The Very Best of Things to See and Do in Tasmania - Indefinite Leave
Connect with us

Adventurers Diary

The Very Best of Things to See and Do in Tasmania

The Very Best Tasmania

TheIf you haven’t been to Tasmania you should start planning a trip and do it. It really is one of Australia’s best travel destination highlights with so much to see and do.

The great benefit of traveling Tasmania is that everything is so close. You don’t have to drive far to reach another amazing location and therefore you can pack a lot into a short time.

Devonport

With good planning you can see so much, regardless if you are flying in to Hobart or catching the Spirit of Tasmania and arriving by Ferry at Devonport.

Spirit of Tasmania

The North and East coasts are warmer, less windy and have a higher population concentration. The South West of Tasmania has a lot of winding mountain roads, steep inclines and slow travel. It is generally colder and more sparsely populated.

There are so many varied but fantastic places to stay and so many people traveling by different modes of transport. We saw a lot of people traveling by Motorbike around the island as well as cars, campervans and caravans.

Tasmania accommodation in Devonport
Discovery Holiday Park
Horsehead Creek camping $10

glass and sunset

Things to See and Do in Tasmania

Tasmania offers an incredible amount of unique and interesting things to see and do. You’re visit to the Apple Isle is guaranteed to be amazing and the people are so friendly.

When planning to visit Tassie, ensure each of these are included in your must see list. These are the Best of the Best experiences to see and do in Tasmania.

Photo3On top of Mount Wellington

Hobart

The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart, located in the South East corner of the state. Hobart is protected from the regular windy conditions from the West by Mount Wellington which stands 1200m high. It snows at the top of Mount Wellington and is approx. 10 degrees cooler than at ground level. They say you take 1 degree off for each 100m you travel up the mountain. The views are endless taking in the Tasman Bridge, Derwent River, Bruny Island and so much more. We took the motorhome up to the top of Mount Wellington but if you don’t want to drive, you might rather enjoy a leisurely 2 hour return tour on the hop on/hop off Mount Wellington bus!

Book your Hop on Hop Off Kunanyi Mount Wellington Tour here>

Tasman Bridge

The Tasman Bridge in Hobart is a vital part of their infrastructure as it links the city both sides of the Derwent river. The Bridges importance was tested in 1975 when a bulk carrier taking zinc ore up the river crashed into the bridge taking out the 18th and 19th pylons and segregating the city.

Sadly, 12 people died from this disaster.

Tasmania accommodation in Hobart
Hobart Showgrounds

The Very Best Things to see and do in TasmaniaDrinks at Cascade Brewery

When in Hobart also visit the Salamanca Markets, open every Saturday and take an afternoon out to relax at the Cascade Brewery. Established in 1832, the Brewery survived a devastating fire of southern Tasmania in 1967 and with the help of locals, they were back brewing again within 3 months. Today it’s history is revealed through tours of the brewery and tasting of their fabulous range of Beers and Ciders.

Museum of Old & New Art in Tasmania

Richmond Bridge Tasmania

MONA

Hobart is also the home of MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. This is a fascinating look at the creative ideas and completions from artists with bursts of colour, imagination and thought provoking pieces of art. Catch the Mona Ferry from Hobart dock and cruise the Derwent River for a fantastic entrance.

Book a Hobart City Tour including entry to MONA and Ferry Transfer here>

Richmond

Richmond Bridge is a historic bridge which is Heritage listed and just 25kms from Hobart. It is the oldest bridge still in operation in Australia. It has a very English feel and a beautiful park setting perfect for enjoying a picnic lunch. Take a walk through the old town where the buildings have so much character and the iconic pubs and local shops are fun to explore.

Willie Smith Apple Shed Tasmania

If Cascade Brewery isn’t enough Cider for you, a visit to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed at Grove just outside of Hounville and just 30 minutes south of Hobart, is a perfect location. Visit the Museum and take a self guided tour through the history of Tasmania’s Apple industry through the eyes of the Smith family.

Narrow Neck Bruny IslandThe Narrow Neck, Bruny Island

Bruny Island

While south of Hobart, now is the perfect time to take the 15 minute ferry from the town of Kettering to Bruny Island. The island is made up of 2 small islands linked by a narrow strip of land known as the Narrow Neck. It is here as day turns to night that Penguins come up the beach to their burrows after a day out feeding. During the day, go to the top and take in the incredible views from the lookout.

Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise
Bruny Island Wilderness CruisePennicott Wilderness Journeys Cruise

Adventure Bay on Bruny Island is stunning and also where you can take the multi award winning Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. The Cruise takes you along the wild East coast of the island to take in caves, amazing natural sculptures of the cliffs and see big Fur Seals, wild dolphins and even Humpback Whales when in season.

Book your Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise from Adventure Bay here>

Bruny Island Chocolate Co
Bruny Island Chocolate Co

Things to See and Do on Bruny Island

There is so much more to Bruny Island including Cape Bruny lighthouse, Bruny Cheese Co, Bruny Island Chocolate Factory, Bruny Island Berry Farm and Bruny Island Premium Wines. Spend at least a couple of nights on the island and you won’t be disappointed. If you are pushed for time however, you can do a 9 hour Full Day tour of Bruny Island which includes a 6 course lunch, yummm!

