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Our Best Free Camps in Australia

22 Best Free Camps

In more than 5 years around Australia we have found some fantastic Free Camps and places for Free camping.

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

There are many free camps around Oz but sometimes you pull up and are just blown away with how amazing one is and these are the ones we have included here.

The Free Camps are remembered for 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 places are the ones that have appealed the most to us.

We continue to add to the list over time, all updates are noted below.

What qualifies as the Best Free Camps in Australia

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

Read all about: Our Best Campgrounds in Australia

Our Best Free Camps in Australia Updates

December 2017 Update – Our Best Free Camps in Australia

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

September 2018 UpdateOur Best Free Camps in Australia

17 is now 18 with inclusion of Calliope River.

June 2019 UpdateOur Best Free Camps in Australia

18 becomes 22 with McGuarans, Yarrawonga River Camp, Cann River, Snowy River added.

January 2021 UpdateOur Best Free Camps in Australia

22 becomes 25. Workman’s Campground at Agnes Water now becomes a Free camp. We also add Proserpine Dam and Kingsley Grove Estate Winery to our list.

Best Free Camps - Snowy River

Here is a list of Our Best Free Camps in Australia

25. 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.

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

24. 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.

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

23. 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.

Full review:       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

22. 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.

Full review:       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

21. 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.

Full review:       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

20. 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.

Full review:       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

19. 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.

Full review:       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
Yarrawonga on the Murray River is one of the Best Free Camps in Australia

18. 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.

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

17. 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.

Full review:       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

16. 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.

Update April 2021: Cliff Head Campground has recently changed from a Free camp to $20 per night. We will remove it from this list very shortly.

Full review:       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

15. 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.

Full review:       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

14. 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!!

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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5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre.

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Brown Bay Port MacDonnell
No. 13 in our Best Free Camps in Australia – Brown Bay

13. 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 Best 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.

Full review:       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

12. 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.

Full review:             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

11. 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.

Full review:       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

10. 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.

Full review:       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 Island
Free Camping on Kangaroo Island is great!

9. 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

Full reviews:
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

8. 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.

Full review:       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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Proserpine Dam

7. Proserpine Dam

Location:  Proserpine Qld

About:  The Proserpine Dam is a fabulous Free camp just outside of the town of Proserpine near Airlie Beach in North Qld. The views and facilities are fantastic with the one negative being there is no phone coverage. Fantastic sunsets and cows roam around. It can get very windy here at times.

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 72 hours

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        Yes

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: No

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Kingsley Grove Estate

6. Kingsley Grove Estate Winery

Location: Near Kingaroy Qld

About: The Kingsley Grove Estate Winery is a fantastic Free camp. Located at the winery where the wines are superb, there’s great woodfired pizzas which get delivered to your door, delicious wine ice cream and the owners are really friendly. Limited facilities so you need to be self contained.

Full review:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XehwaSO8MXE&t=5s

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 48 hours

Toilets:            Yes but only during opening hours

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

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Quicks Beach is one of the Best Free Camps in Australia
Quicks Beach – One of the 5 Best Free Camps in Australia

5. 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.

Full review:       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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Workmans Beach Campground

4. Workmans Beach Campground

Location: Agnes Water Qld

About: A great campground close to the beach and town of Agnes Water.

A short stroll to stunning Workman’s Beach or take an oceanfront walk for a few kms to nearby beaches and bays.

Update April 2021: Workmans Beach Campground was always a low cost campground however it was closed at the beginning of Covid-19 and re-opened in 2020 as a Free Camp. Unfortunately it was closed again soon after and is yet to re-open!!

We have kept it here in this list for now until there is further confirmation of it’s intended purpose.

Full review:      https://indefiniteleave.com.au/workmans-campground-agnes-water/

Cost:                  Free

Max nights stay: No limit

Toilets:             Yes

Showers:          Yes, cold outdoor shower

Potable water: Yes

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No but one is 5 mins away at 1770

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Yes

Read about our: 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns

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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.

Full review:       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
Bay of Fires is 2nd on our list of Best Free Camps 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.

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

Cost:                Free

Max nights stay: 28 Days

Toilets:            Yes

Showers:        No

Potable water: No

Pet Friendly:  Yes

Dump point:  No

Free Wifi:       No

Telstra coverage: Very limited

Read more about the: Great Free Camping in Tasmania

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Gregory River - Our Best Free Camp in Australia
Ranked No. 1 in Our Best Free Camps 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.

Full review:           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

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22 Best Free Camps in Australia

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Safe travels

Kevin & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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33 Comments

33 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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Cairns to Port Douglas, my thoughts…and they may surprise you!!

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is considered one of Australia’s most scenic routes.

It takes you past beautiful Palm Cove before you venture along a winding road with a spectacular coastline, through magical rainforest where your greatest challenge is keeping your eyes on the road if you are driving.

Along the way you will come to Rex Lookout, where hang gliders dare to take off and soar with the extraordinary views of Trinity Bay below.

Within an hour you will finish your drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, although it will probably take you much longer after several stops and so much to see along the way.

Cairns to Port Douglas

Tropical Port Douglas was once the place to be with mega rich celebrities often jet setting in to stay at places like the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.

We have been to Port Douglas 3 times, first time was for a conference where we stayed at the 5 Star Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort which backs on to the beach and has it’s own fabulous golf course.

Built by Christopher Skase in 1987 it transformed the sleepy former fishing village in to an Internationally recognised mega getaway for the rich and elite.

Since those glory days Port Douglas now trades on it’s past success and remains a prominent destination for Australian and International travellers.

But is it really that good and worth seeing?

