Youcamp - Adventures On Private Land

Have you heard of Youcamp yet? It’s where local hosts open up their properties and allow campers to stay and enjoy the great outdoors. With our travelling coffee business, we mainly trade and therefor stay in caravan parks. On our days off, its adventure time and Youcamp has been great for us to get out and enjoy nature and recharge the batteries before heading back into parks and working. The things we like the most are that they are low cost, we are usually camped near no one else and we can have a fire! You meet some really great hosts and get to see how they live and it’s really just like going to stay at a friends place. For those travelling with pets, most properties allow pets but you will need to notify them on booking.

Below are 8 Youcamps we have done between NSW-QLD. Going in order if you were to drive north.

We hope you get to experience Youcamp for yourself one day. Enjoy!

1. Bunyip’s Camp

This was our very first Youcamp experience. We are now hooked! Lisa was very friendly and laid back and showed us up to our large private site that overlooked the damn. It backed onto some pretty cool forest so we went for an explore. Horses roam the property and even came up for a smooch and a carrot. The two friendly dogs loved sleeping by the fire for the night. In the morning we had good yarn to the host and left just wanting to find more awesome sites just like that one. So we did…read below.

Cost: $10 per person per night

Hosts: Lisa

Nearest town: Martinsville, NSW

What’s around: Watagans National Park, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie.

Kms off main hwy: 15 mins off Pacific Mwy

Stop here if: You like horses, dogs, peace and quiet and want to do some hikes in the awesome Watagans National Park.

Facilities: Basic Shed loo and shower, fires allowed, take your own wood or collect some on the property.

Suitable for: Tents, Camper trailers, Caravans, Campervans, motorhomes.

2. Manning Park Rest

We booked this lovely Youcamp after a couple of very soggy wet days up at Barrington Tops National Park. A nice warm shower was very much appreciated and the undercover camp kitchen was great  shelter to play cards in until the rain eased. Met some other friendly travelers here too and had a chat by the fire.

Cost: $15 per person per night.

Hosts: Steve & Jennie

Nearest town: Rainbow Flat, NSW

What’s around: The Big Buzz Fun park, Diamond Beach, Hallidays Point, Old Bar.

Kms off main hwy: Right on the Pacific Hwy, No noise issues though.

Stop here if:  You’re looking for a great stopover between Port Macquarie and Forster, without venturing far from the Pacific Hwy.  If you’re a fan of horses he has some beauties on the property. We got to meet a brand new foal, so cute!

Facilities: Amazing hot showers and toilets, camp kitchen, pot belly fires- bring your own firewood, although Steve was kind enough to chuck us some offcuts for free. Horse agistment available.

Suitable for: Tents, Camper trailers, Caravans, Campervans, motorhomes.

3. Cardiff Alpacas

We actually booked this place to selfishly tick some things off our massive Australia wide scavenger hunt. No.7 “kiss an alpaca” and no.41 “take a selfie on a tractor”. Tick! Tick! We are glad we did though as Rob and his niece Kathleen are super friendly and have a very well kept property. Unfortunately we didn’t get much time on the property as we were meeting friends for dinner in nearby Maclean. In the morning we woke up to the lovely sounds of birds and got to help feed the alpacas and heard about their industry. This is highly recommended and the hosts actually know all the alpacas names and I was lucky enough to kiss a baby one. No spitting!

If you want a good coffee and brekky make sure you check out Botero roasters in Maclean too. Amazing!

Cost: $15 per person per night.

Hosts: Rob & Kathleen

Nearest town: Maclean, NSW

What’s around: Yamba, Iluka

Kms off main hwy: 6mins from Pacific Hwy

Stop here if: You want to feed some very cute alpacas and are self contained. Kids will love the alpaca experience. Theres a friendly cat too called Ginger Tom.

Facilities: Fire drum- Firewood can be purchased for an extra $5, home cooked meals is an option too!

Suitable for: Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents, Camper Trailers, Campervans

4. Barefoot farm

We camped under the beautiful trees of Matt & Ashlees beautiful pecan farm. With the whole place to ourself we had a campfire and drank a little too much red wine. Luckily in the morning there was good coffee to wake us up and probably the best breakfast I’ve ever had! Their onsite popular café “Eltham Valley Pantry” is open Weds-Sundays so try and book this place during those times and indulge. The local Eltham pub was nice too and make sure you go for a drive to Wian Wian Falls, if its warm enough have a dip, its only about a 25 min drive from the property.

Cost: $30 per site per night.

Hosts: Ashlee & Matt

Nearest town: Eltham, NSW

What’s around: Whian Whian Falls, Bangalow, Great Butcher there too.

