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Botanic Gardens Free Camp, Emerald Queensland

Emeral Botanic Gardens

Emerald offers the Botanic Gardens Free Camp which is a free camping space in the carpark of the Botanic Garden. The highway and rail line run past the camp area however that didn’t bother us.

There are toilets in the gardens, water and bins are available. BBQ’s are also available. It is a 20 hour stay only.

Police drive by each day to check on the area. If you park in the wrong area they will let you know.

The Botanic Gardens Free Camp is Pet Friendly. We had great coverage with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.

The cost to stay was Free.

Our stay here was 5th September 2017

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Photography and Socials

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

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.us/br9MeO. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – http://ebay.us/zWvfuI. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Blackdown Tablelands National Park

Blackdown Tablelands Feature

Blackdown Tablelands National Park is truly a hidden little gem in the heart of Central Queensland.

Just a couple of hours west of Rockhampton you will be able to enjoy swimming in spectacular rock pools and waterfalls, take some great bush walks, experience breathtaking views from the lookouts and see some amazing aboriginal artwork.

Blackdown Tablelands Rockpools

Do you need a 4WD for Blackdown Tablelands

Although the road from the base to top of the tablelands is very steep it can be reached by conventional vehicles when driving to conditions.

The road to the Park Entrance Shelter and Lookout is fully sealed and then it becomes a dirt road with some corrugations.

To do the Loop Road to Mitha Boongulla, you will require a 4WD.

Can you take a Caravan to Blackdown Tablelands?

The road to the top of Blackdown Tablelands is very steep and windy and is not ideal for towing big caravans or heavy trailers however smaller Vans and Camper Trailers do make the trek.

If travelling in a caravan, it is definitely worth unhitching and taking a day trip into the Blackdown Tablelands.

Blackdown Tablelands Steep Narrow road

Where can you stay?

If you are heading in to Blackwater Tablelands National Park for a day trip as many do there’s some excellent options to stay nearby at Dingo, Duaringa and Blackwater.

Dingo

On the Capricorn Highway, the Shell Roadhouse Dingo offers a free campground with toilets, showers, drinking water and it is also dog friendly.

This free facility is an ideal especially for people travelling in caravans and big rigs to stopover to enjoy a day trip into Blackdown Tablelands but naturally it is good to support the roadhouse in return.

The Dingo Van & Motorhome Park offers large flat sites, clean amenities, is pet friendly and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable making it another great place to stay within close proximity to the Blackdown Tablelands.

Duaringa

Another great free camp is the Duaringa Rest Area. Mackenzie Park in Duaringa offers an opportunity for travellers to base themselves for a day or two and head into explore the magnificent Blackdown Tablelands.

This awesome 48hr free camp has toilets, free hot showers, electric barbecues, drinking water, a kids playground and a dump point.

A donation can be made at the Information Centre. Duaringa is just over 89kms from Blackdown Tablelands.

Blackwater

Blackwater is only 77.2kms from Blackdown Tablelands so if you are already coming from the Emerald direction you could make the Discovery Parks, Blackwater your base.

The Discovery Holiday Parks, Blackwater is a small country park but has clean amenities and free washers and dryers.

Blackdown Tablelands Domestic animals prohibited

Are Pets Allowed at Blackdown Tablelands?

As the Blackdown Tablelands is National Park, pets are not permitted so you will either need to leave your pet/s at home or look for a suitable pet sitter.

We used Mad Paws a number of times when visiting National Parks while we were travelling with our Golden Retriever MACKS.

Each time we found a friendly dog lover or family to care for MACKS in the comfort of their home which we much preferred to placing her in a kennel.

Blackdown Tablelands swimming

Can you swim at Blackdown Tablelands?

Blackdown Tablelands certainly offers the fabulous rockpools and Rainbow Falls for swimming.

The water can be a very crisp temperature but extremely refreshing, depending what time of year you go.

It is an awesome experience swimming in each of the three levels of the stunning rock pools. They range in depth and water cascades from one level to the next.

You can even enter a small rock pool and swim under the rock ledge into the larger rock pool on the lowest level.

Blackdown Tablelands Elizabeth Swimming Top Pool

Blackdown Tablelands from Rockhampton

It is a fraction over 200kms from Rockhampton to Blackdown Tablelands. The drive takes approximately 2 1/2hrs so we recommend you get a reasonably early start.

