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Wallaman Falls has the Wow factor

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When we left Brisbane in February 2016 and headed north, one of our must see places we had marked was Wallaman Falls, 49kms west of Ingham in North Queensland. It is the highest permanent single drop waterfall in Australia and we were really looking forward to seeing it.

As we came through North Queensland the weather was bleak, overcast, wet and we were advised against doing it in the Motorhome so we didn’t end up seeing it. With a second opportunity 18 months later we weren’t going to miss it this time but as we came down the Highway we passed bush fires just north of Ingham and the region was under a smoke haze. Again the opportunity looked unlikely however after staying the night at Ingham we awoke to a clear morning and no obvious signs of smoke filled haze covering the skies. We quickly packed up and made our way out to the range.

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The first 20kms approx. was an easy drive at 80-100kmh until the next 5 kms where cows take over and make the road and grassed edges their home. Some move off the road quickly whilst others are in no rush so we had to take it slowly and stop when necessary.

The following 15kms is steep winding road around the mountain. We did it comfortably in our 8 metre Winnebago Esperance Motorhome in the dry conditions. We’ve driven much worse Ranges such as the Gillies Range from Atherton to Gordonvale near Cairns, the Daintree and the Lyell Highway in the South West of Tasmania through Queenstown to Strahan. Those made this seem pretty easy.

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Wallaman Falls from lookout above

A sign at the bottom of the range says it is unsuitable for Trucks, Buses, Caravans and Trailers. I figured we didn’t fit any of those categories and nothing was stopping us now. There were some tight bends and narrow road but we made it to the lookout 15kms from the top and stopped to admire and absorb the stunning views.

A short drive further around the range and we were at the top. From here the last 5-10kms was fairly straight road mostly 60-70kmh. Lots of signs saying to watch for Cassowaries which may cross the road with one sign saying don’t exit your vehicle. Cassowaries are known to be aggressive at times although that didn’t stop Adele last year at Mission Beach when she got close up for some photos.

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From Ingham it was about an hours drive to Wallaman Falls.

We found the carpark and it’s a very short walk to see the incredible Waterfalls from above. There are 3 view points each providing stunning views to this beautiful waterfall flowing over the edge into the 20 metre deep pool below.

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Once we completed our photos and selfies and admired the Falls it was time to decide if we would walk to the bottom of the Gorge. Adele was talking herself out of it fast and with signs saying it was very steep, needing a certain fitness level and notifying us that people had in fact died attempting to walk this path to the base, I must admit I had plenty of doubts also. We decided to check out the Gorge Lookout which was just 400 metres away at the top of the walk down and decide from there.

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The Gorge was equally as impressive and spectacular and it just seemed to be drawing me to it. It seemed natural that I had to explore all that there was to see about Wallaman Falls and with that I began the walk. Adele quickly followed deciding to start and see how she went.

All up it is a 4km round trip from the Top lookout to the bottom and back again. Signs varied but mostly stated it to be a minimum 2 hour walk with one sign saying 2-3 hours.

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Part of the path to the base of the Fall

The journey down began and we knew immediately this was going to be a challenge for us. There is a chain rail to the side to assist those climbing up.

As we left the very top I noticed a young girl who had just arrived back after obviously doing the track. She was covered in sweat so I knew immediately we were in for some hard work.

The first section is bitumen but gets quite steep. From there it’s a dirt track, the first part steep but generally ok. Then it gets rough and the further down you go it seems to get worse. We walked sideways between two rocks which only offered a narrow path, climbed over fallen trees across the path, stumbled over rock outcrops and stealthed along narrow edges but luckily didn’t have to ward off any snakes unlike the German travellers we met at the base of the falls.

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They told us how they came across a big black snake on the path. They jumped up and down in the hope that the vibrations would scare it off but it didn’t work. They threw some rocks near to the snake, not to hit it but just close enough to get it to move but that too was in vain, this guy wasn’t moving. So last resort was they threw a stone at it. This time it moved along but they waited a few minutes just to make sure it was long gone into the bushes before taking off along the track again.

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It took us 40 minutes to reach the base of the Falls and when we did, it was seriously worth it. Wallaman Falls from below was majestic.

We could feel its power and were amazed by it’s beauty.

Once we were finished at the base it was time to trek our way back to the top. With an expected minimum 2 hour return and knowing what we had in store I guessed it would be an hour and 15 minutes to make our way back up.

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We started our walk and took a few rests and one stop to replace the battery in the Go Pro. All up we stopped 6 times on our ascent and it took us just 50 minutes. At one stage I figured I’d try to take Adele’s mind off the challenges of the walk and get her mind thinking about something else so I asked about our dinner plans. Adele muttered something inaudible back and so I asked again. Once more I couldn’t understand the answer so I asked a third time. Her response left me in no doubt of her thoughts. “Stop asking me questions” she demaned, “I can’t breath, my chest is in pain, I can’t talk and we’re having Kangaroo”.

That was the end of that discussion and any other attempts!!

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We didn’t see any Cassowaries but we did see lots more cows on the way out again. We had to stop in the middle of the road and this time a cow didn’t want to move. It seemed friendly and inquisitive and eventually came over to the Motorhome and began to look at itself in my side mirror. I put my window down and it began to lick my hand and was happy for a pat. The most amazing and incredibly experience. Every other cow we’ve seen moves away if you get close.

