Adventurers DiaryThe Best of Broome, Western Australia Share Tweet The Kimberley region in the north of Western Australia is home to Broome, the areas largest and most popular township.During winter in the peak season the population trebles as tourists flock to Broome to enjoy the beaches and laidback lifestyle during the dry and warm weather. Tourists fly in from all over Australia and International guests are also able to fly direct to Broome. Gantheaume Point SunsetTravelers make their way by 4wd and Caravans, Motorhomes or Campervans for the opportunity to see the region and explore its incredible beauty. Many base themselves at Broome before driving off to see amazing Beaches and Gorges or to visit the Pearl Farms that are part of Broome’s long history.Best of BroomeThese are our best tips on Things to See and Do in Broome, Western Australia. Full moon over Cable BeachBroome’s Cable BeachBroome has one of the world’s most renowned beaches, Cable Beach. It is 22.5kms of beautiful pure white sand which meets the pristine Turquoise waters that make this beach so famous.On a warm sunny day the beach is packed and you can hire an umbrella and deckchairs for you to enjoy your day. Relax with a deckchair and umbrella at Cable BeachCable Beach is a very popular vantage spot to watch incredible sunsets or you can drive your 4wd onto the beach and relax while you swim and play and then sit back to enjoy the sunset from the comfort of your vehicle.It is also home to one of Australia’s most famous nudist beach. To the north of the beach entrance it is clothing optional. Also to the north is where you can choose to ride a Camel. Camel rides on cable BeachBroome Camel SafarisLate in the afternoon is an interesting time to arrive at Cable Beach. If you time it right you can watch as the crowds walk down the streets armed with cameras for that perfect Sunset photo and the Camels are led, all strung together, down the footpath as they make their way to the beach for an afternoon of entertaining more travelers.150 metres up the beach is dog friendly and MACKS was able to enjoy a swim and run on the beach.Often voted as one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, Cable Beach will never disappoint you. Crowds enjoying Cable BeachGantheaume PointAt the very southern end of Cable Beach is Gantheaume Point. Here at very low tides you can walk out around 30-40 metres and see Dinosaur footprints dated as old as 130 million years ago.The rugged cliff face at Gantheaume Point also provides a stunning viewpoint for the amazing Broome Sunsets that Broome is so famous for. Red sandstone rocks provide the perfect viewpoint to watch as the sun goes down and night begins. Sunsets from Gantheaume Point are incredibleThis is also a fantastic viewpoint to look back up the beach to Cable Beach or take your 4wd onto the sand and enjoy the day right on the ocean doorstep. Just make sure you allow for incoming tide, they do rise fast in this region.It is accessed by taking the Gantheaume Point turnoff from Gubinge Road, following it for a few kms on bitumen before continuing on dirt road for the last 3 kms to the carpark. Worlds oldest operating open air cinema – Sun Pictures Broome Outdoor Cinema – Sun PicturesWhen in Broome, venture to the World’s oldest operating open-air garden cinema, Sun Pictures, and take in a movie in the fresh air and view of the stars above, not just onscreen. Around 10 years after the building was built in the early 1900’s, the cinema opened in 1916 and its history since is amazing. During peak season tours of the Cinema are available. Spectacular Stairway to the MoonBroome Stairway to the MoonThe Stairway to the Moon is a natural phenomenon that occurs in only a few places and Broome is one of them. Each month the moon peaks at the perfect time for its light to shine on the low tide flats providing an imagery of steps leading all the way into the sky to the moon.Its reflection off Roebuck Bay provides an ideal vantage point, perfect for absorbing this event. We chose the Mangrove Hotel and enjoyed a late afternoon of a few drinks and dinner before settling in to watch nature take its course.Website: www.mangrovehotel.com.au 47 Carnarvon Street, Broome Mangrove Hotel makes a perfect vantage point for Stairway to the MoonBroome Fishing Whilst in Broome, Matt and I ventured out on a Fishing Charter with Absolute Ocean Charters.We were picked up from our location where we were staying and taken to the beach near Gantheaume Point where an amphibian boat took us across the beach and into the water to our fishing vessel where we boarded for a day on the ocean. Just a couple of the fish we caughtOn our way out we saw Humpback Whales and Manta Rays and a quick attempt to catch some Cobia was unsuccessful. Once we arrived at the first designated location we were quick to take our spots and get a line overboard.It wasn’t long before the first fish were hooked and whilst some made it to the boat, others were being taken by sharks so we were off to the next spot.The day turned out to be a challenge with strong currents, sharks and other factors making it difficult but Matt and I did catch some fish we were able to take home. My first MackerelI got my first Mackerel which I was happy about, not big but good fun.The guys from the Charter were great and they have some very awesome electronics on board to charter a fishing trip.www.absoluteoceancharters.com.au Ph: 0427 798 155 E: email@example.com An aerial view of Horizontal Falls from aboveHorizontal FallsHorizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon located north of Broome and accessed by a Seaplane flight to a pontoon located in the McLarty Ranges in the Kimberley’s. We chose the Full day package adventure with Horizontal Falls Adventures including a flight