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11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

Yeppoon is one of our favourite places to stop in at and to explore on our way to the Whitsundays. We have discovered at least 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon.

11 Awesome Things to see and do in Yeppoon

Where is Yeppoon you ask? Next to your knife and fork lol 😊

On a serious note though, Yeppoon is the main town on the Capricorn Coast and is just 25 minutes from the city of Rockhampton commonly known as Rocky.

Beautiful Yeppoon

Here are our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon:

1. Take a Day Trip to Great Keppel Island

One of the most awesome of the 11 things to see and do in Yeppoon is to take a day trip over to Great Keppel Island.

There are a number of options for getting over to this magnificent and somewhat underrated island. You can catch a ferry or take one of the many tours to the fabulous Great Keppel Island.

With 17 white sandy beaches on Great Keppel alone, you can spend hours exploring the island in search of just a couple of the beautiful beaches.

Also you can go for a bushwalk through the inner part of the island and discover the native flora and fauna.

Exploring Great Keppel Island - One of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

You may also choose to simply spend all of your time in the water!

Keppel Water Sports and Great Keppel Island Watersports & Activities cater for all of your water sport and water activity needs including snorkelling, kayaking, SUP, scuba diving, fishing as well as guided Jetski tours.

Jump on a kayak or SUP and explore the pristine island waters.

Another ideal way to spend your time on Keppel is to don a mask and snorkel to discover the colourful coral of the southern Great Barrier Reef, spot turtles and other amazing marine life.

Monkey Bay on Great Keppel Island - 10 awesoem things to see and do in Yeppoon
Adele enjoying the shallow clear water at Monkey Bay on Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Ferries

Great Keppel Island is just 15kms off Yeppoon. The ferries to Great Keppel Island operate daily and take approx. 30 minutes.

Freedom Fast Cats

Freedom Fast Cats depart from Pier One at the Rosslyn Bay Marina at either 9.15am or 10.30am.

At certain times of the year you may be able to get on an early bird transfer at 7.30am or 9am depending on the day of travel.

Return times from Keppel are either 2.30pm or 3.45pm giving you at least 5 or so hours to enjoy the island.

Keppel Konnections

Keppel Konnections operate a daily ferry service departing from Keppel Bay Marina in the mornings at 9am as well as the afternoons at 3pm.

Return ferries depart from the Red Jetty at either 10am or 4pm with an additional return service on Fridays at 6.20pm and 2pm on Sundays.

Sailing on Grace II to Great Keppel Island
Sail, cruise or catch a ferry to Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island Tours

Experience Oz Great Keppel Island Day Trip

Spend 6.5hrs on a Great Keppel Island Day Trip being adventurous exploring the island or just sitting back, relaxing and soaking up the island lifestyle by beautiful beaches and clear waters.

Take your own snorkel gear or alternatively snorkel hire is available at an additional cost.

One of the 17 beaches on Great Keppel Island

Lunch on the island is included and can be taken at your leisure anytime between 12pm and 2pm. You can enjoy your choice of burger plus either a schooner of beer, a glass of wine or soft drink.

Tours depart from Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay and leave from Red Jetty on Keppel.

Keppel Explorer

The Keppel Explorer offers a fun sightseeing tour of island hopping, exploring secluded sandy beaches and sea caves, swimming and soaking up island life, snorkelling with turtles and colourful coral in secret locations.

This 5-in-1 top rated Cruise also includes a gourmet lunch pack.

Crystal clear waters of Great Keppel Island
Crystal clear waters of Great Keppel Island

Freedom Fast Cats Adventure Cruise

The Freedom Fast Cats Adventure Cruise includes free time on GKI, Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Snorkelling Tour (snorkelling gear is provided), Boom-netting as well as Morning & Afternoon Tea and a BBQ Buffet Lunch. Adventure Cruises operate on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Freedom Fast Cats Glass Bottom Boat Cruise, Combo Cruise and Coral Lunch Cruise are also available, The Glass Bottom Boat Cruise runs daily, the Combo Cruise is available on Mondays only and the Coral Lunch Cruise is only available on Tuesdays.

