Wagin Showgrounds

All Our Showgrounds, Sports and Recreation Camps

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This is a list of 16 Showgrounds, sports and recreation camps that we have visited/stayed in so far on our travels. This is only a fraction of what is available around Australia. We cover our stops in 5 states, so far!

Some of these are free, some are a donation and some are low cost.

QUEENSLAND

Halliday Bay Golf Course

You can find this beach side camp at Halliday Bay, 40 minutes north of Mackay, 1.5 hours South of Airlie Beach and only 10 minutes to Cape Hillsborough

Self contained vehicles are welcome we were told. You do have use of toilets that are open 24/7. The grassed area put aside for camping is large and will fit any size van. You can hear the waves from your van as you sit having happy hour. Or watch the sunset from the beach. The cost of this Golf Course Camp is $22 per night. No you don't have power and water but you have a beach right there. You also have access to a bar and activities.

Halliday Bay Golf Club Queensland camping RV caravan sea view

Beach with stinger net

Halliday Bay Golf Club Queensland camping RV caravan sea view

Sea Views

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $22 Inc. One game of golf for one person per night paid for.
  • Water: Yes - You have to ask for it and pay for it separately.
  • Power: No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilet (take a torch at night)
  • Other: swimming at the beach, seating, volleyball, tennis, golf, dump point, self-contained, gas Bar, Food, View

Phone Leonne on - 0409 552 360

See more on Halliday Bay Golf Club camp here

Jericho Showgrounds

Jericho is in central west Queensland. This is a smaller yet busy showgrounds. At $60 for a week inc. power and water you can understand why. If you're in a tent it's only $5 a night, un-powered is $10pn and only $15pn for power and water. This is such good value, please use the yellow honesty box.

  • Pets: Ok
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilets, shower
  • Other: Dump Point, Bins

See more on Jericho Showgrounds here

Goondiwindi Showgrounds

The toilets and showers were new and clean with a nice new disabled toilet/shower. We were the only ones in the huge area until two other campervan's turned up. The showgrounds had good facilities. The toilets and showers were new and clean with a nice new disabled toilet/shower. A large petrol station is close by and is set up to be RV friendly so that's a bonus.

Goondiwindi showgrounds

  • Pets:Yes
  • Price: $25 power and water or $20 un powered
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities : Toilet, shower, dump point

See more on Goondiwindi Showgrounds Here

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wagin Showgrounds

Green grass, peace and quiet. What a lovely spot to spend 72hrs.

Payment is a donation, $6 or $12 for power and water. A small town with a big heart. Councillor Geoff (from the local Shire) come to see each of the vans parked up. He give us a map and some first hand information on Wagin and it's surrounds. The showgrounds has a dump point on site and is close to some great attractions. This town loves us caravanner’s 🙂

Our top things to do:

1. Wagin Historical Village – a two minute walk away

2. Coffee at - Visual Effects Framing Gallery – also sells hand made items

3. Puntapin Rock – a great view but lots of flies
4. Giant Ram – One of Aussies many Big things

5. Old Well – A bit more history

The Trotts are also here if you are in town at the right time.

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $6 Per-night or $12 Per-night with power and water
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: None
  • Other: Dump Point, close to nice town and things sight seeing.

See more on Wagin Showgrounds here

Dongara

This camp is opposite houses and to the left of the town oval. Only 45 minute's south of Geraldton.  A short stroll to shops, pub and cafes. They have a dump point at the oval.

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: Free (has a box to leave your recipes from shopping in town)
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: None
  • Other: Dump Point, walk to shops

See full Dongara write up here

Dumbleyung - Stubbs Park, Pavilion and Sportsground

We didn't stay but had a look around camp site. It's a huge area that has a dump point and is about 300 meters from the “ Grande Olde Dumbleyung In”. Close to Lake Dumbleyung and other pretty lakes. Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record here. A replica of his Bluebird K7 is on show in town.

Dumbleyung showgrounds

  • Pets: Yes
  • Free camp -72 hrs
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Not to be used
  • Other: Dump Point, pub about 300 meters

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Burra Showgrounds

This showground is in a great area. The grounds itself has an amenities block which has as a few toilets and a shower. A couple of benches to sit on are near by and the Dump point is by the Amenities.

Burra has a Heritage Passport and Key. This is a self guided tour to 9 locked heritage sites, such as the Goal and Mine site. We found a couple of lookouts near the Old Burra Mine. The Mine was active between 1845 and 1877, some of the ruins have been restored really well.

Burra Showgrounds

Burra Pop Culture

When we were back at the showgrounds Larry was having a chat to Arty about the area. Arty mentioned that the old house down the road was used on the cover of the famous Midnight Oil album, Diesel and Dust. We had to check it out 😀

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $15pn powered or not
  • Water: Yes (only three taps)
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilets and a shower
  • Other: Some seating, Dump point, Knowledgeable caretaker

Lots more on Burra showgrounds and surrounds here

Port Augusta Sports Club

This camp site is a popular place, then for $7 you would expect it to be. They have an honesty box if they're not open. Pop in to the club for a drink and some food. The club is near some salt flats and the town has a Coles, woollies, Big W, and many fast food store's. About 30 minutes away is the small town of Quorn, well worth checking out for its links to the Ghan steam train.

