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When we catch up with family or friends back home or meet people getting ready to start their travels most want to know what has been our Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia.

The most common question we are asked is – What is the Best place you have been?

It’s like being asked which one is your favourite child isn’t it? Actually, nominating a favourite child would be easier!!

Answering the question is difficult because different places have different features that make it so awesome.

How can you really compare the Whitsundays to Karijini or Margaret River to Kakadu, you just can’t, they are totally unique to themselves.

Then there’s the other factors that come into it. The weather can significantly make a difference on your experience as can who you might be travelling with.

Sometimes traveling with others greatly enhances an adventure.

Crab Claw Island Sunrise

I still haven’t found the perfect answer to the question.

If I name just one place it’s trivialising our other favourite places, yet if I try to name more than one I hope they brought a blanket and pillow because it’s going to take awhile.

We have however put together a few of our favourites in a range of categories. By separating the experiences it makes it slightly easier.

It was impossible to name just one in some categories and so many great memories of places and experiences have been left off the list.

These are some of our favourite experiences as we travel Australia and things that we have enjoyed around our amazing country.

Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia - Horizontal Falls

 

Our favourite experiences travelling Australia:

 

City:

Kevin: Darwin NT, Perth WA.

I found Darwin unique, a city with such an outback feel. Perth is modern and so much to do. Spectacular beaches are so close and the Swann River is so beautiful, especially coming from Brisbane.

Adele: Perth WA

Adele found Perth to be a pretty city and really enjoyed Kings Park.

Town:

Kevin: Agnes Water/ 1770 in Qld, Portland Vic, Airlie Beach Qld, South West Rocks NSW, Pambula Beach NSW

Each of these towns have the same things in common. Spectacular beaches, great fishing, no traffic, no traffic lights. What’s not to love?

They also feature in our 7 Towns in Australia we could Live.

Adele: 1770/ Agnes Water Qld, Esperance WA

The beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets are features Adele loved about her favourite towns.

Beach:

Kevin: Barn Hill Station, Twilight Beach Esperance, Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays, Lucky Bay Cape Le Grande National Park, Moon Point Fraser Island, Murrays Beach Jervis Bay

Each of these beaches is truly spectacular. Crystal clear Torquoise water, glistening pure white sand and the most stunning views.

Adele: Spring Beach Tas, Cable Beach WA, Lucky Bay Cape Le Grande National Park WA

Check out our : The Best Beaches in Australia 1-10

Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia - Lucky Bay Beach

 

River:

Kevin: The mighty Murray is pretty hard to beat isn’t it but we also loved our time at Gregory River Qld

Adele: Gregory River Qld

We have visited Gregory River several times and it’s so much fun and a great spot to setup before doing a day trip to the spectacular Lawn Hill National Park.

The Murray River is unique and a great part of Australia’s history.

The Australian mini series All the Rivers Run captured the beauty and adventures from the Murray River.

Dam:

Kevin: Corella Dam, Qld
Adele: Corella Dam Qld

Located between Cloncurry and Mount Isa, staying at Corella Dam is a fabulous experience.

Beautiful scenery, catch Red Claw, a fire at night and plenty of cows for company. Great spot and we both love it.

Brewery:

Kevin: Your Mates Brewery on the Sunshine Coast and Matso’s Brewery in Broome

Your Mates Brewery is a great spot to chill out on Qld’s Sunshine Coast.

They make one of the best Ginger Beers in the country, a really good Cider, a fantastic beer range and the food is great too. Happy Hour each day from 3-5pm.

Matso’s Brewery is a great experience. They have marvellous meals and a range of drinks available. I fell in love with their Matso’s Ginger Beer.

Adele: Little Creatures Brewery Fremantle WA & also in Geelong Vic

Winery:

Kevin: Kingsley Grove Estate near Kingaroy, The Cheese Barrell at Swan Valley Perth WA

We have visited plenty of wineries around Australia but Kingsley Grove Estate easily wins my favourite Winery.

They have a great range of wines, a very good sparkling plus there’s Wine Ice Cream and Wood Fired Pizzas they deliver to your door while you’re Free camping on the grounds.

We stopped at the Cheese Barrell for lunch and cheese platters a couple of times it was so good. The wines and sparkling are amazing too.

Adele: Chateau Yaldara Barossa Valley SA, Devils Corner Tasmania

Yaldara at Barossa Valley is a beautiful winery with an amazing old building with so much architecture. Devils Corner in Apslawn Tasmania has great wines, pizzas and stunning views.

