As we have travelled around Australia and stayed at free rest areas or low cost camping sites, we started taking notes and rating them for our own records. So we could remembered where we stayed, what facilities it had and what we thought of the place. If possible we took some photos to help remind us. Over the years it has developed into our own little rating system and has grown to cover over 100 campsites or rest areas in over 5 states, with the list forever growing. A lot of the campsites where we have stayed can be found in the book known as the Travellers Bible, “Camps Australia Wide” which covers most of the free or low cost camps around Australia, but as we have found not all of them. There are now camping apps like Wikicamps, which is a user generated camping app for iPhone, iPad and Android. To help find that perfect place to pull up for the night. Sites found on this web site can be used in conjunction with this book, which lists lot more key’s than we use. We list what interest us, what needs we have etc. e.g. we don’t travel with a dog so haven’t marked what sites allow dogs but that information can easily be found in the Camps Australia Wide or the Wikicamps app. Over time I will update our sites with that info too.
We also try and take photos of each campsite to help jog the memory and show what the place is like, as they say a picture paints a thousand words. Most campsite listings have 4 photos so along with the over 100 campsites there are loads of photos. Sometimes for whatever reason we don’t have any photos of the campsite, might have arrived after dark and left early, might not have been appropriate or we were slack, 🙂 it happens. This is a work in progress that is forever evolving.
Sometimes it can be difficult to post on the road, so often we leave updating the website with our campsites until we get home. Each post is back dated so the dates shown for a post are the dates we stayed there. Every time we post onto our site it does send out an email to everyone following our site. This does mean you could get a whole heap of posts about campsites all in a row, sorry about that. Please bear with us, the campsite postings might not be of interest to you now but hopefully when you are travelling around you will remember a post we did on an area, go to our website and get the benefit of our campsite collection for free.
Our preference is to avoid caravan parks but that is not always possible especially in the cities or bigger towns, or as we found on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. We don’t really rate caravan parks but might give our opinion on the place in a posting. The Campsites Category is shown on the home page, click on it to see all the campsites in one spot. They are also listed by state.
We would also like to point out we have rated and written our thoughts of camp sites for our own personal reference, and they are our views based on our needs and likes, if you benefit from them as well, great, just keep in mind you might like something different to us. We have also found different times of the year or season can make a big difference to the place.
Q – Queensland, N – NSW, V – Victoria, SA – South Australia,T– Tasmania, NT – Northern Territory, WA – Western Australia
Our rating system:
(1) Extremely basic, with no facilities, just a quick pull of the road for the night.
(2) A defined rest area but with very poor or limited facilities, maybe noisy or trucks might use it.
(3) A defined rest area, fairly basic, may have some facilities, trees, might be too close to the main road.
(4) A defined rest area may or may not have better facilities, big area, trees or shade, clean and is further off the road.
(5) A defined rest area or camping spot may have some of the following, good facilities, big area, clean, well off the road, trees/shade, picnic tables.
(6) Just the bees knees, just how we like it, may not even have any facilities, it’s quiet, bushy, has wildlife, may have a creek, is well off the road, is a large area.
(+.5) Has that little bit extra like wildlife but not worthy of a full point.
(-.5) Has something going against it like noise, price or trucks might use it.
Key Used: T – Toilet, S – Shower, B – Bin, N – Noisy, F – Free, W – Wildlife, M – Mobile is for “Next G, DW – Drinking Water, $ – Fees apply, OR – Off Road, D – Dogs, BR – Suitable for Big Rigs, ND – Non Drinking Water, DP – Dump Point.