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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping

Places for Free Camping from Brisbane to Darwin are readily available as we travelled out through Mitchell to Longreach, up and over to the Queensland Border and along the Barkly Highway over to Darwin.

On our recent trip, our goal was to travel from Brisbane to Darwin free camping all of the way. However we couldn’t resist stopping in at just a couple of our favourite campgrounds. These are 3 that you simply can’t miss!

The distance from Brisbane City to Darwin City is 3,425.6kms. If you were to drive straight through it would take approx 38hours!

We drove from Brisbane to Mataranka in the NT in just 2 weeks but we recommend taking a little more time to relax and enjoy these awesome spots.

Since we have arrived in Darwin, we have been able to relax and enjoy free camping right opposite the beach.

Free Camping from Brisbane to the Queensland/Northern Territory Border

Read more: Our Best Free Camps in Australia

16 Great Free Camping Areas and Must Stop Campgrounds from Brisbane to Darwin

Here is our list of 13 great Free Camping Areas from Brisbane to Darwin along with 3 awesome unmissable campgrounds.

Yes, our list of Free Camping does include 3 paid Campgrounds, because they are amazing and worth visiting along this trip.

Naturally this is only a guide and there are many other places but these are the free camping areas we have discovered as we travelled from Brisbane to Darwin.

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping - Gatton

Free Camping Brisbane to the Qld/NT Border

1. Gatton RV Friendly Park, William Kemp Park, Gatton

The Gatton RV Friendly Park is a great free stop over for Self -Contained RV’s. The William Kemp Park is in a perfect location, right beside the river and only 150 metres to the main street of town.

Only fully self-contained RV’s are allowed as there are no toilets. Sleeping in tents, swags and  normal passenger vehicles is not permitted.

Drinking water is available and there are picnic tables, barbecues and bins also. Naturally, there is no power. Generators are allowed.

A limit of 48 hours applies and cost to stay is Free.

The William Kemp Park has a Dump Point and is pet friendly. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

We had good Telstra phone reception and our stay was on 4th May 2021.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Gatton is 91.9kms. It takes about an hour and a half from Lawnton on Brisbane’s Northside where we left from to get to Gatton.

Phone: 07 5466 3425
Address:  23 East Street, Gatton, Queensland
Website:

Gatton RV Friendly Park

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Miles

2. Miles Rest Stop, Moraby Park, Miles

The Miles Rest Stop at Moraby Park is just under 1km out of Miles next to the R.J. Simpson Bridge. On the other side of the road, there is plenty of space that may also be used as a free stopover.

Please be aware that this free Miles Rest Stop is a combined heavy vehicle and motorist rest area therefore please do not park in the truck area and ensure there is plenty of room for trucks to pull in both day and night.

These rest areas are designed as a 20 hour stop and rest area. They are not to be utilised as long term camping sites.

Cost to stay is Free.

Toilets, picnic tables and bins are provided as well as barbecues. The Rest Area is accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Big Rigs. Also tents are allowed.

Water is available at the Miles Information Centre as there is no potable water available at the Miles Rest Area.

We had good Telstra phone reception and stayed here overnight on 8th September, 2017 and for a lunch stop on 5th May 2021.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Miles is 336.6kms and the distance between Gatton and Miles is 244.7kms.

It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Brisbane to Miles.

Phone: 13 74 68
Address:  Warrego & Leichhardt Highway, Miles
Website: 

Read more: Miles Rest Stop

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping Miles Rest Area

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Brisbane to Darawin Free Camping at Mitchell
Brisbane to Darawin Free Camping at Mitchell

3. Neil Turner Weir, Mitchell

The Neil Turner Weir has an extensive camping area right on the bank of the Maranoa River and alongside the weir wall. There is plenty of space for all size vehicles.

Just 4kms from the heart of town, the Neil Turner Weir is an fabulous place to camp while you explore Mitchell.

Don’t miss a visit to the Great Artesian Spa while you are in Mitchell. The natural hot artesian pool water is 39 degrees but there is also a cold pool as well!

Cost to stay is free. If you enjoy staying at the Neil Turner Weir, a donation would be appreciated to help maintain this great camping area. There is no maximum night limit.

Toilets, picnic benches, barbecues and a small playground is provided. There is also a boat ramp available.

Pets are allowed and you are permitted to have campfires. There is no Dump Point at the Neil Turner Weir Campground however there is one at the Showgrounds just 5 minutes away.

We had good Telstra phone reception and our stay was 4th & 5th May 2021.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Mitchell is 565.6kms and the distance between Miles and Mitchell is 229kms.

Brisbane to Mitchell takes about 6 and a half hours to drive.

Phone: N/A
Address: River Street, Mitchell, Queensland
Website: N/A

Great Artesian Spa at Mitchell

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Tambo
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Tambo

4. Stubby Bend by Barcoo River, Tambo

Stubby Bend right on the banks of the Barcoo River in Tambo offers an awesome free camping spot.

Only fully self-contained vehicles are permitted as there are no amenities.

There is plenty to see and do in Tambo which is just a minutes and within walking distance to town.

Don’t miss a visit to the Tambo Teddies and check out the hilarious Ben’s Chicken Races at the Carrangarra Hotel Tambo where proceeds go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Ben's Chicken Races in Tambo

Facilities are limited but there are picnic tables, seats and bins. Take care of this natural environment and keep it clean, please do not throw any rubbish into the river.

Take the Coolibah Walk along the river bank from the Stubby Bend Camping Area and check out the historic Qantas Crash Site.

Cost to stay is Free but there is a 72 hour limit.

Generators are allowed at the Stubby Bend Camping Area and it is pet friendly. Care should be taken in wet weather as the river is subject to flooding. Parking on the gravel area is strongly recommended during these times.

We had Telstra phone coverage during our stay on 7th May 2021.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Tambo is 864.2kms and the distance between Mitchell and Tambo is 298.6kms.

Driving from Brisbane to Tambo will take around 9 and a half hours.

Phone: 07 4621 6600
Address:  Dawson Development Road, Tambo, Queensland
Website:

Tambo Teddies
Tambo Teddies

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Lara Wetlands - Favourite Campground between Brisbane and Darwin
Lara Wetlands – One of our favourite Campgrounds between Brisbane and Darwin

5. Lara Wetlands, Patrick

Since experiencing the magnificent Lara Wetlands for the first time in 2017, we cannot miss staying at this awesome campground whenever we pass through this region.

Lara Wetlands is just 30kms south of Balcaldine and is part of the 15,000 acre working Lara Cattle Station.

There is plenty of space to camp right alongside the edge of the lake which provides an awesome setting at sunrise and sunset with the colours reflecting on the water.

The birdlife is amazing and a photographers dream!

Enjoy a swim in the natural hot thermal pool or the cold spring pool. Kayaks and bicycles are complimentary during your stay so you can paddle around the shallow lake or cycle around it for a bit of fun!

All sites are unpowered and cost to stay is $25 per night for 2 people. No bookings are required and Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers, Big Rigs and Tents are all welcome.

Lara Wetlands at sunrise

There are flushing toilets and hot showers, a Camp Kitchen, barbecues and playground. Also drinking water is available but not for hook-up.

