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Our 21 Best Free or Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Accommodation when travelling around Australia comes in many forms. Caravan Parks, Showgrounds, Campgrounds, Station Stays, Pubs and Free camps are all options for somewhere to stay overnight and depending on many circumstances our needs will vary.

For those set up and comfortable with Free and Low Cost camping when travelling we have put together our favourite places so far to stay in Australia.

In the heat of the Top End we would usually opt for powered options however the bottom half of Oz opened up many places to stay that don’t have to cost much at all.

We will continue to update this list as we keep finding more places to add. They will always be available in full at our YouTube Channel at www.youtube/c/indefiniteleave.

# Nov 2017 update.
With the recent closure of our previous Number 1 campground “Uluru by Sunrise” we have updated this list. We have also introduced 2 new campgrounds, Sandstone Park at #4 and Lara Wetlands at #12 and increased it from our Best 20 to 21. Hope you enjoy our list.

Mount Gambier Showgrounds, SA

21. Mt Gambier Showgrounds

Location: Mt Gambier, South Australia

About: The Mt Gambier Showgrounds are located on the edge of the city and provides good grassed sites and full amenities. It is also walking distance to the Sinkhole.
$20 deposit for Key to amenities block.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/62hMyhl7Kik

Cost:                            $22 powered, $15 unpowered, $3 extra adult

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes, cost $5 if not staying at the showgrounds

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Spring Bay Hotel, Triabunna Tasmania

20. Spring Bay Hotel

Location:Triabunna, east coast of Tasmania

About: Basic pub campground, grassed area, pay at the bar as you arrive.
Also a free camp opposite on the corner.
There’s a very popular fish and chips van next to the hotel, the pub restaurant is good by all reports and Triabunna is the gateway to Maria Island.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/EnCiZdQRJR4

Cost:                            $2 donation per night

Max nights stay:        7 days

Toilets:                        No

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No, but one is located within a few minutes drive

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Hobart from atop Mount Wellington

19. Hobart Showgrounds

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

About:Approx 15 minutes drive from the city of Hobart, there are various sites, some grassed and other on stones. Can get very busy in peak times. Call to book during peak season.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/R57UdGEyx7E

Cost:                            $25 powered site or $21 for CMCA members, $20 unpowered

Max nights stay:        No lmit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes, $1 for 5 minutes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   Yes, we were close to Bunnings and were able to tap into their free wifi although it was slow

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Chapman River at Ante Chamber Bay campgrounds, Kangaroo Island SA

18. Ante Chamber Bay Campgrounds

Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

About: A beautiful river front campground. Access is by a dirt road which was reasonable condition when we were there.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/Bie7jawDYQ8

Cost:                            $15 per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes, only just

Gordon Recreation Reserve, Tasmania

17. Gordon Recreational Reserve

Location: Three Hut Point, Gordon Tasmania

About: Whilst we didn’t stay here it looked such a perfect location we did stop to take a look around. This would make a great place to stop for a few nights.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/s-Gve_xCeqM

Cost:                            $5 per night honest box

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Amazing 1770, Qld

16. Workmans Campground

Location: Agnes Water near 1770 in Queensland.

About: We didn’t stop here but did take a look around and it’s a good campground close to the beach and town of Agnes Water.

Cost:                            $9 per person per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes, cold outdoor shower

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Banka Banka Station, NT

15. Banka Banka Station

Location: North of the Three Ways in Northern Territory

About: Great overnight stay as you head north from the Three Ways to Darwin. There’s Donkeys and Camels, a unique bar, fire pit which the owner fires up each night. Yarns are told, marshmallows burnt and in the morning a stunning sunrise to the East.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/OhefDO88gUw

Cost:                            $20 per night for 2 adults unpowered

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No

Cliff Head Campground, WA

14. Cliff Head Campground

Location: South of Geraldton, Western Australia

About:There is 3 campgrounds, Cliff Head North, Cliff Head South, we chose the middle one which is simply Cliff Head as it is larger and accommodated both us and our friends we were travelling with. Cliff Head North looks amazing.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/71WRACdqIxg

Cost:                            Free

Max nights stay:        72 hours

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

View to the Stanley Nut from our camp site, Tasmania

13. Stanley Tasmania

Location: At Stanley in the North West of Tasmania

About: Located at the entrance to the Golf Course and looking out over the ocean, this is a fabulous campground in a beautiful location.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/Dl8Et13vhyk

Cost:                            $8 per night

Max nights stay:        7 nights

Toilets:                        No

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No but there is one very close by.

