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Our 12mths Expenses and Costs for Traveling Australia

We have tracked our 12mths costs for traveling Australia and February 2017 represents 12 months since we left the safety and routine of our home and embraced life on the road. It has been 12 months with 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.

To do this comes with risk, deep concern for family we left behind like our Mums and youngest son, a deep desire for adventure and a little bit of crazy all rolled into one. Emotional times for sure.

We mapped out our adventure around Australia and worked out it would take us 2.5 years and the first year has just passed. It’s been so amazing it’s impossible to put into words.

 

12 months costs for traveling Australia - Adele in Kings Park, Perth

Adele in Kings Park, Perth

Our First 12 months Traveling around Australia

We left Brisbane and drove north, eventually making it to Cooktown in North Queensland in June 2016. By July we arrived in Darwin and mid August we were sunning it up on Cable beach in Broome. We spent 4 months in WA before leaving Esperance and Kalgoorlie to discover the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, Moonta for Christmas with our great travel buddies we met in WA, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Melbourne and over to Tasmania mid January.

The budget is based on our time from Feb 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017.

Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

We completed a budget after 7.5 months, which you can view here http://indefiniteleave.com.au/much-cost-trip/, and as we expected our costs since then have reduced in most areas.

It’s important to recognize we are 3 adults, Adele, Kevin and our 24yo son Matthew plus our beautiful 15yo Golden Retriever MACKS. We fund our sons trip, all part of a master plan that will have him looking after us when we are old and senile.

Fuel is just one of the costs for traveling Australia

Making our way on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Our vehicle is a 2009 Winnebago Esperance 3L Turbo 6 Speed. Auto/Man. It is just on 8m in length, 3.2m high and 2.5m wide.

In the beginning of our trip we spent most of our stays in caravan parks, primarily for a pool during the day and air conditioning at night. Since leaving Broome we have stayed more and more often in Free or Low cost campgrounds as cooler weather has allowed.

Swan Valley with our fabulous friends Scott and Kez

Swan Valley with our fabulous friends Scott and Kez

We in no way suggest our costs to do our trip are or need to be the same for you. Lots of people do their trip at a lower cost to us but we are looking to pack as much as possible into our adventure and this includes many tours and trips. We also fly home every 3-4 months to visit our mothers, our other son, friends and family. We see that as a direct expense of our trip and they are included in our budget.

Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

A further bit of a recap from our last Blog:-

Why do we go to the trouble of tracking our expenses?

We operate a separate business as we travel. We’re not exactly sure what we can or can’t claim so we monitor all our costs and therefore our Accountant can work out the details when necessary.
We are used to operating a business and tracking expenses so it’s natural for us anyway. It is a lot of work but we are happy to share our costs with everyone in case it’s of assistance to you.

Entertainment Costs for traveling Australia included a Tour of an operating brothel in Kalgoorlie WA

Tour of an operating brothel in Kalgoorlie WA

How do we track our expenses?

We ask for a receipt for everything.
Every dollar we spend we ask for a receipt and after this long it’s giving us some good data and genuine averages that we can share with you. We hope this helps you with the planning for your adventure.

How do we store the information?

We keep the receipts in a folder until we are ready to enter the data. The receipts are stored according to the month of the expense.

National Parks Costs for traveling Australia are minimal
What programme do we use?

We like to use an Excel spreadsheet. We are used to using them and we can create formula’s to calculate the information we’re after. There are apps that we know others are using but we’ve never looked at them. My mate calls me a Luddite, maybe that has something to do with it lol.
The spreadsheet we use is our own which we created. You can purchase our Trip Budget Calculator here>

Russell Falls, Tasmania

Russell Falls, Tasmania

Some preliminary details before we discuss costs are:

• Number of Boat Trips: 10 – Lady Musgrave Island, Great Keppel Island, Airlie Beach x 3, Horizontal Falls, Rottnest Island, Tamar River, Tasman Island, Bruny Island
• Number of Ferry trips. 6 – Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Daintree River, Sorrento, Spirit of Tasmania, Bruny Island
• Plane trips. 5 – To home and back Mackay, Darwin, Perth. Also Cairns and Broome for adventure.
• Fishing Charters 4 – Airlie Beach x 2, Mission Beach, Broome

Our accommodation has been:

  • 253 nights in Caravan Parks
  • 22 nights at Campgrounds
  • 11 nights Free camping
  • 4 nights at Station stays
  • 4 nights in an Overflow park
  • 6 nights in RV rest areas
  • 1 night on the Spirit of Tasmania Ship
  • 39 nights with Family and Friends
Campgrounds are one of our accommodations costs for traveling Australia

Lucky Bay Campground, Cape Le Grand National Park WA

Let’s get on with our expenses.

Our 12 Months Expenses and Costs for Traveling Australia

Groceries $12,439.40

Let’s start again with food. It would appear our grocery costs have increased significantly since the first report at 7.5 months. For that we don’t have an explanation. Most of that time was spent in WA and possibly it’s the higher cost of groceries in the state. Also, in the first months we would have had groceries from home with us so for first month or two our costs would have been lower.

Whilst it’s easy to think it’s irrelevant, as we have to eat whether we are at home or on the road, the difference is what we pay. At home you know your local grocery stores and where the best buys are. The prices remain relatively consistent and you can easily budget your food costs week to week.

When traveling Australia you don’t know the best local supermarkets and sometimes they’re not available. Sometimes you pay higher prices to access necessities quickly or you may find fantastic markets where you can buy some groceries at great prices.

Christmas 2016 with Scott and Kez, Moonta SA

Christmas 2016 with Scott and Kez, Moonta SA

Then of course prices do vary, sometimes quite significantly, depending where in the country you are. Therefore costs when traveling can be different to your normal costs at home.

$6,880.15 was total after 7.5 months
$917.35 average per month after 7.5 months
$1036.62 current average per month
$1235 average per month last 4.5 months

Groceries are 21% of overall costs.
The percentage has increased primarily because other costs such as Accommodation and Entertainment have been reduced as well as Grocery costs increasing.

Wineries another of the costs for traveling Australia - Sampling wine at Wolf Blass, Barossa Valley SA

Sampling wine at Wolf Blass, Barossa Valley SA

Takeaway $2,063.19

$171.93 average spend on takeaway per month
$518.77 was total after 7.5 months
$69.17 average per month after 7.5 months

We’ve had a bit of increase in Takeaway spending in recent months but it is still low at just 3% of our expenditure.

Wine Tour of Swan Valley, WA with our great friends Maurice and Susan from home in Brisbane

Wine Tour of Swan Valley, WA with our great friends Maurice and Susan from home in Brisbane

Dining out $5,559.89

I’m led to believe some Takeaway costs have slipped into this category. This includes mostly lunches and dinners out with the rare breakfast also.