On our day trip to Blackdown Tablelands from Rockhampton, we left at approx 9.30am in the morning and arrived back just after 6pm that night.

Blackdown Tablelands

When is the best time to go to Blackdown Tablelands National Park?

An ideal time to visit Blackdown Tablelands National Park is just after rainfall to witness the falls in their splendour.

For some it may be preferable to visit Blackdown Tablelands in the warmer months when the water is not quite as cold and swimming is therefore more enjoyable.

During summer the average temperature is 24 – 30 degrees and in winter the temperature can fall below O with temperatures ranging from  5 – 15 degrees.

Road out to Blackdown Tablelands

How to get to Blackdown Tablelands National Park

From Dingo, head along the Capricorn Highway/A4 for 12.5kms before turning left onto Charlevue Road.

Continue along Charlevue Road for 40.7kms before reaching the magnificent Blackdown Tablelands.

From Blackwater, travel along the Capricorn Highway/A4 for approx 35kms before turning right onto Charlevue Road.

Head along Charlevue Road for 40.7kms before reaching the magnificent Blackdown Tablelands.

Blackdown Tablelands Map & Blackdown Tablelands Camping Map

A Blackdown Tablelands National Park Map can be found on the Queensland Parks website by clicking on the Maps & Resources tab on the Blackdown Tablelands Camping page.

You can also find the Blackdown Tablelands Camping Map for the Munall Campground at the Queensland Parks website under Blackdown Tablelands Camping.

The Hema Maps are also excellent to use when travelling around Australia.

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Blackdown Tablelands Camping

Munall Campground

The Munall Campground in Blackdown Tablelands National Park is an ideal place to stay.

By staying within easy walking distance you will more time to fully explore all areas of this spectacular National Park.

Camping does require a permit and fees apply. You can book on-line at Queensland National Parks, at an over the counter booking office, a self service kiosk or by phoning 13QGOV.

Note – you cannot self-register at the campground but tags are available. A camping tag with the booking number must be clearly displayed at your campsite at all times.

Access to the campground can be made by 2WD when driving with care. The road is sealed from the base of the tablelands to the Park Entrance Shelter but it is a steep climb and windy.

From the Park Entrance Shelter to the campground is not sealed, can be slippery and also windy.

Sheer rock face on the steep climb up the narrow road to the top of Blackdown Tablelands

Campground details:

  • Location: 8kms past the Park Entrance Shelter
  • About: Quiet and shady bush campground
  • No of Campsites: 16- Campsites are suitable for tent camping and camper trailers
  • Availability:  Access may be restricted in wet weather or during high fire danger times
  • Toilets: Yes – Composting Toilets
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No – Bring along a plentiful supply of drinking water
  • Bins: No – Bring secure containers to store rubbish that cannot be accessed by wildlife
  • Dump Point: No
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Not available at the Campground
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing QPWS fire rings provided. Bring you own clean, milled timber cut offs for firewood. Collecting of firewood in the park is prohibited.

Munall Campground Contact Details:

Phone: 13 74 68
Address: Wafer Way, Dingo, Queensland
Website:

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Rainbow Falls
Looking up from the base of Rainbow Falls – Photo Credit – Elizabeth Hood

Things to do at Blackdown Tablelands National Park

Blackdown Tablelands Rainbow Falls

The hike to Gudda Gumoo also known as Rainbow Falls is definitely one of the ‘must do’ things in the Blackdown Tablelands National Park.

It is around 4kms return and a more difficult walk as it does include 240 stairs down into the gorge to the rockpool at the foot of the falls.

After spending time swimming in the rockpool, the only downside is you have another 240 stairs to climb back up but it is manageable, just take it slowly.

Blackdown Tablelands Rainbow Falls 240 Steps sign
240 Steps down to Rainbow Falls from this point!

How to find Rainbow Falls

After heading up the steep narrow winding road to Blackdown Tablelands you will reach Horseshoe Lookout which is completely sealed.

From Horseshoe Lookout, continue for 13kms along the dirt road which is slightly rough in places but accessible in 2WD in dry conditions. This stretch took us roughly 22 minutes in our 4WD.

The carpark at the end of the dirt road is the start of the walking track to Rainbow Falls and also the fabulous Rockpools. There is also a toilet available at the Rainbow Falls Carpark.