Spot the great 8 at Great Keppel Island – Manta Ray, Whale, Potato Cod, Shark, Turtle, Clown Fish, Giant Clam or Maori Wrasse. Sightings are seasonal.

Sail Capricornia

Sailing on Grace with Sail Capricornia is a great day trip combining sailing, snorkelling and exploring the island.

It was actually Kev and Matt’s first taste of Great Keppel Island. Adele had ‘got wrecked’ on Great Keppel Island when she was just 18!

Read about our Sail Capricornia day trip: 13 Nights in Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast

Great Keppel Island Sail
Sailing to Great Keppel Island with Sailing Capricornia

You can enjoy a full day experience with Sail Capricornia or an evening sailing experience at sunset.

a Day Trip Sail to Keppel - One of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Sailing Capricornia Day Trip – One of 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

2. Swim in the Yeppoon Lagoon

The Infinity-edge Pool at Yeppoon Lagoon is absolutely amazing.

Relax in the pool and gaze across at North Keppel and Great Keppel Islands.

What is even more awesome is the fact that entry to this Resort Style Lagoon Pool is free and it’s open to the public 24/7.

Life guards patrol the lagoon every day including Public Holidays.

The Yeppoon Lagoon caters for everyone with a shallow Kids Play area, disabled pool access, an informal lap swimming area as well as the glorious swim-up infinity edge with stunning views of the Keppel Islands.

Two aquatic wheelchairs are available upon request for use at the lagoon.

Yeppoon Lagoon - Absolutely high on the list of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Yeppoon Lagoon is certainly high on the list of our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

The Rocks Cafe Bar & Restaurant overlooks the stunning Yeppoon Lagoon and has uninterrupted water and island views.

From the poolside cafe with takeaway meals at lunchtime, a milk bar, to a bar and restaurant dining, The Rocks Yeppoon has it all.

The Yeppoon Lagoon is an absolute must place to visit in Yeppoon all year round but especially in the warmer months.

Stunning Yeppoon Lagoon - One of the 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

Swimming in the Yeppoon Lagoon really sits high on the list of our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon.

3. Cool the kids down at Keppel Kraken

Keppel Kraken has an absolute beachfront location on the Yeppoon Foreshore and provides fun for the whole family.

The fun water play area features 5 mythical sea creature sculptures with interactive water elements including water cannons, water jets and a ‘one of a kind in Queensland’ umbrella bucket.

Keppel Kraken - 11 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Keppel Kraken Water Play area

Keppel Kraken provides water fun for the whole family and has the perfect location right in the heart of Yeppoon plus the Keppel Islands also providing a spectacular backdrop.

Entry to Keppel Kraken is free!

One of 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon - Keppel Kraken

4. Explore Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves, just 23 kms north of Rockhampton and around 35 minutes from Yeppoon, are easily accessed as the turnoff is just off the highway.

The Capricorn Caves is one of the largest privately owned caves systems in Australia. It is one of the longest-running tourist attractions in Queensland and has won many tourism awards.

Capricorn Caves - No. 4 on the list of 10 awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon

We found the Cathedral Tour of the limestone caves really interesting. The 45minute tour showcases the largest and most spectacular of the caves, is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

During the tour, we learnt about stalagmites, limestone, bat poo and the river systems which at times can be heard under the tunnels.

They hold a number of weddings in the aptly named Cathedral Chamber which has excellent natural acoustics.

To demonstrate these acoustics, they asked if anyone would like to sing.

Cathedral Chamber at Capricorn Caves
The amazing Cathedral Chamber is a popular wedding venue and used for Underground Opera performances

Adele mentioned her name and that unfortunately she didn’t take after the famous singer Adele.

As there were no volunteers, our guide popped on the iPod and was quick to choose the hit song “Hello” by Adele!

