Wikicamps; the best money you’ll ever spend on anything camping

I’m not sure why its taken so long for me to write a post about Wikicamps Australia, given how incredibly useful it is.

Wikicamps logo
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If you haven’t heard of it before, today is your lucky day. The Wikicamps app can be downloaded on android, apple and windows smart phones (and also desktops).

The app is used to find camping areas, points of interest, caravan parks and more. However, its the way in which it does this that is most useful.

What’s so good about Wikicamps?

There are a myriad of books and websites out there that list places where you can camp, points of interest and caravan parks.

The problem with them though, is the information takes time to find, and it doesn’t change. Camp sites change all the time, and then a static page or book becomes redundant.

Wikicamps is updated by users, and has the ability to leave comments, add news sites, add photos and reply to others.

If you want to find somewhere to camp, you can filter sites by various requirements (free camping, dog friendly, camper trailer friendly etc) and see them visually on a map, to work out how far away they are.

If you are looking for free camping in Australia, you’ll love this app, as it will save you thousands of dollars on a longer trip. Simply filter by free camps and away you go!

Wikicamps map
An easy to use map with thousands of camp sites, points of interest and more
Wikicamps filter
Filter your results to find what you want, fast

If you find something you like, you can click on it and see how much the camping is, read comments left by those who’ve been there before, and check out photos.

The fact that is crowd sourced means information is more up to date, and you can often even get track conditions, how bad the toilets smell and what to look out for through the comments!

Everything is downloaded too, so you don’t need an internet connection to find your next amazing camp site. With over 32,000 listings across Australia, you can be sure to find somewhere amazing to rest your head.

You can find dump points fast, a place to have a shower, what sites have phone reception and the list goes on and on. It’s super fast to use, and very effective.

Wikicamps Australia has allowed a huge number of people to travel with a much greater ease!

Ellendale Pool
Ellendale Pool near Geraldton on Wikicamps

Read the comments with a grain of salt

One of the problems with crowd sourced information is that you get varying opinions.

For example, you’ll often read comments on the Wikicamps app saying that the road was in terrible condition, or that that there wasn’t enough room to set a tent up.

I usually take comments like that with a grain of salt and go in and find out for myself.

Wikicamps comments
Wikicamps comments can be useful, or not very accurate depending on who wrote them

In most cases, things that are written negatively about a camp site turn out to be incorrect; its just how people see things differently.

When we did the Gibb River road, the locals told us the track was in the best condition they’d seen in years, and yet we came across others telling us that its the worst road they’d ever done.

It’s all about perspective, so take the comments with a grain of salt.

Not all the information is accurate

The other thing to bear in mind with the comments is they can actually be incorrect. Just because someone posts saying you can camp there doesn’t guarantee you actually can.

Obviously shire, council, National Park and general civil law comes way above the comments of those left on Wikicamps! If you think the camp site might be a bit sketchy in terms of being allowed to be there, do some further digging.

This is especially paramount for camp sites that are on private property; comments saying its free and the owners welcome visitors are often not correct, and there have been some bad run ins in the past.

Use your common sense, do some additional research and you’ll find it very useful.

Wikicamps photos
Photos uploaded by users make it super useful

Wikicamps Cost

Wikicamps is a measly $7.95, and I believe they have a free trial too. I guarantee it will be the best 8 bucks you spend.

You can run the app across multiple devices, as long as they are the same type – apple to apple, windows to windows etc.

If you want to run it on an android and a windows device, you’ve got to purchase it twice. You can run the device on smart phones, tablets, laptops and PC’s. When it comes to the cost of travelling around Australia, this is a very, very smart decision!

Bonus tip; download Fuel Map

A while after releasing Wikicamps, Fuel map was released too. This allows you to find cheap fuel while travelling around Australia.

Again, the information provided is crowd sourced, but its usually pretty accurate. You can save a fortune with this app in fuel costs.

Wikicamps Review

Honestly, there is no better money that you can spend towards camping/4WDing/hiking than Wikicamps. It is amazing, and will pay for itself hundreds of times over.

Whether you use the Wikicamps trip planner, or you just use it for finding amazing day use activities, or where to get water from, it’s a must for all travellers in Australia.

Do you use Wikicamps? What do you think of it?

Camping in the R2
We’ve found a huge number of great camp sites on Wikicamps

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  1. Hi Suzi,

    They’re having lots of issues with the app at the moment. The reviews are still there, just not always showing up properly

    PS – there’s no subscription; its a once off payment from when you first signed up

    All the best

  2. Where are all reviews gone? I know I have submitted many WikiCamps reviews of great camps around Australia over the past few years and all reviews are no longer visible? Not happy with the app now it’s been taken over. Not even worth the subscription if they’ve removed all the reviews. Cancelled !

  3. Hi Marg,

    I heard it had been taken over. It will be interesting to see what they do with it. What reviews have been censored? Were they yours?

    All the best

  4. Wikicamps has always been my GOTO for free camping and reviews about caravan parks. Unfortunately it has now been taken over by a large caravan park chain and they are already censoring negative reviews about caravan parks.