Adventurers DiaryDriving north of Townsville to Cairns Share Tweet The North Queensland coastline while driving Townsville to Cairns features some of the most incredible beaches, spectacular scenery, great fishing and exciting things to do.Townsville to RollingstoneWe set out from Townsville having added Kurrimine Beach to the agenda after hearing about it from our new friends Noel and Sue. We met them in Yeppoon and caught up with them again in their home town of Townsville.Our first stop from Townsville was the small town of Rollingstone at the huge Big 4 Caravan Park. As we’d heard so much about this park, we decided it would be an ideal location to relax for a few days. There’s not a lot happening in Rollingstone but the Big 4 offered plenty of things to do. Rollingstone Beach and FishingThe park is located directly on the beach. We were thrilled to have our Motorhome parked within a few short metres of the sand. So this made for some spectacular sunset views of an evening. Fishing from the beach was a common past time and we spent plenty of time in the big swimming pool which features a great waterfall and cave. There are numerous large ponds in the complex with big fish including Barramundi, Tarpon, Eels and Catfish. The managers feed the fish daily and you can watch as they go crazy for the fish food.The park owners went to so much trouble setting up a new café and bar plus big screen TV with shade sails for us to watch the State of Origin game. Only 10 minutes into the game the heavens opened up and we were forced under cover to the camp kitchen area. All ok though as the good guys won and Queensland romped home to yet another series win.Rollingstone to CardwellFrom Rollingstone, our plan was to go to Girringun National Park to view Australia’s largest permanent single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls. The turn off is just after Ingham but we had misjudged the distance and time didn’t allow us to visit. We will certainly be visiting next time we are back this way.We made our way to Cardwell, a town that faces the Hinchinbrook Channel and looks directly out over Hinchinbrook Island. Hinchinbrook is well known as a fishing mecca and it seems like everyone who lives there or visits has a boat. After booking into our new accommodation and setting up we decided to go for a walk. When we returned we thought an ice cream was appropriate. As we paid at reception, to everyone’s surprise, our friends Noel and Sue walked in to book a night’s stay. Once set up we enjoyed another night around the BBQ, a few drinks and another great evening chatting until late.Cardwell HistoryWe further explored Cardwell and came across a Bush Telegraph Museum which was absolutely fascinating. The old Post Office has been set up as it originally was. Out the back is the old Courthouse and Holding Cell which were used many, many years ago. Next door, the museum includes a lot of local history and information about the effects of Cyclone Yasi. Yasi ripped through the town in 2011 destroying everything in its path. If you are passing through Cardwell make sure you stop to look back into this fabulous piece of history.Cardwell to Mission BeachWe had heard so much about Mission Beach, but for all of the accolades we considered they were understated to just how beautiful Mission Beach is. If I could afford one and was going to buy a Holiday House just to getaway and relax, this would be the place. I would never get tired of looking at this palm tree lined beach, the incredible Sunrises and the exotic islands of Dunk and Bedarra just offshore. Mission Beach Things to See and DoSunset at Mission Beach provided a colourful sky of pinks, blue, orange and violet all setting over the peaceful ocean. Plus, you get the added bonus of Dunk Island as the backdrop. Fantastic!! As beautiful as the Sunsets were at Mission Beach, they couldn’t compete with the incredible Sunrises each morning. This was one place we were willing to wake up early and that doesn’t happen too often as we are not morning people. The sunrise at Mission Beach is one of those special moments you have on the road, where nature likes to show off.We saw our first Cassowary in the wild at Mission Beach when one came out of the woods to cross the road in front of us. Adele was quick to jump out and take some photos of our encounter with these magnificent birds.They are rare to see, can be dangerous but are also incredibly beautiful. Mission Beach Island CruisesWe took a Fozzy’s 3 Island 3 Hour Cruise past Dunk Island and around Timana, Kumboola and Bedarra Islands. The highlight of the trip is a stop on Bedarra Island where you can lay on the beach or explore part of the island and it’s history.Book your Fozzy’s 3 Island 3 Hour Cruise here>You can also take a Water Taxi from Mission Beach to Dunk Island and spend the day lazing on the secluded beaches or enjoy some snorkeling.Book your Dunk Island Water Taxi here> Mission Beach Fishing ChartersBack at Mission Beach, the fishing off the shore didn’t yield a lot of success with just one stingray to show for our efforts. A day out on a charter saw us get on to a few good fish and enjoy a great day out.Alistair, our skipper for the day took us around the back of Dunk and Bedarra Islands to a few of his favourite spots. Two young English girls outfished us on their first day ever fishing but we still caught a few. The water was incredibly calm, the sun shone and I even ended up skippering the boat back to shore.Our day out was with Hooked Up Fishing Adventures Mission Beach. P: 07 4068 7250 M: 0419 756 572 Charley’s ChocolateWe love chocolate, who doesn’t