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Our 12 months Costs for Travelling Australia

We have tracked our 12 months costs for travelling 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, to waking up in entirely new surroundings and starting off the day with a new group of strangers as our neighbours.

We list in full detail not only how much it truly costs travelling Australia for 12mths but also how we track and store our expenses as well as what programme we use.

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 travelling Australia - Adele in Kings Park, Perth
Adele in Kings Park, Perth

Our First 12 months Travelling 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 recognise 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

How much does it cost travelling Australia for 12 months?

It can vary! 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

How did we track our first 12 months Costs for Travelling Australia?

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 is high in our 12 months Costs for travelling Australia including a Tour of an operating brothel in Kalgoorlie WA
Tour of an operating brothel in Kalgoorlie WA

How did we track our expenses to know our 12 months Costs for Travelling Australia?

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 for our 12 months Costs for Travelling Australia?

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 to calculate our 12 months Costs for Travelling Australia?

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 access 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

Read more: How to Save Money on Accommodation

Campgrounds are one of our 12 months costs for travelling Australia
Lucky Bay Campground, Cape Le Grand National Park WA

Let’s get on with it! How much does it cost to travel Australia for 12 months!

Our 12 months Costs for Travelling 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.

Groceries Costs First 7.5 months compared to last 4.5 months

$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.

Read about: How to save Money on Food and Groceries

Wineries another of the 12 months costs for travelling 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 a Happy Hour is there to be enjoyed.

4% of our total expenditure is Alcohol

Check out our post: How to save Money on Alcohol

Penfolds Winery, Barossa Valley South Australia - 12 months costs for travelling Australia
Penfolds Winery, Barossa Valley South Australia

Accommodation $11,458.33 – One of the highest of our 12 months costs for Travelling Australia

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. Therefore Accommodation is one of the highest of our 12 months costs for travelling Australia.

Check out: Save Money staying at Caravan Parks and Free Camps and Caravan Parks

Having fun at Hannans North Tourist mine, Kalgoorlie WA - 12 months costs for travelling Australia
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 travelling Western Australia where fuel costs are greater, bigger distances to travel and also crossing the Nullarbor.

The average cost for fuel is 129.2c per litre.

8% of Total expenditure is fuel.

Read about: How to Save Money on Fuel

The Great Australian Bight, South Australia - 12 months costs for travelling Australia
The Great Australian Bight, South Australia

Speedometre 66,091

We began the trip at 36,691 and have therefore completed 29,400 kms 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 - 12 months costs for travelling Australia

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.

Read more: Tips on Saving Fuel Costs While Traveling and Our Best Travel Tips

Tours are one of the 12 months costs for travelling Australia - Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA
Hannans North Tourist Mine, Kalgoorlie WA

 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.

Entertainment $13,992.31 – The Highest of our 12 months Costs for Travelling Australia!

Our plan for travelling 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.

In the first 12 months costs of travelling Australia, our largest Entertainment expense 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 –
http://indefiniteleave.com.au/us-swag-pontoon-lot-water/

17% of Total expenditure is Entertainment. Clearly our highest of our 12 months costs for travelling Australia!

12 months costs for travelling Australia included a tour of 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.

6% of our total expenditure is Travel fares. Travel is one of our larger 12 months costs for travelling Australia but not necessarily the case for everyone!

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 Campgrounds included in our 12 months Costs for travelling 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. This is also one of the slightly higher of our 12 months costs for travelling Australia.

Vet costs for MACKS one of the bigger 12 months costs for travelling 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.

A visit to The Super Pit, Kalgoorlie WA is included in our 12 months costs for travelling Australia
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 travelling 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

12 months costs for travelling Australia - 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.

12 months Costs for travelling 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.

Total of our first 12 months costs for Travelling Australia

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

What is the Average per week for our first 12 months costs for Travelling Australia?

With the Total for our first 12 months costs for Travelling Australia being $82,157.19, this equates to an average of $1,579.95 per week for us.

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

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Regards
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

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – 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 lens http://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  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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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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Adventurers Diary

Inskip Point Camping, Inskip Point Qld

Inskip Point Feature

One of the best things about camping at Inskip Point is the location.

