The best things in life are free – and that includes camping. That’s right, we’ve scoured the country to bring you the best free campsites, from a beach just off the Nullarbor to a riverbank in Victoria. With prices (and views) like these, you’ll never want to leave.
This campsite is wild and beautiful, situated in a part of Kosciusko National Park not many people make the trek (or drive) to see. There’s plenty of space, and you can sit back and admire the mountain views from your chair, or make the short pilgrimage to the charming waterhole that gives the campground its name.
Take a road back in time to the Woods Point camping area, located on the banks of the Snowy River. As you look out over the river and the surrounding forests from your campsite, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled back 200 years or so – that is, if you ignore the picnic tables, barbecues and toilets. It’s an idyllic spot.
If the conditions are right, you can camp right on the beach at Davenport Creek, where you’ll have the best view money can’t buy out on to the Great Australian Bight. Of course, this spot for self-sufficient campers isn’t really about the view – it’s about the best fishing and surfing in the state. Camping is free, except for the toll you might have to pay to the midges that come out in droves.
The view from Cosy Corner camping area over the turquoise water, lichen-covered rocks and white sand of the Bay of Fires is priceless. Luckily, you won’t have to pay a cent for the best seats – or campsite – in the house. Bring your own everything, as pit toilets are the only facilities.
Mambi Island camping area is 45 kilometres north of Kununurra in the Kimberley, which is deep outback territory. The campsites are spread out under the paperbark trees on the banks of the Ord River, but don’t camp too close to the water – this is croc territory. Another one for self-sufficient campers, Mambi Island draws campers for the excellent fishing.