Book a Bruny Island Full Day Tour including 6 Course Lunch here>

Tasmania accommodation Bruny Island
Bruny Island Hotel $5 per night

Port Arthur Historical Site TasmaniaPort Arthur

Port Arthur

The East Coast of Tasmania is the gift that keeps on giving. Heading north from Hobart will take you to Port Arthur, a historic convict settlement site where you walk around the grounds and take tours while learning all about the convict history of Tasmania. There’s even a Port Arthur Ghost Tour if you are interested in doing a night walking tour of one of Australia’s most haunted sites!

Book your Port Arthur Historical Site Entry, Walking Tour & Cruise here>

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys also offers a Tasman Island Cruise which is another great tour worth completing. Here you will also visit Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Tasman Blowhole which are also ideally visited by land for another perspective.

Book your Tasman Island Cruise from Port Arthur here>

Book your Tasman Island Cruise from Hobart here>

Tasmania accommodation
Taranna Cottages Port Arthur

Tesselated Pavement TasmaniaThe Tessellated Pavement

Tessellated Pavement is a geological phenomenon you need to see before you enter Port Arthur. These are tiled rocks formed over millions of years of ocean and wind movement leaving indelible markings on the rocks resembling pavements.

Friendly Beach Tasmania
Coles Bay Freycinet National ParkFriendly Beach (top) and Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is north of Port Arthur and no trip to Tasmania is complete without visiting this truly beautiful region with gorgeous beaches and fantastic walking tracks that will provide views that will leave you speechless. Friendly Beach is the first you will discover and it’s definitely worth seeing. Next is Coles Bay, a seaside holiday village offering stunning views over the mountains of the national park, crystal clear waters and a great base to explore the region.

Tasmania accommodation Freycinet National Park
The Pondering Frog
Freycinet Golf club

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park Tasmania
Cape TourvilleViews of Wineglass Bay (top) and at Cape Tourville

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay is the pinnacle. A 30 minute hike up the mountain brings you to the lookout with breathtaking views of this gorgeous sheltered bay, a perfect boating haven. A further half hour walk will take you to the beach to absorb all its beauty. Of course, this means you have a 1 hour return trip back to the carpark or you can take a Wineglass Bay Cruise and visit in style.

A short drive from Wineglass Bay will take you to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. From here you can witness the most incredible ocean views and look out over rolling mountains. You may see Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Birds in a feeding frenzy or ships as they pass on by.

Between Wineglass Bay and Cape Tourville is Sleepy Bay. Take the track for a short walk along the rugged coastline with views overlooking the Bay until you reach Sleepy Bay beach. Here you find big hollowed rocks to climb in, red algae covered rocks and clear ocean waters from the beach.

There’s so much to see and love about Freycinet National Park.

Book a Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park tour from Hobart here>

The Pondering Frog TasmaniaIce Creams at the Pondering Frog

Just 400m from the turnoff to Freycinet National Park is The Pondering Frog, a fantastic little shop with the most amazing ice cream I’ve ever tasted. I had the Berry mix and it is to die for. Do yourself a favour and stop for a treat.

Spring Beach TasmaniaFishing at Spring Beach

Spring Beach and Maria Island

Further north will bring you to the small town of Orford. Turn right and follow the beach just a further 5 minutes back south to our favourite beach in Tasmania, Spring Beach. The beach has the clearest water I’ve ever seen, you can see directly through the waves like they aren’t even there. With Maria Island as a backdrop and fantastic Salmon fishing from the beach, Spring Beach was easily our pick for the best beach.

We didn’t get over to Maria Island due to the weather but hope to next time we are in Tasmania.

Book a Maria Island Picnic Lunch Day Tour here>

Book a Maria Island National Park Tour from Hobart here>

Tasmania accommodation

Spring Bay Hotel $2 per night

Swimcart Beach Bay of Fires Tasmania
Swimcart Beach SunriseBay of Fires

Bay of Fires

The top North East of the island offers the Bay of Fires, a series of spectacular beaches. Base yourself at Swimcart Beach and explore these magnificent beaches where red rocks make an amazing location to sit and absorb the views. The sunrises from Bay of Fires are truly exquisite. Drive north and discover some of Australia’s most stunning beaches.

Tasmania accommodation
Bay of Fires Free camp

Russell Fall Mount Field National ParkRussell Falls, Mt Field National Park

Mt Field National Park

Heading West of Hobart brings you to the Mt Field National Park. There’s a range of walking trails however the most popular one is past the fallen trees and flowing waters to Russell Falls. These falls are a tiered drop from the streams above cascading down the hillside. Take the steps up and find Horseshoe Falls and a view of Russell Falls from above.

Book a tour to Russell Falls Mt Field National Park from Hobart here>

The Wall in the WildernessThe Wall in the Wilderness

Derwent Bridge

Derwent Bridge is where The Wall in the Wilderness is located. Local Artist, Greg Duncan, features carved timber walls commemorating Tasmania and those who have played important roles within its history. This isn’t like anything you have seen before and photos inside the building are forbidden. You will have to go there and take a look for yourself.

Lake St Clair TasmaniaLake St Clair

Lake St Clair is just 6kms from Derwent Bridge and is the southern end of Cradle Mountain. It is the deepest lake in Australia and the end of the infamous Overland Track, a 6-7 day trek starting at Cradle Mountain and challenging walkers to a week of a cold, mountainous path to a magnificent scenic lake.