You are only a 10 minute ferry ride away from stunning Fraser Island and it is just over 8 kms to beautiful Rainbow Beach which makes Inskip Point Camping very popular.

It is an ideal stopover if you are heading over or stopping off on your way back from Fraser Island as well as a great spot to just chill out while you camp beside the beach and do some fishing.

Inskip Point

If you want an early start on the Manta Ray Fraser Island Barge, Inskip Point is the departure point and therefore the perfect place to camp overnight so you can get up bright and early in the morning to catch the first barge.

Inskip Point Camping Grounds & Facilities

There are 7 different camping grounds to choose from when camping at Inskip Point:

  • Sarawak West Camping Area
  • M.V. Sarawak Camping Area
  • M.V. Beagle Camping Area
  • M.V. Natone Camping Area
  • S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area
  • Dorrigo South Camping
  • Pelican Bay Camping Area

Sarawak West Camping Area

Access:   2WD Accessible only in normal conditions, 4WD is recommended

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No set campsites. Limited number for caravans, campervans and camper trailers

Views: A few campsites have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Some sites within close proximity to the beach

M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground Inskip Point

M.V. Sarawak Camping Area

Access:   2WD Accessible only in normal conditions, 4WD is recommended

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No set campsites. Limited number for caravans, campervans and camper trailers

Views: A few campsites have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Beautiful beach only metres away

Inskip

M.V. Beagle Camping Area

Access:   4WD is strongly recommended. 2WD is very limited even in good conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Three Hybrid Toilet Blocks. One with a ramp for Wheelchair access

Sites:  Small Camping area behind the foredunes. No defined campsites. Limited sites suitable for large caravans or buses

Views: A few campsites may have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Camping area is right on the beach

M.V. Natone Camping Area

Access:   4WD access only. 4th Camping area from the entrance to the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area.

Vehicle Access to the Beach:   Via signed tracks only. No driving, parking or camping on the dunes

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  Open camping area. No defined sites. Not suitable for camper trailers, caravans or buses

Views: A few campsites may have ocean views overlooking Fraser Island

Beach: Short Walk from Camping Area

On the beach at Double Island Point
On the beach at Double Island Point

S.S. Dorrigo Camping Area

Access:   4WD access recommended, some sites close to road accessible with 2WD in normal conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  Easy access at the entrance to the campground to get 4WD on and off the beach

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No formally defined campsites. Sites closer to the road are more sheltered from the ocean winds

Views: Amazing views from some sites

Beach: Walking distance to the beach or you can camp close to the beach but tracks are sandy

Coloured Sands from Double Island Point
Spectacular views of the coloured sands from Double Island Point

Dorrigo South Camping

Access:   4WD access recommended, some sites close to road accessible with 2WD in normal conditions

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  No vehicle access to/from the beach within the Dorrigo South Campground

Toilets:   Yes

Sites:  No formally defined campsites. Best suited to smaller vans. Restricted access for caravans, buses and camper trailers.

Views: Views of Double Island Point from some sites. Camping closer to road provides a little  more shelter from wind

Beach: A short walk to the surf beach or to Pelican Bay which is more sheltered

Pelican Bay Camping Area

Access:   Definitely 4WD access only

Vehicle Access to the Beach:  Right on the water’s edge and soft in parts

Toilets:   No toilets or bins. You also need to take your rubbish with you. Use toilets in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area approx 500 metres away on Inskip Point Road. No bush toileting – digging pit toilets is not permitted

Sites:  Only 5 campsites

Views: Pelican Bay Camping Area has estuary views

Beach: A short walk to the surf beach

M.V, Sarawak Inskip Point Camping
M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground

General Campground Information

There are a number of sites suitable for caravans, campervans and camper trailers . Camping in tents is permitted in all areas. Some camping grounds are strictly 4WD only and only minimal areas that are accessible by 2WD.

All sites are unpowered and many areas are shaded. There are plenty of bins provided, let’s all ensure we use them.

Toilets are available in most camping areas, not all. Contents of portable toilets must not be emptied in the Camping areas. There is a Dump Point Facility on Clarkson Drive in nearby Rainbow Beach.

Drinking Water is not available so bring plenty of water with you.

