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Pub Camping Around Australia

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Pub Camping was something we knew nothing about before we hit the road full time caravanning. Once we found out about the Facebook page “Country Pub Camping” all that changed. So many people were posting photos and comments about all the pubs that allow camping it was an eye opener.

Pub/hotel camping is not only a cheap way to camp around Australia but it helps out our outback and small county towns. Some pubs charge a fee some are free. All of which we think, should be visited and supported if you are staying for free. Buy a drink (doesn’t have to be alcohol) or a counter meal, something to show your support of their camp.

We have added camps that are in walking distance to the pub, or that you can buy a drink although they may not be a bar per-say.

For each of these camps we have previously written a full write up. Click on the highlighted name of each pub camp to be redirected to the full post. This includes photo’s, pets, Google map location and in come cases videos. These are our 22 camps.



The General Gordon HotelSandiford, 20 km from Mackay CBD

Around the Mackay area there’s lots of pub camping. The General Gordon is one. Camping is in a large area behind the pub. Tent’s, caravans and buses all fitting in nicely.

The back of the pub has an open undercover seating area, open for all to use 24/7. You can play pool here and sit on the couch. They also have a water cooler available in this area. The pub is located down a quiet road surrounded by sugar cane. Heading north? Check out the next pub, The Leap Hotel 30 minutes away. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

The Leap Hotel – Mackay

Less than 20 minute away from the Mackay. You can unhook and have a drive in to town where you will find a large shopping centre and hospitals. Parking is on a lovely large grassy area and will fit small tents to big rigs.

A toilet and shower is available. Drive 40 minutes north to our next camp at Bloomsbury. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Bloomsbury BP – Free camp – Between Airlie Beach and Mackay

Between Airlie Beach and Mackay. This free camp is a huge gravel pit located at the BP petrol Station. Any size rig will fit here. Road noise may be an issue to some depending on traffic that night. But this is a free camp so no complaints here. 

The BP has hot food as well as all the usual. Toilets and showers are available when the station is open, as is a playground. A bottle shop is on-site, this is why we are adding this to our list 😉 (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Walkabout Creek HotelMcKinlay

Maybe the ultimate pub camping 😀 Well known for it’s part in the Crocodile Dundee movie. Original cars from the movie are also out the front of the pub. The Never Never Tours live on.

On the walls of the pub there are photos and memorabilia from the movie. You can sit and have something to eat while sitting next to a cut out of Mike Dundee or stroll around and check out the walls. The sites are gravel and are big enough to stay hooked up. They have toilets and showers plus a laundry. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

The Duaringa HotelJust over 1 hour from Rockhampton

This camp has a large grassy area at the back of the pub. Some areas have slabs and a couple have power and water.


You can use the toilets, showers and washing machine. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

The Post Office HotelCamooweal – 13km away from the NT/QLD border

The parking areas are big enough so you can stay hooked up. Power and water is also available. Fancy a swim? They have a pool! Toilet and shower block are available 24/7 they also have a laundry.

There is a rack here with cloths. You can swap, take or leave clothes which I think is a great idea. There is also a little book swap area. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)



The Loaded Dog HotelTarago – 30 minutes to Goulburn, 1 hour to Canberra.

Camping is behind the pub. Great food and music. We didn’t do a write up on this pub as we mentioned it as part of our farm sit near Goulburn.

It is a great pub to visit and close to Canberra.

Ballimore HotelBetween Dubbo and Dunedoo

The camp is directly opposite the pub. A large area that is part grass, part red dirt and has lots of trees for a bit of shade if needed. Next to the pub is a park with toilets open 24hrs if you do not have your own.

We had a walk to the side of the pub were you can go and see old photos of the pub and the local area from years gone by. Lots of undercover table and chairs you can go and sit at during any time of the day or night. Old rustic farming relics of the past hung around, from old saddle’s, traps to singer sewing machines. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Cassilis Bowling ClubHunter Valley – 1 hour from Dunedoo

Hit by bush fires, Cassilis, is a small country town that needs our dollars. You have toilets and showers, a new block has been put in. Some couches are undercover to sit at as are shady table/bench’s around the place.

The tennis court is available, although the bowling club itself is no longer a Bowling Club. It is now basically running as a low cost park. Not a pub camp but a camp that has a bar. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Red Earth Estate Winery Dubbo – minutes form the Zoo

Park next to grape vines and the winery, with the cellar door at your door. Have sunset drinks at your van with the wine you buy or join other vanners at the cellar door with cheese and wine. 

Since we stayed here I believe it has changed owners and increased in price. It might still be worth checking out for its location, location, location. Only a few sites with power and water. Book in advance. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Abermain Bowling Club50 minutes form Newcastle

Camping here is on a large grass area that will fit many big rigs.