  • Pets: yes
  • Price: $7
  • Water: Yes? - some people using water by the dump point
  • Power: No
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: none, have to be self contained
  • Other: Dump point, seating

More on Port Augusta and surrounds here

VICTORIA

Tallangatta Showgrounds

Tallangatta has a nice feel, surrounded by hills, trees and Lake Hume.  You can park around the sports oval and connect to power and water. We popped in to this showgrounds for a look around as we had a farm sit nearby. It was quiet and had plenty of places to park for all size rigs.

Tallangatta is a great little town with an IGA, Library with free Wi-Fi. Also has coffee shops and Bakery, a couple of petrol stations and not forgetting the pub. Lots of vans were parked down the main street by the large grass triangle. You can use the seating areas or the electric BBQ. You can also get supplies or visit the tourist info centre.

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $20 -
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: showers, toilets
  • Other: Dump point, BBQ area, boat ramp

See full post here

Sebastian Racecourse

This is a 7 day donation camp, only a short drive to Bendigo. Parking is on a huge oval and has room for any van size. The toilets and BBQ area are close by. In addition to the playground and basketball hoop.

Sebastian Racecourse and Reserve

Sebastian Racecourse and Reserve

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: donation
  • Water: Yes ( for container filling only)
  • Power: No
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • 15 minutes to Bendigo
  • Amenities : 24hr Toilet
  • Other : Electric BBQ, basket ball hoop, playgrounds

See full post here including drone video of the camp

NEW SOUTH WALES

Cowra Showgrounds

The showgrounds are large and clean. All the power and water points looked brand new on our stay. On three sides of the grounds are horses and on the fourth is a petrol station. A toilet/shower/laundry block is available. The caretaker arrived later in the day to collect the $20. Have a walk over the bridge in to town.

Cowra Showgrounds NSW

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $20
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilet and shower block

More on Cowra showgrounds and surrounds here

Ebor – Sports and recreation ground

This camp is in a great location and is surrounded by greenery and trees. 112 km west of Coffs Harbour and 79 km east of Armidale. This grassy camp has 2 long drop toilets and few undercover benches to sit at. Take your own dunny paper! It's just off the main road so no going out of your way. There is a walking track from here if you want to take in the surrounds.

Ebor showgrounds

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: Free
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit - most sized vehicles
  • Amenities: long drop toilets , benches

Read more here

Jerry's plains recreation reserve

What a fantastic place to camp. A huge grassed area big enough for any rig with so much and for free. The Reserve has:

  • Electric BBQ
  • Tennis Court
  • Basket ball Court
  • Playground

A pub is around the corner with a servo opposite. You will find many winery's in the area. We ended up at one called “Hollydene” where we had the best coffee! It has beautiful gardens, restaurant and cellar door. Continue for 30 minutes and arrive at Denman, a great little country town. It has everything you need, IGA, Post office, Pubs, Coffee Shops and clothes.

  • Price: Free
  • Pets: Yes
  • Water: Yes (to fill containers only)
  • Power: No
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: toilets, Showers

Lots more on the surrounding area etc. here

Cassilis Bowling Club

Hit by bush fires, Cassilis is a quiet, friendly little town. The club has parking for many vans. After paying for our two nights we got a take away pizza and garlic bread for $16. The pizza was lovely and big enough for two. As well as older toilets and showers, a new block has been put in. The tennis court are available for you to use, ask for the net etc. at the club.

  • Pets:Yes
  • Price: $15 pn - Last year it was $50 a week this may have changed.
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilet and showers
  • Other: Meals at the bowling club, Large flat areas

more on Cassilis and surrounds here

Bulahdelah Bowling Club

You have a choice of 6 parking spaces if we wanted power. We chose power as it had been a cloudy few days for our solar and it was cheap. We decided on 2 nights and paid the $20 then paid another $5 for another night we liked it so much. We had a meal and a couple of beers on the first night. The 2nd and 3rd night we cooked at home but bought a take away bottle of wine each night.

A brand new toilet and shower is by the BBQ area, as is a sink for doing your dishes if needed. For a small donation you can use the public swimming pool at the back of the club. A dump point is at the showgrounds basically on the same grounds as the Bowling Club, handy! The Showgrounds were $18 on our stay.

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $5pp for up to 72hrs
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: toilet, shower
  • Other: Meals , pokies, swimming pool , dump point, great town

More on Bulahdelah here

Abermain Bowling Club

You will find a large grass area behind the club. A playground is at the side if you have little ones. This Club is $10 per night for up to 72 hrs. We arrived late and left early.

  • Pets: yes
  • Price: $10pn - 72 hour
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit - All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: None - Self contained only 
  • Other: Bowling club for meals and drinks, dump point

Read our Abermain post here

This is a cheaper way to travel Australia while in some cases having power and water.

If you would like to see many more, check out the Facebook page of Showgrounds Sports and Rec Grounds Camping here. Many people post about different showgrounds etc. They also have a map of all the showgrounds around Australia.

Which Showgrounds or sports grounds have you stayed at?

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    • Sue
    • October 28, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Larry n Sue,
    If you haven’t already stayed or ventured Broken Hill way, then staying at the Broken Hill racecourse is a great option. We stayed there early last year at which time they were constructing a new amenities block which should be up and running by now. Was quirky to have showers in the jockey’s rooms at the time. Not far out of town. Was around $25 to stay. Highlight was the “emu stakes” – 2 emus strolling down the last straight early one morning!
    Closer to home for us is the small park attached to the Auburn oval, a nice spot to park the van whilst exploring the wineries of the Clare Valley.
    Happy and safe travelling,
    Sue

      • Sue
      • October 28, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks so much for that Sue, we will add it to our list, sounds great 😀

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