Find out where you can and can't free camp on public conservation land.

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Where can I freedom camp?

Freedom camping is permitted on public conservation land, except in areas where it is expressly prohibited or restricted to self contained vehicles. This is indicated by signage.

Restrictions on freedom camping on public conservation land only apply to areas (normally near roads) where there has been a history of problems caused by inappropriate freedom camping or there is a conservation management reason that warrants restricting camping (e.g. ensuring equitable access to a site or where sensitive native species are present).

The Freedom Camping Act 2011 does not apply to the backcountry.

Freedom camping restriction signs

  • Freedom camping overnight is prohibited at sites displaying no camping signs, including this sign:

    Freedom camping is prohibited within 200 m of this sign.
  • Freedom camping overnight is allowed for vehicles that have been certified as self contained (see Caravan Self Containment Certification), at sites displaying this sign:

    Sign for camping with self contained vehicles only.

Freedom camping in a prohibited or restricted area can result in a $200 infringement fee.

Depositing waste

Be responsible with your waste wherever you camp. Carry in, carry out. Leave no trace.

Non compliance can result in a $200 infringement fee or a maximum $10,000 fine if prosecuted.

More information

Visitor Centres and local DOC offices will have more information on freedom camping in their area.

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