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Setting up your ute with a canopy not only makes it practical for your day to day drive. It allows you to customise the space to the way you want to use it. Free camping setups are becoming more and more  popular with the fit-outs we do with our Maxliner range of ute canopies. Our Maxliner Australia team are avid campers, and these are their tips on where to head with your 4WD.

Queensland – Deepwater National Park

Stay: 200 metres from one of the most unspoiled beaches in this part of Queensland is the Middle Rock Camping area. Just off a 4WD track is this tiny secluded site. A real bush camping experience for tents or rooftop tents and the Wreck Bay Camping area has the closest facilities.

Play: If the beach fishing, birdwatching, or swimming don’t do it for you, head into Agnes Water & 1770 for a fishing or snorkelling charter. 

Northern Territory – Mary River National Park

Stay: If you find yourself and your 4×4 in the Top End, we recommend Shady Camp. The camp in Mary River National Park 200kms from Darwin.

Play: The NT is croc country, and there is no better plan to see them in the wild than Shady Camp. Shady Camp has almost three times the average amount of crocs per km. The park is home to some of the world’s best barramundi fishing and also has four-wheel drive and bushwalking tracks, as well as spectacular birdwatching.

South Australia – Coffin Bay National Park

Stay: The National Park has six campgrounds to choose from, and you will need to buy a permit here before you go. All but Yangie Bay campground will require a high clearance 4WD to access.

Play: Stay in the National Park and experience both track and sand driving, explore the park by foot or head into town and enjoy fresh Coffin Bay Oysters at Oyster HQ

Victoria – Bluff’s Hut

Stay: Packing the Hilux and heading to the High Country is a right of passage for many off-roaders. Bluff’s Hut about two hours from Mansfield, the views are amazing and is not accessible June- November.

Play: Not only is the camping epic, the Alpine National Park has plenty of tracks to suit most 4×4’s and bushwalkers. Check track closures and conditions before you go at Parks Victoria.

Western Australia – Cape Leveque

Stay: The Kimberley is arguably the 4wd ultimate bucket list adventure. And Cape Leveque is the jewel in the crown. Camping on the clifftop at Kooljaman is excellent or for something super special, try the Beach Camping Shelter.  

Play: With fishing, swimming, snorkelling, whale and bird watching, and bush BBQs available on-site at the 100% Indigenous Owned resort, you won’t need to leave.

If you haven’t got enough time to camp, check out our wrap up of the best place to take your ute fishing.

Image credit brookefuss