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Our 18 Best Free Camps in Australia

In our 2 and a half years around Australia we have found some fantastic free places to camp.

For us, we love the ocean and therefore most of our best places are overlooking a beach.

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

We all have our own perceptions of what that is for us, the following 18 places are the ones that have appealed the most to us from what we have seen so far.

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

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

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

All 18 are completely free, at the time of writing there was no charge to stay.

# December 2017 Update – Uluru has been removed as it is now closed. Wallangarra, Lake Wyangan, Quicks Beach, Lake Malwala and Doolans Bend have been added.

# September 2018 Update – 17 is now 18 with inclusion of Calliope River.

 

18. Wallangarra Rest Stop

Location: At the Qld/ NSW border in the Southern Downs region

About: An excellent free camp area with lots of facilities and heaps of space when travelling the New England Highway. It is located directly on the border of Qld and NSW.

There are plenty of facilities making this an ideal stopover for free.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/wallangarra-driver-revivor-rest-area-wallangarra-queensland/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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17. Lake Wyangan

Location: Griffith, NSW

About: A beautiful lake with great fishing in a quiet country town and excellent wineries close by, what’s not to like.
Toilets and showers are available but byo your drinking water.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/lake-wyangan-griffith-new-south-wales/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: No

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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16. 7 Mile Beach WA

Location: South of Geraldton, WA

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/7-mile-beach-campground-bookara-wa/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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15. Calliope River

Location: 15 mins from Gladstone in Qld

About: A great Free camp right on the Calliope River just a short drive into Gladstone. There are campgrounds either side of the river, just choose your spot and set up. We did hear of some fish caught when we stayed there so drop in a line, enjoy a campfire and your favourite drink or two.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/calliope-river-rest-area-river-ranch-queensland/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 48 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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14. Lake Mulwala

Location: Mulwala, NSW near Yarrawonga on the Murray River

About: This is a fabulous free camp just a few kms from town and right on the bank of Lake Mulwala, part of the amazing Murray River on the NSW/ Victoria border.

Known for it’s fantastic fishing you can find a camp site right on the banks and enjoy up to 2 weeks in this amazing location. There are no facilities, you will need to have your own arrangements for toilet, showers and bring your own water.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/kyffins-reserve-lake-mulwala-new-south-wales/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 14 nights in any 3 month period

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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13. Doolans Bend

Location: Murray River Browns Plains Victoria, 30 kms from Albury.

About: One night here just wasn’t enough. A fantastic location directly on the banks of the Murray River. Set up a fire, cast out a line and enjoy this amazing locationin a beautiful bush setting.

There are no facilities so bring your own water and you will need to take your rubbish back with you.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/doolans-bend-on-the-murray-river-browns-plains-victoria/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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12. Cliff Head Campground

Location: near Arrowsmith, WA

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

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

When we were there new toilets had just been installed.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/cliff-head-campground-north-of-arrowsmith-wa/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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11. Babinda RV stay

Location: North Queensland

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

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

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/babinda-rotary-park-rest-area-babinda-queensland/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes. Also Vodafone and Optus.

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10. Brown Bay, Port MacDonnell

Location: East of Port MacDonnell, South Australia

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

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

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/brown-bay-eight-mile-creek-south-australia/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 24 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, outdoor cold shower

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

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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9. Garden Island

Location: Clarence Point, Tasmania

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/3144-2/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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8. Lake Mackintosh

Location:Mackintosh Dam, Tasmania

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/lake-mackintosh-tullah-tasmania/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Unlimited

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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7. Robe Jetty

Location: Robe, South Australia

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

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

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/robe-jetty-robe-south-australia/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

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

Pet Friendly: Yes

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

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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

Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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

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

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

Videos:
Stokes Bay – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/stokes-bay-kangaroo-island-south-australia/
Vivonne Bay – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/vivonne-bay-kangaroo-island-south-australia/
American River – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/american-river-kangaroo-island-south-australia/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  At Penneshaw and Parndana

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Only at Kingscote and Penneshaw

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5. Henty Park Campground

Location: Portland, Victoria

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/henty-park-campground-portland-victoria/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: Now 48 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Available at Pool complex next door for $2

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes, plus Optus and Vodafone

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4. Quicks Beach

Location: Murray River, Barooga Victoria

About: Our favourite location along the Murray River, a sandy beach with a flowing river, space and freedom.