We don’t go out to Pubs or Restaurants often but have enjoyed a few Brewery’s and Wineries.

7% of total expenditure is in dining out.

Rum Distillery in Swan Valley, WA. I became a regular.

Rum Distillery in Swan Valley, WA. I became a regular.

Drinks $1,893.25

This is our drinks cost when not dining. Our drink costs when dining out have been included with the food bill.

2% of total expenditure is drinks.

Someone turn on the tap. Wolf Blass, Barossa Valley SA

Someone turn on the tap. Wolf Blass, Barossa Valley SA

Alcohol $2,894.92

Over the course of the 12 months our Alcohol preferences have altered. I’ve reduced my Bundy preference from the Premium brand Small Batch back to the Original. It’s easier to get and I can buy more of it for the same price, works for me.

Adele has found Moscato white wine and it is now her preferred drink.

We have just found ALDI alcohol, which has Sparklings and Moscato bottles for just $4.99. We stocked up in Portland prior to crossing the border back into South Australia.

Our alcohol intake hasn’t slowed. Too many new friends on the road and each afternoon is there to be enjoyed.

4% of our total expenditure is Alcohol

Penfolds Winery, Barossa Valley South Australia

Penfolds Winery, Barossa Valley South Australia

Accommodation $11,458.33

Our first 7 months were spent either in hot summer conditions or winter in Cairns, Darwin and Broome.

For us, a pool during the day for swimming and air conditioning at night for a great night sleep was a pre-requisite.

We expected that this part of our trip was going to involve Free camping and reduced accommodation costs and that is how it has turned out. We have reduced our daily stay cost from $38 per night to $33. During this last 4.5 month period our nightly cost is just $23.31

The first 7.5 months our accommodation cost was 16% and the last 4.5 months it was just 12% of our costs.

Colourful Beach Sheds at Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Colourful Beach Sheds at Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Average cost per night is $33.12

Last 4.5 months stays:

Caravan Parks 82 nights
Campgrounds 18 nights
Free Camps 13 nights
Station Stay 1 night
Family/ Friends 16 nights
Most expensive $58 – Coral Bay WA

14% of Total expenditure is our accommodation.

Having fun at Hannans North Tourist mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Having fun at Hannans North Tourist mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Fuel $6,367.65

Our fuel costs have risen slightly, up from $109pw to $122pw. I put this down to traveling Western Australia where fuel costs are greater, bigger distances to travel and also crossing the Nullabor.

The average cost for fuel is 129.2c per litre.

8% of Total expenditure is fuel.

The Great Australian Bight, South Australia

The Great Australian Bight, South Australia

Speedometre 66,091

We began the trip at 36,691 and have therefore completed 29,400 klms in our first 12 months on the road.

NSW and ACT are the only state or territory we haven’t visited. In the 12 months we have crossed the borders from Qld into NT, WA, SA, Vic and been over to Tasmania.

Victorian Border

Vehicle Expenses $9,083.88

The Motorhome Vehicle expenses include replacing all 3 batteries in Cairns, the Signage of the Motorhome, replacing of all 6 tyres, vehicle services in Cairns and Perth, radiator replaced, windscreen replaced, purchase of the Waeco fridge, water pump repairs and other various repairs.

11% of Total expenditure is vehicle expenses.

Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Entertainment $13,992.31

Our plan for traveling Australia was always to experience as much as absolutely possible within our budget. This meant seeing Australia also by sea and air as well as land.

Since our last budget was completed we have been to Rottnest Island ($380), swam with Humpback Whales in Exmouth ($900), a Bubbles Tour of Margaret River ($220) and cruised the Tamar River and Cataract Gorge in Tasmania ($217).

Overall our Entertainment expenses have reduced significantly from our first 7.5 months which was at a cost of $11,493. This was at an average of $353.63pw at a cost of 23% of expenses compared to now at $269.08pw at 17% of expenses.

Our largest Entertainment expense over the 12 months was the Horizontal Falls tour from Broome at $1,706.90 followed by Reefsleep in the Whitsundays at $1366.10

You can read all about Reefsleep here –
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17% of Total expenditure is Entertainment.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Travel Fares $4,817.34

A new category in this budget which was previously included in Entertainment.

These are travel costs of our 3 return flights back home to Brisbane during our trip plus Spirit of Tasmania ferry and Sorrento ferry.

% of our total expenditure is Travel fares

Sunset when leaving the Port in Melbourne for Tasmania

Sunset when leaving the Port in Melbourne for Tasmania

Gas $288.82

BCF are consistently the best and cheapest location to fill our gas bottles at $13.99. We have 2 x 4kg bottles.

Our Gas cost is very low and less than 1%

Medical $862.43

1% of Total expenditure is medical expenses.

Lucky Bay - One of the Campground Costs for traveling Australia

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park WA

Vet $2,929.66

Our Vet costs have increased as MACKS spent 6 nights in Port Lincoln Vet Hospital with Geriatric Vestibular Disease just prior to Christmas.

They were fantastic in their care of MACKS and very fair in charging us only $1,443.30 including medications.

4% of our total expenditure is Vet costs.

Vet costs for MACKS one of the bigger costs for traveling Australia

MACKS during recovery of Geriatric Vestibular Disease, Moonta SA

Dog Sitting $959

Without doing as many tours during the last 4.5 months our dog sitting costs were also reduced. Our previous overall cost of 3% has been reduced to only 1% of overall cost.

1% of our total expenditure is dog sitting.

Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

Adele’s Nails $499

Adele nails continue to require attention, they now have a very orange fleuro glow.

1% of our total expenditure is spent keeping Adele happy with beautiful nails. Happy wife = Happy life!!

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Hair and Beauty $184

There’s a good reason I wear a cap at all times, to stop getting sunburnt. Clearly this is an Adele expense.

1% of our total expenditure is Hair and Beauty.

Taxis $548.59

1% of our total expenditure is taxi fares.

The Super Pit, Kalgoorlie WA

The Super Pit, Kalgoorlie WA

Clothes $1,989.01

We bought some new clothes at Christmas and we had little winter clothing with us and therefore purchased some warm clothes when we arrived in Tasmania.

2% of our total expenditure is Clothes.

Fishing $554.74

This includes fishing equipment, tackle and bait. We now have lost count of how many rods we have, it’s either 8 or 9. We also have 6 or 7 reels.

1% of our total expenditure is Fishing.

Fishiing Charters one of the costs for traveling Australia

Fishing Charter, Broome WA

Laundry $500

We didn’t allow for washing in our last expenses list. Without receipts it’s hard to be exact, this is an estimated figure.