The 1km walk through the tunnels was completed when our guide left us to finish the tour by taking a narrow winding walk through caves to an opening before walking across a suspension bridge to leave the Caves.

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.

5. Get up close to crocs at the Koorana Crocodile Farm

We highly recommend a visit to the Koorana Crocodile Farm. It is very interesting and educational and you can see crocodiles up close in a natural habitat.

Koorana Crocodile Farm opened in November 1981.

Crocodiles that were proving to be a danger to people were captured to provide stock for the farm and also was the best way to gain breeding stock.

It’s also the first commercial crocodile farm in Queensland.

Time it right and you might even see some crocodile hatchlings!

Plus, you can even hold a small crocodile at the end of the tour!

Kev holding a small croc at Coorana Crocodile Farm
First time holding a crocodile for Adele - 10 Awesome things to see and do in Yeppoon
Our first time holding a crocodile at Coorana Crocodile Farm – One of our 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

6. Fish at the Causeway

Fishing from the Causeway and in the Causeway Lake is a very popular pastime in Yeppoon.

You’ll find the Causeway Lake between Mulambin Beach and Kinka Beach approximately half way along the Scenic Highway between Yeppoon and Emu Park.

On the larger high tides during what is commonly known as the ‘run through’, fresh salt water is pushed through under the bridge into the lake making fishing for Barra, Queenies, Trevally and Mangrove Jack a popular spot as they feed off the bait fish that are pushed into the lake.

The Causeway Lake is also home to Bream, Grunter, Estuary Cod, Flathead, Whiting and Salmon.

On our first visit to Yeppoon, we saw both a huge 92cm Barramundi and 54cm Mangrove Jack caught off the bridge.

We are yet to hook onto a Barra or Jack in the wild!

Driving the Motorhome over the Causeway

7. See the Singing Ship at Emu Park

Visit nearby Emu Park and see the Singing Ship, a memorial to Captain Cooks ship the Endeavour.

The Singing Ship is a sandstone and cast-iron sculpture made up of a billowing sail, mast and rigging representative of the ship Endeavour.

Sea breezes naturally create musical sounds from concealed organ pipes.

Singing Ship

This unique monument commemorates the historical explorations of Captain James Cook and his discovery of the bay at Emu Park in May 1770.

The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk includes a boardwalk that meanders from the central sandstone historical pictographs up towards The Gatehouse past silhouettes and Battle Markers up to the fabulous coastal lookout ending at the Singing Ship.

8. Head out to Rosslyn Bay and the Marina

The Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay is where the ferries and cruises depart from. Ferries operate daily to and from Great Keppel Island, the largest of the Keppel Island group.

Day Cruises, Whale Watching tours, Fishing Charters and Sailing tours to Great Keppel Island also leave from the Marina.

Transfers to Pumpkin Island leave from the Keppel Bay Marina.

The Pumpkin Xpress ferry service operates on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for guests only.

Read more about our first visit to Yeppoon: 13 Nights in Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast

9. Go wild at the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

You can go wild checking out cuddly marsupials, reptiles, birds, baby animals, monkeys, and snakes at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary.

At the daily interactive Animal show they allow you to take photos while you hold snakes, parrots, lizards, dragons and even pat the Koala all for FREE.

Hand feed and pat the kangaroos, only $2 per bag.

Koala, Kangaroo, Crocodile, Reptile, Exotic Parrot, Monkey, Junior Zookeeper and VIP Reptile Encounters are also available at varying additional costs.

The Cooberrie Park is an open plan Wildlife Sanctuary with 25 acres for the kangaroos to roam around.

They also take care of sick, orphaned and injured wildlife and permanently house wildlife that are unable to be released back in to the wild.

10. Visit Shell World Yeppoon

If you love shells, you will enjoy a visit to Shell World Yeppoon.

Shell World Yeppoon
Entry to Shell World is via the Yeppoon Visitor Information Centre

Shell World Yeppoon displays over 20,000 shells. Also on display are many varieties of coral, preserved marine life and samples of shell craft.