right?When we found out Charley’s Chocolate was at Mission Beach it was inevitable we would do the tour.We listened while the owners told us their story and how Charley’s Chocolate came about. The tour also included a walk through the cocoa vines where we learnt the art of growing cocoa and how they eventually produce high quality premium chocolate right here at Mission Beach. Of course, we did partake in some sampling of their mighty fine product. Their range was primarily dark chocolate of differing flavours however they are working on milk chocolates to add to the range.Lunch was also provided with the local Lions Club on site to cook us a delicious BBQ and burgers.Cost of the tour for Adults was $29 and Children are $19. Family passes and Senior discounts are also available. www.charleys.com.au Mission Beach SkydivingWhilst walking along Mission Beach keep your eye to the sky. Skydiving is very popular and with just a little time spent with the sand between your toes you are almost guaranteed to see people land on the beach from high above.I have skydived before and didn’t feel the need to go again but it’s an incredible experience and the views are amazing. You can book your Skydive at Mission Beach here.Murdering Point WineryIt was a surprise to find a winery in the tropics but Murdering Point Winery uses tropical fruits to create some amazing wines.We all sampled their mighty fine products and walked away with a few bottles to enjoy.www.murderingpointwinery.com.au Mission Beach to Kurrimine BeachOur disappointment at leaving Mission Beach was quickly overcome when we arrived at Kurrimine Beach and found the Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park. The original plan to stay in the Council owned beachfront park was forgotten when we found this awesome water park. Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park FunImmediately after we walked in we knew this was a fun place, somewhere we would like to be. There was a water park with slides and a humongous pool with fun games to play and all of the water was brilliantly recycled. Also there was another big chessboard and it was ready and waiting for a rematch after our game at Airlie Beach.They also have a separate dog wash and washing machine for pet beds. Plus, it is just a short stroll down the street to the beach.We didn’t spend a lot of time at the beach due to the fact they had a great waterpark to play in. We did venture down and met some locals whose kids were swimming late in the afternoon. Take a look at the park or book your accommodation from their website at www.kurrimine.com.auClosest Access to Great Barrier Reef in QueenslandDuring specific low tide times at Kurrimine Beach you can walk out to the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef here is the closest it gets to the coastline in Queensland. We were advised however not to leave it too late to return as the tide comes in fast! You don’t want to be walking back in waist or chest deep water as crocs do venture into the area from the nearby river mouth.We were encouraged before we got to Kurrimine to try the seafood at the local Pub, the King Reef Hotel, and it really did not disappoint. The reviews for here are always excellent and it’s right on the beachfront.Take a look at their website at http://www.kingreef.com.au/ Kurrimine Beach to Paronella ParkAny holiday to Townsville or Cairns must include a trip to Queensland’s multi award winning #1 ‘Must See’ tourist destination, Paronella Park.Learn the story and history of how a pastry chef from Spain built a North Queensland tourist attraction by hand. He created these amazing Castles beside a waterfall as well as his own hydro electricity plant. His story will amaze and enthrall you. Paronella Park will captivate as you venture through rainforest, take a stroll down Lovers Lane, visit Teresa Falls which is named after his daughter, see the tall timbers of trees that have grown over time and take a tour of the hydro plant.Just don’t miss the night tour. Paronella Park is a ‘must see’ at night!!Book your Paronella Park Guided Tour or Day and Night tour here.Read all about our trip to Paronella Park Paronella Park to Josephine FallsJosephine Falls is further north and very easy to access from the highway. With a short walk through an enchanting rainforest it opens up to a waterfall and rapid creek flowing into a deep and extremely cold pool. After watching others sliding down the rock face into the water Matt and I quickly decided this was something we had to do. I arranged for another tourist to take our photos however the phone had used up all its space, so it wouldn’t allow her to take any pictures. In the meantime Adele got scared at the top of the rock slide and needed a little encouragement to take the plunge. All was well as the 3 of us enjoyed natures own slippery slide in such an amazing natural setting of crystal clear fresh water amongst the rainforest of North Queensland. Josephine Falls to Babinda BouldersBabinda Boulders is a short distance further north of Josephine Falls in North Queensland and also easily accessed with lots of parking.As we weren’t up for another swim, we decided to take a walk and explore the area. Warning signs of potential dangers were common but this didn’t deter some people as we saw one guy jump off a cliff face of extreme height into the rock pool below. I did manage to get near enough to him to take a photo of his jump.The photo doesn’t do it justice as it doesn’t show just how high it actually was. Once again, this pure rainwater which has flowed from the adjoining Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland’s