"Free Camping" guides

Submitted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 17:25
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Can anyone give some feedback on these "Free Camping" guides such as the Camps Australia Wide book and Camping Guides to Qld/NSW/SA etc?

Are they all what they are cracked up to be? Wanting to keep costs down when doing the lap.

Looking for some positive experiences. Should we buy them?

John
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:01

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:01
Hi John
We've got a copy of camps Australia wide and bush camping with dogs
we use them to plan our trips (if your never been you don't know what there)
most of the info is good but we had problems finding some at times,
Much easier with the books and GPS waypoints
camps Au Wide

thats been my job today planing this years trip north to south through the Western desert

Regards

Richard
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Follow Up By: John - Qld - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:22

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:22
Cheers Richard
Thank you for that.
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:39

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:39
So seasoned travellers - what it the best for finding bush (free) camps? Camps Aust Wide 3?

We leave the dog at home, so that is not a consideration.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:12

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:12
Hi john,

We've got the Camps2 book and I've just ordered the updated Camps3 along with the camps snaps. So far I've found them very helpful, it's the first book I reach for when finding places to camp at.

cheers

Lyn
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Follow Up By: John - Qld - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:23

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 18:23
Thks Lyn, apprec it.
This is looking good.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 12:33

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 12:33
Hi John

received my Camps3 and Campsnaps today, they both look great, the Camps3 has improved heaps and with the added Hema state maps at the front of each States section it's great...

cheers

Lyn
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:38

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:38
So seasoned travellers - what it the best for finding bush (free) camps? Camps Aust Wide 3?

Last trip, i printed extracts from Western Belle on the areas we were visiting in WA. Very comprehensive, and as their first rig was a bus, will mention if suitable for big rigs or not.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:49

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 18:49
hi Motherhen,

Camps3 does list free sites, it lists if the area is big enough for big rigs, it lists dump points for porta pottis, whether there is cdma coverage, what facilities are there, if the site has a pleasant outlook, etc....there are 603 campsites, rest areas and caravan parks listed for WA.

cheers

Lyn
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 19:00

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 19:00
Hi John

Received the "Camps 3" book on Wednesday, and am pretty pleased with it. Its got the current Hema Road Atlas in it (and my Hema Atlas is getting a bit long in the tooth) so that's bonus no 1.

Next, it seems to have all the roadside rest areas marked - hopefully it wil reduce the incidence of pulling up in some unsuitable spot for lunch and finding ten minutes down the road there was a beauty. Bonus No 2.

Seems easy to use - either starting at the map, the index or the campsite listing. Useful for diferent stages of the planning /travel cycle. Flexibility is bonmus no 3.

But mainly - it seesm to give a perspective on cheaper caravan parks vs camping areas that you don't get from the NRMA / RACx guide any more. I haven't had one of these books since they were just better than a typewritten list, and am mighty impressed at the quality of research.

Am looking forward to see how that all works in practice.
Max
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Follow Up By: John - Qld - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:45

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:45
OK that's good enough for me. Isn't it great how you can use this site for all sorts of things.
Another EO order in the works and with my member money that'll only cost me $30. Bonuses everywhere. :)
John
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Reply By: Member - Allan M (ACT) - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 21:06

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 21:06
The one thing I hate about this web site is all the great information that everyone is willing to share and is costing me $$$.

After reading this thread I too have bought Camps 3.
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Reply By: lenni - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 21:43

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 21:43
Hi. I have also just bought the Camps 3 Australia wide. It looks great. Good information and maps.
Regards lenni
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Reply By: Davo - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 21:51

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 21:51
John,
you could also chck out link text, they have a downloadable copy of campsites around Australia.

Mostly WA, but there are some other spots avaiable, from memory.
I haven't looked at it for a while now.

Hope this helps

Dave
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Follow Up By: John - Qld - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 00:22

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 00:22
Thks Dave.
Great site - just spent 2 hrs looking at it!
Cheers
John
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Reply By: gone bush - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 19:43

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 19:43
I think your question was about those 'free camping' guides that there is a book for each state. we did buy the first edition of the SA and VIC ones and in some places we found them good but other places sound great in the book and when you finally get there it's pretty bad. Yesturday we saw the book that everyone is talking about here and we now are buying that one and retiring the others, the information is heaps better in the new one. so rounding up you would end up saving money by buying the new book out and having the maps etc all in one. good luck with it all.
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