to Cape Leveque and 4wd back to Broome.This was an incredible experience and they did way more than expected. We didn’t go through the Falls just once or twice but 11 times. They really provided excellent value. We also did a boat trip through some local Gorges. Entering Horizontal FallsThe Falls are created by water rushing through a breakwall giving the same effect as a normal waterfall. Waters flow very fast and depending on tides as to how much of a drop there is when going through.Horizontal Falls also gave us the opportunity to jump in the water next to some Tawny Sharks. Whilst they don’t bite, these guys suck their food so fast you don’t want your hand in the way. We got in the shark cage swimming right next to them and were then able to feed and pat them. Another part of the incredible experience that is Horizontal Falls. Tawny Sharks from the shark cageCape LevequeWe were so keen to get to Cape Leveque given its incredible beauty but it looked out of our reach in the Motorhome until we became aware of this tour. This is a very remote location of Aboriginal significance. An Eco resort provides accommodation and the beaches and fishing are outstanding.A fabulous lunch of fresh Barramundi was provided by Kooljaman Wilderness camp at spectacular Cape Leveque. Then it was off to explore the beach where its untouched beauty left us in awe.If you are traveling Australia in a Motorhome as we have and keen to get up to Cape Leveque, you can do a 4wd Tour which also includes Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community and the Cygnett Bay Pearl Farm. Book a Full Day 4wd Tour to Cape Leveque here> Cape Leveque BeachA huge day and an unforgettable experience at Horizontal Falls.Watch our video in Horizontal Falls here – https://youtu.be/5xEzO0z_m7EHorizontal Falls Adventures www.horizontalfallsadventures.com.au Famous Broome Brewery – Matso’s Brewery Matso’s BreweryThe Matso’s Brewery is an absolute must see when visiting Broome.The Micro Brewery began in the late 1990’s and has won many awards since then. Sit back and relax with a beautiful lunch and one of Matso’s great range of their very popular beers. My favourite though was undoubtedly the famous Matso’s alcoholic Ginger Beer. They are so refreshing and taste fantastic.www.matsos.com.au 60 Hamersley Street, Broome Adele couldn’t bypass the opportunity for some new Broome PearlsBroome PearlsThe Pearl industry has a long history with Broome going right back to the 1880’s. The more experienced Japanese divers were used for finding Pearls until WW2 and Broome has maintained a close relationship with Japan. There are memorials around town and the city also has a Sister City agreement with the Japan city of Taiji.Willie Creek Pearl Farm is a current and operational Pearl Farm in Broome and runs tours throughout the year.Book a Coach tour to Willie Creek Pearl Farm from Broome here>Book a Self Drive tour to Willie Creek Pearl Farm here>Adele couldn’t resist the opportunity and did a little Pearl shopping of her own when we were in Broome. Overlooking Town BeachTown BeachThe Town Beach looks out over the spectacular turquoise waters of Roebuck Bay. It’s a popular spot to swim and picnic by the beach and the café overlooking the Bay is also very popular and has stunning views. There’s a children’s playground and small waterpark very close by, guaranteed to keep the kids entertained for hours.Town Beach is also another very popular location to watch the Stairway to the Stars. It can get very crowded here so get in early for a spot and relax and enjoy an evening under the stars.This is a perfect location to chill and enjoy at any time of the day. Streeters JettyStreeters JettyBuilt in the 1880’s, Streeters Jetty was used for Pearl Luggers to unload their cargo. It stretched across the mud flats of Dampier Creek. At 10m Broome tides the Jetty goes underwater.Discover the history of pearling in Broome, view the remaining pearl luggers and enjoy an exclusive pearl meat tasting by taking the 1.5hr Willie Creek Pearl Luggers Tour.The Jetty proves to still be popular for tourists who visit each day. It is now Heritage Listed. We found Wharf Jetty was closed to the public during our stay in BroomeWharf JettyWharf Jetty is a deep port jetty built to accommodate large Cargo vessels and cruise ships. It is also a popular fishing jetty however it was closed during our time in Broome.Further around from the Jetty we came across a beautiful beach and interesting rock formation stretching into the waters. As the tide went out 4wd’s began to enter the beach. People were swimming, fishing and snorkeling and Adele took MACKS in for a swim too.Traveling in Broome with PetsTraveling in Broome with pets is not easy however here are a few tips on how to handle it.• Wait until near to the end of peak season and some visitors have begun to head south. Early to mid August is probably ideal. • Choose one of the overflow parks. We stayed at the Seventh Day Adventist overflow and it was excellent. • If you are having trouble getting in to a caravan park, ring every day between 8-10am, don’t give up, Broome is worth it. As the overflow parks were forced to close we had to find a Caravan Park to take us. If they say they will ring you, don’t wait for their call, just ring each morning in case of a cancellation or opportunity that may arise.We managed to book into the Tarangua Caravan Park after the Seventh Day Adventist Overflow closed. Click on the above links to check out our Video Reviews.You may enjoy reading Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS. Entrance to Barn Hill StationBarn Hill StationBarn Hill Station is approximately a 1 hour drive south of Broome and is one of the best Campground stays in all Australia. In fact the beach made my #1 beach in Australia – http://indefiniteleave.com.au/best-beaches-australia-1-10/An active Cattle Station, it sits directly on this amazing coastline where the white sands meet the spectacular waters of the West Coast. Red Cliffs and White Limestone rock cliffs overlook a stunning beachThe Cliffs overlooking the beach are a mix of Red soil or White Limestone, providing the most incredible views.Barn Hill Station provides 200 campsites, either powered or unpowered and there’s so much rustic character to the place which makes it unique and fun.There are corrugated iron toilets and showers with no ceiling, just you and the stars above. It makes for an amazing experience at night. Lawn Bowls at Barn Hill StationThe Stars really do come out at night here, glistening in the sky like they only do in outback Australia.Should there be any rumour of a couple matching our description having been seen skinny dipping in the amazing tranquil turquoise waters of Barn Hill Station when the beach appeared entirely deserted, we will neither confirm nor deny said rumours and our response will always be “no comment”.Have you been to Broome?Share with us your experience of Broome.Thanks Kev& Adele Indefinite Leave__________________________________________________________________________Our Camera EquipmentOur camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. 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Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Adventurers Diary21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane Brisbane is our home town. It’s where we have lived all our lives. We know it, we love it and it is home.There is so much to love about “Brissy”. Our weather is superb, people are friendly and it’s a big city without being too huge.Brisbane typifies our States motto “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next”!! We have great, warm weather almost all year round. Winter in Brisbane is sensational, blue sunny skies, calm weather and mild temperatures. Here’s a list of 21 Things to Do in and around Brisbane Brisbane River CityCat1. Take a ride on the Brisbane River on a City CatThese are fast ferry’s that take you some of Brisbane’s best places on the River. Go to Portside and see Cruise Ships, New Farm the home of the Powerhouse Brisbane, which is home to different arts and creatives, plus New Farm Park. Stop in at Riverside for great restaurants and bars on the river and take a walk around the City.The Citycats are a great cheap way to get around Brisbane. There are stops all the way along the Brisbane river foreshores. A 2 hour ticket is a maximum $5.60 or even cheaper with a Go Card.It’s a fabulous day out on Brisbane’s CityCats. Brisbane Riverfire2. Brisbane Riverfire In September each year the Brisbane River comes alive as 500,000 people or more attend Riverfire. The skies light up as the Australian Defence Force fly Fighter Jets and Blackhawk Helicopters before the Fireworks are launched from the River, from Bridges and atop City high-rises. This is a spectacular not to be missed. Get there early and enjoy the atmosphere. St Helena Island3. Tour St Helena Island Learn how St Helena Island is steeped in our History. In 1867 it was chosen as our first Penal settlement due to its location 4kms offshore in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. The island is now Heritage listed and fantastic tours are operated by Cat O’ Nine Tails Cruises, the only way you can tour the island. Learn all about the rugged life of those that called St Helena Island home in those formative years. http://www.sthelenaisland.com.au/ 4. Eat Street Northshore The Eat Street Markets are located at Hamilton and are a culinary delight for everyone regardless of your preferred tastes. Enjoy the enormous array of amazing dishes, live bands, great bars and enjoy a few hours of amazing fun by the Brisbane River. Open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday from midday to 8pm. https://www.eatstreetmarkets.com/ 5. Eagle Street Pier The Eagle Street Pier at Brisbane’s Riverside provides amazing views, sensational restaurants and incredible bars directly looking over the Brisbane River and Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. Walk along the riverfront discovering the many different shops and see the Kookaburra Queen paddlewheelers which have been doing cruises of the Brisbane River since 1986.On Sundays, visit the Riverside Markets for lots of locally made crafts, food, drinks and street performers. http://www.eaglestreetpier.com.au/http://www.riversidemarkets.com.au/Book your Buffet Lunch Kookaburra Queens River Cruise here>Book your Kookaburra Queens City Lights Dinner Cruise here> 6. Island time – Stradbroke Island & Moreton IslandWhilst Queensland’s Fraser Island is the most famous island within the state, Moreton Island and “Straddie” are just a short Ferry or Barge trip from Brisbane and are just as majestic. Go Camping on the islands and feel like you’re in paradise.Spend time at Tangalooma Resort, snorkel the wrecks, check out Cape Moreton, ride the Sand Dunes and drive the magnificent beaches. Both Islands are truly amazing. Stradbroke Island –Book a North Stradbroke Island 4WD Day Tour here> Moreton Island –Book a Moreton Island 2 Day Tour here>Book a Tangalooma Day Trip with Activities here> Eleven Rooftop Bar 7. Visit the Eleven Rooftop Bar in BrisbaneThis amazing restaurant at 757 Anne St Fortitude Valley features spectacular views over the Brisbane Inner City as well as a great bar and fabulous food.The Eleven Rooftop Bar features in our list of the Best 17 places to Eat and Drink in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Make sure you book, it does get very busy. http://elevenrooftopbar.com.au/ Brisbane Sign8. Go to Southbank on the Brisbane RiverHere you can walk around