You can purchase shells and craft items at reasonable prices.

Admission is by way of a gold coin.

Shell World Yeppoon - No. 10 of our 11 Awesome Things to see and do in Yeppoon

11. Wreck Point Scenic Lookout

On our third visit to Yeppoon, we discovered the Wreck Point Scenic Lookout at Cooey Bay.

Wreck Point Lookout
Amazing viewsfrom Wreck Point Lookout of Keppel Bay Marina, Rosslyn Bay

The views at the lookout are amazing as you look back towards Yeppoon on the left and as you pan across to the Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay to the right.

It was interesting reading about the sunken ship Selina and how it was calculated that she drifted more than 4,800kms without any crew.

Selina drifted nearly to New Zealand with the Bass Strait current  before the equatorial current pushed her back to the Queensland coast.

Adele doing a Titanic impression on the wooden sculpture of the Selina

Yeppoon Accommodation

Our favourite place to stay when visiting Yeppoon is the Island View Caravan Park at Kinka Beach which is 15kms along from Yeppoon.

Check out the review and video of our stay at: Island View Caravan Park Kinka Beach

Island View Caravan Park Family Pool

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Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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I Can’t Do 4 Walls

I Can't do 4 Walls

I keep saying it, over and over, to anyone who asks and those willing to listen – I can’t do 4 walls.  Simply, I just can’t do 4 walls again.

Why I can’t do 4 walls

Although I don’t know everything about my future and I reserve the right to change my mind, after 4.5 years of living in Darwinny our Motorhome, I love it so much I don’t want it to change for my foreseeable future.

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

Can't do 4 walls

Offers from Friends and Family

During our time whenever we do get back home to Brisbane, there were lots of times where we were invited to friend’s places, sometimes even offered a place to stay.

On a number of occasions, we received text messages from friends “I’m away for the weekend, the spare keys are under the mat, go relax in a bed and use the pool for a few days”.

Adele holding a small croc
Koorana Crocodile Farm Yeppoon

We were so grateful for their offer and thoughts for us. Plus, we love that we have so many wonderful and kind friends.

When we did a housesit for my niece, it was awesome, beautiful pool, nice home, Foxtel, heaps of room to park the Motorhome. It was perfect, except I found within just a day or two I can’t do 4 walls.

I was back doing what I used to do, sit and watch TV, stay at home and not be productive.

I wasn’t LIVING!!

I Can't do 4 walls

Everyone collects a lot of stuff

We visited family and friends in their homes and all I see is “stuff”. The same stuff we used to have. All those possessions I thought that made me happy.

Every now and then you’d blow off the dust and get a broom to the cobwebs and I would use my “stuff” again but for the most part it would just sit there doing nothing.

Just money wasted which made us believe we needed to go back to work again week after week to fund the life everyone else has and we were copying.

Moreton Island Sunset
Sunset Moreton Island.

Our friends and family may read this but I’m sure they’ll understand the context of what we mean. We discussed this with them anyway.

While we passionately respect and love our family and friends, a house just isn’t where we’re at any more.

I just can’t do 4 walls.

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

I Can't do 4 Walls

Brisbane will always be home

We really miss our Mums, both of us have lost our Fathers now, and we miss our sons Matthew and Cameron. Also we miss our friends plus, I miss playing cricket and hanging out with all my mates.

It’s not easy to just pack up and leave and it’s even harder to stay away.

For me, my entire life of 51 years before we left was lived in Brisbane. I grew up living in the same family home, we didn’t move house even once until I was married.

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Humpback Whale Swim in Exmouth remains one of our ultimate highlights of our time around Australia. We highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.
Lara Wetlands
Full moon and a fire, Lara Wetlands

Adele has lived in Townsville and moved around different homes, but I hadn’t. Therefore, I was very used to routine and stability. Given my personality that was probably a good thing.