1% of our total expenditure is Laundry costs

Photography $695.95

I bought a new lens from a second hand shop for about half price of brand new at $280. Apart from that this includes lens hoods, new battery and lens filter.

I have my eye on 2 more lens yet 

1% of our total expenditure is Photography expenses

Richmond Bridge, Richmond Tasmania

Richmond Bridge, Richmond Tasmania

National Parks $142

National Park fees are very minimal cost of our travels and doesn’t even register.

0% of our total expenditure is National Parks

Misc $1,433.83

2% of our total expenditure is on Misc items.

Costs for traveling Australia - Incredible rugged coastline of Port Arthur, Tasmania

Incredible rugged coastline of Port Arthur, Tasmania

Once again as a reminder, we are 3 adults and we are funding our son Matt’s costs throughout the trip.

For our first 12mths costs traveling Australia – Our total cost of expenditure is $82,157.19.

This is an average of $1,579.95 per week.

 

Do you know how much your trip is costing you per week?

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Jill

    April 5, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Excellent read, have enjoyed following your journey on Facebook. Great pics also. Thankyou for sharing

  2. Rosemary Robinson

    April 5, 2017 at 8:00 am

    For those followers who are saying “OMG! I can never afford to do this” let me assure you it is possible. My total expenses for the last 12 months were $21,927 and the previous year just over $25,000. I mainly free camp (only $548 in camp fees) but I eat well, enjoy a drink or two at happy hour and haven’t done as many tours. My van is old (1986 Ford Econovan) and needs a fair bit of maintenance so I spent $3200 keeping it going last year and $2017 on petrol. This was down from $3300 the previous year when I was travelling the long distances in WA. I travel solo and the age pension is my only income. I am also on the road full time, and have been for 4 years now. This lifestyle will work for any budget if you want it to. Sure there’s things I’d love to do, like the Horizontal Falls trip you did, but even when I was working there were things my budget didn’t stretch to do nothing’s changed 😝 Oh yes, that’s right, I’m no longer stressed, I look 10 years younger, I have this amazing happiness right throughout my body and I’m loving my life!

    • Indefinite Leave

      April 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hi Rosemary. Thank you for your feedback and you are certainly correct, this is just our costs 🙂 You are right about stress free, isn’t it awesome.

    • Heike

      August 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Would love to met you . I am from Germany and go in a few weeks on my first tour around australia

  3. Jenny

    April 5, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for the amazing detail. I’m hopeless at keeping records but you are so organised. And it looks like you get on so well. Loving following you

  4. Sue

    April 12, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Thankyou. What a comprehensive list of expenses. And a low maintenance wife I have to say. I think my hair costs will be more ! Lol. We are about to undertake 7 months on the road (hopefully soon -I have kidney stones being dealt with) hopefully mid may for 7 months. Your expenses give a true indication of costings for 3. When I divided by 3 in some areas, took out pet expenses and re dived that over 7 , I believe we have a comparable estimate. Such a great comprehensive read. Thankyou. Sue & Harry

    • Indefinite Leave

      April 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you Sue and Harry. Yes and we have flown home 4 times also which is a significant costs most people don’t have. Adele is low maintenance in all ways lol, she manages her own hair for the most part. I had kidney stones in Perth and ended up in hospital, know how you feel. Glad it was of help to you 🙂 Safe Travels.

  5. Debra Hills

    April 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Finally got in to check this out
    FANTASTIC reading 🙂

  6. Marion Halliday (Red Nomad OZ)

    April 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Wow! That’s a great comprehensive breakdown – and it gives other people the option of looking at what they perhaps wouldn’t spend if it was them! For eg my nails don’t require ANY attention, haha! I’m sharing this on my RedzAustralia FB page as it’s such good and helpful detail.

    • Indefinite Leave

      April 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Marion. Yes that was the plan, dissect it as much as possible so people can work out what apply’s to them and what doesn’t 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it, I’ve been reading your blogs too. 😉

  7. Jill on the go

    May 30, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I am going to try and keep better records next trip. We also have an old 78 refurbished viscount. But have new truck a ranger. Just short trips we got 16 per 100km on those trips of about 400 is.
    We want to sell up and go on road full time for a few years. I need to recoup from my hip replacement I had the other day and then off. Hope to keep in touch.

    • Indefinite Leave

      May 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Jill. Thank you for your message. It doesn’t matter what we travel in, as long as we enjoy this amazing country 🙂
      It would be great to catch up, let us know if you see us out there

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17 Reasons to Visit Redcliffe

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

There’s plenty to see and do in and around Redcliffe so it is definitely worth it to visit Redcliffe. In fact, there’s at least 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe that we can think of. Take a stroll through Bee Gees Way, cool off in the Settlement Cove Lagoon right beside the water’s edge, enjoy a meal at one of the many cafes or restaurants, check out the Sunday Markets or visit any one of the beaches on the Peninsula. You can go skydiving, whale watching all from Redcliffe which is just under 40kms from the city of Brisbane.

Redcliffe is part of the Redcliffe Peninsula which is located just north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD.

Do you know how Redcliffe got it’s name? The name originates from ‘Red Cliff Point” named by Matthew Flinders due to the red cliffs at Woody Point which is an obvious choice when you think about it.

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Redcliffe Welcome Sign

 

From Redcliffe on a clear day, you can take in the magnificent views across Moreton Bay and distinctly see the huge sand hills on Moreton Island.

 

17 Reasons why you should Visit Redcliffe

 

1. Bee Gees Way

The Bee Gees Way has proven to be a popular attraction for Redcliffe over the last 6 years. The first stage of the 70 metre walkway which runs from Redcliffe Parade through to Sutton Street was unveiled in 2013. On an even more spectacular scale, Barry Gibb personally attended the Grand Opening of Stage 2 in 2015!

The walkway features more than 60 captioned photos and 13 album covers from their incredible career which spanned 4 decades. There’s also a 5.3 square metre video screen showing exclusive interviews with Barry Gibb. They also play old home movie footage on the big screen along with video clips of many of their songs. So as you stroll down this awesome musical monument, you can also take in the 70 metre mural showcasing artwork of Barry, Robin, Maurice and Any Gibb whilst listening to their hit music in the background.

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

Bee Gees Way – 70metre walkway runs from Redcliffe Parade through to Sutton Street

 

Be like us and the many thousands of others and be sure to have your photo with either of the life-sized bronze statues or both! There’s one when the Gibb brothers were young barefoot boys and the other one commemorating the band as adults when they were at the peak of their career.

