All Our Showgrounds, Sports and Recreation Camps

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This is a list of all the Showgrounds, sports and recreation camps that we have visited/stayed on our travels. This is only a fraction of what is available around Australia. We cover our stops in 5 states, so far!

Some of these are free, some are a donation and some are low cost.


Kenilworth Showground

Kenilworth is a beautiful small country town in Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The showgrounds has over 200 sites which might account for the two dump points, two sets of toilets and showers. This one of the best showgrounds we have stayed at. It also boasts a swimming pool and skate park.

Whether you like the greens and browns of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland or the Blue’s and white sandy beaches of the coast this is Location, Location, Location.

  • Montville – 30 minutes
  • Eumundi markets – 30 minutes
  • Maleny – 40 minutes
  • Ginger factory & Nut factory – 40 minutes
  • Noosa & Hastings street – 50 minutes
  • Mooloolaba – 1 hour
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price : $20 power and water (2 people) – $15 un-powered
  • Water ? : Yes
  • Power ? : Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Is it on Wikicamps ?: Yes
  • Drive time to nearby shops: WALK 1 minute
  • WIFI (tested with boost): Yes
  • Amenities : 2x shower and toilet blocks
  • Other : Loan a fire pit and buy wood, Skip bin, 2x dump points Swimming Pool, Skate Park, Shops at your door, Playground over the road, BBQ over the road, Close to the river, hinterland and beach drives

See The Full Post and Photos Of Kenilworth Here

Gin Gin Showgrounds 

Fifty kilometres west of Bundaberg is Gin Gin and it’s large showground. A short walk to the main street with shops, pub’s and bakery’s.

  • Pets: Yes
  • Camp type : Showgrounds
  • Price : $20 power and water
  • Water ? : Yes
  • Power ? : Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Is it on Wikicamps ?: Yes
  • Drive time to nearby shops: 1 minute to main street
  • WIFI (tested with boost): Yes
  • Amenities : Toilets, showers
  • Other :Laundry, dump point, camp kitchen, seating, BBQ, bins, near to shops. This is a great spot to spend a couple of days and visit Bundy and it’s factory’s.

See our full post on Gin Gin Showgrounds here

Halliday Bay Golf Course

You can find this beach side camp at Halliday Bay, 40 minutes north of Mackay, 1.5 hours South of Airlie Beach and only 10 minutes to Cape Hillsborough

The golf club has a large grassed area put aside for camping and it will fit any size van. You can hear the waves from your van as you sit having happy hour. The cost of this Golf Course Camp is $22 per night. No you don’t have power and water but you have a beach right there. You also have access to a bar and activities.

Halliday Bay Golf Club Queensland camping RV caravan sea view
Beach with stinger net
Halliday Bay Golf Club Queensland camping RV caravan sea view
Sea Views
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $22 Inc. One game of golf for one person per night paid for.
  • Water: Yes – You have to ask for it and pay for it separately.
  • Power: No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilet (take a torch at night)
  • Other: swimming at the beach, seating, volleyball, tennis, golf, dump point, self-contained only, Bar, Food, View

See our full post on Halliday Bay Golf Club camp here

Jericho Showgrounds

Jericho is in central west Queensland. This is a smaller yet busy showgrounds. At $60 for a week inc. power and water you can understand why. If you’re in a tent it’s only $5 a night, un-powered is $10pn and only $15pn for power and water. This is such good value, please use the yellow honesty box.

JericHo Showgrounds CAMPING
  • Pets: Ok
  • Water: yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilets, shower
  • Other: Dump Point, Bins

See more on Jericho Showgrounds here

Goondiwindi Showgrounds

This showgrounds is large and had good facilities. A large petrol station is close by and is set up to be RV friendly.

Goondiwindi showgrounds
  • Pets:Yes
  • Price: $25 power and water or $20 un powered
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities : Toilet, shower, dump point

See more on Goondiwindi Showgrounds Here


Wagin Showgrounds

What a lovely spot to spend 72hrs. Payment is a donation, $6 or $12 for power and water. A small town with a big heart. Councillor Geoff (from the local Shire) come to see each of the vans parked up. He give us a map and some first hand information on Wagin and it’s surrounds. The showgrounds has a dump point on site and is close to some great attractions. This town loves us caravanner’s 🙂

Our top things to do:

  • 1. Wagin Historical Village – a two minute walk away
  • 2. Coffee at – Visual Effects Framing Gallery – also sells hand made items
  • 3. Puntapin Rock – a great view but lots of flies
  • 4. Giant Ram – One of Aussies many Big things
  • 5. Old Well – A bit more history
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $6 Per-night or $12 Per-night with power and water
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: None
  • Other: Dump Point, close to nice town and things sight seeing.

See more on Wagin Showgrounds here

Dumbleyung – Stubbs Park, Pavilion and Sportsground

We didn’t stay but had a look around camp site. It’s a huge area that has a dump point and is about 300 meters from the “ Grande Olde Dumbleyung In”. Close to Lake Dumbleyung and other pretty lakes. Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record here. A replica of his Bluebird K7 is on show in town.

Dumbleyung showgrounds
  • Pets: Yes
  • Free camp -72 hrs
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit: All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Not to be used
  • Other: Dump Point, pub about 300 meters


Burra Showgrounds

Burra is a large showground in a interesting location. Check out the Goal and Mine site. For a bit of pop culture, see the old house down the road which was used on the cover of the famous Midnight Oil album, Diesel and Dust.