Trinity Bay - Cairns to Port Douglas
Trinity Bay

How to get from Cairns to Port Douglas

The distance to drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is 58kms and takes approximately 1 hour but give yourself much longer, there’s some amazing scenery along the way worth stopping for. More about that shortly.

You can also choose to go from Cairns to Port Douglas by shuttle bus. There are several shuttle bus services operating from the Cairns airport which will take you to Port Douglas.

The cost for a shuttle Bus is approx $40 one way for an adult.

Look at companies such as Cairns Airport Shuttle that operate out of the airport and do the Cairns to Port Douglas trip.

Con-x-ion also offer a shuttle service from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Excellence Coaches are a family run business that also provide tours and can help get you from Cairns to Port Douglas.

You could catch an Uber ride from Cairns to Port Douglas and the cost is approximately $80. Confirm any costs when contacting Uber.

A Taxi ride from Cairns to Port Douglas is around $200, once again confirm a figure with the taxi company when you contact them.

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas

What makes the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas so great?

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas winds its way directly along the pristine coastline providing some extraordinary views and genuinely interesting places to stop and soak it all in.

Palm Cove

As you leave Cairns and head north you will go past Palm Cove, a beachfront town which is very popular and has lots of fabulous cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.

On the First Sunday of the month there are street markets worth visiting. The dates may change depending on the season and other events so it’s best to check their website for exact dates.

Palm Cove Markets: https://palmcovemarkets.rotarycairnssunrise.org.au/

Palm Cove - Cairns to Port Douglas
Palm Cove Beach

A short walk takes you to the jetty where you will find lots of fishing opportunity.

Take a walk along the beach or you might want to go for a swim in the net enclosures. This is stinger region and crocodiles are possible so only swim where it is safe to do so.

Personally we wouldn’t swim here but many others do and they have local Surf Life Savers competitions on the beach at Palm Cove as well.

From Palm Cove you are about to begin one of Australia’s most scenic drives from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Ellis Beach

You will soon pass Ellis Beach and this is where you need to make sure you keep your eyes on the road. The views are simply gorgeous.

Wangetti Beach

Soon you will reach Wangetti Beach and not long after you will come to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures.

We didn’t visit Hartleys Crocodile Adventures as we had already done Koorana Crocodile Farm, Whitsunday Crocodile Safari in Proserpine River and the Adelaide River Jumping Crocs in Kakadu.

From all reports however, Hartley’s is very good and we may yet experience it there in the future.

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rex Lookout hang gliders

Rex Lookout

Next place to stop is Rex Lookout with it’s magnificent views out over Trinity Bay. Here you will see hang gliders as they take off over the cliff edge and use the winds to soar high above.

If you’re reaslly keen, they do tandem jumps from the cliff top if you want to go for a ride.

Pebbly Beach

Near the end of the drive is Pebbly Beach it’s worth stopping to see all the Rock Cairns people have built and to make one of your own.

It’s good fun and a bit like playing Jenga in trying to get the balance perfect lol.

It’s not far now before you arrive in Port Douglas.

Pebbly Beach - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rock Cairns Pebbly Beach

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

So what’s great about Port Douglas?

Port Douglas has been long known for the place to visit for the Rich and Famous.

Since Christopher Skase built the luxurious Sheraton Mirage Resort for a reported $100 million back in 1987 and ever since it has been a mecca for worldwide superstars to visit.

With that kind of attention it would seem expectations should be high of a place that competes on a grand scale of must see destinations.

For me personally, it’s over-rated. Very, very over-rated.

Port Douglas International Luxury Rated Accommodation

Unless you want to hang out at a resort, sip lattes in town, dine in over priced restaurants and play Golf (The Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course is very highly rated) then Port Douglas doesn’t really offer much else.

Given its luxury rating as an ocean and beach destination I’d at least expect magnificent beaches with great swimming but the truth is, for me, they just don’t match the publicity.

Port Douglas Beach
Port Douglas Beach

Port Douglas Beaches

Maybe we are very fortunate to have seen so many of Australia’s most remarkable beaches.

This leaves us comparing Port Douglas, given it’s hype, to these places and for us it just doesn’t compete at any level.

The sand is nothing like the Whitsundays, Jervis Bay or even the Gold Coast let along so many in Western Australia. The beach is compact, almost brown in colour and even in the shallows the water is cloudy.

Not sure about you but in a region known for Salt Water Crocodiles and deadly jellyfish I found it very unnerving swimming in water that is very cloudy at best.

I feel safer swimming on Fraser Island!!

Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

You can take a tour out to the Great Barrier Reef but in a high speed catamaran it’s still an 80 minute journey. You can have the same or better experience in the Whitsundays in half that time or even less.

The Ningaloo Reef in WA is just a matter of wading out from the beach and you’re standing on it.

If you’re going to spend an hour and a half on a high speed boat you better make sure you have taken your sea sick tablets or it’s a very calm day.

Otherwise by the time you get there you may not feel like enjoying your day.

You can go up to Flagstaff Hill lookout which is nice but the views aren’t really that great.

Hemmingway's Brewery
Hemmingway’s Brewery

Port Douglas Dining Vibe

There was one thing I did specifically enjoy in Port Douglas which was Hemmingway’s Brewery located at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina.

It has a great vibe, an awesome range of beers and ciders, food is amazing and there’s a good atmosphere.

Within Port Douglas though I can’t think of anything else that particularly stands out as a must see or do.

Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge

What else is there to do around Port Douglas?

Just a short drive further past Port Douglas is the fabulous town of Mossman.

Here we were able to relax, see the amazing Mossman Gorge and go Barramundi fishing.

We based ourselves here at Mossman with our Golden Retriever as we visited the Daintree. It was around half the cost of staying at Port Douglas.

