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Our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

ur 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Accommodation when traveling around Australia comes in many forms and you will find many free or low cost campgrounds. Caravan Parks, Showgrounds, Campgrounds, Station Stays, Pubs and Free Camps are all options for somewhere to stay overnight and depending on many circumstances our needs will vary. For those set up and comfortable with Free and Low Cost camping when traveling, we have put together our 21 Best Free or Low Cost Campgrounds highlighting our favourite places so far to stay in Australia.

In the heat of the Top End we would usually opt for powered options however the bottom half of Oz opened up many places to stay that don’t have to cost much at all.

We will continue to update this list as we keep finding more places to add.

Find videos and information about every Campground, Free Camp, Caravan Park, Station Stay and RV Stops all around Australia here

Read all about Our Best Free camps in Australia here


# Nov 2017 update.
With the recent closure of our previous Number 1 campground “Uluru by Sunrise” we have updated this list. We have also introduced 2 new campgrounds, Sandstone Park at #4 and Lara Wetlands at #12 and increased it from our Best 20 to 21. Hope you enjoy our list.

#July 2019 update
We have completely changed this Article having added a number of new Campgrounds, taken out the Free ones as you’ll find them in our Best Free Camps here and increased our list from 21 to Our 29 Best Campgrounds in Australia.

Stanley RV and Caravan CampgroundView to the Stanley Nut from our camp site, Tasmania

Our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

29. Stanley Tasmania

Location: At Stanley in the North West of Tasmania

About: Located at the entrance to the Golf Course and looking out over the ocean, this is a fabulous campground in a beautiful location.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/stanley-rv-and-caravan-campground-stanley-tasmania/

Cost:                            $8 per night

Max nights stay:        7 nights

Toilets:                        No

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No but there is one very close by.

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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Mount Gambier Showgrounds - Low Cost Campground in AustraliaMount Gambier Showgrounds, SA

28. Mt Gambier Showgrounds

Location: Mt Gambier, South Australia

About: The Mt Gambier Showgrounds are located on the edge of the city and provides good grassed sites and full amenities. It is also walking distance to the Umpherstone Sinkhole.
$20 deposit for Key to amenities block.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/mount-gambier-showgrounds-mount-gambier-south-australia/

Cost:                            $22 powered, $15 unpowered, $3 extra adult

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes, cost $5 if not staying at the showgrounds

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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Hobart Showgrounds - Low Cost Campground in AustraliaHobart from atop Mount Wellington

27. Hobart Showgrounds

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

About: Approx 15 minutes drive from the city of Hobart, there are various sites, some grassed and other on stones. Can get very busy in peak times. Call to book during peak season.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/hobart-showgrounds-hobart-tasmania/

Cost:                            $25 powered site or $21 for CMCA members, $20 unpowered

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                     Yes, $1 for 5 minutes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   Yes, we were close to Bunnings and were able to tap into their free Wifi although it was slow

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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Carmila Beach Campground North QueenslandBeachside sites at Carmila Beach Campground

26. Carmila Beach Campground, Queensland

Location: Carmila Beach is 6kms from the small town of Carmila on the Bruce Highway and 101kms south of Mackay.

About: The Carmila Beach Campground is a great beachfront location with several campsites available. Once you go past the first campsites you will need 4wd to access through the soft sand.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/carmila-beach-carmila-queensland/

Cost:                            $10 per vehicle per night

Max nights stay:        14 nights

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                     No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:             Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:      Barely

Fires allowed:            Yes

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Ante Chamber Bay Campground Kangaroo IslandChapman River at Ante Chamber Bay Campground, Kangaroo Island SA

25. Ante Chamber Bay Campground

Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

About: A beautiful river front campground. Access is by a dirt road which was reasonable condition when we were there.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/ante-chamber-bay-kangaroo-island-south-australia/

Cost:                            $15 per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                     No

Potable water:            No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                    No

Telstra coverage:       Yes, only just

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Gordon Recreation Reserve Gordon Recreation Reserve, Tasmania

24. Gordon Recreational Reserve

Location: Three Hut Point, Gordon Tasmania

About: Whilst we didn’t stay here it looked such a perfect location we did stop to take a look around. This would make a great place to stop for a few nights.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/gordon-recreation-reserve-three-hut-point-tasmania/

Cost:                            $5 per night honest box

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                     No

Potable water:            No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:     Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:      Yes

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Kingston S.E. RV Campground SAQuite a gathering at the Kingston S.E. RV Campground

23. Kingston SE RV Campground

Location: Kingston SE, South Australia

About:. A fantastic and great value RV stay in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Home of the Big Lobster, there’s also lots of options for eating out and all you will need in town within walking distance. Opposite the campground is the beach and long jetty.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/kingston-se-rv-campground-kingston-se-sa/

Cost:                            $10

Max nights stay:        48 hours

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                     No

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes nearby in town

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            No

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Banka Banka Station Banka Banka Station, NT

22. Banka Banka Station

Location: North of the Three Ways in Northern Territory

About: Great overnight stay as you head north from the Three Ways to Darwin. There’s Donkeys and Camels, a unique bar, fire pit which the owner fires up each night. Yarns are told, marshmallows burnt and in the morning a stunning sunrise to the East.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/banka-banka-station-northern-territory/

Cost:                            $20 per night for 2 adults unpowered

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No

Fires allowed:            Camp hosts have a big fire pit each day and marshmallows

