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

The REAL costs to Travel Australia over 24 months

For the first 2 years of our travels which started in February 2016 we documented everything we spent and recorded it to allow us to help give others a base idea of what it might cost to travel Australia.

We have read other Budgets online and on travel pages but we believe ours is the most accurate and fully detailed report. 

It provides all of what you need to be prepared for and to know what it really costs to travel Australia. There’s more costs than just Caravan Parks, Campgrounds, Fuel and Food.

You need to Budget for all the potential costs or at least be prepared for what might happen.

We have detailed everything that it really cost us to travel Australia for 24 months, nothing is missed. There’s also no guesses, we keep receipts for every cent we spend and record them into a spreadsheet.

We rarely pay cash for anything so it’s all able to be checked against our statements. We know exactly what it cost us to the cent.

Of course though, everyone’s travels are different and this is just what it cost us. Use our report to guide you to estimate your own potential expenses.

Ayers Rock at Sunset on Full Moon

About us and how we travel

We were 3 adults as our son who had just turned 23 travelled with us and we paid for almost all of his costs.

After 2 years, once we got back home to Brisbane, Matt moved in to his brother’s place and from now it’s just Adele and myself however for the duration of these Expenses, Matt was with us.

We drive an 8m Winnebago Motorhome RV with no tow car and therefore it was our only vehicle.

Fishing on Fraser Island at Sunrise

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

The difference between what we spent in the second year in comparison to the first is significant.

You may be smarter and more experienced in the beginning than us and be able to keep your costs down a lot better than we did.

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

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

Aerial view of Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park

Our Trip

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

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

For us, we started out with a 2 year plan before going back home. We wanted to see as much as absolutely possible as we expected we wouldn’t be back.

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

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

We tried to see as much as we could and through our adventures others could make up their own itineraries.

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

Lessons we learnt on our travels

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

We really learnt about our costs to travel Australia and how to manage our expenses and were able to stop staying in Caravan Parks and almost entirely Free Camp. We began catching a lot of our own food, Fish, Prawns and Squid were often filling our freezer.

Eating out stopped and Pub stays, while they might be Free or low cost, you end up having a meal and some drinks and before you know it the Free Pub stay just cost $100 or more for a night.

We rarely stay at Pubs or if we do, we prefer ones where we pay a small fee and there’s no expectation of having to eat or drink there.

Looking for ways to reduce your accommodation expenses as well as food and groceries? Read How to save money on Accommodation and How to save money on Food and Groceries

We searched for the best value Fuel and looked to conserve fuel by reducing weight.

We didn’t fill up our water tanks until we got to our destination therefore reducing weight and providing better fuel economy.

On a continual basis, we sent back to home anything we weren’t using, clothes, tools, kitchen utensils and anything that we realised we wouldn’t need or use. If we hadn’t used it in 3-6 months the likelihood was we wouldn’t need it again.

Here’s a few ways we have found that you can save money on fuel while traveling Tips on Saving Fuel Costs While Traveling

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

Our Highest Costs to travel Australia

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

  1. The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con and had a pool to swim in during the day.
  2. There were so many more major attractions with tours to experience.

    From sailing the islands off 1770, Yeppoon and Whitsundays, scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and visiting islands like Great Keppel and Fitzroy Island, staying at and seeing Lake Argyle, the incredible trip to Horizontal Falls from Broome and we didn’t even do places like Bungle Bungles which were on fire at the time we went past.

    We also spent a lot in Winton and especially Longreach, there’s so much to do there. For us, the south of Australia was easier to control the budget. Cool nights made Free camping easy and there was so much more choice for Free camping in the South.

    The sights to see weren’t nearly as hard on the budget except the cost to Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.

Here’s a few ways that you will help you save when staying in Caravan Parks: How to save Money staying at Caravan Parks

The more experienced we became the more we were able to reduce our costs.

There are tours all over the country for Lighthouses and old Gaols to visit but once you’ve seen a few it’s hard to get excited about seeing another one.

We didn’t visit any Zoo’s as we always planned to do Dubbo Zoo which we finally did near the end of the 2 year adventure. The budget frees up a bit as you go in this regard.

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

A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz

1.  Don’t have a washing machine

Two of the greatest issues you will face traveling Oz is space and weight and the washing machine effects both.

It will use so much water and they are so small you need to do so many loads.