Recently, we spent time in Brisbane and the South East seeing everyone we could and exploring places we had never seen in our own “backyard”.

I didn’t enjoy the traffic being back home in Brisbane, the hustle and bustle doesn’t do it for me now, but it’s still home and our Family are all there.

Brisbane is home and always will be.

Can't do 4 Walls

What I miss the most

During this time back in the City was when I realised I yearned for things I learnt to love when road tripping around Oz.

3 specific things stood out that I missed.

  • Sunsets and Sunrises
  • Open fires
  • The Stars at night
Can't do 4 Walls
Sunset at Wild Horse Mountain Lookout

Nobody at home talks about seeing an amazing Sunset.

There’s something special about a magical sunset that we just love.

The colours, the differences when there’s a cloud or fire in the distance, the different views across oceans or rivers, over barren land and between mountains or ranges.

It symbolises we’re near the end of another day, an achievement that we survived and enjoyed another episode of our lives.

It resets the clock to tomorrow, when our world is once again an open book to make it another tale, another incredible memory along our journey.

They are a great time for reflection, did we achieve something wonderful today. What can we do tomorrow that is even better?

Sunsets can be so different yet all so spectacular. We just don’t appreciate them at home.

I Can't do 4 Walls

An open fire is awesome!

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

I love waking up in the morning, getting the coals fired up again and cooking some bacon and eggs.

Lighting a fire in downtown Brisvegas is a sure fire way to upset the neighbours and have the local Council issuing a huge fine.

While settled in over that fire at night, it’s so wondrous to look up and absorb the big picture.

Who am I, why am I here, what else is out there, what would it be like to go to the moon, how amazing is life and how our planets work.

I really enjoy looking up to the stars at night, imagining a life where I get to choose my tomorrow. So after experiencing this magnificent lifestyle, I just feel I can’t do 4 walls now.

I Can't do 4 walls

Life on the road is so amazing. Every day is filled with adventure and experiences. So many great memories.

Yes, don’t box me in.

How does that song go:

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

Did I mention, I can’t do 4 walls…..

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Can't Do 4 Walls

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/34thTP1  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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What it REALLY costs to Travel Australia – everything you need to budget for!!

The REAL costs to Travel Australia over 24 months

For the first 2 years of our travels which started in February 2016 we documented everything we spent and recorded it to allow us to help give others a base idea of what it might cost to travel Australia.

We have read other 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 have detailed everything that it really cost us to travel Australia for 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 cost us to the cent.

Of course though, everyone’s travels are different and this is just what it cost us. Use our report to guide you to estimate your own potential expenses.

Ayers Rock at Sunset on Full Moon

About us and how we travel

We were 3 adults as our son who had just turned 23 travelled 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.

Fishing on Fraser Island at Sunrise

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 to do the Big Lap with less likelihood of running out of funds half way into your trip.

Aerial view of Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park

Our Trip

We 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 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 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 through our adventures others could make up their own itineraries.

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The cost to Travel Australia doesn't matter - we just love it!

Lessons we learnt on our travels

When 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 really learnt about our costs to travel Australia 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.

Looking for ways to reduce your accommodation expenses as well as food and groceries? Read How to save money on Accommodation and How to save money on Food and Groceries

We searched for the best value Fuel and looked to conserve fuel by reducing weight.

We didn’t fill up our water tanks until we got to our destination therefore reducing weight and providing better fuel economy.

On a continual basis, we 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.

Here’s a few ways we have found that you can save money on fuel while traveling Tips on Saving Fuel Costs While Traveling

Cost to Travel Australia - On Top of Australia at Mount Kosciuszko

Our Highest Costs to travel Australia

We found the Top end of Australia was the most expensive to travel for a couple of reasons.

  1. The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con and had a pool to swim in during the day.
  2. 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 islands like Great Keppel and Fitzroy Island, 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.

Here’s a few ways that you will help you save when staying in Caravan Parks: How to save Money staying at Caravan Parks

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.

