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The best things in life are free

While traveling through Australia you can easily find your budget going faster than your travels. Yes, it is not cheap to travel around in this beautiful country, but there are also a lot of things you can enjoy for free.

For one thing, camping is considered an activity that should be available to all here. So in almost every area you can find free campsites. Mostly they are no more than a parking area with a toilet. However, last night we stayed at the best free campground that we have experienced so far. Well, campsite might be a bit overstated. As we left the main road and drove onto the parallel street we saw a lot of campers and trailers on the side of the road. We were in for a pleasant surprise though.

Free camping along the side of the road

What made this into a really great place to stay? The facilities that were offered were better than some paid campsites that we stayed at. Like a shower, a camp kitchen with hot plates and taps with cold and warm water. And a clean and fresh smelling toilet block; the women’s smelled like soap, the mens like pee according to Oliver that is a must though, otherwise men do not know what to do there).

Why mention the toilets separately?  That is one of those rights in Australia, everyone has the right to use a public toilet. You can find them everywhere. Most are clean and have toilet paper and there is no charge. Unlike in Europe, where you have to carry your own toilet roll under your arms when you have to go while on a campsite. Where it is not always easy to find a public toilet and you have to pay to use it. The most expensive one we know of is in Venice, where you pay €2 ($3). Tip when in Venice: go to a bar and order a drink, it comes with free toilet usage.

Most of the free campsites have a 1 or 2 night stay limit. We have been told that some people (even families) live in their motor homes and drive around in a two week circle, living on free campgrounds. Perfectly legal.

The kitchen area was huge and covered. Benches and tables on the other side.
The (women’s) toilet block was colorful, smelling like soap and clean
Just stick to the rules

We found this amazing free camp in Home Hill, between Townsville and Airlie Beach (Queensland).  We used the App Campermate (also free) to find our camping area’s.

Secondly there are pick nick area’s everywhere with everything you need for a long or short stop, toilets, benches, hot plates, kids play area’s and great views! Sometimes there is a $1 charge for the hot plates. We are now sitting in a park, right next to the beach, with a Fitness course and we even found a plug to charge our devices with. Again free.

And if there are facilities lacking, you just create them yourself. What do you mean no tennis courts?

Today was our free day, as we even got some free food. We were not charged for our bread at the supermarket, because the prize displayed in the store was lower then the registrar prize. We were correct and got the bread for free!

Finally all the nature parks, scenic lookouts and hiking routes, mostly no charge for those either. Bitter Springs (Northern Territory) was just one of those amazing free finds. You just need to get there…

Lookout point along the highway


Relaxing next to the car


Mother, wife, explorer and loving the outdoors. We recently moved to Australia, so lots to explore here. We are keeping a blog about our experiences of moving and living on a different continent as a family.

3 thoughts on “The best things in life are free

  1. Een prachtige laatste vakantie voordat jullie terugkeren.Geniet er samen van, het ziet er prachtig uit allemaal!


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