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Lara Wetlands, Qld

12. Lara Wetlands, Patrick Qld

Location: Lara Wetlands is a cattle station approx 30kms south of Barcaldine and 80kms north of Blackall in Queensland.

About: Lara Wetlands is a beautiful, relaxing waterhole on a cattle station just 30kms south of Barcaldine in Qld.

It has many features including a hot artesian spa, kayaks for use on the wetland and fire pits on each site. Lara Wetlands is where you go to relax and do very little except read a book and chill with an amazing scenery and spectacular sunrise and sunset each day.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/bhNfCONeaj0

Cost:                            $10 per person per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No phone coverage

11. Whalebone Campground Shark Bay, Western Australia

Location: 15 kms south of Denham

About: I loved our time here at Whalebone Campground. A 24 hour stay, they allowed us to extend for a second night but not beyond. We were able to leave for a short time and then come back for another 48 hours. Caught Squire at night from the beach.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/cNslqZE9q_w

Cost:                            $15 per night

Max nights stay:        2 nights

Toilets:                        No

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No, there is a water station in Denham

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No, there is one on left hand side as you arrive at Denham

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes but very limited

10. Cassowary Coast Regional Council Campground Mission Beach

Location: Mission Beach, North Queensland

About: Located directly beside the beach, Powered and unpowered sites, old amenities. Al about location.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/am1lfMRd-xw

Cost:                            $21 per night unpowered, $25 powered, $3 for extra adult

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

9. Henty Park Campground

Location: Portland Victoria

About: Loved our time in Portland and this great relaxing campground helped us enjoy our stay. Completely free and offering great facilities. Level grassed sites, friendly ranger and located at the Cable Tram station.

Since we stayed it has reduced from 72 hour stay to 48 hours. This Free campground is under much pressure from the local Caravan Parks and we need to ensure we respect it, keep it clean and tidy and it wouldn’t hurt to do as we did and notify the Council of what you spent in town during your stay.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/e5llKV3Dykg

Cost:                            Free

Max nights stay:        48 hours

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

8. Bay of Fires Tasmania

Location:North-East coast of Tasmania

About:Very popular campground in a beautiful beachside setting. St Helens is 20-30 mins away with dump point, water, groceries, fuel, gas etc.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/5fYV4IuSmLc

Cost:                            Free

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:             Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes but only in certain spots.

Barn Hill Station

7. Barn Hill Station

Location: approx. 1 hour drive south of Broome, Western Australia

About: Fabulous Campground on a Cattle Station with 200 sites. 10kms of dirt road to access but easily done even in our Motorhome. They even have a lawn bowls green. It has a very rustic charm, the stars shine bright at night and they make 8 loaves of bread, home made sausage rolls and lamingtons each day for purchase. It is very busy in peak times of June and July.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/XO1ujTjFv4E

Cost:                            $25 unpowered for 2 adults or $32 powered

Max nights stay:        Nil

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes but power can be limited source, comes from solar

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Beach at Osprey

6. Osprey Campground

Location: Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth Western Australia

About: We weren’t able to stay here as we had our dog with us but we took a look around and the location is incredible. Very clean and tidy.

Cost:                            $10 per adult per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No, water available at info centre a few kms away

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              No, one is just a few kms up the road at info centre

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       N0

Happy Hour at Quobba, WA

5. Quobba Campground

Location: approx. 50kms north of Carnarvon, Western Australia

About: Located around the corner from the Carnarvon Blowholes, the campground offers some of Australia’s best snorkeling. The coral is amazing and there’s lots of fish of many species, Turtles, Rays and Reef Sharks. We also enjoyed fresh oysters directly from the rocks at low tide.

