Here’s our checklist, most relate to free camping. You can thank us later!
-Are there any No Camping or No Sleeping in Cars signs? This is only a deal-breaker if…
- There are loads of backpackers around +
- Does it look like there’ll be police patrolling overnight? Is there a local police station?
- The signs say No Parking between 1-5am (this signals a backpacker infested and hjghly patrolled/fined area!).
-Does it look like there’ll be hoons or young people coming there at night (are there empty bottles around/burnouts/broken glass?)
-Will there be much/any passing traffic overnight?
-Are there any big bins or a collection of bins that might be picked up very early in the morning and wake you up?
-Is it a surfing break carpark? Again this isn’t a deal breaker but keep in mind you’ll have loads of cars arriving early in the morning with people checking the surf. Again, this may not be a problem if the locals seem nice and you don’t sleep too lightly (or you surf)!
-Is there a boat ramp nearby? (same as point above).
-P plate cars or groups of young people together (couples are ok!). Some might also avoid people with babies and young kids, and for this we don’t blame you!
What are your tips on finding a good spot to sleep paid or unpaid in a new town? Please share them with us so we can add them to our list.