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Carnarvon Gorge Camping Qld

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Feature

Carnarvon Gorge in the central highlands of Queensland with its towering white sandstone cliffs is a magnificent place to visit and offers a number of different Carnarvon Gorge Camping experiences.

There are 4 Carnarvon Gorge Camping Accomodation options if you are looking to stay when visiting the stunning Carnarvon Gorge. All offering slightly different experiences ranging from magnificent views to luxury glamping and a resort style setting as well as budget style bush camping.

  • Sandstone Park for magnificent 360 degree views
  • Wallaroo Outback Retreat if luxury is what you are looking for
  • Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness for resort style accommodation
  • Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park for budget style bush camping
Carnarvon Gorge

Camping in Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area

Open: Seasonal

Seasonal Carnarvon Gorge Camping is permitted between the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre and the Car Park only during the Easter, June-July and September Queensland School Holidays.

No camping is available during the December- January school holiday period or at any other time throughout the year.

Camping in this area is suitable for tents, off road campervans and camper trailers only. With only 10 sites available they book out very quickly and some sites are small as they are suited to tents only.

Carnarvon Gorge Discovery Centre
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max Nights Stay: 5 Nights
  • Toilets: Yes – Drop Toilets and Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Potable Water: Water should be treated before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Power: No. No generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Limited and not reliable

Contact Details:
Phone: 13 7468
Address: Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge Hike

Big Bend Camping Area

Open: All year round

To access the Big Bend Camping Area it is by foot only so you will need a suitable hiking back pack as you will be carrying all of your camping gear, clothing, food and water in with you on the 19.4km return walk.

Take the Carnarvon Gorge Main Walking Track from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitors Centre.

It is 9.7kms walk to the Big Bend Camping Area where you can camp right beside Carnarvon Creek with the stunning white sandstone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop.

Carnaron Gorge Walk
  • Cost: $6.75 per person, per night
  • Max  Nights Stay: 2 nights
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: No. Treat any water collected from the creek
  • Bins: No. Be sure to take animal proof containers to store your rubbish while camping and take all rubbish out with you
  • Power: No. Generators are not permitted.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: No coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:  13 7468
Address: 19.4km return walk from the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre by foot
Website:

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Views
Magnificent 360 degree views from Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Grounds in and near the Gorge

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

Open: Easter School Holidays to September/October School Holidays

For breathtaking 360 degree views of the magnificent white sandstone cliffs of the surrounding ranges from every site, there is no better place to go camping in or near Carnarvon Gorge.

It truly is a spectacular location and is only a short 5 minute drive to the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

All sites are unpowered. The exceptionally large sites are pull-through and suitable for tent camping,  swags, caravans, motorhomes, big rigs, campervans and camper trailers.

  • Cost: $28 per night
  • Max Nights Stay: No limit
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: No, unpowered sites only.  Generators are allowed.
  • Pet Friendly: Yes – Sandstone Park is the only place to offer Carnarvon Gorge Pet Friendly accommodation. They also have Pet Sitting Service with Pet Kennels.
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Free Wifi: No
  • Are Fires Allowed: Yes. Each site has a fire pit
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes as well as other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4679
Address:  3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road, Carnarvon Park, Queensland
Website:

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Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Camping
Huge sites and wide open space at Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge along with breathtaking views

Takarakka Bush Resort & Caravan Park

Open: All year round

The Takarakka Bush Resort provides a variety of accommodation including Cabins, Studio and Cottage Style accommodation, Safari Tents as well as Caravan and Camping sites.

It has a well presented camp kitchen and bathroom amenities. The Takarakka Bush Resort does not allow dogs, cats and domestic animals.

  • Cost: Powered $45 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $55 per night for 2 people Peak
    Unpowered $35 per night for 2 people Off Peak and $45 per night for 2 people in Peak
    Extra Adults $15pn Extra Children $5 per night and $6 per night in Peak season
  • Max  Nights Stay: N/A
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Bins: Yes
  • Power: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Dump Point: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Are Fires Allowed: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Yes and other mobile reception

Contact Details:
Phone:  07 4984 4535
Address: O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Open: Seasonal

Located in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge has undergone a major refurbishment and has re-opened in March 2021.

Set on 100 acres and looped by Carnarvon Creek, it offers an ultimate resort experience with 28 luxury Safari Cabins, information sessions, tours, entertainment and they have a superb fully licensed Wilderness Restaurant.

Serviced accommodation only. No camping options are available.