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Wallaman Falls is a genuinely stunning natural wonder and definitely worth any challenges in getting there and seeing it in all it’s awe.

Remember to take with you:

• Good walking shoes
• Plenty of water
• A good camera
• Sunscreen
• Bathers and a towel if you want to swim in the pool at the base
• A hat
• Sunglasses
• Insect repellant, although we didn’t and had no issues but it is rainforest.

When deciding to walk consider:

• Your fitness level
• The temperature. It was August 2017 and only around 27c the day we went.
• Time of day, don’t leave it too late
• If you are doing it on your own let others know when you expect to be back
• Allow 3 hours all up, we spent a good hour at the base

Have you been to Wallaman Falls?

Tell us about your memories there.

Safe Travels

Kevin & Adele
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Our 13 Best Free Camps in Australia

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In 18 months around Australia we have found some fantastic free places to camp.

For us, we love the ocean and therefore most of our best places are overlooking a beach. This tells you just how special our #1 favourite place is, as it couldn’t be any further from the ocean if you tried.

There are many free camps around Oz but sometimes you pull up and are just blown away with how amazing it is. Friendly people, extraordinary views, fun activities the location provides or the sunrises and sunsets that welcome you or complete another magnificent day on the road in this incredible country we get to call home.

We all have our own perceptions of what that is for us, the following 13 places are the ones that have appealed the most to us from what we have seen so far.

No doubt we will continue to add to the list over time.

For clarity, we consider Free camps as totally free and are not campgrounds, Pub stays or other organized locations. Free camps mostly have no or limited facilities.

There are no designated sites at Free camps and no powered options. Usually you are expected to be self contained with your own toilets and showers, the capability of carrying your own water, and storing your grey and black water.

All 13 are completely free, at the time of writing there was no charge to stay.

Kingston SE RV stay has been removed as it will have a charge as at October 2017.

1 - Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach, WA

13. 7 Mile Beach WA

Location: South of Geraldton, WA

About: A simple free camp spot with no facilities but lots of beach and amazing sunsets every night. A short few kms from the Highway.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/AyBicHrnhdM

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Cliff Head Campground, WA

12. Cliff Head Campground

Location: near Arrowsmith, WA

About: Cliff Head has 3 free camp grounds, Cliff Head South, Cliff Head North which looks fantastic and this one which is in the middle. We chose this one as it had more space and good protection from the wind.

A beautiful beach with great sunsets and the campground has plenty of room to move.

When we were there new toilets had just been installed.

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

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Babinda RV Stay, Qld

11. Babinda RV stay

Location: North Queensland

About: This is a brilliant Free campground in North Queensland providing all the facilities you would need. A new shower block provide great hot showers for $2, there’s a separate toilet block, good water and a dump point.

Beside the campground is a great shallow creek perfect to lay in and relax.

Lots of space and plenty of good level space to park. Best facilities of any Free camp we’ve seen in Oz.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/I8Ju2MezaI8

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes, $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes. Also Vodafone and Optus.

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10. Brown Bay, Port MacDonnell

Location: East of Port MacDonnell, South Australia

About: The opportunity to park with an extraordinary view directly from our Motorhome gets this one into our Top 10 Free Camps.

There is a bitumen car park with designated spaces perfect for staying the night however there is also a track to the beach and it leads to an awesome space to park right on the beachfront.

The beach is very popular with local surfers and you can swim and fish the day away or just absorb the fantastic views.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/3a2gcDfqztI

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: 24 hours

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes, outdoor cold shower

Potable water: No but water is available back in town at Port MacDonnell

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

5 - Garden Island
Garden Island, Clarence Point Tasmania

9. Garden Island

Location: Clarence Point, Tasmania

About: Located just north of Beaconsfield in Tasmania this is a great Free camp in the middle of the River Tamar.
If you like fishing you will love it here and we saw Seals playing in the River right in front of us.
Enjoy the views directly across the river to the town of George Town during the day and see big ships sail on by.
There are no amenities so bring plenty of water with you.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/puWpqsGSpVE

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

6 - Lake MacIntosh
Lake Mackintosh, Tasmania

8. Lake Mackintosh

Location: Mackintosh Dam, Tasmania

About: Not far from Cradle Mountain is Lake Mackintosh, a very beautiful lake where even Darryl Kerrigan would be pleased with the serenity.
We built a fire and enjoyed the incredible views, peace and tranquility.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/GhktiivXg_E

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Robe, SA

7. Robe Jetty

Location: Robe, South Australia

About: This is not well noted as an official free camp site however the information centre in town made us aware of it’s availability. We further heard that it is known to be ok to free camp here.

It is used as a turning circle for vehicles so we stayed back out of the way to allow the traffic to easily use the area.

Swim, snorkel and fish from the beach or jetty. Only 5 minutes to the town centre.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/3IbygOXImfc

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No, we accessed water from the park nearby next to the BBQ’s.