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Bee Gees Way

Adele posing for a photo with the Bee Gees

#beegees

Time your visit in the evening and you can also experience the fabulous light shows which are set to three of the Bee Gees greatest hits – “Staying Alive”, “Night Fever” and “How Deep is Your Love”. The light shows run every night on the half hour from 7pm through to 9.30pm.

Entry to this amazing outdoor musical tribute is FREE and a must see for Bee Gees fans and music enthusiasts in general. The walkway honours the most famous young Redcliffe residents of the 50’s. Who would of thought way back then that the Gibb brothers would go on to become one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

 

Bee Gees Trivia

Do you know how the Bee Gees began?

The Bee Gees were founded in 1958 after their family migrated from Manchester to Redcliffe. They were first discovered while playing at the Redcliffe Speedway which was owned by Bill Goode. Bill Gates who was a DJ from Brisbane’s Radio Station 4BH heard them singing in the interval at the speedway. It was Bill Gates who gave them their first gig on the radio. Coincidentally, it’s the initials of these two men that brought about the name The Bee Gees. Barry the eldest of the Gibb Brothers was only 14 at the time that they signed their first music contract at the kitchen table in their home at Redcliffe.

#beegeesway

 

2. Settlement Cove Lagoon

Nestled below the main street of Redcliffe at the water’s edge is the Settlement Cove Lagoon.  There is an awesome large lagoon-style pool and a separate wading pool with a pool fenced enclosure for little kids. Make a day of it as there are barbecues, picnic shelters and playgrounds. There’s also a bike path that runs alongside the lagoon and the foreshore edge.

The best part – the lagoon is FREE and open to the public 24 hours a day, every day, all year round.  So it’s a great place to cool off on a hot Brissie Summer’s day. Most people naturally swim in the Summer months. It’s also the safest time as the Lagoon Lifeguards are on duty from December to March, even on Christmas Day! The hours are usually from 7.00am to 6.00pm Mondays to Sundays. You’ll find however Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day and the entire January School Holidays the Lifeguard hours are extended to 8pm. We utilized these extended hours when we spent the afternoon and evening cooling off in the lagoon with friends last New Year’s Day.

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Settlement Cove Lagoon

How inviting does the water look at Settlement Cove Lagoon

 

Although Settlement Cove Lagoon is an open facility it does have some restrictions. It’s a ‘no alcohol’ and a ‘smoke free’ zone. Also you are not allowed to take glass into the lagoon area, plus pets are not allowed. You can however walk your dogs on a lead along the pathway on the ocean side of the lagoon. Certified service animals are permitted in all areas except in the actual lagoon water. Best to check the Moreton Bay Regional Council website for a full list of restrictions as these are just the main ones!

 

3. Redcliffe Jetty

The Redcliffe Jetty is hard to miss as it extends out from the main street of Redcliffe. It has long been an identifiable landmark of the Redcliffe Peninsula but the original jetty was actually not the first pier to be built in Redcliffe. Built in 1885, it was second to the Woody Point Jetty which was constructed in 1881.

In 1922, a second Redcliffe Jetty was built. After the original jetty fell into disrepair, it was more economical to build a completely new structure. This new jetty housed a Halfway House which was later transformed into the Penny Arcade in 1938.  Apparently, the Gibb brothers often frequented the entertainment arcade as youngsters growing up in Redcliffe.

By 1961, the second jetty had deteriorated so much it was pulled down and replaced with the third and current Redcliffe Jetty. The current jetty which opened in 1999 extends from what was once the 1930’s Bathing Pavilion. It is great to see that they have retained the heritage features of the old pavilion including drinking fountains, lights and seating.

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Redcliffe Jetty

The third and current Redcliffe Jetty

4. Redcliffe Jetty Markets

Every Sunday the main street of Redcliffe is closed off and is only open to pedestrian traffic. The entire street and entry to the Jetty comes alive. Both sides of the road are filled with a variety of fabulous stalls ranging from quality arts and craft, hot food, fresh fruit and vegies to jewellery, plants and other handmade items.

The Redcliffe Jetty Markets are open from 8am – 2pm. It’s a fun day out for the whole family especially with it being located right on the beach front as well. Plus, the markets are pet friendly!

#gottalovesundays

 

The main street of Redcliffe is closed and only open to pedestrians on Market Days

Redcliffe Jetty Markets are open every Sunday

 

5. Eating Places in and around Redcliffe

What’s in the Pot? and Mon Komo are two of our favourite places to eat not just in Redcliffe but they are also two places that feature in our 17 Best Eating Places in Brisbane and Gold Coast. For more of our favourites, click on the link here >

https://indefiniteleave.com.au/best-17-places-eat-drink-brisbane-gold-coast/

 

One of our 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe is for the array of dining options. Here is our list of just the eating places that we have been to in Redcliffe, Margate, Woody Point and Scarborough over the years. There are many dining options available in the Redcliffe region but these are just a few!

 

Redcliffe Restaurants & Cafes

MonKomo – A great spot to meet up with friends and family for a drink and lunch or dinner!

What’s in the Pot? – We just love the atmosphere, the authentic Italian food and the warm, good old-fashioned hospitality at What’s in the Pot?. You never know what delicious food will be on the menu as it is cooked fresh daily and the menu changes depending on how many dishes are available on the day/night.

One of our favourite restaurants - What's in the Pot?

What’s in the Pot?

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

One of our favourite Redcliffe Restaurants – What’s in the Pot?

 

The Rustic Olive – As great friends of ours live at Woody Point, we have dined here enjoying the classic Italian food and outdoor dining atmosphere overlooking the beautiful bay.

Preece’s – We have been guilty of stopping in to check out their house-made cakes and slices. Their banoffee’s were to die for but we haven’t noticed them in the cabinet lately 😊

The Coffee Club – Always a great meeting place for lunch, dinner or a coffee/milkshake!

Cactus Jack’s – Another enjoyable dinner out with our friends 😊

Banjo’s Bakery Café – Enjoy Pies, pastries, sandwiches and rolls and of course their sweet treats are always tempting!

Dolphins Leagues Club – We have attended a Wedding Reception at Dolphins and also had dinner in the Bistro.

 

Margate Restaurants

The Golden Ox – Very popular for Wedding Receptions. We have had dinner there with friends and celebrated special anniversaries there as well.

 

Scarborough Restaurants & Cafes

Danny’s Café Bar Restaurant – A great place for dinner and catch up with our good friends on one of our visits back to Brisbane while we have been traveling around Oz.

Morgans Seafood – Best fresh and cooked seafood! There is usually a queue but trust us it’s definitely worth the wait!!

