i realise this has been asked before, but i searched and couldn't find what i was after...
what are the 'rules' on camping...sorta, anywhere in oz?
obviously not in someone's front yard, but in what's a fairly quiet area?
i understand about fires being unwelcome, that's fair, but if travelling, and needing somewhere to pitch a tent for a night or 2...
are you likely to just be frowned at by people or reported?
Sorry to be a spoiltsport, but you can't tent just about anywhere. EG national parks are very strict and Ranger goes around, around and around, same goes to many beaches...but there is plenty of camping areas and also in National Parks if yu'll pay a smallish fee. Quite often they don't have all mod cons, but that's why they are pretty reasonably priced..
Camping in Tasmania is the best memory ever. It was in Freycinet Peninsula over looking the Ocean, wild Rock Wallabies and early morning breakfast at the beach....
If you want to bend the law, it's pretty much a case of camp where you want but don't get caught.
There are plenty of hidden places where you can pitch a tent; either in the bush or on the beach. The main difficulty is that if you can get to a nice place, so can many other people.
If you have a van, again, you need to pull up somewhere quite secluded. Forget pulling up in a carpark by the beach as you might have some unwanted visitors as well as perhaps a council ranger. I'd pull up in a suburban street, perhaps by a park, keeping the pop-up roof down and the noise low, and then I'd move on after a night.
Depending on where you'll be travelling and what you're doing. I know in the blue mountains if you're hiking there are often plenty of places you can camp for free along the trails. Generally you have to pay to camp in National Parks Australia wide and cost depends on facilities. If you're travelling remotely generally you can stay overnight at rest stops, and there are some quite impressive ones in North WA and the NT although their facilities are usually limited to a pit toilet. As mentioned by James, there are lots of hidden places you can camp along the way if you want to bend the law. There are also lots of books around that have free and cheap camp sites listed.