the gardens, take a ride on the big Brisbane Wheel, visit GOMA (the Gallery of Modern Art) for free, swim in the Lagoon at Streets Beach, eat out at the many restaurants and pubs or go at night and visit the markets from Friday to Sunday. Buy your Wheel of Brisbane Tickets here> Wilsons Outlook9. Wilsons Outlook Reserve New FarmThis park at New Farm has the most incredible views. Arrive just before dusk, take your camera and watch as the Brisbane City, iconic Story Bridge and the Brisbane River transform into an incredible array of colours and beauty as the lights take effect. Bee Gees Way Redcliffe10. RedcliffeRedcliffe is just north of the city and it feels like an island as it is mostly surrounded by water. Access from the south is by the 3.2km bridges spanning from Brighton to Clontarf. At Redcliffe foreshore there is a great Lagoon perfect for swimming on a warm Brisbane day. Redcliffe is also considered home to International megastars, the Bee Gees. Visit the incredible Bee Gees Way to see the city’s fantastic tribute to the family that became worldwide superstars. 11. Mount Cootha Mount Cootha in Brisbane’s western suburbs is where the local TV stations reside but it is also a very popular vantage point for locals who run, ride and cycle their way to the top where there are stunning views across Brisbane from the lookout.The restaurants are very popular and the place of many wedding proposals and ceremonies over the years. 12. Roma Street ParklandsThe Roma Street Parklands is on the Brisbane City’s doorstep yet offers 16 hectares of Horticultural beauty with its themed gardens and lush greenery. Events are held regularly at the amphitheatre with plays performed by the Queensland Theatre Company and others.You don’t have to have a green thumb to enjoy a stroll through this parkland. Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park)13. Brisbane Sporting Stadiums Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba are Brisbane’s primary sporting stadiums where we cheer on our teams to regular success. Queenslanders are passionate about their sport and turn out to support their teams whenever they are in town.Previously named Lang Park the name was changed to Suncorp Stadium in 1994. It now holds crowds of 52,500.Go the Broncos and the Queensland Bulls! Boggo Road Gaol14. Take a Tour of Brisbane’s old Boggo Road GaolThe Brisbane Boggo Road Gaol once housed Queensland’s most feared prisoners until it was closed in July 1992. Today you can take tours and hear about the days in the lives of those that found their way inside. At night they also provide ghost tours but we stayed with a daytime visit.https://boggoroadgaol.com/ Houseboat Gold Coast Broadwater15. Houseboating on the Gold Coast BroadwaterIt’s a lot of great fun and we have been houseboating several times before we left on our road trip around Oz. We always used Coomera Houseboats, the staff are fantastic and the boats were perfect for our trips. https://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/ 16. Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge The Story Bridge Climb takes you over Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. Walk up the top for an amazing experience, standing high above the traffic overlooking the Brisbane River and the City.Book your Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb here> Redcliffe Jetty Markets17. Weekends are great for Markets in BrisbaneEvery Saturday from 6am to midday the Carseldine Markets on the corner of Beams and Dorville Roads at Carseldine provide superb fresh products and craft ideas. You can enjoy a fantastic array of foods and juices or coffee in a great atmosphere with easy parking and it’s Free to enter. On Sunday you can visit the Cleveland Markets near the Bay where you will find many craft stalls, lots of entertainment, great food and fresh produce. The Cleveland markets have operated for over 30 years and you can see them on Bloomfield Street Cleveland where they are open from 7am to 1pm every Sunday. The Redcliffe Jetty Markets are located in the main street overlooking Moreton Bay and features many stall holders with a great range of home made products. There’s a great variety of food and drinks and on a sunny day the position is perfect. http://carseldinemarkets.com.au/https://www.clevelandmarkets.com.au/https://redcliffejettymarkets.com/ King Island18. Take a 1km walk out to King Island At low tide at the bayside suburb of Wellington Point in Brisbane’s East you can walk across to King island. Time it right and you can enjoy a stunning sunset as you walk across the sandy straight to the island. Moreton Island camping19. Go CampingWithin 1-2 hours from Brisbane are so many fantastic camping experiences. Noosa North Shore Campground is fantastic or take the Barge across to Moreton Island or Stradbroke Island. You can go to Somerset Dam west of Brisbane or a short drive to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterlands all provide amazing places to park the caravan or pitch a tent. Here you can enjoy the Wildlife, go swimming and fishing and escape city life for awhile. https://www.noosaholidayparks.com.au/noosa-north-shore Beenleigh Rum Distillery20. Visit the Gold Coast Head south just an hour from Brisbane and visit the world renowned Gold Coast with its superb beaches and fantastic waterways. What we love about the Goldie is there’s always something happening. Visit the theme parks, hang out at Cavill Mall, dine in the wonderful restaurants at Broadbeach, surf at Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads and enjoy some good fishing.Movieworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild –Purchase a 3 Day Pass here>Dreamworld & WhiteWater World –Purchase a 1 Day Pass here> Don’t miss Springbrook National Park in the