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Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

The most common question we are asked is – What is your Favourite place you have been? Everyone wants to know what have been our Best experiences as we travel Australia.

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 are with. Sometimes traveling with others greatly enhances an experience.

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. 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 in Australia - Horizontal Falls

City:
Kevin: Darwin NT, Perth WA
Adele: Perth WA

Town:
Kevin: Agnes Water/ 1770 in Qld, Portland Vic, Airlie Beach Qld
Adele: 1770/ Agnes Water Qld, Esperance WA

Beach:
Kevin: Barn Hill Station, Twilight Beach Esperance, Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays, Lucky Bay Cape Le Grande National Park
Adele: Spring Beach Tas, Cable Beach WA, Lucky Bay Cape Le Grande National Park WA

Favourite Experiences in 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

Dam:
Kevin: Corella Dam, Qld
Adele: Corella Dam Qld

Brewery:
Kevin: Matso’s Brewery in Broome
Adele: Little Creatures Brewery Fremantle WA & Geelong Vic

Winery:
Kevin: The Cheese Barrell, Swan Valley Perth WA
Adele: Chateau Yaldara Barossa Valley SA, Devils Corner Tas

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

Sunrise:
Kevin: Crab Claw Island NT, Bay of Fires Tasmania and Fraser Island spectacular also.
Adele: Bay of Fires Tasmania, Crab Claw Island NT, Noosa North Shore

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

Favourite Experiences in Australia - Ormiston Gorge NT

Gorge:
Kevin: Hancock Gorge, Karijini National Park.
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, Rapid Bay SA, Lucky Bay Cape Le Grande National Park WA

Also you can view our 21 Best Free or Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia.

Free Camp:
Kevin: Gregory River, Qld, Uluru by Sunrise NT – now closed
Adele: Gregory River Qld

Check out our 18 Best Free Camps in Australia.

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

Twelve Apostles

Scenic Drive:
Kevin: The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
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.
Adele: Yatala Pies Qld

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

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

Fishing spot:
Kevin: Fraser Island, Darwin – Matt caught big Queenies, Mackerel and GT straight off the beach.
Adele: Spring Beach Tasmania

Favourite Experiences in Australia  - Fishing in Darwin

Fishing charter:
Kevin: Airlie Beach
Adele: Airlie Beach

Experience:                                                                                                                                                    There are so many favourite experiences as we travel Australia but these are our 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 and Fraser Island Qld
Adele: Kangaroo Island SA, Fitzroy Island Qld, Magnetic Island Qld, Rottnest Island WA

Feeding Giraffes at Dubbo Zoo

Zoo:
Kevin: Dubbo Zoo NSW
Adele: Dubbo Zoo NSW

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

Ice Creamery:
Kevin: Maleny Sunshine Coast Qld
Adele: Mammino Icecream Childers, Robe SA, Maleny Sunshine Coast Qld

Cobbold Gorge

How do our favourites 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.

Safe travels

Kevin & Adele
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Our 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. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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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Adventurers Diary

A Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns

While staying in the beautiful North Queensland city of Cairns, Fitzroy Island is the idyllic Tropical Island paradise for a Day Trip.  We were celebrating our anniversary, the August weather was perfect and it’s just a short boat ride and a great day trip from Cairns Harbour. Perfect!!

Fitzroy Island – A perfect Day Trip from Cairns

The idea of a fun day snorkeling and swimming on the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying cocktails and a great lunch at Foxy’s Bar was exactly what we were looking for. Adele had a Mango Weiss Bar cocktail while I enjoyed an Expresso Martini. Our friend Denise enjoyed an Echo Gecko!

Green Island Vs Fitzroy Island

We tossed up between Green Island vs Fitzroy Island and finally decided Fitzroy offered more for us and we are so glad we did. The island is a registered National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is metres from the beach providing an amazing snorkeling opportunity.

 

Indefinite Leave on Fitzroy Island

Indefinite Leave on Fitzroy Island for the day

Fitzroy Island Ferry

We booked and paid for our full day trip to Fitzroy Island plus our friends joined us for the fun day of vitamin D and Sea. The full day trip starts with a 45 minute ride on the Fitzroy Island Ferry which allows you around 5 hours of free time to enjoy your day on Fitzroy Island before the return trip to Cairns.

Fitzroy Island Glass Bottom Boat

Our friends also chose the Glass Bottom Boat as part of their day trip package but we had just done a Scenic Flight tour so were keen to go snorkeling for the day. It turned out we were glad they did as they provided us some great snorkeling information.

 

A day Trip to Fizroy Island

Leaving behind Cairns and our wake

Foxy’s Bar and Nudey Beach

Once you arrive on the jetty you have the choice to go left or right. We went right and given it was our anniversary we started out with a celebratory Cocktail at Foxy’s Bar. What better way is there to start a great day right?

Next we made our way along the walking path through the rainforest looking for Nudey Beach. Despite its name Nudey Beach is not clothing optional but it is voted as one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches. Our first look at the beach was a massive wow moment.

 

Cocktails on our Day Trip to Fitzroy Island

Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island

Cocktails first then it was on to Nudey Beach

Fitzroy Island Snorkeling

It didn’t take me long to begin snorkeling and enjoying the clear turquoise waters of this pristine location. The others simply relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the tranquility.

 

Adele relaxing on Nudey Beach

Adele relaxing on Nudey Beach

Once we finished swimming we both took a walk along the beach. We were in awe of this spectacular beach with the stunning views.