largest mountain, was amazingly clear and fresh and looked incredibly inviting.Where the water rushes over massive granite boulders, smoothing and shaping them, is referred to as Babinda Boulders. Babinda Boulders is also known for Devils Pool and has significant Aboriginal significance. Babinda Boulders to CairnsAs you continue driving north, it is just under an hour’s drive from Babinda Boulders to Cairns. Cairns is the gateway to Fitroy Island and Green Island.Read all about our day on Fitzroy IslandThere are heaps of other things to see and do in and around Cairns. Check out the number of nearby beaches, Cairns Esplanade Lagoon especially at night and be sure to do the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyway.We also took a Scenic Flight from Cairns which was fantastic. It takes you out over Green Island, Michaelmas Cay and to Arlington Reef which also has it’s own Heart Shaped Reef. The region driving north of Townsville to Cairns is jam packed full of interesting and exciting places to visit. With so much to see and do, we can’t wait to go back.Where is your favourite place to visit when in the region? Kev and Adele Indefinite Leave______________________________________________________________________Here are some other blogs that you may also enjoy reading:Things to See and Do in CairnsA Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in CairnsTop 13 Things to See and Do in Airlie Beach______________________________________________________________________Photography and SocialsOur camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price. 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Thank you for supporting us.SaveSaveSave Booking.com Related Topics:CairnsCardwellKurrimine BeachMission BeachQueenslandRollingstonetownsvilletraveltravel australia Up NextTraveling Australia with our dog MACKS Don't MissUs, a Swag, a Pontoon and a lot of water – Reefsleep Travel Aus Continue Reading You may like 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane A Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns I Can’t Do 4 Walls 10 Reasons to Travel Australia Instead of Going Overseas Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park, Cape Hillsborough Qld Workmans Campground, Agnes Water Queensland 3 Comments 3 Comments Denise Fenton February 25, 2018 at 6:15 pmWhen my late husband I were travelling a few years ago, we did Paronella Park it was amazing. The people at the entrance where you pay your money even looked after our little dog for usReply Denise Fenton February 25, 2018 at 6:18 pmW visited Paronella Park a few years ago and the people who collect the money at the gate even looked after our Cavalier King Charles SpanielReply Indefinite Leave February 27, 2018 at 8:39 pmGood on them 🙂ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Adventurers Diary21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane Brisbane is our home town. It’s where we have lived all our lives. We know it, we love it and it is home.There is so much to love about “Brissy”. Our weather is superb, people are friendly and it’s a big city without being too huge.Brisbane typifies our States motto “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next”!! We have great, warm weather almost all year round. Winter in Brisbane is sensational, blue sunny skies, calm weather and mild temperatures. Here’s a list of 21 Things to Do in and around Brisbane Brisbane River CityCat1. Take a ride on the Brisbane River on a City CatThese are fast ferry’s that take you some of Brisbane’s best places on the River. Go to Portside and see Cruise Ships, New Farm the home of the Powerhouse Brisbane, which is home to different arts and creatives, plus New Farm Park. Stop in at Riverside for great restaurants and bars on the river and take a walk around the City.The Citycats are a great cheap way to get around Brisbane. There are stops all the way along the Brisbane river foreshores. A 2 hour ticket is a maximum $5.60 or even cheaper with a Go Card.It’s a fabulous day out on Brisbane’s CityCats. Brisbane Riverfire2. Brisbane Riverfire In September each year the Brisbane River comes alive as 500,000 people or more attend Riverfire. The skies light up as the Australian Defence Force fly Fighter Jets and Blackhawk Helicopters before the Fireworks are launched from the River, from Bridges and atop City high-rises. This is a spectacular not to be missed. Get there early and enjoy the atmosphere. St Helena Island3. Tour St Helena Island Learn how St Helena Island is steeped in our History. In 1867 it was chosen as our first Penal settlement due to its location 4kms offshore in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay. The island is now Heritage listed and fantastic tours are operated by Cat O’ Nine Tails Cruises, the only way you can tour the island. Learn all about the rugged life of those that called St Helena Island home in those formative years. http://www.sthelenaisland.com.au/ 4. Eat Street Northshore The Eat Street Markets are located at Hamilton and are a culinary delight for everyone regardless of your preferred tastes. Enjoy the enormous array of amazing dishes, live bands, great bars and enjoy a few hours of amazing fun by the Brisbane River. Open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday from midday to 8pm. https://www.eatstreetmarkets.com/ 5. Eagle Street Pier The Eagle Street Pier at Brisbane’s Riverside provides amazing views, sensational restaurants and incredible bars directly looking over the Brisbane River and Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. Walk along the