Reg and I have stayed at the Maleny Showgrounds for two nights. This was our second stay at this lovely location so I thought I would recommend Showgrounds as a great camping and caravan experience that has its one appeal. Photos are of the Maleny Show grounds. Do check with the local authorities to see if the showgrounds are accepting caravaners. I can only report on what happened during my visit. I don't know the conditions today, and I'm an artist, not the camping grounds booking officer. Just popping that bit in to save confusion.
Showgrounds are usually often half the price of caravan parks, and most are dog friendly with large expanses of grass for a dog or children to play and a place for the active nomad to jog or work out.
The criteria for showground caravan sites differs from location to location and in Alice Springs it is when the other caravan parks are full or if they will not accept you due to your dog or rig, being too large. At Maleny QLD, when we were there, you could only stay three nights.
The conditions at showgrounds are rarely of the same top class amenities that you find in the five-star holiday parks, but, that's a trade off for a lower cost, and less congested campsite. with adequate amenities.
These are a few Showgrounds, I have stayed at in the past. I do not know if all still accept travellers between show events.
Alice Springs, NT
Brocken Hill (St pats race course) NSW
Canungra Recreational Ground Qld
Glen Innis NSW
Grafton racecourse NSW
Gin Gin QLD
Lucindale SA (footy oval)
Strathalbyn SA (footy oval)
Confirm with the local authorities, (not me) before assuming the conditions are the same as they were when I visited these places.
You can contact the shires in advance to find out if they allow camping at the show grounds and the available dates.
Showgrounds are used for many community events and will not always be open for caravans.
I'm settled in our rural retreat these days and I'm not travelling due to my focus on putting my seventy-years of experience as an artist into art tutorial video demonstrations, so as to pass on my know-how to new artists. You can watch the 2+-minute art studio videos for free.