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For a growing directory of free and low cost campsites in towns and regions worth suppporting and contributed by people visiting these sites see: Caravanners Forum RV Friendly Towns and Regions

 

Wiki Camps is an app for iPhone and Android.  As it is generated by the public, there is no guarantee that camps listed are authorised or that they haven't subsequently been closed to camping.  Use with caution.  Caravan Parks, dump points, public showers and other resources are also being added by users. 

 

To find farm and station stays see Farm Stay Australia and some regional lists Western Australia’s Golden Outback, Western Australia’s Coral CoastQueensland Outback, South Australia Flinders Ranges and Outback. Not all have camping accommodation so check the listing.   

 

To find showground camping, go to Q. Is there a directory of showgrounds that offer camping?

 

Others useful sites include:

 

Caravan Park and Campground reviews with photos and lots more camping information at Lets Getaway

 

Includes caravan parks and four wheel drive off road camp grounds for something different, but is not a complete listing by any means, at 4x4 Earth.    

 

For personal reviews of free and low cost camps that we can recommend here

 

Many more free and low cost options are being researched and listed here 

 

 

 

On line listings for caravan parks and camp grounds

To find out more about camping in National Parks, visit the following websites for each state:

 

Western Australia  Some of these require booking and this is noted in the linked list.  New: For those where bookings cannot be made, status of occupancy can be tracked hereA new App. for finding National Parks in Western Australia. 

 

Northern Territory

 

Queensland Some campgrounds require on line booking.  See here 

 

New South Wales Some campgrounds and cottage accommodation require on line booking.  See here

 

Australian Capital Territory

 

Victoria  A new fee structure was implemented 1st July 2014 and on line bookings are required, see News

 

Tasmania

 

South Australia A booking system has been commenced with several parks now requiring booking, see News 

 

Note that several parks are federally administered, and these will not appear under each state. 

Commonwealth Parks  

 

Kakadu National Park

 

Private camp ground only at Yulara to see the  Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Ayers Rock Resort  

Nature in Australia – identification and informative websites and Apps

Animals: Australian Mammals, Mammals on OzAnimals

 

Ants: Australian Ants See also Insects and Invertebrates hereunder. 

 

Bats: Australian Bats

 

Birds: Australian Birds in Backyards, Australian Birds, Birdlife Australia,  Australian Bird Photos, Birds on OzAnimals. Apps: Michael Morcombe's Field Guide to Australian BirdsMichael Morcombe and David Stewart eGuide, Pizzey and Knight Birds of Australia (see also Fauna)

 

Butterflies: Australian Butterflies, Life Unseen Butterflies and Moths.

 

Centipedes and Millipedes: Australian Centipedes and Millipedes

 

Dangerous Creatures: Dangerous Australians,Australia's Top 30 dangerous creatures

 

Fish: Australian Fishes, Fish and Coral on OzAnimals 

 

Fauna state by state App for mobile devices Field Guide apps to Australian Fauna, Field Guide Apps (free)

 

Flora and Fauna various nature Apps Australian Geographic, Oz Atlas App (for iPhones and Android) 

 

Frogs: Australian Frogs with an App, Frogs on OzAnimals

 

Fungi: Australian Fungi Website.  See our Fungi of Western Australia pages for more links and photos.  App from Fungi Oz

 

Insects including ants, beetles, bugs, butterflies and flies: Australian Insects, Insects on OzAnimals, Life Unseen, InsectsIn and around Brisbane 

 

Reptiles: Reptiles of Australia, Reptiles in AustraliaReptiles on OzAnimals,

Australian Reptile Online Database. For well illustrated snakes mainly from Western Australia see

 WA Snakes with Brian Bush

 

Spiders: Australian Spiders, Spiders on OzAnimals, Australian Spider PhotosSpiders & other arachnids

 

Weeds: Weed Identification

 

Wildflowers: See our Wildflowers of Western Australia pagesFlowering plant families of Australia (difficult site to use), West Australian WildflowersFlorabase - the Western Australia Floraand Apps Australian Wildflowers App (for iPhones and iPads) andOz Atlas App (for iPhones and Android) 

 

Outlets:

Do consider that franchised outlets can change brands from time to time so if you require one brand only make up to date check.  Not all websites that list multiple brands are up to date.  Some outlets may be brand card only with no staff.  If chasing the 'cheapest' you may waste time and fuel to locate it in an industrial area, then find it is not open to the general public. 

