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Our 22 Best Free Camps in Australia

22 Best Free Camps

In more than 3 years around Australia we have found some fantastic Free Camps.

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 organised locations. Free camps mostly have no or limited facilities.

There are normally 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.

Read all about our Best Campgrounds in Australia here.

# 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.

#June 2019 Update – 18 becomes 22 with McGuarans, Yarrawonga River Camp, Cann River, Snowy River added.

 

 

Best Free Camps - Snowy River

Here is a list of our 22 Best Free Camps in Australia

22. Snowy River

Location: Snowy River Roadside Rest Area 6, Orbost Victoria

About: One of several fabulous river side Free Rest Areas along the Snowy River as it snakes its way to Marlo before it reaches the oceans. They are close to the road so some road noise is inevitable.

Video:             Coming soon

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 48 hours

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Best Free Camps - Cann River

21. Cann River

Location: Cann River, Victoria

About: A former Caravan Park now abandoned and provided by local council for now for everyone to stay. Most of the facilities are all operational including toilets and dump point making this the perfect stay when traveling the highway in South East Victoria.

Video:             Coming soon

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 48 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes, cold showers

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: Yes

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Wallangarra Rest Stop right on the Qld and NSW Border

 

20. 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 traveling 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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Lake Wyangan a great free camp right on the water

 

19. 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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7 Mile Beach near Geraldton WA

 

18. 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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Aerial View of Calliope River Rest Area

17. 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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Lake Wyangan

 

16. 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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Yarrawonga River Camp right on the Murray River

 

15. Yarrawonga River Camp

Location: Yarrawonga on the Murray River, Victoria

About: A great spot to stay right on the Murray River. The town of Yarrawonga is only 10 minutes drive and has a Coles and all you will need. Good fishing, great fun and fires when permitted make this one of the best stays around Australia.

Video:             Coming soon

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: N/A

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Doolans Bend on the Murray River

 

14. 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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Cliffhead Campground WA

 

13. 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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Babinda RV Stay

 

12. 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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McGaurans Beach is a fabulous free camp

11. McGaurans Beach

Location: Giffard, Victoria

About: A beach front location in a secluded area with no facilities or amenities close by but it is absolute beachfront and a great place to stay a night or two, maybe even three!!

Video:             Coming soon

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: N/A

Toilets:            No

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly: Yes

Dump point: No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Brown Bay Port MacDonnell

 

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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Garden Island is a great free camp in Tasmania

 

9. Garden Island

Location: Clarence Point, Tasmania

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

Video:             https://indefiniteleave.com.au/garden-island-clarence-point/

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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Lake Macintosh is one of our 22 Best Free Camps

 

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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One of our 22 Best Free Camps in Australia - Robe Jetty

 

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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Stokes Bay on Kangaroo IslandFree Camping on Kangaroo Island is great!

 

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 travelers 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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Seals by Sea Tour out of Portland

 

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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Quicks Beach is one of the Best Free Camps in Australia

 

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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Swimcart Beach Bay of Fires in Tasmania is our No.2 Best Free Camp in Australia

 

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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Gregory River - Our Best Free Camp in Australia

 

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 traveling 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
Indefinite Leave

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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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17 Reasons to Visit Redcliffe

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

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

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

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

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - Redcliffe Welcome Sign

 

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

 

17 Reasons why you should Visit Redcliffe

 

1. Bee Gees Way

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

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

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

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

 

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

 

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Adele posing for a photo with the Bee Gees

#beegees

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

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

 

Bee Gees Trivia

Do you know how the Bee Gees began?

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

#beegeesway

 

2. Settlement Cove Lagoon

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

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

 

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How inviting does the water look at Settlement Cove Lagoon

 

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

 

3. Redcliffe Jetty

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

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

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

 

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The third and current Redcliffe Jetty

4. Redcliffe Jetty Markets

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

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

#gottalovesundays

 

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

Redcliffe Jetty Markets are open every Sunday

 

5. Eating Places in and around Redcliffe

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

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

 

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

 

Redcliffe Restaurants & Cafes

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

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

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

What’s in the Pot?

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Margate Restaurants

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

 

Scarborough Restaurants & Cafes

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

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

 

Morgans is renowned for the freshest Seafood

Morgans at Scarborough has the freshest seafood

Woody Point Places to Eat

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

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

 

6. Where to Stay at Redcliffe

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

Oaks Mon Komo

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

Oaks Mon Komo at Redcliffe

Oaks Mon Komo

 

The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach

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

Scarborough Holiday Village

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

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

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

 

Scarborough Holiday Village

Scarborough Holiday Village

Redcliffe Showgrounds

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

Bells Caravan Park

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

 

7. Beaches in the Redcliffe Region

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

Bells Beach

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

 

Bells Beach Redcliffe

Bells Beach past Pelican Park is popular for water sports

Clontarf Beach

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

Margate Beach

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

 

17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe - the Beaches

Margate Beach is the largest Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula

Queens Beach

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

Redcliffe Beach

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

Scarborough Beach

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

 

Scarborough Beach

Pine Tree Lined Scarborough Beach

Scotts Point

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

 

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

The historical Scotts Pt Bathing Pavilion

Suttons Beach

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

Woody Point

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

 

 

8. Redcliffe Weather

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

 

9. Fishing at Redcliffe

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

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

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

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

 

Scarborough Boat Ramp

Scarborough Boat Ramp

 

10. Whale Watching Tours Depart from Redcliffe

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

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

Book your Brisbane Whale Watching Experience here>

https://indefiniteleave.experienceoz.com.au/en/brisbane/whale-watching/brisbane-whale-watching-cruises/whale-watch-including-lunch-ex-redcliffe-self-drive

 

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Whale Watching tours depart from the Redcliffe Jetty during Whale season

 

11. Redcliffe Annual Events

Redcliffe Kitefest

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

Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

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

 

12. Redcliffe Wind Sculpture

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

 

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

Opto Sculpture opposite Bee Gees Way

 

13. Redcliffe Museum

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

Entry is FREE!