It can be very busy here however we got lucky and picked the perfect time to be there. Take your kayaks and tubes and enjoy the best place to swim along the Murray.

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/quicks-beach-murray-river-barooga-new-south-wales/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  No

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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3. Corella Dam

Location: Between Cloncurry and Mt Isa, Queensland

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

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/corella-dam-queensland/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

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2. Bay of Fires

Location: North East coast of Tasmania

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

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

Video:       https://indefiniteleave.com.au/swimcart-beach-bay-of-fires-tasmania/

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

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1. Gregory River

Location: Gregory, North Queensland

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

Video:           https://indefiniteleave.com.au/gregory-river-free-camping-gregory-queensland/

Cost:               Free

Max nights stay: No limit

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

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

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

Pet Friendly: Yes

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

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: No

 

How do you like our list of our favourite Free Camps in Australia?

Tell us of any we have missed and we will look to go there and add them to our list of Australia’s Best Free Camps.

Safe travels,

Kevin & Adele Hockey

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Jeanette

    August 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for all your wonderful posts, enjoyed reading and looking at the stunning photos.

    • Indefinite Leave

      August 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you Jeanette. We enjoy putting it all together for you 🙂

  2. Dennis & Marion Cranston

    August 30, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful journey you have been on. Thank you so much for sharing & also the information re each campsite & towns & fantastic photos. We will definatly be putting a lot of these sites on our bucket list!!!

    • Indefinite Leave

      August 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you Dennis & Marion. We certainly recommend each one, we loved them all, great spots.

  3. Mark

    August 30, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your top Free Camping spots around OZ. It makes our trip plan easier for when we take off to do the lap. Safe travels and happy free camping…

  4. Deb

    September 1, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Thanks for the amazing pics n awesome information. I am traveling by myself, n all these places look fantastic. Cheers n thanks again Deb

    • Indefinite Leave

      September 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Hi Deb, thanks for your message. Each of those we found to be really safe too. Enjoy your continued travels 🙂

  5. Brigid

    September 1, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for sharing I’ve been to a few in tassie but not so many on the mainland thanka

    • Indefinite Leave

      September 2, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Brigid. Tassie has so many awesome places to stay, we loved it 🙂

  6. Susan

    October 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Thanks so much for all this fabulous information guys. I’m a total newbie (just took off two weeks ago) and am about to hit one of these towns. The info you provided has kick started my day with a glow because I know where to go … and your earlier comment to another respondent about the safeness/security of each of your recommendations is very comforting (as a “onesy” traveller). All the best for the remainder of your indefinite leave!

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 22, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thank you Susan. Hope you have a fantastic trip. It’s an amazing country and you’ll no doubt settle in fairly quickly. Safe travels 🙂

  7. Mike

    October 24, 2017 at 5:16 am

    What an incredible report. Thank you for all the hours you have put in to do this.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you Mike. You’re welcome, really interesting stats I thought 🙂

  8. Clarke Mc Dowell

    October 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Hi
    Thank-you for your time and trouble posting this. I just thought I would let you know ‘Uluru By Sunrise” has been closed, the aboriginal land was extended and the have banned camping on it.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you Clarke. Yes I have read that, real shame such a magnificent spot.

