Other sites that may require grey water retention:
Other than Council RV Stops there are a relatively small number of others that require grey water collection including some private properties who offer camping facilities. These sites usually specify Self Contained Only but when queried will often not require you to collect your grey water, more than anything they are using the description to ensure that they only get travelers who are completely self sufficient and in some cases to specifically exclude tent and camper trailer camping. We suggest that you enquire directly with any such sites you are planning on visiting. A good indicator is that a camp which allows stays of longer than 2-3 days is not likely to want you to retain grey water.
Some Common Myths and Misconceptions:
There are frequent comments on Social Media about requiring grey water retention which are completely unfounded and incorrect. The most common of these is that “You need a grey water tank in National Parks” – this is absolutely incorrect in every State and Territory. National Parks allow walk in and tent camping, camping in your car, with a swag or any of the “motorised” forms. They DO have guidelines on how to responsibly deal with grey water which is their version of “leave no trace” camping, this is probably the phrase that causes the confusion. There are some recent confusing references to grey water in some Government dept. webpages which do not carry through to the actual camping “system” but I won’t go into that at this time.
The other most common is that “you can’t free camp without a grey water tank”; again a total exaggeration of the facts. If you are going to travel town to town and only stay in council provided free RV stops then yes you will need to have some form of collection system, but if you are free camping in rural areas, Reserves, Sports grounds etc. there is absolutely no requirements. There are over 3000 legal free and very low cost (donation) campsites plus over 2000 private paid campgrounds (excluding Caravan Parks) at differing price levels so with no more than 300 RV Stops with the grey water rule the rate is a lot less than 10%. In most areas you can find an alternative if you are unable to comply. As an example we spent over 12 months in Tasmania which has around 57 camps with the grey water rule and we only used our tank on 4 occasions where we chose to use a particular site in the area.
As a final point you NEVER need a grey water tank in a Caravan Park even where there are no sullage points, your grey water is expected to go on the ground to water the trees, bushes and grass as appropriate. These images are of two caravan parks where the grey water from the sites is dispersed to the ground in completely different types of ground. The image on the left is the Discovery Park at Boydtown (Eden) in NSW where almost 200 powered sites have no sullage points and water is dispersed onto the grass and is soaked in without trace. The image on the right is the Fishery Falls Caravan Park South of Cairns where the campers grey water assists with the tropical gardens.