riverfront discovering the many different shops and see the Kookaburra Queen paddlewheelers which have been doing cruises of the Brisbane River since 1986.On Sundays, visit the Riverside Markets for lots of locally made crafts, food, drinks and street performers. http://www.eaglestreetpier.com.au/http://www.riversidemarkets.com.au/Book your Buffet Lunch Kookaburra Queens River Cruise here>Book your Kookaburra Queens City Lights Dinner Cruise here> 6. Island time – Stradbroke Island & Moreton IslandWhilst Queensland’s Fraser Island is the most famous island within the state, Moreton Island and “Straddie” are just a short Ferry or Barge trip from Brisbane and are just as majestic. Go Camping on the islands and feel like you’re in paradise.Spend time at Tangalooma Resort, snorkel the wrecks, check out Cape Moreton, ride the Sand Dunes and drive the magnificent beaches. Both Islands are truly amazing. Stradbroke Island –Book a North Stradbroke Island 4WD Day Tour here> Moreton Island –Book a Moreton Island 2 Day Tour here>Book a Tangalooma Day Trip with Activities here> Eleven Rooftop Bar 7. Visit the Eleven Rooftop Bar in BrisbaneThis amazing restaurant at 757 Anne St Fortitude Valley features spectacular views over the Brisbane Inner City as well as a great bar and fabulous food.The Eleven Rooftop Bar features in our list of the Best 17 places to Eat and Drink in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Make sure you book, it does get very busy. http://elevenrooftopbar.com.au/ Brisbane Sign8. Go to Southbank on the Brisbane RiverHere you can walk around the gardens, take a ride on the big Brisbane Wheel, visit GOMA (the Gallery of Modern Art) for free, swim in the Lagoon at Streets Beach, eat out at the many restaurants and pubs or go at night and visit the markets from Friday to Sunday. Buy your Wheel of Brisbane Tickets here> Wilsons Outlook9. Wilsons Outlook Reserve New FarmThis park at New Farm has the most incredible views. Arrive just before dusk, take your camera and watch as the Brisbane City, iconic Story Bridge and the Brisbane River transform into an incredible array of colours and beauty as the lights take effect. Bee Gees Way Redcliffe10. RedcliffeRedcliffe is just north of the city and it feels like an island as it is mostly surrounded by water. Access from the south is by the 3.2km bridges spanning from Brighton to Clontarf. At Redcliffe foreshore there is a great Lagoon perfect for swimming on a warm Brisbane day. Redcliffe is also considered home to International megastars, the Bee Gees. Visit the incredible Bee Gees Way to see the city’s fantastic tribute to the family that became worldwide superstars. 11. Mount Cootha Mount Cootha in Brisbane’s western suburbs is where the local TV stations reside but it is also a very popular vantage point for locals who run, ride and cycle their way to the top where there are stunning views across Brisbane from the lookout.The restaurants are very popular and the place of many wedding proposals and ceremonies over the years. 12. Roma Street ParklandsThe Roma Street Parklands is on the Brisbane City’s doorstep yet offers 16 hectares of Horticultural beauty with its themed gardens and lush greenery. Events are held regularly at the amphitheatre with plays performed by the Queensland Theatre Company and others.You don’t have to have a green thumb to enjoy a stroll through this parkland. Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park)13. Brisbane Sporting Stadiums Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba are Brisbane’s primary sporting stadiums where we cheer on our teams to regular success. Queenslanders are passionate about their sport and turn out to support their teams whenever they are in town.Previously named Lang Park the name was changed to Suncorp Stadium in 1994. It now holds crowds of 52,500.Go the Broncos and the Queensland Bulls! Boggo Road Gaol14. Take a Tour of Brisbane’s old Boggo Road GaolThe Brisbane Boggo Road Gaol once housed Queensland’s most feared prisoners until it was closed in July 1992. Today you can take tours and hear about the days in the lives of those that found their way inside. At night they also provide ghost tours but we stayed with a daytime visit.https://boggoroadgaol.com/ Houseboat Gold Coast Broadwater15. Houseboating on the Gold Coast BroadwaterIt’s a lot of great fun and we have been houseboating several times before we left on our road trip around Oz. We always used Coomera Houseboats, the staff are fantastic and the boats were perfect for our trips. https://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/ 16. Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge The Story Bridge Climb takes you over Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. Walk up the top for an amazing experience, standing high above the traffic overlooking the Brisbane River and the City.Book your Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb here> Redcliffe Jetty Markets17. Weekends are great for Markets in BrisbaneEvery Saturday from 6am to midday the Carseldine Markets on the corner of Beams and Dorville Roads at Carseldine provide superb fresh products and craft ideas. You can enjoy a fantastic array of foods and juices or coffee in a great atmosphere with easy parking and it’s Free to enter. On Sunday you can visit the Cleveland Markets near the Bay where you will find many craft stalls, lots of entertainment, great food and fresh produce. The Cleveland markets have operated for over 30 years and you can see them on Bloomfield Street Cleveland where they are open from 7am to 1pm every Sunday. The Redcliffe Jetty Markets are