Burra Showgrounds
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $15pn powered or not
  • Water: Yes (only three taps)
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilets and a shower
  • Other: Some seating, Dump point, Knowledgeable caretaker

Lots more on Burra showgrounds and surrounds here

Port Augusta Sports Club

This camp site is a popular place, then for $7 you would expect it to be. Pop in to the club for a drink and some food. The club is near some salt flats and the town has a Coles, woollies, Big W, and many fast food store’s. About 30 minutes away is the small town of Quorn, well worth checking out for its links to the Ghan steam train.

sports club SA
Fits all size vans
  • Pets: yes
  • Price: $7
  • Water: Yes – some people using water by the dump point
  • Power: No
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: none, have to be self contained
  • Other: Dump point, seating

More on Port Augusta and surrounds here


Tallangatta Showgrounds

Tallangatta has a nice feel, surrounded by hills, trees and Lake Hume.  You can park around the sports oval and connect to power and water. Tallangatta is a great little town with an IGA, Library with free Wi-Fi. It also has coffee shops and Bakery, a couple of petrol stations and not forgetting the pub.

Tallangatta Showground
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $20 –
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: showers, toilets
  • Other: Dump point, BBQ area, boat ramp

See full post here

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Sebastian Racecourse

This is a 7 day donation camp, only a short drive to Bendigo. Parking is on a huge oval and has room for any van size. The toilets and BBQ area are close by. In addition to the playground and basketball hoop.

Sebastian Racecourse and Reserve
Sebastian Racecourse and Reserve
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: donation
  • Water: Yes ( for container filling only)
  • Power: No
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • 15 minutes to Bendigo
  • Amenities : 24hr Toilet
  • Other : Electric BBQ, basket ball hoop, playgrounds

See full post here including drone video of the camp


Cowra Showgrounds

The showgrounds are large and clean. All the power and water points looked brand new on our stay. On three sides of the grounds are horses and on the fourth is a petrol station. A toilet/shower/laundry block is available. The caretaker arrived later in the day to collect the $20. Have a walk over the bridge in to town.

Cowra Showgrounds NSW
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $20
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilet and shower block

More on Cowra showgrounds and surrounds here

Ebor – Sports and Recreation Ground

This camp is in a great location and is surrounded by greenery and trees. 112 km west of Coffs Harbour and 79 km east of Armidale. This grassy camp has 2 long drop toilets and few undercover benches to sit at. Take your own dunny paper! It’s just off the main road so no going out of your way. There is a walking track from here if you want to take in the surrounds.

Ebor showgrounds
  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: Free
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit – most sized vehicles
  • Amenities: long drop toilets , benches

Read more here

Jerry’s Plains Recreation Reserve

What a fantastic donation camp and close to wineries. This is a huge grassed area big enough for any rig.

  • Electric BBQ
  • Tennis Court
  • Basket ball Court
  • Playground
  • Dump point
  • Price: Donation
  • Pets: Yes
  • Water: Yes (to fill containers only)
  • Power: No
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: toilets, Showers

Lots more on the surrounding area etc. here

Cassilis Bowling Club

Cassilis is a quiet, friendly little town. The club has parking for many vans of all sizes. Have dinner and a drink at the club or grab a take away pizza.

  • Pets:Yes
  • Price: $15 pn – Last year it was $50 a week this may have changed.
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: Toilet and showers
  • Other: Meals at the bowling club, Large flat areas

more on Cassilis and surrounds here

Bulahdelah Bowling Club

A brand new toilet and shower is by the BBQ area, as is a sink for doing your dishes if needed. For a small donation you can use the public swimming pool at the back of the club. A dump point is at the showgrounds basically on the same grounds as the Bowling Club, handy! The Showgrounds were $18 on our stay.

  • Pets: Yes
  • Price: $5pp for up to 72hrs
  • Water: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: toilet, shower
  • Other: Meals, pokies, swimming pool, dump point, great town

More on or stay at Bulahdelah here

Abermain Bowling Club

You will find a large grass area behind the club. A playground is at the side if you have little ones. This Club is $10 per night for up to 72 hrs.

  • Pets: yes
  • Price: $10pn – 72 hour
  • Water: No
  • Power: No
  • Will suit – All sized vehicles
  • Amenities: None – Self contained only 
  • Other: Bowling club for meals and drinks, dump point

Read our Abermain post here

This is a cheaper way to travel Australia while in some cases having power and water.

If you would like to see many more showgrounds that you can camp at, check out Showgrounds Sports and Rec Grounds Camping Facebook Page Here. They also have a map of all showgrounds around Australia.

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2 thoughts on “All Our Showgrounds, Sports and Recreation Camps

  1. Hi Larry n Sue,
    If you haven’t already stayed or ventured Broken Hill way, then staying at the Broken Hill racecourse is a great option. We stayed there early last year at which time they were constructing a new amenities block which should be up and running by now. Was quirky to have showers in the jockey’s rooms at the time. Not far out of town. Was around $25 to stay. Highlight was the “emu stakes” – 2 emus strolling down the last straight early one morning!
    Closer to home for us is the small park attached to the Auburn oval, a nice spot to park the van whilst exploring the wineries of the Clare Valley.
    Happy and safe travelling,

    1. Thanks so much for that Sue, we will add it to our list, sounds great 😀

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