Sarah Island
Gordon River Cruise

Strahan

Traveling further west to the other side of the island is the small town of Strahan, mostly famous in recent history for the political battle fought over the Gordon River and the planned damming of the river. From Strahan the Gordon River Cruise takes you through the region to witness its beauty. The tour also takes you to Hells Gate, a rough and treacherous ocean entrance which has captured many boats and Sarah Island, where life was made unbearable for convicts when sent to the island for their transgressions. This is one of the Best tours with lots to see and do in the south west of Tasmania.

Book your Gordon River Cruise here>

Boags Brewery in Launceston Tasmania

Launceston

Launceston is located in the Central North of the island and is home of one of Australia’s favourite Breweries, a perfect location for lunch and a beer. James Boag and his son, also named James, formed J. BOAGS AND CO in 1883. Enjoy a tour of their brewery or you can have a walk through the museum for free. Boags Beer are well known for their creative marketing and intriguing commercials.

Photo30Cataract Gorge, Launceston

Cataract Gorge

The Cataract Gorge is the highlight of Launceston. Walk the Gorge to find all it has to offer. We even came across a Seal sunning himself and scratching his back on a rock. The short walk into the Gorge brings you to a swing bridge, swimming pool, chair lift and cafes, all worth seeing and part of the fun. We also enjoyed a relaxing afternoon cruise on the Tamar River which included afternoon tea and local beer and wine tasting. Plus the cruise takes you into Cataract Gorge so it is fabulous to see it from the water!

Book your Tamar River Afternoon Cruise here>

Burnie Penguin ObservatoryPenguins at night, Burnie

Burnie

In Burnie ensure you go to the Penguin Observatory, a great opportunity to have guides give you lots of information about Penguins and help you to see them in their natural habitat. Arrive just before sunset and they will provide a talk about Penguins providing information about the different seasons and habits of the Fairy Penguin.

Stanley TasmaniaMain street

Stanley

Stanley is in the North West and is a truly gorgeous little town where in 2014 the Hollywood movie The Light Between Oceans was filmed. It is also best known for The Nut, a Volcanic Plug 143m high. You can walk to the top or take the chairlift for stunning 360 degree views.

Tasmania accommodation Stanley
Stanley Campground $8 per night

Tasmazia, The Village of Lower CrackpotTasmazia, The Village of Lower Crackpot

Heading to the centre of Tassie find the small township called Tasmazia and The Village of Lower Crackpot. A series of 8 mazes provides unique fun for children and adults. There are small villages and all sorts of quirky and funny things to see and read. The café also does the best pancakes you could ever hope to devour.

Trowunna Wildlife Park
Tassie Devil at Trowunna Wildlife ParkTrowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek

Mole Creek

Trowunna Wildlife Park is located at Mole Creek and is the best place to see Tasmanian Devils and learn all about them. Each day there’s shows featuring these cute and interesting endangered little animals and you can watch them being fed which is an experience in itself. But don’t miss Waddle the Wombat, the very friendly kangaroos, Echidna and the Wedge Tailed Eagles who sadly are no longer able to soar.

Dove Lake Cradle MountainDove Lake with Cradle Mountain as a backdrop

Cradle Mountain

In the Central Highlands sits Cradle Mountain, the start of the Overland Track and primary tourist location of Tasmania. Snow is often found on the tops of the mountain which sits at 1,545m high. A walk around the stunning Dove Lake provides various spectacular views with Cradle Mountain as its backdrop.

Spring Beach
Tasmanian Oysters
Adventure Bay Squid

Tasmania Fishing

Catching your own seafood in Tasmania is easier and better than anywhere else in Australia. Beach fishing provides great catches of Salmon, Mullet, Flathead and Whiting. From many jetty’s and piers a great feed of Squid can easily be caught and Oysters and Mussels are easily found on rocks around Tasmania. Even Crayfish can be easily caught close to the beach, check your compliance requirements before heading off to catch your dinner.

Tasmania accommodation
Garden Island Free camp

Beauty Point

Another fun and relatively inexpensive attraction is Seahorse World at Beauty Point. It is very interesting and educational for kids big and small!

Book your Seahorse World tour here>

Have you been to Tassie?

What was your favourite memory?

Thanks
Kevin & Adele
Indefinite Leave

 

Check out our video reviews on all of the places we stayed in Tasmania here>

Here we have highlighted the places where we stayed in some popular Tassie locations:

Devonport – Discovery Holiday Park Devonport – Our first night’s stay in Tassie

Bay of Fires – Swimcart Beach Campground – Free and a fabulous campground overlooking the beach. Our No. 2 Free Camp in Oz!

Port Arthur – Taranna Cottages just 10 kms out of Port Arthur

Hobart – Hobart Showgrounds a great base to explore Hobart including MONA, Salamanca Markets and Hobart itself

Bruny Island – Hotel Bruny only $5 per night at the time of our stay!

Cradle Mountain – Lake Mackintosh a free camp which is 65kms from Cradle Mountain

Stanley – Stanley RV and Caravan Campground – great spot on the North East Coast of Tassie which overlooks ‘The Nut”

___________________________________________________________________________________

Photography and Socials

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

Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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.