Favourite Distillery -Great Northern Distillery Kimberley Rum Factory

 

Distillery:

Kevin: Great Northern Distillery (also named Kimberley Rum Company) Swan Valley Perth WA
Adele: Great Northern Distillery (also named Kimberley Rum Company) Swan Valley Perth WA

We visited the Great Northern Distillery several times and loved it each time. A great range of drinks to sample and available for purchase.

Sunrise:

Kevin: Crab Claw Island NT, Bay of Fires Tasmania, Fraser Island and Moreton Island are all spectacular.
Adele: Bay of Fires Tasmania, Crab Claw Island NT, Noosa North Shore

One morning at Crab Claw Island is was incredibly still and the sunrise was just mind blowing. We captured some truly amazing photos that day and often use those pictures in stories we write.

The second photo of this article is from that morning at Crab Claw Island Resort.

Sunset:

Kevin: Gantheaume Point Broome WA, Darwin NT, 1770 Qld, Moreton Island Qld
Adele: Gantheaume  Point Broome WA, 1770 Qld

Western Australia undoubtedly has some extraordinary Sunsets but it’s not exclusive to them. We saw some amazing Sunsets from Darwin and 1770 in Qld is just as stunning.

Moreton Island off Brisbane also produces some absolutely spectacular afternoon views as the sun goes down.

Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia - Ormiston Gorge NT
Favourite Experiences in Australia – Ormiston Gorge NT is one of Adele’s favourites

 

Gorge:

Kevin: Hancock Gorge, Karijini National Park.

As Adele notes we have seen so many stunning Gorges, but as amazing as they all are I can’t go past Karijini National Park.

The feeling of immense wonder I felt as I stood above the Gorge and then walked through down below is something I’ll never forget. Karijini National Park definitely rates as one of our most favourite experiences as we travel Australia to date!

Adele: Cobbold Gorge Qld, Katherine Gorge NT, Ormiston Gorge West MacDonnell Ranges NT, Natures Window Kalbarri NP, Dales Gorge Karijini NP

Campground:

Kevin: Rapid Bay, SA. Loved it and went back 3 times, Barn Hill Station WA, Sandstone Park Carnarvon Gorge Qld

Adele: Workmans Beach Qld – now closed, Rapid Bay SA, Lucky Bay Cape Le Grande National Park WA

Also you can view our Best Free or Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia.

Free Camp:

Kevin: Gregory River Qld, Gunn Point NT, Uluru by Sunrise NT – now closed
Adele: Gregory River Qld, Gunn Point NT

We have stayed at some extraordinary Free Camps around Australia but the Gregory River Free camp was great fun.

It helped being with our great friends we travelled with while we were there and meeting some more wonderful people during our stay.

Check out our Best Free Camps in Australia.

Caravan Park:

Kevin: Coolum Beach Holiday Park, Sunshine Coast Qld, Island View Caravan Park at Kinka Beach Yeppoon, Pambula Beach NSW
Adele: Island View Caravan Park at Kinka Beach Yeppoon, Discovery Tanunda Barossa Valley SA

We have stayed at some amazing Caravan Parks. Sometimes it’s the people, other times the facilities and other times the location that can make a park special.

Most importantly it’s about value for money and an enjoyable experience.

View our Best Caravan Parks around Australia.

Twelve Apostles - Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia
Experiences as we travel Australia – The Great Ocean Road is Kev’s first choice

 

Scenic Drive:

Kevin: The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road in Victoria has an enormous reputation for being Australia’s most scenic drive and it lives up to it. Home to the 12 Apostles there is so much more to see.

I’ve had the privilege to drive all over our coastline but The Great Ocean Road is my favourite.

Adele: Cairns to Port Douglas, Great Ocean Drive Esperance WA

Best Pie:

Kevin: Kuranda Hotel in Cairns. Café in Tenterfield NSW a very close second for amazing gourmet pies. The Blackbutt bakery though has the best every day pie I’ve ever had.
Adele: Yatala Pies Qld

A funny story when I had my “gourmet” pie at the Tenterfield Cafe. When I asked the lady for tomato sauce she was aghast at the thought I was going to eat the pie with ketchup lol.

She said, “you can’t put tomato sauce on the pie”. I said “it’s unAustralian not to” haha.