Water can obtained at Clarkson Drive within Rainbow Beach just a few metres along from the Dump Point so be sure to bring along portable refillable containers to top up your supply if needed.

Matt enjoying Happy Hour at Inskip Point
Matt enjoying Happy Hour at Inskip Point Camping Ground

The maximum stay at Inskip Point camping grounds is 30 days.

Generators up to 2.0Kva are allowed only until 9pm at which time they must be turned off. All noise must be kept to a minimum after 9pm.

Chainsaws cannot be used in the Inskip Point Camping areas.

Mobile Phone coverage is limited and unreliable. At times you may get a slightly stronger signal from the beach.

Midges and Sandflies can be bad camping at Inskip Point so ensure you take plenty of insect repellent and relief.

Contact Details for Inskip Point Camping

Phone: 13 74 68
Website
Email: info@des.qld.gov.au
Address: Inskip Point Road, Inskip Point Queensland

Inskip Point Camping
Great to have a view of Fraser Island even if the weather wasn’t great

How to get to the Camping Grounds

From the Bruce Highway/A1 turn right onto Brisbane Road/State Route 15 and continue for 3.4kms before turning right onto Cootharaba Road/State Route 15.

After 42kms, turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road and follow it along for 30km.

Then turn left onto Clarkson Drive. In 1.8kms, at the roundabout take the 2nd exit to stay on Inskip Avenue.

Finally, turn right into Inskip Point Road and all camping grounds are on the right hand side off Inskip Point Road with the exception of Pelican Bay.

To access Pelican Bay Camping Area, continue straight on Inskip Avenue and do not turn right into Inskip Point Road.

Inskip Point
Bark chips on the track into M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground when we camped in Feb 2016

Inskip Point Camping Permit

A camping permit is required and must be obtained before arrival at the campgrounds.

You do not require a Vehicle Access permit when camping in any of the Inskip Point Camping areas.

A Vehicle Access Permit is however required to drive on the beach both at Fraser Island and in the Cooloola Recreation Area. There are separate permits for each or a combined one for both.

How to Book a Camping Site

Individual camping sites cannot be booked and it is on a ‘first in’ basis. There are no defined camping sites.

To book a site at any of the Inskip Point Camping grounds, you can book on-line; over the counter at a booking office; at a self-service kiosk or by calling 13 74 68.

A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed clearly at your campsite at all times.

Inskip Point Camping Site
Camped up for the night at M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground in our motorhome

Inskip Point Camping Map

Download a copy of the Inskip Point Camping Map outlining the campgrounds in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area – https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/164285/inskip-peninsula-map.pdf

Inskip Point Camping Fees

Currently as of 1 July 2020, the cost for camping fees is $6.75 per person per night and families are $27.00 per night.

A Family can consist of up to 8 people in total made up of either 1 or 2 Adults and children under the age of 18. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

Macks at Inskip Point

Is Inskip Point Camping Dog Friendly?

It is dog friendly in the Inskip Point Camping Areas however dogs must be kept under control and on a leash at all times. Please ensure you also wrap and place dog droppings in the bins provided.

You are not permitted to have dogs in your vehicle while driving along the beach and on beach access tracks at Double Island Point, Teewah Beach and Freshwater Road.

You are allowed to travel with dogs to or from Inskip Point however this must be via the Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach sealed roads.

Other domestic animals including birds are prohibited while camping at Inskip Point.

Macks Inskip Point

Are Campfires permitted in the Campgrounds

Open campfires are permitted in the Inskip Point Camping grounds except when fire bans are in place.

Please use an existing campfire site and ensure campfires are fully extinguished with water.

Do not place sand over a campfire as the area will remain extremely hot for a long time and can cause very serious burns or injury if walked on.

All clean untreated firewood, kindling and fire lighters must be brought in. Bush timber is not to be brought in as it may contain pests that could be carrying diseases which can kill native plants.

It is illegal to collect and burn leaves, twigs and wood from the recreational reserve and penalties do apply.

Inskip Point

Inskip Point Tides

The tides are very important when visiting Inskip Point especially if you intend to head over to Fraser Island.

Driving on any beach is best at low tide or 2 hrs either side of low tide.