The campground is right on the beach, some with views and others protected by the dunes.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/x4a0vYJm7Ak

Cost:                            $11 per person per night, kids under 16 free

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No

Sandstone Park Campground, Carnarvon Gorge Qld

4. Sandstone Park, Carnarvon Gorge Qld

Location: Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park approx. 600kms north west of Brisbane and 200kms south of Emerald.

About: This is a new campground which only opened in 2017 and fast became extremely popular with the travelling public. It’s astounding 360 degree views are incredible. The facilities are fantastic and the sites are big. There’s plenty of access to firewood and did I mention the incredible views!!

Do yourself an enormous favour and make sure you visit Sandstone Park at Carnarvon Gorge

Watch this video of Kevin with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Campground, as they trek their way up Boolimba Bluff. – https://youtu.be/wRVMIbOSL8w

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/DTmneeEwmpQ

Cost:                            $20 per night

Max nights stay:        No Limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No phone coverage. Some Wifi available at Info centre café.

Sandy Cape overlooking the campground

3. Sandy Cape Campground

Location: 10 kms north of Jurien Bay, Western Australia

About:This place is Fun, Fun, Fun. Grab a sand board and race down the dunes. Fishing, swimming, boating, so much fun to be had. There are BBQ’s available and the sky at night lights up with the stars.
While we were there a great coffee can was available making Burgers, Hot Dogs, Coffees, shakes and more.

Watch the hilarious footage of Adele sand boarding here – https://youtu.be/BcilkWaEAsU

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/Qru0AUdjCNs

Cost:                            $15 per night

Max nights stay:        No Limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No, unless you climb up onto the dunes.

Lucky Bay Campground, just amazing!!

2. Lucky Bay Campground

Location: Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

About: Located in the incredible Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia, this is a very special place where the kangaroos come into your site or meet you on the beach to say hello. The views are scintillating and the experience is not to be missed.

Our Tip, select site number 12.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/ELFgZgdLMls

Cost:                            $10 per Adult per night, children over 6 are $2.20. Seniors $6.60 per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:             No

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No

Rapid Bay Campground

1.Rapid Bay Campground

Location: 1.5 hours south of Adelaide

About: As Darryl Kernigan’s bumbling Lawyer once said, “it’s the vibe” and Rapid Bay gives great vibes.

This is a fantastic campground, so peaceful, so stunning and a great place to relax, swim, snorkel and go fishing. It gets very busy at peak times.
The original Jetty here was destroyed in a storm and a new Jetty costing $3.8m was recently built to replace it.
Divers come from afar to dive here looking for a rare Sea Dragon, only found in these waters.

YouTube:                   https://youtu.be/O9wgn_NeahQ

Cost:                            $7 per person per night

Max nights stay:        Nil

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           Yes, sign says it’s not but it’s trucked in from Adelaide

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No. Yankalilla is 24kms away and has dump point, fuel, groceries, gas etc.

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   N0

Telstra coverage:       Yes

 

We know we haven’t seen them all, tell us about your favourite Free or Low Coast campground?

Thanks
Kevin & Adele
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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Ian

    June 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    We need this type of info for NSW please

    • Indefinite Leave

      June 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Ian, thank you for your feedback. NSW is the only state we haven’t been to yet on our travels and we can’t wait until we do very soon. We will be going south through country NSW before coming back up again along the coastline. We are really excited about this part of our trip over the next 12 months and will most certianly be blogging a lot about it and providing updates and reviews on everywhere we stay.
      Thanks again, stay with us and we look forward to providing details soon. 🙂

  2. Miriam

    June 14, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Fantastic info. We’re just about to head up to the NT and Red Centre in under two weeks so this sort of info is brilliant and invaluable. Great site! Happy travels.