____________________________________________________________________________________

Follow us, Subscribe, Like, Share, and Comment on our website and social media here:-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indefiniteleave/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indefinite_leave/

Website: https://indefiniteleave.com.au/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/indefiniteleave

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/indefiniteleave/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/indefiniteleav3

______________________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us.

Continue Reading
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Stephen Galbraith

    May 23, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Do the cave tour at Hastings caves, very good.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Adventurers Diary

Ocean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays

If you want a great day out in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, snorkeling, visiting Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and going on a cruise of the spectacular pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, then the Ocean Rafting Tour is perfect for the best day in paradise.

 

You’ll have the ride of your life!!

 

Ocean Rafting Tour - The Ride of your Life

Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour

We did the Northern Exposure Tour where we had great fun snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and exploring vibrant Coral Reefs around Hook Island.

That’s just for starters!!

 

Ride, Beach, Snorkel, Bushwalk - All in one day!

The weather wasn’t perfect on our day out, it was quite overcast but there was no way that could diminish the fun.

Ocean Rafting Snorkeling

Our Ocean Rafting tour took us to 2 special sites offering uncrowded snorkeling. Even though it was the middle of winter the water wasn’t cold. A good wetsuit definitely helps. I had my own however they are provided for everyone in the right size to suit.

 

Snorkel Whitsundays

 

It wasn’t long after leaving the Marina before we were entering the water on our first swim. This is what we liked most about this tour, the fast rafts get you everywhere quick meaning more time spent having Fun!!

 

Once you’re in the water you feel like you are in another world, hovering over the beautiful coral reef and swimming alongside large Sea Turtles. It was exciting to see some clownfish, they are quick making it hard to capture a pic.

After our awesome morning of snorkeling the next part of our day out with Ocean Rafting Tours was to step straight off the boat onto the beautiful soft 98% pure silica white sand onto Whitehaven Beach.

 

Hill Inlet

Fun at Hill Inlet

Whitehaven Beach

They are the only tour company with a special permit to access the beach inside the iconic Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This is the largest of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsunday Island Group.

 

For the next hour or more we swam in the crystal clear water and walked along the pristine beach. Then it was time for some lunch and the assortment of food was fantastic. There was a lot of variety and food suitable for all diets.

 

Read all about Reef Sleep where we slept in a swag on a Pontoon at Hardy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef.

 

 

Lunch on board the Ocean Rafting Tour

 

We had plenty of time for lunch and chilling on the beach before the grand finale of our Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure tour. We took a guided walk up to the lookout to take in the spectacular Hill Inlet from above.

 

Hill Inlet Lookout

Hill Inlet Lookout provides the most breathtaking views over the river and is Australia’s 3rd most photographed location after the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

Hill Inlet Lookout

Ocean Rafting Tour pull into the beach at Hill Inlet

 

You could stand there for hours and watch the swirling patterns and colours change with the tide. The degree of freshwater with saltwater and ever changing tides creates a remarkable swirling effect with the sand.

 

The tours are usually organized in order to ensure you have the best views of Hill Inlet.

 

It is such an awesome sight to look down on the Inlet from the lookout above. It is a magnificent view we were more than happy to absorb.

 

Whitsunday Islands National Park

 

Whitsunday Islands National Park at Tongue Point was where we met the boat again.

 

There were lots of fast and furious riding of each other’s wake on the way back and some spins to finish the trip.

 

Thanks Paul and Dan for being great hosts on our Northern Exposure Tour. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is the best way to do it and is so much fun. They also took us to the best snorkeling we have done in the Whitsundays in recent years.

Read more information and Book your Tour here

 

With our guides from our Ocean Rafting Tour

 

The Great Barrier Reef is certainly one of the greatest wonders of the world!

 

Where to stay in the Whitsundays?

 

There are some great places to stay at Airlie Beach all within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops and the beautiful Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Book your Hotel stay in the Whitsundays here>

 

For Caravan Park Accommodation:

Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach 
(our first ever video review)

Base Backpackers Airlie Beach

 

Enjoy reading more about Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region here.

https://pin.it/52ggvyqo55wxkr

Mackay to Whitsundays so much to see and do

https://pin.it/sz6oigtwdyj6vr

 

Our Story

We are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.

Adele has visited 24 countries and since Feb 2016 we have been driving around Australia exploring all there is to see. Our passion is to assist you to plan your adventures.

 

Socials

You can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook.

____________________________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us.

Continue Reading

Adventurers Diary

What it REALLY costs to Travel Australia – everything you need to budget for!!

The REAL costs to Travel Australia over 24 months

We read so many Budgets online and on travel pages but we believe ours is the most accurate and fully detailed report.  It provides all of what you need to be prepared for and to know what it really costs to travel Australia. There’s more costs than just Caravan Parks, Campgrounds, Fuel and Food. You need to Budget for all the potential costs or at least be prepared for what might happen.

We detail everything that it costs to travel Australia for us over 24 months, nothing is missed. There’s also no guesses, we keep receipts for every cent we spend and record them into a spreadsheet. We rarely pay cash for anything so it’s all able to be checked against our statements. We know exactly what it costs us to the cent.

 

Ayers Rock at Sunset on Full Moon

 

About us

We were 3 adults as our son who had just turned 23 traveled with us and we paid for almost all of his costs. After 2 years, once we got back home to Brisbane, Matt moved in to his brother’s place and from now it’s just Adele and myself however for the duration of these Expenses, Matt was with us. We drive an 8m Winnebago Motorhome RV with no tow car and therefore it was our only vehicle.

