Free & LOW COST camping
(SELF SUFFICIENT CAMPING)
Some of the best places you will stay on a big lap are free camps. Free camping to us means we are self sufficient without any outside source of power and water.
With the setup on our JURGENS we can free camp for up to 7 days depending on battery use and weather conditions for solar. We generally run out of water before food and battery power. This will vary for every family and the setup they have in their van.
Depending on what time of year you leave and where you leave from will depend on how much free camping you will do. We found that it's very weather dependant, if it's to darn hot, you will be craving a powered site and a fresh pool. If it's to cold, you will be hanging inside with the heater pumping. Either way, we found that if your not going to be comfortable while free camping, then whats the point? So be sure to get a setup that suits your family's needs and will have you satisfied and content.
SOME MYTHS ABOUT FREE CAMPING
~ Free camps aren't safe
+After doing a fair bit of free camping on our travels, we have NEVER had any issues, if anything we have found them very social and inviting. There are some dodgy looking campsites around though and we have found reading the comments and reviews by other campers on WIKICAMPS to be very helpful in making a decision wether to stay or not.
~Free campers need to stay in a caravan park to top up batteries, use a dump point and fill up water tanks
+Not true! We thought it too at first, but its a misconception! If you head to any info centre or have apps such as WikiCamps, you'll find that there is plenty of access points to dump your loo and fill up water. Depending on your setup you might not even need to recharge your batteries. We like staying in a caravan park after a week of free camping as it's a great place for us to get a bit of work done while the kids get to have an awesome time using the caravan park facilities.
~There is limited activities to do at free camps
+This can be true, a lot of free camps don't have facilities close by and those ones aren't really suited to our families needs. We would much rather visit an amazing caravan park on the beach, than stay half an hour away in the dirt just to save a few bucks.
+We've had some of our most treasured memories at free camps and the kids are never bored.(because we pick good ones) Always a tree to climb, beach to explore, trail to walk and mountain to hike. Thats what I call an adventure!
~Free campers don't spend money in the community
+With free camping on the rise among travellers they're very happy to make a saving in accomodation and spend within the local towns. If we free camp, we will often go into that town, go to a cafe, purchase groceries, fill up with diesel and do an attraction - now I think thats giving back to the community yeah!
CLICK BELOW TO READ ABOUT OUR SOLAR SET UP, WHAT WE USE IT FOR AND HOW LONG IT LASTS.
BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE FREE CAMPS THAT WE HAVE HIT ON OUR TRAVELS!!