located in the main street overlooking Moreton Bay and features many stall holders with a great range of home made products. There’s a great variety of food and drinks and on a sunny day the position is perfect. http://carseldinemarkets.com.au/https://www.clevelandmarkets.com.au/https://redcliffejettymarkets.com/ King Island18. Take a 1km walk out to King Island At low tide at the bayside suburb of Wellington Point in Brisbane’s East you can walk across to King island. Time it right and you can enjoy a stunning sunset as you walk across the sandy straight to the island. Moreton Island camping19. Go CampingWithin 1-2 hours from Brisbane are so many fantastic camping experiences. Noosa North Shore Campground is fantastic or take the Barge across to Moreton Island or Stradbroke Island. You can go to Somerset Dam west of Brisbane or a short drive to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterlands all provide amazing places to park the caravan or pitch a tent. Here you can enjoy the Wildlife, go swimming and fishing and escape city life for awhile. https://www.noosaholidayparks.com.au/noosa-north-shore Beenleigh Rum Distillery20. Visit the Gold Coast Head south just an hour from Brisbane and visit the world renowned Gold Coast with its superb beaches and fantastic waterways. What we love about the Goldie is there’s always something happening. Visit the theme parks, hang out at Cavill Mall, dine in the wonderful restaurants at Broadbeach, surf at Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads and enjoy some good fishing.Movieworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild –Purchase a 3 Day Pass here>Dreamworld & WhiteWater World –Purchase a 1 Day Pass here> Don’t miss Springbrook National Park in the Hinterland and while there visit Purling Brook Falls, Best of all Lookout and Natural Bridge. At night you will see Glow worms and Fire flies. On the way to the Gold Coast stop into the famous Yatala Pie Shop and do a tour of the Beenleigh Distillery and enjoy some samples of their products. https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/https://www.beenleighrum.com.au/distilleryhttp://www.yatalapies.com.au/ Noosa National Park21. Visit the Sunshine Coast Conversely, head north an hour and take in all that is the Sunshine Coast. Much more laid back, the beaches are equally fantastic. Visit Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park, Buderim Falls, SEA LIFE at Mooloolaba for the marine life and go to the amazing Australia Zoo owned by the family of Steve Irwin.Climb Mt Coolum or head inland and visit wonderful towns like Kenilworth, Maleny, Montville and Mapleton plus be sure to visit the Ginger Factory at Yandina.The Sunshine Coast is fantastic with so much to see and do. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast – Purchase your General Admission Tickets here>Australia Zoo – Purchase your General Admission Tickets here>Ginger Factory – Purchase your Ride Double Deal Tickets here> There are so many great places to eat out around Brisbane and Gold Coast. Read about our best 17 places to Eat and Drink If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Brisbane with your Caravan or Motorhome the Lawnton Showgrounds provides the perfect place to stay. Located on Brisbane’s Northside it has power and water for just $25 per night. 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Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryOcean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays If you want a great day out in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, snorkeling, visiting Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and going on a cruise of the spectacular pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, then the Ocean Rafting Tour is perfect for the best day in paradise. You’ll have the ride of your life!! Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure TourWe did the Northern Exposure Tour where we had great fun snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and exploring vibrant Coral Reefs around Hook Island.That’s just for starters!! The weather wasn’t perfect on our day out, it was quite overcast but there was no way that could diminish the fun.Ocean Rafting SnorkelingOur Ocean Rafting tour took us to 2 special sites offering uncrowded snorkeling. Even though it was the middle of winter the water wasn’t cold. A good wetsuit definitely helps. I had my own however they are provided for everyone in the right size to suit. It wasn’t long after leaving the Marina before we were entering the water on our first swim. This is what we liked most about this tour, the fast rafts get you everywhere quick meaning more time spent having Fun!! Once you’re in the water you feel like you are in another world, hovering over the beautiful coral reef and swimming alongside large Sea Turtles. It was exciting to see some clownfish, they are quick making it hard to capture a pic.After our awesome morning of snorkeling the next part of our day out with Ocean Rafting Tours was to step straight off the boat onto the beautiful soft 98% pure silica white sand onto Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven BeachThey are the only tour company with a special permit to access the beach inside the iconic Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This is the largest of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsunday Island Group. For the next hour or more we swam in the crystal clear water and walked along the pristine beach. Then it was time for some lunch and the assortment of food was fantastic. There was a lot of variety