 

Fishing on Fraser Island at Sunrise

 

Kevin has run his own businesses now for 30 years and Adele did the bookkeeping for many of those years so keeping accounts and accurately recording the information is just part of our everyday life.

The difference between what we spent in the second year in comparison to the first is significant. You may be smarter and more experienced in the beginning than us and be able to keep your costs down a lot better than we did.

We are not mechanical in any way so maintaining your vehicle yourself will also save a lot on the costs we incurred to maintain ours over the 2 years.

We aren’t saying what we spent is what it will cost you, but by reviewing our Expenses you can more accurately determine how much you might need to budget for to do the Big Lap with less likelihood of running out of funds half way into your trip.

 

Aerial view of Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park

 

Our Trip

We spent 2 years traveling around Australia and still live in our Motorhome.

The first thing we learnt is everyone’s experience is different, no two people’s trips are the same and everyone has their own budgets and travel plans.

For us, we started out with a 2.5 year plan before going back home. We wanted to see as much as absolutely possible as we expected we wouldn’t be back.

But something happened along the way, we fell in love with the Lifestyle!!

Our Blog Indefinite Leave also grew so fast, we weren’t expecting that, and we wanted to show our followers as much of Australia as we could to inspire them to hit the road and chase their dreams. We tried to see as much as we could and present that so others could follow.

 

Stunning Hyams Beach

The cost to Travel Australia doesn't matter - we just love it!

 

Lessons we learnt

When we left Brisbane on Feb 1, 2016 we were complete and total rookies. Basically we had no idea what we were doing and just learnt along the way.

We learnt about our costs and how to manage our expenses and were able to stop staying in Caravan Parks and almost entirely Free Camp. We began catching a lot of our own food, Fish, Prawns and Squid were often filling our freezer. Eating out stopped and Pub stays, while they might be Free or low cost, you end up having a meal and some drinks and before you know it the Free Pub stay just cost $100 or more for a night. We rarely stay at Pubs or if we do, we prefer ones where we pay a small fee and there’s no expectation of having to eat or drink there.

We searched for the best value Fuel and looked to conserve fuel by reducing weight. Rather than before we left, we didn’t fill up our water tanks until we got to our destiny therefore reducing weight and better fuel economy. We continually sent back to home anything we weren’t using, clothes, tools, kitchen utensils and anything that we realised we wouldn’t need or use. If we hadn’t used it in 3-6 months the likelihood was we wouldn’t need it again.

 

Cost to Travel Australia - On Top of Australia at Mount Kosciuszko

Our Highest Costs to travel Australia

We found the Top end of Australia was the most expensive to travel for a couple of reasons.

  1. The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con.
  2. There were so many more major attractions with tours to experience. From sailing the islands off 1770, Yeppoon and Whitsundays, scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and visiting the islands, staying at and seeing Lake Argyle, the incredible trip to Horizontal Falls from Broome and we didn’t even do places like Bungle Bungles which were on fire at the time we went past. We also spent a lot in Winton and especially Longreach, there’s so much to do there. For us, the south of Australia was easier to control the budget. Cool nights made Free camping easy and there was so much more choice for Free camping in the South. The sights to see weren’t nearly as hard on the budget except the cost to Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.

The more experienced we became the more we were able to reduce our costs. There are tours all over the country for Lighthouses and old Gaols to visit but once you’ve seen a few it’s hard to get excited about seeing another one. We didn’t visit any Zoo’s as we always planned to do Dubbo Zoo which we finally did near the end of the 2 year adventure. The budget frees up a bit as you go in this regard.

 

Costs to travel Australia - Sunset at Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park was Free

 

A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz

1.  Don’t have a washing machine

Two of the greatest issues you will face traveling Oz is space and weight and the washing machine effects both. It will use so much water and they are so small you need to do so many loads. I recently asked a Mum parked next to us as we discussed her washing machine in the caravan and they were a traveling family of parents and 3 children, How often do you wash? I was already expecting the answer and wasn’t surprised when she said, Every day!!

For us, we would prefer less washes in bigger machines and if we were doing road tripping Oz when our kids were younger that decision would be even more so.
The cost for us the whole trip to wash our clothes in Laundries and Caravan Parks turned out to be just $726 over 2 years. $360 a year ($1 a day) is a ridiculously small amount of our total overall budget and we don’t have all the issues of carting a washing machine around with us. I know many others love their washing machine, fair enough, but we don’t expect we would ever travel with one ourselves.

2.  Pets

It’s so hard to leave your pets behind, we couldn’t do it either, MACKS had to come with us. If it were for just 3-6 months we probably would have left her at home but for 12 months or more that’s a tougher decision.
Traveling Australia though is so much easier, cheaper and less restrictive without animals.
If you’re goal is to really explore the country and you have a good option where they could stay, then maybe best to leave them behind. If you know you are planning to go traveling and thinking of getting a dog, our advice would be wait until your trip is over and get your puppy then.

There’s no right or wrong decision here, just the right one for you.

 

Vet & Dog Sitting costs are one of the costs to travel Australia with a pet

 

If your plan is to travel long term then there are plenty of options to travel with your best friend and see everything there is to see. Here’s how we did it

3. Phone coverage

Telstra has the best coverage by far. If you rely on phone reception choose Telstra or possibly Boost. Optus and Vodafone are not going to be suitable if phone coverage is important for you. Our videos of everywhere we have stayed let you know what phone coverage was available.

