BOOKS ON FREE CAMPING SITES / WA

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:02
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Hi , can any tell if the no of any good travel guides out there that show free or cheap camping sites for camper trallers ??

THANKS MIKE / WA
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Reply By: Member - Littleborgy (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:14

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:14
Hi Mike,

Grab yourself a copy of "Camps Australia Wide 4", available from the Exploroz Shop... It covers free campsites, pay campsites, caravan parks, etc etc etc... As the title says, Australia wide

I think its about $50, but it'll save u a heap

Cheers, Brad
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:33

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:33
Mike, Camps Australia Wide is a great reference and covers all of Australia, but it does not cover areas 'off the beaten track'.

For WA, the best I've found is a series of books produced by Jan Holland. They are called 'Priceless Campsites & Rest Areas'. There is one covering the North of Western Australia and another covering the South of Western Australia.

A couple of years ago, Jan was researching Tasmania for another book, but I'm not sure if it has been published yet.

Her books give lots more info and cover remote areas (Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau for eg) not covered in Camps Australia.

Norm C

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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 20:04

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 20:04
I forgot that Jan Holland has also done a book on NT. You can buy them (and other camp books) from ExploreOzCamp Books:
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:38

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 19:38
Mike,
Boiling Billy put out a good range of books....one for each state.
Gary
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:27

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:27
I got the Boiling Billy for Tasmania, but it had heaps less than Camps 3. Can't comment for any other state, but i wouldn't try them again.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 20:02

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 20:02
Mike,

Link to the shop for all the products that have been mentioned and a few others that are available

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Follow Up By: MJR - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 21:16

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 21:16
Thanks for your help .

mike / wa
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Reply By: splits - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 21:23

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2008 at 21:23
Four years ago my wife and I toured Tasmania for two months with an earlier edition of Camps Australia. We had a little lift top camper on the back of a ute. The book was useful but at least 50% of the places we camped in were not in it. We met one middle age couple in a Mercedes van who made the casino car park their base camp during their time in Hobart! I don't think the book listed that one.

Total accommodation costs for our trip by the way were $35 for a few park fees.

Brian
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:02

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:02
As mentioned Camps 4 mainly covers rest stops and overnighters next to the highways. Not places to set up camp and stay for a little while anywhere off the main bitumen. I also will be getting another book.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:31

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2008 at 18:31
Mike, as mentioned for WA and NT the Jan Holland series have lots in. Be aware that as indicated by the title ' - - - and rest areas', not all rest areas are legal for overnight. However on the vast WA roads you would be unlucky to be challenged, and could plead that driving further if tired/headache/unwell is unsafe.

Also watch for old gravel pits, old roads, tracks into the bush etc. We generally camp on our own in unlisted places, but use books as back ups if we don't find anything better by a reasonable time.

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