From Port Douglas to Mossman it is just a short easy 20 minute drive so if you want to do a tour to the Great Barrier Reef it’s easy just to drive back there.

Read more: Mossman Caravan Park near Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge
Swimming Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

The Mossman Gorge is a fabulous walk through dense luscious rainforest.

Take the walking trail alongside the Mossman River where you will have an opportunity to stop and swim amongst the rock pools.

Be ready when you jump in and go swimming, the water will be cold but in the tropics of Far North Queensland it’s a relief from the humidity after your walk.

The good news is there are no crocodiles as this part of the Mossman River is too far and difficult for crocs to venture.

Daintree River
Daintree River crossing

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation

From Mossman it is just 25 minutes to the Daintree where the ferry will take you across the Daintree River to the incredible Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the ocean.

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation remains one of Australia’s most wonderful, untouched, natural wonders.

Hook-a-Barra

Just north of Mossman at Wonga Beach we decided to stop in at the Hook-a-Barra for some fun fishing.

Hook-a-Barra is a multi award winning salt water fish farm with over 3 hectares of ponds with water from the Daintree River.

Hook-a-Barra

The staff were fantastic and when our first session didn’t achieve anything they took us to a pond where the action was full on.

All up we spent 2 hours at Hook-a-Barra and had a great insight into Barramundi fishing.

There’s not much better fun when fishing then hooking on to a Barramundi and the challenge to bring it to shore.

Is anyone noticing anything about all the pros about Port Douglas?

None of them are actually in Port Douglas!!

All the best places to see and visit are all out of Port Douglas.

There’s lots of great restaurants and boutique clothes shops in Port Douglas and a couple of excellent golf courses.

If you want adventures and experiences then the best things to see and do are away from this, in my opinion, over-priced, over-rated town.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Port Douglas Camping Accommodation

On the first leg of our trip we tried to book and stay in one of the several Port Douglas Caravan Parks.

We were no chance as our crime was to be travelling with our beautiful Golden Retriever. There was nowhere to stay in a Port Douglas Caravan Park with a dog as part of our family.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

As we returned to North Queensland 12 months later we gave Port Douglas another shot at staying.

We were now pet free and figured we were potentially acceptable to the high end expectations and graces of such a salubrious destination that is Port Douglas.

Nope, all booked out.

We went back to Mossman again and enjoyed yet another terrific stay.

Don’t even think for one moment about Free camping or low cost Campgrounds at Port Douglas!!

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Safe travels   

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

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

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49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Amazing Things in Western Australia Feature

Australia is without doubt an incredible country with so many amazing places to visit and experience. Western Australia alone has at least 49 amazing things to do!

Every State has something unique and wonderful about it.

But Western Australia is just something else. It’s wild rugged coastline, long distances between townships, vast barren land away from the beautiful turquoise waters, red dirt and spectacular sunsets make it a very special place to visit.

If like us you are from the Eastern States it’s also a long way and you may only get one shot at experiencing everything magnificent about Western Australia.

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia Horizontal Falls

Our 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Here are 49 Amazing Things not to miss when you go to West Australia.

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia around Broome & the Kimberleys

Horizontal Falls

Without doubt Horizontal Falls is one of the best experiences you will have in Australia. Located high up in the Kimberleys it’s a day jam packed in fun and extraordinary adventure.

We did the day trip from Broome which included visiting the One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery, Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay and flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Website – https://horizontalfallsadventures.com.au/

Cape Leveque - Amazing Things to do in WA

Cape Leveque

An epic region north of Broome in the Kimberleys is Cape Leveque. Put it high on your list of places you have to visit in WA.

Cape Leveque is a remote region with a strong Aboriginal heritage, the most amazing beaches, incredible fishing and the fantastic adventures.

Take a full day 4wd tour to Cape Leveque and visit Beagle Bay, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, One Arm Point and enjoy morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

Book your Cape Leveque 4WD Tour here>

Broome Camel Ride - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Ride a camel on Cable Beach

One of the amazing things to do in Western Australia is the unmissable camel ride on the spectacular Cable Beach.

This iconic experience is safe and enjoyable for all ages and makes for an awesome photo as the friendly camels parade up and down the beach especially at sunset.

There are a number of tour groups offering the popular camel ride on Cable Beach. We chose Red Sun Camels.

You can also just watch the single file camel train as the camels parade down to the beach in the afternoons ready for the tours to commence.

Website: https://www.redsuncamels.com.au/

Gantheum Pt Sunset

Gantheaume Point Sunset

Gantheaume Point in Broome features truly spectacular Western Australian sunsets.

At very low tide you can even see dinosaur footprints in the rocks around the base on the beach.

Check out all of the small rock pools along the beach at Gantheaume Point.

Matso's

Matso’s Brewery

When Kev discovered Matso’s Brewery, he discovered his first favourite alcoholic Ginger Beer. We stopped into Matso’s Brewery for lunch and a drink and he has been a lover of Matso’s ever since.

Make sure you try their Ginger Beer and the Mango Beer or if you like a bit of spice check out their Spice Ginger Beer. They now also have added fruity flavours to their range.

Read more about: The Best of Broome, Western Australia

Witness the Staircase to the Moon

For just three nights of every month between March and October, there is the iconic staircase to the moon in Broome. This spectacle is showcased when the moon rises across the exposed flood plains of Roebuck Bay.

As the glow of the moonlight rises it creates an illusion of a staircase rising from the sandy beach all the way up to the moon.

People gather at a number of locations but we chose the Mangrove Hotel to witness this magical event. Go to the Visit Broome website for Staircase to the Moon dates.

