The best free campsites in New South Wales.

Ingar Waterhole camping area, Kerryn Burgess

Ingar Waterhole camping area, Kerryn Burgess

If you want to camp for free, don’t look past New South Wales. New South Wales now has more free campsites than any other state … and more than that, these campsites are good.

Bendeela Recreation Area, Kangaroo Valley

This campsite in the Kangaroo Valley is a hidden and picturesque gem! The sites are on a large, shady area next to the river.

Big River camping area, Goulburn River National Par

This campsite rocks. Set among rocks above the Goulburn River, you’re only a hop, skip and a leap away from some great swimming holes.

Blackbird Flat Reserve camping area, Macleay River Public Recreation Reserve

Free, dog-friendly, spacious camping next to a river in summer? Count us in.

Bodalla Forest Park, Bodalla State Forest

The perfect stop off the Princes Highway, this picnic spot also doubles as a shady and spacious camping area.

Coachwood camping area, Chichester State Forest

We like Coachwood camping area so much we almost don’t want to tell you about it. This pretty-as-a-picture campsite is next to a river in Chichester State Forest, which neighbours the magical Barrington Tops National Park.

Daisy Plains Huts, Carrai National Park

These remote huts are left unlocked for campers to use. It might not be ‘proper’ camping with a roof over your head, but as you wake up to the black cockatoos squawking in the eucalypts, you won’t care so much about those pesky details.

Frying Pan Creek camping area, Chichester State Forest

On the other side of the Telegherry River to Coachwood camping area, this picturesque campsite is justifiably popular.

Glen Davis camping area, Glen Davis

It’s a campsite with a view – and then some! This free camping area overlooks the beautiful Capertee Valley in the Blue Mountains.

Ingar Campground, Blue Mountains National Park

What makes Ingar camping area so good? It’s near Wentworth Falls AND a swimming hole, has toilets and easily accessible walking tracks. There are only eight sites though, so if you snooze on the morning you’re meant to leave, you may lose out on a spot.

Jacob’s River camping area, Kosciuszko National Park

Only a short drive from Jindabyne, Jacob’s River camping area gives you more than enough reasons to visit the alpine area in summer. It’s an attractive camping area set next to Jacob’s River. While away the time swimming and fishing.

Manning River camping area, Barrington Tops State Forest

Cool down by camping on the banks of the Manning River under the temperate rainforest. The fishing’s not bad, either.

Newtons Crossing camping area, Yambulla State Forest

There are only five sites, but chances are people will overlook this lovely inland spot in favour of a place on the beach. Their loss – situated next to the river in the midst of the forest, Newtons Crossing camping area is a winner.

Paddys River Flats camping area, Tumbarumba

You’ll fall in love with this simple camping area near Paddys Falls, where you can swim, fish or go bushwalking.

Pindari Dam camping area, Pindari Dam

You don’t have to pay to camp here, but you’ll probably enjoy this small, casual camping area with its view over the dam so much you’ll be happy dropping a few coins into the donation box.

The Pines camping area, Olney State Forest

Give us a campsite among the pine trees at Olney State Forest, with good facilities and lots of shade.

Rocky River Fossicking Area camping area, Uralla

You’ll strike gold at this free campsite – maybe even literally! You can hire fossicking equipment at the visitors centre. Otherwise you can just relax at the shaded campsite and cool down in the swimming holes in the river.



  • Katy Hay

    Ppfffttt they missed 2 of the best!.. Blackbird Flat is crap keep travelling 1 hr west past to Georges Junction 100% better and Swanns Crossing in the hinterland of Port Macquaire is beautiful rain forrest both free!!

    • Lukebwn

      I agree Georges is way better, makes me question the others

    • swany

      Swans crossing is over crowded and noise in the holidays if you are seeking peace and quiet

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  • Lyn Taylor

    Paddy’s Creek is noisy & over full in school holidays

  • stuart

    We have a great caravan and camping ground here in Binnaway N.S.W which is located on the banks of the Castlereagh River, approximately 2 hours drive north of Mudgee, two hours west of Tamworth and 1.25hrs east of Duibbo. BInnaway is reportedly the bird watchers capital of Australia and our camping grounds is located in town and only a short walk to the shops, pubs etc. The free camping grounds have toilet and shower facilities and BBQ’s and picnic tables and a variety of Gym equipment along the river walk for those who want to keep fit. The town also has a laundomat to get the washing done, all thanks to our active progress association. Come for a visit sometime soon.

  • Leigh Williams

    is there anywhere else that I can take my dog? does anyone know of great spots to camp that isnt in a national park ?

    • jeannie martin

      broke in the hunter valleys big grassy trees fires toilets

  • jeannie martin

    anyone know of a free camp around bowral heading to golbourne