A Dump Site or Funny Dunny as they call it is available. Pets are allowed but your dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Generators are permitted between 8 – 10am in the morning and 3 – 5pm in the afternoons. Fire pits are readily available and firewood may be purchased from the office.

Mobile Phone reception is very limited, basically there is none.

Our stays to date include 3rd & 4th September 2017 and 8th & 9th May 2021.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance from Brisbane to Lara Wetlands in Patrick is 1042.0kms and the distance between Tambo and Lara Wetlands is 177.8kms.

Lara Wetlands is 11 1/2 hours drive from Brisbane and approximately 20-25 mins from Barcaldine.

Phone:  0457 661 243
Address: 39052 Landsborough Highway, Barcaldine, Queensland
Website:

Read more: Lara Wetlands

Lara Wetlands Hot Pool

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Barcaldine
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Barcaldine

6. Barcaldine East Rest Area, Barcaldine

Barcaldine has two free Rest Areas and on both occasions we have chosen to stay at the Barcadine East Rest Area. It is located alongside the Capricorn Highway and only just over 3kms east of the heart of Barcaldine.

The other is the Barcaldine South Rest Area on the Landsborogh Highway as you head up to Barcaldine from Lara Wetlands but further out of town.

Barcaldine is famous for the Tree of Knowledge, the birth place of the Australian Labor Party and the Great Shearers Strike.

Tree of Knowledge under lights at night

Barcaldine East Rest Area is suitable for Motohomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Big Rigs. Tents are allowed also. Please note this is also a Truck Rest Stop Area so make sure not to park in the truck bays.

There are toilets, sheltered picnic tables and bins provided. It is pet friendly and there is drinking water available. A Dump Point is available at the Showgrounds just a few kilometres away.

Cost to stay is free but limited to a 24hr stay only.

We had good Telstra phone coverage during our stays – 2nd September 2017 and 10th May 2021.

Barcaldine is usually called Barcy by the locals.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Barcaldine is 1071.9kms and the distance between Lara Wetlands and Barcaldine is just 29.9kms.

It will take the most part of 12 hours to drive to Barcaldine from Brisbane.

Phone: N/A
Address: Capricorn Highway, Barcaldine, Queensland
Website: N/A

Read more: Barcaldine Travellers Rest Stop

Aramac
Kev butting heads on the Aramac/Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail hehe

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Apex Riverside Bush Camp Longreach

7. Apex Riverside Park on the Thomson River, Longreach

Longreach offers a very low cost camping area right on the Thomson River for just $5 per night.

At such a reasonable low cost per night we have included it in our Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping list as the cost is negligible.

Camping Fees can be paid at the Longreach Visitor Information Centre in Eagle Street. Alternatively, you can place the cash in the honesty box on site under the sign.

The Apex Riverside Park does not have any powered sites and has limited facilities providing just bins and toilets but no showers.

Potable water and a Dump Point are just a short drive into town at the Caravan Day Parking Area in Kite Street.

Thomson River at sunset

Although the camping area is a dirt surface and a little dusty, it is more than adequate to camp up for a number of nights while you explore the fabulous town of Longreach. It is suitable for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers, Tents and Big Rigs and when busy there is an overflow area across the road.

Cost to stay is $5 per night or $27 for the week and our stays to date are 29th August to 1st September 2017 and 11th May 2021.

It is pet friendly and you will find chickens, roosters and brolgas roaming freely throughout the campground.

We had good Telstra and Optus Phone coverage.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance from Brisbane to is 1178.8kms and the distance between Barcaldine and Longreach is 106.9kms.

Longreach is almost 13 hours drive from Brisbane.

Phone: 07 4658 4150
Address:  Landsborough Highway, Longreach, Queensland

Read more: Apex Riverside Park, Longreach

Qantas Founders Museum

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Winton
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at The Long Waterhole Winton

8. Long Waterhole, Winton

The Long Waterhole is a great free camping area just 2 kms out of town and a great base to explore all of the awesome attractions in Winton.

It is a man-made waterhole and was once home to the World Crayfish Derby.

Winton locals use the waterhole for swimming in the hot Summer months and we camped right alongside the water’s edge.

Even though it is a large area, it can get busy therefore if you are looking for a spot by the river, you are best to arrive early in the day.

There are no facilities at this camping area. As there are no bins, you need to take all of your rubbish out with you. Rubbish should not to be burned, buried or dumped.

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Winton

Care should be taken in wet weather as the Long Waterhole Camping Area can be affected by rain and flood water. You will need to evacuate the area in these types of conditions.

It is suitable for all types of RV vehicles and tent camping. The Long Waterhole Campground is pet friendly with cows roaming freely and although we missed seeing them, emus roam the area as well.

Cost to stay is free and our stay was 12th May 2021. No maximum night stay applies.

Fires are permitted as long as there are no fire restrictions in place at the time. Please extinguish all fires water after use.

We had Telstra phone coverage.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Winton is 1357.4kms and the distance between Longreach and Winton is 178.6kms.

It takes around 14 hours and 40 minutes to drive from Brisbane to Longreach in Queensland.

Phone: 07 4657 2668
Address:  Winton- Jundah Road, Winton, Queensland
Website:

Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton
Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Corella Dam
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Corella Dam

9. Corella Dam and Clem Walton Park

Corella Dam is located half way between Cloncurry and Mount Isa and is one of the most awesome free camping areas in Australia.

The lake was created with the construction of the Clem Walton Dam in 1959 to provide a water supply for nearly town and uranium mine at Mary Kathleen.

Camp right beside the lake at Corella Dam or behind the dam wall down by the Corella River. On both occasions, we have camped beside the water’s edge with views of the lake and Corella Dam.

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Corella Dam
Corella River

There are no facilities when bush camping at Corella Dam therefore campers must be self-sufficient and take all rubbish with you when you leave.

At the adjacent Clem Walton Park Campground by the Corella River, there are toilets, picnic tables and bins for rubbish to be disposed of properly.

Both Corella Dam and Clem Walton Park are pet friendly. Pets must be controlled at all times and you must also pick up after them.

Cattle do roam freely in the Corella Dam and Clem Walton Park camping areas.

Cost to stay is free and our stays include 22nd – 25th July 2017 and 13th -14th May 2021.

We had no Telstra phone coverage and no Vodafone service. Basically there is one spot at Corella Dam you might get some basic coverage.

Generators are allowed at Corella Dam.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Corella Dam is 1761kms and the distance between Winton and Corella Dam is 403.6kms.

It takes approximately 19 hours to drive from Brisbane to Corella Dam. It is about 35 minutes to Corella Dam from Cloncurry and 50 minutes from Mount Isa.

Phone: N/A
Address: Clem Walton Park Road, off the Barkly Highway west of Cloncurry, Queensland
Website: N/A

Read more: Corella Dam

Mary Kathleen

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Camooweal

10. Camooweal Billabong, Camooweal

Bush Camping is available right beside Lake Francis, a spectacular billabong on the Georgina River just south of the town of Camooweal.

The Camooweal Billabong has no facilities at the camping area so campers must be self-sufficient. As there are no toilets or bins you must taken all of your rubbish with you.

To access this great camping area, head south down a gravel road a short distance from the Barkly Highway after crossing the Georgina River west of town if travelling from Camooweal.