She went and got me some tomato sauce and I enjoyed my super delicious “gourmet” pie with tomato sauce.

Waterfall:

Kevin: Wallaman Falls North Queensland. Florence Falls in Litchfield is awesome also.
Adele: Florence Falls in Litchfield NT, Millaa Millaa Falls Qld

Wallaman Falls - Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia
Experiences as we travel Australia – Wallaman Falls is Kev’s top choice

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

 

National Park:

Kevin: Karijini National Park
Adele: Kalbarri National Park WA, Karijini National Park

Tour:

Kevin: Horizontal Falls Kimberleys WA, Reef Sleep Whitsundays, Ocean Rafting Whitsundays, Atlantic Clipper Whitsundays.


Adele: Horizontal Falls Kimberleys WA, Humpback Whale Swim Ocean Exmouth WA, Ocean Rafting Whitsundays, Cobb & Co Stagecoach Longreach Qld, Qantas Founders Museum Wing Walk Longreach Qld

Fishing Spot:

Kevin: Fraser Island, Darwin

Fraser Island is a fishing mecca. Known for it’s Tailor fishing in winter but it is so much more. Normal dinner plate fish such as whiting, bream and dart are plentiful and for the serious anglers there’s big GT’s, Mackerel, Jew and lots more.

Matt caught big Queenies, Mackerel and GT straight off the beach in Darwin.

Adele: Spring Beach, Tasmania

Adele landed a nice big Salmon off the beach at Spring Beach and the 3 of us had a great time fishing there. Now that Adele has experienced Fraser Island I’m sure it gets her approval too.

Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia - Fishing in Darwin

 

Fishing Charter:

Kevin: Airlie Beach
Adele: Airlie Beach

We did several fishing charters around Australia and Airlie Beach was by far the best fishing experiences as we travel Australia. I’ve now done 3 Charters out of Airlie Beach.

We also did charters in 1770, Mission Beach, Karumba (waste of time) and Broome.

Experience:                                                                                                                                       

There are so many favourite experiences as we travel Australia but these are the outstanding ones for us.

Kevin: Swimming with Humpback Whales at Exmouth WA, Swimming with Seals at Cape Bridgewater Vic, new friends we have made, the animals we interacted with in the wild

Adele: Uluru NT, Swimming with Humpback Whales in Exmouth WA, Reefsleep Whitsundays Qld

Island:

Kevin: Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Bruny Island in Tassie, Fraser Island and Moreton Island Qld


Adele: Kangaroo Island SA, Fitzroy Island Qld, Magnetic Island Qld, Rottnest Island WA

Kangaroo Island is such a special place. The cost to go over is expensive but it is also what makes it so unique. If it was cheaper there would be hordes of people and then there would need to be all the laws and rules that get applied on the mainland.

But KI is not like that, it’s like going back to the 70’s. People are laid back, there’s only a few bitumen roads, there’s little traffic and no traffic lights. Not a roundabout in sight.

We loved it because it wasn’t like anywhere else and that’s a good thing.

Feeding Giraffes at Dubbo Zoo
Dubbo Zoo is a favourite for both of us under Zoos for our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

 

Zoo:

Kevin: Dubbo Zoo NSW
Adele: Dubbo Zoo NSW

The Dubbo Zoo is so interesting, so much fun and great value. Your entry fee includes a 2 day pass and the range of animals unique to Australia is fascinating.

I’m not the biggest fan of Zoos but I’d love to see Dubbo Zoo again.

Water Park:

Kevin: Palmerston Water Park, Darwin
Adele: Palmerston Water Park, Darwin

The Palmerston Water Park is a crazy amount of fun and racing the 14m high Racing Water Slides is epic entertainment. Take some friends and have a great time racing the waterslides and see who is fastest.

Ice Creamery:

Kevin: Maleny Food Co Sunshine Coast Qld, Mammino Ice Cream Childers and Juliette’s Gelateria at The Strand in Townsville
Adele: Mammino Icecream Childers, Robe SA, Maleny Food Co Sunshine Coast Qld

We are serious ice cream eaters and tasted some fantastic ice creams all around Australia.

Each of these ice creameries was delicious but I think we both agree Mammino Ice Cream at Childers is something special.

Cobbold Gorge - Favourite Experiences as we travel Australia
Cobbold Gorge

These are our favourite experiences as we travel Australia, places and things we have seen and done during our travels around Oz so far.