Barn Hill - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Stay at Barn Hill Station

One of our favourite stays in Western Australia is Barn Hill Station and it comes in at No. 5 in our Best Campgrounds in all of Australia.

If like many people you plan to only stay for a couple of days, you might find yourself staying for a couple of weeks or more!

Barn Hill Station has a small shop that sells coffee and excellent home baked treats and even has a lawn bowls bowling green.

There’s heaps to do as Wednesday night is the Communal BBQ Night with travelling buskers entertaining guests and on Saturday nights you can enjoy a meal and a live band. On Sunday morning they also have a craft market.

Check out all of: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Cossack Ghost Town

Amazing things to do in Western Australia from Broome to Perth

Cossack Ghost Town

Just 15kms from Roebourne just out from Karratha, you’ll find Cossack an historic ghost town. Once a thriving little town during the gold rush years and the birthplace of the pearling industry, the town has also endured a number of cyclones.

The main stone buildings constructed in 1880s fortunately still stand and are heritage listed.

After the decline of the gold rush and following the move of the pearling industry to Broome, the town of Cossack was abandoned in the 1950s and has been a ghost town ever since.

Turquoise Bay

Turquiose Bay

Located in Cape Range National Park at Exmouth, Turquoise Bay is an absolutely stunning beach with Ningaloo Reef at your fingertips.

Snorkel out over the reef and bommies to witness amazing marine life on one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches.

It certainly lives up to its name with the beautiful turquoise waters.

Humpback Whale Swim Exmouth

Swim with a Humpback Whale

One of our favourite and amazing things to do in Western Australia has certainly been swimming with Humpback Whales in the Ningaloo Reef off Exmouth.

This once in a lifetime experience is truly awesome and one that immediately comes to mind as one of our favourite experiences as we travel Australia.

The thrill of a humpback whale swimming beneath you is unbelievable and has to be experienced first hand.

Book a Humpback Whale Swim here>

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia

Hundreds of people flock to the water’s edge to experience the wild dolphins come into the shallow waters at Monkey Mia. Monkey Mia is just 25kms northeast of Denham in the Shark Bay Marine Park.

It certainly is one of the most popular of our amazing things to do in Western Australia. Only a very small number of people however are chosen to feed the dolphins so the vast majority are just spectators to this world famous event.

Geraldton Lobster

Hold a Giant Lobster at Geraldton Fisherman’s Co-operative

Would you love to know what it is like to hold a giant live lobster and valuable item of seafood in your hands?

The Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative is known as Western Australia’s largest exporter of rock lobsters and conduct tours of the factory which are really interesting and educational.

Seeing how they grade and sort the lobsters in the working factory is really interesting. For just $10 per person, we found it was well worth taking this tour during our visit to Geraldton.

Quobba Boardwalk

Quobba

Our favourite snorkelling location in the country.

Walk off the beach into the most amazing coral reef and swim amongst the beautiful and extraordinary marine life. Add to that fresh oysters off the rocks, Quobba Blowhole and stunning sunsets.

Definitely put snorkelling at Quobba on your bucket list.

Fortescue Falls - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Fortescue Falls

It is really hard to choose which of the amazing things to do in Western Australia is our favourite and especially hard to identify just one in all of Australia.

Karijini National Park does feature extremely high on our list of favourite places in our beautiful country.

Fortescue Falls is just one of the many stunning features of Dales Gorge and only one of the spectacular gorges in the incredibly amazing Kariijini National Park.

Karijini National Park is a definite must visit.

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Tiny white shells cover the entire 60km stretch of this unique beach in the Francois Peron National Park only 45kms from the town of Denham.

These little cockle shells just don’t lay on the beach they extend down a depth of 7-10 metres.

Shell beach is one of only two beaches made up entirely of shells in the whole world which certainly makes it an amazing thing to do in Western Australia.

Amazing Western Australia

Pink Lake

Have you ever seen a Pink Lake? The Pink Lake at Port Gregory is a very striking colour pink.

The reason that lake is a pink colour is due to the algae that live in the water and when exposed to sunlight it produces carotene which is like a natural food colouring.

This lake is pink all year round whereas the Pink Lake near Esperance hasn’t been a pink colour for quite a number of years.

Nature's Window - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Nature’s Window

Nature’s Window is a stunning feature of the Kalbarri National Park and one of the most photographed spots in Western Australia.

The wind eroded opening in the layered sandstone rocks makes the perfect picture frame of the Murchison River below.

It is just a 500 metre walk from the car park to one of Western Australia’s most iconic natural wonders.

Natures Window Leak

Best view when taking a leak

For Men Only! The best view when taking a leak is from the urinal of the Men’s Toilet in the Nature’s Window Carpark.

It’s hard to concentrate on the task at hand when you have these views.

At the carpark for the walk to Natures Window, men be sure to take a quick trip to the loo, whether you need to or not, just to witness the loo views.

Carnarvon Space Station

Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

A visit to the Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum is one not to be missed. The huge 12.8 metre wide Casshorn antenna commonly known as the sugar scoop was built back in 1966 and the larger 29.6 metre wide steerable antenna was built in 1969.. 

On the iconic day of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the casshorn antenna which stands beside the OTC Dish relayed the first steps on the moon by Neil Armstrong.

The OTC Satellite Earth Station is now the site for the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin officially opened Phase One of the museum in 2012.

Dales Gorge - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Dales Gorge

Karijini National Park boasts some of Australia’s most incredible scenery and you really have to discover Dales Gorge.

Amazing walks, waterfalls and swimming holes makes it a vast natural beauty.

Enjoy Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool and the fairly easy walk between them past amazing rock formations and small streams.