  9. Amanda Croft

    December 13, 2017 at 7:53 am

    A great read – I have noted a few of those that are closer to Sydney for a getaway in a few months time. Thanks for sharing. I’m so envious !! We are planning a lap in the next few years when our youngest is old enough but my feet are itching now !!!! Safe travels hope to bump into you one day travelling 👍🏻

    • Indefinite Leave

      December 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you Amanda. People are travelling with children of every age, some even having babies as they travel, I wouldn’t let that stop you 😉
      We love meeting people so hopefully we will catch up somewhere 🙂

  10. Susie Dunn

    December 13, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Looks amazing. We’re off in 18 months. Great info. Thanks for sharing. Could you tell me what time of the year we’re you at Quicks Beach on the Murray please?

    • Indefinite Leave

      December 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Hello Susie. We were at Quicks Beach just 3 weeks ago. We were 1 week away from fishing season opening again on Dec 1. What a fabulous location, we loved it. 🙂

  11. don kennedy

    December 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    we have been on the road for 20 yrs and just getting the hang of it.

  12. Yvonne

    January 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Wow! I am going to put this list under my pillow, so disappointed about Uluru being closed. Is this permanent. Thanks for sharing, lets hope no more are closed.

    • Indefinite Leave

      January 24, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Yvonne. Yes we agree, I doubt we will go back again now given the Free camp is closed and very soon climbing Uluru will officially close also. We were in absolute awe of Uluru/ Ayres Rock but our trip there was made even more special by our camp spot and fulfilling my long time goal of climbing it. It’s a long long way to go for a lesser experience.
      Yes, closed permanently at this point.

  13. Olivia

    January 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Bay of fires looks incredible!!!!!

  14. Jim and Frieda

    January 30, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for posting Kevin and Adele

  15. Lesley

    January 31, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Brilliant work, thankyou so much for sharing these gems. Even living in the relevant state fora couple I wasn’t aware of how gorgeous they were! What a backyard we have! Definitely the lucky country!

    • Indefinite Leave

      January 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Absolutely agree with you there Lesley. We are bloody lucky to call Australia home 🙂

  16. Paul White

    February 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    This is a big country, I think it is appalling that there are not a lot more,especially with toilets and showers.
    Thanks for the info though.

    • Indefinite Leave

      February 27, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Yes I agree, however it’s us travellers that are our own worse enemy sometimes and I’m not talking about overseas tourists either. 🙂

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Adventurers Diary

Get the F###ing Fire Extinguisher!!

There’s a major story that we have never told, but a lot of time has gone by and I feel the time is now right.

The air conditioner on our Motorhome caught on fire.

You know, flames from the roof, bellowing smoke, fire brigade, campground jam packed with hundreds of people all around us and Adele inside the Motorhome while the roof was alight with flames and smoke.

It was Easter Friday 2017. Earlier to this, we had been to Kangaroo Island in South Australia and arrived back on the mainland a few days prior and went straight to Rapid Bay Campground. Our YouTube channel has a video of the campground when we arrived and another the day of the fire. We were told there were 900 people camping there over Easter.

It was as simple as I plugged in the Generator and started it. Whenever we plug into electricity the Air Conditioner unit goes on standby and the standby light comes on, it’s our way of knowing the power is connected, but on this occasion Adele was inside and heard a fizzing sound and there was no light. She came out to tell me what she heard so I went inside myself to see why the light hadn’t turned on. I checked the unit and tried manually turning it on but nothing. Then I tried the remote control, still nothing.

Next minute absolute mayhem as someone came running over yelling to us we were on fire.

As you can imagine, it was immediate panic and the following few minutes are a blurr now looking back on it. Immediately I raced to the back of the Motorhome and climbed the ladder to see flames coming from the air conditioner unit. Someone had already unplugged the Generator and raced away from the Motorhome with it to take that risk out of the equation. I quickly asked for my 20L container of water to put out the fire when someone yelled out not to put water onto an electrical fire.

I’m glad someone was thinking common sense.

Adele grabbed our fire extinguisher and it was thrown up to me. I’d never used one before but very quickly worked it out and began giving the Motorhome a foam bath. It worked fast but this stuff went everywhere.