It’s so hard to narrow them down, there’s so many more we didn’t list or probably didn’t even think of.

How do our favourite experiences as we travel Australia compare to yours?

Leave a comment and tell us about your favourite places to go and things you have done on your travels.

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Safe travels

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Camp Grounds

Coledale Camping Reserve, Coledale NSW

Coledale Camping

The Coledale Camping Reserve is a fantastic location for beach accommodation.

Coledale is approximately an hour drive south of Sydney in NSW and is run by the Coledale Surf Life Saving Club.

All the fees go to supporting the local surf club.

Aerial view of the Coledale Camping Reserve
Coledale Camping Reserve

Coledale is a small town, just 18kms north of Wollongong in NSW.

The population of Coledale is just 1,260.

There are 2 beaches in Coledale with Sharkeys Beach to the south and Coledale Beach to the north of the township.

Recently the Coledale SLSC featured in a Dulux Commercial and they ended up getting the Club painted by Dulux.

Coledale Camping Reserve Amenities

The Coledale Camping area offers toilets and showers plus there is access to drinking water also.

BBQ’s are onsite perfectly facing the beach and are a great spot to enjoy cooking lunch or dinner with amazing views.

A Dump Point is also available at Coledale Camping ground.

We had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay.

Coledale Camping Reserve Campsite
Coledale Surf
The ocean pool near Coledale Camping Reserve

The views when camping at Coledale are fantastic looking out over the ocean and you can see Humpback Whales as they pass on migration during season.

A short walk down the beach and you will find a Rock pool perfect for swimming safely.

Are pets allowed at the Coledale Camping Reserve?

The Coledale Camping Reserve is not pet friendly and therefore dogs are not permitted.

Camping the NSW South Coast is a little restrictive for travellers with pets as a number of camping grounds are located in National Parks or some campgrounds simply do not allow pets for other reasons.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Rocky outcrop alongside Coledale Beach
A drone view of Coledale Camping Reserve and Coledale Beach
Coledale Beach Camping

Cost to stay at Coledale Camping Reserve

Cost to stay is $25 per night unpowered, we received $5 off with our National Seniors Card. Powered sites are $35 per night.

Update December 2020: Cost to stay is $25 a night unpowered and $30 powered during off peak for 2 people. During peak season availability is limited but prices are $38 a night unpowered and $45 powered per night for 2 people.
Update January 2022:
Off-Season Powered Week Nights $30 pn/Weekends $36 pn (2 night min. Fri/Sat) for 2 people
Peak Season Powered $45 pn/$315 per week for 2 people
Off-Season Unpowered Week Nights $25 pn/Weekends $30 pn (2 night min. Fri/Sat) – 2 people
Peak Season Unpowered $38 pn/$266 per week for 2 people
Seniors Card discounts apply

Coledale Beach
The magnificent Sea Cliff Bridge
Sea Cliff Bridge

Coledale Camping Reserve was the perfect base for exploring nearby Sea Cliff Bridge and the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!

The maximum stay at the Coledale Camping ground is 28 days. Call before you arrive, it is often very busy.

Our stay was 4-5th February 2019

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Contact details for Coledale Camping Reserve:

Phone: 02 4267 4302
Address: 686 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coledale NSW
Website: https://www.coledalebeach.com.au/coledale-beach-campsite/

Beachfront views at the Coledale Camping Reserve

How to get to Coledale Camping Reserve:

From the Princes Highway make your way to Lawrence Hargrave Drive to Coledale.

Once in Coledale look for the Coledale Camping area on the beach side of the road.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

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

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

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

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

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

What else is there to do while at Coledale Camping Reserve:

The amazing Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

Take the drive to see the amazing and scenic Sea Cliff Bridge. The bridge was completed in 2005 after the original road was closed due to rock falls.

It is one of only 7 bridges of it’s kind in the world.

The Sea Cliff Bridge is 665 metres long and is an incredibly picturesque drive with stunning ocean views.

You can park and take a walk along the bridge and enjoy the viewing platform.

The spectaacular Figure 8 Pools
Adele chilling in the Figure 8 Pools

Figure 8 Pools

The Figure 8 Pools are located in the nearby Royal National Park.

A walk through the Royal National Park brings you to a beautiful beach before a walk across rocks brings you to the Figure 8 Pools.

The rock pools are amazing and the nearby beach is stunning. Stay safe when visiting the Figure 8 Pools.