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No but one is available in town approx. 5 minutes away

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

6. Kangaroo Island, almost anywhere you want to stay but Stokes Bay was great.

Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

About: The cost to travel to KI turns many people away so the island doesn’t have the issues of mainland Australia and at this point, whilst all the information provided to travellers consists of the caravan parks and campgrounds, we found there were almost no “no camping” signs on the island and no rangers to wake you early in the morning asking you to move. We spent 12 nights parked wherever we could find the most stunning location and there were many.

We were generally able to find water and arrange for access to a dump point. From one corner of the island to the furthest point is approx. a max 1.5 to 2 hours drive.

We really enjoyed Kingscote Jetty, Stokes Bay, Vivienne Bay, Pennington Bay

YouTube: Stokes Bay – https://youtu.be/ndTU1iy15cc
Vivonne Bay – https://youtu.be/APrbzKsoXRw
American River – https://youtu.be/SNWhzh0Bdi4

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: At Penneshaw and Parndana

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Only at Kingscote and Penneshaw

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Corella Dam, Qld

5. Corella Dam

Location: Between Cloncurry and Mt Isa, Queensland

About: A fantastic free camp 50kms west from Cloncurry in Queensland. Easy short dirt road in, lots of space and if you’re lucky you might get a spot on the dam. Lots of Red Claw and you’ll also be visited by lots of cows.

An amazing free camp which fully deserves our Top 5 spot.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/hbcNx1Tabfs

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

12 - Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires, Tasmania

4. Bay of Fires

Location: North East coast of Tasmania

About: The Bay of Fires Campground in Tasmania provides a fantastic free camp on one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches. Located just out of the town of St Helens where you can access everything you need for your time there.

Be sure to wake early to witness the spectacular Sunrise each morning from the beach.

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

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

13 - Gregory River
Gregory River, Gregory Qld

3. Gregory River

Location: Gregory, North Queensland

About: A magnificent location with a campground above the river or you can free camp beside the river.
Simply relax and enjoy the amazing scenery and the opportunity to float down the river.
This is a popular spot for those travelling on to Adels Grove and Lawn Hill National Park.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/d95fBExnR5Q

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets: No, but free toilets are walking distance away in town of Gregory

Showers: No, but free showers are walking distance away in town of Gregory

Potable water: No, but water is available walking distance away in Gregory

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No but dump point is available close by in town

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: No

14 - Portland
Swimming with Seals at Portland, Victoria

2. Henty Park Campground

Location: Portland, Victoria

About: A superb Free camp and fantastic small town. We loved our stay here and spent almost a week in Portland (we left after 3 nights, was 72 hours, and came back for 2 more). We highly recommend the Seal by Sea tour at nearby Cape Bridgewater. There is so much to see and do in town.
You can surf, swim, snorkel and fish as much as you want. Take the time and explore this great little town.
The campground provides great level, grassed space to park. The Ranger came around each day but was friendly and fair.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/e5llKV3Dykg

Cost: Free

Max nights stay:Now 48 hours

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Available at Pool complex next door for $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes, plus Optus and Vodafone

15 - Uluru
Uluru Ayres Rock, NT

1. Uluru By Sunrise

Location: Uluru/ Ayres Rock, Northern Territory

About: Everything about going to Uluru is expensive, except this little piece of paradise. Located 10kms before Yulara you can enjoy spectacular views of Uluru, see incredible sunrises and amazing sunsets.

At night you can cook on an open fire and take in the scenery of the stars glistening in the night sky.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/OWE4gW5Eyi8

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No. Water is available from the service station in town

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No, but there is one toward Yulara on the right heading in to town.

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes although I found Vodafone worked even better in Uluru

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Things to See and Do in Top End Darwin, Northern Territory

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Darwin in the Northern Territory (NT) is home to some of Australia’s most incredible natural and iconic landmarks and has fantastic Things to See and Do.

Even without taking into account Uluru, Kings Canyon or West MacDonnell Ranges, the spectacular and historical locations of the NT have left us completely in awe.

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Sunset at Territory Day in Darwin 2017

Darwin maintains its place in Australia’s history through events such as the attack by the Japanese in WW2 and Cyclone Tracy which devastated the city in December 1974. Despite these disasters Darwin has rebounded and is now a winter getaway for travelling southerners and International tourists.

The opportunities to see Salt Water crocodiles in their natural habitat and fishing for the big elusive Barrimundi are tourism drawcards for Darwin and the Northern Territory. July 2016 was our first time here and we loved it so much we came back for 6 weeks in June and July 2017

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Litchfield National Park, near Darwin

Here are our tips of places not to miss when you visit the Top End in Darwin.

Territory Day in Darwin is a must. It’s the celebration of the Northern Territory gaining its place in it’s own right here in Australia and is the only day in the NT where anyone can buy and let off fireworks. It’s the only place in Australia that allows public to let off fireworks.

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Territory Day Fireworks in Darwin are truly spectacular

There are some conditions to their purchase and use but it’s so much fun and seriously amazing to watch.
The fireworks can only be purchased on the day, July 1st.
Fireworks can only be let off between 6pm until 11pm.
Fines of $1250 apply to letting off fireworks outside these time periods.