On the roof of the Motorhome there was powder residue all over it but the gift kept giving when we got back inside, it was all over our bed and all throughout the Winnebago.

It was obvious the fire was contained to just the air conditioner unit for which I was thankful, no damage at all to the Motorhome or the roof. 18 months later now and the air conditioner has been replaced, twice actually, but I’ll discuss that in a minute.

Matt was out fishing with our mate Mick in his boat so we had Mick’s wife call him to get the message through to Matt to come back.

The Fire Brigade was called to check everything and gave it the thumbs up. They looked right over everything and told me they believed the compressor had shorted and that did made sense.

So here we were, Easter Friday, nowhere to go, no-one to speak to about repairing it until Tuesday when shops opened again. Foam was everywhere, inside the Motorhome as well as outside.

We were the talking point of the Campground and for all the wrong reasons and photos began being posted on Instagram of our Motorhome on fire. The people there though were fantastic and very helpful.

Why the air conditioner decided that moment for the compressor to short out we don’t know.  We were thankful it did do it then, when there were so many other people about to notice it, This also meant there were others to help us to put it out properly, rather than just days before when we were free camping in isolated locations around Kangaroo Island.

Here’s what I do know though!!

End of the drama you’re thinking? NoNoNo, it was only just beginning.

The air conditioner that had been in our Motorhome was wayyyyyy too small and therefore was working too hard when it was used. It only barely cooled the Motorhome down when it was on and it was a hot day.

We bought our Motorhome second hand and it came with a Dometic B2200. It looked to be the original air conditioner unit but there’s no way for me to know for sure. What I do know is that the B2200 Dometic Air conditioner unit is designed for a 5m vehicle and was too small in capacity for our Motorhome – http://etime.com.au/appliances/air-conditioners/dometic-b2200-pop-top-roof-mounted-air-conditioner.html.

I didn’t know about all this until afterwards when I did some research.

Fortunately, we did manage to get on to our insurer CIL straight away the next day, they were awesome even though it was Easter Saturday. We decided to go see CaraRest in Adelaide and arrange for them to do the insurance work of replacing the air conditioner. Soon after Easter we were due to fly back home to Brisbane as I was the MC for my nieces wedding. This meant we could leave it with them for the 10 days while we were away and they would have plenty of time to see to the repairs.

When we dropped off the Motorhome, the owner of CaraRest said to me he would be installing a Dometic Harrier air conditioner, the model suited to our Motorhome.

Fantastic, no problem.

It was 10am and our flight was 4pm, thankfully we had plenty of time because 40 minutes into our taxi ride, when we were almost to the airport, I realised I left my wallet back in the Motorhome. Without my license I had no identification to show at the airport, so we had to turn around and go back to the Motorhome. When I arrived the owner’s daughter served me and took me out to the workshop to the Motorhome. They were already working on it so I jumped in through the open side door to the back of the Motorhome and reached through into the front cabin, grabbed my wallet and we were back on our way.

During the week I followed up with a phone call to the Owner to check on progress, yes everything will be ready by Friday, the day before we were due back to pick up the Motorhome. Again on Friday, I rang to check on progress and was assured it was almost complete, it would be ready when we got there on Saturday. Ohhh and by the way he said, we couldn’t fit that Air conditioner, the solar panels on the roof were in the way so we put in a B2200 Freshjet. I figured he knew what he was doing so ok, see you Saturday.

When we arrived the Motorhome was brought around to us. It was 11.30am and they closed at midday. The owner stood there with his pad and biro watching us while we all had our suitcases and luggage in our hands, over our shoulders and basically our hands were more full than a centipede’s sock drawer.

Given he showed no signs of opening the door, even if it was for a lady with her hands full, Adele decided to open the door to the back of the Motorhome and when she did the handle just fell off in her hands. We all stood there wondering what was happening before asking what the deal was. The Owner immediately responded that Adele had applied too much pressure and broke it.

You’re kidding right!!