Inskip Point Weather

As Inskip Point is right on the peninsula, it can be quite windy. To escape the windy Inskip Point weather you may need to camp back from the beach behind the dunes or in areas of the campgrounds closer to the road.

There are a number of weather apps to check on the upcoming weather if you are planning to camp at Inskip Point with Willy Weather and BOM just to name a couple.

Inskip Point Sinkhole Warning Sign

Inskip Point Sinkhole

In late September 2015, just a few months before our stay at Inskip Point in early February 2016, a huge 150 metre x 50 metre wide, 3 metre deep sinkhole opened up at the M.V. Beagle campground.

At around 10.30pm the sinkhole slowly began opening up. Close to midnight, approximately 140 people had to be evacuated from the campground.

It resulted in a Caravan, a car, tents and camping equipment being swallowed by the sinkhole.

In March 2016, there was a second landslip. Again 3 years later in September 2018, another large portion of the beach collapsed into the ocean.

The three sinkholes have all been in the same area.

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Inskip Point

What else is there to do in the area?

Inskip Point Fishing

For most people, Inskip Point Camping includes spending time fishing. With the beach and estuary right at your doorstep, it is the ideal place to catch Bream, Flathead, Tailor and Whiting.

Plus, you have Fraser Island only a 10 minute barge ride away and the fishing on Fraser is sensational.

Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie

Visit Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world

Fraser Island is one place your absolutely cannot miss visiting!!

As it is the world’s largest sand island, the only way to access this stunning piece of paradise is by 4WD.

If you don’t have a 4WD, you can hire one or take a day tour over to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach or there are also 2 day camping or 2 day resort tours.

There is so much to see and do on the island but Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek, the S.S. Maheno and Champagne Pools are everyone’s favourite ‘must sees’.

For more information about Fraser Island, check out these other blogs:

Double Island Point
Double Island Point Rainbow Beach

Drive along Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point

Take a drive along the Beach past the spectacular coloured sands to Double Island Point. The colours in the sandy cliffs are amazing.

You will need to purchase a permit to drive on the beach and you definitely need to check the tide times carefully as the beach is only accessible at low tide.

Purchase your Cooloola Recreation Vehicle Access Permit online.

Check out Carlo Sand Blow

The magnificent Carlo Sand Blow is one of the popular attractions at Rainbow Beach.

Carlo Sand Blow has a ‘moonscape’ appearance and is massive with the sand covering 15 hectares. It is named after Carlo, one of Captain Cook’s crew.

Take a walk throught the rainforest to the top of the Sand Blow and take in the stunning views over Rainbow Beach including the coloured sands, Double Island Point, Inskip Point and Fraser Island.

Tin Can Bay

Feed the Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

For the best chance of feeding wild dolphins, go to the Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin Centre in Tin Can Bay.

Wild dolphins have been coming into this area for many, many years and it offers a great dolphin experience.

Volunteers provide information on the dolphins and arrange viewing times where small groups can each go into the water.

You have the not only the opportunity to see the dolphins up close but you can also feed a wild Australian Humpback Dolphin.

  • Don’t miss this one on one dolphin experience!

Read more: Feeding the Dolphins at Barnacles Café Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay Dolphins

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Inskip Point Camping

Rainbow Beach was our very first destination on our road trip adventure around Australia. Our second stop was Inskip Point where we camped in the M.V. Sarawak Camping Ground for one night on 4 February, 2016.

Back then, we only had our motorhome and it was the only Inskip Point Camping area we could access.

Have you camped at any of the Inskip Point Camping grounds? Tell us about your experience.

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 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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Peter Faust Dam Camping, Proserpine Qld

Peter Faust Dam Camping Feature

The Proserpine Dam or the Peter Faust Dam as it is also commonly known offers a great camping ground right alongside the water’s edge of Lake Proserpine.

The dam is 20kms west of the town of Proserpine in North Queensland. The Peter Faust Dam is only a 45 minute drive from Airlie Beach in the magnificent Whitsundays.

Peter Faust Dam Proserpine

Lake Proserpine Camping area at the Peter Faust Dam is owned and operated by the Whitsunday Regional Council.