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Congo Campground NSWCongo Campground

21. Congo Campground

Location: Congo NSW

About: The Congo Campground is approx. 10kms south from Batemans Bay, located directly at the beach. It is located in National Park.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/congo-campground-nsw/

Cost:                            $12 per person per night

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            No

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Aerial view of Midskinrick Lodge and CampingAerial view of Midskinrick Lodge and Camping

20. Midskinrick Lodge and Camping

Location: Rosedale Qld

About: Located between Bundaberg and Gladstone, this is a brilliant stay right on Baffle Creek with excellent fishing. It is a huge place with heaps of space and fire pits scattered throughout the park area.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/midskinrick-lodge-camping-rosedale/

Cost:                            $7.50 per person per night unpowered, extra $5 per night powered or $10 if you use air conditioning.

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            Yes

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Whalebone Bay Campground near Denmark WALooking down on Whalebone Bay and Campground

19. Whalebone Campground Shark Bay, Western Australia

Location: 15 kms south of Denham

About: I loved our time here at Whalebone Campground. A 24 hour stay, they allowed us to extend for a second night but not beyond. We were able to leave for a short time and then come back for another 48 hours. Caught Squire at night from the beach.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/3003-2/

Cost:                            $15 per night

Max nights stay:        1 night, but if you ask they’ll likely allow a second night, no more.

Toilets:                        No

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No, there is a water station in Denham

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No, there is one on left hand side as you arrive at Denham

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes but very limited

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Wilton Park Cuttagee NSWBeautiful Lotus Flowers at Wilton Park

18. Wilton Park NSW

Location: Cuttagee, NSW

About: A fabulous stay on private property just 5mins south of Bermagui in NSW. There are limited facilities but everything you will need isn’t far away in town. This was one of those places that become very social and relaxing with a fire at night and drinks with new friends.

Video:                         Coming soon

Cost:                            $10 donation

Max nights stay:        7 nights

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            Yes

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Aerial shot of Pretty Beach and the CampgroundAerial shot of Pretty Beach and the Campground

17. Pretty Beach Campground NSW

Location: Pretty Beach, NSW

About: Just north of Batemans Bay is this great campground located a very short distance from a beautiful bay and ocean beach. It is located in the Murramarang National Park.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/pretty-beach-campground/

Cost:                            $34.84 for two people powered, $24.60 for two people unpowered. Extra adult is $12 per night, children 5-15yo $6 per night.

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            Yes

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Cassowary Coast Regional Council Campground Mission Beach Perfect location right beside the Beach!

16. Cassowary Coast Regional Council Campground Mission Beach

Location: Mission Beach, North Queensland

About: Located directly beside the beach, Powered and unpowered sites, old amenities. Al about location.

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/mission-beach-camping/

Cost:                            $21 per night unpowered, $25 powered, $3 for extra adult

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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Workmans Beach Campground Agnes WaterAmazing Agnes Water and 1770, Qld

15. Workmans Campground

Location: Agnes Water near 1770 in Queensland.

About: A great campground close to the beach and town of Agnes Water. A short stroll to stunning Workmans Beach or take an oceanfront walk for a few kms to nearby beaches and bays. Great value and the best Rangers looking after the campground.

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

Cost:                            $9 per person per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes, cold outdoor shower

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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Best Free or Low Cost Campgrounds in AustraliaLara Wetlands, Qld

14. Lara Wetlands, Patrick Qld

Location: Lara Wetlands is a cattle station approx 30kms south of Barcaldine and 80kms north of Blackall in Queensland.

About: Lara Wetlands is a beautiful, relaxing waterhole on a cattle station just 30kms south of Barcaldine in Qld.

It has many features including a hot artesian spa, kayaks for use on the wetland and fire pits on each site. Lara Wetlands is where you go to relax and do very little except read a book and chill with an amazing scenery and spectacular sunrise and sunset each day.

Video:                           https://indefiniteleave.com.au/lara-wetlands-patrick-queensland/

Cost:                            $10 per person per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No phone coverage

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Little Roper Stockcamp Mataranka NTKev making hay while the sun shines at Little Roper Stockcamp

13. Little Roper Stockcamp

Location: Mataranka NT

About: Des and Telka are the owners of Little Roper Stockcamp and will welcome you to there fabulous stay. They have a range of animals that kids and parents will enjoy interacting with. This one is brilliant, make sure you watch the video.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/little-roper-stockcamp-mataranka-northern-territory/

Cost:                            $20 unpowered, 30 powered

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No, but one is nearby at Mataranka

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            Camp hosts Des and Telka have a big fire pit they light up each day

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Coledale Camping Reserve Coledale NSWRight on the beach at Coledale

12. Coledale Camping Reserve NSW

Location: Coledale NSW

About: About an hour south of Sydney is the fantastic beachfront camping reserve. It is also only 10 mins from the amazing Sea Cliff Bridge.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/coledale-camping-reserve/

Cost:                            $25 unpowered, 35 powered

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes, limited

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            No

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Sandy Cape Campground WA - Low Cost CampgroundSandy Cape overlooking the campground

11. Sandy Cape Campground

Location: 10 kms north of Jurien Bay, Western Australia

About:This place is Fun, Fun, Fun. Grab a sand board and race down the dunes. Fishing, swimming, boating, so much fun to be had. There are BBQ’s available and the sky at night lights up with the stars.
While we were there a great coffee can was available making Burgers, Hot Dogs, Coffees, shakes and more.