I recently asked a Mum parked next to us as we discussed her washing machine in the caravan and they were a traveling family of parents and 3 children, How often do you wash? I was already expecting the answer and wasn’t surprised when she said, Every day!!

For us, we would prefer less washes in bigger machines and if we were road tripping Oz when our kids were younger that decision would be even more so.

The cost for us the whole trip to wash our clothes in Laundries and Caravan Parks turned out to be just $726 over 2 years. $360 a year ($1 a day) is a ridiculously small amount of our total overall budget and we don’t have all the issues of carting a washing machine around with us.

I know many others love their washing machine, fair enough, but we don’t expect we would ever travel with one ourselves.

For tips on how to embrace and enjoy the wonderful experience of traveling Australia: Our Best Travel Tips

2.  Pets

It’s so hard to leave your pets behind, we couldn’t do it either, MACKS had to come with us. If it were for just 3-6 months we probably would have left her at home but for 12 months or more that’s a tougher decision.

Traveling Australia though is so much easier, cheaper and less restrictive without animals.

If your goal is to really explore the country and you have a good option where they could stay, then maybe best to leave them behind.

If you know you are planning to go traveling and thinking of getting a dog, our advice would be wait until your trip is over and get your puppy then.

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

You may enjoy reading: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS and A Tribute to MACKS the Best Dog I’ve ever known

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

If your plan is to travel long term then there are plenty of options to travel with your best friend and see everything there is to see.

We traveled Australia with our beautiful Golden Retriever Macks for the first 16 months of our adventure!

3. Phone coverage

Telstra has the best coverage by far. If you rely on phone reception choose Telstra or possibly Boost.

Optus and Vodafone are not going to be suitable if phone coverage is important for you. Our videos of everywhere we have stayed let you know what phone coverage was available.

4. WiFi

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

When Caravan Parks say they have Free WiFi, it’s a miracle if it’s anything useful. Usually it’s terribly slow, very limited in the amount you can use and that’s assuming it actually works.

Don’t rely on Caravan park WiFi, many of them should be ashamed of their claims of having Free WiFi.

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

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

Here is what is really costs to travel Australia for us over 24 months:

Groceries 🍞🍉🥪🧀

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

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

Takeaways 🍟🍕🌭

$3,561.61

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

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

Dining Out 🍽️🍸

$6,391.69
Last 6 months $162

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

Overall our total Dining Out expense was $61.46pw

You may enjoy finding out our ways on saving money on food and groceries:
How to save Money on Food and Groceries

Accommodation 🚎🎪♨️

$13,453.63
$18.98 Average per night

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

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

As you can see, there’s considerable savings to be had on our budget by way of reduced costs in Accommodation.

We could no doubt reduce our first 12 months by $3000 – $5000 now if we did it again but our budget will always be higher in the north than it is in the south.

Fuel is just one of the costs to travel Australia

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

Fuel

$13,163.72
Most expensive was Kings Creek Station at Kings Canyon @ 199.9c
Uluru was 190.9c and Barkleys Homestead 179.9c

We have found United Fuel to be consistently the cheapest and almost always use them. Metro in some areas is great also.

We use the Fuel Map app to find the cheapest fuel.

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

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

Winnebago

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

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

Iveco

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

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

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

Entertainment 🏊‍♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡

$18,429.31

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

There’s no regrets with this cost, we wanted to see all of Australia that we could and many of our greatest memories have been the incredible tours we did.

First 6 months

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

Here are some of our highlights in the first 6 months:
Sleeping in a Swag on the Great Barrier reef
13 Must do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays
Best Things to See in Cairns

Second 6 months

$5,733.90 – Darwin to WA to Tasmania. Included Horizontal Falls, Swimming with Humpback Whales, Broome Fishing Charter, Rottnest Island

Our Second 6 months highlights included:
Best of Broome
Things to See and do in Darwin

Third 6 months

$2,113 – Tasmania to Great Ocean Road to Uluru to Darwin to Mt Isa. This also Includes Tasman Island Cruise and Bruny Island Cruise plus Gordon River Cruise

During our third 6 months, Tasmania and Kangaroo Island were both highlights:
The Very Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania Kangaroo Island
https://youtu.be/sWDhpoK7U3A

Fourth 6 months

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

Some of our favourite experiences on our adventure have been during our fourth 6 months: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Our Highest Entertainment Costs

Our biggest adventure costs were:

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

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

Your costs for these tours and adventures is going to be dependent upon your budget and what your plans are that you want to experience.