Do your research and on the right day in the appropriate conditions it’s a fantastic location to enjoy.

Read more: Exploring Figure 8 Pools, Royal National Park

The Bald Hill Lookout
Bald Hill Lookout

Bald Hill Lookout

The Bald Hill Lookout is the best place to view spectacular sunsets and incredible views over the local region.

From the lookout you can also see the Sea Cliff Bridge, spot Humpback Whales or the hang gliders that often use the area.

Things to take with you when exploring Coledale

Coledale Weather

The best months to go camping at Coledale are January and February. Average temperature is approx 26°C.

Coldest months are July and August with temperatures averaging 10°C. Most rainfall is usually during February and March.

Coledale weather during our stay in February 2019 was a little wet and overcast some days

Other great places to stay in the region:

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Safe travels   

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Camp Grounds

Black Rocks Campground, Bundjalung National Park, NSW

Black Rocks Canpground

Black Rocks Campground is in the Bundjalung National Park in northern NSW approx a 40km drive south from Evans Head.

The beautiful NSW Coastline town of Yamba to the south is approximately an hours drive away.

An easy short stroll from your campsite at Black Rocks Campground to the beach and you quickly know where they got the name from.

Beach in front of the Black Rocks Campground
Black Rocks Campground beach

The rocks are what is called Coffee rock, a name given to sand that has hardened and formed over many thousands of years. It is a beautiful beach with stunning contrasts from the rock formations.

4WD Access from Black Rocks Campground

Access to the beach from the campground by 4WD is not possible but you can drive there from Iluka which is a bit further south.

Jerusalum Creek
Our Black Rocks Campground Campsite
Black Rocks Campground

The road in to the Campground includes approx 15kms of dirt road however it is in pretty good condition and we had no problems driving in with our 2WD Motorhome.

Black Rocks Campground Facilities

The campground has drop toilets and BBQ’s and each site includes a fire pit and clothesline. All sites are unpowered.

There is No water available at the Black Rocks Campground, you will need to bring your own. A dump point is available.

Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available at the Black Rocks Campground.

Looking down on the Blacks Rocks Campground
Fire pits are provided
Camping at Black Rocks Campground

Are dogs allowed at Black Rocks Campground?

Black Rocks Campground is in the Bundjalung National Park and therefore no pets are allowed.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

The cost to stay is $24.60 for 2 adults per night. It is now $6 for children aged 5-15yo and you will need a National Parks vehicle pass which is $8 per day or we bought a 12 month pass for $65.

Our stay was 19th-21st October 2018.

Other great places to stay in the region:

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.
Looking down the beach at Black Rocks
BBQ's and toilet are available at the Campground
BBQ’s & toilets at Black Rocks Campground

Contact Details and How to Book for Black Rocks Campground:

Phone: 1300 072 757 from 7am to 7pm each day
Website

How to get to Black Rocks Campground:

Just 2kms south of Woodburn, turn east off the Pacific Highway to Tuckombil Rd. At the T junction turn right and follow Tuckombil Rd until it bends left in to The Gap Rd.

Follow The Gap Rd for 20kms on sealed road at first before it becomes gravel.

By driving to the conditions you will have no issues, we did it easily in our 2wd Motorhome.

Check out other great spots for: Camping NSW North Coast

Kev perched up on the edge of the Black Rocks

What is there to do at Black Rocks Campground?

Fishing

Go fishing along Ten Mile Beach. There’s lots of great surf fishing in the region.

Remember you will need a NSW Recreational Fishing license.

Jerusalum Creek

A short walk will also take you to Jerusalem Creek nearby where you can swim and fish or take an 8km walk to discover it’s full beauty.

Stunning Black Rocks Beach

Whale Watching

During Whale watching season you can see them swim by. Some will come in quite close to the beach as they splash and play.

Iluka and Yamba

Visit Iluka and Yamba which are both close by and enjoy a great day exploring these 2 fabulous small coastal towns.

Yamba

Things to take with you when exploring in and around the Black Rocks Campground

Best time to stay at Black Rocks Campground

A great time to go camping at Black Rocks Campground is during Winter and Spring. You can enjoy camping in the winter sun in August as it is one of the driest months along with September and October.

Keep you eyes out for whales as they are returning from their migration during Spring.

The average Summer temperature range is 20°C and 26°C with the temperatures in Winter averaging 12°C and 21°C.