 

Morgans is renowned for the freshest Seafood

Morgans at Scarborough has the freshest seafood

Woody Point Places to Eat

The Belvedere Hotel – We have enjoyed many a Birthday Dinner, Anniversary Celebration or just dinner with our friends or family at the Belvedere!

Café Apre – Their Big Breakfast is delicious and an absolute bargain at $9.99!!

 

6. Where to Stay at Redcliffe

There are a range of different types of accommodation in Redcliffe from Hotels to Caravan Parks to Showgrounds.

Oaks Mon Komo

We checked into Mon Komo for a night before we left on our adventure back in Feb 2016! We were utterly exhausted from packing up the house ready for rental and moving everything that wasn’t coming with us in the Motorhome, into Storage. It’s a shame we didn’t get to enjoy it more.

Oaks Mon Komo at Redcliffe

Oaks Mon Komo

 

The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach

With a Rooftop pool, a restaurant, stunning bay views and beautiful bay breezes, The Sebel at Margate would be a great option if you are looking for Redcliffe accommodation. It is only 25 mins from Brisbane Airport and 40 mins from the Brisbane CBD. Good friends who live nearby have dined many a time at the restaurant which faces the beach!

Scarborough Holiday Village

The Scarborough Holiday Village has absolute water frontage therefore you can enjoy the fabulous bay breezes from beautiful Moreton Bay. It overlooks the magnificent Moreton Island and is nestled between parkland and the Yacht Club.

The ever-popular Sea Salt & Vine is located right on the doorstep of the Scarborough Holiday Village and is open 7 days from 7am – 4pm with live entertainment on weekends!

We have just recently stayed at this perfectly located Holiday Park and it has proven to be a very good option for us anytime we are back in Brisbane.

 

Scarborough Holiday Village

Scarborough Holiday Village

Redcliffe Showgrounds

Like the Pine Rivers Showgrounds at Lawnton and the Dayboro Showgrounds, the Redcliffe Showgrounds opens up out of show season for RV Camping. Outside of the Redcliffe Show which is held each year at the end of June, the Showgrounds are a popular short-term option for people with caravans or motorhomes who are stopping off in Brisbane on their travels.

Bells Caravan Park

The Bells Caravan Park at Woody Point is located right on the Esplanade overlooking the water but the front sites reportedly get a lot of road noise.

 

7. Beaches in the Redcliffe Region

As Redcliffe is on the Peninsula it is surrounded by a number of little beaches. Although the sand is a little gritty and more of a golden reddish colour, these beaches are close to Brisbane’s doorstep and one of our 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe. Being so close and handy, any of the beaches are great for beating the Brisbane heat. Don’t bother heading to Redcliffe for a surf as usually there are literally only ripples in the water but this makes the beaches ideal for kids to play and swim.

Bells Beach

Bells Beach is opposite the Bells Caravan Park next to Pelican Park before Woody Point and is a very popular spot for jet-skiers, SUPs and kite-surfers. Look up as you will often see skydivers coming in for a landing on the beach!

 

Bells Beach Redcliffe

Bells Beach past Pelican Park is popular for water sports

Clontarf Beach

Clontarf Beach runs from the Houghton Highway Bridge down to Pelican Park and is the first beach you immediately come to as you drive off the bridge onto the Redcliffe Peninsula. It is also where you’ll find the Aqua Splash Redcliffe over the Summer School Holidays.

Margate Beach

Margate Beach is the largest of the Redcliffe Beaches and stretches 2kms from Scotts Point to Suttons Beach. You’ll often find people of all ages using the the shared boardwalk which is lined by beautiful Norfolk Pines, to go for a walk or cycle. Also there’s a number of white pavilions dotted along the foreshore that provide shelter and a place to stop and admire the beach and Moreton Bay.

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - the Beaches

Margate Beach is the largest Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula

Queens Beach

Queens Beach is the only off-leash dog beach in Redcliffe. The beach only becomes an off-leach area at certain hours of the day – before 8am and after 4pm. Queens Beach is located between Scarborough and Osbourne Point and has a small sand boat ramp.

Redcliffe Beach

Right in the heart of Redcliffe is the Redcliffe Beach and it stretches either side of the Redcliffe Jetty. Although it is not highly regarded as a swimming beach, it is great to throw a line in off the jetty or to just cool off in the water on a hot day.

Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach is very popular for families. The main attraction is Pirate Park, a fabulous railway and pirate themed playground which is fenced to keep the kids in! It also has huge climbing trees which our boys loved when they were young! Recently they have added a separate fenced Jumping Pillow a little further along Scarborough Beach.

 

Scarborough Beach

Pine Tree Lined Scarborough Beach

Scotts Point

Scotts Point is in Woody Point and is accessed from the most southern end of Margate Beach. There is a nice shaded park high on the hill overlooking the beach and the rocky outcrop. The Scotts Point Bathing Pavilion which was built in 1937 being the most prominent feature.

 

The Scotts Pt Bathing Pavilion still stands proud at the northern end of Margate Beach

The historical Scotts Pt Bathing Pavilion

Suttons Beach

Suttons Beach is the only patrolled beach in and around Brisbane. It’s also one of the best beaches at Redcliffe for swimming. You can take a stroll along the walkway right along the waterfront from Suttons Beach to Settlement Cove and then up to the main street of Redcliffe via the Boardwalk. Plus, there’s a shaded playground and a number of barbecues and picnic shelters at the Margate end of Suttons Beach.

Woody Point

Woody Point has very little beach but right beside the beach and water front is Crockatt Park. It has an undercover playground and a large covered picnic shelter with barbecues. Also, directly opposite is the Belvedere Hotel and a little further along you can fish off the Woody Point Jetty.

 

 

8. Redcliffe Weather

We always believe the temperature is slightly lower at Redcliffe due to the beautiful bay breezes coming directly off Moreton Bay. So whenever we have visited our good friends at Woody Point, it always seems cooler than it is at our home in the northern suburbs of Brissie.

 

9. Fishing at Redcliffe

A portion of the old Hornibrook Bridge remains at each end as a fishing platform. Often bream, flathead, chopper tailor, whiting and school jewfish are caught at this prime and easily accessible Redcliffe fishing spot. The Ted Smout Memorial Bridge also has a 10m by 50m fishing platform. Both sand and mud crabs are often caught in the Pine River channels as well.

The Redcliffe Jetty and jetty at Woody Point are also popular land based spots to fish from. The rock walls at the entrance to the Newport canals can also be good for fishing and can easily be accessed if you don’t have a boat. Also people just fish off the beach at Scarborough, Redcliffe and Margate.

If you are heading out for a fish around Redcliffe, be sure to know where the green zones are located. Click here for a Fishing Green Zone Map for the Moreton Bay region.