For us these were incredible experiences that we will never forget, but they do cost money and often don’t come cheap.

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

For some great places to stay around Australia, check out our Best Free Camps, Campgrounds and Caravan Parks and save them to your own list: Our 22 Best Free Camps in Australia Our 29 Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia Our Best Caravan Parks around Australia

FishCosts to travel Australia included Fishing Charters in our Entertainment Expenses
Horizontal Falls was the highest tour cost while traveling Australia

Gas

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

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

Alcohol 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸

$4,926.90

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

Cost is $47.37pw

You may enjoy finding out our ways on saving money on food and groceries and alcohol: How to Save Money on Alcohol

MACKS, our dog  

$3,373.04 in vet and medications etc

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

Dog Sitting

$959

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

Read all about our experience of traveling Australia with a Dog: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS

Gorge Tours were part of our Entertainment Cost to Travel Australia

Adele’s Nails

$959

Some things a girl just has to do lol

Clothes

$2,488.41

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

$23.93pw was spent on clothing

Fishing

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

$13.97 pw was spent on fishing.

Laundry

$726
This is such a small cost. We started with a washing machine, never used it, found it way too small to wash our clothes yet takes space and becomes a weight issue.

Also commits you to staying at places that cost money to access so much water. We use Laundries and find it easy to do.

Our laundry costs were $6.98pw or $1 per day.

National Parks

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

Medical

$1,401.05

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

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

Miscellaneous

$2,909.52

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

This is an expense of $27.98pw

Adele under the Adels Grove Sign

Hair & Beauty

$370.90

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

Our Total Costs to travel Australia

Total amount = $109,534.16

Total average per week = $1,053.21

How to reduce your costs to travel Australia

In summary, could you do it cheaper, Absolutely!!

Your costs to travel Australia could be much lower than it was for us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Story

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

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

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  1. Cilla

    July 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Your budget article is brilliant. One of the best and most comprehensive I have read. I have read a lot! All part of our own planning. Thank you so much for sharing. Please don’t take it down because I have linked it to my Mindmap planning sheet so I can go back to it again and again.

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      July 24, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Hello Cilla, thank you for that feedback. No, we have no intention of removing it 🙂
      If you have any questions at any time just let us know and there’s heaps of other information on our website here too, feel free look around.

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Blackdown Tablelands National Park

Blackdown Tablelands Feature

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands Rockpools

Do you need a 4WD for Blackdown Tablelands

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

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

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

Can you take a Caravan to Blackdown Tablelands?

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands Steep Narrow road

Where can you stay?

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

Dingo

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

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

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

Duaringa

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

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

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

Blackwater

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands Domestic animals prohibited

Are Pets Allowed at Blackdown Tablelands?

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

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands swimming

Can you swim at Blackdown Tablelands?

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

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

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands Elizabeth Swimming Top Pool

Blackdown Tablelands from Rockhampton

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands

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

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

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

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

Road out to Blackdown Tablelands

How to get to Blackdown Tablelands National Park

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

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

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands Map & Blackdown Tablelands Camping Map

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

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

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Blackdown Tablelands Camping

Munall Campground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campground details:

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

Munall Campground Contact Details:

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

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

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

Things to do at Blackdown Tablelands National Park

Blackdown Tablelands Rainbow Falls

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

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

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

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

How to find Rainbow Falls

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

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

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

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands rockpools

Rockpools at Blackdown Tableland National Park

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

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands

How to find the Rockpools

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horseshoe Lookout

Horseshoe Lookout

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

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

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

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

Ghungalu Art

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

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

Blackdown Tableland National Park Walks

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

The 3 main walks are:

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

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

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

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

Blackdown Tablelands

Other great places to stay in the Central Queensland region:

Pin – Blackdown Tablelands National Park

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

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

Have you visited Blackdown Tablelands National Park?

Tell us about your Blackdown Tablelands experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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Moreton Island Camping, Everything you need to Know

Moreton Island Camping feature

A Moreton Island Camping adventure is the ultimate beach experience from Brisbane.

Moreton Island is the poor younger brother to its infamous big brother Fraser Island along Queensland’s coastline.

