Narooma, NSW

Narooma is located on the far south coast of NSW (Map), in the Eurobadalla Shire. Narooma has a lot to offer, plenty of things to see and do with a wide range of accommodation. This is a blog about traveling on a budget so we will concentrate on enjoying time in Narooma with very little costs. Narooma has two free camps, Bodalla Forest Rest Area (more info) which is located around 8km north of Narooma and Honeysuckle (more info) which is located about 5km south of Narooma. Mystery Bay (more info) also has a cheap camp which comes with a cost (approx $12pp) and is located 12 km south of Narooma.

The area around Wagonga Inlet is referred to as the flats by the locals, this area is great for fishing or snorkeling, kayaking and boating. Its also great to ride your bike or walk around the board walks or water front to explore the area. From the northern side of the inlet entrance there is a great beach which is great for surfing in the right conditions. Just inside the inlet there is a small beach with a shark net which is a very popular place to swim. Not far away is the boat ramp, when the fishermen come in to clean their catch you can watch out for the huge stingrays feeding on fish carcasses. This connects to the Mill Bay Boardwalk where you can enjoy the aquatic life, as the water is crystal clear.  From the end of the boardwalk you can cross the bridge and continue to the south side of the inlet and see Australia Rock, an amazing rock formation. A little further along the break-wall you can sit and watch for hours the colony of fur seals rest on the rocks or playing in the water.  Just above Australia Rock is a lookout, from here you can see an amazing view over Wagonga Inlet, Montague Island and whales at the right time of year.

From the North or South of Narooma you can take the Wagonga Scenic Drive. Driving through some amazing Aussie bush along a dirt road (suitable for 2 wheel drive)  towards the North end of the road there is a spectacular veiw at lookout over looking Narooma and surrounding areas. The drive is about an hour long at a slow pace, there is also a turn off to drive to Tilba Tilba along another dirt road that is a stunning drive.




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. The area is also Aboriginal Heritage listed.

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 un-powered $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

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