Free camping along Stuart Highway
We are planning a trip from Port Augusta to Darwin and I was wondering if you have any advice on free camping in this part of Australia. What are people like in these regions? Is it safe?
I am afraid, I can't give you much personal advice, as I prefer to camp with access to basic amenities, a toilet at least. I am just not keen to dig a hole in the morning :). Also, I haven't been north of Alice Springs at all.
There are few rest areas along the Stuart Highway, where you probably can camp for a night, although they are not reported as overnight areas on my map.
Cadney Park used to have a free camping spot outside their caravan park, next to the airstrip and the railway line. The good thing was that campers were allowed to use the facilities for free. As a thank you we had a nice meal in the pub. I am not sure if they provide this anymore.
What are people like in these regions? I would say not different than people anywhere else in the Australian Outback, friendly and helpful. However, "strange folks" can be everywhere.
When you camp between the few towns and roadhouses, there won't be people at all, apart from those passing by on the highway.
So I would say use common sense, find a spot where you can't be seen from the highway. If you don't feel comfortable at a spot, don't stay there.
Watch out for fellow campers and put up your tent in a respectful distance.
Have a good time.