It is fabulous to see a proactive council providing camping facilities for RV travellers and encouraging people to visit and spend money in their town by offering free or low cost camping grounds.

Not only is there the Peter Faust Dam Free Camping area, there is also a free RV Park right in the heart of Proserpine as well.

There is also a master plan to continue to upgrade the facilities with the inclusion of Peter Faust Dam cabins, walking tracks and more. Check out the future plans for the Peter Faust Dam here.

Camping at Peter Faust Dam
Sunset overlooking the dam

Peter Faust Dam Free Camping Facilities

The Peter Faust Dam Camping area is an awesome place to camp. The views of the lake are stunning especially at sunset.

It is accessible for all types of vehicles and available for all styles of camping – tents, motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers, roof top tents and big rigs.

There’s heaps of wide open space but it can get windy at times so keep an eye on the wind as to whether you leave your awning out.

Peter Faust Dam Camping

Amenities have recently been upgraded and the toilets and showers are kept very clean and reportedly better than some caravan parks.

There are plenty of bins for campers to place their rubbish so please keep this awesome campground neat and tidy.

Although there is no Dump Point at Proserpine Dam, there is one at the RV Park in Proserpine.

Fires are permitted at the Peter Faust free campground and there are a number of fire pits scattered around the camping area. We have our own foldaway fire pit but we just shared a campfire with our neighbours each night.

Peter Faust Dam Campfire

Generators are allowed while camping here at Proserpine Dam.

The maximum stay allowed is 72 hours.

They are currently proposing to have a caretaker on-site which may also impose a low cost camping fee but it would still not change the fact that it is a magnificent spot to camp.

Peter Faust Dam Wall

There is no phone reception with any network at the Campground however you can get coverage by taking a walk or short drive around the corner up next to the dam wall.

We enjoyed 2 nights free camping at the Peter Faust Dam but didn’t stay a third night and it was mainly due to there being no phone coverage at all in the campground that stopped us from staying one more night.

The cost to stay is Free

Our stay was 18 & 19 October, 2020.

Read more: Our Best Free Camps in Australia

Are pets allowed at Peter Faust Dam Camping Ground?

Yes, pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash. Dog bags are even provided at the campground which is a bonus.

There are roaming cows and a number of geese some of which can get bit feisty so best to keep your pets close by.

Cows roam freely at Peter Faust Dam Camping area

Contact Details for the Peter Faust Dam Campground

Phone: 1300 972 753
Website:
Facebook:
Address: Crystal Brook Road, Lake Proserpine Queensland
Email: info@whitusndaysrc.qld.gov.au

Peter Faust Dam Camping

How to get to the Peter Faust Dam Free Camping Area

From the Bruce Highway go through the Main Street of  Proserpine and continue straight on Faust Street.

Turn right and follow Crystalbrook Road past Camp Kanga. The road then becomes Station Road. Wind around past the Picnic Area and Boat Ramp.

You will find the Peter Faust Free Camping Area a couple of hundred metres further along with the gateway on the right taking you down to the lakeside.

Accessing the Peter Faust Dam Camping area

Are there crocodiles in the Peter Faust Dam?

Just around the time of our stay at the Peter Faust Dam Free Camp, a fisherman captured a 1.7m estaurine crocodile while fishing at night in his boat at the Proserpine Dam.

After restraining the croc, the man took it home but later contacted the Department of Environment and Science who retrieved the crocodile and then placed it in a zoo.

There have been other reports of crocodiles and people are urged to report any sightings. Always be Crocwise, understand the potential extremely serious risk posed by crocs and strictly adhere to warning signs.

 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.
View from the Dam Wall

Things to see and do while free camping at the Peter Faust Dam

Fresh Water Fishing

Lake Proserpine is awesome for fishing. Each year the dam is re-stocked with Barramundi fingerlings. Reportedly the lake at the Peter Faust Dam is home to 1 metre+ Barramundi which is great if you are a keen fisherman or fisherwoman.

Besides the Peter Faust Dam being great for barra fishing, the lake is also home to Sooty Grunter and Saratoga.

On-shore fishing is not permitted on or near the dam. This is due to Sunwater regulations.