While Fraser Island is the World’s Largest Sand Island, Moreton is close by at the third largest which means you can navigate your way around the entire island in just one day.

There’s so much to see and do though so don’t expect to do it quickly.

Moreton is incredibly special itself and offers some of the most amazing features that just have to be explored.

Moreton Island Camping

About Moreton Island

The aboriginal name for Moreton Island is Mulgumpin and the island was handed back to the Quandamooka People in 2021.

There are no roads on Moreton Island, only tracks and beaches. You will need a 4WD to drive on the island.

Moreton Island is 37kms long and 10kms wide and only approximately 40kms offshore from Queensland’s Capital City, Brisbane.

The Cape Moreton Light is a heritage listed lighthouse at the northern end of the island.

It is the oldest Lighthouse in Queensland, having been built by the New South Wales Government prior to NSW and Queensland separating in 1859.

The Tangalooma Island Resort is the most developed area on the island.

In the 1960’s a group of boaties made a request to the Queensland Government for a safe anchorage off Moreton Island.

It was approved and in 1963 around 15 ships were scuttled creating the Tangalooma Wrecks.

The Tangalooma Wrecks are now an amazing diving and snorkelling site with a huge array of fish and coral plus you can see turtles, dugong, dolphins and wobbegong sharks.

Moreton Island Barge Landing

How to get to Moreton Island

Access to the island is easy, it’s just 45kms across Moreton Bay from Brisbane.

You can catch the Tangalooma Ferry which will have you there in just 45 mins or take your 4WD or walk on to the Barge which leaves from the Port of Brisbane and takes around 90 minutes.

The Tangalooma Ferry is for guests of the Tangalooma Resort where you can stay and enjoy the amenities on offer.

For Moreton Island Camping take the MiCat Barge across Moreton Bay where you will be dropped off near the Tangalooma Wrecks for your incredible adventures that await.

Moreton Island Barge Costs

The MiCat Barge costs can vary but a 4WD is approx $250 return and a 4WD with trailer is approx $500 return.

Passenger Walk-On price is $28.50 one way.

Back in our old Moreton Island Camping Days
Back in our old Moreton Island Camping Days

Moreton Island Camping Grounds & Camping Facilities

There are are 5 Campgrounds and 5 Camping Zones located all around beautiful Moreton Island. Camping facilities vary between Moreton Island Camping Grounds and Camping Zones.

They range from no facilities to basic facilities including toilets, cold showers and bins.

There are Waste Stations at each of the three townships – Bulwer, Cowan Cowan and Kooringal.

A Public Phone is also located at Kooringal.

Ben Ewa Dump Point
Ben Ewa Campground has one of the two Dump Point Facilities on Moreton Island

Just two of the Moreton Island Camping grounds have a Dump Point facility for the disposal of Portable Toilet waste – Ben Ewa and Comboyuro Campgrounds, both on the western side of the island.

Water on the island is generally best boiled first so bring your own drinking water.

Apart from the designated Campgrounds, water is available at the Big Sandhills on the western beach and Rous Battery and Eagers Creek on the eastern beach.

Full details for each Campground and Camping Zone are listed below:

East Moreton Island Camping

Blue Lagoon Campground

  • Location: Eastern Side of Moreton Island between Middle Road and Cape Moreton
  • About: Beachside Campground. Medium to large size sites, many are shaded. Sites defined with totems. Within walking distance to Blue Lagoon and easy access to ocean surf beach.
  • No of Campsites: 25- Campsites are suitable for tent camping and camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Septic Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and unreliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Moreton Island Camping - Blue Lagoon Campground Toilets

North-East Camping Zone

  • Location: All Eastern Each Campsites on Moreton Island between Middle Road and north to Spitfire Creek (excluding designated campgrounds)
  • About: Exposed surf beaches Camping Zone. Various size sites ranging from secluded sites to close sites, many with sea views and shade. If towing a trailer, the Bulwer-Blue Lagoon Road is recommended rather than Middle Road.
  • No of Campsites: 89- Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD, camper trailers and large groups
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No – Recommended to bring a Portable Toilet
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and unreliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Wrecks Campgroiund 2

