We try to do a mix of free camping, caravan park and low cost campgrounds and so far did 2-3 days of free camping per week and if the kids need some entertainment or we need to do laundry, then we go to caravan parks which are between $35-45 a night for a caravan.
The best app to find a place is Camper Mate as it has a great map and comments about all the stops. There is also one available called WikiCamps.
Low-cost campgrounds/caravan parks usually attract a lot of permanent living people which makes it look unattractive and scary. Some of them are mining or farm workers and some of them live there as it’s cheaper than renting a place.
A stay at the Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary in Agnes Waters was one of our best experiences.
The price for a site was $30 unpowered and the money goes towards raising little orphan Joeys.
The place has a good kitchen, toilets with hot showers and a beautiful view! It’s accessible for every car but a bit narrow for very large caravans.
As it is a small campground it was great to sit at the campfire with all visitors and share stories which you usually don’t have at the caravan parks with mostly retired people.
Another top low-cost campgrounds we stayed at was a farm stays called Alkoomi Adventure Farm in Marmor (between Gladstone and Rockhampton) which is $5 p.P per night with hot showers, toilets, kitchen and a camp fire with all visitors.
All money goes towards a charity and they offer farm activities for $50 for 2h which include horse riding, quad, motorbikes or kayaking. The owners are a lovely couple who enjoy their farm life and like to give this experience to their visitors.
Free campsites are usually near the motorway and are sometimes a bit noisy, most of them have a 20h stay rule and if you just want to stop for a sleep or to safe money, they are fine but for most of them you need to be self-contained if you travel in a caravan and rangers drive around to check.
The best free camp site so far was in Childers which had water, toilets, playground, BBQ area and even free wifi! It is behind he main road and CBD and you can’t hear any traffic.
The further we travel north, the cheaper the caravan parks get and so we try to pick the BIG4 or TOP Tourist parks which offer a lot of entertainment for the kids and during school holidays it’s even better as they have a program every day! Prices for a non powered site are around $33-40 per night.