Mindil Beach is the place to be in Darwin for Territory Day. We watched Killing Heidi and Pete Murray perform in concert before a fantastic fireworks bonanza took place on the water in front of us. The Markets are open and all this with an amazing sunset display.

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Right next to the stage for Killing Heidi concert at Territory Day Darwin 2017. They were superb.

This year in 2017, we shared the beach with 15,000 others for a great night.

The Casino let off fireworks all night and we could see an incredible fireworks display happening at East Point from our vantage point at Mindil Beach.

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Dinner with friends Ash, Amy and baby Ripley

Never one to pass up a dinner invitation we had 2 nights out with friends and both were fantastic value with incredible sunset views. We met friends for dinner at the Darwin Sailing Club where the Beers and Ciders were great, the food was good but it was the Sunset that stole the show. A fire in the distance provided a perfect haze which completely enhanced the sunset’s effects.

www.dwnsail.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/TheDarwinSailingClub/
Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay
08 8981 1700

The Trailer Boat Club next door to the Sailing Club is another great place for a meal. They have excellent value dinner and drinks and you can relax under the Darwin winter skies and stay cool in the breezes directly off the ocean. Enjoy the sunsets that will leave you breathless.

https://www.facebook.com/Darwintrailerboatclub
8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay
P: 08 8981 6749

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The Trailer Boat Club was a great place to enjoy dinner with friends from home who were visiting Darwin


Seafood on Cullen
at Cullen Bay is an enormous smorgasbord with a huge range of delicious food for $40 per person. This is the best smorgasbord I’ve been to in many years. It’s also located directly on the beach with amazing sunset views to enjoy with your dinner.

You’ll need to arrive very early or book to get the best seats in the house though, it’s always busy here.

www.facebook.com/seafoodoncullen

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The Road Kill Cafe at Mindil Markets in Darwin

An evening out at the Mindil Markets at Mindil Beach is a must whenever you visit Darwin. There’s an incredible array of stalls and so much choice for food. There’s also plenty of entertainment and once the sun begins to set the beach right behind the markets becomes a sea of faces ready to watch another incredible sunset.

There’s heaps of parking and lots of stalls. Make sure you visit the Mindil Markets.

www.mindil.com.au

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Chilling out at Stokes Hill Wharf

Stokes Hill Wharf was our first night out when we were in Darwin. We sat on the wharf edge watching the boats as they went by, the big fish that swam below and as the sun set we had front row seats to seeing day turn to night. Darwin was quickly becoming a location we were falling in love with.

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The Darwin Wave Pool is very popular

The Wave Pool and Darwin Lagoon were close by at Stokes Hill Wharf and we made sure we enjoyed a swim. It was a public holiday and plenty of locals were enjoying another fantastic winter day in Darwin.

The lagoon is safe to swim and there’s floating pontoons and balls to climb on and enjoy as well.

The Wave Pool is $7 per day
The Floating Pontoons are $15 per hour

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Inside the Darwin Military Musuem

The Darwin Military Museum is fascinating. It recounts the war times for which Darwin was at the coal face.

The Theatrette provides raw live video of the day Darwin was bombed by the same Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbour. Did you know more bombs were dropped on Darwin than Pearl Harbour?

Inside are Timelines, details, photos and videos, interactive displays and so much information.

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Outside, there are many artifacts and equipment from WWII including canons, vehicles, bunkers, weaponry and lots more.

The Darwin Military Museum is an ideal place to visit to learn more about the history of when war came to our Country.

Cost to visit is
$18 Adults
$8 Children 5-16 years old
Free Children under 5 years old

www.darwinmilitarymuseum.com.au

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The Underground Oil Storage Tunnels in Darwin

Near Stokes Wharf is the Underground Oil Storage Tunnels where it was planned to store oil during the war period. After many issues, by the time the tunnels were ready the war was over but it’s a fascinating insight into those times with a lot of information.

We enjoyed our visit here and reading all about when the war came to our shores here in Australia.

$8 Adults
$7 Seniors
www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/darwin-waterfront-precinct/history/world-war-ii-tunnells/

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Entering Kakadu

A visit to Darwin has to include one of Australia’s most iconic and historical locations of Kakadu. Give yourself 3-5 nights and spend time exploring this amazing region.

There are so many highlights to discover in Kakadu including:

Fogg Dam
Adelaide River Jumping Croc Cruise. Meet big bad Brutus with a missing leg thanks to a fight with a Bull shark
Bark Hut. Enjoy lunch and a drink and meet the Emus and animals.
Window on the Wetlands. Check out the amazing informative display and head upstairs for the awesome view out over the wetlands of Kakadu.
Corroboree Park Tavern. See Buffalo, Crocs, pigs, kangaroos and more
Cahills Crossing. Access from Kakadu to Ahnem Land. If it’s flooded, forget it. Watch as the Barrimundi try to cross the shallow waters from one side to the other and Salt Water crocodiles wait for their meal on the other side. No swimming!!
Ubirr. Incredible art work on the rocks here at Ubirr. Climb to the top for incredible views –https://youtu.be/9DHT1Zq1IO0

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Standing on top of Ubirr

Jabiru. The main township of Kakadu.
Crocodile Hotel. From above the Hotel forms the shape of a crocodile. Enter the foyer and see the incredible aboriginal artworks.
Yellow River Water Cruises. Discover these amazing wetlands teaming with wildlife.
Gunlom Falls. A generally safe location to swim with magnificent naturally formed infinity pool.
Jim Jim Falls. An amazing plunge waterfall which falls into a pool below. It is registered on the Australian National Heritage List

These are just a few of the many amazing places to see in Kakadu.