West Moreton Island Camping

The Wrecks Campground

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island near the main barge landing area
  • About: Campground next to a sheltered bay amongst native trees and shrubs.
  • No of Campsites: 21- Campsites are suitable for walk-in camping and boaties without vehicles. Vehicles are to be parked on the beach and a short walk to each camp site. Not accessible for campers with camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Hybrid Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: Yes
  • Dump Point: Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No. Qld Parks Wi-fi Hotspot available at The Wrecks Campground
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and unreliable. Better reception may be available at Tangalooma Resort
  • Campfires: Fires are prohibited
Moreton Island Camping - Ben Ewa Campground

Ben – Ewa Campground

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island within short distance north of the barge landing point
  • About: Campground sits down in a valley. Shady medium size sites that are well defined. Protected from strong winds. Sheltered Bay waters.
  • No of Campsites: 12 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside 4WD, walk-in campers, camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Hybrid Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: Yes
  • Dump Point: Yes for disposal of portable toilet waste
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: Qld Parks Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable. Possibly better reception closer to Tangalooma Resort
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Kev cold shower Moreton Island Camping
Kev having a cold outdoor shower at the North Point Campground

Comboyuro Point Campground

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island within walking distance from Bulwer
  • About: Large Campground with all sites marked with Totems. Shady sites of varying sizes with Bay protection.
  • No of Campsites: 49 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping and camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Non-Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: Yes
  • Dump Point: Yes – For disposal of portable toilet waste
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable. Better reception in Bulwer township
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Moreton Island Camping Ground Toilet Block
Moreton Island Camping Grounds all have toilets, some have cold showers whereas Moreton Island Camping Zones have no facilities

North Moreton Island Camping

North-West Camping Zone

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island between Ben-Ewa and Comboyuro Campgrounds
  • About:  Camping Zone offering sheltered bay waters. Some sites within walking distance to Bulwer township. Sites marked with Totems. Sites CB1 – CB21 surrounded by timber fence
  • No of Campsites: 76 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD, camper trailers and large groups
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable. Better reception in Bulwer township
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Moreton Island Camping Site Yellow Patch
Our Moreton Island Camping Site

North Point Campground

  • Location: Northern Tip of Moreton Island between Yellow Patch Campground and Cape Moreton
  • About:  Large Campground with grassy defined sites. Tent Site Camping Area and Camper Trailer Camping Site. Close to surf beach and within walking distance to Honeymoon Bay.
  • No of Campsites: 21 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping with parking a short distance from camp site, large groups, 4 sites suitable for camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Hybrid Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Outdoor Cold Shower only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable.
  • Campfires: Fires are prohibited
Yellow Patch Camping Zone
Yellow Patch Camping Zone

Yellow Patch Camping Zone

  • Location: North Western side of Moreton Island between North Point and Heath Island- Note there are no camp sites at Heath Island
  • About: Camping Zone offering surf beaches. Various size sites, many sites with sea views and shade.
  • No of Campsites: 14 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD, camper trailers and large groups
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Rous Battery Camping Area

South Moreton Island Camping

South-East Camping Zone

  • Location: Eastern side of Moreton Island between Middle Road and south to Rous Battery.
  • About:  Camping Zone offering exposed surf beaches. Various size sites, many sites with sea views and shade. The Amity Trader Barge Landing Point form North Stradbroke Island is a short drive to this camping zone. Note – At times rock exposure may make the south-east beach impassable at high tide.
  • No of Campsites: 35 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD and camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: NoOnly Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Tangalooma Bypass

South-West Camping Zone

  • Location: Western side of Moreton Island from Tangalooma Bypass to Toulkerrie
  • About:  Camping Zone offering exposed surf beaches. Various size sites, many sites with sea views and shade. The Amity Trader Barge Landing Point form North Stradbroke Island is a short drive to this camping zone. Note – At times rock exposure may make the south=east beach impassable at high tide.
  • No of Campsites: 24 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping and some suitable for camper trailers. Parking only available next to some sites, not all, due to tides
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only
Moreton Island Camping

Moreton Island Camping Permit

Prior to your Moreton Island Camping trip, you will need to organise a camping permit and a permit for your vehicle.

Vehicle Access Permits are a requirement when driving on the beach on Moreton Island and may be booked online at Mulgumpin Camping.

Cost for Vehicle Access Permits:

  • Monthly Access Permit: Up to one month Permit – $53.63 per vehicle
  • Annual Access Permit: More than one month and up to 1 year Permit $270.00 per vehicle
Driving on Moreton Island

How much does it cost for Camping on Moreton Island

A Camping Permit and fees apply when camping on Moreton Island.

