Who doesn’t love something free? After all, having freedom is the main appeal of caravanning. And when you have a contemporary caravan which is all set-up with everything you need – you don’t have to be as reliant on a powered site or a holiday park. Not that we don’t support the great holiday parks around Australia, but now and then travellers want options. So we’ve checked out some resources to bring you a selection of possibilities of free sites throughout Queensland.
Jundah Hotel Caravan Park
Between Longreach and Windorah you’ll find the Jundah Hotel which has an adjacent caravan park which is a free site. It has some great facilities including clean amenities and is close by to fishing spots and the community swimming pool. Yes we said hotel and yes it is right there. So you can take a break from cooking while you stay and enjoy a coldie and some great Queensland fare at the pub. According to our research, this is not a pet-friendly so if your fur babies accompany you on your travels this may not be the site for you.
On the Gregory River about 120klms south of Burketown you’ll find Gregory Downs. A small town of only around 50 residents but the site of a free camping area operated by the local council. And it is pet friendly! Plus it has good facilities for the traveller including a dump site and toilets and in the township you’ll find plenty of other services including a medical centre and children’s playground.
This is such a popular spot you are advised to get in early! Located in far north Queensland this is one of the beaches north of Townsville and reported to be absolutely gorgeous. They operate quite a fair system to allow more people to utilise the site with a 48 hour limit once per week requirement. The area has mobile phone coverage, pets are allowed and the local store has supplies of food, alcohol and other essentials.
Boynedale Bush Camp
Head about 30klms south of Calliope and you’ll find Boynedale and this great site which is a wildlife sanctuary. Fabulous for nature lovers but bringing your own pets into the area is understandably not encouraged. The roads are unsealed so access in the wet season is also not advised unless you have a suitable vehicle. But always best to check ahead when travelling in these areas.
There is no potable water or toilets available at this site or electricity as it is a sustainable camp. So if you stay here, bring your own water and take your waste with you when you depart.
Up in the Whitsundays, travellers can now enjoy a free camp site at Lake Proserpine. Opened in late 2019 and developed by the Whitsunday Regional Council, this is sure to be popular. It has a 72 hour limit for those in their own self-contained vans and plans for further developing this site are in the pipeline. So if you’re up that way, enquire ahead as to how far advanced the facilities are when you are travelling.
Babinda Rotary Park
Also in far north Queensland in the Cairns region is the town of Babinda and the free camping site in the Rotary Park. Maximum stay is only 3 days but at 50klms from Cairns, pet-friendly, water but no power, it’s sure to be well-patronised and a great stop-off point.
Choosing Your Touring Vehicle
If you’re new to the caravan and camping scene, the one thing you will need to take advantage of these free sites is – a vehicle. Australia has a great caravan manufacturing industry with many brands to choose from and many more options within each range.
The first decision is whether to purchase a traditional caravan or an ‘all-in-one’ style of vehicle like an RV or motorhome. Then to decide whether you want on-road or off-road vehicle and so the decisions go on. There are so many options you really can customise the vehicle to suit where you want to travel, what you want to do when you arrive and who you want to accompany you.
It is a very flexible and appealing lifestyle.
Sourcing a Loan for Your Caravan
Jade Caravan Finance makes the recreational vehicle loan process straightforward, streamlined and we hope, as pleasurable as configuring your caravan.
Your Jade consultant does all the hard work of sourcing the best caravan loan quote from the large number of banks and lenders that we are accredited with – saving you a lot of time and hassle.
The majority of our caravan buying customers opt for the Secured Caravan Loan for their purchase. This is a very popular type of loan and structured in an easy to understand format with the lender using the van as collateral against the loan.
Repayments are fixed and the loan is based on our Jade better interest rates which are also fixed for the term of the loan.
So you can travel around Queensland in your own vehicle, contact us to discuss your finance options.
To discuss finance on a caravan, contact Jade Caravan Finance and speak with one of our consultants at 1300 000 003
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