4. Wifi

Matt managed to find lots of Free Wifi all around the country. Maccas, Cafes, Bunnings, Info centres and more.

When Caravan Parks say they have Free Wifi, it’s a miracle if it’s anything useful. Usually it’s terribly slow, very limited in the amount you can use and that’s assuming it actually works. Don’t rely on Caravan park Wifi, many of them should be ashamed of their claims of having Free Wifi.

 

Ok, let’s look at all our costs of traveling Australia over 24 months

 

What it really costs to travel Australia - Includes visits to Kimberley Rum Factory in Swan Valley

 

Groceries 🍞🍉🥪🧀

$21,999.65
That’s $916.65 per month or $211.54 per week
The last 3 months without Matt it is $1539.68 per month or $118.45 per week.

This suggests it costs $60pw each for Adele and I.

 

Takeaways 🍟🍕🌭

$3,561.61

We didn’t tend to do a lot of takeaway, we preferred to create our own meals. We would rather spend our budget on places to see.

This equates to an overall cost of $34pw for takeaway.

 

Dining Out 🍽️🍸

$6,391.69
Last 6 months $162

Like Takeaway, we didn’t dine out very often. In the last 6 months our weekly budget for Dining out was just $6.23pw.

Overall our total Dining Out expense was $61.46pw

 

Accommodation 🚎🎪♨️

$13,453.63
$18.98 Average per night

$6880.70 First 6 months
$4572.83 Second 6 months
$1310.10 Third 6 months
$690 Last 6 months. This equates to $3.79 per night 🤣🤑😴

This involved almost exclusively Free camping and staying with friends and relatives where we traveled.

As you can see, there’s considerable savings to be had on our budget by way of reduced costs in Accommodation. We could no doubt reduce our first 12 months by $3000 – $5000 now if we did it again but our budget will always be higher in the north than it is in the south.

 

Fuel is just one of the costs to travel Australia

 

Our Website and YouTube channel has 230+ videos of every Free Camp, Campground, Caravan Park, Pub Stay, Station Stay and RV Parks we stayed in across Australia.

 

Fuel

$13,163.72   58570.3
Most expensive was Kings Creek Station at Kings Canyon @ 199.9c
Uluru was 190.9c and Barkleys Homestead 179.9c
We have found United Fuel to be consistently the cheapest and almost always use them. Metro in some areas is great also.
We use the Fuel Map app to find the cheapest fuel.

Our fuel costs were probably higher than for someone towing a caravan as we always had to drive the Motorhome as opposed to being able to explore and run around town in a Car.

Our fuel costs over 2 years averages out to $126.57pw. We did approx. 55,000 kms during those 2 years.

 

Winnebago

Costs related to the Motorhome part of our vehicle was:
$5,226.39

Some of the big costs were:
$699 for a new Waeco 40L fridge that we keep in the Motorhome for our drinks
$680 for 2 new house batteries

 

Iveco

This is the Costs related to the mechanical part of the Motorhome.
$6,594.44

This includes
3 Services
8 new tyres
1 new windscreen and 1 repair
1 Radiator

Our biggest unexpected Bill shock was $2,882.80 for new Radiator, Coolant Hose and Windscreen in Perth

 

Entertainment 🏊‍♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡

$18,429.31

We wanted to see as much of Australia as we could, have lots of fun and experience adventures so we did do quite a few tours.

First 6 months

$8,258.40 – Brisbane to Cooktown to Katherine. Included 3 fishing charters, Hummer 4wd on Fraser Island, 1770, Lady Musgrave Island, Keppel Island, Whitsundays and Cairns Scenic Flights, Kuranda Railway & Skyway and Katherine Gorge were just some of the adventures.

Sleeping in a Swag on the Great Barrier reef
13 Must do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays
Best Things to See in Cairns

Second 6 months

$5,733.90 – Darwin to WA to Tasmania. Included Horizontal Falls, Swimming with Humpback Whales, Broome Fishing Charter, Rottnest Island
Best of Broome
Things to See and do in Darwin

Third 6 months

$2,113 – Tasmania to Great Ocean Road to Uluru to Darwin to Mt Isa. This also Includes Tasman Island Cruise and Bruny Island Cruise plus Gordon River Cruise
The Very Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania
https://youtu.be/sWDhpoK7U3A

Fourth 6 months

$2324 – Karumba to Cairns to Longreach to Murray River to Gold Coast. Incl Fishing Charter, Cobbold Gorge, Qantas Museum, Stockmans Hall of Fame, Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience and Thompson River Cruise.

Our Highest Entertainment Costs

Our biggest adventure costs were:

$1,707 for Adele and I to go to Horizontal Falls.

$1,366 for the three of us to do Reefsleep in the Whitsundays

 

Your costs for these tours and adventures is going to be dependent upon your budget and what your plans are that you want to experience. For us these were incredible experiences that we will never forget, but they do cost money and often don’t come cheap.

 

This is our second largest expense of our adventure after food.

 

Readers who enjoyed this also read:

Our Best Free Camps

The Best Campgrounds we stayed

Our Favourite Experiences around Australia

Cost to go to Kangaroo Island

Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns

FishCosts to travel Australia included Fishing Charters in our Entertainment Expenses

Horizontal Falls was the highest tour cost while traveling Australia

 

Gas

$897
Such a small part of the budget.
We have 2 x 4kg bottles.