Watch the hilarious footage of Adele sand boarding here – https://youtu.be/BcilkWaEAsU

Video:                          https://indefiniteleave.com.au/sandy-cape-campground-jurien-bay-wa/

Cost:                            $15 per night

Max nights stay:        No Limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No, unless you climb up onto the dunes.

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Sandstone Park Campground Carnarvon Gorge - Best Free or Low Cost Campground in AustraliaSandstone Park Campground, Carnarvon Gorge Qld

10. Sandstone Park, Carnarvon Gorge Qld

Location: Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Carnarvon National Park approx. 600kms north west of Brisbane and 200kms south of Emerald.

About: This is a new campground which only opened in 2017 and fast became extremely popular with the travelling public. It’s astounding 360 degree views are incredible. The facilities are fantastic and the sites are big. There’s plenty of access to firewood and did I mention the incredible views!!

Do yourself an enormous favour and make sure you visit Sandstone Park at Carnarvon Gorge

Watch this video of Kevin with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Campground, as they trek their way up Boolimba Bluff. – https://youtu.be/wRVMIbOSL8w

Video:                           https://indefiniteleave.com.au/sandstone-park-campground-carnarvon-gorge-queensland/

Cost:                            $20 per night

Max nights stay:        No Limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No phone coverage. Some Wifi available at Info centre café.

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One of our 29 Best Campgrounds in Australia - Noosa North Shore CampgroundNoosa North Shore Campground

9. Noosa North Shore Campground

Location: Noosa North Shore, Queensland

About: Noosa North Shore is surrounded by the Cooloola National Park and has absolute beachfront location. You will need a vehicle permit to drive the beach. Access is via the Tewantin Ferry. The campground is currently closed for renovations at time of writing and is expected to re-open in December 2019.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/noosa-northshore-beachfront-campground-noosa/

Cost:                            $29 unpowered, $36 powered (very limited)

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes, very limited

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            No

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One of our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds - Drone View of Dalmeny CampgroundDrone view of Dalmeny Campground

8. Dalmeny Campground NSW

Location: Dalmeny, NSW

About: Dalmeny is just 5 mins north of Narooma, a beautiful beachside location. There’s an IGA opposite with fuel and a fish and chip shop nearby too. Most sites are sloping, expect to need to level up.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/dalmeny-campground-nsw/

Cost:                            $33 per night powered, $30 unpowered

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            Yes

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Osprey Campground Cape Range National Park WABeach at Osprey

7. Osprey Campground

Location: Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth Western Australia

About: We weren’t able to stay here as we had our dog with us but we took a look around and the location is incredible. Very clean and tidy.

Cost:                            $10 per adult per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No, water available at Info Centre a few kms away

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              No, one is just a few kms up the road at Info Centre

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       N0

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One of the Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia - Honeymoon Bay Camping Beecroft Weapons Range NSWStunning Sunset at Honeymoon Bay

6. Honeymoon Bay NSW

Location: Beecroft Weapons Range, Jervis Bay NSW

About: Located in the Jervis Bay National Park region it is only open from Friday at 1pm to Sunday and 8pm. Watch the video for all the details of this magnificent weekend campground.

Video:                        https://indefiniteleave.com.au/honeymoon-bay-campground-jervis-bay/

Cost:                            $15 per site per night, Extra adults $5 per night, children 15 and under free

Max nights stay:        Open Friday to Sunday only

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

Fires allowed:            No

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One of the Best Cost Campgrounds in Australia - Barn HillBarn Hill Station

5. Barn Hill Station

Location: approx. 1 hour drive south of Broome, Western Australia

About: Fabulous Campground on a Cattle Station with 200 sites is the Best Low Cost Campground in WA. 10kms of dirt road to access but easily done even in our Motorhome. They even have a lawn bowls green. It has a very rustic charm, the stars shine bright at night and they make 8 loaves of bread, home made sausage rolls and lamingtons each day for purchase. It is very busy in peak times of June and July.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/barn-hill-station/

Cost:                            $25 unpowered for 2 adults or $32 powered

Max nights stay:        Nil

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes but power can be limited source, comes from solar

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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Point Quobba CampgroundHappy Hour at Quobba, WA

4. Quobba Campground

Location: approx. 50kms north of Carnarvon, Western Australia

About: Located around the corner from the Quobba Blowholes, the campground offers some of Australia’s best snorkeling. The coral is amazing and there’s lots of fish of many species, Turtles, Rays and Reef Sharks. We also enjoyed fresh oysters directly from the rocks at low tide.

The campground is right on the beach, some with views and others protected by the dunes.

Cost:                            $11 per person per night, kids under 16 free

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           No

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No

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One of the Best Low Cost Campgrounds in AustraliaLucky Bay Campground, just amazing!!

3. Lucky Bay Campground

Location: Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

About: Located in the incredible Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia, this is a very special place where the kangaroos come into your site or meet you on the beach to say hello. The views are scintillating and the experience is not to be missed.

Our Tip, select site number 12.

