I pick my campervan up next week which I have hired for 5 weeks, I don't really want to pay to be on a campsite every night because it will cost quite a lot after 5 weeks. I was wondering if it's against the law to park out of the way from the public eye and stay the night. Or are there any free campsites to park up, shower and sleep? I'm on a budget like most backpackers and want to keep my money in my pocket. Thanks for any help guys.
Hi Wayne, you didn't mention where you'll be travelling but generally there are rest stops between towns which are basically parking areas with bathroom facilities, sometimes with grassed areas that you can park for the night. On some major interstate highways there are large service centres that cater for truck drivers which have showers and toilets available.
I've found "Camps Australia Wide" a useful book for finding free/cheap camp sites, you might be able to download the GPS waypoints if you've got a GPS. I managed to find them for Tom Tom, let me know if you'd like a link.
Hey if you are going to Australia, pick up a cheap map off of amazon and it should highlight free sites - green tents for stopping and facilities and blue tents for overnight stays and facilities. Also these are highlighted in the atlas your campervan hire company (if hiring) should provide. They may also provide a list of campsites in an annual magazine, not sure of the name but they had one with NSW sites, and one for Queensland. Often they did not have showers, however we stopped at beaches for showers etc. We did a few nights stay tucked out of the way on residential roadsides. And a few nights we also stopped in beach car parks although risky as often signposted no campers and you could get moved on.
Hope that helps.
Forgot to say we did stay at campsites too. Prices varied from $12 to $36 i think. this was last april. some were powered some werent, some had swimming pools and some were awful. however as long as you can camp up legally and have a shower who cares!
Here's a web site with some free camp sites across Australia and some details of facilities therein. Add your own as you go.....