We find BCF works best for us, they are in most places and the cost is consistent at mostly $13.99 for our 4kg bottles.
Otherwise we check the website at https://gasbottlerefills.com/ for the cheapest local retailer.

 

Alcohol 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸

$4,926.90

It is what it is, we do enjoy Happy Hour but aren’t big drinkers. We drink often but not a lot.
When I see Bundy Rum on special I tend to buy a few bottles and I buy Cider by the carton. Adele is happy drinking the $5 bottles of wine.

Cost is $47.37pw

 

MACKS, our dog  

$3,373.04 in vet and medications etc

Sadly we had to let her go 14th June 2017 so no costs since then.
She did make it for 16 months of our trip.

 

Dog Sitting

$959

We used Dog Sitters wherever possible to allow us to visit National Parks and do tours wherever we wanted to go.

Read about travelling Australia with a dog
Read my tribute to MACKS

 

Gorge Tours were part of our Entertainment Cost to Travel Australia

 

Adele’s Nails

$959

Some things a girl just has to do lol

 

Clothes

$2,488.41

We bought some new clothes along the way as we needed. We took very little winter gear with us as we spent the first 12 months in hot conditions but Tasmania quickly meant some winter shopping was required.

$23.93pw was spent on clothing

 

Fishing

New rods, tackle, bait and gear
$1,452.90

$13.97 pw was spent of fishing.

 

Laundry

$726
This is such a small cost. We started with a washing machine, never used it, found it way too small to wash our clothes yet takes space and becomes a weight issue. Also commits you to staying at places that cost money to access so much water. We use Laundries and find it easy to do.

Our laundry costs were $6.98pw

 

National Parks

$250
Such a minuscule cost. Don’t worry about the cost for Kakadu, just do it, it’s amazing and a very small amount when looking at your total expenses to travel.

 

Medical

$1,401.05

It’s inevitable that you will need some medical supplies along the way. There was also a Dentist visit for a toothache. This includes Adele’s regular prescription medication.

$13.47pw is our cost for medical attention along the way over the 2 years.

 

Miscellaneous

$2,909.52

This is the lots of little things you buy along the way. On their own they don’t cost much but then they all add up. Batteries, presents, sunscreen, insect sprays, a new camp chair, bits of hardware and the list goes on.

This is an expense of $27.98pw

 

Adele under the Adels Grove Sign

 

Hair & Beauty

$370.90

Adele looks after her own hair so no extravagant costs there and Kevin has no hair, definitely no contribution from him!!

 

Our Total Costs to travel Australia

Total amount = $109,534.16

Total average per week = $1,053.21

 

How to reduce your costs to travel Australia

In summary, could you do it cheaper, Absolutely!! Your costs to travel Australia could be much lower!

 

As mentioned, we could probably shave $3000-5000 off our first 12 months accommodation if we did it now.

With more mechanical and handyman skills than I have you could save a lot of what I spent on servicing and repairs.

You could choose not to do the tours and fishing charters but most of them were our greatest highlights of the adventure so far. So many memories.

If you don’t have a dog you would save almost $4500 on our costs.

You may save a little on us in fuel if you are towing a caravan or camper trailer as you would have your vehicle to drive around in. If you’re in a Campervan (Whizzbang) you’d likely save a lot more than us in fuel.

 

There it is, our complete guide on what expenses are involved. We hope this helps you in your research and planning of your trip.

Safe travels and please say Hello if you see us on the road.

Our Story

We are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.

Adele has visited 24 countries and since Feb 2016 we have been driving around Australia exploring all there is to see. Our passion is to assist you to plan your adventures.

_________________________________________________________________________

Socials

Follow us and Subscribe at:
Facebook
YouTube
Pinterest
Instagram
Website

__________________________________________________________________________

Photography

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

Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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. _______________________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us.

Continue Reading

Adventurers Diary

A Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns

While staying in the beautiful North Queensland city of Cairns, Fitzroy Island is the idyllic Tropical Island paradise for a Day Trip.  We were celebrating our anniversary, the August weather was perfect and it’s just a short boat ride and a great day trip from Cairns Harbour. Perfect!!

Fitzroy Island – A perfect Day Trip from Cairns

The idea of a fun day snorkeling and swimming on the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying cocktails and a great lunch at Foxy’s Bar was exactly what we were looking for. Adele had a Mango Weiss Bar cocktail while I enjoyed an Expresso Martini. Our friend Denise enjoyed an Echo Gecko!

Green Island Vs Fitzroy Island

We tossed up between Green Island vs Fitzroy Island and finally decided Fitzroy offered more for us and we are so glad we did. The island is a registered National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is metres from the beach providing an amazing snorkeling opportunity.

 

Indefinite Leave on Fitzroy Island

Indefinite Leave on Fitzroy Island for the day

Fitzroy Island Ferry

We booked and paid for our full day trip to Fitzroy Island plus our friends joined us for the fun day of vitamin D and Sea. The full day trip starts with a 45 minute ride on the Fitzroy Island Ferry which allows you around 5 hours of free time to enjoy your day on Fitzroy Island before the return trip to Cairns.

Fitzroy Island Glass Bottom Boat

Our friends also chose the Glass Bottom Boat as part of their day trip package but we had just done a Scenic Flight tour so were keen to go snorkeling for the day. It turned out we were glad they did as they provided us some great snorkeling information.