Video:                   https://indefiniteleave.com.au/lucky-bay-campground-cape-le-grand-national-park-wa/

Cost:                            $10 per Adult per night, children over 6 are $2.20. Seniors $6.60 per night

Max nights stay:        No limit

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:             No

Dump point:              No

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       No

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Originally our No. 1 of our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in AustraliaRapid Bay Campground, originally our No. 1 out of the 29 Best Campgrounds in Australia

2. Rapid Bay Campground

Location: 1.5 hours south of Adelaide

About: As Darryl Kernigan’s bumbling Lawyer once said, “it’s the vibe” and Rapid Bay gives great vibes.

Voted our Best Free or Low Cost Campground in Australia! This is a fantastic campground, so peaceful, so stunning and a great place to relax, swim, snorkel and go fishing. It gets very busy at peak times.
The original Jetty here was destroyed in a storm and a new Jetty costing $3.8m was recently built to replace it.
Divers come from afar to dive here looking for a rare Sea Dragon, only found in these waters.

Video:                   https://indefiniteleave.com.au/rapid-bay-campground-rapid-bay-south-australia/

Cost:                            $7 per person per night

Max nights stay:        Nil

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    No

Potable water:           Yes, sign says it’s not but it’s trucked in from Adelaide

Pet Friendly:              Yes

Dump point:              No. Yankalilla is 24kms away and has dump point, fuel, groceries, gas etc.

Powered sites:           No

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   N0

Telstra coverage:       Yes

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No. 1 in our 29 Best Campgrounds in AustraliaTrial Bay Gaol Campground. our new No. 1 from our 29 Best Campgrounds in Australia

1. Trial Bay Gaol Campground NSW

Location: South West Rocks, Arakoon National Park NSW

About: We were so lucky to have the opportunity to stay in the overflow section and it was just perfect for us. The campsites overlooking the Bay are also sensational. South West Rocks is amazing, watch the video and see why this is our #1 Campground in Australia.

Video:                         https://indefiniteleave.com.au/trial-bay-gaol/

Cost:                            $31 unpowered, $36 powered

Max nights stay:        N/A

Toilets:                        Yes

Showers:                    Yes

Potable water:           Yes

Pet Friendly:              No

Dump point:              Yes

Powered sites:           Yes

Unpowered sites:      Yes

Free Wifi:                   No

Telstra coverage:       Yes

 

These are just our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia. We know we haven’t seen them all, tell us about your favourite Low Cost Campground?

Thanks
Kevin & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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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/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.to/2ve3w2Z This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/37pCAM9 – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Ian

    June 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    We need this type of info for NSW please

    • Indefinite Leave

      June 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Ian, thank you for your feedback. NSW is the only state we haven’t been to yet on our travels and we can’t wait until we do very soon. We will be going south through country NSW before coming back up again along the coastline. We are really excited about this part of our trip over the next 12 months and will most certianly be blogging a lot about it and providing updates and reviews on everywhere we stay.
      Thanks again, stay with us and we look forward to providing details soon. 🙂

      • Anne Maher

        July 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm

        If you get a chance come to Youcamp Bluelilies at Upper Colo NSW. We are new to Wiki and haven’t had any Wiki campers yet but would love to host some
        Google Youcamp Bluelilies for a peek at our farm. Cheers Anne

        • Indefinite Leave

          July 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm

          Hello Anne, thank you for the invite. We sure will if we come by your way 🙂

  2. Miriam

    June 14, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Fantastic info. We’re just about to head up to the NT and Red Centre in under two weeks so this sort of info is brilliant and invaluable. Great site! Happy travels.

    • Indefinite Leave

      June 21, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you Miriam. Really glad our site is helping you. 🙂

  3. Betty

    August 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

    We are planning on going around our beautiful country in a normal van 😳. I have my doubts but hubby is keen. An Rv is my preferred transport but will see how we go. Thank you for sharing it allows me to collect ideas and info of where to go. Do you have a list of must haves to take and how much clothing wise do you really need? Thanks again Betty

    • Indefinite Leave

      August 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Betty. Thank you for your message. Let me just answer your question with a lot lot less than you think lol. We have sent “stuff” back 6 times in our first 18 months on the road and we are about to take even more back. It’s amazing what you Don’t need!!
      My advice is take the bare minimum and anything you don’t use for 6 months goes back. Safe travels.

  4. Denise breen

    November 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Hi just let you know that Cliff head now has two Lots of toilets on the grounds, very clean I was there two weeks ago

    • Indefinite Leave

      November 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Denise. You are certainly correct, you will see the toilets in the video. That’s an error I’ll correct now. Thanks for letting me know, safe travels. 🙂

  5. John

    November 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Great report, though you did mention that there were no toilets at Cliff Head, WA, there has been drop toilets there for years and they have just recently upgraded them to enviro type, a lot nicer.

    • Indefinite Leave

      November 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Hello John, yes you are correct, you will see the toilets in the video. I’ll correct that now. The new toilets were only installed just before we arrived there 🙂
      Safe travels.

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The 7 Towns in Australia we could Live

The 7 towns in Australia we fell in love with and could live.

As you make your way around the country there’s always going to be places you fall in love with and think “I could live here”. A place that you find that just resonates with you.

For some people it happens. When we first started considering traveling we followed a family called This is our Australia. They got to 1770/ Agnes Water and loved it so much they bought 5 acres and set up stumps there. They have been living there now since 2015.

7 Towns in Australia we could live

1770 Lark

Lots of people sell up before they go with the view to finding their new abode, far away from where they lived before they left.