    • Indefinite Leave

      June 21, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you Miriam. Really glad our site is helping you. 🙂

  3. Betty

    August 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

    We are planning on going around our beautiful country in a normal van 😳. I have my doubts but hubby is keen. An Rv is my preferred transport but will see how we go. Thank you for sharing it allows me to collect ideas and info of where to go. Do you have a list of must haves to take and how much clothing wise do you really need? Thanks again Betty

    • Indefinite Leave

      August 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Betty. Thank you for your message. Let me just answer your question with a lot lot less than you think lol. We have sent “stuff” back 6 times in our first 18 months on the road and we are about to take even more back. It’s amazing what you Don’t need!!
      My advice is take the bare minimum and anything you don’t use for 6 months goes back. Safe travels.

  4. Denise breen

    November 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Hi just let you know that Cliff head now has two Lots of toilets on the grounds, very clean I was there two weeks ago

    • Indefinite Leave

      November 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Denise. You are certainly correct, you will see the toilets in the video. That’s an error I’ll correct now. Thanks for letting me know, safe travels. 🙂

  5. John

    November 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Great report, though you did mention that there were no toilets at Cliff Head, WA, there has been drop toilets there for years and they have just recently upgraded them to enviro type, a lot nicer.

    • Indefinite Leave

      November 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Hello John, yes you are correct, you will see the toilets in the video. I’ll correct that now. The new toilets were only installed just before we arrived there 🙂
      Safe travels.

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I Can’t Do 4 Walls

I keep saying it, over and over, to anyone who asks and those willing to listen.

I can’t do 4 walls again.

I don’t know everything about my future and I reserve the right to change my mind, but after 2.5 years of living in Darwinny our Motorhome, I love it so much I don’t want it to change for my foreseeable future.

Adele is happy either way, she loves this life but could also go home. I think that’s mostly because she misses her Mum a lot and to be close to our sons Matt and Cameron.

During our time back home, we just had 4 months in Brisbane, we had lots of times where we were invited to friend’s places, sometimes even offered a place to stay. We received text messages from friends “I’m away for the weekend, the spare keys are under the mat, go relax in a bed and use the pool for a few days” would be texted to us and we were so grateful for their offer and thoughts for us. We love that we have so many wonderful and kind friends.

We did a housesit for my niece and it was awesome, beautiful pool, nice home, Foxtel, heaps of room to park the Motorhome. It was perfect, except I found within just a day or two I was back doing what I used to do, sit and watch TV, stay at home and not be productive. I wasn’t LIVING!!

We visited family and friends in their homes and all I see is “stuff”. The same stuff we used to have. All those possessions I thought that made me happy. Every now and then you’d blow off the dust and get a broom to the cobwebs and use my “stuff” again but for the most part it would just sit there doing nothing. Just money wasted which made us believe we needed to go back to work again week after week to fund the life everyone else has and we were copying.

Our friends and family may read this but I’m sure they’ll understand the context of what we mean. We discussed this with them anyway. We passionately respect and love our family and friends but a house just isn’t where we’re at any more.

When my Dad passed away I found myself asking the question “there has to be more to life than work and do chores”.

We really miss our Mums, both of us have lost our Fathers now, and we miss our sons Matthew and Cameron. We miss our friends. I miss playing cricket and all my mates. It’s not easy to just pack up and leave and it’s even harder to stay away.

For me, my entire life of 51 years before we left was lived in Brisbane. I grew up living in the same family home, we didn’t move house even once, until I was married. Adele had lived in different places and moved around different homes, but I hadn’t. I was very used to routine and stability. Given my personality that was probably a good thing.

We recently spent 4 months in Brisbane and the South East seeing everyone we could, pushing my business and exploring places we had never seen in our own “backyard”. I didn’t enjoy the traffic being back home in Brisbane, the hustle and bustle doesn’t do it for me now, but it’s still home and our Family are all there. It is home and always will be.

It was during this time back in the City that I realised I yearned for things I learnt to love when road tripping around Oz. 3 specific things stood out that I missed.

• Sunsets
• Open fires
• The Stars at night

Nobody at home talks about seeing an amazing Sunset. There’s something special about them that we just love. The colours, the differences when there’s a cloud or fire in the distance, the different views across oceans or rivers, over barren land and between mountains or ranges. Sunsets can be so different yet all so spectacular. We just don’t appreciate them at home.

