The 10 Best Free Camping Spots In Queensland

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9 February 2017

The holidays are fast approaching. Some people are clueless on how to spend their well-deserved free time, while others are well-prepared with a getaway to Australia. If you have no plans, read more on different travel destinations and you might end up with a plan. For those visiting Australia, welcome to the land with the most amazing outdoors! From beaches to the forest, this country has it all and there is no better place to experience it than in Queensland. The best places to camp in QLD may be a little bit inaccessible by road, but there are ways of finding free campsites in QLD.

Eurimbula National Park

The Eurimbula National Park is located in the Wide Bay region, which has the most beautiful environment in Queensland. It has campsites accessible with a four-wheel drive due to the bad terrain and also some accessible by boat. It is next to the Agnes Water of the outer Great Barrier Reef. There are little parks within the national park, which is best-known for fishing adventures and surfing. The camping sites are clean with all the necessary facilities. The most remarkable feature is the Ganoonga Noonga, a short but very steep walking track where people can find adventure. There is also a conservation park on the 1770 coastline with great history.

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Bushy Parker Park, Rolling Stone

Bushy Parker is one of the best free camping spots in Queensland. It has a clean creek nearby for swimming and the area has a patrolled beach spot for those who want to swim with the waves on Balgal Beach. Camping facilities for individuals or families are readily available and there is a service store and a gas station for supplies, so there is no need to carry them from the town. The area is located 54 km north of Townsville. The campsite offers a maximum of two camping days with no power, but there is cell reception.

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Notch Point

This camping area is located in Ilbilbie, south of Sarina and offers a proper outdoors experience. The camp has no facilities, so most campers bring their camping gear to help them drive on the rough terrain, among other things. They only allow a maximum of 24 hrs stay to enjoy the fishing spots and picnic areas. It can also be very windy depending on the season.

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Fletcher Creek

There is nothing more refreshing than waking up to the sound of a flowing river. The Fletcher Creek is located on a bank of a river, with no parking or tent areas. Campers just set up on any opening on the grass area. The area offers the scenic beauty of the Dalrymple National Park for couples’ evening walks and the historic sites include ancient lava flows and fossil limestone. They allow campfires and barbecues which makes it ideal for family camping. The area allows the longest stay of a month among all the other free campsites in QLD.

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Lake Somerset And Somerset Dam

The campsites are located in the Lake Somerset Holiday Park. The area is free but offers a wide variety of facilities that have a charge fee. There are mini-golf courses for kids and other sports equipment for hire and campers are allowed to enjoy the sporting oval and the playground. Other activities available in the park include swimming in clear lagoons, boating for fishing adventures and water skiing. The sunset is especially breathtaking for those camping on the lake front.

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Bedford Weir

The Bedford Weir is the most outdoors of the free camping sites. It is a man-made impoundment along the Mackenzie River offering fun activities close to the camp, including fishing, bird watching, walking, water skiing, kayaking, and swimming. It is an ideal family camp spot, due to the fact that it has a wood barbecue area and playground nearby. Fans of the Barramundi and Saratoga fish are in for a treat as the area has plenty of them.

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Cumberland Mine Historic Site

Cumberland Mine Historic Site offers campers beautiful scenery and has a rich mining history. It is best suited for people with camping trucks since the camp is a parking area. There are no camping facilities, so campers must carry their things. Despite the lack of camping resources, it offers a serene and beautiful environment for Billabong and bird watching. The Billabong has a lily cover which attracts black cockatoos, willy wagtails, the rare budgies and whistling kites among other birds. The site is 20 km west of Georgetown and has no cell reception or power.

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Lloyd-Jones Weir

Southwest of the Barcaldine is this camping spot, which most campers refer to as peaceful and tidy. It is located along the river and surrounded by trees which provide a lot of shade. The campsite offers an opportunity to see various species of birds from the tree cover, something nature photographers appreciate. The camp has a sandy beach next to a lagoon with clear water. Swimming at the lagoon and sunbathing at the beach is truly living the dream! The area offers most facilities, including barbecue stands, clean water, power, and cell reception.

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Babinda Rotary Park

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They call it the land of waterfalls from the origin of the name Babinda, or binda, meaning waterfall or rain. The Babinda Rotary Park is located off the Bruce highway in the Cairns region. Although the area is wetter than most parts of Queensland, it is nonetheless one of the best places to camp in QLD. You can visit the famous Josephine Falls to take pictures and it is especially a good campsite for photographers. Many birds perch in the areas around the fall. There are also boulders that provide a real climbing experience. Campfires are allowed in the park since it gets cold.

Kroombit Tops National Park

Kroombit offers the ultimate outdoors experience for campers. Travelers across Australia are fond of the area. It has a changing landscape that offers beautiful scenery for photographers and a breathtaking experience. The WWII Liberator Bomber is still in the position where it crashed more than 50 years ago. The area has two camping sites with all facilities, but campers are advised to carry fresh water and avoid camping close to dead trees. The terrain can handle two wheel drive automobiles, but four wheels allow campers to venture more.

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The free camping spots provide the best nature has to offer. Since the areas are free, they tend to fill up very quickly during holidays. Visit the camps during off-peak times to avoid overcrowding and avoid using caravans, as they tend to get stuck on the narrow roads in the campsites.