suggested free camps please

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Hi all, Pick up BT in June and travel via coast to Vic for week at Falls Creek then on to Adelaide (family) and up the Birdsville Track and finally across to Darwin. Have no probs with Birdsville Track as we have done it several times before in 4x4, just hope it stays dry, but am just wondering if anyone has suggestions for stopovers between Bris, Sydney and Albury. Have looked at 'Camps 2' but would like to know if there are some special places that people have found. Prue
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Reply By: Turist - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:34

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:34
We travel the coast road Sydney Sunshine Coast a few times each year and have yet to find a good QUIET free roadside camp without leaving the highway for a few k's.

But we often stop at Yamba, almost half way, an easy drive on to Sydney.

Take a non powered camp site at the Calypso van park, right in town and on the waterfront.
Campsites always almost empty and quiet.
Five minutes walk to the bowling clug and the best beef and guinness pie in the state.
have a morning walk along the breakwater and watch the trawlers come in.

Always a good mini break from the road.

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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:35

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:35
Prue, Corindi Beach caravan park is on a spectacular headland. Last time we stayed it was $15 for a powered site. At Nelson Bay there is free overnight for BT's in our front yard (214 Salamander Way) or at the Toboggan Run Carpark across the road. South of Sydney, Coledale Campground, right on the beach, below Bulli Pass (Low gear going down) is excellent (about $18 powered), the Blowhole Caravan Park at Kiama is probably the most scenic place (anywhere in Australia) to park for a night or two, regardless of parting with $20 and, south of Batemans Bay there's a freebie on the beach at Congo, east of Morura - serene! Ring us (02) 49811453 or 0412 416444 if you are calling in here. Cheers, and safe travel...................Rob Caldwell
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:36

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:36
Don't know much about East Coast, but before we bought Bushtracker, we were going to fly to Albury to look at a truck-camper. The "nomads" were spending some time camped along the Murray River near Albury - the owner said there were heaps of good spots along the river, and they would spend some time there on there various travels between family in SA and QLD. Couldn't have been that far from Albury, as they would go into the town to fax us.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:37

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:37
All the Green section I have marked along Lake Hume there is heaps of space to camp right next to the water. There is a free ferry to take you across the river past Talgarno at a place called Wymah. The road on the NSW side is dirt, but has always been excellent hard sand road and better than many bitumen roads. On the way out of town towards Lake Hume, the turn immediately at the start of the airport to the right will take you to Mungabarrina (all bitumen) and toilets where they park right next to the Murray. Is great spot with neatly mowed lawns etc. At Granya green mark is the Mt. Granya Forest Park which is 2k of again excellent dirt road (Webb Rd). Mt Granya Forest Park has some great walks as well as a pretty waterfall. There are so many places in North East Victoria to park free and in such beautiful country it always amazes me not more caravanners take advantage of it. Where else can you have prime waterfront free in idyllic settings. My Camps Australia Wide 2 is in the vehicle, so don't know if what I have mentioned is in there.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:38

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:38
Prue, You can continue those green lines of David's upstream to Bunroy Junction, south of Corryong. The road into Bunroy is very tight for Don't bother if your rig is longer than L'cruiser + BT 19 + 300 extn. A-Frame. We hung a wheel over the end of a culvert on one bend in the track. If you go along the Murray from Falls Creek, there are many riverbank freebies:- Just south of Albury (Vic side, 5km along the Rutherglen Road, track to right 200m to billabong, 1k to riverbank sites. Bourkes Bend, about 5-6k west of Yarrawonga. Barmah Island 1-2 km nth of Barmah, look for cattle grid on left, bridge is OK for BT. Track to left after bridge leads to some magic riverbank sites - plenty of firewood. Gunbower, turn right 10-11 k west of Echuca. Nice riverside Caravan Park in Swan Hill (if you don't have a washing machine on board) Murrumbidgee Junction, 5km south of Boundary Bend - track to east, over cattle grid then follow track to river bank. Hattah-Kulkyne Nat. Park. Lots of spots along the river. Lindsay Island, turn right Cullulleraine, pass Lake Wallawalla, track to right, bridge over Lindsay creek okay, follow track bear left to a camp on Lindsay Ck. Bear right to Murray. With all these sites, take care if there's a sign of rain, as the roads are black soil which sticks to rubber like glue when it's wet. Best to wait 'til it dries out before attempting travel - this way you won't bugger up the road for the locals and following travellers. Good luck and safe travels.................Rob
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Reply By: Jaunty Jordans - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:39

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 11:39
Thank you to everyone who has replied with suggestions. We have copies of Camps 2, Free Bush Camps etc, but as always I think local knowledge is the best you can get. Places listed in publications tend to be popular after a very short time and particularly at this time of the year when lots of people are on the road. Have taken note of your address Tellembugrem and if we are in the area at a reasonable hour, will contact you for chat!! Thanks again. Prue
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