Pets are strictly prohibited.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4984 4503 or 1800 644 150
Address:  4043 O’Brien’s Road, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
Website:

Carnarvon Creek

Wallaroo Outback Retreat

If you are looking for luxury Carnarvon Gorge camping, Wallaroo Outback Retreat provides glamping at its best.

There are 10 fabulous glamping tents with attached or detached ensuites plus the Timber Lodge which has a fully equipped kitchen, two fireplaces and  6 individual bathrooms!

The retreat is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of the Carnarvon Ranges. It is part of a 72,000 acre cattle property which is just over 70 minutes from Carnarvon Gorge.

Camping in your own tent, Caravan or Motorhome is not allowed.

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 4626 3746
Address: 252 The Basin Road, Injune, Queensland
Website:

Read about: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

What can you do at Carnarvon Gorge?

Discover many spectacular things as you explore the stunning Carnarvon Gorge.

From the Caranarvon Gorge Visitors Centre it is a 9.7km along the Main Gorge Walking Track crossing over the Carnarvon Creek a number of times before reaching Big Bend where you can actually go camping right beside Carnarvon Creek.

From the Main Gorge Walking Track there are tracks to 4 ‘must see’ spectacular sites in the lower section of Carnarvon Gorge.

We took the Main Gorge Walking Track only as far as the Art Gallery and then made our way back stopping off at Wards Canyon, the Amphitheatre and Moss Garden as well as taking the Nature Trail on our first day.

Early in the morning the next day, Kev hiked up Boolimba Bluff with Olivia, the owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge.

We also checked out Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool which are both reasonably short walks from the Car Park.

Pick up or download and print out a copy of the Carnarvon Gorge Map.

Plan out what walks you would like to take depending on which walking tracks are suitable to you and carry your map with you so you know exactly which way you are heading at all times.

Remember to carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Guidelines

Please ensure you adhere to the Queensland National Parks regulations when visiting and camping at the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Here are a number of the park guidelines:

  • Open Fires are not permitted
  • Collection of firewood is strictly prohibited
  • Use a fuel stove or gas barbecues at the Carnarvon Gorge Day Use Area
  • Do not feed animals or leave food for them
  • Do not disturb plants and animals
  • Domestic Animals are prohibited in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Rubbish Bins are not provided – take all rubbish with you including disposable nappies, sanitary products and cigarette butts
  • Cycling is not permitted on any of the walking tracks
  • Climbing and Abseiling is not permitted anywhere in the park
  • No Firearms or weapons are to be brought into the Carnarvon Gorge National Park
  • Keep waterways free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens as well as food scraps
  • Wash any cooking equipment at least 100m away from streams and lakes
  • Use toilets if available or ensure faecal matter and toilet paper are buried at least 15cm deep and well away from tracks, campsites and waterways

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks

The Carnarvon Gorge Walking Tracks are all graded either a Grade 3 or Grade 4 Track with the exception of the Carnarvon Great Walk which is a Grade 5 Track.

Grade 3 Tracks require a reasonable level of fitness. You will be walking on a well defined track encountering gentle slopes, slight inclines and some steep sections.

There are creek crossings, ladders and steps where you will need to exercise caution. Good supportive footwear is required.

Grade 4 Tracks require a moderate level of fitness. Tracks may be overgrown in some areas and may encounter rocks and fallen trees.

You will need to exercise caution on creek crossings, around cliff edges and natural lookout areas. Ankle supportive footwear is strongly recommended.

Carnarvon Gorge Long Walks

Boolimba Bluff Views

Boolimba Bluff

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 6.4km – 3hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4 Track

Although there is a very steep climb for 300m which you need to be physically fit to encounter, the awesome views from the lookout at Boolimba Bluff are definitely worth the effort!

The views stretch to the distant ranges which are simply magnificent. The Boolimba Bluff is the only lookout track in Carnarvon Gorge.

Carnarvon Gorge

View the below video of Kev and Olivia, owner of Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge climbing Boolimba Bluff in Carnarvon Gorge: 


Carnarvon Gorge Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 10.8km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Art Gallery in Carnarvon Gorge is a signifcant Aboriginal Site full of amazing Aboriginal Art. It contains the best examples of stencil art in Australia.

Adorning the 62 metres of sandstone walls, there are over 2,000 freehand paintings, engraving and ochre stencils.

Art Gallery

Awesome Tree Ferns at Wards Canyon
Wards Canyon is home to the World’s Largest Fern – The King Fern

Wards Canyon

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 9.2km – 3 to 4hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Make your way into the shaded Wards Canyon for a great spot to cool down on your walk.