We aren’t looking to settle anywhere else other than Brisbane at this stage, in fact we haven’t even contemplated stopping but it hasn’t stopped us from falling in love with a few places around the country.

Places we fell in love with but could not necessarily live

There are lots of other places we have loved, many of them, but they aren’t ones we would necessarily live. Broome for example is awesome as is Exmouth, we loved Darwin and Bruny Island was magic, but we couldn’t live in any of them.

Hill Inlet

Hill Inlet Whitsundays

When we were in Hervey Bay I wondered if I’d live there. I could picture having a boat and spending a lot of time out in it there. I said to Adele “could you ever see us retire here”. The answer from Adele was simple – No….

These are the places where we felt we would fit in to the culture, love the people and the beaches, it felt stress free and we really could embrace the lifestyle.

These are the 7 towns in Australia we could live after traveling over the last 4 years!!

Beautiful Sandhills at Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach, Queensland

Where is it?

Rainbow Beach is the Gateway to magnificent Fraser Island. 67kms East of Gympie, it is a 2.5 hour drive from our hometown of Brisbane.

Why do we love Rainbow Beach?

It’s close to Brisbane, which is a big attraction, plus it is small with no traffic and no traffic lights. The beach is stunning and the Coloured Sandhills are beautiful.

Fraser Island is 10 minutes and a 15 minute barge trip away. Noosa is a 1 hour beach drive away.

Rainbow Beach has an excellent pub, a Surf Life Savers Club overlooking the beach and a yummy ice cream parlour. What more does one need?

What might stop us living at Rainbow Beach?

It’s a little more expensive to live here as it is mainly a tourist town. Fuel costs more and there’s no major grocery chain.

Approximately 1200 people live in Rainbow Beach but that goes to over 24,000 during holiday season. Midges can be a problem but that’s going to be a potential issue at any beachside town.

It is very small town and in the long run we might get bored and need more variety.

All up, a very high probability.

Our livability rating: 8

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Airlie Beach Lagoon

Airlie Beach, Qld

Where is it?

As if Airlie Beach needs any introduction. World renowned for the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is a short 30 minute drive East of Proserpine and a 2 hour, 150km, drive north of Mackay in North Queensland.

What do we love about Airlie Beach?

I could move to the Whitsundays tomorrow!! It is very high on our list of the 7 Towns in Australia we could live!

Wow, what a magical place. We have been to the Whitsundays a few times even before our road trip and now back twice more and it is just sensational. We had our Honeymoon at Airlie Beach and it continues to be a special place for us, the incredible natural beauty is very difficult to beat.

I could easily move here, buy a boat and jet ski, set up a YouTube channel and just explore every island, every beach and fish all day long.

There are 74 islands in the Whitsundays and I could happily spend the rest of my days exploring each and every one of them.

There’s plenty to do here and it’s big enough to have good infrastructure of major shops. There’s only one or two sets of lights, not too much traffic but a lifestyle that would be so amazing.

What might stop us living at Airlie Beach?

It’s a 12 hour, 1100km drive from Airlie Beach to Brisbane. It’s just too far from our Mums.

Airlie Beach has been hit by several very damaging Cyclones over the years, the most recent being Cyclone Debbie in 2017 that caused $3.5b damage in damage and killed 14 people.

Did we mention we love Airlie Beach!! 🙂

Our livability rating: 8+

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The Margaret River Chocolate Co.

Margaret River Chocolate Co.

Margaret River, Western Australia

Where is it?

Margaret River is a small town in a beautiful region 277kms south of Perth in Western Australia.

What do we love about Margaret River?

This is a stunning region mostly recognised for it’s amazing wineries. There are also superb beaches, stunning tall forests and cave systems that make it unique and a genuinely great place to live.

We love the vibe and it’s potential for further growth.

Our great mates from West Aussie Nomads now live there too which is a bonus.

What might stop us living in Margaret River?

Too far from home.

Too cold in winter.

I don’t imagine we will ever live in Margaret River but we will definitely visit there for some long stays in the future.

Our livability rating: 7.5

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Portland in victoria

Portland Marina

Portland, Victoria

Where is it?

Portland is 100kms from the western end of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

What do we love about Portland?

We really enjoyed Portland, a beautiful seaside town where everyone seems very friendly. The fishing looks great and it’s so relaxing.

It’s a laid back town where nothing happens in too much of a hurry. We felt relaxed and enjoyed the towns atmosphere.

The wildlife around Portland is superb and there’s so much to see within the region.

What might stop us living at Portland?

Weather!! Way too cold for way too long. Not a place for us Queenslanders!!

Like Margaret River, it’s just too far from family in Brisbane. A great location and we hope to visit again in the future.

Our livability rating: 7

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South West Rocks is one of 7 towns in Australia we could live

South West Rocks

South West Rocks, NSW

Where is it?

South West Rocks is in the mid north coast of New South Wales, half way between Brisbane and Sydney.

What do we love about South West Rocks?

This was very much our kind of town. We love that is has every kind of water course covered. There’s a great Surf beach, Rocks walls with stunning rock pools, a glorious Bay, a River system and a Creek.

Every type of swimming, fishing, surfing, snorkeling and diving is covered.

It’s big enough to have a Coles but there are no traffic lights. It has good growth potential and if you love the ocean it’s a magical place to be.

Due to Ocean current flows which bring warm water from the tropical regions the ocean water temperatures are relatively warm all year round.

Hat Head is close by and a genuinely beautiful location too.

