"The best gravel pit I've stayed at in Australia" - This was the Google review that led us here. In fairness, it wasn't wrong...as far as gravel pits go it doesn't get much better than this! There is even a banana stand so make sure to stock up on some cheap fruit while you're here.
It's a gravel pit, so I don't need to highlight that it's very basic, but it's better than any gravel pit we found in the Outback. There are no toilets or showers here but it is close to Airlie Beach. A huge traveller hotspot in Queensland. If you're making your way to Airlie, or The Whitsunday's, then why not save a few dollars and sleep here for one night? rest up and make your way into town refreshed the next day?
This free camping area in Queensland is elite! We loved staying here and reminisced about it throughout the rest of our lap of Australia. If you only stay at one of these camps we recommend then make sure it is this one, because it's a great rest area. It has a bathroom and that is about it as far as amenities, so it is very basic but also beautiful.
It's a small space next to a beautiful freshwater creek where you can swim and cool off on a hot day. later in the evenings, you can then fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the river. Being only 30 minutes from Mission Beach also makes it the perfect stop after a day of exploring. Based on where this sits in Queensland you do have to be a little bit careful. It is a freshwater river so there is a small chance there could be crocs, depending on the time of year you visit. We didn't see any and we swam, jumped and played in the beautiful crystal clear waters. But, always be more and more careful the further North in Australia you go.
It really is one of the best, if not the best, free camping spots in Queensland. Remember to get there early if you want a good spot next to the river.
This was one of the more popular free campsites in Queensland that we stayed at, which is likely due to it being just 30 minutes outside of Cairns. There are usually plenty of travellers that fill the GordonVale Rest Area each day. It's quite large and there are usually sites available. We never struggled too much to find a space, even when arriving later in the evening.
If you want to make sure you secure a flat spot of land to rest for the night then get there early afternoon and take your pick. The bathrooms are clean and you can have a nice hot shower for a couple of dollars.