The 2022 Top 5 Off-Grid Camping Spots In Australia

The 2022 Top 5 Off-Grid Camping Spots In Australia

Whether you’re waking up surrounded by the tranquil bush or next to the crashing waves, there’s nothing like off-grid camping spots. And Australia is full of them.

To help you, our friends at Aussie Destinations Unknown reveal their top 5 off-grid camping spots in Australia. And by off-grid camping they mean: Some sites are free, some low cost and some are national parks. None offer power or water.

Miriam and Chris from Aussie Destinations Unknown packed up their home and became full time travellers in 2020. So it is safe to say they have the inside scoop on the best locations you should visit in Australia. Let's dive in!


Here’s Their Top 5 Off-grid Camping Spots In Australia:


TASMANIA – FREE BEACH CAMPING
Swimcart Beach, Binalong Bay

Wake up and walk straight onto the beach with these beach-front campsites in the stunning Bay of Fires. You’re less than 15 minutes from St Helens, which is the biggest town on the North East coastline so you can stock up on goodies (and coffee) easily. What Aussie Destinations Unknown say: “We used the campsite as a base to explore the Bay of Fires, St Columba Falls (one of Tassie’s highest waterfalls), Lottah Pyengana and other gems on the East Coast.” Check out Aussie Destinations Uknown's Tassie Tours video here!
 


 


Need To Know:

  • Toilets available – a definite bonus

  • Free with no time limit on your stay

  • Off-grid – no power or water hookup

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY – FREE RIVER CAMPING
Finke River, Two Mile (near the BIG GUM TREE), Mt Zeil

Pull up next to the river and enjoy incredible views and sunsets at this riverfront camping area. Located some 2.5 hours from Alice Springs, this camping site is accessible by 4WD only, which makes it more remote than other free camping sites on our list. Enjoy mornings watching an abundance of birdlife. Then head off to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges. What Aussie Destinations Unknown say: “This campsite makes a great base if you’d rather not stay at busy campgrounds.” Check out Aussie Destinations Uknown's Northern Territory video here!
 


Need To Know:

  • Truly off-grid - no power, water or toilets 

  • Free with no time limit on your stay


VICTORIA – FREE BUSH CAMPING
Sawpit Campground, Narrawong

Nested in the bush on an old sawmill site, Sawpit Campground is a true bush camp. During the day, explore the network of MTB trails around the campground. Then when dusk falls, snuggle by the fire and enjoy the serenity, with wildlife and birdlife galore. What Aussie Destinations Unknown say: “There are lots of beautiful big trees, which are great for shade on warm days, but not great for your solar, so be sure to charge your battery before you go.” The site is only 20 minutes from Portland so it’s not far to stock up on supplies. 
 


Need To Know:

  • Free with no time limit on your stay

  • Toilets available 

  • No power or water

  • Fire pits, shelters, and benches

  • Sites suitable for big rigs

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA – LOW-COST BEACH CAMPING
Perlubie Beach, Streaky Bay, Eyre Peninsula

Nothing says Australian camping like camping right on the beach. Just be sure to camp high in case the tide comes up! There’s shallow water for a long way out, which makes it perfect for kids or floating around. Then come back and enjoy the shade of the beach shelters. This camping gem is just 20 minutes from Streaky Bay and its famous oysters. It’s the perfect base to explore the Eyre Peninsula and all it has to offer. What Aussie Destinations Unknown say: “It has a real community vibe and we got to know so many amazing people here. We stayed for four weeks over Christmas and New Year and participated in the Annual Perlubie Beach Sports Day on New Years Day.”
 

 

Need To Know:

  • $10 per night honesty box

  • Off-grid – no power or water hookup

  • Toilets available

 

NEW SOUTH WALES – PAID NATIONAL PARK BUSH & BEACH CAMPGROUND
Black Rocks, Bundjalung National Park

Nestled behind the dune at 10 Mile Beach and next to Jerusalem Creek on the NSW North Coast, you’ll find Black Rocks campground. There are lots of large grassy sites, so you can spread out. This campsite is in the NSW National Park, which means it’s set up with toilets, BBQs, shelters, picnic tables and campfire pits. You will need to book and pay for your site and entry to the park. What Aussie Destinations Unknown say: “We spent three days here, right after the hectic floods so the ocean was all foamy and the road in was pretty rough but it was still an epic camp!”
 


Need To Know:

  • Park entry fees + camp fees payable online 

  • Off-grid – no power or water hookup

  • Toilets, bbqs, shelters, picnic tables and campfire pits
     

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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.