It is accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Big Rigs and tent camping is allowed.

Cost to stay is Free. Pets are permitted and there is Telstra Phone reception available.

Camooweal is your last stop before the Northern Territory border just 10 minutes away.

Distance from Brisbane

Distance by road from Brisbane to Camooweal is 2015.3kms and the distance betwen Corella Dam and Camooweal is 254.3kms.

Phone:  N/A
Address: Gravel Road to the South between bridges off Barkly H’way west of Camooweal, Qld
Website: N/A

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!

NT Qld Border
Free Camping from Qld/NT Border to Darwin

Free Camping – Qld/NT Border to Darwin

There are quite a number of free camping spots after you cross the Queensland/Northern Territory Border along the Barkly Highway and up the Stuart Highway to Darwin.

11. Soudan Bore on the Barkly Highway, Ranken

Soudan Bore is a great free Highway Rest Area on the Barkly Highway at Ranken.

We liked it because we could set up camp back a little from the highway and had little problems with noise from the road.

The area was flat and easy to get level and there was heaps of space.

It makes a great stopover when you are looking to break up your journey when doing a lot of highway driving in the Northern Territory.

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Soudan Bore
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Soudan Bore

There are no toilets so you must have a fully self-contained vehicle. It is accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Big Rigs.

Bins are provided and there are BBQ plates that can be used over an open fire.

Cost to stay is Free and limited to 24hrs.

There is no phone coverage available but it is pet friendly.

Distance from Brisbane and Darwin

Distance by road from Brisbane to Soudan Bore is 2146.3kms and the distance between Camooweal and Soudan Bore is 131kms.

Soudan Bore is 1,276 kms and approximately 13 hours drive to Darwin.

Phone: N/A
Address: Barkly Highway, Ranken, Northern Territory
Website: N/A

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Soudan Bore
Soudan Bore Sunet

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Newcastle Waters Rest Area
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Newcastle Waters Rest Area

12. Newcastle Waters on Stuart Highway, Pamayu

Newcastle Waters Rest Area right on the Stuart Highway is another great free Rest Stop that you can stay overnight to break up your highway journey in the Northern Territory.

There are toilets, picnic tables and bins provided. It is also pet friendly.

There are limited spaces so best to arrive as early in the day as possible although we did arrive mid afternoon and snared a spot.

The Newcastle Waters Rest Area is accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans and Camper Trailers. Big Rigs are allowed but navigating and finding a spot might be challenging. Tents are also allowed but would be difficult to find a suitable space to setup.

Cost to stay is Free and limited to a 24 hour stay.

Our stays include 24 May 2017 and 16 May 2021.

We had Telstra Phone Coverage but no Vodafone or Optus service.

Distance from Brisbane and Darwin

Distance by road from Brisbane to Newcastle Waters is 2616.3kms and the distance between Soudan Bore and Newcastle Waters is 470kms.

To Darwin, Newcastle Waters Rest Area is 737 kms and approx 7 hours and 45 minutes to drive.

Phone: N/A
Address: Stuart Highway, Pamayu, Northern Territory
Website: N/A

Read more: Newcastle Waters Free Camp

Daly Waters Pub
The iconic Daly Waters Pub

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Feeding the buffalo at Little Roper Stockcamp
Feeding the buffalo at Little Roper Stockcamp

13. Little Roper Stockcamp, Mataranka

One of our favourite campgrounds in Australia is the Little Roper Stockcamp at Mataranka.

The Little Roper Stockcamp is not only a great place to stay but also offers a enjoyable and entertaining experience as well.

There are farm animals including buffalo, pigs and chooks and it is great fun for kids of all ages to hand feed hay to the buffalo. They also have pet snakes and lizards for you to hold.

There’s even a pet salt water crocodile! Petting the salty is not recommended nor is it allowed!!

Little Johnny Cakes are available for $1.50 and cooked up each morning at around 8am. They are delicious. It is usually after Breakfast that Des will bring out the pet snakes and lizards.

The Community campfire is lit every evening. You can cook dinner in your own camp oven or one of the ones provided. They also do special Camp Oven Dinner Nights.

Little Roper Stockcamp

Cost to stay is $35 for a powered site for 2 people and $30 for unpowered. Our stays include 25th – 27th May 2017 and 17th May 2021.

Little Roper Stockcamp is pet friendly and there is Telstra coverage but no Vodafone or Optus.

Distance from Brisbane and Darwin

Distance by road from Brisbane to Mataranka is 3001.6kms and the distance between Newcastle Waters and Little Roper Stockcamp is 385.3kms.

From Little Roper Stockcamp it is 454 kms and a 5 hour drive to Darwin.

Phone: 0427 880 819
Address: 547 Homestead Road Mataranka NT
Website:

Read more about: Little Roper Stockcamp

Bitter Springs

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Gravel Stockpile site
Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at the Gravel Stockpile Site, Coomalie

14. Gravel Stockpile Site, Coomalie Creek

At Coolamlie Creek on the Stuart Highway is the Gravel Stockpile Site, a free campground which is close to the turn off to Litchfield National Park.

We wanted to pull up to a free camping area as close to Litchfield National Park so we could arrive early and secure a site at the busy Florence Falls Campground the next day.

This is a very basic gravelled camping area and has absolutely no facilities.

The Camping area is pet friendly and therefore dogs are permitted to stay here.

It is set back from the highway and is easily accessible by Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Big Rigs. Also it is suitable for tent camping.

Cost to stay is free. There is limited Telstra phone reception.

Distance from Brisbane and Darwin

Distance by road from Brisbane to Coomalie is 3356,7kms and the distance between Little Roper Stockcamp and Gravel Stockpile Site is 355.1kms.

Coomalie Creek Rest Area is 116kms and a hour and a half drive to Darwin.

Phone: N/A
Address:  Stuart Highway, Coomalie Creek, Northern Territory
Website:  N/A

Florence Falls Campground LNP

15. Florence Falls Campground, Litchfield National Park

The Florence Falls Campground, located in the magnificent Litchfield National Park, is one of the best campgrounds in Australia and we think the best spot to stay in Litchfield.

It’s within walking distance to the spectacular Florence Falls which includes 135 steps to reach the plunge pool but if you are able, it is definitely worth it.

Camping is available all year round and camping fees are payable upon arrival.

Place the correct amount of cash in the payment box at the pay station and clearly display the carbonised copy on your vehicle and you’re done.

Florence Falls Campground Pay Station

There are toilets and showers. Both a Dump Point and potable water is available nearby in Batchelor.

A fire pit with barbecue plate is available at each site.

Some sites at the 2WD Campground are very spacious and suitable for all sizes vehicles and tents.

Cost to stay per night is $6.60 Adults, $3.30 Children and $15 for Families. Our stays include 25th-27th June 2017 and 19th – 20th May 2021.

There is no Telstra coverage at the Campground. Sometimes network comes on but it’s so little you can’t use it and it doesn’t stay for very long.

Florence Falls Campground is in Litchfield National Park so pets are not permitted.

Generators are not allowed.

Distance from Brisbane and Darwin

Distance by road from Brisbane to Florence Falls Campground is 3391.7kms and the distance between the Gravel Stockpile Site and Florence Falls is 35kms.

