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Best FREE local classifieds sites to post ads in Australia – & why.

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This post aims to start a definitive list of the Best FREE online local classifieds sites to post ads in Australia – and why.

Some you will know, others not. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Darwin,  & anywhere in-between,  I hope it helps you achieve online classifieds success. If you have other suggestions, please add in comments & let’s grow the list for everyone!

1. Gumtree.com.au

The ‘big daddy’ of classifieds in Australia, you can advertise anything & potentially reach huge numbers of eyeballs;  Gumtree is currently ranked number 11 in the top 500 Australian websites. So if you want to reach a ‘mass market’ consumer audience, advertise here. It’s well-designed & very easy to use, with every conceivable category including dating and friends, but not without its critics. Categories such as share accommodation, electronic & computer, and home and garden appear to get crowded in some locations, particularly Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. Owned by Ebay.

2. Housenet.com.au

I’ve put for our Housenet Classifieds high on the list for a unique advantage we offer: our classifieds automatically reach other members in your suburb.

Although people can still search by location & category, when you create a FREE listing in the Housenet Classifieds, it will appear in the activity feed for users in your neighbourhood. See this deliberately CUTE example:


It’s a ‘hyper-local’ way of selling online, where  the neighbours have more chance of seeing it, even if they’re not searching for it!

TIP : The Housenet classifieds are especially good for real estate & property, flatmates, garage sales, pets & stuff you want to give away or sell to the neighbours.

3. Craiglist.com.au

This is the oldest & most famous – it even has its own Wikipedia entry. Originally from the U.S, it’s been in Australia now for some time. Has a nice basic, old-school look & feel and is popular with techies, geeks & travellers. Appears most popular in Sydney & Melbourne. Proudly independent, though eBay rumoured to own 25 per cent.

4. Quicksales.com.au 

An excellent domestic competitor to Gumtree, with a very slick design and sizeable audience – currently ranked 645 on Alexa for top Australian sites. Owned by Carsales.com. A quick search indicates Quicksales are strongest in Sydney & NSW, especially for Books & Magazines, and in Queensland for Real Estate.

5. Cracker.com.au

An approachable, free-wheeling classifieds site. Most listing categories FREE except for jobs & some others.  They don’t do auctions. Owned by Fairfax Media. A quick search indicated Cracker is currently has greatest penetration in SA & Adelaide.

6. Locanto.com.au

Locanto Australia is part of a huge international group of classifieds. This site appears to be busy across multiple categories, but not as crowded as some others. Worth listing here. Appears to be strongest in QLD & Brisbane, as well as NSW.

7. Quokka.com.au

A great classifieds site, I really like it but it’s for Western Australians only. So if you’re in Perth or WA & need to reach people there, give Quokka a go! Basic listings are free, and they do auctions too.

8. TradingPost.com.au

In the print era before the rise of online, Trading Post was king. Still strong, with an Alexa rating of 621st  and probably the best general classifieds site for cars, boats, & auto. Jobs and most items under $500 are free to list, but otherwise fees start from $20 per ad. A quick search indicated that TradingPost.com.au is strongest in Melbourne & Victoria, with over 50,000 current listings.

9. Oddsw0p.com.au

This site is a cool new start up that deserves a look. Still in beta mode, but stunning design and taking a ‘local’ approach to classifieds that could be the future. Looks to be most popular in Inner Sydney so far.

10. Freeclassifieds-Australia.com.au 

This site is appears to be most popular for ‘business services’.

So there you have it! As you can see, there’s no shortage of sites where you can advertise online for FREE.  But not all classifieds are created equal. Some are better for certain niches, others have huge audiences, but your listing competes with hundreds or thousands of similar listings in the same category for attention. Unless you pay, your listing can get lost.

So either do your research & choose your classifieds site carefully to connect with the the right audience, or if you’re in a hurry just advertise on multiple sites at once!

Cheers, Darren

PS: Please share & link to this post if it has helped you. Also, add your ideas for additions in the comments to improve the list – thanks.

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{ 43 comments… add one }

  • Yvonne January 9, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Thanks for the inclusion of our site! We appreciate it. Would you mind updating it so it’s spelled as ‘oddswop’ (note it’s an o not an a). The other way will work anyway…

    • Darren Moffatt January 9, 2014, 4:45 pm

      No worries Yvonne, it’s been done & sorry for typo! Might take a while to propagate servers…

      • erica May 7, 2014, 9:53 pm

        hello Darren i will really love to post an advert on your website .some one told me that she got lots of respond when she posted comment on your site .

  • Andre January 19, 2014, 7:24 am

    Ok, 100% free classifieds portal – AustraliaFreeAds.com – photo ads and free classified advertising in Australia.

    • Darren Moffatt January 19, 2014, 9:39 am

      Thanks Andre! Another addition to our list of best free classifieds sites in Australia.