and food suitable for all diets. Read all about Reef Sleep where we slept in a swag on a Pontoon at Hardy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef. We had plenty of time for lunch and chilling on the beach before the grand finale of our Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure tour. We took a guided walk up to the lookout to take in the spectacular Hill Inlet from above. Hill Inlet LookoutHill Inlet Lookout provides the most breathtaking views over the river and is Australia’s 3rd most photographed location after the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You could stand there for hours and watch the swirling patterns and colours change with the tide. The degree of freshwater with saltwater and ever changing tides creates a remarkable swirling effect with the sand. The tours are usually organized in order to ensure you have the best views of Hill Inlet. It is such an awesome sight to look down on the Inlet from the lookout above. It is a magnificent view we were more than happy to absorb. Whitsunday Islands National Park at Tongue Point was where we met the boat again. There were lots of fast and furious riding of each other’s wake on the way back and some spins to finish the trip. Thanks Paul and Dan for being great hosts on our Northern Exposure Tour. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is the best way to do it and is so much fun. They also took us to the best snorkeling we have done in the Whitsundays in recent years.Read more information and Book your Tour here The Great Barrier Reef is certainly one of the greatest wonders of the world! Where to stay in the Whitsundays? There are some great places to stay at Airlie Beach all within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops and the beautiful Airlie Beach Lagoon.Book your Hotel stay in the Whitsundays here> For Caravan Park Accommodation:Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach (our first ever video review)Base Backpackers Airlie Beach Enjoy reading more about Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region here.https://pin.it/52ggvyqo55wxkrMackay to Whitsundays so much to see and dohttps://pin.it/sz6oigtwdyj6vr Our StoryWe 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. SocialsYou can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook.____________________________________________________________________________This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryWhat it REALLY costs to Travel Australia – everything you need to budget for!! The REAL costs to Travel Australia over 24 months We read so many Budgets online and on travel pages but we believe ours is the most accurate and fully detailed report. It provides all of what you need to be prepared for and to know what it really costs to travel Australia. There’s more costs than just Caravan Parks, Campgrounds, Fuel and Food. You need to Budget for all the potential costs or at least be prepared for what might happen.We detail everything that it costs to travel Australia for us over 24 months, nothing is missed. There’s also no guesses, we keep receipts for every cent we spend and record them into a spreadsheet. We rarely pay cash for anything so it’s all able to be checked against our statements. We know exactly what it costs us to the cent. About usWe were 3 adults as our son who had just turned 23 traveled with us and we paid for almost all of his costs. After 2 years, once we got back home to Brisbane, Matt moved in to his brother’s place and from now it’s just Adele and myself however for the duration of these Expenses, Matt was with us. We drive an 8m Winnebago Motorhome RV with no tow car and therefore it was our only vehicle. Kevin has run his own businesses now for 30 years and Adele did the bookkeeping for many of those years so keeping accounts and accurately recording the information is just part of our everyday life.The difference between what we spent in the second year in comparison to the first is significant. You may be smarter and more experienced in the beginning than us and be able to keep your costs down a lot better than we did.We are not mechanical in any way so maintaining your vehicle yourself will also save a lot on the costs we incurred to maintain ours over the 2 years.We aren’t saying what we spent is what it will cost you, but by reviewing our Expenses you can more accurately determine how much you might need to budget for to do the Big Lap with less likelihood of running out of funds half way into your trip. Our TripWe spent 2 years traveling around Australia and still live in our Motorhome.The first thing we learnt is everyone’s experience is different, no two people’s trips are the same and everyone has their own budgets and travel plans.For us, we started out with a 2.5 year plan before going back home. We wanted to see as much as absolutely possible as we expected we wouldn’t be back.But something happened along the way, we fell in love with the Lifestyle!!Our Blog Indefinite Leave also grew so fast, we weren’t expecting that, and we wanted to show our followers as much of Australia as we could to inspire them to hit the road and chase their dreams. We tried to see as much as we could and present that so others could follow. Lessons we learntWhen we left Brisbane on Feb 1, 2016 we were complete and total rookies. Basically we had no idea what we were doing and just learnt along the way.We learnt about our costs and how to manage our expenses and were able to stop staying in Caravan Parks and almost entirely Free Camp. We began catching a lot of our own food, Fish, Prawns and Squid were often