Moreton Island Camping bookings may be made on-line at Mulgumpin Camping. Camping spots fill up quickly so it is recommended that you book in advance.

Moreton Island Camping fees effective from 1 July 2020:

  • $6.75 per person per night
  • $27.00 per family per night. Family Rate is for 1 or 2 Adults and accompanying children under 18yrs, Maximum number of 8 people. Free for Children under 5 years
  • $3.70 per person per night for students and accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.

Your Camping Permit Tag with your Booking Number will be sent through to you 5 days prior.

Simply print the tag/s, place in a ziplock bag and then attach to each camping structure ensuring the tag/s are clearly displayed at your campsite at all times.

Moreton Island National Park

Is Moreton Island Dog Friendly?

When you go camping on Moreton Island you will need to leave your pets behind.

As Moreton Island is 98% National Park, dogs are not allowed when camping on Moreton Island.

Residents of the Moreton Island townships that are within the Brisbane City Council area however are allowed to have dogs.

Moreton Island Camping Map

A detailed Moreton Island Camping Map can be found on the Mulgumpin Camping website – https://www.mulgumpincamping.net.au/the-island/maps/

This printable map outlines the Moreton Island Camping grounds and facilities, the various landmarks, 4WD access tracks, walking tracks as well as detailed maps of the three townships.

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

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Sceptor Fuel Drum
Sceptor Jerry can

How Much Fuel will you need on Moreton Island?

Fuel on the island is expensive at $3 per Litre.

Bring your own Fuel but if you do find you need an emergency supply, the Castaways Store at Bulwer sell petrol and diesel in a returnable 20 litre jerry can for $60.

It is best however to call Castaways on 07 3408 2202 before leaving the mainland to check whether fuel is actually available at the time.

Driving Conditions on Moreton Island

There’s not as much beach to drive on on Moreton Island as there is at Fraser Island and therefore it can be softer and you use more fuel.

Plan your trips around 2 hours either side of low tide for best driving conditions.

For our 8 days we brought a full tank in our Triton and extra fuel in our Sceptor Jerry containers.

Note – As a condition of the Vehicle Access Permit you are only permitted to store 50L of fuel in developed camping areas.

Castaways also have a gas bottle exchange facility for 9kg bottles only.

Castawyas Moreton Island

Moreton Island Packing Checklist

Apart from your food and clothes here is a handy checklist on what things you will need to take on your Moreton Island Camping trip:

Stand Hp Paddle Boards Moreton Island

What to do on Moreton Island

Don’t come with expectations or comparisons to Fraser Island.

There’s only one Fraser Island the same as there’s only one Moreton Island. Both are magnificent in their own right.

There’s no Dingos, No Maheno and no Lake McKenzie on Moreton.

However there is Blue Lagoon, Champagne Pools, spectacular Honeymoon Bay, Cape Moreton and truly spectacular Sunsets.

Moreton Island take around 1 hour to drive from northern tip to the very south of the island. Of course, there are lots of things to see along the way so allow more time to enjoy the drive.

Without stopping, it will take around 2.5 – 3 hours to make your way around the entire island. This makes for a fantastic full day out.

Bring good Polaroid sunglasses and enjoy the exquisite colours of Moreton Island’s waters and beaches.

Kev snorkeling Tangalooma Wrecks

Tangalooma Wrecks

I was surprised to find some of Australia’s best snorkelling right here at the Tangalooma Wrecks.

Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear when you are visiting Moreton Island!

Just north of the Tangalooma Island Resort is this fabulous artificial reef formed when a number of ships were placed there to provide a safe anchorage for recreational boaters on the eastern side of Moreton Island.

Since the placement of these wrecks, coral has formed and it has provided a haven for over 100 different species of fish as well as dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs.

Blue Lagoon Moreton Island

Blue Lagoon

Tucked away inland closer to the Eastern Beach of Moreton Island is the stunning Blue Lagoon.

Similar to Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island, Blue Lagoon has the magnificent blue water and white sandy beach.

Blue Lagoon is made up of an estimated 2.5 thousand million cubic metres of fresh water and is unique in the fact that it is not fed by local freshwater rivers or streams.

It is actually filled from an underground water table that comes up through the sandy bottom of the lagoon.

Both picturesque and a perfect place for a swim and a picnic lunch.