A few minutes back and forth, I just wanted to get into the Motorhome and put down the bags. We knew what we were being told wasn’t adding up because one thing he said was they never used the back door. That seemed so odd, that they would lug their tools and an air conditioner unit over the front seats, squeeze their way between the two front seats, over our Waeco 40L fridge/freezer which at that time sat between our seats to access the rear of the Motorhome when there was a perfectly good side door. Besides, I had to come back to get my wallet remember and guess which door they had opened.

I went inside and looked at the air conditioner unit and straight away it looked odd. It was clearly much smaller in size to the previous one and that one hardly worked as it was. Quickly I googled it and found out it is made for a space of 25m3 (we are 49.5m3) and a vehicle of maximum length of 5m (we are 8m). Our Motorhome is W2780 x L8000 x H2230 internally giving a total approx area of 49.5m3. I asked him about it and he just said the one he wanted to put on wouldn’t fit and he put a like for like on it. He insisted that was all he had to do.

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At no time were we angry or swear etc, we simply asked questions and believe we made valid points such as why didn’t he call me to discuss options before deciding not to install the one he said he would. It was at this point he decided to yell at us to leave and walked off and slammed the door to the premises and locked it.

Did that reaction suggest he was feeling guilty about something, I guess only he could answer that!!

Here we were with a broken door handle plus an air conditioner totally unsuitable to our Motorhome. It was a Saturday and again the Monday was a Public holiday so we had to wait 3 days before we could get answers to the issues. We were ready to leave for Uluru but had to spend more unknown amount of time in Adelaide.

Before leaving, we rang CIL and told them what we knew and asked do we take possession of the Motorhome to which they said yes. So back to Rapid Bay we went for 3 more days.

Lets just say, we will never darken the doors of that company ever again and I highly recommend you don’t either.

Throughout our entire ordeal, CIL were magnificent. It’s why we were so disappointed when we had to change companies, you can read all about that here –https://indefiniteleave.com.au/caravan-motorhome-insurance/

By this time we wanted to leave Adelaide, we were pretty shattered and were looking for some positive experiences. It was also by this point we had run out of funds, nothing left, zip, zilch, zero. The stress was starting to tell. We spoke to CIL on the Tuesday and they said obviously we didn’t want to go back for them to fix the repairs and we confirmed we didn’t want them anywhere near our Motorhome. We said there was no point testing the air con in Adelaide in 22c cool weather, it will always seem cold.

So they agreed we should leave Adelaide and arrange repairs further up the road, maybe in Coober Pedy or Alice Springs. The door handle worked from the inside, just not the outside.

As we drove out of Adelaide just an hour or two…. Boom!! One of the tyres disintegrated and blew out. It was one of the rear dual wheels so we limped into the nearest town just nearby, a place you’ve probably never heard of called…..Snowtown!!

Ohhh shit……!!

Needless to say, we weren’t thinking an overnight stay here was something we were looking forward to. If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, just google Snowtown. Our headspace was already very ordinary, this felt like another blow. I kept telling myself, this is a test, the universe is asking me how much do you really want this life?

My business for reasons I couldn’t understand just wasn’t happening. I was doing a lot of work but contracts kept crashing and I was left without being paid anything for all my time and costs. Instead of the normal 1 in 5 contracts not proceeding on finance or other issues I had lost 8 out of 9 contracts while travelling. Each one that crashed was a dagger in my back and totally unexpected. Financially, we were now having to go into debt to continue.

This was when we became super awesome at travelling on a budget.

Only very few people know about this dark time we went through, that is our great friends we had met and travelled with and were keen to catch up with again. Jason, Denise and little Millie from the Facebook and Instagram page West Aussie Nomads and Mick, his wife L and their 2 boys all of whom we now proudly call great lifelong friends. We didn’t discuss details with any family or friends back home, we didn’t want to worry them when they were so far away.

Luckily we had been doing this long enough now to know there were going to be great times again, we just had to get through it.

