Australia is all about the big outdoors. If you are backpacking and traveling on a budget then camping is a viable option for a holiday here. There are lots of excellent places to stay at a great price so you can see and do as much as possible on a budget in Australia. If you want cheap camping and a great place to stay then check out our guide to some of the best campsites in Australia.
The Blue Mountains are unmissable when driving out of Sydney. About an hour out of Sydney is Lake Wallace and the town of Wallerawang. But that’s not all. This is home to one of the best free camping grounds in Australia. Campfires and naked flames are not allowed. Facilities include showers, toilets, a playground, barbecue facilities, a dump spot, and even a dog exercise area.
The views across the lakes to the mountains are spectacular. Wallerawang town center is a 2-minute drive or 10 minutes walk away for supplies. Self-contained RVs and caravans are permitted to camp for 48 hours but those vehicles without toilets are not permitted.
Address: Lake Wallace, Barton Ave, Wallerawang
Surrounded by huge spotted gum trees, Bodalla Forest Rest Area is another free camping site in New South Wales. It is located just off the Princes Highway and there is a walking trail to Mummaga Lake. There are toilets and picnic tables at this campsite. From the lake, there are many wildlife species including birds to view. This rest area is not suitable as a long term camping site so is really suited to overnight stays only. It is a basic place to stay- but is free.
Waves Campground, Crescent Head, NSW
Waves Camp Ground is one of the best places to experience the outdoors in Australia. Much of the grounds are in natural settings that attract wildlife so this campsite is excellent for seeing some of Australia’s indigenous species. The campground is between Goolawah National Park and Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve on the Mid North West Coast of New South Wales.
There is a central shower block with hot water. Across the road from Waves Campground, you’ll find sandy beaches in beautiful bays, snorkeling, and surfing. There are places to go for long walks in the area too. Facilities include a barbecue, on-site café, laundry, surf equipment rental, and there is also a bunkhouse. This cheap campsite is really popular and prices go from $10 in off-peak season to $15 per person per night in peak holidays.
Address: 954 Point Plomer Road, Delicate Nobby, Crescent Head, NSW, 2440
Kennet River Holiday Park, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s classic drives and Kennet River Holiday Park is a cheap camping site on the route. Located 2.5 hours from Melbourne this cheap camping ground is right between Lorne and Apollo Bay, one of the most scenic places on the Great Ocean Road. It is a popular place to spot koalas, and also kookaburras, parrots, dolphins, and even seals.
There are some excellent facilities at Kennet River too. These include hot showers, a toile block, laundry facilities, electric barbecues, a kitchen area, and a children’s playground. There are lots of trees for shade and campers have access to Great Otway National Park. Attractions include walks, cycling, fishing, surfing, and nearby waterfalls. With a beach nearby including for surfing, this is a good cheap place to stay in Australia. Pets are not allowed.
Address: Great Ocean Rd, Kennett River, Vic. 3234
Barossa Valley Discovery Park
The main reason visitors go to Barossa Valley is for the wine as it is one of the main areas in Australia for vineyards. So, having a cheap campsite near some of the best wineries in Australia is a real bonus. Barossa Valley Discovery Park has a swimming pool, WiFi, Water Park, playground, camp kitchen, and dump area.
There are several types of accommodation options from chalets to powered sites and tent pitches. The campsite is close to the famous Barossa Farmer’s Market, several wineries, and the Whispering Wall. This is a great cheap campsite for those who love wine tasting but it is also suitable for families.
Coalmine Beach Holiday Park
For a wilderness experience, Coalmine Beach Holiday Park is a cheap campsite with a lot to offer. It is 415 miles from Perth in Western Australia and a short drive from Walpole and is surrounded by no less than five national parks. There’s a choice of cabins, glamping and basic tents on this campsite.
Facilities include camp kitchens, barbecue areas, laundry facilities, gas bottle refills, and even a free open air cinema. Close to Coalmine Beach Holiday Park are the famous Southern Forests and valleys. The diverse environment here includes the Giant Tingle Trees and the Valley of the Giants. The Amazing South Coast region of Western Australia is another big reason to stay at this campsite. Basic camping pitches are from $35.50 a night.
Australind Tourist Park
Australind Tourist Park is another cheap campsite in Western Australia. It is located on the Leschenault Estuary and close to Bunbury. This campsite has a range of accommodation to suit most budgets including basic camping pitches. Australind Tourist Park has barbecue facilities, camp kitchen, laundry, a café, and lots of opportunities to spot wildlife. There is a bike rental too and opportunities to go fishing. Nearby there is a Dolphin Discovery center, Ngalang Wongi Cultural Aboriginal tours, and local heritage trails.
Pebbly Beach Campground, Yuraygir National Park
Pebbly Beach campground in New South Wales is a cheap campsite near Coffs harbor. It is on the beach with simple facilities but the scenery is spectacular. There are toilets, but no showers. Camper vans, as well as tents, are permitted but the site may not be suitable for very large vans. This is a site where you can whale watch, go fishing, snorkeling, and coastal walking. The fee is $12 per night.
Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheater of mountains which is the perfect backdrop to a campsite. The cheap camping ground has laundry facilities, toilets and shower blocks, a shop, and campsite guests can use the resort pool and restaurant. There are local tours available including scenic flights over the Ikara Flinders Ranges. There is also star gazing, bushwalking, and lots of other activities. Camping pitches range from $14 per night.
Conto Campground Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park
Conto campground is a cheap camping site in Western Australia and the pitches are located among the sticky peppermint trees in this national park. The camp is close to Conto Springs Beach and is on the Cape to Cape Walking Trail. The facilities include a large kitchen and toilets. There are no showers. However, the natural surroundings that includes the odd kangaroo visiting the site, and whale watching from the coast make up for all of this. Pitches are from $15 per night.