Hinterland and while there visit Purling Brook Falls, Best of all Lookout and Natural Bridge. At night you will see Glow worms and Fire flies. On the way to the Gold Coast stop into the famous Yatala Pie Shop and do a tour of the Beenleigh Distillery and enjoy some samples of their products. https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/https://www.beenleighrum.com.au/distilleryhttp://www.yatalapies.com.au/ Noosa National Park21. Visit the Sunshine Coast Conversely, head north an hour and take in all that is the Sunshine Coast. Much more laid back, the beaches are equally fantastic. Visit Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park, Buderim Falls, SEA LIFE at Mooloolaba for the marine life and go to the amazing Australia Zoo owned by the family of Steve Irwin.Climb Mt Coolum or head inland and visit wonderful towns like Kenilworth, Maleny, Montville and Mapleton plus be sure to visit the Ginger Factory at Yandina.The Sunshine Coast is fantastic with so much to see and do. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast – Purchase your General Admission Tickets here>Australia Zoo – Purchase your General Admission Tickets here>Ginger Factory – Purchase your Ride Double Deal Tickets here> There are so many great places to eat out around Brisbane and Gold Coast. Read about our best 17 places to Eat and Drink If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Brisbane with your Caravan or Motorhome the Lawnton Showgrounds provides the perfect place to stay. Located on Brisbane’s Northside it has power and water for just $25 per night. It is an easy walk to Lawnton Rail Station and 5 minutes drive either direction to plenty of shopping options. 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It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryOcean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays If you want a great day out in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, snorkeling, visiting Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and going on a cruise of the spectacular pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, then the Ocean Rafting Tour is perfect for the best day in paradise. You’ll have the ride of your life!! Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure TourWe did the Northern Exposure Tour where we had great fun snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and exploring vibrant Coral Reefs around Hook Island.That’s just for starters!! The weather wasn’t perfect on our day out, it was quite overcast but there was no way that could diminish the fun.Ocean Rafting SnorkelingOur Ocean Rafting tour took us to 2 special sites offering uncrowded snorkeling. Even though it was the middle of winter the water wasn’t cold. A good wetsuit definitely helps. I had my own however they are provided for everyone in the right size to suit. It wasn’t long after leaving the Marina before we were entering the water on our first swim. This is what we liked most about this tour, the fast rafts get you everywhere quick meaning more time spent having Fun!! Once you’re in the water you feel like you are in another world, hovering over the beautiful coral reef and swimming alongside large Sea Turtles. It was exciting to see some clownfish, they are quick making it hard to capture a pic.After our awesome morning of snorkeling the next part of our day out with Ocean Rafting Tours was to step straight off the boat onto the beautiful soft 98% pure silica white sand onto Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven BeachThey are the only tour company with a special permit to access the beach inside the iconic Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This is the largest of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsunday Island Group. For the next hour or more we swam in the crystal clear water and walked along the pristine beach. Then it was time for some lunch and the assortment of food was fantastic. There was a lot of variety and food suitable for all diets. Read all about Reef Sleep where we slept in a swag on a Pontoon at Hardy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef. We had plenty of time for lunch and chilling on the beach before the grand finale of our Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure tour. We took a guided walk up to the lookout to take in the spectacular Hill Inlet from above. Hill Inlet LookoutHill Inlet Lookout provides the most breathtaking views over the river and is Australia’s 3rd most photographed location after the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You could stand there for hours and watch the swirling patterns and colours change with the tide. The degree of freshwater with saltwater and ever changing tides creates a remarkable swirling effect with the sand. The tours are usually organized in order to ensure you have the best views of Hill Inlet. It is such an awesome sight to look down on the Inlet from the lookout above. It is a magnificent view we were more than happy to absorb. Whitsunday Islands National Park at Tongue Point was where we met the boat again. There were lots of fast and furious riding of each other’s wake on the way back and some spins to finish the trip. Thanks Paul and Dan for being great hosts on our Northern Exposure Tour. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is the best way to do it and is so much fun. They also took us to the best snorkeling we have done in the Whitsundays in recent years.Read more information and Book your Tour here The Great Barrier Reef is certainly one of the greatest wonders of the world! Where to stay in the Whitsundays? There are some great places to stay at Airlie Beach all within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops and the beautiful Airlie Beach Lagoon.Book your Hotel stay in the Whitsundays here> For Caravan Park Accommodation:Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach (our first ever video review)Base Backpackers Airlie Beach Enjoy reading more about Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region here.https://pin.it/52ggvyqo55wxkrMackay to Whitsundays so much to see and dohttps://pin.it/sz6oigtwdyj6vr Our StoryWe are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.Adele has visited 24 countries and since Feb 2016 we have been driving around Australia exploring all there is to see. Our passion is to assist you to plan your adventures. SocialsYou can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook.____________________________________________________________________________This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryWhat it REALLY costs to Travel Australia – everything you need to budget for!! The REAL costs to Travel Australia over 24 months We read so many Budgets online and on travel pages but we believe ours is the most accurate and fully detailed report. It provides all of what you need to be prepared for and to know what it really costs to travel Australia. There’s more costs than just Caravan Parks, Campgrounds, Fuel and Food. You need to Budget for all the potential costs or at least be prepared for what might happen.We detail everything that it costs to travel Australia for us over 24 months, nothing is missed. There’s also no guesses, we keep receipts for every cent we spend and record them into a spreadsheet. We rarely pay cash for anything so it’s all able to be checked against our statements. We know exactly what it costs us to the cent. About usWe were 3 adults as our son who had just turned 23 traveled with us and we paid for almost all of his costs. After 2 years, once we got back home to Brisbane, Matt moved in to his brother’s place and from now it’s just Adele and myself however for the duration of these Expenses, Matt was with us. We drive an 8m Winnebago Motorhome RV with no tow car and therefore it was our only vehicle. Kevin has run his own businesses now for 30 years and Adele did the bookkeeping for many of those years so keeping accounts and accurately recording the information is just part of our everyday life.The difference between what we spent in the second year in comparison to the first is significant. You may be smarter and more experienced in the beginning than us and be able to keep your costs down a lot better than we did.We are not mechanical in any way so maintaining your vehicle yourself will also save a lot on the costs we incurred to maintain ours over the 2 years.We aren’t saying what we spent is what it will cost you, but by reviewing our Expenses you can more accurately determine how much you might need to budget for to do the Big Lap with less likelihood of running out of funds half way into your trip. Our TripWe spent 2 years traveling around Australia and still live in our Motorhome.The first thing we learnt is everyone’s experience is different, no two people’s trips are the same and everyone has their own budgets and travel plans.For us, we started out with a 2.5 year plan before going back home. We wanted to see as much as absolutely possible as we expected we wouldn’t be back.But something happened along the way, we fell in love with the Lifestyle!!Our Blog Indefinite Leave also grew so fast, we weren’t expecting that, and we wanted to show our followers as much of Australia as we could to inspire them to hit the road and chase their dreams. We tried to see as much as we could and present that so others could follow. Lessons we learntWhen we left Brisbane on Feb 1, 2016 we were complete and total rookies. Basically we had no idea what we were doing and just learnt along the way.We learnt about our costs and how to manage our expenses and were able to stop staying in Caravan Parks and almost entirely Free Camp. We began catching a lot of our own food, Fish, Prawns and Squid were often filling our freezer. Eating out stopped and Pub stays, while they might be Free or low cost, you end up having a meal and some drinks and before you know it the Free Pub stay just cost $100 or more for a night. We rarely stay at Pubs or if we do, we prefer ones where we pay a small fee and there’s no expectation of having to eat or drink there.We searched for the best value Fuel and looked to conserve fuel by reducing weight. Rather than before we left, we didn’t fill up our water tanks until we got to our destiny therefore reducing weight and better fuel economy. We continually sent back to home anything we weren’t using, clothes, tools, kitchen utensils and anything that we realised we wouldn’t need or use. If we hadn’t used it in 3-6 months the likelihood was we wouldn’t need it again. Our Highest Costs to travel AustraliaWe found the Top end of Australia was the most expensive to travel for a couple of reasons.The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con.There were so many more major attractions with tours to experience. From sailing the islands off 1770, Yeppoon and Whitsundays, scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and visiting the islands, staying at and seeing Lake Argyle, the incredible trip to Horizontal Falls from Broome and we didn’t even do places like Bungle Bungles which were on fire at the time we went past. We also spent a lot in Winton and especially Longreach, there’s so much to do there. For us, the south of Australia was easier to control the budget. Cool nights made Free camping easy and there was so much more choice for Free camping in the South. The sights to see weren’t nearly as hard on the budget except the cost to Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.The more experienced we became the more we were able to reduce