From the Rainbow Falls Carpark, follow the walking track until you reach the Rainbow Falls sign indicating the 240 stairs.

Make you way down the gorge via the stairs to the base of Rainbow Falls.

Blackdown Tablelands rockpools

Rockpools at Blackdown Tableland National Park

The rockpools at the top of gorge above Rainbow Falls are definitely the more notable feature of the Blackdown Tablelands due to the amazing photos that have been uploaded in recent times.

It was due to seeing photos of these amazing rockpools is what encouraged us to put Blackdown Tablelands National Park on our ‘must do’ list.

We spent so much time enjoying these epic rockpools on our day trip to Blackdown Tablelands that we fell short of time to explore more of this fabulous National Park in Central Queensland.

Blackdown Tablelands

How to find the Rockpools

Head up the steep narrow winding road to Blackdown Tablelands until you will reach Horseshoe Lookout which is completely sealed.

Continue for 13kms from Horseshoe Lookout along the dirt road which is slightly rough in places but accessible in 2WD in dry conditions. It took us roughly 22 minutes in our 4WD to do this stretch.

The carpark at the end of the dirt road is the start of the walking track to both the fabulous Rockpools and Rainbow Falls. There is also a toilet available at the Rainbow Falls Carpark.

From the Rainbow Falls Carpark, follow the walking track until you reach the Rainbow Falls sign indicating the 240 stairs.

Instead of turning left and making you way down into the gorge via the stairs to Rainbow Falls, take the track to the right.

Follow it for approx. 5 minutes to reach the famous rockpools. In total, it took us around 25 minutes one way from the Rainbow Falls Carpark.

Horseshoe Lookout

Horseshoe Lookout

Breathtaking views can be seen from Yaddamen Dhina also known as Horseshoe Lookout.

There are toilets, picnic tables and barbecues available at the Horsehoe Lookout and it is just an easy 5 minute walk from the Horseshoe Lookout Carpark to the lookout viewing platform.

We made Horseshoe Lookout our lunch stop, then we made our way to the epic rockpools.

Blackdown Tablelands Rock Art
Colourful rocks – Photo Credit – Elizabeth Hood

Ghungalu Art

The Ghungalu people made Blackdown Tablelands National Park their traditional home and visited it for thousands of years and left behind rock art.

The rock faces illustrate the ancient  heritage and culture of the aboriginals.

Blackdown Tableland National Park Walks

Hikes in the Blackdown Tablelands allow for a range of fitness levels.

The 3 main walks are:

  • Gudda Gumoo/Rainbow Waters Walk
  • Mook Mook/Owl Walk
  • Goon Goon Dhina /Lightning Lizard Walk
Gudda Gumoo

Mook Mook and Goon Goon Dhina are within walking distance from the Munall Campground whereas it is better to drive the 8kms to the Rainbow Falls Car park and take the 2.5km Gudda Gumoo walk.

Take care when walking the tracks as we found there are these little orange berry sized pebbles on the path which can be very slippery.

Be sure to wear good hiking boots and grab a loose laying stick to use as a hiking pole.

Blackdown Tablelands

Other great places to stay in the Central Queensland region:

Pin – Blackdown Tablelands National Park

We will definitely be returning to Blackdown Tablelands as it is simply amazing and there is so much to see and do.

We only managed to witness the breathtaking views from Horseshoe Lookout and spend some fun time enjoying the awesome rockpools. Rainbow Falls and the Ghungalu Art awaits us on our next visit.

Have you visited Blackdown Tablelands National Park?

Tell us about your Blackdown Tablelands experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Camp Grounds

Rapid Bay Camping Ground, South Australia

Rapid Bay Campground

Rapid Bay Camping ground is another of these fabulous locations not to be missed. This is our second favourite campground in Australia for us.

Located in the Fleurieu Peninsula it is an hour and a half south of Adelaide. It sits between 2 hills and has a beautiful beach and a big jetty.

Also it’s a well known and very popular dive site due to being able to see the rare Leafy Sea Dragons.

Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay Camping Facilities

The Rapid Bay Camping ground provides toilets, excellent covered BBQ’s and drinking water.

The water taps when we were there had an old sign saying it wasn’t for drinking however we found out the water arrives by truck from Adelaide and is transferred into the tanks servicing the campground.