Beautiful sunny days during our camping stay at Black Rocks in late October

Check out these other great blogs:

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Camp Grounds

Illaroo Campground, Yuraygir National Park, NSW

Illaroo North Campground

For Minnie Water Camping, the Illaroo Campground, Yuraygir National Park comprises of 2 options, the Illaroo North Campground and Illaroo South Campground. Our stay was in the Illaroo North Campground.

Only 14.5kms from the Illaroo Campground is Wooli on the NSW North Coast and it is also not far to Grafton which is under 52kms away.

The road in is bitumen to the turnoff with the last 2kms on dirt road which had many potholes when we were there. Take it easy and you will have no issues. We were able to access the Illaroo Campground in our Motorhome without any real difficulties.

Illaroo

Illaroo Campground Facilities

Facilities at the both the Illaroo Campground North and South are fairly basic. Bins are available and there are toilets. A BBQ overlooking the beach is also available at the Illaroo North Campground.

Our site was quite large and most sites come with a fire pit. A permanent communal fire pit with surrounding seats is located next to the covered BBQ shelter. Naturally, fires are not  allowed when there are bans are in place.

There is no Telstra Phone coverage at Illaroo North Campground however Optus does work here.

Illaroo North Campground
Illaroo Campground fire pit and bbqs

Are pets allowed at the Illaroo Campround?

The Illaroo Campground is located in the Yuraygir National Park and therefore pets are prohibited. We were able to stay at the Illaroo North Campground in NSW as we had sadly farewelled our Golden Retriever MACKS prior to exploring the NSW North Coast.

Read more: A Tribute to MACKS the Best Dog I’ve ever known

Illaroo Campground

Cost to Stay at Illaroo Campground

Cost to stay is $12 per adult per night. Children are $6 per night. Visitors are $8 per day.

Also you will need a NSW National Parks vehicle pass for $8 per day or we have the Annual Pass for $65.

Our stay was 24th October 2018

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.

Contact Details for the Illaroo Campground

Phone: 1300 072 757 or 13000 PARKS
Address:
Illaroo Road, Minnie Water, New South Wales
Website:

How to get to the Illaroo Campground

Turn left from the Pacific Highway onto Eight Mile Lane. Follow Eight Mile Lane which then becomes Wooli Road. Keep right and continue for another 28kms before turning left at Minnie Water Road.

Travel along Minnie Water Road for approx 6kms to Minnie Water Village and follow the signs to Illaroo Campground.

Turn left at Illaroo Road and in just over 2kms turn right at Illaroo Beach Access Track and in 90 metres you will arrive at the Illaroo North Campground.

Check out other great spots for: Camping NSW North Coast

Illaroo Campground North campsite

Things to do in Illaroo

Brooms Head

Brooms Head is a great spot to visit and is in close proximity to the Illaroo Campgrounds.

The large lagoon at Brooms Head makes a great swimming spot for children and the rockpools are fascinating to explore and cool off in.

Lined with Norfolk Island pine trees, there is plenty of shade for a picnic by the beach at Brooms Head.

If you are a keen hiker, it takes 7- 8hrs to do the Brooms Head to Illaroo18km coastal walk and that’s just one way. 

Rockpools at Brooms Head
Cooling off in the rockpools at Brooms Head

Minnie Water

Minnie Water is a quaint little village and one of the oldest fishing towns on the NSW coast.

The southern reef provides good anchorage and shelter for the southern half of the Minnie Water Beach whereas the northern end up towards Rocky Point has the full force of the ocean.

The reserve near the north end is a good spot for a picnic and this section of the beach is patrolled through the Summer holidays by surf life savers.

The Wooli River
The Wooli River

Wooli

Wooli is a tiny town with water on both sides which gives it a real island feel. The Pacific Ocean is to the east and Wooli River to the west and south.

It is a very popular spot for fishing catering for both estuary and beach fishing. As well as fishing, the estuary is also great for kayaking and paddleboarding.

Wooli also attracts surfers all year round and it is a good place for spotting whales from May to November.

Depart from the Illaroo Campground and take the 14km walk around to Wooli. Meander along the beaches and rocky outcrops and you may even spot an endangered coastal emu if you are lucky.

Things to take with you when exploring around Illaroo

Track to the beach from Illaroo Campground North
Track to the beach from Illaroo Campground North

Other great places to stay in the area:

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Safe Travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of 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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