Florence Falls Campground is 169kms to Darwin and takes around 2 1/4 hours.

Phone: 08 3999 3973
Address:
Florence Falls Trail off Litchfield Park Rd, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Website:

Read more: Florence Falls Campground Litchfield National Park

Wangi Falls
Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park

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Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Gunn Point

16. Gunn Point, near Darwin

There is a fabulous free camp about an hour out of Darwin where you can camp right on the open beachfront.

Fabulous views of the ocean with stunning over water sunsets are just a couple of reasons that make this a spectacular place to camp.

Fishing can be enjoyed off the beach or at the mouth of the creek although it is much better if you have a boat.

Catching crabs out from Gunn Point

There are no toilets so camping is only suitable for self-contained vehicles.

Access to the Gunn Point camping area is via a rough dirt track with a lot of mounds and ditches. We were only able to navigate our way in with our Motorhome as we had the help from our friends.

In wet weather, access would be impossible for us.

Potable water is only available from in town at Palmerston or Coolalinga, approx. 35 minutes from Gunn Point and the only public Dump Point in Darwin is at the Greyhound Club at Winellie, about 50 mins away.

Pets are permitted as well as campfires. Having a campfire with the sun setting over the water in the background is totally awesome.

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Gunn Point
Firey Sunsets

Crocodiles, Sharks and Stingers including Box Jellyfish are in these waters so swimming is not advisable.

Cost to stay is free and we have enjoyed camping with our friends for a number of weeks.

We have had better Vodafone reception with 2-3 bars of 4G compared to only 1 bar of 4G with Telstra. Telstra drops in and out whereas Vodafone has been consistently pretty good.

Distance from Brisbane and Darwin

Distance by road from Brisbane to Gunn Point is 3490.7kms and the distance between Florence Falls Campground and Gunn Point is 99kms.

From Palmerston it is about 45 mins to Gunn Point and approx. 1hr 10 mins from Darwin.

Phone: N/A
Address: Dirt Track Off Gunn Point Road, Gunn Point, Northern Territory
Website:

Read about: Darwin Camping at Gunn Point

Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping at Gunn Point

Distances by Road between each stop

Here is a rough guide to the distances by road from Brisbane to each of the campgrounds we stopped at as we travelled from Brisbane to Darwin free camping all of the way plus 3 favourite campgrounds you simply cannot miss!

Name of Place Name of Free Camp/CampgroundKms from BrisbaneKms from Prev. Stop
GattonWilliam Kemp Park91.9kms91.9kms
MilesMoraby Park336.6kms244.7kms
MitchellNeil Turner Weir565.6kms229kms
TamboStubby Bend by Barcoo864.2kms298.6kms
PatrickLara Wetlands1042kms177.8kms
BarcaldineBarcaldine East Rest Area1071.9kms29.9kms
LongreachApex Riverside Bush Camp1178.8kms106.9kms
WintonThe Long Waterhole1357.4kms178.6kms
Corella DamCorella Dam/Clem Walton Pk1761kms403.6kms
CamoowealCamooweal Billabong2015.3kms254.3kms
RankinSoudan Bore2146.3kms131kms
PamayuNewcastle Waters Rest Area2616.3kms470kms
MatarankaLittle Roper Stockcamp3001.6kms385.3kms
Coomalie CreekGravel Stockpile Site3356.7kms355.1kms
Litchfield National ParkFlorence Falls Campground3391.7kms35kms
DarwinGunn Point3.490.7kms99kms

Other great places to stay along the way

Here are some other free camping areas, campgrounds and caravan parks that are also great to stay at when travelling from Brisbane to Darwin.

Pin – Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping

Saving money on accommodation allows us to spend this money on tours, attractions and other general travel expenses. Our goal to travel from Brisbane to Darwin free camping all of the way has been successful!

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Have you travelled from Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping a lot of the way? Tell us about your Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping experience.

Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Rollingstone Camping, Free Camp with all the Facilities

The Rollingstone Camping Ground named Vincent “Bushy” Parker Park after a local war hero, Flight Lieutenant Vincent “Bushy” Parker, is a great place to stay just north of Townsville in Queensland.

For a Free Camp, the Rollingstone Camping area has a lot on offer, loads of facilities with easy access and plenty of space to park.

It’s simple to find however some people do report that google sends them directions which takes you under a low bridge.

Read on and we will tell you how to get there safely.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Facilities

While the nearby Rollingstone Beach Front Resort offers all the amazing bells and whistles for an overnight stay the Rollingstone Camping area is a basic Free camp but very good.

There are a number of potable water taps available providing drinking water to use.

A toilet block is onsite and is regularly maintained and kept clean by Townsville Council. There is also a dump point at the Rollingstone Camping Grounds.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Amenities and Dump Point
Rollingstone Camping Ground BBQs and Picnic Tables

Picnic tables are also available along with a BBQ and bins are here too. Please ensure all rubbish is placed in the bins and the area is kept clean and tidy.

We had 3 bars of 4G Telstra coverage while we were at the Camping area.

There are steps down to the nice, shallow creek alongside the Rollingstone Camping area which is perfect to wade into and cool off on a warm day.

Other Facilities near the Rollingstone Camping Area

Rollingstone has it’s own small general store offering fuel, food, a post office and a few other supplies.

Are Pets allowed at this Rollingstone Camping Area?

It is pet friendly and therefore dogs are permitted to stay at the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping ground.

Shallow Creek running alongside the Rollingstone Camping Ground
Shallow Creek running alongside the Rollingstone Camping Ground

How to book your stay at this free Rollingstone Camping Ground

There is a Booking system for staying at any Townsville Camping Ground including Vincent “Bushy” Parker Park, Rollingstone Camping Ground.

On arrival, you can simply scan your smart phone on the sign at the entrance to the park or go to the website here – https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/parks-beaches-and-community-venues/parks-trails-and-camping/camping-caravan-and-rv-sites

The Campground does get busy and therefore it’s best to arrive and book in early to secure a spot.

Cost to stay is Free. You can stay for 48 hours maximum within a 7 day period.

We didn’t stay but we went for a look on 12th of August 2021.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Entry

Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Contact Details

Phone: 13 48 10
Address: Rollingstone Street, Rollingstone, Queensland
Website:

How to get to the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground

From the Bruce Highway take the Whalley Cres exit over the rail line and go right into Rollingstone Street.

Follow Rollingstone Street through the township to the entrance to the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground on your left.

Don’t take the first Rollingstone Street exit heading north as it takes you under a low 2.4m bridge.

What popular attractions are in and around the Rollingstone Camping Ground?

Big Crystal Creek

Big Crystal Creek otherwise known as Paradise Waterhole is just an hour north of Townsville and just under 21kms from the Rollingstone Camping Ground.

Located in the Paluma Range National Park this fabulous waterhole is an easy 2 minute walk from the Crystal Creek Campground and Recreational Day Use Area. The deep crystal clear pool is perfect for cooling off on a warm day.

Little Crystal Creek

Just  away is Little Crystal Creek which also has crystal clear waters making it another awesome spot for a refreshing swim on a hot day.

The water cascading under the heritage listed stone arch bridge built back in the 1930s makes a very picturesque setting.