Also take a closer look at the incredible termite mounds, which are such a common part of the landscape.

You will need a National Parks pass to enter Kakadu.

Cost to enter Kakadu
$40 per adult
$20 per child 5-15 years old
Free for children 0-4 years old
$100 family pass
Northern Territory residents are free
Tickets provide access throughout the Dry Season 1st April – 31st October.
* prices as at 2017

www.kakadu.com.au

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Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is nearby to Kakadu and provides an entirely different experience.

With great swimming holes and fantastic waterfalls Litchfield is perfect for swimming but it’s still important to remain croc aware.

Magnetic Termite Mounds. The magnetic termite mounds are unique to the area. You will notice they all face North/ South direction to provide the best shelter from the harsh climatic conditions. These mounds hide an amazing and complex engineering design under the clay. This clay is also so rock hard it has been broken down and used to build homes.

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Buley Rockholes, Litchfield National Park

Buhley Rockholes are a cascading water flow over the rocks, in and out of small but deep rock pools. It’s a very popular and fun location for cooling off in the top end.
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Florence Falls. After a walk along the track looking down into the valley below we took a walk down 135 steps to access Florence Falls. This was our favourite location in Litchfield NP. An incredibly beautiful and tranquil location to swim and have lots of fun.

Wangi Falls, another ideal swimming hole with flowing waterfalls. It was closed the day we were there but if you can, take a walk to the lookout above.

Litchfield is truly fabulous with so much fun things to see and do. We don’t compare it to Kakadu, these are two very different locations and both are exceptional.

Read more about Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks here –http://indefiniteleave.com.au/kakadu-litchfield-national-park-motorhome/
We recommend staying at the Florence Falls Campground in Litchfield – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvKZ1E-ytrw

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The amazing Katherine Gorge

Katherine is a 3 hour drive south of Darwin and is the turnoff from the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory to head west to Western Australia.
Katherine is also home to Katherine Gorge which is best seen by tour or kayak, we chose the 3 Gorge tour.

Katherine Gorge is made up of 11 Gorge’s of which 8 are accessible. Most common however are the first 3 which remain the easiest to access. Tour guides can really make or break a tour and we were lucky this day to have Chris as our guide, he was funny, informative and provided fantastic insights via his own aboriginal heritage.

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Swimming in Katherine Gorge

The tour guides explained the aboriginal art in the rocks which were thousands of years old. From the first Gorge we made our way further by boat to another Gorge and were taken past amazing cliff face formations, caves, sandy beaches and on to the third Gorge on our tour.

We saw fresh water crocodiles throughout the Gorge so when it came time for a swim some were reluctant but not us. The opportunity to swim in Katherine Gorge doesn’t happen every day so we made the most of the fresh cool waters.

Visiting Katherine Gorge is an incredible experience you won’t forget.

Tour cost $129 – Adults
$63.50 – Children

www.nitmiluktours.com.au

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Bitter Springs, Mataranka

Mataranka is best known for Bitter Springs, a slow flowing river of hot thermal springs with a constant temperature of over 30 degrees Celsius.

Take a pool noodle with you and float for a few hundred metres downstream enjoying the crystal clear, warm waters. Be warned, the walk back can seem quite cool after your warm “bath” in the hot springs.

The Thermal Pools are further upstream and provide two pools to relax and enjoy. These natural springs have crystal clear waters and are a warm temperature all year round.

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Race Slides at Palmerston Waterpark, awesome fun.

Palmerston is an outer suburb of Darwin and has a fantastic free Water Park. There are small wading pools for the kids and a giant waterslide for those a little bigger. We had a great time racing to the bottom on the waterslide.

My Tip: Keep the front of your mat up to increase your speed, keep your elbows tucked in and hold on.

The waterpark is closed on Tuesdays. The slides open at 2pm.

More details and opening times here – https://nt.gov.au/leisure/sport/find-a-sports-facility/palmerston-water-park

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Leanyer Waterpark is fantastic

Leanyer is home to another Free water park in Darwin. This one has a pool, fun park and 3 big water slides.

The Leanyer Recreation Park is about 10kms east from Darwin and offers great fun for all the family. Lifeguards are on duty at all times, there’s lots of shade and area to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Leanyer Recreation Park is closed on Mondays.

More details and opening times here – https://nt.gov.au/leisure/sport/find-a-sports-facility/leanyer-recreation-park

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Sunset at Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin

Nightcliff Jetty is a perfect place to cast a line, enjoy dinner or view another magnificent Darwin sunset.

Matt caught a few squid and no doubt we will go back for more. You can buy fish and chips from the food vans or utilise the BBQ’s in the park to enjoy dinner or a Sunday lunch. The Nightcliff pool is an easy walking distance away too.