We saw the trucks ourselves and therefore the drinking water at Rapid Bay Camping ground is the same which they drink in the city of Adelaide.

We used the water directly from the taps with no issue as did others all around us.

The sunsets from the Rapid Bay Camping ground can be truly spectacular, especially looking back towards the Jetties.

Are pets allowed at the Rapid Bay Camping ground?

The Rapid Bay Camping area is pet friendly and we had our Golden Retriever MACKS with us during our stays.

We had good Telstra coverage but no Vodafone network during our stay at the Rapid Bay Campground.

There is plenty of room, even for big rigs but it does get very busy especially on long weekends and holidays.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

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

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

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

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

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

Rapid Bay sunset

Things to see and do in and around Rapid Bay

Rapid Bay Jetty

There are two jetties at Rapid Bay, one in a state of disrepair and one operational jetty.

The original Jetty was built at Rapid Bay to load ore and was shaped in a ‘T’ extending out 490metres and 200metres across the end.

It was severely damaged in a storm in 2004 and after being closed over a number of stages, it has been permanently closed for safety reasons.

In 2009, the new 240metre jetty was constructed and is very popular for fishing.

Squid is a common target species from the jetty for fisherman.

It also has stairs at the end providing access for snorkelers and divers.

We had a great time jumping from the jetty and also snorkeled around the old jetty.

Rapid Bay Cave

Be sure to walk along the Rapid Bay Beach and check out the large cave at end of the beach.

Yankalilla

Yankalilla is a scenic 30 minute drive away and is perfect for grocery shopping, a bakery, a laundromat and any other requirements.

There is also a dump point in town.

Yankalilla is the perfect close location for your facilities while enjoying your stay at Rapid Bay Camping area.

Kangaroo Island

Rapid Bay is the perfect place to stay before leaving for Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is a magical place to visit.

Be sure to spend quite a number of days on KI with Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island Wineries, Kangaroo Island Spirits and Kangaroo Island Brewery just some of the must sees.

Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis is the exit point from the mainland to KI and is only a 20 minute easy drive south from the Rapid Bay Campground.

Read more: How Much does it cost to travel to Kangaroo Island

Rapid Bay Camping ground

The cost to stay at the Rapid Bay Camping ground is $7 per person.
*Cost to stay is now (April 2020) $9 per adult and $4.50 per child 5 and older.

Update December 2020: Cost to stay is now $12.50 per adult & 7.50 per child aged 8-17yrs with a peak rate for long weekends of $15 per adult and $7.50 per child.

Update October 2021:
There is now a Family rate for 2 adults and 2 children of $30 per night.

Do you need to book the Rapid Bay Camping ground?

Rapid Bay Camping ground Sites must now be pre-booked by phoning (08) 8598 3003 or Reena 0418 833 653 or Wayne 0478 117 661.

This Campground is a ripper, don’t miss the video and make sure you put it on your must see places to stay.

Our stay was 28-29th March, 11-18th April 2017 and 29-30th April 2017.

Read more about: our favourite Low Cost Campgrounds around Oz

Rapid Bay Camping ground is pet friendly

How to get to the Rapid Bay Camping ground?

Follow the B23 Highway from Adelaide all the way along Main S Road to the Rapid Bay Rd turnoff on the right heading south, just before the township of Delamare.

How far is Rapid Bay from Adelaide?

Rapid Bay is 100kms and approximately a 90 minute drive south from Adelaide in South Australia.

Rapid Bay Campground on Facebook

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Have you stayed at the Rapid Bay Camping ground? We’ve stayed 3 times and even love it at it’s busiest!

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Rapid Bay Campground

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

_______________________________________________________________________

Photography and Socials

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

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

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

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

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Caravan Parks

Exmouth Caravan Park

Big 4 Exmouth

In Exmouth, our preferred Caravan Park to stay was the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park.

Exmouth is the gateway to the magnificent Ningaloo Reef. This region offers some awesome experiences including Swimming with Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales and Manta Rays.

One of the most amazing tours we have done around Oz is the Swim with Humpback Whales which we did out of Exmouth!

We even had Emu’s stroll through our site to say hello 🙂

Emu stroll through Exmouth Caravan Park

RAC Exmouth Caravan Park Facilities

Since our stay the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park has undergone a major redevelopment.

They have added a resort style pool and entertainment precinct plus added a number of caravan and camping sites as well as new Ensuite Sites.