Wave Rock

Surf Wave Rock

A giant boulder shaped like an ocean wave, in the middle of nowhere, miles from the beach.

Welcome to Wave Rock.

This amazing rock formation looks just like an ocean wave and is 15m in height.

Take a Day Tour from Perth to Wave Rock – Book here>

Super Pit

The Super Pit

Kalgoorlie is home to the worlds largest mine pits.

We were lucky enough to be there to witness the explosions and take in the incredible view over this huge mine.

The Super Pit in Kalgoorlie is an open cut gold mine and you can see it from the viewing deck for free.

Questa Casa Brothel

Visit a Brothel

Be like us and visit a brothel for the very first time!

It is a fun and lighthearted afternoon when you take a tour of Questa Casa, Kalgoorlie’s only remaining brothel. It’s also one of the longest operating brothels in the world.

You can’t miss the ‘Pink House’ which was built in the 1890’s during the gold rush era.

The hour long tour takes you through the historical working areas of the brothel which are still used today.

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise

The Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise is one of those special experiences you really must do around Oz.

The incredible beauty, the amazing wildlife and marinelife, and the expansive, enormous body of water that could fill Sydney Harbour 18 times over is best witnessed on this Sunset Cruise in Western Australia’s north west just a few kms from the Northern Territory border.

Did we mention you can go for a swim with 30,000 crocodiles? It’s true and so much fun.

Catch a beer as they are thrown off the back of the boat and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Website: https://www.lakeargylecruises.com/

Spider Walk - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Spider Walk

The Spider Walk is one of the hardest walks but most famous walks in Hancock Gorge which is part of the stunning Karijini National Park.

Hancock Gorge is accessible after climbing down a ladder into the gorge. This 5 Class Walk includes walking through water and along narrow ledges of the rock walls, then you straddle the narrow gap with your arms and legs like a spider before arriving at amazing Kermits Pool.

Definitely a must if you are fit and able!

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it
Swan Valley Funk Cider

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia around Perth

Swan Valley

Just a short drive from the city of Perth is the highly under-rated wine region of Swan Valley.

We enjoyed it so much we visited numerous times during our stay in Perth. There’s such a huge variety of Wineries, Distilleries, Cider House and there’s Chocolate, Lavender and Ice Cream too.

Relax and enjoy a full day tour of Swan Valley winery region – Book your tour here>

Freemantle Gaol

Fremantle Gaol

Go to jail, directly to jail. Do not pass Go and do not collect $200!

Seriously, the Fremantle Gaol is the state’s only World Heritage-listed building and there are a operated as a maximum security gaol for 136 years until it was decommissioned in 1991,

You can ‘do time’ with an experienced guide on one of the three fascinating day-time tours – Convict Prison, Behind Bars and True Crimes tours.

For the more adventurous, you can go 20 metres below the prison on the Tunnel Tour or if you don’t frighten easily take the spooky Torchlight Tour at night.

Little Creatures

Little Creatures Brewery

The Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, open from Thursdays to Sundays, has an awesome atmosphere and is a great place for an ice cold drink and aa bite to eat.

Sit inside the brewery hall or enjoy the outdoors and beautiful views of the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Offering a selection of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails there is something for everyone. They also offer a selection of meals, pizzas and share plates.

Perth Mint

Perth Mint

A tour of the Perth Mint, Australia’s official bullion mint is really interesting. It was established in 1899 and along with the Royal Australian Mint, it produces Australian coins for circulation.

From 1899 to 1931, the Perth Mint made over 106 million gold sovereigns and approx. 735,000 half-sovereigns.

During World War II they began minting Australia’s lower denomination coins from base metals right through to 1983.

The Perth Mint is home to the World’s Largest and Heaviest Gold Coin.

Creating the coin from 99.99% pure gold, it is approx. 80cms in diametere, 12cms thick, weighs 1012kgs and valued at $53.5 million broke the previous record by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Kings Park - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Kings Park

Kings Park has over 3000 different species of unique flora.

It is the perfect spot for a picnic as the views of Perth and the Swan River are absolutely magnificent.

There are open grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland covering over 400 hectares to wander through so it is very worthwhile spending time to enjoy this beautiful park which overlooks the Perth CBD.

The Pinnacles

At Cervantes in WA you can head to the Nambung National Park nearby to witness the limestone formations known as The Pinnacles Desert.

Drive through the 4km track of yellow sand base and stop to enjoy this intriguing and fascinating landscape.

Quokkas on Rottnest Island - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia
Rottnest Island Quokka

Meet a Quokka

Meeting a Quokka on Rottnest Island is a fabulous experience.

Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island and are also only found in small numbers on the mainland of the south west Western Australia as well as Bald Island near Albany.

We were very excited to get up close to these unique little creatures.

Even though Quokkas are mainly nocturnal, we encountered them in a number of different areas while we explored Rottnest Island for the day.

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Bell Tower Perth

Ring the bell in the Bell Tower

Ring can ring my bell…..ring my bell!

A tour of the Bell Tower overlooking the spectacular Swan River in Perth is one place you can go behind the scenes into the ringing chamber and chime the royal bells.

The premium tour includes an up close look at the legendary ANZAC bell which weighs 6,500kgs.

Tours are available Thursdays to Saturdays with General Admission from Thursday to Sunday.

Kimberley Rum Factory

Kimberley Rum Factory

The Great Northern Distillery which is home to the Kimberley Rum Factory in the Swan Valley soon became a place we frequented a number of times while staying nearby in Perth’s midlands.

Kev naturally favoured their internationally award-winning Cane-fire Rum while Adele enjoyed their cocktails.

