, how adventerous you are with offroad driving, comfort levels and budget.
For our family needs we chose the Toyota Prado GXL 4×4 for our vehicle. It was amazing!
Our home was a Jayco Eagle Pop Top 4×4 Camper trailer. This was light to tow, could go anywhere and fit under trees, had roof racks and was affordable for our budget. It was a great trailer! We got on average 13 litres per 100 kilometers with this little baby!
So the choice is yours, do your research, work with your budget and get something reliable and safe.
How Far is a Lap Around Australia?
Think about this… Australia is the sixth biggest country in the world and about the same size as mainland USA.
So with that in mind the great lap around Australia via the coastal route is 14,500 kilometers (9,010miles) in length.
To do this non-stop along Highway 1 would take you 7 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. That’s some driving!
But when you do the big lap you will have to drive into different areas all the time. So you will have to double the actual distance.
If you love to explore and really get lost the kilometers can climb dramatically.
What are the 10 Essentials for Camping?
Essential camping equipment in Australia will largely depend on your setup.
If you are towing a caravan you will probably be able to bring more gear, while just using a tent you will probably have limited room.
Caravan, Camper Trailer Setup
Here is a list of 10 essential items you will need to have to enjoy the best experience in a camper:
- Caravan, camping trailer
- Bedding (Sheets, covers)
- Cooking equipment (BBQ) pans, pots, cutlery & cups
- Water containers, bottles
- Refrigeration for food, cool boxes, fridges
- First Aid Kit
- Navigation tools
- Flashlight, lantern or headlamp
- Toilet paper
Tent, Swag Setup
Here is a list of 10 important items you will need to have to enjoy the best experience in tent:
- Tent, swag
- Bedding (Sheets, covers, bed)
- Cooking equipment (BBQ) pans, pots, cutlery & cups
- Water containers, bottles
- Refridgeration for Food, cool boxes, fridges
- First Aid Kit
- Navigation Tools
- Flashlight, Lantern or Headlamp
- Toilet paper
Pretty much the same but with a camper trailer / caravan setup everything is contained in the van.
We recommend buying a caravan or camping trailer so you don’t have to carry all these items seperately.
Everything is in the caravan ready to go! While camping in a tent will require a little bit of organisation to fit everything into your car.
I hope this will help you get out there and explore our magical country Australia.
Free Camps Australia Wide
So if you are looking to save money on caravanning, camping and want to find the best local camp spots in Australia, then Camps 10 Australia Wide is the guide for you and your family!
You will be amazed by what is at your doorstep in Australia. Before you book another flight overseas explore Australia.
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