Champagne Pools Moreton Island

Champagne Pools

Champagne Pools are located at the north eastern tip of Moreton Island.

The sandstone rock forms a natural break wall where the ocean waves cascade over the top of the rock wall into the sandy bottom pools giving an affect of champagne flowing.

The aptly named Champagne Pools are a fun and exciting place to swim as the bubbling and foaming water flows into the pools showering you. 

Just be aware of the tides as the force of the waves can vary at times. 

Moreton Island
Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island

Honeymoon Bay

The most picturesque of the beaches on Moreton Island is Honeymoon Bay.

This fabulous and somewhat secluded beach is just a short 700 metre return walk from the North Point Campground.

Along the walk to this hidden little gem you will pass a concrete magazine which was used to store ammunition during World War II and from where a gun was once fired on enemy ships attempting to enter the shipping channel into Brisbane.

Honeymoon Bay is also beautiful at sunset as the sun reflects off the rocky headland of Cape Moreton.

Honeymoon Bay

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Cape Moreton

At the north eastern tip of Moreton Island is the rocky headland of Cape Moreton and the Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

Sand being caught on the rocky outcrop and building up behind the rocks was how the whole of Moreton Island was formed.

From the top of Cape Moreton where the lighthouse stands, this whole area commands breathtaking 360 degree views and is the perfect spot for whale watching during whale season.

Just below the lighthouse is the Cape Moreton Information Centre.

Once the former Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s residence, it now houses interactive displays and exhibits that are very informative and worth the visit.

Cape Moreton Beach Moreton Island

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Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane - Moreton Island
Gutter Bar, Moreton Island

The Gutter Bar

The Gutter Bar is a great spot to stop at the south end of the island. Located at Kooringal it has excellent food, assorted drinks and some great quirky features.

It doesn’t matter what time you call into the Gutter Bar for a drink, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Not only is the Gutter Bar a ‘must stop’ for a few drinks and a meal, it is also one of the general stores on Moreteon Island conveniently stocking milk, bread, ice and general grocery items.

Opening Hours are 8.30am – 6pm every day

Mirapool Lagoon

Mirapool Lagoon and Days Gutter

Mirapool Lagoon and Days Gutter are at the south end of the Island and have fabulous views over to Stradbroke Island (Straddie).

The South Passage, the waters separating the two islands, are extremely dangerous. Don’t try crossing there even in a boat.

Swimming is prohibited in Mirapool Lagoon and this area is also a special protection zone (Green Zone) and a Marine National Park zone therefore fishing and collecting of any form is prohibited.

Vehicle access along the beach at Mirapool is not permitted 3 hrs either side of high tide in order to reduce the disturbance on the migratory shorebirds. Please use the Mirapool Bypass road.

Bulwer Wrecks Moreton Island

Bulwer

Bulwer is one of the three townships on Moreton Island and is located at the northern end of the island on the western side.

The Bulwer Wrecks provides a shallow and safe area for swimming and snorkeling.

It is also home to the Castaways store but be prepared, it closes at 3pm each day except Friday and Saturday when it remains open until 8pm.

Located at Bulwer is the Moreton Island Rural Fire Brigade, which also doubles as an Emergency Station, a First Aid Station and a Helipad.

Two other helipads are on Moreton, one at Kooringal and the other at Tangalooma where they operate scenic helicopter flights.

Rous Battery Moreton Island

Rous Battery

Rouss Battery gives you an insight to how close Brisbane came to being attacked by the Japanese in the 1940’s.

It is one of two large defensive systems built on Moreton Island during the early stages of World War II. The other is at Cowan Cowan.

The protruding concrete remnants of the Rous Battery can easily be seen from the eastern beach of Moreton Island.

Big Sandhills

Big Sand Hills and Little Sand Hills

These amazing sand hills certainly stand out and are just one of the features of Moreton Island. You can clearly see the big white sand hills from across the bay from Brisbane.

With no vegetation these wind shaped dunes stretch from one side of the island to the other across the southern tip.

Hike to the top of these steep dunes and take in the amazing views back to Brisbane.

You can access the Little Sand Hills from the eastern beach but the Big Sand Hills are more easily accessible from the western beach.

Tobagganing is very popular as well, it’s a lot faster coming down than going up!!

Adele at the Little Sand Hills

Moreton Island Wildlife

All year round you’ll see lots of Dolphins, Dugongs and Turtles in the waters all around the island. 