filling our freezer. Eating out stopped and Pub stays, while they might be Free or low cost, you end up having a meal and some drinks and before you know it the Free Pub stay just cost $100 or more for a night. We rarely stay at Pubs or if we do, we prefer ones where we pay a small fee and there’s no expectation of having to eat or drink there.We searched for the best value Fuel and looked to conserve fuel by reducing weight. Rather than before we left, we didn’t fill up our water tanks until we got to our destiny therefore reducing weight and better fuel economy. We continually sent back to home anything we weren’t using, clothes, tools, kitchen utensils and anything that we realised we wouldn’t need or use. If we hadn’t used it in 3-6 months the likelihood was we wouldn’t need it again. Our Highest Costs to travel AustraliaWe found the Top end of Australia was the most expensive to travel for a couple of reasons.The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con.There were so many more major attractions with tours to experience. From sailing the islands off 1770, Yeppoon and Whitsundays, scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and visiting the islands, staying at and seeing Lake Argyle, the incredible trip to Horizontal Falls from Broome and we didn’t even do places like Bungle Bungles which were on fire at the time we went past. We also spent a lot in Winton and especially Longreach, there’s so much to do there. For us, the south of Australia was easier to control the budget. Cool nights made Free camping easy and there was so much more choice for Free camping in the South. The sights to see weren’t nearly as hard on the budget except the cost to Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.The more experienced we became the more we were able to reduce our costs. There are tours all over the country for Lighthouses and old Gaols to visit but once you’ve seen a few it’s hard to get excited about seeing another one. We didn’t visit any Zoo’s as we always planned to do Dubbo Zoo which we finally did near the end of the 2 year adventure. The budget frees up a bit as you go in this regard. A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz 1. Don’t have a washing machineTwo of the greatest issues you will face traveling Oz is space and weight and the washing machine effects both. It will use so much water and they are so small you need to do so many loads. I recently asked a Mum parked next to us as we discussed her washing machine in the caravan and they were a traveling family of parents and 3 children, How often do you wash? I was already expecting the answer and wasn’t surprised when she said, Every day!!For us, we would prefer less washes in bigger machines and if we were doing road tripping Oz when our kids were younger that decision would be even more so. The cost for us the whole trip to wash our clothes in Laundries and Caravan Parks turned out to be just $726 over 2 years. $360 a year ($1 a day) is a ridiculously small amount of our total overall budget and we don’t have all the issues of carting a washing machine around with us. I know many others love their washing machine, fair enough, but we don’t expect we would ever travel with one ourselves.2. PetsIt’s so hard to leave your pets behind, we couldn’t do it either, MACKS had to come with us. If it were for just 3-6 months we probably would have left her at home but for 12 months or more that’s a tougher decision. Traveling Australia though is so much easier, cheaper and less restrictive without animals. If you’re goal is to really explore the country and you have a good option where they could stay, then maybe best to leave them behind. If you know you are planning to go traveling and thinking of getting a dog, our advice would be wait until your trip is over and get your puppy then.There’s no right or wrong decision here, just the right one for you. If your plan is to travel long term then there are plenty of options to travel with your best friend and see everything there is to see. Here’s how we did it3. Phone coverageTelstra 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. WifiMatt 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 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 🍟🍕🌭$3,561.61We 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 $162Like Takeaway, we didn’t dine out very often. In the last 6 months our weekly budget for Dining out was just $6.23pw.Overall our total Dining Out expense was $61.46pw Accommodation 🚎🎪♨️$13,453.63 $18.98 Average per night$6880.70 First 6 months $4572.83 Second 6 months $1310.10 Third 6 months $690 Last 6 months. This equates to $3.79 per night 🤣🤑😴This involved almost exclusively Free camping and staying with friends and relatives where we traveled.As you can see, there’s considerable savings to be had on our budget by way of reduced costs in Accommodation. We could no doubt reduce our first 12 months by $3000 – $5000 now if we did it again but our budget will always be higher in the north than it is in the south. Our Website and YouTube channel has 230+ videos of every Free Camp, Campground, Caravan Park, Pub Stay, Station Stay and RV Parks we stayed in across Australia. Fuel ⛽$13,163.72 58570.3 Most expensive was Kings Creek Station at Kings Canyon @ 199.9c Uluru was 190.9c and Barkleys Homestead 179.9c We have found United Fuel to be consistently the cheapest and almost always use them. Metro in some areas is great also. We use the Fuel Map app to find the cheapest fuel.Our fuel costs were probably higher than for someone towing a caravan as we always had to drive the Motorhome as opposed to being able to explore and run around town in a Car.Our fuel costs over 2 years averages out to $126.57pw. We did approx. 