Balgal Beach

Balgal Beach is just 4.7kms from the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground. Only a 5 minute drive and you go from bush to the beach.

The Balgal Beach is a patrolled beach with a swimming enclosure making it a safe place for swimming during the stinger season. Stinger season in North Queensland extends from November through to April/May.

Toomulla Beach

Another nearby beach is Toomulla Beach which is just 12kms south of the Rollingstone Camping Ground.

Toomulla Beach is a popular spot for fishing and bird watching. It also provides a free camping area with a maximum 48hr stay.

Toomulla Beach

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Kev & Adele
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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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Is it Time to Go Home

What a magnificent country this is that we get to call home.

Wow….!!

We feel so absolutely blessed that we were privileged to have been born an Aussie. Why would you want to live anywhere else?

Touring our country by road gives an all new appreciation of it too.

The rugged landscapes, the dry red dirt outbacks, the exquisite world renowned beaches, the magnificent rainforests and stunning Gorges with waterfalls and swimming holes so pristine they could all be the Garden of Eden.

Then there are the people.

The great Australian characters you meet, the kind warm and generous people who you befriend at Happy hour or they offer their assistance just when it’s needed the most.

It’s impossible not to be proud of being an Aussie.

Taking to the road and putting the rubber to the bitumen for so many years now has given us time to re-assess life. We keep asking ourselves the question, are we ready to go home yet!!

We think of all the positive reasons to say thank you to our tenants but we are coming home.

Most of all, we miss our families so much when we are away and of course our friends who we miss very much too.

Kev could possibly be playing rep cricket given over 50’s is now a thing since we left and his mates are playing.

The first thing we would do is buy another dog, we miss MACKS so much and would love another Golden Retriever.

We’d buy a boat and possibly a jet ski and spend a lot more time at Moreton and Fraser Island. Yes, we’ve thought about it, quite often actually.

But the answer keeps coming back, definitely Not!!

We sure weren’t unhappy in our life back home in Brisbane. The business was good, Adele had a great job she loved and therefore we had a reasonable income.

We were never wealthy, some failed business ventures saw to that, but we were doing ok.

Painted Silos outside Monto

Something was missing though, I didn’t know what that was but I knew I was searching for something in my life that had meaning, something that gave me purpose.

I felt there had to be a reason for living, I couldn’t just go through life and it was over one day and there was no substance.

Plenty of times I’ve heard the saying, He who owns the most toys wins!!

I always considered that one of the dumbest sayings ever.

The more toys you want to accumulate the longer and harder you commit to living a long life working your guts out to repay the debt.

I could never understand how you can be truly happy and fulfilled while each day your life is driven and owned by your employer, your clients and your customers.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

These words were said to me once and I’ve never forgotten them – The Man who works the hardest will be fondly remembered by his widow’s new husband!!

Some mates we met while travelling lived on the Gold Coast. They weren’t on a canal block but they did live in a street nearby.

I remember Mick telling me he’d go up the canals in his little tinnie and look at the mega mansions, the big pools and huge boats.

What he noticed was no-one was swimming in the pools, the boats hadn’t moved since the last time he went past, nobody was home.

These owners were in so much debt they worked and worked and never had time to appreciate the toys they borrowed money to buy that just committed them to their jobs.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

Why have we become this society where we think we have to have everything to be happy.

We don’t need so much stuff!!

Every time we pull out the credit card, every time we go to a counter and spend money at the till, we need to ask ourselves, do I need this?

Because every time we get out our wallets it means we stay in debt and we commit to more hours at work.

Growing up I remember hearing stories of Men who worked hard all their life. They retired at 65 and passed away just a short time later. I always found that so sad and was determined that wouldn’t be me.

I always knew even as a young boy at school, my life had to be more than that.

My brother retired at 31 years of age.

Yep, he never worked a job another day, EVER.

He was smart and careful with his money and avoided debt.

Les passed away in 2020 aged 74, the Vietnam War had finally got him. He hadn’t had a “job” in over 40 years.

I didn’t want to be him, we were very different, but he showed me what was possible.

If it was possible for him why couldn’t it be possible for me?

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us as we continue to discover so many amazing places

Some of the big lessons we have learned from travelling

There are so many lessons to be learnt driving around this magnificent country we call home.

The biggest lesson of all has been we don’t need a lot of those things we used to think we did.

We’d rather spend more time with our parents and children than be in the daily grind. We’d rather gather experiences and memories than a bulging bank account.

The day my Father died in 2008 sent me on this journey to find myself, to find what was really most important for me in my life.

I figured out that chasing the dollar was getting in the way of all the things I felt most important to me. For decades, in fact all my married life, I didn’t have the balance right.

I then set about changing my life.

5 Essentials – Camera Equipment

The Mavic Pro 2 will provide you with everything you will need for all of your aerial footage

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.nd some general use.

We both love our Samsung Phones. Most of our photos are simply from our Samsung Phones. Now there’s the new Samsung s21 out and we have friends and our son who have one and they look insane for photography. If you’re looking for a new phone for your road trip I’d be going for this.

The distances you can shoot with the Camera – Nikon P1000 are simply amazing. It has an incredible optical and digital zoom!

We use our HP Sphere 360 Laptop with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for our everyday use and for editing our photos

Bald Rock

Now after over 5 years travelling Australia it’s crazy to think that everything we yearn to own is in our little home on wheels therefore will we ever feel it is time to go home?

We’ve never been happier than we are now with the least amount of possessions we’ve ever had surrounding us.

The old me that still lives in my brain thinks it’s just bizarre.

We have so little yet we feel so rich!!

Our hearts and our souls are overflowing with joy. We find it really difficult to explain it most of the time.

We keep being told we’re living the dream and we don’t know how to respond or add to that. All we can do is just say yes, and we’re still loving it.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

It’s true, we really are living a dream and long may it continue.

We can’t fathom why more people aren’t doing it

I want to scream to my mates and friends back home, you guys are mad. I want to tell them to buy a Caravan or Motorhome, or even a Yacht and go find adventure and fill your boots with happiness.

Discover why you don’t need all that stuff overflowing out of your garage, in the back shed and piled floor to ceiling in rooms and cupboards.

And you don’t need Foxtel or Netflix, a bigger boat you rarely use, a new BMW, the latest technology, a new home because you want a theatre room and more space to collect more stuff and dust.

Get out and create your own life full of excitement and adventures. Reality TV is rubbish, go make your own reality.

Great Keppel Island

OK, it’s not our place to tell you how to live your life but given how often we get told, we wish we had your life, the truth is we were just like everyone else before we left on our 2 year adventure.

We aren’t special….

We just made the decision and did it and now all these years later we still love it just like that first day when we drove away, completely unaware of the impact our decision was going to have and what life was going to be like on this epic journey.

Never for one moment did we ever expect to question ourselves if it is time to go home. We had always planned an end date before embarking on our adventure but over the years those plans have changed. It is becoming more and more difficult to contemplate going home!

My points are:

If you’re not completely excited about life each day then make a change.

Consider the impact on what you buy against if you need it and if all those hours you worked hard this week were best spent by purchasing it.

Live your best life, we only get one of them.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us
The question for us – Is it Time to go Home?