Cooking over an open fire, sitting around it with a Rum in hand and chatting to new friends, seriously, does it get any better than that.

I love waking up in the morning, getting the coals fired up again and cooking some bacon and eggs. Lighting a fire in downtown Brisvegas is a sure fire way to upset the neighbours and have the local Council issuing a huge fine.

While settled in over that fire at night, it’s so wondrous to look up and absorb the big picture. Who am I, why am I here, what else is out there, what would it be like to go to the moon, how amazing is life and how our planets work. I really enjoy looking up to the stars at night, imagining a life where I get to choose my tomorrow.

Yes, don’t box me in.

How does that song go:

Oh give me land, lots of land, and the starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in…….

Did I mention, I can’t do 4 walls…..

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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10 Reasons to Travel Australia Instead of Going Overseas.

There’s nothing better for the soul than travelling, it opens our eyes, our minds and our hearts. The big choice to make is if to head overseas or explore our own country. There’s so much to see in this world but here’s 10 great reasons to Travel Australia first.

1. Australia is Safer. With everything happening around the world right now, I feel pretty safe in Longreach, Broome, Esperance, 1770 and the thriving downtown metropolis of Rainbow Beach 😊

2. Shit AUD. The Aussie dollar is too low to be over excited about heading overseas.

3. Our Beaches. Unless you’ve got to know our own beaches why go overseas to see there’s?

Check out our Best Beaches here –
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4. Weather. We really do have perfect weather here. Head north for winter, south for summer and be anywhere in Oz for Autumn and Spring.

5. You will meet really interesting people. We have met some of the most inspiring people on the road such as John, the 72yo former teacher and sheep farmer who I got talking to for 3 and a half hours around the camp kitchen BBQ in Katherine. Fascinating guy and hard to believe he had left Perth, been to Melbourne and was now in the NT travelling at his age…….. on a Motorbike.

John is just one of many wonderful people we have met on our adventure.

6. Learn our History. There’s so much about our own country’s past just waiting for you to discover.

7. Sunsets. The setting sun in 1770, Darwin and Broome just have to be seen. I could name so many more places including most of the WA coastline but I’ll let you discover some yourself.

8. Better for our economy. We hardly manufacture anything anymore, mining took a nose dive and therefore Tourism is becoming a vital industry for our economy. Let’s spend our money here and give our kids jobs.

9. Make friends. Travelling Australia almost guarantees you will make a whole lot of new friends.

10. Children. Your kids will grow enormously and learn on the road. They will thrive by spending genuine quality time together as a family.

As that famous brand says: Just Do It……

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele
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Detailed Item List For Your Trip

Detailed Item List For Your Trip
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There’s a lot to think about regarding what to take on your trip around Australia.

No need to stress about it, we’ve made the list here for you.

Space and Weight will quickly prove to be your enemy so pack smart, pack light and limit it to only what you really need.

Of course, you may have other things you need to take and you may not need or want everything on this list but it’s going to give you a very comprehensive starting list to ensure you don’t forget anything.

Remember to pack the minimum you need and don’t exceed your weight limits.