This was our chill place, where we would go to relax. For this reason it’s where we went and sat for hours immediately after we had MACKS put to sleep. We sat here for hours, reflecting, shedding lots of tears and consoling each other. For us, it was the perfect place.

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Swimming in Berry Springs

Berry Springs is just 57kms from Darwin and only 38kms from Palmerston and is a genuine must see.

A small waterfall of beautiful clear spring waters flow into a big open pool.

It is generally safe to swim at Berry Springs during the dry season with more precautions to be taken during the big wet.
* Late July 2017, Berry Springs has just been closed for 5 days due to a 1.6m Saltwater Crocodile being spotted.

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Under the waterfall in Berry Springs

Take a noodle with you and use the current flow from the waterfall to take you downstream to the big pool perfect for cooling off.

Enjoy lunch at the BBQ’s and many tables available. Have some chocolate covered mango ice cream from the kiosk or home made creamy passionfruit ice cream, both are ideal on a warm day in the Top End.

You ‘ll really enjoy a visit to Berry Springs and you only need a few hours from Darwin.

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The view of the beach from the deck at Crab Claw Island Resort

Crab Claw Island Resort is a short hour and a half drive west of Darwin through Berry Springs. The last 15kms is dirt road but it’s well graded and a really easy drive regardless if you are in a Motorhome or Caravan.

This is a fairly remote region so don’t expect 5 stars. This is a perfect location if you like to relax by the beach with a cocktail and love fishing.

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Sunrise from the beach at Crab Claw Island Resort

There are 2 pools plus a great restaurant and bar overlooking Bynoe Harbour. You can hire a boat for half a day or a full day and explore the area by water and go crabbing and fishing. Wallabies, Peacocks and Scrub Turkeys have all come wandering through our campsite.

Don’t enter the ocean waters here, there can be big crocs and big sharks very near the shore. In fact, we saw both just a short cast of our line into the water. Stay on the beach and you’ll be safe.

The Resort campground is surrounded by mangroves so make sure you bring your insect spray.

www.crabclawisland.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/CrabClawIslandResort/

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Dundee Beach

Dundee Beach is a 45 minute drive further past Crab Claw Island Resort. This is a very small fishing town which is very popular with boaties. Offshore are a number of reefs and perfect fishing environments.

The beach is beautiful and the sunsets spectacular. Dundee Lodge is located right at the beach and offers accommodation as well as pub meals and drinks to enjoy for lunch.

The road to Dundee Beach is fully sealed and an easy drive from Darwin.

 

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Matt with one of his hauls of Queenies

Looking for a great location to go fishing?
The fishing in Darwin is superb. Directly from the beach at East Point Matt has caught Queenfish, Mackerel, GT’s and more.

Matt fished sunrise and sunset and flicked silver metal lures. Low tide is best as it allows you to get out past the rocks, but beware of the fast incoming tide.

If you have a boat or can access one the offshore fishing is sensational with many reefs located all around the harbour.

What do you love about Darwin?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Thanks
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Travelling Australia is far More than just Adventures

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It normal to start off on your adventures of travelling Australia with big beady wide eyes looking for the sights, thinking of the places you will go and the incredible things you will see. You will be expecting to see amazing beaches, massive Gorges, climb mountains, swim, play and meet some wild animals.

But you probably don’t realise all of what is in store for you.

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When you leave to Road Trip around Oz be ready to challenge all the ways you currently think.

This life takes you on a journey beyond the sightseeing and adventures. It will challenge you in ways you never expected.

Lets take a look at how the experience of your trip may change you.

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• You will learn a different perspective of life. To live life for an extended period of time in a small confined space, lots will change.

• It will change the way you feel about your possessions. You really don’t need all that “stuff” you think you do when at home.

• You will make so many friends, some new friends with personalities you may not have befriended if you were home. That’s one way you’ll know you’ve grown.

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• You will experience so much kindness.

• You will realise, regardless what the media portrays, good people are the majority.

• You will learn new skills.

• You will have the time of your life.

• You’ll come face to face with big, wild, dangerous Australian animals you’ve had nightmares about and you’ll surprise yourself with how close you’ll get and survive.

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• Your relationships will likely face new challenges but you’ll face them together.

• You’ll realise your children only ever really wanted one gift from you…….your time.

• Stress will leave you so quickly.

• Happy Hour will start much earlier.

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• You’ll learn to budget better than ever before.

• You’ll discover places you’d never imagined.

• You’ll be amazed at the simple pleasures of a sunrise and sunset and the beauty of stars at night.

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• You’ll fall in love with new places, new things and new people. Mine is a 4yo girl named Millie. She is so gorgeous and her parents Jason and Denise are now valued friends.

• To drive around Australia challenges your body, mind and soul far more than you imagined.

• You’ll come across people with all sorts of talents, skills, crazy stories and abilities to entertain.

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• The adventures create so many lifetime memories.

• It’s an escape far from life as you know it.

• Discover more than just a country. Discover a new you. You’ll be wiser, kinder, more grateful, more aware and your family will be richer for the experiences you share.

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• You’ll meet some people over and over. Maybe you’ll find such great new friends you will travel together for months.