We got ourselves to Darwin and went to see Paul who does Mobile Caravan repairs there and he was sensational. He showed us a caravan he was renovating and it was probably half the size of our Motorhome and he was putting a bigger air con in it, the B3200. Also he said he hoped the Insurers wouldn’t want him to keep the one installed in ours as it was so small he’d never use it.

Once he spoke to the Insurers and provided other really damning evidence and opinion, CIL backed us up entirely, organising the Harrier air conditioner to be installed plus replacement of the door handle and we were told the cost of it was sent back to the original repairer. Whether that is what happened I’m not privy to but it’s what we were told. Needless to say, CIL’s representative told us they were very disappointed with the original repairer.

There’s a comment made by two people within the industry that reflects so poorly on the original repairer that I’d love to share but it’s opinion and not fact, so that one you’ll have to ask me about if we meet one day.

We had the air conditioner replaced in a day, yes the solar panels had to be re-positioned but it was obviously easily done and could have been done originally, and a new door handle was installed. That was a huge relief but the Travel Gods decided we needed one more devastating blow, the time to make a call on our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS. It was time to say goodbye.

Now we were truly shattered, our souls were basically destroyed.

Let me tell you, this is so hard to write, tears are beginning to flow as I go back in time to share with you about this horrific two month period of our life on the road. They were cruel times.

The repairs were completed and we’ve had no issues with them since. We went heavily into debt and had to spend some time back in Brisbane getting control of our finances again. Therefore we headed home for Christmas and spent 4 months focused solely on getting back on track. Just when we got back in front we had to replace the rubber membrane of our roof in the Motorhome and that blew $8000 and left us with no surplus cash once again.

It had been fun times…. not!!

We honoured MACKS in every way we could think and today the Motorhome is called Darwinny, in remembrance of her and her resting place. She will always be part of Indefinite Leave and her collar, mat and lead stay with us.

We thank our great friends we mentioned for getting us through. More importantly, we have remained mates and catch up often and they feature in our next book coming out soon. We look forward to introducing them to you.

We can’t thank Paul from Pauls Mobile Caravan Repairs enough, he really knew his stuff and couldn’t have been better to deal with. Contact Paul on 0438 120 571 if you are in Darwin and need any help.

Also we remain very thankful to CIL for what they did for us even though we are now with a different insurer.

To everyone who followed our journey on our pages and offered us a friendly comment, chatted to us, messaged us and inspired us to keep going, and there were so many, thank you, you really don’t how much you helped us through that journey of our adventure but we sure do.

Our Blog became our place where we could go, put on a brave face and share positive thoughts and get back more in return.

Now go check your Fire Extinguisher, check it is accessible, in good working condition, isn’t out of date and all of you know how to use it, it may save your vehicle or even your life.

Safe travels

Kev& Adele
Indefinite Leave

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I Can’t Do 4 Walls

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

Although I don’t know everything about my future and I reserve the right to change my mind, after 2.5 years of living in Darwinny our Motorhome, I love it so much I don’t want it to change for my foreseeable future.

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

During our time back home, we just had 4 months in Brisbane, we had lots of times where we were invited to friend’s places, sometimes even offered a place to stay. On a number of occasions, we received text messages from friends “I’m away for the weekend, the spare keys are under the mat, go relax in a bed and use the pool for a few days”.  We were so grateful for their offer and thoughts for us. Plus, we love that we have so many wonderful and kind friends.

When we did a housesit for my niece, it was awesome, beautiful pool, nice home, Foxtel, heaps of room to park the Motorhome. It was perfect, except I found within just a day or two I was back doing what I used to do, sit and watch TV, stay at home and not be productive. I wasn’t LIVING!!

We visited family and friends in their homes and all I see is “stuff”. The same stuff we used to have. All those possessions I thought that made me happy. Every now and then you’d blow off the dust and get a broom to the cobwebs and use my “stuff” again but for the most part it would just sit there doing nothing. Just money wasted which made us believe we needed to go back to work again week after week to fund the life everyone else has and we were copying.