If we have missed anything, please let us know 😊

Alarm Clock – Battery operated
Alfoil
Allen Keys
Aluminium Water bottles
Ampfibian 15amp to 10amp Converter
Anti-theft Tap Handle
Axe
Back Pack for hiking
Baking Trays – Lightweight, store in oven to save space
Basket Utility – Collapsible, doubles as laundry basket & stores dirty dishes
Bath Mat
Bath Towels
Batteries – Range of sizes and/or Rechargeable
BBQ & BBQ Lighter
Beach Towels
Beach Umbrella
Beanies
Binoculars
Blanket/s – Store flat under your mattress
Blender
Blower
Board Games
Books
Bottle Opener
Bucket – Collapsible and others with lid for fishing or handwashing
Bulldog Clips
Bungee Cords
Cake Tins – Silicon are good
Camera, Accessories, Batteries, Spare Battery, Charger Cord
Camp Oven
Camping Chairs
Camping Table
Can Opener
Cards – Credit/ Bank/ Store cards/Club or RSL Membership
Cards – Insurance/ Roadside Assist/Medicare/Health Fund
Carwash and Wax
CD’s
Chainsaw
Chux
Cleaning Cloth
Cleaning Supplies
Clippers – For cutting his or children’s hair if applicable
Clothes – Roll or fold as hanging space is limited. Dark Clothes that require no ironing
Clothes Line, Portable/Fold Up
Coat Hangers – Spares to hang wet clothes on to dry
Coffee Mugs
Coins – Supply of $1 coins for Laundromat
Compass
Coolant – Spare supply for vehicle
Corkscrew
Cutlery – 3 sets for full day supply
Cutting Boards – Lightweight
Dental Floss
Deodorant
Dinner Plates – Plastic Lge and Sml, also Corelle are good as don’t break
Dishwashing Detergent
Disinfectant
Disposable Roasting Trays
Dog bowls, leads, runner
Door Mat
Drain Cleaner
Drill, cordless is best
Drinking Cups
Driver’s License
Drone – Accessories, Charger and Spare Batteries
Duct Tape
Dust Buster/Vacuum Rechargeable
Dustpan and Brush – Long Handle
Electric Beaters
Electrical Appliances as preferred
Electrical Tape
Electrical Extension Cord
Electricity Lead 20metres +
Electrical Power Board 6 Outlet
Engine Oil
EPIRB – Check in date
Esky – Soft Sided Small for Picnics or when away from Caravan/Motorhome
Face Cloths
Fan – 12 Volt or Rechargeable, Ryobi is good
Fan – Sirocco (Hard Wired)
Fire Blanket
Fire Extinguisher – Check the date and that it is full
Fire Starters
First Aid Kit
Fishing Gear, Fishing Net, Tackle
Floor Cleaner
Fly Net Hats
Foam Mattress – Spare stored under mattress for comfort and visitors
Frypans – Lightweight and stackable where possible
Fuses – Spares
Garbage Bags – Large & Small
Gas Bottles – Check still in date, 10 years from manufacture or last test
Glad Wrap and Glad Bake Paper
Glad Zip Lock Bags S, M & L
Gloves – Woollen & Disposable
Go Pro or other action Camera, Spare Battery & Charging Cord
GPS or use Maps on Mobile Phone
Grey Water Hose
Hair Brush
Hairdressing Scissors
Hair Dye – DIY Hair care
Hammer
Hammock
Hand Towels – Kitchen and Bathroom
Handwash – Kitchen and Bathroom
Hats and Caps
Head Torch for fishing and going to the amenities at night
Hot Plate for Campfire cooking – Lightweight
Hydraulic Jack suitable for weight of your vehicle
Ice Brick for use on Picnics or Hiking
Ice cream Scoop – Plastic
Ice Cube Tray
Insect Repellent Spray/Creams
iPad and Charger Cord
Jerry Cans – Diesel and Petrol for Generator
Jumper Leads for flat battery use
Kettle or Electric Jug
Laptop and Charger Cord
Light Bulbs – Spares
Light/Lantern – Portable for Outdoor use
Lip Balm
Map of Australia to mark route travelled
Matches – Waterproof
Measuring Cups – Collapsible are good
Measuring Jug – Plastic
Medication
Memory cards, for Cameras, Drone, Go Pro etc
Microwave Containers – Store inside microwave to save space
Mixing Bowl – Plastic
Mobile Phones – Charger Cords & Earpieces
Mop
Mosquito Coils
Mouse Traps
Mouth Wash
Nail File, Nail Scissors & Nail Clippers
Note Pad, Pens & Pencils
Outdoor Matting
Oven Bags
Oven Mitt & Glove
Pain Relief Tablets
Paper Clips