From April to November you’ll witness Humpback Whales as they pass by on their journey up and down the majestic Queensland ocean waters.

There are no cane toads on Moreton Island and there’s a considered effort for that to remain the case.

Consider checking your gear before you go to ensure there’s no vermin or new pest species that may be introduced.

Adele with 2 Bream

Moreton Island Fishing

Be aware of and know all your fishing green zones as there are several around Moreton Island beaches.

There is no fishing, collecting bait or taking shells from these areas.

Fisheries patrol the island and issue hefty fines for any offences.

Moreton Island is great for fishing all year round.

On the flats around Kooringal in the south or at the northern end of the island it can be great for whiting, flathead and bream.

From the ocean beach you can catch almost anything with Tailor, Bream, Dart and Whiting all readily available in the gutters which form along the beaches.

Bigger fish such as Mackerel, Trevally and Jewfish are also good species to target along the ocean beach and the rocks around Cape Moreton. Just be aware of Green zones.

You can catch worms and find pippies along Moreton Island’s beaches and they are great baits to use.

Yabbies are available at Kooringal and Yellow Patch, once again check before you start pumping that you are not in a Green Zone.

Kev Fishing Moreton Island

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5 Hills Sunset
Stunning sunset from 5 Hills

Moreton Island Sunsets

Experience sunsets from all over the Island including Cape Moreton, Five Hills Lookout and Bulwer Wrecks.

The Cape Moreton Lighthouse hosts one of the highest points to witness both a Moreton Island sunset and sunrise.

Five Hill Lookout is a great vantage point to watch the sunset and the lookout offers scenic views of Heath Island and the intertidal estuary below.

It is a moderate 500 metre walk up to the lookout.

Bulwer Wrecks provide a stunning silhouette at sunset!

The golden glow across the waters of Moreton Bay are sensational.

Bulwer Wrecks Moreton Island at sunset

Moreton Island Tours

There’s lots of great ways of enjoying Moreton Island and organised tours can really enhance your experience.

They are informative and lots of fun.

Take a look at some of these great tours which offer fantastic value.

Brisbane to Moreton Island Scenic Day Tour

Take a scenic day tour from Brisbane to the magnificent Moreton Island where you can soak up the bubbles in the Champagne Pools and stop at the spectacular Honeymoon Bay.

Also learn about the island history and culture at the Moreton Island Museum and enjoy a swim in the clear fresh water of Blue Lagoon.

The tour includes picnic lunch and drinks on the beach as well as sampling some traditional bush tucker.

Brisbane to Moreton Island Day Tour with Water Activities

Cruise across the bay to Moreton Island where you can relax on the beach in the sun, enjoy a guided snorkelling tour around Tangalooma Wrecks with the use of the ‘see through’ body boards and see the amazing coral and reef fish below.

After a picnic lunch on the beach experience the awesome fish feeding frenzy in the transparent kayaks and go sand tobogganing at exhilarating speeds of up to 70km/h!

Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour with Dolphin Feeding and Desert Sarari

Enjoy full use of Tangalooma Island Resorts 40 free activities throughout the day plus choose from either the Desert Safari Tour, Marine Discovery Cruise or The Wrecks Snorkelling Tour.

The highlight of the tour being admission to the nightly dolphin feeding program where you will also receive a Complimentary Dolphin Feeding digital Photo.

Moreton Island Tangalooma Wrecks Snorkelling Tour with Lunch

A Marine Discovery Cruise where you will look to spot dolphins, turtles and dugongs, a guided snorkelling tour around The Wrecks at Tangalooma which is teaming with sub-tropical fish and coral are the main features of this Moreton Island tour.

Morning tea and a delicious tropical buffet lunch is included and you also can enjoy free time on the beach, swimming and climbing the sand dunes.

Check out these other interesting blogs:

Pin – Everything you need to know to go Moreton Island Camping

Have you ever been camping on Moreton Island? Tell us about your Moreton Island Camping experience and where you prefer to stay!

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.

The Mavic Pro 2https://ebay.us/rMTTzE – is the latest Drone of choice for many travellers. It’s compact style, battery longevity and high quality footage makes it the perfect all round Drone.

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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.

Read about: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS

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:

Pin – Rollingstone Camping

Have you free camped at the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground? Tell us about your Rollingstone 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.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

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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