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Free Camping in Australia – Try Pub Camping

As a campervan rental specialist in Australia, one of the commonly asked questions we face is “Can I free camp or park anywhere I want in Australia?”. The answer is Yes and No. While there are free campsites in Australia, you will not be able to park anywhere you want as it is subject to local town council regulations. For example, it is illegal to camp outside designated campgrounds in Queensland.   

One of the perks of a road trip is to be able to go off the beaten track and experience life as the locals do. If the thought of this excites you, let us introduce you to the world of Pub Camping. Pub Camping is a popular culture among motorhome and caravan owners in Australia where they patronize a pub and in return allowed to free camp on the premises. These pubs often provide campers with facilities such as toilets and water as well. This is a great way to boost the economy of small towns and also for campers to save on accommodation costs (win-win situation). Compared to visiting tourist-packed destinations, pub camping will allow you to truly experience the local Australian life and even add to your friend-list (Pub owners are often a friendly lot that is not shy to share their life stories with you). With the bushfire crisis, many of these pub owners and people in the small towns have suffered a great loss. When the tragedy is over, please consider visiting to help boost the economy as the locals rebuild their livelihoods. 

Here are a few camp-friendly pubs that you can add-on your itinerary:

1. The Commercial Hotel, Barellan NSW

Address: 56 Yapunyah St, Barellan NSW 2665

Phone: (02) 6963 9249.

Image source: https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/riverina/narrandera/accommodation/commercial-hotel-barellan


Features:
  • Camping for self-contained vans
  • Pet-friendly
  • Meals available on Friday & Saturday

2. The Federal Hotel, Nimmitabelr

Address: 28 Bombala St, Nimmitabel NSW 2631

Phone: 0481481034

Image source: http://nimmitabel-nsw.place-advisor.com/federal-hotel-nimmitabel/


Features:
  • Camping for motorhomes and small caravans
  • Open mic (Wednesdays), Live Music (Fridays), Karaoke (Every second Saturday)
  • Great stop before going for some regional adventures in the Snowy Mountains, Sapphire Coast, and the Monaro.

3. Wallaville Hotel, QLD

Address: 2 Mill St, Wallaville QLD 4671 

Phone: (07) 4188 9641

Image source: https://hiveminer.com/Tags/wallaville


Features:
  • 1-night camping
  • Hot showers, toilet and laundry (charges may apply)

4. Juandah Hotel Motel, QLD

Address: Lawton St, Wondoan QLD 4419

Phone: (07) 4627 4155

Image source: https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/juandah-motel-wandoan.html


Features:
  • Free overnight parking for motorhomes and caravans
  • Picnic tables, toilets
  • Close to Water Loo Plains Environmental Park

5. Grass Valley Tavern, WA

Address: 8 Carter St, Grass Valley WA 6403

Phone: 0407 205 068

Image source: https://www.facebook.com/grassvalleytavern/photos/a.622751607766708/3240217256020117/?type=3&theater


Features:
  • Call 0407205068 before visiting
  • Tavern open to the public (Thurs – Sun)
  • Pet-friendly
Pub camping is a holiday that will not only give you photos for your social media, but it will enrich your lives with memories and friendships that are priceless. If you would like to hire a vehicle and give it a try, check out our vehicles at www.aussiecampervans.com or send us an email at reservations@aussiecampervans.com Our team will be more than happy to assist you with getting the best vehicle at competitive prices.

Disclaimer: Information about the pubs above are true to the time of writing and may change without notice. For more information, please visit https://countrypubcamping.com/ or join the community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CountryPubsOzCamping/.

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