Out of the 7 Towns in Australia we could live, this equally rates the highest with Airlie Beach. We could easily live at South West Rocks.

What might stop us living at South West Rocks?

The distance to Brisbane.

We really enjoyed South West Rocks and it is definitely high on our list of 7 towns in Australia we could live in. We potentially could very happily retire there when we get old 🙂

Our livability rating: 8+

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1770 - 7 towns in Australia we could live

1770 Sunset

1770/ Agnes Water, Qld

Where is it?

The towns of 1770 and Agnes Water are just 5 minutes apart. They are located half way to the north of Bundaberg and south of Gladstone in Queensland.

What do we love about 1770/ Agnes Water?

Without doubt the best sunsets on the East Coast of Australia are at 1770. Only Moreton Island gets close.

Agnes Water is the last location north in Queensland to have surf beaches. We do love it here and it’s so close to major cities of Bundaberg and Gladstone.

It’s a fantastic little town with no traffic lights, superb fishing and a great culture.

1770/ Agnes Water would be high on the list of locations we could live.

What might stop us living at 1770/ Agnes Water?

Midges would be an issue, they can be bad here.

It’s a very small community, we might get bored.

There’s not a lot of infrastructure. You need to go to Bundaberg or Gladstone to get a lot of major supplies and trade assistance.

Our livability rating: 8

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7 towns in Australia we could live - Narooma

Narooma

Narooma, NSW

Where is it?

Narooma is in the South Coast of NSW approx. 200kms from the NSW/ Victoria border.

What do we love about Narooma?

There are a lot of places we have loved in southern NSW, Bermagui and Pambula are just 2 others but for us Narooma and Dalmeny were sensational. Narooma is another beachside town with a spectacular river, fantastic fishing and a great atmosphere.

We really enjoyed our tour to Montague Island which was fascinating. We also enjoyed the local little towns such as Tilba Tilba and Bodalla.

Only 5 minutes north is the beautiful sea side town of Dalmeny Beach which we also really enjoyed.

There is so much beauty in this area, lots to do and see and the people were so friendly.

What might stop us living at Narooma?

Too far from home.

Too cold in winter.

Our livability rating: 7.5

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There they are, in no particular order, the 7 towns in Australia we could live in and happily retire to.

What would be your happy place to move to if you did?

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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Photography & Socials

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.to/2ve3w2Z This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/37pCAM9 – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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The Forgotten Travelers

There’s an enormous Impact on the Forgotten Travelers around Australia.

At any one time it is estimated there are normally between 100,000 to 120,000 people traveling around Oz.

They are driving in 4wd’s and Caravans, Motorhomes, Fifth Wheelers, Camper trailers, Campervans (whizz bangers), tents, swags or simply in their vehicle. The range of options on how we do it varies.

Whatever the setup is that we have, it’s our home. It’s our sanctuary and we love it.

The Forgotten Travelers

Sandfire Roadhouse WA Checkpoint March 2020

Styles of Travelers

It’s the same with the different styles of traveler.

Many go on holidays, taking time off work to visit a location or region and enjoy a great time wherever they choose. Often it’s with the family during school holidays or whenever time off work is available.

Others take a bit more time, usually a few months at a time and go out and explore regions over short periods before heading back home and getting ready for another adventure sometime later. Once the home maintenance is done, the grandkids have been visited these travelers will head back out again and spend another few months on the road before heading back home.

The majority of travelers would fit those scenarios and are fortunate enough to have their home to return to any time they desire.

The Forgotten Traveler

Quick Run…. the virus is coming!!

With all that is happening right now in this crazy situation of Covid-19 the entire world has found itself in, we have what I believe are The Forgotten Travelers.

The Forgotten Travelers Living on the Road

These are the guys who are Living on the Road.

They are out there doing their Big Lap, for commonly 1 year, maybe longer. They live in their Caravans and Motorhomes.

Then there are those that are more like us at Indefinite Leave. These guys are traveling and exploring over an even longer, extended period of time with no set date at the moment. When it will all end hasn’t been decided.

Social Distancing at Lucky Bay would be ideal

Social Distancing Fail

Living on the Road to Survive

Then there’s the most vulnerable, the ones who through life’s twists and turns, bad choices and bad luck, find themselves with the only option but to live on the road, with no assets, no funds, no home, just their fortnightly pension to try and survive.

In each of these scenarios these Forgotten Travelers have no home. They either had no home, Sold their home or it is Rented and unavailable.

Online discussion and in general talk there has been little to no empathy or even a willingness to understand the plight of this marginal part of society.

The Forgtten Traveler

Low risk of Coronavirus here

Varying Reports

Life is a lot easier from the Ivory Tower, sitting on a lounge chair, drinking a chardy and watching the nightly news dissect every angle from many so called experts all willing to have an opinion. The more wild and outlandish comments the “specialist” is willing to make, the better.

After all the Media are in the business of creating fear.

Now don’t go presuming I’m downplaying the facts of what’s happening. This is extremely serious!! But when the news have people saying this is going to last 12-18 months, like one headline I saw the other day, it is beyond absurd. No one knows that, it’s speculative and designed to create fear because that’s what keeps people watching, listening to and reading the news.

That’s just one example of many.

Also don’t think I’m encouraging anyone to travel unnecessarily. Quite frankly I think the shutdowns and closures in Australia have been too slow and instead of getting in front of the issue the dog has just kept chasing it’s tail.

