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Free Camping Dubbo

Dubbo is a populous town in the western side of New South Wales, Australia. The town is roughly 400 kilometres (250 miles) northwest of Sydney, the state capital. With a population of around 39,000 people, Dubbo has the highest population in the Orana region of New South Wales.

Dubbo is known for its historic architecture, including the Old Dubbo Gaol, which operated from the 1840s until 1966 and is now a popular tourist attraction. Other notable landmarks in Dubbo include the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, home to more than 4,000 animals, and the Dubbo Observatory, which offers visitors a chance to view the night sky through a range of telescopes.

The city is also an important transportation hub, with major highways and rail lines passing through the area. Dubbo is a popular stopover point for travellers heading to other parts of New South Wales and beyond. 

Is There Free Camping In Dubbo?

There are several options for free camping in Dubbo and the surrounding areas, although some of these options may have restrictions or require a permit. So, it’s always a good idea to check with local authorities or the relevant land management agency to ensure that camping is allowed and to obtain any necessary permits before setting up camp. 

As a popular stopover destination, Dubbo is also home to numerous low-cost camping options and RV parks. Though prices vary depending on the type of site and amenities available, we’ll be looking at camping sites that charge less than $20, as well as free sites in Dubbo and the surrounding areas. 

Free Camping in Dubbo

Burrabadine Rest Area

Burrabadine Rest Area

The Burrabadine Rest Area is a cost-free camping site that welcomes dogs. Generators are permitted, and it’s conveniently situated near the road. RVs, caravans, and larger vehicles can easily access the site, but camping in tents is prohibited. The rest area is equipped with tables and bins for your convenience and offers good TV reception and mobile coverage from Telstra and other providers.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 9 minutes from Dubbo

Rest Area Dubbo

Rest Area Dubbo

Situated 3.25km from Dubbo, this rest area is easily accessible to vehicles travelling in both directions. The facilities available at this combined truck and car site include shaded tables, and trash bins. Generators are permitted on site. Please note that this rest area is strictly for overnight stays only. To ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors, please avoid parking in the truck parking area and leave ample room for trucks to enter, exit, and park for mandatory rest periods.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 7 minutes from Dubbo

Brocklehurst Rest Area

Brocklehurst Rest Area

The Brocklehurst Rest Area offers a free camping option. Access to the site is via an asphalt-sealed road, and the parking area is gravel. Drive-through sites and a toilet block are available. Unfortunately, there is no onsite power and dump point. Rubbish bins are scattered throughout the area, and visitors should bring their own clean drinking water.

Shady spots and picnic tables are available, and fixed fireplaces are provided, though visitors need to bring their own firewood. However, no fixed BBQs, showers, or children’s playgrounds exist. The site offers some TV reception and Telstra mobile reception. Internet access is available via visitors’ mobile data plans. The site is also pet-friendly.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 8 minutes from Dubbo

Terramungamine Reserve

Terramungamine Reserve

Terramungamine Reserve, located 10km north of Dubbo, offers a spacious, mostly flat campground with over 30 sites alongside the MacQuarie River. The riverside location is perfect for kayaking and fishing. Basic facilities such as toilets, trash bins, and shaded tables are also available. Large gum trees provide shade at some sites. Visitors to the reserve can also explore the area’s history and culture. Along the Macquarie River, there are over 150 carvings that were used by the Wiradjuri indigenous people to fashion weapons and tools. 

Note that while the sign says camping is allowed for 2-3 days, the reserve is currently facing heavy pressure, and overnight camping is the only option available. Pets are permitted with conditions. There is non-drinking water available, but campers should boil it for not less than ten minutes before drinking. Fires are only permitted in in-built fireplaces. Visitors should check local fire bans and rules and bring their own firewood for the wood barbecues available on site. Camping in tents is allowed, and the camping area is easily accessible to  caravans, motorbikes, RVs, camper trailers, buses and big rigs. 

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 8 minutes from Dubbo

Redbank Reserve

Redbank Reserve

Redbank Reserve is a picturesque location with tall red gums and a serene beach perfect for swimming, fishing, and bush camping. Visitors can also expect to spot some wildlife in the area. Generators are allowed, and tents are permitted for camping. The reserve can be accessed via a sealed road to the entry gate, and caravans, big rigs, motorhomes, and camper trailers can easily navigate the campsite. 

However, visitors should note that the roads inside the reserve are not sealed and can be challenging to traverse in wet conditions. Additionally, the availability of a beach area may depend on the river’s height. The reserve has no facilities, so visitors are advised to take all their rubbish with them and leave no trace. Pets are allowed on the site. Good TV reception is available, as well as Telstra and other mobile reception.

Cost: Free

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 16 minutes from Dubbo

Low-Cost Camping in Dubbo

Blizzardfield Private Campground

Blizzardfield Private Campground

The Blizzardfield Private Campground is exclusively for self-contained caravans and motorhome vehicles. Tent camping is not allowed, and there is a maximum stay of 72 hours. Please call before arrival to book. Powered and unpowered sites and lovely shady trees are available throughout the campground. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is a 12-minute drive away. There is drinking water available, and generators are allowed. The campground is also situated near the road. Laundry and rubbish bins are provided, and gas is available. Telstra reception is available, but please note that dogs are not allowed due to the presence of a resident-friendly pet dog. If you are travelling with young children, please make arrangements prior to your arrival.

Cost: $10 per person per night 

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 6 minutes from Dubbo

Western Plains Tourist Park

Western Plains Tourist Park

The Western Plains Tourist Park is a comfortable and centrally located park near the Macquarie River. You can enjoy staying in cozy cabins or spacious sites and exploring the local attractions, restaurants, and shopping centres on foot. The park offers convenient drive-through sites, BBQ, laundry facilities and a dump point. Toilets and showers are available, along with drinking water and power. Generators are allowed. The park is near the road and offers good TV and Telstra reception. The pull-through bay makes it easy for camper trailers, motorhomes, caravans, and big rigs to access the park.

Cost: $10 per person per night

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 4 minutes from Dubbo

Red Earth Estate

Red Earth Estate

Red Earth Estate is a fee-based camping ground that provides electricity connections and potable water. This is Dubbo’s exclusive commercial winery on Camp Road, past the Taronga Western Plains Zoo entrance. It’s a pet-friendly place with attractive landscapes and seating facilities. RVs, motorhomes, caravans, and large rigs can use the pull-through bays. However, you must be completely self-sufficient.

Cost: $12.5 per person per night

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 9 minutes from Dubbo

Cadagi Farm

Cadagi Farm

Enjoy the serene surroundings of an 85-acre working land with farm animals,including a charming peacock. The property has five campsites, accessible via 4WD through Scrubby Creek and  by 2WD to the sites along Talbragar River. Camping near the river offers picturesque views from a ridge, around 30 meters from the water, with opportunities for fishing and swimming (depending on water depth). The site is pet-friendly, with ample space amidst sites, and campfires are permitted outside of summer. 

Experience the beauty of the starry night sky, away from the city’s hubbub, 15 minutes from the town center. While there are currently no amenities, they are expected soon, and the site is ideally suited to self-contained campervans. Tents are welcome, but please note there are no amenities available. Visitors can purchase fresh pasture-fed eggs from the farm’s entrance for $6.50 per dozen by notifying the farm in advance when booking. 

Cost: $14 per person per night

Direction: Find on map

Distance: 16 minutes from Dubbo

For more free camping in NSW, check out our complete NSW Free Camping Guide.