Costs to travel Australia - Sunset at Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park was Free

A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz

1.  Don’t have a washing machine

Two 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 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.

For tips on how to embrace and enjoy the wonderful experience of traveling Australia: Our Best Travel Tips

2.  Pets

It’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 your 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.

You may enjoy reading: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS and A Tribute to MACKS the Best Dog I’ve ever known

Vet & Dog Sitting costs are one of the costs to travel Australia with a pet

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.

We traveled Australia with our beautiful Golden Retriever Macks for the first 16 months of our adventure!

3. Phone coverage

Telstra 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. WiFi

Matt 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

What it really costs to travel Australia - Includes visits to Kimberley Rum Factory in Swan Valley

Here is what is really costs to travel Australia for us 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 🍟🍕🌭

$3,561.61

We 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 $162

Like 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

You may enjoy finding out our ways on saving money on food and groceries:
How to save Money on Food and Groceries

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.

Fuel is just one of the costs to travel Australia

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
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.

Winnebago

Costs related to the Motorhome part of our vehicle was:
$5,226.39

Some 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

Iveco

This is the Costs related to the mechanical part of the Motorhome.
$6,594.44

This includes
3 Services
8 new tyres
1 new windscreen and 1 repair
1 Radiator

Our biggest unexpected Bill shock was $2,882.80 for new Radiator, Coolant Hose and Windscreen in Perth

Entertainment 🏊‍♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡

$18,429.31

We 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.

There’s no regrets with this cost, we wanted to see all of Australia that we could and many of our greatest memories have been the incredible tours we did.

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.

Here are some of our highlights in the first 6 months:
Sleeping in a Swag on the Great Barrier reef
13 Must do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays
Best Things to See in Cairns

Second 6 months

$5,733.90 – Darwin to WA to Tasmania. Included Horizontal Falls, Swimming with Humpback Whales, Broome Fishing Charter, Rottnest Island

Our Second 6 months highlights included:
Best of Broome
Things to See and do in Darwin

Third 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

During our third 6 months, Tasmania and Kangaroo Island were both highlights:
The Very Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania Kangaroo Island
https://youtu.be/sWDhpoK7U3A

Fourth 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.

Some of our favourite experiences on our adventure have been during our fourth 6 months: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Our Highest Entertainment Costs

Our 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.

For some great places to stay around Australia, check out our Best Free Camps, Campgrounds and Caravan Parks and save them to your own list: Our 22 Best Free Camps in Australia Our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia Our Best Caravan Parks around Australia

FishCosts to travel Australia included Fishing Charters in our Entertainment Expenses
Horizontal Falls was the highest tour cost while traveling Australia

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 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸

$4,926.90

It 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

You may enjoy finding out our ways on saving money on food and groceries and alcohol: How to Save Money on Alcohol

MACKS, our dog  

$3,373.04 in vet and medications etc

Sadly 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

$959

We used Dog Sitters wherever possible to allow us to visit National Parks and do tours wherever we wanted to go.

Read all about our experience of traveling Australia with a Dog: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS

Gorge Tours were part of our Entertainment Cost to Travel Australia

Adele’s Nails

$959

Some things a girl just has to do lol

Clothes

$2,488.41

We 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

Fishing

New rods, tackle, bait and gear
$1,452.90

$13.97 pw was spent on 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 or $1 per day.

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

$1,401.05

It’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

$2,909.52

This 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

Adele under the Adels Grove Sign

Hair & Beauty

$370.90

Adele 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 Australia

Total amount = $109,534.16

Total average per week = $1,053.21

How to reduce your costs to travel Australia

In summary, could you do it cheaper, Absolutely!!

Your costs to travel Australia could be much lower than it was for us!

As mentioned, we could probably shave $3000-5000 off our first 12 months accommodation if we did it now. We were such rookies!!

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 to travel Australia.

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 it really costs to travel Australia and what type of 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 Story

We 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.

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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2XOjXhi – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/34thTP1  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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