There is also a reef off Scarborough so it’s popular for boaties! If only we had a boat lol 🙂

 

Scarborough Boat Ramp

Scarborough Boat Ramp

 

10. Whale Watching Tours Depart from Redcliffe

The Whale Watching season usually starts in June-July and continues through to November. So if you’re keen to go whale watching and you don’t want to travel far from Brisbane, you’re in luck as tours depart from Redcliffe. With Brisbane Whale Watching Tours, you are guaranteed whale sightings. Their ‘MV Eye Spy’ is Brisbane’s only purpose-built whale watching vessel. It’s Eco accredited, has 6 spacious viewing decks and also offers wheelchair access.

The ‘MV Eye Spy’ departs daily from the Redcliffe Jetty at 10.00am and returns at approx. 2.30pm. The tour also includes a delicious fresh buffet lunch, yummm!

Book your Brisbane Whale Watching Experience here>

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17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Whale Watching

Whale Watching tours depart from the Redcliffe Jetty during Whale season

 

11. Redcliffe Annual Events

Redcliffe Kitefest

Each year Redcliffe hosts a North Brisbane Kite Festival which is held over two days at Pelican Park at Clontarf. Apart from the fun and excitement of the kites of all shapes, colours and sizes filling the skies, there’s kite making workshops, shows, live music, roving entertainers and markets.

Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

Each year thousands of people take part in the Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run which is the most scenic fun run in Queensland. You don’t have to be a professional marathon runner to enter as they cater for all levels of fitness. So you can opt to run, walk for a cause, or simply take a pleasant stroll at your own pace along the Redcliffe waterfront. There are also 4 distances to choose from – 3km, 5km, 10km and the 21.1km event. All events start and finish at Pelican Park in Clontarf.

 

12. Redcliffe Wind Sculpture

OPTO is the moving masterpiece of sculptor Phil Price. The two bright orange rings opposite Bee Gees Way are made of steel and carbon fibre. The kinetic rings are designed so that they move in relation to the environment.  They can rotate, spin and pass over one another in response to the breeze coming off Moreton Bay. They are truly amazing to see when they are rotating in the wind!

 

Two distinctive rings rotate, spin and move over one another in response to the wind coming off the bay

Opto Sculpture opposite Bee Gees Way

 

13. Redcliffe Museum

The Redcliffe Museum is located on Anzac Avenue just up from Oxley Avenue. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am – 4pm; 10am – 3pm on Sundays but closed on Mondays.

Entry is FREE!

The museum features films from Redcliffe’s early days. It displays old and modern-day photos as well as highlighting the history of seaside holidays over the years. Plus, they also hold exhibitions and workshops in the museum so great for the kids and adults.

 

14. HMQS Gayundah

The rusted remains of the HMQS Gayundah Wreck are clearly visible at the base of the cliffs at Woody Point just around the point from the jetty and the popular Belvedere Hotel.

The HMQS Gayundah, built in 1884, first operated as a flat-iron gunboat by the Queensland Maritime Defence Force. Later it was part of the Royal Australia Navy before being decommissioned in 1921. She then served as a sand and gravel barge in Brisbane until the 1950’s. Ultimately in 1958 after being scrapped, she was purposely run aground at Woody Point so as to serve as a breakwater structure to prevent soil erosion.

 

The wreck of the HMQS Gayundah

The HMQS Gayundah was purposely sunk at Woody Point to act as a breakwater wall

 

HMQS Gayundah at Woody Point

A drone’s view of the HMQS Gayundah

 

15. Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens offers a peaceful and shady place to escape right in the heart of Redcliffe. There’s heaps to see including a Herb Garden with over 500 different species, a water feature, flower gardens, native plants, a rainforest with over 250 rainforest species as well as it’s home to more than 1000 bats! There’s a number of walkways throughout the gardens, an amphitheatre, an open grassed area and drinking fountain. Unfortunately dogs are not permitted.

It’s a great spot for picnics and birthday celebrations as well with shelters and seating provided around the gardens. Also it is popular place for weddings,  however if you are planning an event or wedding you will need to make a booking through the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Entry to the gardens is FREE! The gardens are open between 6am and 6pm, seven days a week and are wheelchair accessible.

16. Redcliffe Inflatable Water Park

Redcliffe Aqua Splash are back for their second Summer season at Pelican Park at Clontarf. You can’t miss it! As soon as you come off the Hornibrook Bridge, you can see Redcliffe’s amazing inflatable Water Park!  You can splash into Summer 7 days from 9am – 7pm during each season.

So if you are looking for a fun way to keep cool and or entertain the kids of all ages, be sure to check out the Redcliffe Aqua Splash Inflatable Water Park. It’s just one of the 17 reasons to visit Redcliffe especially over the school holidays!

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Aqua Splash

Aqua Splash Redcliffe Inflatable Water Park at Clontarf

 

17. Skydiving

The last of our 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe but certainly not least. You can escape the hustle and bustle of Brisbane and get your adrenaline going by skydiving on the peninsula. Skydiving at Redcliffe provides the best city and coastal views.

If you want to experience Australia’s highest skydive, then Redcliffe is the place to do it! You’ll soar to heights of up to 15,000ft, before taking the huge plunge.  After a thrilling 60 seconds of free fall, your parachute opens, then you can get your breath back and start to relax and really enjoy the experience.  While you’re floating down you’ll be able to soak in the views of the Brisbane city skyline as well as Moreton Island, before touching down on the beach at Redcliffe.

 

Book your Redcliffe Skydiving Experience here > https://indefiniteleave.experienceoz.com.au/en/brisbane/skydiving-brisbane/brisbane-15-000ft-tandem-skydive

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Skydiving

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

Skydivers coming in for a beach landing at Clontarf

 

We have witnessed skydivers coming in for a landing on the beach at Clontarf many a time. When Kev bravely did his skydive 15 years ago, a gift given to him for his 40th Birthday by his good mate, Kev landed on the beach at Scarborough. This was an enormous challenge for Kev as he has always been scared of heights!

Here is the link so you can check out Kev’s Skydive

 

How to get to Redcliffe

By Car

You can head northbound across Bramble Bay on the Houghton Bridge from Brighton to Clontarf. The adjacent Ted Smout Memorial Bridge provides the southbound lanes from Clontarf back over to Brighton. The Houghton Highway is a 2.74km reinforced concrete viaduct. Up until 2013, these two bridges were equally the second longest bridges in the country.

Both Kev and Adele had a set of grandparents who funnily enough lived only streets apart at Margate/Woody Point. So both us clearly remember the old Hornibrook Bridge and the days of the toll.

