Accommodation Options

There are so many accommodation options when travelling Australia’s outback and rural areas. These include camping, hiring a cabin, a private or group room in a hostel, farm stay, travelling in your own caravan or camper trailer, visiting friends and family for a night or two or enjoying a hotel, motel or splurge on a resort stay.

When deciding on your accommodation, many factors need to come into play and each group is different and unique.

Your Accommodation Budget

This will dictate how comfortable and flash your accommodation will be. If you’re main goal with your road trip is to see as much of the area as possible and you are willing to rough it a little to save money for more experiences, then camping in a local caravan park or free camping might sound like a great idea. Especially if you are in a larger group and feel safe and are experienced with camping, then there’s no better place to get closer to nature than the outback and bush. If on the other hand you like a nice hot shower every night, a warm bed and all the mod cons from home, then spending the extra money on a cabin each night will be worth every cent.

Camping in Outback QLD


Travelling in the outback and bush in Australia will mean some accommodation restrictions in certain locations. It’s always wise to do your research before you set off, make a list of your stop overs and the accommodation offered at this town. Check out an app like WikiCamps which not only helps you plan your route and stops but also shows you accommodation options in each location. You may find the only thing available is the pub or a little lonely motel. If you happen to get stung by Murphy’s law and arrive on the night of the town’s only major event, rodeo or show day and nothing is available, you might end up sleeping in the car. It’s never a good idea to keep driving after dusk due to wildlife.

Motel room, Outback, QLD

Extra Luggage Requirements

If you are looking to set up camp every night remember you will need to look at extra equipment e.g. tents, cooking equipment, linen, sleeping bags and pillows. This also means less space in your vehicle for your passengers and more weight = more fuel consumption.

Having a caravan or camper in tow may mean you have a permanent bed, hot shower and toilet available but will it restrict you with the places you can travel and explore? Is it set up for free camping or will you need to pay caravan park fees? 

Your Travel Style

If you are travelling with young children or older people, comfort and amenities will have more of a priority, whereas if you and your partner are setting off, maybe you don’t mind sleeping under the stars in a swag to experience the true outback.

Maybe you might want to mix it up a little to experience everything the bush has to offer.

The best place to start is with the local visitor information centres. Ask their opinions, find out what’s popular, who offers a happy hour at their caravan park or a special dinner on certain nights, are there any annual events happening when you’re visiting? Is it best to book in advance?

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