Free camping at the Jindera showground NSW – Sydney to Melbourne road trip

Road tripping from Sydney to Melbourne and back (or vice-versa) can be a brilliant family trip experience. But accommodation & fuel can be costly. Here’s a free camping half-way stopover with lots to see – and the campsite won’t cost you a cent!

Jindera Pioneer Museum

Jindera Pioneer Museum

Jindera NSW is a small, historic country town ten minutes drive off of the Hume Highway in New South Wales, shortly before you reach Albury and the NSW/Victoria border crossing.

Jindera Blacksmith Shop

Jindera Blacksmith Shop

We visited in mid 2020 and found that this little town makes a great overnight stopover or tourist camping base for the Albury Greater Hume region, as you can stay for free in a quiet country environment.

St Pauls Church historic building, Jindera

St Pauls Church historic building, Jindera

Free camping 10 minutes off the Hume Highway

Free camping is available at the Greater Hume Council run Jindera Showground and Recreation Grounds (also known as the Jindera Primitive Camping Ground), which is a level, weatherproof site just five minutes walk from the town centre.

Jindera Showground free camping

Jindera Showground free camping

The Showground has a semi circular blacktop road passing through it with both entries off Dight Street, Jindera. There is lots of room for big rigs, caravans, motorhomes, camping trailers, tents and all kinds of camping at the Showground campground area.

Before or when you arrive, phone to advise the Jindera Showground manager

Before or when you arrive, phone to advise the Jindera Showground manager

Camping at the Jindera Showground

Visitors are allowed to camp at the showgrounds for up to three nights. Pets are allowed at the showground and camping area.

Upon arrival or prior to arrival, visitors should first register their stay with the Jindera Showground manager Mrs Jenny O’Neill on phone 0438 263 417.

Jindera Showground facilities

Jindera Showground campgrounds

Jindera Showground campgrounds

The Jindera Showground has basic camping facilities. A toilet block is located at the far entrance. There is a separate modern toilet located closer to campers. Vast, level grassy lawns which border the Showground oval in the centre are available to campers. There is no powered sites available, and although there is water taps on site it is best to ask permission before helping yourself. There is no dump point on site.

There is a small concrete skate park, a playground and several sports courts – all free to use. A local public swimming pool is also located onsite.

Watch our Jindera free camping and tourist sites visit on YouTube

Watch this video to take a look at the Jindera Showground and some of the tourist attractions in the town such as the local Fox and Brew Cafe, and the Jindera Pioneer Museum.

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You can find out more about the Jindera free camping showground at the council official website here.

Places to visit in Jindera & the Albury Wodonga region

The town of Jindera is full of heritage buildings to see, including an old Blacksmith’s barn, church and the local heritage museum.

Jindera Museum NSW

Jindera Pioneer Museum NSW

Jindera Pioneer Museum

Jindera has deep historical ties to a foundation population of German heritage. Located on Urana Street and next door to the Showground you’ll find the Jindera Pioneer Museum. It showcases historic antiquities of Jindera’s Germanic past. It also operates as the Visitor Information Centre for the area.

Jindera Pioneer Museum Wagner's Store

Jindera Pioneer Museum Wagner’s Store

For an entrance fee of $10 adults and $5 kids, visitors can explore this interesting museum with it’s old store, houses and out buildings. You can even bring your pet with you, as dogs are allowed inside (on a leash).

At the entrance you’ll find a fascinating olde world shop, Wagner’s Store. First opened in 1874, the store is beautifully kept, lined with hand-painted labeled wooden shelves and drawers. Explore through the buildings upstairs and down to see antique furniture, knick knacks, dolls, farming equipment and much more.

You can find out more about the Jindera Museum at their official website here.

Jindera Pioneer Museum antiques and curiosities

Jindera Pioneer Museum antiques and curiosities

The Fox and Brew Cafe

Located on the main street of Urana Street, the Fox and Brew Café is a charming little café offering a range of snacks, drinks, and local crafts and preserves. With dining both indoors and outside, it’s open everyday from mid morning to early afternoon.

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Another nearby place to visit and camp just two minutes off the Hume Highway near Albury is the Ettamogah Pub at Tabletop which also offers overnight camping in their gravel carpark (no power or water but there are toilets) for a minimum $10 pub spend.

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Watch our Albury Murray Art Museum visit video on YouTube

Another tourist attraction in the local area is the Albury Murray Art Museum, located in the nearby city of Albury NSW. Take a tour of the Albury Art Gallery in this video!

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Jindera is a quiet little town with a big historical past, and the opportunity of free camping at a well-maintained showground within cooee of the Hume Highway is also a big attraction. It’s definitely worth a look on your next Melbourne to Sydney Hume Highway road trip!

 

Have you ever visited Jindera, or do you plan to go? Tell me, or ask your questions in the comments below…

All pricing information is correct as at May 2022 – please check the official websites of the locations listed (some linked above) for relevant, up to date information and prices.

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Jindera Showground free camping and local tourist attractions

The Jindera Pioneer Museum attic

The Jindera Pioneer Museum attic

Jindera Pioneer Museum

Jindera Pioneer Museum shop

 

 

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