Paper Plates and Paper Cups
Paper Towel
Pegless Clothesline
Pegs – Loose
Pension Card and Health Care Card if applicable
Perfume
Picnic Blanket for Picnics and Beach Use
Pillow Cases
Pillows
Pizza Tray
PJs – 2 sets for Summer & Winter
Playing Cards
Pliers
Pool Noodles – very handy for snorkeling or floating down springs
Portable Fridge – Waeco or Engel (additional refrigerator/freezer space)
Phone Bank Chargers – Portable
Prescriptions – Scripts to be filled (check in date)
Printed Maps, Atlas or Camps Book
Printer (optional)
Radio – Battery Operated
Raincoat or Rain Ponchos
Razors – Disposable
Reading Glasses and Spare set of magnified glasses as back up
Reef/Rock Shoes
Rope – Great for temporary washing line
Rubber Bands
Runners or “Closed-In” Walking Shoes – Some Tours Compulsory
Salt & Pepper Shakers – Plastic Lightweight
Sarong/s
Saucepans – Lightweight and stackable where possible
Scissors – Kitchen and General Purposes
Screwdriver Set
Seniors Card or National Seniors Card as applicable
Serviettes
Sewing Kit for mending
Shampoo, Conditioner and Toiletries
Sharp Knives & Sharpener
Shaver & Charging Cord
Sheets – One Set only (wash and dry within same day)
Shoes – Casual and going out
Shovel – Fold Up and Long Handled for campfires/coals
Shower Bag – Hang up style for CP showers
Shower Gel
Sleeping Bag – Store flat under the mattress
Snake Bite Kit
Snatch Straps
Snorkel Gear – Snorkel, Goggles and Flippers
Soap
Socks
Spanner Set
Spatulas
Sponge – Clean Caravan or Motorhome and Solar Panels
Spreadsheet with Insurance Policy Numbers, Passport Numbers, important details etc
Stapler
Speaker – Portable for playing music
Sticky Tape
Storage Containers for storing food, cakes – Stackable or use zip lock bags
Strainer for Rice/Pasta
Sunscreen
Supa Glue
Swim Shirt/Rashie and Swim Shorts
Swimmers and Boardies – 2 sets/pairs
Swiss Army Knife
Table Cloth
Tarp
Tea Towels
Tensions Rods to stop unsettled items falling out of fridge or cupboards
Thongs plus back up pair
Tissues
Toaster for use when on power otherwise use frypan to dry toast
Toilet Cassette Chemicals
Toilet Cleaner
Toilet Paper – 2 Ply best for breakdown in Toilet Cassette
Tongs – Kitchen & BBQ
Tool Set
Torch – Battery Operated or Rechargeable
Towels – Bath and Beach
Travel Iron (only used a handful of times)
Truck Brush – Long Handled to wash the caravan or motorhome
Tyre kit including Gauge, Tyre Inflator and Tyre Patch/Plug Kit
UHF – In car setup plus Portable Walkie Talkies
Umbrella – Rain and Beach
Wash Basin – Collapsible is great
Washing Powder, Washing Soaker & Washing Spray
Watch – Waterproof preferably
Water Containers – Collapsible 20L ones are ideal
Water Filter – Spare Canister if built into caravan or motorhome
Water Filter Jug and refill tablets
Water Hose – Blue Drinking Water hose
Waterproof Camera
WD 40 Water Based and Silicon Based
Wet Wipes
Wheel Chocks
Wheel Levellers to level the MH
Wi-Fi Dongle
Winch
Wine Glasses
Wooden Spoon

Medicine’s:
Kids Panadol
Thermometer
Icepacks
Bandaids

Toys:
Box of mixed Lego
Playdough
Sandcastle Set (Spade, Bucket etc)
Ball Games
Marbles
Box of Arts & Craft stuff (lots of it!)
Scrapbooks
Textas
Colouring in Book
Scooter & Helmet
A few Books (buy & swap them at Op Shops around Oz)
Card Games
Connect 4
Guess Who Game
Dominoes

Clothes:
Warm Clothes
Summer Clothes
Some good Clothes for going out
PJs
Socks
Underwear
2x pairs Thongs
Walking Shoes
1x pair good Shoes for going out

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To purchase any products for your trip you can use any of the links below.
Computers – Computers and accessories
Books – Books
Health products –Health & Personal Care
Kitchen and cooking – Kitchen and cooking
Toys and games – Toys & Games

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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