Wards Canyon is also home to the World’s Largest Fern, the King Fern. It is believed the King Fern has strong links to the ancient Gondwanan era.

As you walk up the short but steep track to the awesome Wards Canyon, you will first come to the lower falls before continuing up to the canyon itself where there is a little creek running beside the rock pathway.

Wards Canyon Carnarvon Gorge

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Amphitheatre

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 8.6km – 3.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Amphitheatre is one of the most spectacular sites in Carnarvon Gorge.

As you make your way through a narrow opening in the gorge you step into a hidden little oasis. Towering all around you are these extremely tall sandstone walls with a natural skylight opening at the top.

This magnificent 60m chamber was gouged out of the rock by running water.

Carnarvon Gorge Ampitheatre

Moss Garden Carnarvon Gorge

Moss Garden

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 7km – 2.5hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Water seaps from the sandstone constantly forming an evergreen carpet of moss on the rocks hence giving this area the apt name of the Moss Garden.

There is also a small waterfall that cascades over the rocky ledge into the pool below but the water was only trickling when we were there.

Moss Garden

Cathedral Cave

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.2kms – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

For thousands of years, the massive overhand at Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge provided shelter for the Aboriginals.

The rock art at Cathedral Cave is reflective of the rich Aboriginal culture and depicts the lives of those who once lived there.


Boowinda Gorge

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 18.4km – 5 to 6hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Just 100m upstream from Cathedral Cave is Boowinda Gorge. It does involve rock hopping to get into this sculpted side gorge.

The most spectacular part of the gorge strewn with boulders is the first one kilometre. We didn’t venture further than the Art Gallery to Cathedral Cave, Boowinda Gorge or Big Bend.


Big Bend

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 19.4kms – 7 to 8hr return walk

Classification: Grade 4

Beneath the sheer sandstone cliffs at the elbow of the gorge is a natural pool which is part of Carnarvon Creek. Turtles and catfish inhabit the tranquil waters in these upper reaches of the Carnarvon Creek.

You can rest at Big Bend, have a picnic under the shade of spotted gums before commencing your return walk or you can camp here. There is a picnic table and composting toilet.

Big Bend Carnarvon Gorge Camping is for a maximum of 2 nights.

Carnarvon Gorge

Mickey Creek

Carnarvon Gorge Short Walks

Mickey Creek Gorge

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 3kms – 1.5hrs return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Wander along Mickey Creek into the narrow sided Mickey Creek Gorge.

The track is formed only for the first 1.5kms from the Mickey Creek Car Park. After that you will find yourself rock hopping. The rocky sections of the track are slippery.

Also you will need to exercise caution on the creek crossings. Often you will see Swamp Wallabies resting in this area.


Carnarvon Gorge Rock Pool

The Rock Pool

Distance from the Mickey Creek Car Park: 600m – 30mins return walk

Classification: Grade 3

The Rock Pool is the perfect place to cool off after your long walk exploring the gorge or it is a beautiful spot to just visit for a swim and a picnic.

The Rock Pool is the only designated swimming area in Carnarvon Gorge.

Swimming is not allowed in any other parts of Carnarvon Creek as suncreen, deodorant and insect repellent can affect the habitat of turtles, frogs and platypus.


Carnarvon Gorge Nature Walk

Nature Trail

Distance from the Visitor Centre: 1.5kms – 1hr return walk

Classification: Grade 3

Be sure to take a walk along the Nature Trail along the shaded banks of Carnarvon Creek. You’ll see the amazing flora as well as turtles basking in the sun on the rocks.

Also you might be lucky enough to spot the elusive platypus unfortunately they eluded us on our visit.

It is believed that the best time to catch a glimpse of platpyus is at dawn and dusk. Although the only time we have seen platypus in the wild was through the middle of day and afternoon at Eungella National Park.


Carnarvon Creek and white sandstone cliffs

Things to know about Carnarvon Gorge

When is the best time to visit and go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The Best time to visit Carnarvon Gorge and go camping at Carnarvon Gorge is in the months of April through to October.

During these months the rainfall is much lower plus it is much more pleasant to go camping and do the spectacular walks when it is cooler.

Access is severely restricted due to the high rain falls during the summer months from November to February.

Can you swim at Carnarvon Gorge?

The Rock Pool is the only are in Carnarvon Gorge that you are permitted to swim It is a 10min walk from the Rock Pool Car park.

It’s the perfect place to cool off in the crisp waters of Carnarvon Creek.

Apart from The Rock Pool, Takarakka Bush Resort have their own little beach area.