Here are a few more words for what they’re worth:

  • Do more things you love to do and less that makes you unhappy
  • Contact your family and closest friends often
  • Don’t bother telling them you love them, they know that and your actions speak louder than words. Hug them, wrap your arms around your parents, your children and your friends as much as you can
  • Don’t live life by default, choose the life you want to live
  • Take control of your destiny
  • I may not have as much money now, but I own my time
  • We don’t fear dying, we fear having not lived a full life
  • Dare to Dream!

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Are you currently travelling like us and loving it but wondering how will you know when it is time to go home?

Let us know your thoughts and whether you are having to consider if it is time to go home and face the prospect of settling down again permanently!

 

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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Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

There are so many great things to see and do in and around Bundaberg which is why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting.

Bundaberg doesn’t just evolve around Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Ginger Beer, it is also the landmark of the southern most part of the Great Barrier Reef and is notable for its sugar industry.

It is also famous for its close locality to Mon Repos. Mon Repos has the largest concentration of marine nesting turtles on the eastern mainland of Australia,

Plus, it’s fast becoming the ‘Drinks Capital of Australia’ with the introduction of a microbrewery, cider house and gin distillery in recent years.

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Bundaberg is worth visiting for its Drink Places

Bundaberg Rum Factory

The Bundaberg Rum Factory is one of the main reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for a lot of people.

If you are a keen Bundaberg Rum Drinker like Kev, or even if you are not a non-rum drinker at all like Adele, you will enjoy doing a tour of the Bundaberg Rum Factory.

Tours of Australia’s most famous rum distillery, which was established in 1888, run Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm and from 10am – 2pm on Weekends and Public Holidays.

The tour goes for approx. 1 hour.

Bundaberg Rum Tour

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Bundaberg Rum Distillery Museum

It is recommended you arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the commencement of your tour. This enables you have time to check out the museum beforehand.

Both the museum and the tour are really interesting.

Kev thought he would score Adele’s 2 free tastings at the end of each of our tours and both times he dipped out!

Adele is definitely not a rum drinker but she discovered she likes the Bundy Tropics especially the Mango & Passionfruit which she sampled on our first visit in 2016 and now the Banana & Toffee Royal Liqueur on our most recent visit.

You can always just drop into the Retail Store and purchase a drink from the bar and make any purchases from the extensive range of Bundaberg Rum, Liqueurs and merchandise.

Bundy Rum Factoery is one of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Kev feeling very much at home at the #homeofbundy
The Bundaberg Barrel
The Bundaberg Barrell is another reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg Barrel

Take a tour of The Bundaberg Barrel. It is one of Bundaberg’s drink places not to be missed.

It’s perfect for all ages and is interesting and educational. It is a self-guided hands-on tour with lots of interactive displays.

Learn all about the history of the classic Bundaberg Brewed Drinks which date back for generations to 1960.

At the end of the tour, you are offered tastings of their entire range. 19 delicious flavoured soft drinks, including the famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer!

They have a huge selection of the Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and selected merchandise available for purchase and you also have the option to create customised labels.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Taste testing 19 delicious flavours of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Kev chatting to owners Zoe & Josh of Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery while enjoying a tasting paddle

Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery

We love popping into Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery! Josh & Zoe, the founders and owners of Ohana Cider House & Winery are very welcoming and we always enjoy a chat over the bar.

Be sure to get a tasting paddle along with one of their cheese and bikkies platters. We can highly recommend their tropical wine, fortified wines and ciders.

Adele loves the Mango Moscato and Kev liked the fortified wines so much, he bought two of each to take with us after polishing off a tasting paddle all on his own!

The Ohana Cheeky Tiki Ciders are widely available at different outlets throughout Queensland and at every Queensland Dan Murphy’s store.

Plus, they will soon be launching into New South Wales.

Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery
We couldn’t walk away from Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery without buying a bottle of Mango Moscato for Adele and 2 bottles of each of the Fortified for Kev
Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing

Founded in 2017, the Kalki Moon is one of the most recent additions to Bundaberg which is fast becoming the ‘Drinks Capital of Australia’.

This family owned and operated distillery is the first ever gin distillery in Bundaberg.

Not only do they offer gin which comes from the cane fields of Bundaberg, they also produce vodka, liqueurs and soon they will be launching their own rum creation.

Kalki Moon’s Gift Shop and Cellar Door are open 7 days a week. Just check with their experienced staff regarding distillery tours and tastings.

Chatting with the staff at the Kalki Moon
At the bar with the staff of the Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company

Bargara Brewing Company & The Brewhouse

Although the Bargara Brewing Company was founded in Bargara it is actually located at The Brewhouse in central Bundaberg.

The Brewhouse is where all of the brewing of the Bargara Brewing Company’s beer takes place. Inside this micro-brewery is a busy restaurant, bottle shop and a retail outlet.

There’s 8 different taps of freshly brewed beers. They also have an on-line shop.

Update 2021: The Ballistic Beer Co has purchased Bargara Brewing therefore the Bargara brewery in Bundaberg is now one of the 5 Ballistic Beer Co breweries.

The range of beers is even bigger than before.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre is one of the main reason s why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for its awesome Attractions

Mon Repos Turtle Centre

The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is definitely worth visiting. 

As well as being one of Bundaberg’s most awesome attractions, it is the best place to learn about turtles.

The Turtle Centre is open from 9am – 12pm – 7 days per week with the exception of Christmas Day (25 December) and Anzac Day (25 April). During turtle season, it is also open 7 days per week from 7pm until 12am.

Turtle Season

Turtle season at Mon Repos is from November through to March. The best viewing times for the nesting turtles are from November through to January.

For the turtle hatchlings the months from January to March are best.

You can experience either the turtles laying or witness the hatchlings digging their way free and scampering down the beach to the water.

Witnessing the hatchlings at Mon Repos
Turtle hatchlings following the light of the human runway as they clamber to the water

Entry is free into the Hatchling Hall and Gift Shop. Tickets must be purchased online for any one of the three daytime sessions of Turtle Tales.

Sessions are at 9am, 10am and 11am and go for 45 minutes.

Nightly Turtle Encounter ticketholders are entitled to free access into Hatchling Hall, Gift Shop and Turtles Tales on the night while they are waiting for the turtle event.

The Turtle Discovery Centre is very interesting and educational. Learn all about the different types of turtles, their migration paths, what they eat and so much more.

Turtle Facts

Here are just a few ‘turtley awesome’ facts:

  • Turtles come ashore several times to lay hundreds of eggs in a nesting season.
  • They come back to the same location to lay their eggs but not necessarily each year.
  • After epic migrations at sea, turtles return to the exact spot where they were born to mate and lay their own eggs.
  • Only around 1 in every 1,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood
  • The sex of the turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest
Adele and Turtle at Mon Repos - Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Turtle Encounter Tours

A Turtle Encounter Tour is one of the reasons why it is definitely worth visiting Bundaberg.

It’s one of the most awesome attractions that the Bundaberg region has to offer.

It is absolutely an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience and one we can personally highly recommend!

Touching a Turtle Hatchling on the Turtle Encounter Tour
Adele Getting up close and personal with a turtle hatchling

The most fabulous experience for us was witnessing the baby hatchlings up close.