We have been reactive instead of proactive.

No fear of getting too close to this big fella

No Social Distancing issues here

I can’t control that however and we rely on those we elected to make these decisions.

So let’s be clear, I believe and encourage no–one to participate in non-essential travel of any kind. Stay inside and Stay healthy. Simple….

The Difficulty for The Forgotten Travelers

But back to my point, there’s a whole group of Forgotten Travelers out there that are finding this extremely difficult to do. Through no fault of their own they find themselves in a foreign position in a foreign location with chaos all around them.

We have received Messages, Phone calls and Feedback directly from hundreds of people traveling Australia who are genuinely over-stressed, frightened and scared, who are currently facing a dilemma not of their making who are confused and don’t know what to do.

The Forgotten Traveler

Police Roadblocks WA

Essential Travel

Just this morning I received a phone call from someone who has to get from Perth to Darwin. I’m not going to discuss their personal position, that’s not my place, but the reality is he must do this trip. He’s on his own, he is his wife’s registered carer and she and the kids are in Darwin. There is a lot more to the story which I won’t divulge here.

His feedback to me was the people commenting online are making life so much harder for him. He said there is so much bad information being spread that for someone like him who has to complete essential travel, the speculation in groups and forums has created so much stress for him and his family..

As of right now he has driven Perth to the Sandfire Roadhouse where there are roadblocks and he will need to sign forms to continue. He said there are hardly any other vehicles on the road, mostly just some road trains, a few trucks and mining vehicles.

His words to me were, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to drive thousands of kms on my own, with the unknown of what to expect with roadblocks, in 41c heat. Usually he said people are nice but he has been treated nastily several times. He just wants to be with his family. He is tired, he is stressed, he doesn’t want to get sick.

Going Home is not an option

Others who are trying to do the right thing and stay in one place and self isolate are contacting us too. After they’ve settled in they have received news that the Caravan Park is closing and they have to leave. Now they have to pack up and find somewhere else to stay and it’s not easy. So many places are closing and other places to stay are impractical.

Some of those exact people are the ones who are at greatest risk. They have low immune systems, they may be elderly and some who have contacted us are solo female travelers and they have genuine reasons to be fearful.

Telling them to go Home isn’t an option. In fact, it is ill informed and ignorant.

Lorikeets enjoying some grapes

Shouldn’t you two be further apart

Where do The Forgotten Travelers Go?

People are telling us, they’ve pulled up in Campgrounds, Caravan Parks and Free Camps with the intent of staying until it’s all over, only to be told it’s closing down. They have to move!!

They don’t want to go, they don’t want to travel, they don’t want to have to try and find a new place to stay. One thing is for sure, they don’t want to be told online to Go Home……

Time for Kindness and Compassion

Times like now brings out the Best and Worst in people. Right now we get to choose the type of person we want to be!!

It’s in these moments we need to be more kind then ever. We need to be less judgmental than ever. We need to take off our comfy slippers and put on the shoes of the other person.

Yes we need to stay inside. Yes we need to stay home. Clearly the very vast majority of people are doing that.

If someone says they are taking their family for a holiday over Easter and stuff what everyone else thinks then go for your life, they deserve public pressure.

But don’t assume anything, not everyone is traveling with no good reason. Of the very very few people out there right now on the road, the majority of them would be just trying to find their safe place. Their travel is probably forced upon them and they are doing their best.

Relaxing on the pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef

Pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef is isolation

Support for the Forgotten Travelers

There are people out there who don’t have a house, don’t have any base to go “home” to, who are the opposite side of the country to their family, who are frightened and unsure of what to do. They are lonely and struggling to deal with what is happening. State borders have closed around them.

They don’t need to be abused, they need support. What they do need are offers for a place to stay. They need help and to know that us as a traveling community and family are there for each other.

Telling these people to Go Home, Stay inside or Self isolate isn’t the answer. Even the worlds most remote humans and recluses would have the message by now. We all know it’s time to lock ourselves in front of the TV but for a small few, those aren’t luxuries they have available to them at this moment.

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Rapid Bay Campground, South Australia

McGauran Beach

This looks a safe place

Message to the Forgotten Travelers

To those Forgotten Travelers, the Full timers still on the road I do have this message. It is still your responsibility to do the same as everyone else and exercise Social distancing and Self isolation. We are hearing that Wilks Park in Wagga is being closed and there were problems with the people there still enjoying Happy Hour together and other activities.

This has been commented to us from Caravan Parks also where travelers have been told they will be evicted if they continue to interact.

It is as vital that you follow protocol as much as everyone else in society, please follow the guidelines and remain in your “home”.

Let’s chill out on The Forgotten Travelers!!

Stay well

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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Photography & Socials

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.to/2ve3w2Z This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/37pCAM9 – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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Discover the Best of Portland

Just beyond the Great Ocean Road in Victoria traveling west is the small beach side town of Portland. It was here we spent 6 fabulous nights to enable us to fully explore the region and discover the best of Portland. What an amazing location we found it to be, there are so many things to see and do!

This is one of those few towns we have been to where we could picture ourselves living and certainly somewhere we will revisit in the future.

The Portland weather was great to us and we enjoyed beautiful sunny skies and good weather. March and April may just be the best months to visit before the really cold weather sets in.

