Australia is by far one of the best countries in the world to travel in an RV.
Australia’s vast landscape – traversing tropical rainforests, the arid red outback, and pristine golden coastlines – is the perfect terrain to take advantage of the onboard facilities available when travelling in a motorhome.
Taking a road trip in a campervan is a great solution to all the usual hassles of long-distance road trips. No more packing and unpacking the car, having to rush to find the closest toilet or paying premiums for outback roadhouse meals (unless you want to, of course). Having a motorhome means always having facilities like a kitchen, bathroom, and bed, transforming a rigid long road trip into a relaxing holiday retreat. Best of all, motorhomes provide the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace.
Freedom camping rules in Australia vary from state to state, so it’s important to know which towns are ‘RV-friendly’ and convenient for you to stay in on your road trip to keep your holiday as carefree as possible. That is why we have created this list of 22 campervan-friendly towns to visit in Australia.
Every campervan-friendly town on this list has an approved campervan parking area, access to freshwater, a dump station, and great activities to do in the area. That way you have a good idea of the kinds of places you can stay when you’re ready to explore Australia and all the beauty on offer.
Tucked away in the southwest of Queensland, Charleville is home to one of Australia’s most special creatures, the bilby. These nocturnal mammals are on the endangered list, making it a rare and special moment to spot one. Stop by the Charleville Bilby Experience for a cuddle with these special animals.
This town’s claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Australia's national airline, Qantas. Here you can see the Qantas Founder Museum, among other attractions like the heritage-listed eucalyptus tree Burke and Wills Dig Tree.
Cooktown is a historic coastal town on the Cape York Peninsula. This town is best known for its page in the history books as the town where Captain James Cook beached his ship for repairs. It is also the gateway to the unspoiled land of Cape York Peninsula.
Bundaberg is best known as the southern entrance to the heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and for its rum distilleries. This is a great hub to explore the sun-drenched beaches of the coast or explore the unparalleled beauty of the coral ecosystems.
This beachside settlement is located on the south coast of NSW, just south of Batemans Bay. This is the perfect little town to explore the beauty of the surrounding coast.
As Australia’s oldest mining town, this outback city is rich in colonial history dating back to the 1880s. Broken Hill also has a colourful art scene scattered across numerous galleries and through the desert at the Sculptures in the Living Desert. You can also stop by the Palace Hotel to be transported into the Australian classic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
On the western fringe of the Greater Blue Mountains, Oberon is the perfect little mountain retreat. This is an ideal place to go horse riding and hiking, with breath-taking views overlooking the Tablelands.
Sitting within the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area, Wauchope is a quaint town with many hidden gems to explore. While here, tour the logging themed museum and ride the steam train at Timbertown, see ‘Old Bottlebutt’ the giant red bloodwood tree, as well as the Bago Maze and Winery.
Mathoura is a small town in the Riverina region of southern New South Wales. This is the perfect place to explore the beauty of the wetlands of Murray Valley National Park.
This little historical town is located in the northeast of Victoria and is best known for its growth in the gold rush days. Wander down to Beechworth Gorge to admire the smooth granite waterfalls.
This little town is located across the river from the town of Moama, bordering the Murray River. There is so much to do in this little riverside town from exploring the National Holden Museum to cruising along the Murray River in a paddle steamer.
This lakeside town is located between Dunkeld and Ballarat. Best known for its 9-hole golf course and water sports, it's the perfect active adventure retreat.
Deloraine is a charming historical town on the Meander River in central-north Tasmania. Come here to see Liffey Falls and Yarns Artwork in Silk.
What was once a small mining town has since transformed into a mecca for Australian mountain biking. Come here to enjoy the thrill of the extensive trail network, or simply to relax and unwind at the Floating Sauna overlooking the lake (the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere).
Located on the rugged scenic coastline of Waterloo Bay, northwest of Port Lincoln. Elliston is best known for its fishing, swimming, surfing and bushwalking.
Port Lincoln is the southernmost point of the Eyre Peninsula. While it is best known for its seafood and fishing industry, it is also home to a flourishing cafe and restaurant scene and is the gateway to Lincoln National Park.
Streaky Bay is located on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula and is home to 360km of picturesque coastline. This town is the perfect place to explore the coastal scenery, taste the fresh local seafood, and take in the views as you enjoy the area’s scenic coastal drives.
Mt. Gambier is located in the southeast corner of South Australia. Known for its limestone and volcanic landscape, it’s a great place to explore the natural wonders of this region including The Sinkhole and Blue Lake.
This little opal mining town is located just off the Stuart Highway in the north of South Australia. Known as the ‘opal capital of the world’, it is a great place to learn about the history of mining opals and purchase your own precious stone. You can also try your hand at ‘Noodling’ (otherwise known as fossicking) in public areas where you can sift through rock to find opal fragments discarded by miners.
Port Hedlund is the second largest town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is known for its salt piles and large ships. If there is a full moon while you’re visiting be sure to check out the 'Staircase to the Moon'. This is an optical illusion that occurs when exposed tidal flats reflect the moon to make it look like there is a staircase leading to the rising full moon.
Often referred to as the ‘rock lobster capital of Australia’, Dongara is located 300+km northwest of Perth. Located at the mouth of the Irwin River, it is the perfect place for bird watching.
Kalgoorlie is located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia and is the ultimate destination of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. It is best known for the ‘Super Pit’ which was Australia’s largest open-cut gold mine for many years.
There are so many great places to visit on a road trip around Australia, and this guide has only explored the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fantastic campervan friendly towns in Australia. If you're looking for more travel-friendly towns and ideas for fun things to do in Australia on a road trip then check out our travel guides and download the thl road trip app to get inspired and start planning.
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