During our stay the staff were friendly and helpful and looked after our tour bookings.

Exmouth Caravan Park campsite
Emus often passing by our Exmouth Caravan Park campsite

In total now the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park Facilities include 2 Pools, 2 Camp Kitchens with ovens, BBQ facilities as well as additional laundry and amenities blocks.

There is also a decent range of groceries, ice-creams, drink and ice available for sale at Reception. Gas Bottle Refills are also available at $4.50 per kilo.

Pedal karts, mountain bikes, electric bikes and phat tyre bikes are available for hire at a daily rate.

All taps on site have drinkable water. They do use bore water but only for reticulation purposes.

It is only 600m to the beach from the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park and either a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute drive to the shops.

Exmouth Caravan Park Drinking Water taps

RAC Exmouth Caravan Park Accommodation Options

The RAC Exmouth Caravan Park offers a range of accommodation options including cabins,
motel rooms, studios and caravan and camping sites which are suitable for all size vehicles as well as tent camping.

The ground is very hard so it is not easy driving tent pegs in but they apparently have drills available at Reception should you require one.

In the redevelopment they have turned the Dorm Rooms into 8 newly renovated Studios.

Macks at Exmouth Caravan Park

Are Pets allowed at the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park?

The RAC Exmouth Caravan Park is pet friendly which was great as we were travelling with our Golden Retriever MACKS at the time.

They now have designated Pet Powered Sites for people travelling with pets.

Read more:  Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

There is a good Childrens playground and now there’s fun to be had with volleyball facilities available.

The Exmouth Caravan Park has a wash down bay for your vehicle or boat, cost is $5 payable at reception.

A Dump point is in the park and there are lots of bins easily accessible throughout.

Cost to stay at the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park

Ensuite Powered Site: From $91 per night
Powered Site: From $52 per night
Pet Powered Site: From $52 per night
Unpowered Site: From 43 per night

RAC Membership – 10% discount applies

Our stay was the 12th and 14-19th September 2016.

Watch  the video for more information on our stay at the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park in WA.

Contact Details for the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park

Phone: 08 9949 1101
Address: 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth Western Australia
Website:

How to get to the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park

From the National Route 1, turn left onto Minilya-Exmouth Road.

In 217kms turn right onto Truscott Crescent and in 110 metres the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park will be on the right.

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Cape Range National Park

Things to do in and around Exmouth

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef runs alongside much of the Western Australia coastline and in many places is an easily accessible for snorkelling directly from the beach.

The Ningaloo Reef is also the perfect place to swim with Whale Sharks, Humpbacks and Manta Rays.

Book a Whale Shark Swim and Catamaran Cruise here>

We did the Swim with Humpback Whales out of Exmouth which was an absolutely amazing experience, one of our favourite experiences in our travels around Australia.

Our experienced guides were amazing and made our day out an extraordinary day we will never forget.

Read more about: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Cape Range National Park

Cape Range National Park is just 40 minute drive from the RAC Exmouth Caravan Park.

There are a number of stunning beaches including Turquoise Bay which has brilliant white sand and you guessed it, turquoise water! Turquoise Bay rates No. 10 in our Top 10 Beaches around Oz.

Click here to see more: The Best Beaches in Australia 1-10

Turquoise Bay

The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

Just 17km north of Exmouth is the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse which stands proud and tall overlooking Lighthouse Bay..

It is a fabulous spot to witness a spectacular Western Australian sunset. Not only can you witness a sunset from the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse you can also witness a sunrise.

This is one of just a few locations in Australia that you can witness both sunsets and sunrises from the same spot.

Vlamingh Lighthouse
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

Yardie Creek Gorge

The Yardie Creek Gorge has a unique feature where a permanent source of water flows between the sheer cliffs of the gorge which are simply spectacular.

Take a walk and explore the beautiful Yardie Creek where you may even spot the black-flanked rock wallaby, a threatened species as well as ospreys and other birds that inhabit the gorge.

Big Prawn

The Big Prawn

There are so many Big Things in Australia!

Exmouth is home to the Big Prawn. This is just one of two Big Prawns you will discover in Australia, the other is in Ballina NSW.

Read more: Big Things of Australia

Pin – Exmouth Caravan Park

Pin - Exmouth Caravan Park
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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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