• Wonderful people you have just met will invite you to come and stay in their homes

• You will cross oceans and deserts, mountains and caves and each will leave you inspired, amazed and yearning for more

• You may never go home

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Don’t live life to be happy, live life to be exhilarated.

You deserve everything life can offer you.

Has travelling changed you?

Tell us how it has effected you in the comments section below.

Safe Travels.

Kevin & Adele
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Our 20 Best Free or Low Cost camping grounds in Australia

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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.

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Mount Gambier Showgrounds

20. 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

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Spring Bay Hotel, Triabunna

19. 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

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Hobart from atop Mount Wellington

18. 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 limit

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: No, but we were close to Bunnings and were able to tap into their free wifi although it was slow

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Chapman River at Ante Chamber Bay campgrounds

17. 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

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Gordon Recreation Reserve

16. 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 honesty 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

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Amazing 1770

15. 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

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Banka Banka Station, NT

14. 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

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Cliff Head Campground

13. 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

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View to the Stanley Nut from our camp site.

12. 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

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Whalebone Campground

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

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Cassowary Coast Campground, Mission Beach

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

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Portland Harbour

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.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/e5llKV3Dykg

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: 72 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

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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.

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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

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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: No

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Happy Hour at Quobba

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

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Rapid Bay Campground

4. 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: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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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.

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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

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The magic and aura of Uluru

1. Uluru Free camp

Location: Uluru/ Ayres Rock, Northern Territory, middle of Australia

About: Free camping under the stars, campfire at night, a clear view of Ayres Rock, views of Sunrise to the East and Sunset over the Olgas, it doesn’t get any better.

Our Tip, make sure you go past the first dune. If you can get over the second dune you’ll experience the most amazing sunrise and sunset of all Australia.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/OWE4gW5Eyi8

Cost: Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Powered sites: No

Unpowered sites: Yes

Free Wifi: No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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

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Kevin & Adele
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The Best of Broome, Western Australia

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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.
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Gantheaume Point sunset

Travellers 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.

These are our best tips on Things to See and Do in Broome, Western Australia.

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Full moon over Cable Beach

Cable Beach
Broome 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.

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Relax with a deckchair and umbrella at Cable Beach

Cable 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.

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Camel rides on cable Beach

Late 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 travellers.

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.

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Crowds enjoying Cable Beach

Gantheaume Point
At 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 sunsets that Broome is so famous for. The Red sandstone rocks provide the perfect viewpoint to watch as the sun goes down and night begins.

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The sunsets from Gantheaume Point are incredible

This 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.

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The Worlds oldest operating open air cinema

Sun Pictures
When 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.

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Stairway to the Moon

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

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The Mangrove Hotel makes a perfect vantage point for Stairway to the Moon

Fishing Charter
Whilst in Broome, Matt and I ventured out 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.

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Just a couple of the fish we caught

On 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.

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My first Mackerel

I 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: info@absoluteoceancharters.com.au

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Horizontal Falls from above

Horizontal Falls
Horizontal 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.

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Entering Horizontal Falls

The Falls are created by water rushing through a breakwall giving the same effect as a normal waterfall. The 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.

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Tawny Sharks from the shark cage

Cape Leveque
We 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.

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A huge day and an unforgettable experience at Horizontal Falls.

Watch our video in Horizontal Falls here – https://youtu.be/5xEzO0z_m7E

Horizontal Falls Adventures
www.horizontalfallsadventures.com.au

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Famous Matso’s Brewery in Broome

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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

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Adele couldn’t bypass the opportunity for some new Pearls

The 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.

The Willie Creek Pearl Farm is a current and operational Pearl Farm in Broome and runs tours throughout the year.

Adele couldn’t resist the opportunity and did a little Pearl shopping of her own when we were in Broome.

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Town Beach

Town Beach
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.

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Streeters Jetty

Streeters Jetty

Built 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 tides the Jetty goes underwater.

The Jetty proves to still be popular for tourists who visit each day. It is now Heritage Listed.

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Wharf Jetty was closed to the public during our stay in Broome

Wharf 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.

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Travelling 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.

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Entrance to Barn Hill Station

Barn Hill Station
Barn 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.

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Red Cliffs and White Limestone rock cliffs overlook a stunning beach

The 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.

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Lawn Bowls at Barn Hill Station

The 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”.

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Thanks
Kev& Adele
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The Very Best of Things to see and do in Tasmania

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If you haven’t been to Tasmania you should start planning a trip and do it. It really is one of Australia’s travel destination highlights.

The great benefit of travelling Tasmania is that everything is so close. You don’t have to drive far to reach another amazing location and therefore you can pack a lot into a short time. Read more

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An Australia by Road Adventure

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We met a young family from Newcastle by the pool at Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park and they told us about their adventure they were currently pursuing. Dad, Mum and their 6yo daughter are in a sedan and tenting their way around Australia in 3 months. I couldn’t help but to gasp at the thought and explained we were doing the same but we had it planned over two and a half years.

The whole of Oz in 3 months – Wow!! Good on them.

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For what feels like the zillionth time they showed envy at our planned 2.5 year sojoin. If I had a dollar for every time someone has said to us “we’re so jealous” we could have funded this trip entirely. That night, it got me thinking……

How did I really get to this point where I’m doing something so amazingly ambitious as packed the house up, left family and friends, bought a Motorhome and just departed on a whim.

