The Joys of Free Camping

On the way down to Melbourne, via the Great Ocean Road, we went inland and found the perfect free camp at Dando’s.  The sites included picnic tables and fire pits and were set among 200 foot gums growing straight up all around us. There was even a river to swim and fish in.

The next day we did a walk in the treetops, ‘The Otway Fly’ in the rainforest.

View from above; the Otway Fly
View from my kitchen; free camping in near Lorne, Vic

The next night, we stayed in another free camp, complete with blackberry bushes. See above.

On the 23rd we took the overnight ferry to Tassie.

Leaving Melbourne on the Spirit of Tasmania

We found stunning free camping in the Bay of Fires, a rugged part of coastline in northeastern Tasmania, famous for its pounding surf and granite boulders covered in orange lichen.

Cosy Corner Campground, Bay of Fires, TAS


Author: sarahklenbort

I'm a Brisbane-based writer and mother of two children--one deaf and one hearing. I'm also a sessional academic at the University of Queensland, where I teach literature and creative writing. In 2016, my husband and I took the kids out of school and travelled around Australia with a camper trailer, visiting deaf schools along the way. When we found Toowong State School, it was so good, we decided to move to Queensland! We still have the trailer and take off for the bush whenever we can.

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