We may have visited the Tasting Room on multiple occasions but whose counting.

Ye Old London Court

Ye Olde London Court

The village atmosphere of Ye Olde London Court has you really thinking you are walking through a London courtyard when in actual fact you are walking through the three and four level open shopping arcade in the middle of Perth’s central business district.

It was built in 1937 by Claude de Bernales, a wealthy gold financier and businessman and has been designated as a world heritage site in 1996.

Rottnest Island - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia
Parker Point Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Catch the ferry across to Rottnest Island from Fremantle or from Perth. It’s either a 25 minute ferry ride from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour or  90 minutes from The Barrack Street Jetty in Perth.

Amazingly this small island has 63 beaches, is home to the cute little quokkas and is the perfect place to go whale watching during migration season.

We visited on the day of our Son Matt’s Birthday, which allowed him to travel on the ferry for free, and we were treated to some whale watching as we did the speed boat tour around the island.

One day is not really enough time to explore this magnificent island.

Book your Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer from Fremantle here>

Penguin Island Trio

Penguin Island

Just a short 5 minute ferry ride from the mainland at Rockingham south of Perth is Penguin Island.

As the name suggests it has been home to many penguins over the years however in recent times the numbers have dwindled.

The island is now home to the Penguin Island Discovery Centre which has shows each day.

Discover the Islands of the Dampier Archipelago

From Karratha take the island tour with Discovery Touring and enjoy the amazing local islands of the Dampier Archipelago.

Website: http://www.discoverycruising.com.au/cruises/day-cruise/

Margaret River Beaches - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Amazing things to do in Western Australia around Margaret River

Margaret River

One of Australia’s premier wine regions, Margaret River is so much more.

With beautiful beaches, timber forests and incredible cave systems it is a region that is so amazing you’re guaranteed to fall in love with it.

Read all about: Things to See and Do in Margaret River

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Busselton Jetty

The Busselton Jetty is over 1.8kms long. This heritage listed jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and opened back in 1865.

You can take a train road to the end of the jetty and near the end of the jetty is an underwater observatory which is the perfect location to watch the fish and see local coral.

Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Take a tour of Margaret River wines

The Margaret River Wine Region has over 200 vineyards and 90 cellar doors. That’s a lot of wineries and after only visiting a small number of them in 2016, Kev is up for the challenge of visiting them all.

A return visit is definitely on our agenda but not sure whether he will reach his goal but he is certainly willing to give it a go.

For something a little different, we took a Bubbles Tour through the Margaret River.

This enabled us to taste not only wines but a few bubbles, have a delicious lunch and check out a few of the beautiful beaches around Margaret River.

Website: Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave

There are a number of magnicent caves in the Margaret River region.  Jewel Cave is just a 10 minute drive from Augusta.

It is hard to choose from the different caves but we chose to do the tour of Jewel Cave for its enormous chambers.

There is also Lake Cave which has a permanent lake inside, Mammoth Cave and Ngilgi Cave at Yallingup.

These spectacular limestone caves were formed approximately 1 million years ago and it is truly amazing to see the intricate limestone crystal formations.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Amazing things to do in South West Western Australia & Esperance

Cape Leeuwin

Drive to Cape Leeuwin in the most south westerly point of Western Australia and visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

Here you are overlooking where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.

The old Lighthouse Keepers cottages also remain in place.

The Gap, Albany

Visit the Torndirrup National Park in Albany and walk out on the boardwalk directly above the wild ocean as it continuously pounds the cliff face below.

You can stand on the cliff edge on a viewing platform 40 metres above the sea and looking straight down on the dangerous and wild ocean beneath.

Also visit Natural Bridge while at Torndirrup National Park.

Greens Pool

Greens Pool

Greens Pool in the William Bay National Park is famous for, you guessed it, its turquoise green waters and white sandy beaches.

Unfortunately we were not blessed with fabulous weather on the day of our visit. On a beautiful sunny day with bright blue skies Greens Pool is a magical place to visit.

These sheltered waters of this little piece of paradise are great for swimming and are only 15kms west of Denmark in Western Australia’s South.

Elephant Rocks

Can you see the shape of elephants in these rocks?  The aptly named Elephant Rocks looks like a herd of elephants wading in the shallow water.

Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove are right alongside Greens Pool in the William Bay National Park, just 15kms from Denmark.

Cape Le Grande - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Cape Le Grande National Park

Cape Le Grande National Park is a absolutely spectacular region.

To see the breathtakingly bright turquoise waters and the contrast of the brilliant stark white sand is certainly one of the most amazing things to do in Western Australia.

Lucky Bay, Hellfire Bay and Cape Le Grande Beach are all simply stunning and offer beachside campgrounds so you can stay and enjoy the magnificent beaches.

Great Ocean Road West Beach - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Great Ocean Drive

The Great Ocean Drive in Esperance is one of the most amazing scenic coastal drives in all of Australia. Along the 40 kilometre circular loop route are a number of stunning beaches.

All with brilliant blue turquoise waters and as equally brilliant white sand.

You can walk or cycle the 18km Great Ocean Trail but we chose to drive the Great Ocean Drive route and stop off at each and every one of the fabulous beaches.

Pemberton Tree Climb

Gloucester Tree Climb

If you like heights and climbing trees this is an adventure you’re sure to enjoy.

The spikes in the trees allow you to climb straight up the 153 pegs for 53 metres for spectacular views where normally only birds enjoy the scenery.

In 1947, the Gloucester Tree was chosen to be a fire lookout and it’s the second tallest in the world. It’s also one of eight lookout trees in the South West region.

Feed a Stingray

The Stingrays at Hamelin Bay have become very familiar with the timetables of the fishermen as they return in their boats.