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Leaving my brothers place the first morning of our adventure

Two and a half years is such a long time to be away. There’s likely to be lots of things we will miss and with both our Mum’s now in their early 80’s it wasn’t an easy decision. We are both very very close to our Mums. Our youngest son is just 22 and with his work commitments, he has remained in Brisbane.

Reflecting back recently, Adele and I always have loved to travel. When Adele and I met she was 9 weeks from leaving to travel around Europe for 3 months. There were no Mobile Phones, No Facebook, No Instagram and no text messaging back then. Just postcards and snail mail!! Everyday I’d check the letterbox in anticipation but so often nothing would be there.

Soon after we married we bought a 4wd and our first trip was with a tent to Stradbroke Island, a beautiful place easily accessed by Barge in Brisbane. We loved it so much we began making regular trips to Straddie and Moreton Island, with other trips to Double Island Point and Fraser Island thrown in.

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Christmas on Moreton Island about 1989. My first 4wd.

Since we left, I’ve received news that two friends have lost their mothers who have passed away, another friend has lost her sister after losing her short battle at just 42 years of age, my cousin has just passed away after a short battle with Brain cancer and others too have received terrible news. It was the passing of my Father in 2008 that changed my life and has taken me on a journey to discover what I’m really meant to do in my life and it has turned out to be entirely different to what I thought.

When my Dad succumbed to melanoma in January 2008 I was a Company Director and Board Member of Australia’s second fastest growing franchise (*according to BRW Feb 2009). My role was travelling around Australia and New Zealand supporting and training new franchisees and all of a sudden I didn’t want to leave home, I just wanted to be with Adele and my two sons.

The passion for working long hours and making massive wealth died the day I buried my father. It no longer provided any interest to me.

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In fact, it was then I realised that life does have an end date and for me, working my arse off was taking me away from everything I had enjoyed in life.

We had loved going camping and once travelled down the NSW coastline from Brisbane with friends to North Haven and back, just stopping a few days wherever we thought the beach looked perfect.

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North Haven, just south of Port Macquarie in NSW

I also love playing cricket but business and my career took over.

I got back to playing cricket when I turned 40 and in June and July 2015 Adele and I travelled to London and Wales where I played cricket with Cameron, my youngest son.

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Cameron and I playing cricket in London in 2015

It was early 2015 we had met some backpackers from Germany who had just hired a Motorhome and been to Cairns and back. I knew it was something we should do and when we drove home that night we began to talk about it and I couldn’t believe it when Adele, the conservative one in the relationship, didn’t hesitate in agreeing. The travel bug was still living inside us.

My brother suggested hiring a Motorhome first to see if we would like it but we knew, this was meant to be. We weren’t daunted in any way.

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The Great Australian Bight

I believe we need to find what it is that we are here on this planet for. Why were we put here, what is our purpose?

It might simply be to be the best partner and parent you can be. Or possibly it’s to achieve great things in your career. It might be sport or it might have something to do with your artistic talents. For me, it’s time now for adventure and travel.

Work funds life – it isn’t life.

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Sunrise at the Bay of Fires in Tasmania. The dawn of another magical day.

Working my butt off for long, long hours and going through the motions of the daily grind until one day the stress has me carried out in a wooden box has zero interest to me any more. There just has to be more to life than working, mowing the grass, watching TV, paying bills and doing it all over and over again like Groundhog Day.

There has to be more to life!!

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Whitehaven Beach in the amazing Whitsunday Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland

We are given just one shot at this earthly existence, don’t waste it!!

If you’re like us and you love to travel, make it happen. Don’t wait until the kids are old enough, until you have enough money, until the house is paid off or any one of another multitude of reasons you may be hesitating. With great planning and preparation you can do it very cost effectively if necessarily. You can home school your children and experience all that life can offer at the same time. Let the highway be their greatest education.

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Loch Ard Gorge, the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Here’s a Tip from someone whose children are now in there 20’s and I can reflect back on fatherhood of youngsters. It may not seem like it while they are young but the thing they crave from us as parents the most is Time.

We just need to be there.

It’s not what we leave for our children but what we live in them.

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Karijini National Park, Western Australia

If budget is an issue, everything you need to buy, buy it as cheap as you can. Look for great value second hand items and stay patient until it happens. The old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t actually true any more. With thorough research you don’t have to buy the most expensive of anything. Great research, patience and product knowledge will help you buy what you need without having to sell a kidney.

We have a storage shed full of “stuff” back home and to be honest, I don’t need anything more than I have in the Motorhome.

Australia is an amazing country. Each state is so different and provides incredible sights and lots of fun things to see and do. There is also so much to see and do that costs very little or nothing at all.

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Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park Tasmania

So what are you waiting for?

Get planning, create a deadline and make it work for you.

Enjoy your travels.

Thanks
Kev & Adele
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Our 12 months Costs and Expenses for Travelling Australia

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February 2017 represents 12 months since we left the safety and routine of our home and embraced life on the road, the uncertainty of every day, waking up in entirely new surroundings and starting off the day with a new group of strangers as our neighbours. Read more