Rapid Bay Campground, SA
Just over 100 kays out of Adelaide lies the popular beach-side getaway of Rapid Bay Campground. Follow the steep descent from Normanville-Cape Jervis Road right down to the beachfront of Rapid Bay. Cold water showers and toilets are available onside, however, there is no power. Free barbecues are available in a covered seating area. There is playground for the kids as well as access to the Rapid Bay jetty which is perfect for fishing. Bookings aren’t required as the caretaker will do evening rounds to collect fees. Rigs can be stored for free at the site for up to five days for travellers visiting Kangaroo Island.

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Cost: Adults $7, Children $3.50
Address: Rapid Bay, SA
GPS: -35.5252, 138.1894
Toilets: Flushing
Showers: Cold water, outdoor
Camp Fires: No
Max Stay: Extended
Road Access: Good/Sealed
Water: Yes, limited
Number of Sites: 50+
Power Available: No
Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
Suitable for Big Rigs: Yes
Website/Info: Camp Managers on 08 8598 3003

Point Lowly, SA
Point Lowly Camping Area is located 8km north of Whyalla or 65km south of Port Augusta. There is no power available, however, cold showers and flushing toilets are available with a nearby dump point. Permits are required and be purchased from the Point Lowly payment box near the amenities block, the Whyalla Visitors Centre or the Whyalla City Council. Permits must be displayed on the passenger side of the vehicle dashboard, failure to display may incur a fine. Facilities are limited, but there is plenty of birdlife and dolphin activity to be seen, or make the most of the shoreline to catch a fish or two.

Cost: Permit required, $8 per night; honour box
Address: Port Bonython Rd, Point Lowly, SA
GPS: -32.9922, 137.782
Toilets: M/F flushing
Showers: Yes (cold water)
Camp Fires: No
Max Stay: 14 nights
Road Access: Good/Sealed
Water: Yes
Number of Sites: 20+
Power Available: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Suitable for Big Rigs: Yes
Website/Info: Whyalla Visitor Centre; (08) 8645 7900 or 1800 088 589

Calliope River Rest Area, QLD
Calliope River Rest Area is a free camp located off the Bruce Highway, 7km north of Calliope. The rest area can be accessed from either side of the river, but for bigger rigs take the turn off Dawson Highway which allows for a bit more wriggle room. The rest area is lower than the river so take caution during heavy rain. There are signs warning of crocodiles in the area so care should be taken. Male and female toilets are available and the area is pet friendly. The maximum stay is two nights and campfires are not permitted.

Cost: Free
Address: Bruce Highway
GPS: -23.9628, 151.1532
Toilets: M/F
Showers: No
Camp Fires: No
Max Stay: Two nights
Road Access: Good/Sealed
Water: Not potable
Number of Sites: 60+
Power Available: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Suitable for Big Rigs: Yes

Coopernook Forest Park, NSW
Coopernook Forest Park is just north of Coopernook, 91km south of Kempsy or 29km north of Taree. The large grassy area is well kept with plenty of space for big rigs. There are two covered areas with benches and tables, barbecue facilities, flushing toilets and rubbish bins. It is best to bring your own water. Some may be available from the rangers’ station, but bringing your own is advised. There is no time limit for this area, however there is no power available. Campfires are permitted as are your four-legged fury friends.

Cost: Free
Address: Juhles Mountain Rd, NSW
GPS: -31.7886, 152.6080
Toilets: Yes
Showers: No
Camp Fires: Yes, wood supplied
Max Stay: No limit stated
Road Access: Good, last section dirt road
Water: No
Number of Sites: 20+
Power Available: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Suitable for Big Rigs: Yes

Scotts Beach Camping Area
On the banks of the Murray, just over three clicks south east of Cobram is Scotts Beach Camping Area. Stay up to 14 nights with the town of Cobram only a few kilometres drive away. Toilets are available but no showers. Picnic tables are provided, campfires are permitted and pets allowed. With the Murray River at your back door, visit the waterbird haven of Quinn Island via the footbridge or explore the walking trails through the state forest.

Cost: Free
Address: River Road, Cobram VIC
GPS: -35.5536, 145.4036
Toilets: Yes
Showers: No
Camp Fires: Yes
Max Stay: 14 days
Road Access: Good/Sealed
Water: No
Number of Sites: 30+
Power Available: No
Dog Friendly: Yes
Suitable for Big Rigs: Yes
Website/Info: Parks Victoria 13 1963

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