Any free camp sites available?

Tyler.Riches

New Member
I’ve been keen to get out on the tracks and go for a camp somewhere but lately there’s been nowhere to go camping as most you have to pay for it & places are still shut. Anywhere from Newcastle down to Batemans bay, preferably bush camping. Cheers
 

CaptainBanana

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All free.
 

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Triton14

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NSW State forests are free!

Just be aware though that you'll be sharing them with everyone, including hunters if its an approved hunting forest as per the NSW DPI website.
 

SirDrinksalott

Active Member
I’ve been keen to get out on the tracks and go for a camp somewhere but lately there’s been nowhere to go camping as most you have to pay for it & places are still shut. Anywhere from Newcastle down to Batemans bay, preferably bush camping. Cheers

Newcastle there is Watagans for free bush camping, can get busy though.
 

Decca

Member
Camps 11 is an excellent guide, although costs around $60... but for me it has more than paid for itself over recent trips away.
The maps in the book are reasonably detailed as well.
Once you've grasped how it's set out; it's quite handy, albeit a bit bulky
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Or Wikicamps app for a low cost option, you can filter 'free' camping to sift through the lower to mid cost places.
Good descriptions / photos etc of places normally, just with a bit of backpacker input, some are described as gravel pits (they'll camp anywhere as long as it's free !)
 

cookie64

4x4 Earth Contributer
I use WikiCamps all the time and is particularly helpful if you get delayed or want to push on a bit as you can easily see where you can pull up and has reviews and photos of the spots
 

Hoyks

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Wiki Camps is handy or the NSW State Forest Maps have campsites marked.

The northern side of the forestry road through Barrington tops was one of my Go-To places, there are some nice spots around Bulladelah and Forster too.

Mostly I'd just go exploring for a day trip, find somewhere that looked nice and stop, or make a mental note to go back later.
 

Bomber2012

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Another vote for Wikicamps.
Now I take my dog with me most trips I find wikicamps brilliant, it gives you heaps of valid info ( dog friendly etc) and good pics .
 

CTL

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Camps 11 is an excellent guide, although costs around $60... but for me it has more than paid for itself over recent trips away.
The maps in the book are reasonably detailed as well.
Once you've grasped how it's set out; it's quite handy, albeit a bit bulky
Mate, $60 for a book that is out of date before it is published??? Get wikicamps for a one-off $8. Can plan and share your route on the offline maps and update your location (but that needs wifi).
 

Albynsw

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Mate, $60 for a book that is out of date before it is published??? Get wikicamps for a one-off $8. Can plan and share your route on the offline maps and update your location (but that needs wifi).

I used to buy the book years ago but WikiCamps is the go, you can even get route guidance to the destination or if no service drop a pin on the map so that you can find it in the dark etc
 

Hoyks

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I used to buy the book years ago but WikiCamps is the go, you can even get route guidance to the destination or if no service drop a pin on the map so that you can find it in the dark etc
and download the maps if you know you're going somewhere with marginal reception.
 
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