Free Camping at Honeysuckle, Narooma NSW

Honeysuckle camp ground is located 7km south of Narooma, just opposite the turn off for Corunna Lake picnic area. Honeysuckle Road is a dirt road that is more like a roller coaster ride over the hills National Parks have made in the road, which make the road only suitable to 2wd with high ground clearance and only suitable for tents, small camper vans or camper trailers. At the end of the road is a great little camp ground nestled between Lake Corunna and the beach. There is no amenities, rubbish bins and being a National Park no pets, you will need to bring your own water and fire wood. There is no collecting or fishing from the beach as it a marine park also.

Location – Princess Highway

GPS Coordinates  36:17:4.3S 150:7:52.9E

Google map – HERE

Low Cost Camping at Broken Hill Race Course, NSW

Broken Hill Race Course is on the edge of the iconic New South Wales town of Broken Hill. A powered site costs $25 and unpowered $15 a night for 2 adults, there is 3 area’s to chose from. Two grassed areas and 1 area is bitumen and shade sails, which is next to the toilets and showers. The shower we used was the jockey showers which was old and smelly, we were told a new shower block was being built soon. This camp area is suitable for all types of camping, pet friendly, rubbish bins, dump point and water.

Location – 220A Racecourse Road, Broken Hill

GPS Coordinates  31:54:55.6S 141:28:47.9E

Google map – HERE

 

 

Free Camping at Bodalla Forest Rest Area, NSW

Bodalla Forest Rest Area is located just off the Princess Highway, just a 10 minute drive north from the stunning township of Narooma on the south coast of NSW. The rest area is only a 24 hour stop over and regularly patrolled by the rangers and suitable for all types of camping. The camp area is a big circle with about 15 bays at different points, there is water, rubbish bins, picnic tables, long drop toilets and its pet friendly. There is BBQ areas that can only be used out of fire ban times. If you feel energetic there is a bush walk to Lake Mummunga. This area is very popular during the summer months and holiday time so get there early to get a good spot, there is also a little road noise, which didn’t both us.

Location – Princess Highway

GPS Coordinates 36:8:54.8S 150:5:46.3E

Google map – HERE

 

 

 

Free Camping at Lake Benanee Rest Area, NSW

Lake Benanee Rest Area is located along the Sturt Highway, nestled between Lake Benanee and the highway. The camp area is hard packed dirt and flat. There is flushing toilets, picnic tables and is pet friendly, there is also an outdoor cold shower with a view of the lake.

 

 

Location – Sturt Highway, Euston NSW

GPS Coordinates 34:31:14.7S 142:52:39.8E

Google map – HERE

 

Free Camping at Balranald, NSW

Balranald is a country town on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina district of NSW. There is 2 free camps in town. The first camp is at the swimming pool car park, which is a large flat area with flushing toilets, dump point and rubbish bins. There is a small playground and sand pit next to the swimming pool. This is the free camp we stayed at and is a 24 hour stay only.

Location – Church Street, Balranald

Google Map – HERE

GPS Coordinates 34:38:6.5S 143:33:44.5E

The second free camp is behind the visitors center, again its a carpark surrounded by houses, we chose the swimming pool as it was more open and didn’t feel boxed in.

Both camps are pet friendly. The visitors center has flushing toilets, rubbish bins and free hot showers

Location –

Google Map – HERE

GPS Coordinates 34:38:24.8E 143:33:52.5E

 

Free Camping at Grong Grong, NSW

Grong Grong is a small town situated on the Newell Highway and only 23 kilometers east of Narrandera which is in the Riverina region of NSW. Grong Grong comes from an aboriginal word meaning “bad camping” we found it to be a perfect camp spot. The actual camp is to park on the road and is only suitable for caravans, camper-vans and RVs with a maximum stay of 72 hours. Tent camping is prohibited, plus there is an automatic sprinkler system that waters the park during the night. The camp has free hot showers, flushing toilets, rubbish bins, BBQ, picnic tables, kids playground,pet friendly and has power at the BBQ which is only to charge electrical items. Sounds too good to be true, right ! Wait there’s more the general store next door has free bike hire as well as all the supplies you need. Across the road there is community garden that you are allowed to take within reason what is ripe, and the is also a sharing shed which contains books and magazines to read or swap.

Location – Balaro Street, Grong Grong

Google map – HERE

GPS Coordinates 34:44:17.7S 146:46:58.5 E

 

The Royal Hotel also offers free camping for caravans, camper-vans and RV’s, we didn’t stay here but we did check it out. There is 6 to 7 spaces on flat ground, I would say the publican would want you to have a meal or a few drinks in return for camping.

Royal Hotel Information – HERE

Location – 35 Narrandera Street, Grong Grong

Google Map – HERE

Free Camping at Jamberoo, NSW

Jamberoo is a stunning little country town, located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales about 10km west of Kiama. The free camp is at Kevin Walsh Oval, the camp area is flat and is between a small stream and the sports fields and is pet friendly. The camp area has about 10 tree shaded parking spaces for caravans, campervans and RVs and has a 48 hour stay limit. The dump point is near the entrance to the sport field and so is the toilet block and a fresh water tap, closer to the camp there is rubbish bins and picnic tables. Very close by is a free swimming pool, skate Park, kids play ground, and across the sport field is an IGA store and a great country pub. Nearby is Minnamurra Falls and Jamberoo Action Park.