 

The Old Hornibrook Bridge

A portion of the old Hornibrook Bridge at each end has been retained as a Fishing Platform

 

Another route is to travel along Anzac Ave from Petrie through Kallangur, North Lakes, Mango Hill, Rothwell, Kippa-Ring right into Redcliffe.

By Bus

Buses run from the Sandgate Bus Station to Redcliffe traveling through the suburbs of Brighton, Clontarf, Woody Point, Margate, Redcliffe, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Kippa-Ring back to Clontarf.

Also the new Hornibrook Bus Line services Chermside to Redcliffe with routes around the peninsula including to and from the Railway stations at Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

By Train

Up until October 2016, because there was no train service to Redcliffe, the only public transport to the Peninsula was by bus. In recent years, the train line has been extended so the new Redcliffe Train Line now runs from Petrie right through to Kippa-Ring.

 

Have you visited Redcliffe? Do you have you any other points of interest to add to our 17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe?

 

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

 

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19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

When we think of Australia’s best beaches the list usually includes places like Manly Beach, Bondi, Whitehaven Beach, Surfers Paradise or maybe Cable Beach but away from these primarily tourist places are so many hidden beaches and bays. We have discovered some incredibly beautiful beaches around Australia that you have probably neither heard of, nor been to. So we have compiled a list of 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches and we’ve been to every one of these in our last 4 years traveling Oz.

 

Once again Brad Farmer on behalf of Tourism Australia has released his list of Best beaches and again I’m calling it utter rubbish.

https://www.news.com.au/travel/australian-holidays/secret-spots/popular-australian-beaches-snubbed-in-annual-best-of-list/news-story/d3ba80d4b120ff7c71634473f5a3337e

 

He’s even thrown in Wagga Beach, famous to locals for its 5 o’clock wave, because he wanted to show that inland beaches could be great also. We have enjoyed an afternoon at Wagga Beach and it is good but I believe I’ve chosen two that are far superior. Be assured the people of Wagga are very happy and even gloating about this ridiculous list and fair enough.

 

Of course, our favourite beach can be personal for each of us and we all have a reason for being attached to the one we consider the Best.

Have a look at these 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches around Australia we have chosen, that are in no particular order, and tell us what you think.

 

How many of these have you seen?

Where is your favourite beach that no-one knows about?

 

19 Spectacularr Secret Beaches

Silica Cove Beach

1. Silica Cove Beach, near Jervis Bay NSW

You can only reach this one on weekends and only by a 6km return walk from Honeymoon Bay.

Read all about Honeymoon Bay

 

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Froggies Beach Whitsundays

 

2. Froggies Beach, Whitsundays Queensland

60 kms from Airlie Beach and a corrugated track brings you here, overlooking beautiful Gloucester Island.

 

13 Best Things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Ocean Rafting the Whitsundays

Must see Mackay to Whitsundays Region

Reef Sleep the Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef

Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach

Base Backpackers Caravan Park Airlie Beach

 

 

Honeymoon Bay - 1 of the 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Honeymoon Bay Moreton Island

 

3. Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island Queensland

Just 45 kms from Brisbane but only accessible by 4wd is this absolutely stunning bay.

Everything about visiting Moreton Island

 

Twilight Cove is one of our 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Twilight Cove Esperance

 

4. Twilight Cove, Esperance Western Australia

Along the Great Ocean Drive in Esperance you can’t miss this glorious stretch of beach.

 

Stunning Maitland Bay in the Bouddi National Park, NSW

Maitland Bay Bouddi National Park

5. Maitland Bay, Bouddi National Park New South Wales

Take the path down and back through the forest to reach this one.

 

Aerial view of Moon Point with the drone

Moon Point Fraser Island

6. Moon Point, Fraser Island Queensland

Access is only by boat from Hervey Bay or 4wd on the sand tracks of Fraser Island to see it but OMG it is stunning.

Fishing and Exploring Fraser Island

The Nkgala Rocks challenge, Fraser Island

 

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches - Hidden Beach Stokes Bay Kangaroo Island

Hidden Beach Stokes Bay Kangaroo Island

 

7. Hidden Beach, Stokes Bay Kangaroo Island South Australia

Make your way through a rock opening created by dynamite to find this secret spot.

Discover Hidden Beach on Kangaroo Island

 

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches - Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge Great Ocean Road

 

8. Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Victoria

This one you may know of, a lesser discussed gem than the 12 Apostles nearby.

 

Quicks Beach on the Murray River

Quicks Beach Murray River

 

9. Quicks Beach, Murray River Victoria

A fabulous sandy beach it can get busy during peak times but when we were there we had it almost to ourselves.

Camping at Quicks Beach on the Murray River

 

The colour of the water at Parker Point o Rottnest Island is spectacular

Parker Point Rottnest Island

 

10. Parker Point Rottnest Island Western Australia

We could have chosen any one of the many beaches and bays on remarkable Rottnest Island off Perth in WA. Way too much to see in just one day.

 

Rapid Bay is one of our 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Rapid Bay

 

11. Rapid Bay South Australia

One of our favourite campgrounds in all of Oz and it fronts right onto the magnificent beach. It sure is beautiful and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and more.

Camping at Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay Sunset

2 days before Easter Rapid Bay

Easter Friday Rapid Bay

Our 29 Best Campgrounds

 

Ormiston Gorge has its only spectacular beach

Ormiston Gorge West MacDonnell Ranges

 

12. Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges Northern Territory

Another stunning inland beach, this one is in the West MacDonnell Ranges.

 

A stunning sunrise at Crab Claw Island Resort

Crab Claw Island Resort

 

13. Crab Claw Island Northern Territory

Enjoy magnificent sunrise views and admire the beach from the resort pool or bar but just don’t swim here. Salt Water Crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on this beach and we were busted off by big sharks within casting distance from the shore.

Staying at Crab Claw Island Resort

Access to Crab Claw Island

Sunrise at Crab Claw Island Resort

 

Our 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches list includes The Pinnacles in the Ben Boyd National Park

The Pinnacles Ben Boyd National Park

 

14. The Pinnacles, Ben Boyd National Park New South Wales

We got a tip from a local to visit here and just Wow!!

 

Barn Hill Station - 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Barn Hill Station

 

15. Barn Hill Beach Western Australia

The turquoise water, white sand, red or white cliffs with perfect blue sky make this a genuinely stunning beach.

Camping at Barn Hill Station

 

Marney Bay Dampier Archipelago

Marney Bay Dampier Archipelago

 

16. Marney Bay, Dampier Archipelago, Karratha Western Australia

Take an island tour out of Karratha to reach this one. We swam and snorkeled here for hours.