They have a dump point and close to a playground. Their bowling greens are lovely and green should you want a game. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Bulahdelah Bowling Club – 1hr 20min form Newcastle

Bulahdelah has many great camping areas to choose from. We chose the bowling club as it was a fantastic price, had all the amenities as well as great food and drink. New toilets and shower is open 24/7.

It’s next to the towns low cost swimming pool and tennis courts. We highly recommend stopping in at this town for its camps and friendly town folk. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Ettamogah Pub Albury

The iconic Ettamogah pub is a on a quiet road off the main highway. Camping is on a large grass oval at the back of the pub.

Ettamogh Pub NSW

Pub Camping

A coffee shop is next door to the pub and open for lunch. Apparently it’s part of the same place. The cafe opens at 8am, so if like me you love your morning coffee you have a place close by 🙂 Toilets and showers are open 24/7 (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)



Highbury Rest AreaAbout 2 hours from Mandurah

Pub camping across the road on a grass area and some dirt areas. They have seating, a couple of bins and some clean toilets. Not many vans would fit depending on the size of your rig and where others have parked.

Opposite the camp is the Highbury Pub and a store. The store sells everything from fuel and food to car/trailer and plumbing accessory. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Pinjarra Rest Area20 minutes from Mandurah

Pinjarra has a large Grassy area big enough for any size rig. It’s between the Heritage Railway station and the road.

Although you hear both cars and Trains in the day we didn’t hear them at night. Opposite the rest area is the Premier Hotel and bottle shop. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Oakabella Homestead – 30 minutes form Geraldton

Oakabella is heritage listed, circa 1850s. Noted as the most haunted location in Western Australia. Camping is on a huge grassed area with toilets and showers available.

Visit the on-site licensed Tea Rooms and old homestead. You will see stunning sunsets and have peace and tranquillity. Oakabella has changed hands since our visit and sounds even more worth a visit. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Dongara – free 24hr camp45 minutes from Geraldton

This camp is on a grass area with plenty of room for any size rig. It’s a very basic camp opposite houses and to the left of the oval. Next to the camp is a great dump point. When I say great, it has a sink to wash your hands.. love it! 🙂

You can’t fill your water here but the sign says there’s a place near by to do it. It’s only a short stroll down the road to the local shops and The Dongara Hotel. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)



Daly Waters Pub2 hours from Mataranka

Another iconic pub that is worth a visit. Toilets and showers are around the camp as are bins. They have a $4 washing machine, the money from this goes to children’s cancer. Power and water are available on this huge area beside the pub.

The pub itself has so much memorabilia and a pool which you wouldn’t expect in the middle of the outback. Good food, cold drinks and entertainment. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

Barkly Homestead3 hours from the NT/QLD border

This roadhouse has all you need in a camp. Whether you are in a tent or a van. For tents they have large grass areas and a camp kitchen with bbq’s. For vans they have parking lanes with trees either side. Choose power and water sites or the large area for un-powered.

With the Northern Territory heat the pool is a welcome site as is the shade from some of the trees. They have a dump point and the usual toilet and shower block.

Barkly Roadhouse itself has barista coffee, snacks, lunch, dinner, drinks, clothes, food and souvenirs. You can get a gas bottle refills as well as fuel. Heading back at night for dinner and check out the meals and bar. Food here is restaurant quality and presented as it would be in any good city cafe. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)



Port Augusta Sports Club1 hour from Port Pirie

The ground is red dirt and gravel and they have a dump point. All are welcome at the club and it has meals and cold drinks.

The town has a Coles, woollies, Big W, and many fast food store’s. This is a good cheap camp if your passing through. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

The Overland Corner Pub – 30 minutes to Renmark.

We camped down by the river in a beautiful spot. There are lots of walking tracks around the place and only a 700m walk to the pub. A couple of house boats were on the river one parked up just enjoying the location and the other with boat pulling ski’s and a doughnut before meandering down the river to their next location.

 Overland pub is well worth a look and of course for a drink and lunch. The grounds have some great old farming pieces such as wagon wheels and carts, to name a few. Inside is like rabbit warren, have a look around the old rooms. Built in 1859, the walls are made of 1 ½ inch fossilised Limestone. A ghost or two are meant to have been spotted around the place. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)



Tungamah Lions Park about 45 minutes from Shepparton.

Camp by the river and only a couple of minutes walk over to the pub. Tungamah has a 7 day free camp that you will love. 24/7 toilets a playground, fishing and a shop up the road.


The pub is great for lunch and had really friendly locals. (SEE THE FULL POST HERE)

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