Carnarvon Gorge

Do you need a 4WD to go Camping in Carnarvon Gorge?

The road into Carnarvon Gorge except for the last 500m is now sealed.

There is bitumen road to the turnoff to all Carnarvon Gorge camping and accommodation sites as well as to Mickey Creek and the Rock Pool in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

We had no problem accessing Sandstone Park and the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Centre Carpark in our 8m Winnebago Esperance Motorhome even during our 3 days of Carnarvon Gorge Camping back in June 2017.

Carnarvon Gorge Echidnas
Kev was literally just two feet away from this curious little fella

What animals can you find in Carnarvon Gorge?

We saw a number of kangaroos and wallabies grazing by the water’s edge as soon as we set out on our walk through Carnarvon Gorge.

You might be lucky enough to spot two other animals within the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, platypus and echidnas.

Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any platypus despite every endeavour but we were lucky enough to spy one or two echidnas foraging in the bushes as well as a koala along our walk.

There are also 180 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and 22 different species of frogs known to inhabit the Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Kangaroo at Carnarvon Creek

How old is Carnarvon Gorge?

The power of water and time has been monumental in the making of the magnificent landscape in Carnarvon Gorge.

It has been over 200,000,000 years in the making!

Carnarvon Gorge

How far is Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane?

Carnarvon Gorge Camping Area is approx 720kms from Brisbane.

The closest town to Carnarvon Gorge is Injune which is around 95km away.

Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge

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

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

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

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

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

Cairns to Port Douglas

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

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

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

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

But is it really that good and worth seeing?

Trinity Bay - Cairns to Port Douglas
Trinity Bay

How to get from Cairns to Port Douglas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas

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

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

Palm Cove

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

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

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

Palm Cove - Cairns to Port Douglas
Palm Cove Beach

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

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

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

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

Ellis Beach

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

Wangetti Beach

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

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

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

Rex Lookout - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rex Lookout hang gliders

Rex Lookout

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

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

Pebbly Beach

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

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

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

Pebbly Beach - Cairns to Port Douglas
Rock Cairns Pebbly Beach

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

So what’s great about Port Douglas?

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

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

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

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

Port Douglas International Luxury Rated Accommodation

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

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

Port Douglas Beach
Port Douglas Beach

Port Douglas Beaches

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

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

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

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

I feel safer swimming on Fraser Island!!

Flagstaff Hill
Flagstaff Hill

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

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

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

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

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

Hemmingway's Brewery
Hemmingway’s Brewery

Port Douglas Dining Vibe

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

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

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

Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge

What else is there to do around Port Douglas?

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

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

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

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

Read more: Mossman Caravan Park near Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge
Swimming Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

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

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

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

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

Daintree River
Daintree River crossing

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation

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

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

Hook-a-Barra

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

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

Hook-a-Barra

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

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

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

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

None of them are actually in Port Douglas!!

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

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

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

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Port Douglas Camping Accommodation

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

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

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

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

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

Nope, all booked out.

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

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

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

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Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
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49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Amazing Things in Western Australia Feature

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

Every State has something unique and wonderful about it.

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

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

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia Horizontal Falls

Our 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

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

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

Horizontal Falls

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

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

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

Cape Leveque - Amazing Things to do in WA

Cape Leveque

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

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

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

Book your Cape Leveque 4WD Tour here>

Broome Camel Ride - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Ride a camel on Cable Beach

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

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

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

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

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

Gantheum Pt Sunset

Gantheaume Point Sunset

Gantheaume Point in Broome features truly spectacular Western Australian sunsets.

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

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

Matso's

Matso’s Brewery

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

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

Read more about: The Best of Broome, Western Australia

Witness the Staircase to the Moon

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

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

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

Barn Hill - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Stay at Barn Hill Station

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

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

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

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

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

Cossack Ghost Town

Amazing things to do in Western Australia from Broome to Perth

Cossack Ghost Town

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

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

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

Turquoise Bay

Turquiose Bay

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

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

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

Humpback Whale Swim Exmouth

Swim with a Humpback Whale

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

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

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

Book a Humpback Whale Swim here>

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia

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

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

Geraldton Lobster

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

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

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

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

Quobba Boardwalk

Quobba

Our favourite snorkelling location in the country.

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

Definitely put snorkelling at Quobba on your bucket list.

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

Fortescue Falls

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

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

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

Karijini National Park is a definite must visit.

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

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

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

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

Amazing Western Australia

Pink Lake

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

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

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

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

Nature’s Window

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

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

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

Natures Window Leak

Best view when taking a leak

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

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

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

Carnarvon Space Station

Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

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

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

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

Dales Gorge - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Dales Gorge

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

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

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

Wave Rock

Surf Wave Rock

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

Welcome to Wave Rock.

