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.

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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

Free Camping at Rifle Creek Rest Area, QLD

Rifle Creek Rest Area Campground is a 48 hour stop over with a donation box, making it a perfect stop over for travelers heading north or south in far north Queensland. The camp area is a very flat area consisting of hard packed dirt and grass with plenty of trees for shade. The area is suitable for all types of vehicles and tents. There is cold water showers, flushing toilets, picnic tables, rubbish bins, dump point, pet friendly and fires are permitted as long as you bring your own wood and there is no fire bans.

Location – Mulligan Highway about 1km north from Mount Molloy

Google Map – Here

Google Map Street View – Here

GPS Coordinates   -16.66609 , 145.32863

 

Lightning Ridge, NSW

Lightning ridge information center would be the first recommended stop when arriving to the area, the friendly staff will advise you about all the local sights in the area. While you’re at the information center, why not try your luck fossicking for opals in the nearby rubble pile. Lightning Ridge is a unique mining town famous for the rare black opals. The town and its surrounds are very quirky, historical and a lot of fun with its unique Aussie characters. With many activities to explore, including opal mining, art museums, artesian bore bath, the famous chamber of black hands, bottle house, the castle and walk in mines. Most of these activities attract a cost, but there are a few free activities along the way including, the artesian bore bath and the car door tour. The surrounds of Lighting Ridge has a genuine outback atmosphere.

We enjoyed the car door tours, which gives you a great insight into this mining community. There are 5 tours and each is marked out with a different colour car doors, yellow, green, red, blue and the orange (this tour known as the pub tour, which is in Garwin). The first four tours are within the Lightning Ridge area and great to do at your own leisure, each are easy to navigate with coloured car doors guiding you in the right direction. The tours take you on a historical trail around the district exploring opal mines, castles, recycled homes, deserted car yards, churches, lookouts and a variety of local quirky business. These tours vary in time as depending on your interest of the attractions. The orange door is a day out of Lightning Ridge exploring neighboring town of Garwin.  This opal town has 3 pubs, war memorial, art gallery and hundreds of underground mines, a real eye opener and a great day out, its really awesome experience.

At the end of the day relax in the amazing artesian bore bath, the water temperature can reach up to 40 degrees, the day we went it was raining and cool. We spent an hour or so lazing in the pool, feeling totally relaxed it was a wonderful feeling in the warm water. Lightning Ridge is a “must do” on the road trip list. We found a few full days exploring enough time, but you could spend a few weeks exploring this town and surrounding areas at a relaxed pace.

Lightning Ridge offers a wide range of accommodation, there is also a free camp about 10km out of town, more information here

Google Map – Here   GPS Coordinates  -29.431298, 147.972337

Free Camping at Kyneton Streamside Reserve, Vic

20161110_180338Kyneton Streamside Reserve is a 48 hour stopover on the edge of a beautiful park by the Campaspe River, there is caravan and camper-van spots marked out making it easy to drive through. There is public toilet, dump point, water, BBQ, picnic tables, pet friendly and rubbish bins. Phone reception is low in this stopover.

Location – 219 Burton Avenue, Kyneton

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -37.235253, 144.418927

 

Free Camping, Ben Halls Cave and Seatons Farm, NSW

About 28km out of Grenfell, NSW, you’ll find Ben Hall’s Camp Ground which is located in the Weddin Mountains National Park. Ben Hall’s Camp Ground is named after one Australia’s Bushranger’s, Ben Hall and his gang are famous for pulling off one of Australia’s greatest robberies of the time, the Gold Coach in 1862 netting themselves $3700 and nearly 3000 ounces of gold. The money or the gold has never been recovered and rumored to be hidden in the Weddin Mountains, somewhere near his hide-out cave. From the camp ground there is a marked 40 minute return walk to the cave Ben Hall and his gang were believed to of used as their hideout. The walk is fairly easy, and once at the cave there is an amazing view over the plains. Weddin Mountain National Park also offers plenty of walks, a great place to bird watch and to spot other wild native animals.

Ben Hall’s Camp Ground is a flat area with with areas marked out for caravans and camper trailers, there is plenty of flat areas where a tent can be set up. If the campground fills up you are allowed to camp out the front of the campground. On site there is long drop toilets, picnic tables and BBQs, however you will need to take your own rubbish away with you. Phone reception is non existence, and being a national park no domestic pets are allowed. This camp ground is free and no bookings are required.

Not far from the camp ground is Seaton’s Farm, this farm has been preserved by the National Parks. Taking the walk around the farm reveals the farm and its owners history. Scattered with historical machinery, home and sheds this walk is very easy and very enjoyable as you discover how people lived and survived during the Great Depression in1930s.

 

More Information – Ben Hall’s Camp Ground and Seaton’s Farm

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates – Ben Hall’s Camp Ground  -33.906756, 147.950511

GPS Coordinates – Seaton’s Farm  -33.913186, 147.947393

Free Camping at Carpenters Rocks, South Australia

fb_img_1479020381181Carpenters Rocks South Australia has a free camp (donation). There is a toilet, water, play ground, pet friendly and rubbish bins. Find out more info at the general store, where a donation is required.

Location – 24 Carpenters Rock Road, Carpenter Rocks SA

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates  -37.913882, 140.398768