We were also very fortunate to be all chosen to be part of a human runway as the hatchlings scampered over the sand following the light between our our legs and at times over our feet to reach the water.

Although, we are yet to see a turtle laying her eggs, we have seen turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos made the previous night by laying turtles.

Nesting turtle tracks on the beach at Mon Repos
The tracks made by a nesting turtle on the beach at Mon Repos

Note – Bookings for the Turtle Encounter Tours are essential! Tours are hugely popular and often very booked out.

So be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be made through the Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre

Beautiful farmyard surrounds at Tinaberries

Tinaberries

Tinaberries is a strawberry farm located in Woongarra and is just under 15kms from the heart of Bundaberg.

They warmly welcome guests to their farm to enjoy icecream and strawberries.

OMG, the ice cream at Tinaberries is devine! It was only on our 4th visit to Bundaberg that we discovered Tinaberrries.

We are so pleased we have found this delicious ice cream!

It has just skyrocketed to the top of the charts as one of our favourite ice creams that we have had in nearly 5 years travelling around Australia.

Meeting the owners of Tinaberries
We met Bruce and Tina the owners of Tinaberries

Flavours vary on the day depending on the fruits in season.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit were the flavours of the day of our visit. We bought one of each so we could sample both.

Others flavours include – Dragon Fruit and Lime, Mango and Passion Fruit, Strawberry and Mint, Passion Fruit and Ginger and Blueberries just to name a few.

Tinaberries is another reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
OMG – the ice creams at Tinaberries are awesome!!

Lady Musgrave Island

Although we did our day trip to Lady Musgrave Island from 1770, you can also make your way out to the Southern Great Barrier Reef from Bundaberg.

Lady Musgrave Island is the second most southern island in the Great Barrier Reef and is great spot for snorkelling around acres of coral.

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Lady Musgrave Island is one of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Our day trip to Lady Musgrave Island
Hinkler Hall of Aviation is one of Bundaberg's attractions definitely worth visiting

Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is definitely worth visiting even if you are not an aviation enthusiast. It is a must visit for all ages.

Located in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens, this amazing museum celebrates Australias’s pioneer Aviator Bert Hinkler.

Everyone will enjoy the interactive displays and unique exhibits while learning the history of flight in Australia and the incredible life of Bert Hinkler.

One of the attractions why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Bert Hinkler’sAvro Baby’s first flight was in April 1919

The flight simulator is great fun and you can recreate Bert’s first flight hovering over Mon Repos.

The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is open 7 days Monday to Sunday from 9am – 3pm. 

Don’t miss seeing the Bert Hinkler House, a recreated from his home in England by the Museum here in Bundaberg.

Hinkler's House
Bert Hinkler House

Bundaberg Botanical Gardens

The Bundaberg Botanical Gardens in North Bundaberg has over 10,000 trees and shrubs within its 27 hectares as well as a wedding chapel.

There are magnificent lakes that attract up to 114 different species of birds, shaded picnic areas and a nature themed playground.

The Bundaberg Botanical Gardens - why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

The best way to explore these fabulous botanical gardens is to take a ride on the steam train. Australian Sugar Cane Railway conducts train rides every Sunday.

They also operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays during school holidays and on most public holidays.

Contact the Australian Sugar Cane Railway for ticket prices and further information.

Bundaberg Botanical Gardens is also home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, The Fairymead House Sugar Museum, Cafe 1928, the Australian Sugar Cane Railway Museum  and the Bundaberg and District Historical Museum.

Bundaberg and District Historical Museum
Bundaberg & District Historical Museum

Fairymead House Sugar Museum

The Fairymead House, built in 1890, was originally the Manager’s residence at the nearby Fairymead Sugar Plantation.

In 1988, Bundaberg Sugar Ltd who were the owners of the Fairymead Sugar Plantation, gave it to the city of Bundaberg as a Bi-Centenial gift.

It was carefully transported in six pieces and relocated to its new site in the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens.

This grand old plantation house which is heritage-listed, has been restored and repurposed as a museum dedicated to the history of the sugar industry of Bundaberg and its pioneering families.

Opening hours are from 10.30am to 12pm Mondays to Fridays.

The Fairymead House - One of the attractions why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
The Fairymead House
The Hummock

The Hummock Lookout

The remnants of a low-lying volanco is what is commonly known by Bundaberg locals as ‘The Hummock”.

Although it is only 96 metres above sea-level, the Hummock is a great spot to take in the views over the whole of Bundaberg.

To the east, the ocean is visible. Sugar cane fields can be viewed to the west.

View of the Hummock from the cane fields
View of The Hummock from the cane fields

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

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

Nearby Beaches are another reason Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

It is definitely worth visiting Bundaberg for the number of great beaches nearby.

Being in close proximity from the city centre to the beach is awesome as you only have to drive 15 minutes from Bundaberg and you are at the beach!

Bargara Beach is one of the beaches and why Bundaberg is worth visiting
Bargara Beach

Bargara Beach

The Bargara Beach is the closest of the beaches to Bundaberg. Bargara offers an ideal beachside lifestyle with oceanfront dining.

The kids will love playing on the beachfront playground which is in the shape of a turtle.

Bargara Esplanade
Bargara Esplanade
Can you swim at Bargara Beach?

During normal conditions, both Bargara Beach and Kellys Beach are considered to be relatively safe for swimming but it is safest and best to swim within the flags in the two patrolled areas.

Bargara & Kellys Beach are popular spots for local surfers as well.

How far is it from Bundaberg to Bargara?

By road it is just over 13kms from Bundaberg to Bargara.

Why Bundaberg is worth visiting for the nearby beaches
The Beach at Elliott Heads

Elliott Heads

Elliott Heads is one of the best beaches near Bundaberg. It’s actually our favourite beach in Bundaberg.

It offers both a surf beach and calmer waters at the mouth of the Elliott River where the river meets the sea.

With Elliott Heads right on the door step of Bundaberg, it is a great place to visit for the day for a swim or a picnic or to stay for a number of days while you explore all the best things to do in and around Bundaberg.

A drone view of Elliott Heads
Can you swim at Elliott Heads?

Both the beach and the river are great for swimming.

The surf beach at Elliott Heads is patrolled from September to May but is considered relatively safe other times of the year. You just need to be cautious of the current in the river.

It is also a very popular spot for kite surfers and jet skiers.

Elliott Heads where the river meets the ocean
How far is Elliott Heads from Bundaberg?

As it’s only 20mins out of Bundaberg, Elliott Heads has the best of both worlds. Not only is it a great spot to stay right on the beach, you are so close to town as well.

Dr Mays Island

Just across the mouth of Elliott Head River is Dr Mays Island. From 1 September to 30 April each year, it is closed to the public.

Very rare birds visit this area for breeding and other birds rest and feed there after flying thousands of kilometres from places as far away as Siberia and the Arctic Circle.

Dr Mays Island

Burnett Heads

Burnett Heads is where river meets the sea and it is home to the Port of Bundaberg.

It is also easily identified by two historic lighthouses.

The original lighthouse was built back in 1873 and now stands next to the Burnett Head Lighthouse Holiday Park. In 1971, the old wooden lighthouse was replaced with the new octagonal concrete structure.