our costs. There are tours all over the country for Lighthouses and old Gaols to visit but once you’ve seen a few it’s hard to get excited about seeing another one. We didn’t visit any Zoo’s as we always planned to do Dubbo Zoo which we finally did near the end of the 2 year adventure. The budget frees up a bit as you go in this regard. A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz 1. Don’t have a washing machineTwo of the greatest issues you will face traveling Oz is space and weight and the washing machine effects both. It will use so much water and they are so small you need to do so many loads. I recently asked a Mum parked next to us as we discussed her washing machine in the caravan and they were a traveling family of parents and 3 children, How often do you wash? I was already expecting the answer and wasn’t surprised when she said, Every day!!For us, we would prefer less washes in bigger machines and if we were doing road tripping Oz when our kids were younger that decision would be even more so. The cost for us the whole trip to wash our clothes in Laundries and Caravan Parks turned out to be just $726 over 2 years. $360 a year ($1 a day) is a ridiculously small amount of our total overall budget and we don’t have all the issues of carting a washing machine around with us. I know many others love their washing machine, fair enough, but we don’t expect we would ever travel with one ourselves.2. PetsIt’s so hard to leave your pets behind, we couldn’t do it either, MACKS had to come with us. If it were for just 3-6 months we probably would have left her at home but for 12 months or more that’s a tougher decision. Traveling Australia though is so much easier, cheaper and less restrictive without animals. If you’re goal is to really explore the country and you have a good option where they could stay, then maybe best to leave them behind. If you know you are planning to go traveling and thinking of getting a dog, our advice would be wait until your trip is over and get your puppy then.There’s no right or wrong decision here, just the right one for you. If your plan is to travel long term then there are plenty of options to travel with your best friend and see everything there is to see. Here’s how we did it3. Phone coverageTelstra has the best coverage by far. If you rely on phone reception choose Telstra or possibly Boost. Optus and Vodafone are not going to be suitable if phone coverage is important for you. Our videos of everywhere we have stayed let you know what phone coverage was available.4. WifiMatt managed to find lots of Free Wifi all around the country. Maccas, Cafes, Bunnings, Info centres and more.When Caravan Parks say they have Free Wifi, it’s a miracle if it’s anything useful. Usually it’s terribly slow, very limited in the amount you can use and that’s assuming it actually works. Don’t rely on Caravan park Wifi, many of them should be ashamed of their claims of having Free Wifi. Ok, let’s look at all our costs of traveling Australia over 24 months Groceries 🍞🍉🥪🧀$21,999.65 That’s $916.65 per month or $211.54 per week The last 3 months without Matt it is $1539.68 per month or $118.45 per week.This suggests it costs $60pw each for Adele and I. Takeaways 🍟🍕🌭$3,561.61We didn’t tend to do a lot of takeaway, we preferred to create our own meals. We would rather spend our budget on places to see.This equates to an overall cost of $34pw for takeaway. Dining Out 🍽️🍸$6,391.69 Last 6 months $162Like Takeaway, we didn’t dine out very often. In the last 6 months our weekly budget for Dining out was just $6.23pw.Overall our total Dining Out expense was $61.46pw Accommodation 🚎🎪♨️$13,453.63 $18.98 Average per night$6880.70 First 6 months $4572.83 Second 6 months $1310.10 Third 6 months $690 Last 6 months. This equates to $3.79 per night 🤣🤑😴This involved almost exclusively Free camping and staying with friends and relatives where we traveled.As you can see, there’s considerable savings to be had on our budget by way of reduced costs in Accommodation. We could no doubt reduce our first 12 months by $3000 – $5000 now if we did it again but our budget will always be higher in the north than it is in the south. Our Website and YouTube channel has 230+ videos of every Free Camp, Campground, Caravan Park, Pub Stay, Station Stay and RV Parks we stayed in across Australia. Fuel ⛽$13,163.72 58570.3 Most expensive was Kings Creek Station at Kings Canyon @ 199.9c Uluru was 190.9c and Barkleys Homestead 179.9c We have found United Fuel to be consistently the cheapest and almost always use them. Metro in some areas is great also. We use the Fuel Map app to find the cheapest fuel.Our fuel costs were probably higher than for someone towing a caravan as we always had to drive the Motorhome as opposed to being able to explore and run around town in a Car.Our fuel costs over 2 years averages out to $126.57pw. We did approx. 55,000 kms during those 2 years. WinnebagoCosts related to the Motorhome part of our vehicle was: $5,226.39Some of the big costs were: $699 for a new Waeco 40L fridge that we keep in the Motorhome for our drinks $680 for 2 new house batteries IvecoThis is the Costs related to the mechanical part of the Motorhome. $6,594.44This includes 3 Services 8 new tyres 1 new windscreen and 1 repair 1 RadiatorOur biggest unexpected Bill shock was $2,882.80 for new Radiator, Coolant Hose and Windscreen in Perth Entertainment 🏊♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡$18,429.31We wanted to see as much of Australia as we could, have lots of fun and experience adventures so we did do quite a few tours.First 6 months$8,258.40 – Brisbane to Cooktown to Katherine. Included 3 fishing charters, Hummer 4wd on Fraser Island, 1770, Lady Musgrave Island, Keppel Island, Whitsundays and Cairns Scenic Flights, Kuranda