  • steve harmison January 22, 2014, 5:55 pm

    Great collection thanks for your informative post.

    • Darren Moffatt January 22, 2014, 6:02 pm

      Thanks Steve!

  • gregmcgorry January 24, 2014, 2:12 pm

    I am a breeder and i have nice puppies for sale which i am giving for a very cheap price if interested,u can email me for more details like the pics and the price is 300$.Here is my email gregmcgorrygreg25@gmail.com

  • Jessica Samuel January 27, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Thank you for providing these classified websites and it is very useful for us http://www.planetmedia.com.au

  • Rohit January 28, 2014, 3:46 am

    Such a great list, its very helpful for me, thanks for sharing with us.

  • AlyssaCronin February 8, 2014, 10:57 pm

    there’s another new website 100% Free classified for Australian buyer or seller – http://auction4free.com/

    • Razeb Hasan May 13, 2014, 2:13 pm

      100% working Classified link @Alyssa cronin.But i need Do follow australian classified site list

  • Jodee February 18, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Quokka.com.au is not just for WA :)

    • Darren Moffatt February 22, 2014, 11:46 pm

      Thanks Jodee – noted!

  • Jodee February 18, 2014, 4:45 pm

    Oh and just for reference the Bull Dog Pic you have displayed here is a Huge scam ad that I must delete from quokka 13 times a week, not a great example ad :)

  • Hasan February 19, 2014, 6:52 pm

    Thank you. A great help for small business.

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    • Darren Moffatt February 22, 2014, 11:45 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. You should post a listing in our classifieds too!

  • WilliamBunner May 6, 2014, 9:06 pm

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  • sam May 9, 2014, 3:27 pm

    For Cars there is this website

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  • Ernesto Shaw June 2, 2014, 2:12 am

    Thank you so much for your time.I like this site A great classifieds site, I really like it but it’s for Western Australians only.

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  • William Bunner July 9, 2014, 7:50 pm

    one of the new and free classified car website is : http://www.carscanner.com.au

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  • Manish Agrawal September 2, 2014, 5:35 pm

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  • Grace Alderton September 15, 2014, 4:20 pm

    one of the new and free classified car website is : http://local-classified.com/

  • Pal November 27, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Ehaggle is a free classified website for swap/sell goods and services, locally. At Ehaggle, our aim is to serve the local community in an effective way and to make Ehaggle useful for everyone. Ehagle- Promoting community swap and recycling initiatives

  • Mel December 14, 2014, 10:08 am

    Perth Business Page


    This page was created for business in Perth WA. This page allows you to post when you like & as much as you like. This page will be promoted on a regular basis across WA to ensure your post have max exposure at all time. We also direct the community to your website or facebook page. May this too – help many

  • Terry December 17, 2014, 10:06 pm

    Great and totally free list your New or unwanted and old stuff for sale on austree.com.au to sell quick as once you post on austree.com.au it automatically gets listed on all the social media network like facebook, google plus, twitter, youtube etc and seo (search engine optimisation) done for each ad you post which increases your chance to sell the item quick Australia wide as it can be found easily on Google search and if you have your business list it on austree.com.au business directory section and see how your business gets advertised all around Australia for free with auto publish to all social media feature. Nothing to spend & Nothing to loose its all win, win. http://www.austree.com.au

  • Peter Hebberman January 11, 2015, 3:59 pm

    Australian Owned & Operated Free Online Classifieds Website – http://www.postmyads.com.au – Large numbers of caravan purchasers using this site – Categories
    Caravans – Shower Caravans – Pop Top Caravans (64)
    Motor Homes (4)
    Camper Trailers (3)
    Boating & Marine (6)
    Trailers (2)
    Caravan Spare Parts & Accessories (1)
    Aircraft-Planes-Helicopers (2)
    Farm Machinery-Earth Moving Equipment- Tractors-Harvesters-Graders Ect (1)
    Clothing (9)
    For Sale General (44)
    Auto – Cars – 4WDS – Trucks – Vans (8)
    Motorcycles (14)
    Real Estate (5)

  • kiran gray January 16, 2015, 9:11 pm

    We have lovely and well socialized home raised German Shepard puppies available for rehoming.This is due to my working schedule and am seriously looking for a new home for the babies,i have both male and female with great health condition and temperament.Contact me back directly at kirangray@gmail.com for more information and pics now Ok?

  • Ken Patterson January 26, 2015, 6:16 pm

    http://au.loogga.com/index.php is a new multilingual site for real estate and other classifieds in Australia

  • tarh margrate March 3, 2015, 6:28 pm

    You can also get cute bulldog with http://www.oodlepuppiesfarm.com

  • Mark Dart March 8, 2015, 1:53 am

    Another great Australian free classifieds http://www.australiadailyads.com

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