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

 

14. HMQS Gayundah

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

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

 

The wreck of the HMQS Gayundah

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

 

HMQS Gayundah at Woody Point

A drone’s view of the HMQS Gayundah

 

15. Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

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

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

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

16. Redcliffe Inflatable Water Park

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

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

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Aqua Splash Redcliffe Inflatable Water Park at Clontarf

 

17. Skydiving

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

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

 

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

 

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17 Reasons to visit Redcliffe

Skydivers coming in for a beach landing at Clontarf

 

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

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

 

How to get to Redcliffe

By Car

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

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

 

The Old Hornibrook Bridge

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

 

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

By Bus

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

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

By Train

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

 

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

 

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

 

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19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

How many of these have you seen?

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

 

19 Spectacularr Secret Beaches

Silica Cove Beach

1. Silica Cove Beach, near Jervis Bay NSW

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

Read all about Honeymoon Bay

 

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Froggies Beach Whitsundays

 

2. Froggies Beach, Whitsundays Queensland

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

 

13 Best Things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Ocean Rafting the Whitsundays

Must see Mackay to Whitsundays Region

Reef Sleep the Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef

Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach

Base Backpackers Caravan Park Airlie Beach

 

 

Honeymoon Bay - 1 of the 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Honeymoon Bay Moreton Island

 

3. Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island Queensland

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

Everything about visiting Moreton Island

 

Twilight Cove is one of our 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Twilight Cove Esperance

 

4. Twilight Cove, Esperance Western Australia

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

 

Stunning Maitland Bay in the Bouddi National Park, NSW

Maitland Bay Bouddi National Park

5. Maitland Bay, Bouddi National Park New South Wales

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

 

Aerial view of Moon Point with the drone

Moon Point Fraser Island

6. Moon Point, Fraser Island Queensland

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

Fishing and Exploring Fraser Island

The Nkgala Rocks challenge, Fraser Island

 

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches - Hidden Beach Stokes Bay Kangaroo Island

Hidden Beach Stokes Bay Kangaroo Island

 

7. Hidden Beach, Stokes Bay Kangaroo Island South Australia

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

Discover Hidden Beach on Kangaroo Island

 

19 Spectacular Secret Beaches - Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge Great Ocean Road

 

8. Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Victoria

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

 

Quicks Beach on the Murray River

Quicks Beach Murray River

 

9. Quicks Beach, Murray River Victoria

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

Camping at Quicks Beach on the Murray River

 

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

Parker Point Rottnest Island

 

10. Parker Point Rottnest Island Western Australia

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

 

Rapid Bay is one of our 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Rapid Bay

 

11. Rapid Bay South Australia

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

Camping at Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay Sunset

2 days before Easter Rapid Bay

Easter Friday Rapid Bay

Our 29 Best Campgrounds

 

Ormiston Gorge has its only spectacular beach

Ormiston Gorge West MacDonnell Ranges

 

12. Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges Northern Territory

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

 

A stunning sunrise at Crab Claw Island Resort

Crab Claw Island Resort

 

13. Crab Claw Island Northern Territory

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

Staying at Crab Claw Island Resort

Access to Crab Claw Island

Sunrise at Crab Claw Island Resort

 

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

The Pinnacles Ben Boyd National Park

 

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

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

 

Barn Hill Station - 19 Spectacular Secret Beaches

Barn Hill Station

 

15. Barn Hill Beach Western Australia

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

Camping at Barn Hill Station

 

Marney Bay Dampier Archipelago

Marney Bay Dampier Archipelago

 

16. Marney Bay, Dampier Archipelago, Karratha Western Australia

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

 

Spring Beach near Triabunna Tasmania is spectacular

Spring Beach

 

17. Spring Beach, Tasmania

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

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

The Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania

6 Weeks around Tasmania

 

Whiskey Bay Wilsons Promontory

Whiskey Bay Wilsons Promontory

 

18. Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

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

 

Wilsons Beach Abrahams Bosom Reserve

Wilsons Beach Abrahams Bosom Reserve

 

19. Wilsons Beach, Abrahams Bosom Reserve New South Wales

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

Discover Gosangs Tunnel and Wilsons Beach

 

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

How many of these did you know about?

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

 

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele Hockey
Indefinite Leave

 

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Exploring Honeymoon Bay

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

Exploring Honeymoon Bay at sunset

Honeymoon Bay sunset

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

Exploring in and around Honeymoon Bay

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

 

Honeymoon Bay is perfect for swimming

 

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

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

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

 

The calm waters of Honeymoon Bay

 

 

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

 

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

 

Adele enjoying a dip at Silica Beach

Checking out the shipwreck at Silica Beach

 

Silica Cove

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

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

 

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

 

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

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

 

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

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

 

Outer Tubes

 

Outer Tubes

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

 

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

 

Land based marlin fishing

Filtered pools to store live mackerel bait

 

Flying your Drone at Honeymoon Bay

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

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

 

Queue of campers entering Honeymoon Bay Campground

Honeymoon Bay Information Centre

 

Honeymoon Bay – How to get there

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Honeymoon Bay Campsite

 

Honeymoon Bay Camping Ground

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

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

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

How much does it cost

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele Hockey
Indefinite Leave

 

Another great place to stay in the Jervis Bay area:

Jervis Bay Holiday Park

 

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