Here is a few ideas of what to do in nearby Kiama – HERE

Location – Churchill Street

Google map – HERE

Kevin Walsh Oval NSW GPS Coordinates 34:38:47.4S 150:46:28.9E

Free Camping at Newnes NSW

Newnes Campground is located in the beautiful Wollemi National Park. There is a large cleared area in a stunning valley by the Wolgan River. There are about 80 campsites, that is more suited to tents, camper trailers and campervans. The campground has no facilities just a couple of drop toilets. Fires are permitted in a contained environment, there are also many species of wild life. This site is very popular but also very isolated. You”ll need to bring your own water, firewood and take your rubbish home with you.

More Campground Info – HERE

On the other side of the Wolgan River are the ruins of the old shale oil industry which boomed in the early 1900’s and by 1930 the area was left to decay. The national Parks has set up a walk around the ruins , its quiet a long easy walk and well worth the effort.

Location – Wolgan Rd, Newnes

Google map – HERE

Newnes NSW GPS Coordinates -33.172297, 150.238085

Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand – 2016

We had a rough guide after countless hours of research, our 8 plane ticket’s, most of our accommodation and our Cambodian visa’s. We got our visa’s at the Cambodian Embassy in Canberra on the way home from a few days touring the Snowy Mountains in the camper-van a few weeks before our trip. We traveled July and part of August 2016 which is low season.

Cambodian Visa

We downloaded the Cambodian visa forms from their Cambodian Embassy website (here) and took our passports a passport size photo and $50 AUD each, and waited for 6 hours to pick up our passports and visa’s.

Day 1 Airport Transfer

Our last hurdle was, how are we going to get to the airport ! After a little research we found that a hire car was our cheapest and most convenient option. We hired a Toyota Corolla from AVIS for $72 with drop off at Sydney Airport plus a $7 fuel top up.
The drop off point is in the car-park next to T1 terminal, drop off was quick and easy. We took the elevator to the departure level and it is then a short walk to the departure terminal.

We checked-in at the Air Asia counter, and then through immigration which was quick and easy. We sat and waited for our flight. The flights boarding gate was changed at the last minute so we were ushered off to another gate and loaded on buses and driven to the plane, after a 40 minutes delay we were on our way.
8 hours and 50 minutes later we landed in Malaysia at KLIA2 airport, there was a line up at immigration which took about 20 minutes to clear.

Malaysian Sim Card

Maxis store is right across from terminal departure gate, we got the guys to fit a sim and set up our phones up.
For 30MYR ($9 AUD) you get 1 month with 2 GB of data and 100 minutes of talk and text.

The Bus from KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur

On the ground floor of the arrival terminal is a bus booth selling bus tickets, we purchased 2 ticket to KL Sentral for 11 MYR each ($3.50 AUD) with Sky-Bus. The trip takes about 45 minutes depending on traffic, and the bus drops you off under KL Sentral Station and from here you have many choices of transport.
We bought an LRT ticket for 1.30 MYR each (42 cent AUD) to Pasar Seni, which is the next stop.

Kuala Lumpur Transporthere

Our hotel was Hotel China Town Inn a short 500 meter walk from Pasar Seni LRT station on the famous Petailing Street. I have stayed in this hotel a few times now, its cheap, basic and all we need. The room was at the front of the hotel overlooking Petailing Street and the night market were in full swing, and there was no real noise until we opened the window. The room has an Air Conditioner, TV all channels in Malaysian a small bathroom with toilet, sink and hot shower, very basic but still comfortable.

Day 2 Read More …

Bomaderry Creek Bushlands Walk, NSW

This is beautiful area nestled just off the highway in Bomaderry, exit onto , about 500 metres down the road just past the squash courts you will see the entrance into the park . There are a number of walks throughout the reserve, from short easy strolls  to a bit more challenging loop track. The area offers beautiful wildflowers, pockets of rainforest, sandstone cliffs lining the creek and a river crossing, it’s definitely a beautiful area. You could spend an hour here or pack a lunch and spend the  whole day exploring this surreal area. There is a picnic area with BBQ’s, picnic shelters and tables, toilets and plenty of flat grass area.

Dogs are permitted but need to be kept on leash. We decided to explore the River Oak Crossing Track a three hour walk following the winding river, walking through the rain forest, cliffs and rock formations, a small river crossing then returning along the river on the other side back to picnic area. The walk is amazing, every corner offers a new picture. This walk would be for moderate fitness due to steep stairs and a few areas where you need to climb a few rocks along the track, also a ladder climb over a huge rock. We really enjoyed this walk, the area has a peaceful feeling, and the scenery is amazing.

Map and More Information here

Location –

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates   -34.845265, 150.591996