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Where do you stay?

Category: Overnight stops. Published: 23 Jun 2009

Depending on the set-up of your campervan, motorhome, caravan or recreation vehicle, and in some cases the size of your vehicle, you have a number of options of where you spend your nights. My slide-on campervan is set up so that I can stay at any of the available options, depending on my circumstances at the time. My preference is to stay in designated bush camping grounds, but I'm limited -- by electricity, water and Internet access -- in the amount of time I can stay in one spot.

Caravan parks

In America it seems there are differences in parks that are used for permanent occupation (referred to as "trailer parks") and those used for temporary stays ("RV parks"). In Australia these are all called caravan parks and the facilities they provide vary considerably.

More information on caravan parks.

Free-camping or bush-camping

The term free-camping is as much to do with freedom as it has to do with lack of expense. Most designated camping grounds, especially in National Parks, charge a small fee. The facilities and amenities provided at these areas vary considerably so you are limited by:

  • Size of your vehicle.
  • Power needs and facilities.
  • Food storage facilities.
  • Supply of fresh water.
  • Means of storing grey water.
  • Toilet facilities.

More information on free-camping or bush-camping.

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