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

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

Super Pit

The Super Pit

Kalgoorlie is home to the worlds largest mine pits.

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

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

Questa Casa Brothel

Visit a Brothel

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spider Walk

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

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

Definitely a must if you are fit and able!

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

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

Amazing Things to do in Western Australia around Perth

Swan Valley

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

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

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

Freemantle Gaol

Fremantle Gaol

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

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

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

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

Little Creatures

Little Creatures Brewery

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

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

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

Perth Mint

Perth Mint

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

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

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

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

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

Kings Park - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Kings Park

Kings Park has over 3000 different species of unique flora.

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

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

The Pinnacles

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

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

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

Meet a Quokka

Meeting a Quokka on Rottnest Island is a fabulous experience.

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

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

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

Book a Rottnest Island Guided Bus Tour here>

Bell Tower Perth

Ring the bell in the Bell Tower

Ring can ring my bell…..ring my bell!

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

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

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

Kimberley Rum Factory

Kimberley Rum Factory

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

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

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

Ye Old London Court

Ye Olde London Court

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

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

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

Rottnest Island

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

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

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

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

Book your Rottnest Island Ferry Transfer from Fremantle here>

Penguin Island Trio

Penguin Island

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

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

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

Discover the Islands of the Dampier Archipelago

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

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

Margaret River Beaches - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Amazing things to do in Western Australia around Margaret River

Margaret River

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

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

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

Busselton Jetty - Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Busselton Jetty

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

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

Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Take a tour of Margaret River wines

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

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

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

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

Website: Margaret River Bubbles Tour

Jewel Cave

Jewel Cave

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

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

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

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

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Amazing things to do in South West Western Australia & Esperance

Cape Leeuwin

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

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

The old Lighthouse Keepers cottages also remain in place.

The Gap, Albany

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

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

Also visit Natural Bridge while at Torndirrup National Park.

Greens Pool

Greens Pool

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

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

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

Elephant Rocks

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

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

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

Cape Le Grande National Park

Cape Le Grande National Park is a absolutely spectacular region.

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

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

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

Great Ocean Drive

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

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

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

Pemberton Tree Climb

Gloucester Tree Climb

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

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

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

Feed a Stingray

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

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

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

We hand fed these awesome creatures with some pilchards.

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

 

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

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

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. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

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

Lenses

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

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Cape Hillsborough Camping by the Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping Feature

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

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

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

  • Smalleys Beach
  • Seaforth
  • Ball Bay
  • Halliday Bay

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smalleys Beach

Smalleys Beach Camping

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generators and chainsaws are not allowed.

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

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

Maximum Stay:
N/A

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

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

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Phone coverage is poor

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

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

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Seaforth

Seaforth Camping Reserve

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

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

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

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

There is a Dump Point at the Seaforth Camping Reserve.

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

Seaforth Swimming Enclosure

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

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

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

Maximum Stay:
N/A

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

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile providers

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

Seaforth

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Ball Bay Camping

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

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

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

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

Bushwalking
Bushwalking in the Cape Hillsborough National Park

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

Generators are not allowed.

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

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – pets are not permitted

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
No coverage

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

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

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

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Halliday Bay

Halliday Bay Camping

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gas refills are available from the Halliday Beach Resort.

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

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Telstra Mobile Coverage:
Yes and other mobile phone coverage

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

Halliday Bay

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Cape Hillsborough Beach

Cape Hillsborough Camping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roaming roos

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

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

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

Maximum Stay:
N/A

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

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

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

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

Read more about: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough Beach

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 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

Things to do while Camping in the Cape Hillsborough Area

Roos at Sunrise

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

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

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

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

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

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Discover secret Rockpools around Cape Hillsborough

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

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

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

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Walk over to Wedge Island at Low Tide

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

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

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

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

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

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Cape Hillsborough

Explore the Cape Hillsborough National Park

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

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

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

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

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

Turtle Lookout Cape Hillsborough NP

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

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

Other bushwalking tracks in the Cape Hillsborough National Park include:

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

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

Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough Bushwalk

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Visit the Old Station Teahouse

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

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

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

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

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

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The Leap Hotel Statue

Drop into The Leap Hotel for lunch or a drink

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

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

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

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

The Leap Hotel

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How to get to Cape Hillsborough National Park

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

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

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

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

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Cape Hillsborough Camping

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

Safe travels   

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

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Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
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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 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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