Anyone over the age of 18 will need a Stocked Impoundment Permit to fish at Lake Proserpine. For more information and to obtain a Peter Faust Dam Fishing Permit, go to the Queensland Government website – https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/dams

Disability Access
Boardwalk for direct access to Lake Proserpine also provides access for people with disabilities

Peter Faust Dam Red Claw

Red Claw and fresh water crayfish can be found at the Peter Faust Dam also, however we did not see many being caught during our stay.

Definitely none around the lake edge but others with a boat were a little more successful as they were able to drop their pots in on the other side of the dam.

Boating on Peter Faust Dam

Boating on Peter Faust Dam

Access to Lake Proserpine is great for boaties as there are 3 pontoons, a jetty and a boat ramp. Water craft up to 8 metres are able to access the lake via the Peter Faust Dam Boat Ramp near  the picnic area.

The lake is a popular spot for water sports as well. You will often see people with jet skies, canoes and kayaks out on the water.

Boat Ramp and Pontoon
Boat Ramp, Boating Car Park and Pontoon
Crocodile Safari Proserpine

Crocodile Safari Proserpine

On our first visit up through the Whitsundays, we took a trip on the wild side and went on the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari in Proserpine. This exceptional tour gave us a very up close look at crocodiles in the wild.

The Proserpine River is rated as having the best chance of spotting a salt water crocodile in Queensland. It is spot on, we saw plenty in and out of the water, ranging in different sizes and age.

This was a fabulous introduction into crocodiles which proved invaluable to us.

For us, it was great to learn so much about crocs in the early stages of our travels around Australia. An excellent tour where you are absolutely sure to have an up close encounter, the crocs are prolific in this area.

Crocodile Safari Proserpine

Check out Colour Me Crazy, Proserpine

If you love all things colourful, be sure to check out Colour Me Crazy in Proserpine.

This fabulous and unusual little shop is located down Dobbins Lane in Main Street, Proserpine. You’are sure to find something colourful for your motorhome or caravan.

Plus, pick up some great gifts for family and friends.

Colour Me Crazy

Visit nearby Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls are just 20kms out from Proserpine. Set in a beautiful tropical rainforest, a visit to the falls is well worth it. Naturally the best time to visit Cedar Creek Falls is during the wet season months of December through to April.

The falls are spectacular after any rainfall.

Even in dry season, water cascades into the beautiful natural lagoon below. This natural fresh water lagoon is a great and safe spot for swimming especially in the hotter months.

Unfortunately when we visited it was exceptionally dry and there was no water falling at all. It is an easy walk in from the carpark and was still great to see the natural rock amphitheatre and spot some turtles.

Cedar Creek Falls

Other great blogs you may enjoy reading:

Pin – Peter Faust Dam Camping

Other great free or low cost places to stay in the region:

Peter Faust Dam Camping
Magnificent views overlooking Lake Proserpine from the Peter Faust Dam Camping Area

Proserpine makes a great base to explore nearby Airlie Beach.

Have you enjoyed the magnificent views and tranquil surrounds of Lake Proserpine and free camped at the Peter Faust Dam?

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 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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Notch Point Free Camping, Yarrawonga Park Qld

Notch Point Free Camping Feature

Wow, the Notch Point Free Camping at Yarrawonga Park in Central Queensland is absolutely top notch!!

This magical little piece of paradise is located 270kms north of Rockhampton and just over 84kms south of Mackay.

Notch Point

Yarrawonga Park, not to be confused with Yarrawonga on the Murray River in Victoria and Notch Point Reserve is not to be confused with Notch Point Campground on Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia.

Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park in Central Queensland is located alongside a cattle property and cattle roam freely throughout the camping ground.

It’s not every day you are able to free camp with the most amazing absolute beachfront views.

The Notch Point Free Camping area is one of the best free camping grounds in Queensland and even Australia.

Check out our: 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns

Notch Point

Notch Point Free Camping Facilities

Although there are no facilities at the Notch Point Free Camping ground, it is an ideal place to get away from it all and unwind.

There are no toilets or showers so bring a portable toilet if you are in a tent. Apparently, there are showers at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse.

