Camping Guide Australia

Looking for a comprehensive free camping guidebook or details of cheap campsites in Australia?

Here you'll find a hand-picked selection of the best camping guide Australia books. For those seeking listings and details of caravan parks, an extremely useful guidebook is presented below as well.

Camps 8

In our experience, Camps 8 (as it is commonly referred to), is the most widely used comprehensive free camping guide.

Camps Australia Wide 8 promotes itself as a comprehensive travel guide to the best camping spots, free camps, station stays, rest areas, cheap caravan and tourist holiday parks, National Parks and State Forests. The ultimate guide for the budget and freedom traveller.

It contains over 3,700 listings, and is a great guide for campers, motorhomers, caravanners and also very useful for visitors to Australia who are travelling by rental campervan or motor home.

Facilities at each site are depicted by symbols, including not only the standard ones, but those applicable to motorhomes, such as big rigs, maximum stay allowed, dump points, pets allowed, fees applicable.

Descriptive icons include: close to road, pleasant outlook or vista, mobile phone coverage, dry weather access and author recommended sites. All sites now have GPS co-ordinates.

In summary, an easy to use and comprehensive guide to rest areas and camp spots throughout Australia, a definite ‘must have’ for all travellers.



Camps 8 also comes in the "Camps Snaps" format which in addition to a location description, includes over 2,100 photos of campsites. This enables you to see what camp sites are like in advance. (It is a little bulkier and more expensive, but in our opinion, well worthwhile for extended trips).


Camping Around Australia is a comprehensive camping guide which describes itself as "Australia's most comprehensive camping directory for families, bushwalkers and travellers". It lists over 2,600 campsites (both free camping and low-cost camping), and provides maps of every camping region.

Most of the features listed for the Camps 8 guide above could also be listed here.


Caravan Parks Australia Wide

Australia’s most comprehensive Caravan and Tourist Park travel publication.

It is a comprehensive guidebook to caravan parks and tourist holiday parks across Australia. Caravan Parks Australia Wide will become a valuable travel resource for the caravaner and motorhomer as well as traveller's requiring cabin style accommodation.

Caravan Parks Australia Wide has been researched and compiled by the team at Camps Australia Wide, whose Camps 5 publication, with its free and low cost camp site listings caters for the freedom and budget conscious traveller and is considered “The Traveller’s Bible”.

A must-have for the caravan, motor home and camper van traveller, the guide includes over 3300 caravan and tourist parks, all with informative colour symbols indicating the facilities available at each park. This travel guide not only includes information on free and budget caravan parks and camp sites but also includes information on luxury caravan and tourist parks with a top 5 star rating.

Caravan Parks Australia Wide also includes the latest Hema Australia Road Atlas.

For ease of reference a “caravan” symbol is placed on each town, city or location where there is a park. The index lists all cites and towns with Caravan or Tourist parks, a key map will begin each state and territory which are defined with a different colour.

Mr Fennell said users of Caravan Parks Australia Wide will find the guide has very user friendly format. “It’s easy for traveller’s to simply run their fingers along the route of their choice and stop at a convenient distance and place according to their particular caravan park needs.” he said.


Explore Australia By Caravan and Motorhome by John and Jan Tait.

The complete guide for those travelling around Australia by caravan or motorhome. "Caravanning experts" John and Jan Tait offer an independent and practical guide.

This caravanning bible now includes an additional 400 caravan park listings, bringing the total list to over 1,000 for caravan parks from around the country.

For every listing, there are new symbols to highlight if a park is dog-friendly, if there is a dump point available and if the park is a member of a major caravan organisation (BIG4, Top Tourist Parks, Family Parks and OZ Parks).

As well as these fantastic new features, all of the information has been rechecked and updated, so that the authors John and Jan Tait can share their unrivalled knowledge of how best to see Australia by caravan.

The touring section at the front outlines suggested itineraries with new mapping which includes the caravan parks from the directory marked with easy-to-locate numbers.

The directory still highlights John and Jan's favourite caravan parks - those with stunning waterfront sites, pancakes every Sunday or boat ramps for fishing might score a mention as "Authors" Choice parks.

In a paperback for easy in-car reference, this is the ultimate guidebook for the free-spirited traveller.

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