Burnett Heads original Lighthouse
The original wooden Burnett Heads Lighthouse
New octagonal lighthouse at Burnett Heads
Burnett Heads new octagonal concrete lighthouse

Burnett Heads is also very close to the Mon Repos Conservation Park.

Can you swim at Burnett Heads?

Oaks Beach, a 200metre long beach and South Head just 100metres of sand and rocks are the two beach areas just south of Burnett Heads with only 500metres between the two.

These two beaches are not patrolled by Life Savers.

Conditions in these areas are often choppy and prone to rips especially when the surf is up. Therefore people are advised to swim at patrolled beaches.

Burnett Heads
How far is Burnett Heads from Bundaberg?

The distance by road from Burnett Heads to Bundaberg is 16.2kms.

One of the reasons why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting - Woodgate Beach is nearby
Loads of shells washed up on Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach is a long white sandy beach approximately 45 mins out from Bundy.

The southern 6 to 7 kilometres of the beach which is part of the Burrum Coast National Park provides 4WD access for beach driving.

Locals warn the sand is muddy and much softer near the Isis river mouth and is a common area for vehicles to become bogged.

Burnett Heads north of the boat ramp
Woodgate Beach north from the boat ramp
Do you need a permit to drive on Woodgate Beach?

You do not require a permit to drive on Woodgate Beach.

There are two access points onto Woodgate Beach.

One south of the Woodgate township and the northern entry off Walkers Point Road takes you down a broken, wooden board track where you need to take care if towing a trailer.

How far is Woodgate Beach from Bundaberg?

Woodgate Beach is just over 57kms from Bundaberg.

We drove out from Bundaberg and enjoyed lunch overlooking the beach and the boat ramp and continued south through Childers stopping at Mammino Gourmet Ice cream, for one of our favourite ice creams in all of OZ.

Memminos Gourmet Ice cream is at nerby Childers and why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for RV Travellers

RV Travellers will definitely find Bundaberg worth visiting as it offers a Free Camping area.

Bundaberg has also repurposed the old Showgrounds into a low cost RV Park managed by CMCA.

Hinkler Lions Park

The Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg, aptly named after the aviation icon Bert Hinkler, is a great place to stay for free as it is only a few minutes from the main city centre.

Hinkler Lions Park is one reason why Bundaberg is worth visiting for travellers
Hinkler Lions Park Free Camp

There’s plenty of space and easy parking for self-contained vehicles.

For caravans the suggestion is to go anti clockwise to make it easier to reverse park. It even took us a few turns in our Motorhome.

There are toilets, a drinking water tap, a dump point, bins and even a kids playground.

We did find it a little bit noisy with the airport across the road and with it being on one of the main roads into Bundaberg.

How long can you stay at the Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg?

It is a 24 hour stay at the Hinkler Lions Park. 

Are Pets allowed at the Hinkler Lions Park?

Hinkler Lions Park is pet friendly.

Read all about our stay at: Hinkler Lions Park

Hinkler Lions Park
Hinkler Lions Park Free Camp

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

The Bundaberg CMCA RV Park is a great spot to stay.

Its central location is why it is definitely worth staying here enabling easy access for exploring Bundaberg.

For CMCA Members it’s just $3 per person per night and $15 per vehicle per night for non-members.

It is located at the old Showgrounds behind the Bundaberg Multiplex Sports & Convention Centre.

CMCA RV Park at Bundaberg
How long can you stay at the Bundaberg CMCA RV Park?

Maximum Stay is 5 nights in any 21day period.

All vehicles must be self-contained as there are no toilets and no showers. You must also contain your grey water.

Sites are all unpowered but drinking water and a dump point is available.

Are Pets Allowed at the Bundaberg CMCA RV Park?

Yes, it is pet friendly.

There’s heaps of space and it is quiet.

Best of all, it is very central and is handy to most places in Bundaberg.

Read about our stay at the: Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

Bundaberg CMCA RV Park campsite
Bundaberg CMCA RV Park

Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting for the beachside Caravan Parks

Big 4 Bargara Caravan Park

On our first visit to Bundaberg we stayed at the Bargara Caravan Park.

Bargara Beach is just a 15minute drive into town which is why its definitely worth visiting Bundaberg.

We enjoyed the best of both worlds being close to town and we were also able to enjoy camping by the beach.

It was an easy drive into Bundaberg to hit up all of the popular tourist attractions including the famous Bundaberg Rum Factory and The Barrel.

Beach directly opposite Bargara Caravan Park
The Beach directly opposite the Bargara Caravan Park

Bargara Caravan Park is ideally located right across from the beach and the Bundaberg Surf Life Savers Club making it perfect for a swim after a hot day exploring Bundaberg.

The Park is suitable for all sized caravans and RVs, allows tent camping and 1 and 2 bedroom cabins are also available.

Powered and non-powered sites are available. You can choose from grassed or concrete slab sites as well as sun or shaded sites.

Are Pets Allowed at the Big 4 Bargara Caravan Park?

Yes, the Big 4 Caravan Park is dog friendly however it is seasonal so best to check regarding dog access prior to arrival.

Beach at Bargara Esplanade
Bargara Beach near the Esplanade
Drone view of Elliott Hds Holiday Park
A drone view of the Elliott Heads Holiday Park

Elliott Heads Holiday Park

The Elliott Heads Holiday Park was the perfect location to stay when we were visiting Bundaberg the second time around.

Located right on the doorstep of Bundaberg’s most beautiful local beach and just 20 minutes from town, makes it an ideal base to explore Bundaberg as well as a great spot to just relax and unwind by the beach.

The Amenities are in great condition and the park has all the expected features -Water, Power and a Dump Point.

The sites are all powered and are a good size with a choice of slab or grassed sites.

Just across the road from the Elliott Heads Holiday Park is a great café and a sheltered picnic area.

Elliott Heads Holiday Park - Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visitng
Our site at the Elliott Heads Holiday Park
Are Pets Allowed at the Elliott Heads Tourist Park?

The Elliott Heads Tourist Park do not allow dogs.

It was not possible for us to stay at the
Elliott Heads Tourist Park on our first visit to Bundaberg as we were travelling with our dog MACKS.

Read about our stay at: Elliott Heads Holiday Park

Elliott Heads is one reason why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting
Beautiful Elliott Heads

Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

On another of our visits to Bundaberg, we stayed at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park in Bundaberg.

The park is very handy to Mon Repos to see the turtle hatching and is only 15 minutes from the centre of town.

Sites are a good size, it’s close to the ocean and like all of the other Caravan Parks around Bundaberg, there is no pool.

Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting - Burnett Heads
Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park located right on the water’s edge

Although the amenities and facilities at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park at the time of our stay were tired, they are clean.

The camp kitchen is good with BBQ’s, Microwave, frying pan and other features ideal for cooking.

A tennis court is available onsite also.

Are Pets Allowed at the Burnett Heads Holiday Park?

Yes, dogs are allowed as it is pet friendly.

Read about our stay at: Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

Our site at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park
Our site at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park

Pin – Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Have you been to Bundaberg? We have found first hand why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting as each time we visit we find new and exciting things to see and do.

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Kev & Adele
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