 

BP Outlets To find BP outlets

 

Caltex Outlets Site Locator; including Woolworths Caltex outlets 

 

Shell Outlets To find Shell outlets

 

Coles Espress Outlets To find Coles Express outlets

 

Exxon Mobil Outlets To find Exxon Mobil outlets

 

Fuel stations on True Local All brands list which does not include roadhouses ourside of towns

  

Where can I fill with LPG? to find auto gas outlets brand by brand

 

Prices:

 

Find fuel prices in Adelaide, South Australia South Australia

 

Find fuel trends in Queensland Queensland

 

Find Fuel Prices in Victoria covering Melbourne and  Average prices in major towns

 

FuelWatch WA See prices today and tomorrow in Western Australian towns statewide; out of town roadhouses and a number of rural towns not included.

 

Fuel Check NSW for mobile devices and desktop is being developed, but is not all encompassing as yet.

 

Fuel Watch Tasmania RACT

 

Motormouth fuel prices Australia wide, but mainly confined to outlets in larger towns 

 

Fuel Map is an App for smart phones, and is built from user contributions.

 

Petrol Spy website and App for smart phones, relies on user contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel - prices and availablity

Read about different power sources here.  Solar is my preference. 

 

Living with Solar - understanding your solar system

 

Solar Panel Basics - beginners guide to solar panels

 

Solar Panel Types - Polycrystalline (or multicrystalline), Monocrystalline or Amorphous (or 'thin film')?

 

How much solar input? - to help you calculate your needs in the various climates in Australia

 

Power - where to find out about solar power, batteries and setting up your power
 
Towing - what you need to know

Towing regulations and speeds

  

Towing Guide - A new website is up and running, with a link to a downloadable e-book all about towing  

 

CIL Towing Handbook

  

Caravanning Tips - Weight Distribution Hitch explained

 

Safe Towing 

 

Towing guide from Transport Western Australia

 

Making Caravans Stable from Collyn Rivers

 

 

 

National Parks

 

Fossicking and Mining in each state

Travellers may have an interest in finding gemstones or opals, or hope to make their fortunes (or at least have a good find from time to time) prospecting for gold using a metal detector.  In most states a fossicking licence is necessary, and in some states, fossicking is for personal collecting only not for making profits or any form of commercial activity.  You may be required to pay a small fee in some states, whereas the licence is free in other states.  Check the links hereunder for details of any fees which may apply.  Specific areas apply and in most cases exclude private property and existing mineral leases.

 

Fossicking licences

 

Obtaining a fossicker's Licence in Queensland  

 

This site has more information about fossicking in Queensland 

 

Further information about fossicking in Queensland

   

A licence is not required to fossick in the Northern Territory 

 

See  where consent to access land is required. 

 

About fossicking in the Northern Territory

  

A licence is not required to fossick for gemstones in New South Wales 

 

Guide to fossicking in New South Wales

 

A licence is not required to fossick for gemstones in South Australia

 

Specimens may be collected for personal use, not for sale or commerical activities.

 

For details or where fossicking can be undertaken in South Australia  

  

In Victoria you are required to hold Miner's Right

 

All about fossicking in Victoria 

  

 In Western Australia  you require a Miner's Right

 

About Western Australian Miner's Rights   

 

Prospecting and Fossicking in the Goldfields Western Australia

  

No licence is required in Tasmania to fossick in specified areas for personal collecting

 

Fossicking areas are outlined here.  These areas are set aside for personal collecting, not commercial activities and no licence is required. Conditions are specified in the downloadable .pdf 2120 kb booklet.  

 

For a prospecting licence in Tasmania

Learn more about fossicking for gemstones in Australia

  

Some tourist ventures have an area for searching for gemstones, usually planted with a set amount of a certain quality of gems stones.  It gives the thrill of the search with an almost guaranteed ‘find’. 

Towing capacity and other specifications of vehicles can be found on Red Book
See more about towing safely, correct loading and definitions of ATM, GTM, GCM, GVM, TARE, Ball weight and Payload in Safety: A correctly loaded rig when towing
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Thanks to the contributor of this photos for sharing.  Unfortunately he didn't strike it rich, but he enjoyed trying.

For recent caravan park reviews from those who use them, visit Badger's Australian Caravan Parks Reports. Pet friendly parks are noted where known. 

 

For a comprehensive on line listing of caravan parks visit, with an emphasis on dog friendly parks, visit  My Parks List

 

Camps and Vans; A comprehensive list of Camps, Caravan Parks & Dump Sites for your GPS and PC, listing facilities and photos.  Please ensure that you list AustraliaSoMuchtoSee as the referrer when you join the Camps and Vans Club as it helps Australia So Much to See web site.

 

Caravan park listings are also on Go See Australia  

For free and low cost camp grounds on line visit the following links:

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