 

Spring Beach near Triabunna Tasmania is spectacular

Spring Beach

 

17. Spring Beach, Tasmania

Some of the most crystal clear ocean water you will ever see and breathtaking views across to Maria Island. Great fishing too.

Watch this funny video of Adele catching a good Salmon at Spring Beach.

The Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania

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Whiskey Bay Wilsons Promontory

Whiskey Bay Wilsons Promontory

 

18. Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

The beaches in this region are gorgeous and Whiskey Bay is a definite must see.

 

Wilsons Beach Abrahams Bosom Reserve

Wilsons Beach Abrahams Bosom Reserve

 

19. Wilsons Beach, Abrahams Bosom Reserve New South Wales

A 2km walk along an easy track from the carpark at Abrahams Bosom Beach in Currarong and you are highly likely to have this one all to yourself.

Discover Gosangs Tunnel and Wilsons Beach

 

There it is, our list of our favourite 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches of Australia.

How many of these did you know about?

Leave us a comment and tell us your favourite secret beach.

 

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele Hockey
Indefinite Leave

 

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Exploring Honeymoon Bay

One of our most favourite places we have stayed around Australia has been Honeymoon Bay in southern NSW.

Exploring Honeymoon Bay at sunset

Honeymoon Bay sunset

Jervis Bay in NSW is an incredible location with numerous spectacular beaches, fantastic swimming and fishing, whale watching opportunities and some incredible National Parks walks and places to stay.

Exploring in and around Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay is part of the Beecroft Weapons Range which we discovered after driving through the Jervis Bay National Park. It is owned by the Royal Australian Navy and is unique in that access is limited and therefore much of the area remains relatively untouched. Camping is possible only on weekends at the Honeymoon Bay Camping Ground with limited facilities available, which is where we stayed and explored this incredible region.

 

Honeymoon Bay is perfect for swimming

 

There is a small cove perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, SUP and the campground is Bush camping at its best!

The sunsets here are stunning and we were lucky enough to witness one of the most glorious evening sunsets you could ever see.

Read our review of Honeymoon Bay campground and watch the video.

 

The calm waters of Honeymoon Bay

 

 

We snorkeled all around Honeymoon Bay and spent lots of time swimming, walking the surrounding tracks and appreciating the natural beauty of the area.

 

Spear fishing is prohibited within Honeymoon Bay itself however there are lots of areas outside of the bay where I was able to take the spear out and spend some time under water.

 

Adele enjoying a dip at Silica Beach

Checking out the shipwreck at Silica Beach

 

Silica Cove

From Honeymoon Bay camping area we took a leisurely 5km walk to Silica Cove Beach. Here we found the rusty old St Martins De Porres which was shipwrecked back in December 1994. While we were here we enjoyed a quick swim in the stunning turquoise water of the bay.

There was also a small boat washed up at the other end of the beach. Its console was sitting sideways inside the boat and part of the motor cover was acting as an anchor.

 

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

 

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

There’s so much to enjoy exploring the area including the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse. We have seen lots of lighthouses as we have traveled around Australia but this one would have to be our new favourite and it is definitely worth the visit.

 

This historic lighthouse has such a unique castle like design and is believed to have been the first lighthouse in NSW to be made out of precast concrete blocks.

It was built in 1898 replacing the inadequately positioned Cape St George Lighthouse and was operational until 1993 when it was de-manned and replaced with the lattice style tower which needs no manpower and runs automatically off solar.

 

Outer Tubes

 

Outer Tubes

Back at the car park to the lighthouse there’s a track taking you to the Outer Tubes. These honeycomb rock ledges are often used for rock climbing and abseiling. Further down the track are steps leading you to a truly unique location. It is here that you find one of only 2 locations in the world known for land based fishing for Marlin.

 

We saw fisherman with blow up pools and water filters to keep live mackerel bait, who sleep overnight in their attempts to catch these big fish usually caught in the deep open oceans.

 

Land based marlin fishing

Filtered pools to store live mackerel bait

 

Flying your Drone at Honeymoon Bay

Because the region is a controlled Navy area it is a restricted air space and therefore a No Fly Zone area for Drones going by the Open Sky app. However this article by local Andy Hutchinson suggests there are times where flying Drones may be possible. If you are looking to fly in the region it might be best to check with the Military as Andy did.

https://andyhutchinson.com.au/illegal-fly-drone-commonwealth-park/

 

Queue of campers entering Honeymoon Bay Campground

Honeymoon Bay Information Centre

 

Honeymoon Bay – How to get there

 

To find Honeymoon Bay, take a right hand turn if heading north onto Forest Road turnoff just north of Jervis Bay at South Nowra. Drive for approx. 30-40 minutes through Jervis Bay National Park to just before the small town of Currarong. It is bitumen all the way although some sections of the road were not in good condition.  Take it easy driving and I’d suggest stick to the speed limits.

Take the Lighthouse Road turnoff to the right and you will find an Information Centre on the corner where you will need to stop and go inside to organise and book your spot.

There is no pre-booking, so it’s first in, first served.

 

The gates do not open until Friday at 1pm and close on Sunday night at 8pm. These are the only hours access is permitted. We arrived at 12.30pm and the queue was already long. We would recommend arriving by midday or even earlier. You can begin paying at the Information Centre from midday however the boom gates don’t open until 1pm.

 

After our fabulous weekend at Honeymoon Bay, we stayed a night at the Currarong Beachfront Holiday Park now known as Holiday Haven Currarong.

 

Honeymoon Bay Campsite

 

Honeymoon Bay Camping Ground

The Honeymoon Bay Campsites are really spacious, our site was huge. We fitted our Motorhome plus friends 4wd and Caravan and still had plenty of room.

Portable toilets and bins were available however you will need to bring your own water. All sites are unpowered.

Take cash with you, there are no Eftpos facilities when booking in.

How much does it cost

Cost to stay is $15 per site for 2 adults. Extra adults are $5 each and children 15 and under are free.

 

Once your paperwork is complete and payment made you will need to go through the Beecroft Weapons Range Ranger Station Check Point outside the Information Centre. They asked us our names, phone number, how many people and if we had weapons or any pets with us.

 

Once we passed the check point it was gravel road. Some sections were quite corrugated for the approx. 3km drive before turning right in to Honeymoon Bay Rd. From here it was another 3kms on gravel road but there were no corrugations on this road down to the campground.

 

While in the region, don’t miss the chance to discover Gosangs Tunnel where you crawl through a cave to the Tasman Sea on the other side.

 

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele Hockey
Indefinite Leave

 

Another great place to stay in the Jervis Bay area:

Jervis Bay Holiday Park

 

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