Visit either in the morning between 9am – 10am or in the afternoon as this is your best chance for spotting them.

Also the summer months are the best time to see them as the water is more calm and there is usually less seaweed about.

We hand fed these awesome creatures with some pilchards.

Lucky Bay Kangaroos - One of the most Amazing Things to do in Western Australia
Kangaroos on the magnificent Lucky Bay

 

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How did we go showcasing the 49 Amazing Things to Do in Western Australia? Naturally these are just the ones we have experienced on our travels.

Share in the comments below some of the awesome things that you have discovered that you would add to our 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia.

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Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave 

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Cape Hillsborough Camping by the Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping Feature

Cape Hillsborough Camping is an awesome experience with a number of different locations all offering camping by the Beach.

Within just a 35 – 40 minute drive from Mackay in North Queensland you could be stepping on any one of 4 beaches below.

All of these beach locations in and around Cape Hillsborough National Park have a campground where they offer camping right alongside the beach or overlooking the beach.

  • Smalleys Beach
  • Seaforth
  • Ball Bay
  • Halliday Bay

The most magical experience of Cape Hillsborough Camping is seeing the roos at sunrise.

It is definitely worth getting up early and heading to the beach at Cape Hillsborough to not only see the roos on the beach but to see the stunning sunrise backdrop.

Camping by the beach around Cape Hillsborough offers a quiet and relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of town for holiday makers and for travellers just wanting to take a break.

Relaxing on the beach, swimming and fishing are all on offer at these quiet seaside Cape Hillsborough camping spots.

You can do as much or as little as you please.

Cape Hillsborough Camping prices range from $13.50 for 2 people per night to $45 per night for 2 Adults.

Smalleys Beach

Smalleys Beach Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.8kms

What Facilities are available at the Smalleys Beach Campground?
There are toilets which are reportedly clean but no showers.

Drinking water is available and all sites are unpowered as you would expect in a National Park Campground.

Sites are quite private and well marked with some semi-shaded by trees. A few sites are large but access to some are a little tight for bigger rigs.

The Smalleys Beach Campground is right alongside Smalleys Beach, some sites with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Access is via a 4km stretch of gravel road and is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Generators and chainsaws are not allowed.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellent.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night and $27 for families

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No however you are allowed off-ground fire containers.

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Phone coverage is poor

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Smalleys Beach Road, Cape Hillsborough
Website:

Read more about: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

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Seaforth

Seaforth Camping Reserve

How far is it from Mackay?
35 minute drive – 44.9kms

What Facilities are available at the Seaforth Camping Grounds?
There are toilets and coin operated showers are old but clean. Drinking water, barbecues, playground and a Camp Kitchen are all available.

All sites are unpowered but generators of 2kva and below are allowed during the hours of 7am – 7pm.

This seaside camping reserve offers big grassy sites with great ocean breezes. It is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

There is a Dump Point at the Seaforth Camping Reserve.

When parking your caravan or motorhome along the front sites, you are required to have the back of your van or motorhome facing the water.

Seaforth Swimming Enclosure

The Seaforth Camping Reserve is just a 20 metre walk to the beach where there is a stinger free swimming enclosure. with ocean views and each site with a track to the beach.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$ 27 per night or $156 per week. Additional person $15 per night
Bookings can be made by phoning 0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359 and Eftpos is available at the Seaforth Booking Office

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
There is a allocated dog area with 26 allocated sites for people travelling with pets. Please declare your pet at time of booking and ensure dogs are on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile providers

Contact Details:
Phone:
0427 373 358 or 07 4966 4359
Address:
Seaforth Reserve Road, Seaford, Queensland
Website:

Seaforth

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Ball Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
39 minute drive – 48kms

What Facilities are available at the Ball Bay Camping Area
The Ball Bay Camping Area facilities include toilets, cold beach showers and wood barbecues.

Drinking water is available and there is hot water in the Camp Kitchen.

All sites of the small secluded beachfront campground are unpowered and pre-booking is not available. Sites are grassed and suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and tent camping.

Bushwalking
Bushwalking in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

The Campground offers close proximity to the Cape Hillsborough National Park Walking tracks.  During the summer months you may witness flatback turtles hatching in the early hours.

Generators are not allowed.

How much does it cost?
$15 per night as of March 2021 (Previously $27 per night)
Council attendants visit daily to collect camping fees. Cash only

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – pets are not permitted

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0695
Address: 
Cnr Coconut Grove & Ward Esplanade, Ball Bay, Queensland
Website:

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Cape Hillsborough Lookout
Breathtaking views from Twin Beach Lookout in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

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Halliday Bay

Halliday Bay Camping

How far is it from Mackay?
41 minute drive – 48.9kms

What Facilities are available?
The Halliday Bay Resort Golf Course & RV Park offers another great Cape Hillsborough Camping Area close to the beach.

It is available for fully self-contained Caravans and Motorhomes only. No tents allowed.

Facilities include toilets but no showers. Drinking water is available and there is a Dump Point as well.

Powered sites and unpowered sites are available at the waterfront Halliday Bay Camping Area. There is a netted swimming enclosure.

Play a game of golf on the international designed golf course, enjoy a drink or meal at the Captain’s Bar and Restaurant. Sit down bistro meals or takeaway meals and light snacks are available.

Gas refills are available from the Halliday Beach Resort.

How much does it cost?
$35 per night for power and water
$22 for unpowered

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile phone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone: 
0402 228 295
Address:
Headland Drive, Halliday Bay, Queensland
Website:

Halliday Bay

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Cape Hillsborough Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping

The most famous location for camping is at Cape Hillsborough itself.