55,000 kms during those 2 years. WinnebagoCosts related to the Motorhome part of our vehicle was: $5,226.39Some 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 IvecoThis is the Costs related to the mechanical part of the Motorhome. $6,594.44This includes 3 Services 8 new tyres 1 new windscreen and 1 repair 1 RadiatorOur biggest unexpected Bill shock was $2,882.80 for new Radiator, Coolant Hose and Windscreen in Perth Entertainment 🏊♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡$18,429.31We wanted to see as much of Australia as we could, have lots of fun and experience adventures so we did do quite a few tours.First 6 months$8,258.40 – Brisbane to Cooktown to Katherine. Included 3 fishing charters, Hummer 4wd on Fraser Island, 1770, Lady Musgrave Island, Keppel Island, Whitsundays and Cairns Scenic Flights, Kuranda Railway & Skyway and Katherine Gorge were just some of the adventures.Sleeping in a Swag on the Great Barrier reef 13 Must do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays Best Things to See in CairnsSecond 6 months$5,733.90 – Darwin to WA to Tasmania. Included Horizontal Falls, Swimming with Humpback Whales, Broome Fishing Charter, Rottnest Island Best of Broome Things to See and do in DarwinThird 6 months$2,113 – Tasmania to Great Ocean Road to Uluru to Darwin to Mt Isa. This also Includes Tasman Island Cruise and Bruny Island Cruise plus Gordon River Cruise The Very Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania https://youtu.be/sWDhpoK7U3AFourth 6 months$2324 – Karumba to Cairns to Longreach to Murray River to Gold Coast. Incl Fishing Charter, Cobbold Gorge, Qantas Museum, Stockmans Hall of Fame, Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience and Thompson River Cruise.Our Highest Entertainment CostsOur biggest adventure costs were:$1,707 for Adele and I to go to Horizontal Falls.$1,366 for the three of us to do Reefsleep in the Whitsundays Your costs for these tours and adventures is going to be dependent upon your budget and what your plans are that you want to experience. For us these were incredible experiences that we will never forget, but they do cost money and often don’t come cheap. This is our second largest expense of our adventure after food. Readers who enjoyed this also read:Our Best Free CampsThe Best Campgrounds we stayedOur Favourite Experiences around AustraliaCost to go to Kangaroo IslandDay Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns 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 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸$4,926.90It is what it is, we do enjoy Happy Hour but aren’t big drinkers. We drink often but not a lot. When I see Bundy Rum on special I tend to buy a few bottles and I buy Cider by the carton. Adele is happy drinking the $5 bottles of wine.Cost is $47.37pw MACKS, our dog $3,373.04 in vet and medications etcSadly 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$959We used Dog Sitters wherever possible to allow us to visit National Parks and do tours wherever we wanted to go.Read about travelling Australia with a dog Read my tribute to MACKS Adele’s Nails$959Some things a girl just has to do lol Clothes$2,488.41We 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 FishingNew rods, tackle, bait and gear $1,452.90$13.97 pw was spent of fishing. Laundry$726 This is such a small cost. We started with a washing machine, never used it, found it way too small to wash our clothes yet takes space and becomes a weight issue. Also commits you to staying at places that cost money to access so much water. We use Laundries and find it easy to do.Our laundry costs were $6.98pw National Parks$250 Such a minuscule cost. Don’t worry about the cost for Kakadu, just do it, it’s amazing and a very small amount when looking at your total expenses to travel. Medical $1,401.05It’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$2,909.52This 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 Hair & Beauty$370.90Adele 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 AustraliaTotal amount = $109,534.16Total average per week = $1,053.21 How to reduce your costs to travel AustraliaIn summary, could you do it cheaper, Absolutely!! Your costs to travel Australia could be much lower! As mentioned, we could probably shave $3000-5000 off our first 12 months accommodation if we did it now.With more mechanical and handyman skills than I have you could save a lot of what I spent on servicing and repairs.You could choose not to do the tours and fishing charters but most of them were our greatest highlights of the adventure so far. So many memories.If you don’t have a dog you would save almost $4500 on our costs.You may save a little on us in fuel if you are towing a caravan or camper trailer as you would have your vehicle to drive around in. If you’re in a Campervan (Whizzbang) you’d likely save a lot more than us in fuel. There it is, our complete guide on what expenses are involved. We hope this helps you in your research and planning of your trip.Safe travels and please say Hello if you see us on the road.Our StoryWe 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._________________________________________________________________________SocialsFollow us and Subscribe at: Facebook YouTube Pinterest Instagram Website__________________________________________________________________________PhotographyOur camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. 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