Discover the Best of Portland

Portland Marina

Discover the Best of Portland at the Port

Portland has a large, deep, sea port and is currently a major timber and wood chip exporting location. The Port of Portland is a great way to discover the best of Portland. Watching the trucks at the Port being unloaded of the wood chip cargo is eerie when you watch for the first time. The trucks are raised high into the air to an almost upright 72 degree angle until all the cargo is released. It is fascinating to watch and it would be interesting to know how those trucks are locked in.

Each truck only takes a few minutes to unload. A new truck enters the Port every 30 seconds, 7 days a week. They unload products including logs, wood chips, aluminium ingots, livestock, grain and fertiliser.

A large fishing fleet occupies the Marina with Rock Lobsters, Abalone, Fish and Squid all bountiful and caught in the beautiful local waters. It’s a busy wharf with lots of activity.

The Jetty’s and Pontoons are perfect fishing grounds for land based fisherman and the rock walls are home to a variety of fish. Snorkeling and spear fishing are very popular here.

Portland Camping

For our accommodation at Portland we stayed at the Henty Park Campground which is behind the Portland Cable Tram Station. The Tram takes you on a 7km journey around the town and is mostly run by volunteers. The Campground is a free 48 hour stay for vehicles which are self contained and became a great location for us to make new friends and a great base to discover the best of Portland and nearby beaches.

We also had one night at the Sawpit Picnic Area just out of town to break up our stay at Henty Park.

Here are Our 22 Best Free Camps in Australia

The beach at Cape Bridgewater

Beautiful Cape Bridgewater Beach

Cape Bridgewater

A short 15 minute drive out of town is Cape Bridgewater, one of the best beaches in the region. It is as good as anywhere with beautiful white sand, clear blue waters with waves rolling in on a calm day. It was here I attempted to go surfing with my Cousin Tim and his wife Amy, only my second ever attempt. Alas, at least I tried.

There are so many awesome beaches around Australia, here are our 3 lists of Best Beaches –

1. The Best Beaches in Australia 1-10

2. The Best Beaches in Australia 11-20

3. The Best Beaches in Australia 21-30

Snorkeling with the seals on the Seal by Sea tour

In the water on the Seal by Sea tour

Seal by Sea Tour

We also completed the Seal by Sea Tour at Cape Bridgewater and this would have to be our best value for money tour on our trip so far. You will discover the best of Portland by sea for just $40 per adult. They will take you along the rugged coastline to view the cliff faces to the first of several large Seal colonies.

Then they took us further up to the tip where we witnessed big NZ Fur Seals and a few Australian Seals before heading back to the first group of Seals where they have a shark cage located. For an extra $20 they provide Wet suits and snorkeling gear to allow you to swim with the Seals. We were all very keen and jumped into the waters to engage with the Seals.

The Seals were otherwise occupied though and didn’t come to us in the cage so we asked could we go out of the cage. The guide said we could but it would be at our own risk. “Risk of what” we asked? “Great Whites” he said!! Without hesitating we all jumped into the water anyway and for almost an hour we swam with the Seals. The Seal Pups were so inquisitive and would come right up to us, sometimes stopping in front of us to take a look.

Watch our videos of us swimming with the seals:

Seal by Sea Tours are still just $40 but they now have new snorkeling tours. Book the trip we did or view their new tours at their website – http://www.sealsbyseatours.com.au/

Adele patting a koala in the wild for the first time

Cape Bridgewater Koala

Our First Koala Encounter in the Wild

Heading back from Cape Bridgewater we were surprised to find a Koala beside the road. We stopped to ensure he didn’t venture onto the road and were amazed when he came over to Adele allowing her to pat him. The Koala was surprisingly friendly and then it took off heading for our Motorhome. At first we thought he was looking to hitch a ride but eventually we got him into the bushes away from the road.

Discover the Best of Portland

Amy Surfing

Discover the Best of Portland

Tim Surfing

Blacknose Point

Blacknose Point is a very popular surfing spot at Portland and our cousin and his wife got out the surfboards and headed in for a paddle. We sat on the rocks and enjoyed watching them in action and managed to capture some great photos.

This time I left it to the experts, my training wheels are still on at this stage!!

Discover the Best of Portland

Portland Wind Farm

Portland Wind Farm

The Portland Wind Farm is one of the largest in Australia. These huge wind turbines generate electricity from the wind. This one in Portland produces 500 GWh annually, enough electricity to power approximately 125,000 homes each year or over 7% of Victoria’s annual power.

Discover the Best of Portland

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Just past the Wind Farm is the Petrified Forest. The formation of the Petrified forest is a collection of hollow tubes of Limestone called “solution pipes”. These have been eroded over millions of years of rainfall. Water gathers in a shallow pan of sand and seeps downwards dissolving the Limestone. The mineral saturated water then cements the sand, forming hard, trunk shaped pipes. Some of these pipes can be up to 20m high.

Portland is approximately 200kms from the South Australian border in the south west of Victoria. It’s a great place to stop with lots of shops, excellent accommodation for a weary traveler and the people of Portland are very friendly. The winter months do get very cold so the peak tourist season is usually from October to May each year.

The Great Ocean Road begins about 120kms East of Portland just past the town of Warrnambool.

Some other great places to stay along the Great Ocean Road are:

Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park

Marengo Holiday Park

Have you been or are you yet to discover the best of Portland? Tell us about your time in Portland?

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
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Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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