Railway & Skyway and Katherine Gorge were just some of the adventures.Sleeping in a Swag on the Great Barrier reef 13 Must do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays Best Things to See in CairnsSecond 6 months$5,733.90 – Darwin to WA to Tasmania. Included Horizontal Falls, Swimming with Humpback Whales, Broome Fishing Charter, Rottnest Island Best of Broome Things to See and do in DarwinThird 6 months$2,113 – Tasmania to Great Ocean Road to Uluru to Darwin to Mt Isa. This also Includes Tasman Island Cruise and Bruny Island Cruise plus Gordon River Cruise The Very Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania https://youtu.be/sWDhpoK7U3AFourth 6 months$2324 – Karumba to Cairns to Longreach to Murray River to Gold Coast. Incl Fishing Charter, Cobbold Gorge, Qantas Museum, Stockmans Hall of Fame, Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience and Thompson River Cruise.Our Highest Entertainment CostsOur biggest adventure costs were:$1,707 for Adele and I to go to Horizontal Falls.$1,366 for the three of us to do Reefsleep in the Whitsundays Your costs for these tours and adventures is going to be dependent upon your budget and what your plans are that you want to experience. For us these were incredible experiences that we will never forget, but they do cost money and often don’t come cheap. This is our second largest expense of our adventure after food. Readers who enjoyed this also read:Our Best Free CampsThe Best Campgrounds we stayedOur Favourite Experiences around AustraliaCost to go to Kangaroo IslandDay Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns Gas$897 Such a small part of the budget. We have 2 x 4kg bottles.We find BCF works best for us, they are in most places and the cost is consistent at mostly $13.99 for our 4kg bottles. Otherwise we check the website at https://gasbottlerefills.com/ for the cheapest local retailer. Alcohol 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸$4,926.90It is what it is, we do enjoy Happy Hour but aren’t big drinkers. We drink often but not a lot. When I see Bundy Rum on special I tend to buy a few bottles and I buy Cider by the carton. Adele is happy drinking the $5 bottles of wine.Cost is $47.37pw MACKS, our dog $3,373.04 in vet and medications etcSadly we had to let her go 14th June 2017 so no costs since then. She did make it for 16 months of our trip. Dog Sitting$959We used Dog Sitters wherever possible to allow us to visit National Parks and do tours wherever we wanted to go.Read about travelling Australia with a dog Read my tribute to MACKS Adele’s Nails$959Some things a girl just has to do lol Clothes$2,488.41We bought some new clothes along the way as we needed. We took very little winter gear with us as we spent the first 12 months in hot conditions but Tasmania quickly meant some winter shopping was required.$23.93pw was spent on clothing FishingNew rods, tackle, bait and gear $1,452.90$13.97 pw was spent of fishing. Laundry$726 This is such a small cost. We started with a washing machine, never used it, found it way too small to wash our clothes yet takes space and becomes a weight issue. Also commits you to staying at places that cost money to access so much water. We use Laundries and find it easy to do.Our laundry costs were $6.98pw National Parks$250 Such a minuscule cost. Don’t worry about the cost for Kakadu, just do it, it’s amazing and a very small amount when looking at your total expenses to travel. Medical $1,401.05It’s inevitable that you will need some medical supplies along the way. There was also a Dentist visit for a toothache. This includes Adele’s regular prescription medication.$13.47pw is our cost for medical attention along the way over the 2 years. Miscellaneous$2,909.52This is the lots of little things you buy along the way. On their own they don’t cost much but then they all add up. Batteries, presents, sunscreen, insect sprays, a new camp chair, bits of hardware and the list goes on.This is an expense of $27.98pw Hair & Beauty$370.90Adele looks after her own hair so no extravagant costs there and Kevin has no hair, definitely no contribution from him!! Our Total Costs to travel AustraliaTotal amount = $109,534.16Total average per week = $1,053.21 How to reduce your costs to travel AustraliaIn summary, could you do it cheaper, Absolutely!! Your costs to travel Australia could be much lower! As mentioned, we could probably shave $3000-5000 off our first 12 months accommodation if we did it now.With more mechanical and handyman skills than I have you could save a lot of what I spent on servicing and repairs.You could choose not to do the tours and fishing charters but most of them were our greatest highlights of the adventure so far. So many memories.If you don’t have a dog you would save almost $4500 on our costs.You may save a little on us in fuel if you are towing a caravan or camper trailer as you would have your vehicle to drive around in. If you’re in a Campervan (Whizzbang) you’d likely save a lot more than us in fuel. There it is, our complete guide on what expenses are involved. We hope this helps you in your research and planning of your trip.Safe travels and please say Hello if you see us on the road.Our StoryWe are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.Adele has visited 24 countries and since Feb 2016 we have been driving around Australia exploring all there is to see. Our passion is to assist you to plan your adventures._________________________________________________________________________SocialsFollow us and Subscribe at: Facebook YouTube Pinterest Instagram Website__________________________________________________________________________PhotographyOur camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. 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