Please take all of your rubbish with you as there are no bins. Bring an adequate supply of water for both drinking and general use. Water bladders are excellent and so are the collapsible water containers like we use to help store water and make for easy access.

Due to the road in to Notch Point this awesome free camping ground is best accessed by 4WD therefore it is mainly suitable for camping in tents, Camper trailers and possibly Caravans.

We did however see a Campervan there so it is possible in 2WD but watch our video for what to look out for.

Notch Point

According to WikiCamps, open campfires are prohibited. We did see some fire pits however please follow the any rules and ensure any campfires are properly extinguished.

When we visited Notch Point for the afternoon we had phone coverage with our Samsung Phones. We were able to receive two bars with Telstra and also we had 1 bar with Vodafone.

Happy Hour at Notch Point

There is a Dump Point at Sarina in the car park of the Visitor’s Information Centre which is next to The Sugar Shed.

Midges can be troublesome at times at the Notch Point Free Camping ground so be sure to take plenty of insect repellent and relief for any bites.

Read more: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

A drone view of the Notch Point Campground
A drone view of Notch Point Free Camping, Yarrawonga Park

Closest Fuel, Food and Bait

As there are no facilities at Notch Point Free Camp you will need to stock up on everything including water before you head into free camp especially if you are planning to stay the full 7 days.

The closest fuel, food and bait is available at the Ilbilbie Roadhouse back on the highway at Ilbilbie.

Can you take dogs to Notch Point?

Dogs are allowed when free camping at Notch Point Reserve in the Yarrawonga Park.

There are cattle roaming freely and there was this sign so probably best to keep your dog under control at all times.

Best to make sure your dogs remain safe and don’t wander on to the surrounding private property.

Notch Point

Beware of the cattle wandering through the camping ground with regards to your food as we witnessed a cheeky cow stealing a loaf of bread while the owners were away from their camp.

Ensure you do not leave any food out overnight or while your site is unattended.

We tried to stop the cow from stealing the food but it wasn’t having a bar of my attempts to dissuade it and I wasn’t going to argue with a big cow.

Cattle roam freely through the Notch Point Free Camping area

Access to the Notch Point Free Camping Ground

The road in from Ilbilbie is tight in some places and definitely requires a 4WD to access.

There is no way we would get our Motorhome in through some areas of the track which were filled with water, the soft sand in some other parts and finally a water crossing.

Also due to the narrow access, it is not suitable for big rigs. Some larger caravans will struggle with the some narrow sections.

Most caravans make it through to Notch Point but be aware the narrow tracks and overhanging branches may scratch the sides of your van.

Sadly for us, it is definitely not suitable for Motorhomes so we will look to take a tent and portable toilet so we can actually stay next time we come through the Central Queensland region.

Fortunately, we were able to check out Notch Point in the Triton while Darwinny stayed back at the Riverside RV Camping at Ilbilbie. This is why we travel in two vehicles – the Motorhome and the Triton.

View our video below for more information on how we travel with both vehicles:

There is a gate that you need to open to enter Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park but the gate must be immediately closed behind you as cattle freely roam the property.

In wet conditions the tracks can be slippery and hazardous.

Also there are some sections of the track that fill with water and a water crossing just before reaching the campground. Therefore access to the Notch Point Free Camp is best at low tide.

Notch Point

Notch Point Free Camping – Booking Requirements

There is no need to book a site when free camping at Notch Point.

You’ll find no shortage of places to camp where you can enjoy absolute beachfront views with swaying palms and coconuts making it feel like you are on a tropical island.

To access the beachfront area in a caravan, head around to the left as you get to the hill. Do not go up and over the hill with a van, Adele found it scary just in the 4WD.

The maximum stay at Notch Point Reserve, Yarrawonga Park is 7 nights in any 21 day period.

The cost to stay is Free

We didn’t stay but the video was taken on 16th October 2020

Notch Point Free Camping

Contact Details for Notch Point Reserve

Phone: 1300 472 227
Website:
Email:
records@isaac.qld.gov.au 
Address: Notch Point Road, Notch Point

A drone view of Notch Point Free Camping ground

Directions to Notch Point Free Camping Area

Depending on which way you are travelling on the Bruce Highway/A1, turn right onto Greenhill Road if you are heading north or should you be heading south, turn left onto Greenhill Road.

