During the course of being on the road for 18mths, there was only one time that we decided to move to the next free camp to be safer.
The only reason we moved was that no other free campers had arrived before 4pm. We used that as a general rule, so that we would have enough time to get to the next free camp before night fall. (WikiCamps Australia is a great app for free camping).
We work on the premise that there is safety in numbers and the criteria for us, is that there must be other campers at the site.
The picture at right is Saunders Beach Free Camp (Qld). Get there early for a shady spot. If you are there on a Saturday night, the local Volunteer Fire Brigade might ask you to join them for Lamb Shanks at the fire station! (it's a fund raiser - $6 per person)
The reality is for most people on the road, particularly family groups; it is just too expensive to stay in caravan parks long term, so free camping is more of a necessity than an option. Fees can range from $140/week to outrageous prices upwards of $420/week and even more in remote or very popular areas, depending on demand and the time of year.
- Very safe with other campers around
- No cost
- Easy to find
- Most have Telstra signal available
- Most have toilet and water available
- Great way to meet other like minded people
Calliope River Free Camp near Gladstone turnoff. You can tell by the numbers of other campers here, that it is one of the safest free camps in Australia.