5 Tips for Living Frugally While Camping in Australia

There are few things in life more thrilling than seeing the world, and what makes it even more special is sharing these memories with your family. While camping is a less expensive way to travel than staying in a hotel or flying, it’s still easy for costs to add up very quickly anytime you travel as a family. That’s why learning how to live frugally while on your adventures is the key to being able to afford travelling as much as possible.


Whether your family is full-time travel family or you’re simply a mum who likes to get her family outdoors, here are 5 tips for living frugally while camping in Australia:

1.  Make your own food

One of the best ways to save money while camping is by making your own food. While eating out takes a lot less effort, it’s much more expensive, and honestly, much less healthy in the long run. With a little planning ahead, you can cook inexpensive meals for your family, whether you buy the food ahead of time and pack it the whole way, or make occasional stops at grocery stores. When planning meals, focus on simplicity–the fewer ingredients you have to buy, the cheaper it will be. Check out our list of camp meals to help with your planning

2.  Rent, borrow gear or search FB market place

If you’re just starting out camping and caravanning, you might be overwhelmed by all of the gear you need. The cost of tents, sleeping bags, camp stoves, and foldable chairs can really add up. Luckily, renting or borrowing as much equipment as you can helps reduce the cost, if you have no luck with those options we highly recommend searching your local community facebook groups or market place, you’ll be surprised what you can find!

3.  Stay longer at each place

Another way to save money when traveling is to stay at each destination for a longer amount of time. This will help reduce gas costs, as you move the vehicle less, and campground fees are often less expensive per day the longer you stay, if your not free camping be sure to ask your park for a long stay discount!

4.  Look for free campgrounds

The cost of camping varies based on where you’re traveling in Australia, but you can save money by staying at free campsites. We love using Wiki Camps App, this is great tool to help find those hidden gems, which are FREE!

5.  Book in advance

One of the biggest ways to rack up costs is by making last minute decisions. Often prices are higher for activities or campsites if you book them the day you want to do them. This is why planning ahead is so important for reducing costs. If you’re planning a fun activity, scan reviews and travel blogs for tips about when prices are cheapest and how to get coupons. Little efforts like these can make a big difference.


Although living frugally while camping requires extra time and effort, it’s worth it. You’ll be surprised how much you can save, simply by making a few adjustments to your usual plans, and you’ll have more money for future trips!

What tips do you have for family camping on a budget?

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