After 4.4km turn right onto Notch Point Road. Continue along Notch Point Road for 7.7km past the Australian Prawn Farms before turning right at the sign.

Follow the dirt road and tracks. You will come to a gate, please close the gate behind you. Continue on the track through to the Notch Point Free Camping ground.

Check out our video on getting in to Notch Point:

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.

Notch Point Fishing

Notch Point is considered one of the best fishing spots on the coast in the Central Queensland region.  

You can fish off the beach, in the estuary as well as head out to the reef in a boat. It’s a good spot for Mackeral, Queenies, Trevally if you have a boat or flathead, whiting and crabs from the shore as well as live bait.

Notch Point Crocodile Warning Signs

Are there crocodiles at Notch Point?

There are several Crocodile Warning Signs around the Notch Point Free Camping area. A memorial has been set up under a tree for a 69 year old man who went missing on 16 December 2014.

It is feared to have been a crocodile attack after the man’s boat was found abandoned on the shore.

The boat trailer attached to the man’s vehicle with the engine running were also found at the boat ramp. Very sadly, the man has not been seen since launching his boat.

Please be aware of crocodiles, stingers and sharks in this area.

Notch Point Memorial
Notch Point Memorial

Things to see and do in the Notch Point Reserve Area

Cape Palmerston National Park

Cape Palmerston National Park is around an hour’s drive south of Mackay.

Like Notch Point, access to Cape Palmerston National Park is best by 4wd.

Cape Palmerston features rocky headlands, beautiful bushland and beaches that adjoin the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Mount Funnel, at 344 metres, is also a distinctive feature to the Cape Palmerston National Park.

The views of the ocean are magnificent, the on-shore and off-shore fishing is great and there are a number of bush walking tracks.

Camping at Cape Palmerston National Park

A permit is required to camp in the Cape Palmerston National Park and camping fees apply.

As at 1 July 2020, camping fees are $6.75 per person per night or $27.00 per night for a family of 2 Adults and up to 8 children under 18yrs. Children under 5 are free.

You will need to book a camping site and arrange your camping permit before you arrive.

Bookings can be made on-line via the Queensland Parks website; at a self-service kiosk or over the counter at a booking office. Alternatively, you can phone 13 74 68.

Sarina Sugar Shed
Adele practicing her cane cutting at the Sarina Sugar Shed 🙂

Sarina Sugar Shed

A tour of the Sarina Sugar Shed suits all ages.  You will learn about the growing, harvesting and the process of crushing the sugar cane which is very interesting.

The tour goes for approx 1 hour and you will also have an opportunity to taste sugar in a number of different forms as well as sample some sweet treats.

Even the big kids like ourselves were delighted to sample the free fairy floss at the end of the tour.

The Sugar Shed is open 7 days from 9am – 4pm except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day and there are 4 tours each day starting at 9.30am with the last tour commencing at 2pm.

Read more: Mackay – Whitsundays region, so much to see and do

Sarina Sugar Shed
Big Cane Toad in Sarina

The Big Cane Toad

Sarina is approx 48kms north of Notch Point and is home to The Big Cane Toad. The locals have called it Buffy due to Bufo Marinus being the scientific name for a cane toad.

Originally, The Big Cane Toad was made out of paper mache in 1983 for a float in a sugar festival. It was later cast in fibre glass and is now a feature in the main street of Sarina.

It’s one of the many big things that we have discovered on our travels around Australia.

Check out more: Big Things of Australia

Carmila Beach Camping
Camping at Carmila Beach

Carmila Beach

Just a half an hour’s drive south of Notch Point is Carmila Beach which has another great absolute beachfront camping ground.

Carmila Beach is another unspoiled piece of paradise but does have toilets, barbecues and picnic tables.

You can camp at Carmila Beach for up to maximum of 14 nights. Simply book using the Park Mobile website or App or call Isaac Council on 1300 472 227.

Read more about: Carmila Beach Campground

Also check out our video on how we almost bogged the Motorhome at Carmila Beach:

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Pin – Notch Point Free Camping!

Pin - Notch Point Free Camping

Other great places to stay in the region:

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 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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