 

A day Trip to Fizroy Island

Leaving behind Cairns and our wake

Foxy’s Bar and Nudey Beach

Once you arrive on the jetty you have the choice to go left or right. We went right and given it was our anniversary we started out with a celebratory Cocktail at Foxy’s Bar. What better way is there to start a great day right?

Next we made our way along the walking path through the rainforest looking for Nudey Beach. Despite its name Nudey Beach is not clothing optional but it is voted as one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches. Our first look at the beach was a massive wow moment.

 

Cocktails on our Day Trip to Fitzroy Island

Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island

Cocktails first then it was on to Nudey Beach

Fitzroy Island Snorkeling

It didn’t take me long to begin snorkeling and enjoying the clear turquoise waters of this pristine location. The others simply relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the tranquility.

 

Adele relaxing on Nudey Beach

Adele relaxing on Nudey Beach

Once we finished swimming we both took a walk along the beach. We were in awe of this spectacular beach with the stunning views.

Fitzroy Island Turtles

Remember I mentioned our friends gave us some great snorkeling information. They had spotted Green Sea Turtles close to shore so we had lunch and ventured up for a look. We walked back past the Jetty to the other side and to the end of the beach where we jumped straight in for another snorkel and it didn’t take long to see what they had in the Glass Bottom Boat.

 

Turtle spotting

Turtle spotting on Fitzroy Island

There were numerous big Turtles in the water just metres from the beach. It was a thrill to encounter them and enjoy time watching them feeding and swimming in the shallow waters.

Fitzroy Island is also home to the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which officially opened in early 2013 and this world-class facility has raised the success rate for the rehabilitation of the turtles from 30% – 80%. Educational Tours are held on Fitzroy Island every day at 1pm except Fridays when the Vet visits.

 

 

As the day began to fade we spent time on the beach, playing on the swing under the trees, walking across the rock ledge and absorbing an amazing time on another gorgeous Queensland day.

 

Swinging for our Anniversary

 

How long does it take to get there?

The Ferry trip over was 45 minutes, cruising out of the Cairns Marina, along the Cairns coastline and past various beaches and boats to Fitzroy Island. We had great weather, smooth ride over and a mostly calm ride back in the afternoon.

 

Plenty of place to relax

Tropical Island Paradise

Plenty of places to relax on Fitzroy Island

What is there to do on Fitzroy Island?

  • Take the walking tracks for a hike across the island
  • You can hire a canoe or kayak or have a try at Stand Up Paddle boarding
  • Go snorkeling and swimming on the many beaches
  • Play on the ocean trampoline out in the middle of the water
  • Swim with the turtles just metres from the beach
  • Enjoy nature within the National Park
  • Sunbake on the beach or just relax on your towel
  • As an optional extra ride in the Glass Bottom Boat
  • Visit the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre – Educational tours daily at 1pm (except Friday)

We can also recommend Foxy’s Bar for some drinks and food to eat.

 

Our friends brought their 4yo daughter who had a fantastic time, so it’s a great day for children too.

 

Beautiful turquoise waters on Fitzroy Island

Beautiful turquoise waters on Fitzroy Island

How much does it cost and where can I book?

For the cost to do our day trip to Fitzroy Island simply follow this link and book your day on the Ferry to the island plus all the adventures you would like to enjoy. We found the Ferry times gave us more time on the island which suited us.

 

Some of the activities on the island are an extra cost such as hiring the Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayaks and Canoes. We were there in mid winter and therefore didn’t need my wetsuit but for most of the year it is very advisable to wear one. You can hire them there along with snorkeling gear if you don’t have your own.

 

Kev & Adele on the boat after the awesome Day Trip to Fitzroy Island

How to get there?

Cairns is in Far North Queensland and is approximately 1680 kms from Brisbane.

Flights are available from most of the major airlines and it is about a 2 and a half hour flight from Queensland’s capital city.

 

Where to stay in Cairns?

There are some great places to stay along the Cairns waterfront within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, markets, shops and the fabulous Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Book your Hotel stay here

 

Cairns Caravan Park Accommodation

When looking for Caravan Park accommodation, we have stayed at a number of parks in Cairns during each of our stays. Simply click on the link to check out our video review on each.

Cool Waters Holiday Park

First City Caravilla Caravan Park

Lake Placid Tourist Park

Cairns Holiday Park

Plus the Babinda Rotary Park Rest Area  just near Cairns is a great free camp!

 

Things to See and Do in Cairns

There are so many things to see and do in Cairns. We can highly recommend these tours and attractions in and around Cairns but these are just three of the many tour options available:

So if you are looking for more information on Cairns and if you are doing the drive from Townsville to Cairns, you may enjoy reading these blogs:

Things to See and Do in Cairns.

Driving from Townsville to Cairns

 

 

We are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.

Adele has visited 24 countries and since Feb 2016 we have been driving around Australia exploring all there is to see. Our passion is to assist you to plan your adventures.

You can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook.

 

_____________________________________________________________

Photography and Socials

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

Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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. ________________________________________________________________

Follow us, Subscribe, Like, Share, and Comment on our website and social media here:-

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indefiniteleave/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indefinite_leave/

Website: https://indefiniteleave.com.au/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/indefiniteleave

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/indefiniteleave/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/indefiniteleav3

Email: hockeys@indefiniteleave.com.au

___________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us.

Continue Reading

queensland