At the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park you can either camp in their campground on the lower level right on the beach or stay in the upper level of the park with the comforts of power and water.

We have stayed there 3 times now in the last 5 years and it has the special advantage of the roos at sunrise on the beach right on the doorstep of the Caravan Park.

How far is it from Mackay?
40 minute drive – 48.6kms

What Facilities are available?
Facilities include three Amenities Blocks one on the lower campground level and two on the main level.

There’s a great Swimming Pool with 2 slides, a Licensed Bar as well as a Cafe serving a delicious lunch menu and takeaway meals on Friday and Saturday nights .

Other general facilities include Laundry, Playground, Barbecues, Camp Kitchen and TV Games Room. Fun activities also available including Mini Putt Putt, Dyno Karts and Outdoor Movies.

Roaming roos

A Dump Point is available on site. Wallabies and kangaroos roam freely around the park.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$45 – Powered Site
$40 – Unpowered Site

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted as it is National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
We were able to get Telstra coverage from our campsite during our last visit in late 2020

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4959 0152
Address:
51 Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland
Website:

Read more about: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough Beach

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 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

Things to do while Camping in the Cape Hillsborough Area

Roos at Sunrise

When camping at Cape Hillsborough, one thing that you certainly must not miss is to see the roos at sunrise.

It truly is a magical experience and the photo opportunities of the roos at sunrise are amazing.

The roos have for a long time headed down to the beach at Cape Hillsborough just as the sun is rising to feed off the mangrove pods.

In recent years, you will see one of the rangers laying out small mats for the kangaroos and wallabies to feed on special pellets.

Adele with roo at sunrise
Adele with one of the roos deciding to get up close and personal to her on the beach at Cape Hillsborough

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Discover secret Rockpools around Cape Hillsborough

Discover the beautiful rockpools hidden in the rocks on Wedge Island which can be accessed from southern the end of the Cape Hillsborough Beach, but only at low tide.

They are tucked away on the opposite side of the island that is rocky and takes a bit of rockhopping to find them. Kev made it to this one on his own as Adele didn’t make it all of the way over the loose rocks.

If you are the adventurous kind, you will love these hidden rockpool gems. Just pop on your rock shoes and hop on over!

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Walk over to Wedge Island at Low Tide

It is awesome to take advantage of the low tide and walk over to Wedge Island. Head over from the southern end of the beach at Cape Hillsborough.

Walk across with your fishing rods as the fishing out from Wedge Island is very good with Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Salmon, Flathead and Whiting among the fish you can hook onto.

On the eastern side of Wedge Island you can cast a lure for Reef fish as well.

The view looking back over to Cape Hillsborough from Wedge Island is awesome.

Be sure to allow enough time to be able to walk back across the natural pathway to the mainland, you don’t won’t to be left stranded on the island. It’s a long wait between tides!

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Cape Hillsborough

Explore the Cape Hillsborough National Park

At the southern end of the Cape Hillsborough Headland and  on the edge of the Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park is the Andrews Point Walking Track.

This popular track in the Cape Hillsborough National Park takes you up to a number of lookouts with magnificent views.

One of the lookout platforms provides breathtaking views looking back over the Cape Hillsborough Beach and across to Wedge Island with another looking down on the turtles below.

It is a somewhat steep climb up for the first part of the walk but it is worth the effort.

Once you reach the lookouts it is a fairly flat easy track that meanders across the top of the headland before it takes you back down to the beach.

Turtle Lookout Cape Hillsborough NP

You can wander back along the beach as long as the tide is low which will shorten your walk and also means you won’t have to retrace your steps along the same track to the original starting point.

We have enjoyed walking the Andrews Point Track two out of our three times we have camped at Cape Hillsborough. On our first visit we endured 100m of rain overnight so bushwalking was not an option.

Other bushwalking tracks in the Cape Hillsborough National Park include:

  • Beachcomber Cove Track
  • The Diversity Boardwalk
  • Yuibera Plant Trail

For more information on these three walks check out the Queensland Parks website.

Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough Bushwalk

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Visit the Old Station Teahouse

The award winning Old Station Teahouse at Cape Hillsborough offers a range of delicious homemade goodies including cakes, scones. brownies and desserts and a great place to pop into when you are camping at any of the Cape Hillsborough Camping spots.

The Teahouse came about back around 1904 when a permanent railway station was built in the township of Marian with the station serving the community well for 90 years.

In 1994 the new owners had 4 weeks to transfer the beautiful old building to where it is in Cape Hillsborough and has continued to thrive for the last 27 years.

The Old Station Teahouse is open Thursdays to Sundays from 9am – 3pm.

Phone:  07 4959 0528
Address:  231 Cape Hillsborough Road, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland

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The Leap Hotel Statue

Drop into The Leap Hotel for lunch or a drink

The Leap Hotel is steeped with history and is a great place to stop off for a drink or lunch as we did on the way to your favourite Cape Hillsborough Camping spot.

Learn about the legend of Kowaha. A huge monument depicting the event stands at the front of The Leap Hotel.

Phone:  07 4954 0993
Address:  954 Bruce Hwy, The Leap, Queensland

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

The Leap Hotel

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How to get to Cape Hillsborough National Park

Head out from Mackay along the Bruce Highway for 20km before turning right onto Seaforth Road.

Then travel for another 20kms and take a right turn onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

Coming from Proserpine, travel south along the Bruce Highway for 104kms. Turn left onto Seaforth Road.

After following Seaforth Road for 20kms, turn right into Cape Hillsborough Road.

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Have you been camping at any of these beachside campgrounds around Cape Hillsborough? Tell us about your Cape Hillsborough Camping experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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