Our friends and family may read this but I’m sure they’ll understand the context of what we mean. We discussed this with them anyway. While we passionately respect and love our family and friends, a house just isn’t where we’re at any more.

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

We really miss our Mums, both of us have lost our Fathers now, and we miss our sons Matthew and Cameron. Also we miss our friends. I miss playing cricket and all my mates. It’s not easy to just pack up and leave and it’s even harder to stay away.

For me, my entire life of 51 years before we left was lived in Brisbane. I grew up living in the same family home, we didn’t move house even once, until I was married. Adele had lived in different places and moved around different homes, but I hadn’t. Therefore, I was very used to routine and stability. Given my personality that was probably a good thing.

We recently spent 4 months in Brisbane and the South East seeing everyone we could, pushing my business and exploring places we had never seen in our own “backyard”. I didn’t enjoy the traffic being back home in Brisbane, the hustle and bustle doesn’t do it for me now, but it’s still home and our Family are all there. Brisbane is home and always will be.

During this time back in the City was when I realised I yearned for things I learnt to love when road tripping around Oz. 3 specific things stood out that I missed.

• Sunsets
• Open fires
• The Stars at night

Nobody at home talks about seeing an amazing Sunset. There’s something special about them that we just love. The colours, the differences when there’s a cloud or fire in the distance, the different views across oceans or rivers, over barren land and between mountains or ranges. Sunsets can be so different yet all so spectacular. We just don’t appreciate them at home.

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

I love waking up in the morning, getting the coals fired up again and cooking some bacon and eggs. Lighting a fire in downtown Brisvegas is a sure fire way to upset the neighbours and have the local Council issuing a huge fine.

While settled in over that fire at night, it’s so wondrous to look up and absorb the big picture. Who am I, why am I here, what else is out there, what would it be like to go to the moon, how amazing is life and how our planets work. I really enjoy looking up to the stars at night, imagining a life where I get to choose my tomorrow.

Yes, don’t box me in.

How does that song go:

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

Did I mention, I can’t do 4 walls…..

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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10 Reasons to Travel Australia Instead of Going Overseas.

There’s nothing better for the soul than travelling. It opens our eyes, our minds and our hearts. The big choice to make is whether to head overseas or explore our own country. There’s so much to see in this world, but here’s 10 great reasons to Travel Australia first.

1. Australia is Safer.

With everything happening around the world right now, I feel pretty safe in Longreach, Broome, Esperance, 1770 and the thriving downtown metropolis of Rainbow Beach 😊

2. Shit AUD.

The Aussie dollar is too low to be over excited about heading overseas.

3. Our Beaches.

Unless you’ve got to know our own beaches, why go overseas to see there’s?

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4. Weather.

We really do have perfect weather here. Head north for winter, south for summer and be anywhere in Oz for Autumn and Spring.

5. You will meet really interesting people.

We have met some of the most inspiring people on the road. One example was John, the 72yo former teacher and sheep farmer. I got talking to John for 3 and a half hours around the camp kitchen BBQ in Katherine. Fascinating guy and hard to believe he had left Perth, been to Melbourne and was now in the NT travelling at his age…….. on a Motorbike.

John is just one of many wonderful people we have met on our adventure.

6. Learn our History.

There’s so much about our own country’s past just waiting for you to discover.

7. Sunsets.

The setting sun in 1770, Darwin and Broome just has to be seen. I could name so many more places including most of the WA coastline but I’ll let you discover some yourself.

8. Better for our economy.

We hardly manufacture anything anymore, mining took a nose dive so therefore Tourism is becoming a vital industry for our economy. Let’s spend our money here and give our kids jobs.

9. Make friends.

Travelling Australia almost guarantees you will make a whole lot of new friends.

10. Children.

Your kids will grow enormously and learn on the road. They will thrive by spending genuine quality time together as a family.

As that famous brand says: Just Do It……

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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