Kms off main hwy: 7 mins from Bangalow Rd or 10 mins from Bruxner Hwy

Stop here if: If you love good food, if you don’t want to camp with anyone else. They only ever book one group at a time. Bliss. It was nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the Byron Bay area.

Facilities: Café, Toilets, Hot showers a couple of $$, Fires allowed $10 for firewood or bring your own.

Suitable for: Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents, Camper Trailers, Campervans

5. The Channon Village Campground

We fell in love with this little place in the Northern Rivers area of NSW. We had read really good reviews and it lived up to its reputation. During a beer at the awesome local pub we found out our host Nan was quite well known around town and for good reason. In the 70s she and a group of locals helped save this lush rainforest area from logging. She is a great lady and so interesting to talk to. Being a botanist she knows all about the plants and flora in the area and you can even read or purchase some of her books. Make sure you take a drive out to the spectacular Protestors Falls, named after her and the amazing people that helped save it. If you happen to be here on market day that happens right next door and gets very busy so be sure to book in advance. Held the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Cost: $10 per person per night.

Hosts: Nan & Hugh

Nearest town: The Channon

What’s around: Nimbin, Protestors Falls, Rocky Lake

Kms off main hwy: 25 mins from Lismore

Stop here if: You love the rainforest and want to get away from the crowds.

Facilities: Fires allowed $10 bag of wood, or BYO, Toilets (with friendly frogs that live in), cold showers, sink for washing dishes.

Suitable for: Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents, Camper Trailers, Campervans

6. The River Orchard

Sitting at the foot of Mount Warning, Michelles Property features some stunning scenery. Driving out to her place with the epic Mount Warning as the backdrop is a photographers dream. There’s an awesome river for swimming/fishing as well and a few different camp sites to choose from. Michelle is so bubbly, friendly and welcoming and her property also features the cutest little cabin as well as a larger house that you can rent out.

Cost: $15 per person per night

Hosts: Michelle

Nearest town: Eungela or Murwillumbah NSW

Whats around: Mt Warning, Springbrook National Park,

Kms off main hwy: 30 mins off Pacific Mwy

Stop here if: You want to get up super early and climb Mount Warning to see Australia's first light. Natural Bridge in nearby Springbrook National park is worth checking out for a day trip.

Facilities: Collect firewood, or BYO, Toilets & Hot showers available.

Suitable for: Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents, Camper Trailers, Campervans, or you can book the cute cabin for a romantic getaway or the massive house for large groups.

7. Hidden Valley @ Gro Mad Plantations

The driveway down to Sharons property takes you through a lovley rainforest section that then opens up to a large grassed camping area with a great communal fireplace to sit around and share stories with fellow travelers. Theres a rustic outdoor toilet block with cold showers, beautifuly built by clever host, Glenn.

If you have kids they would love going to help collect the eggs and these are available for purchase, so yummy!

Cost: $35 powered $20 unpowered, per site

Hosts: Sharon & Glenn

Nearest town: Yandina, QLD.

What’s around: Sunshine Coast, Eumundi Markets,

Kms off main hwy: 5 mins

Stop here if: You want to get away from busy Noosa or sunny coast, but still be close to hwy. You’re just down the road if you want to check out the awesome Eumundi Markets, Wednesdays & Saturdays 8am-1.30pm.

Facilities: Communal fire pit, Toilets & Cold showers available. Purchase firewood $15

Suitable for: Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents, Camper Trailers, Campervans

8. Orkabie Downs

We loved our stay at Orkabie Downs. We were greeted by brahman cattle as we drove down the driveway. Lynda and Ricky were so welcoming and we had a great chat and they even offered lovely fresh herbs to liven up our planned spaghetti bolognaise dinner. We also purchased some homemade Worcestershire sauce so it’s worth checking out what’s available from Lynda. She makes Jams, Sauces, Chutneys and sells eggs from her many chickens.  We were given a great flat secluded site that they’d even freshly mowed for our arrival. There’s a fire drum and the star gazing at night was amazing.

Cost: $7 per person per night. BARGAIN!

Hosts: Lynda & Ricky

Nearest town: Carmila, QLD

What’s around: Carmila Beach.

Kms off main hwy: Right on Hwy- noise not an issue.

Stop here if: love star gazing or you want a great pit stop between Rockhampton and Mackay with friendly hosts, or want to have a look at Carmila Beach.

Facilities: Fire drum, Purchase firewood $12.50 for $15kg. No toilets of showers available.

Suitable for:  Self contained Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents, Camper Trailers, Campervans


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  • Wendy Reynolds on

    Would love to be able to camp at these places on my travels

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