Fitzroy Island Turtles

Remember I mentioned our friends gave us some great snorkeling information. They had spotted Green Sea Turtles close to shore so we had lunch and ventured up for a look. We walked back past the Jetty to the other side and to the end of the beach where we jumped straight in for another snorkel and it didn’t take long to see what they had in the Glass Bottom Boat.

 

Turtle spotting

Turtle spotting on Fitzroy Island

There were numerous big Turtles in the water just metres from the beach. It was a thrill to encounter them and enjoy time watching them feeding and swimming in the shallow waters.

Fitzroy Island is also home to the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which officially opened in early 2013 and this world-class facility has raised the success rate for the rehabilitation of the turtles from 30% – 80%. Educational Tours are held on Fitzroy Island every day at 1pm except Fridays when the Vet visits.

 

 

As the day began to fade we spent time on the beach, playing on the swing under the trees, walking across the rock ledge and absorbing an amazing time on another gorgeous Queensland day.

 

Swinging for our Anniversary

 

How long does it take to get there?

The Ferry trip over was 45 minutes, cruising out of the Cairns Marina, along the Cairns coastline and past various beaches and boats to Fitzroy Island. We had great weather, smooth ride over and a mostly calm ride back in the afternoon.

 

Plenty of place to relax

Tropical Island Paradise

Plenty of places to relax on Fitzroy Island

What is there to do on Fitzroy Island?

  • Take the walking tracks for a hike across the island
  • You can hire a canoe or kayak or have a try at Stand Up Paddle boarding
  • Go snorkeling and swimming on the many beaches
  • Play on the ocean trampoline out in the middle of the water
  • Swim with the turtles just metres from the beach
  • Enjoy nature within the National Park
  • Sunbake on the beach or just relax on your towel
  • As an optional extra ride in the Glass Bottom Boat
  • Visit the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre – Educational tours daily at 1pm (except Friday)

We can also recommend Foxy’s Bar for some drinks and food to eat.

 

Our friends brought their 4yo daughter who had a fantastic time, so it’s a great day for children too.

 

Beautiful turquoise waters on Fitzroy Island

Beautiful turquoise waters on Fitzroy Island

How much does it cost and where can I book?

For the cost to do our day trip to Fitzroy Island simply follow this link and book your day on the Ferry to the island plus all the adventures you would like to enjoy. We found the Ferry times gave us more time on the island which suited us.

 

Some of the activities on the island are an extra cost such as hiring the Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayaks and Canoes. We were there in mid winter and therefore didn’t need my wetsuit but for most of the year it is very advisable to wear one. You can hire them there along with snorkeling gear if you don’t have your own.

 

Kev & Adele on the boat after the awesome Day Trip to Fitzroy Island

How to get there?

Cairns is in Far North Queensland and is approximately 1680 kms from Brisbane.

Flights are available from most of the major airlines and it is about a 2 and a half hour flight from Queensland’s capital city.

 

Where to stay in Cairns?

There are some great places to stay along the Cairns waterfront within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, markets, shops and the fabulous Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Book your Hotel stay here

 

Cairns Caravan Park Accommodation

When looking for Caravan Park accommodation, we have stayed at a number of parks in Cairns during each of our stays. Simply click on the link to check out our video review on each.

Cool Waters Holiday Park

First City Caravilla Caravan Park

Lake Placid Tourist Park

Cairns Holiday Park

Plus the Babinda Rotary Park Rest Area  just near Cairns is a great free camp!

 

Things to See and Do in Cairns

There are so many things to see and do in Cairns. We can highly recommend these tours and attractions in and around Cairns but these are just three of the many tour options available:

So if you are looking for more information on Cairns and if you are doing the drive from Townsville to Cairns, you may enjoy reading these blogs:

Things to See and Do in Cairns.

Driving from Townsville to Cairns

 

 

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.

You can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook.

 

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Our 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. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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 on the beach approx an hour drive south of Sydney in NSW. Run by the Coledale Surf Life Saving Club, all fees go to supporting the surf club.

There are toilets and showers available, drinking water, BBQ’s and a dump point are also available.

The views are fabulous and there’s a Rock pool just a short walk away.

Coledale Camping Reserve is not pet friendly.

We had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage.

Call before you arrive, it is often very busy.

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

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

Our stay was 4-5th February 2019

Safe travels
Indefinite Leave

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Photography and Socials

Our 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. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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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Caravan Parks

Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park, Bundaberg Qld

Burnett Heads Holiday Park

We chose to stay at the Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park in Bundaberg. The park is very handy to Mon Repos to see the turtle hatching and close to centre of town.

The Managers were friendly, the sites are a good size and it’s close to the ocean.

The Burnett Heads Lighthouse Holiday Park amenities and facilities are tired but they work as they are clean. The camp kitchen is good with BBQ’s, Microwave, frying pan and other features ideal for cooking.

A tennis court is also available onsite however there is no pool.

The park is pet friendly and we had good Telstra coverage as well as Vodafone coverage. Gas bottle refills are also available at the park.

Recently Bundaberg has seen new Distilleries opening, joining Australia’s favourite Rum in using Bundaberg as it’s base of manufacture. Kalki Moon and Ohana Winery and Cider House were two more we visited while in town.

When in Bundaberg we also highly recommend visiting the Mammino Ice Cream as it is just nearby at Childers.

Cost to stay was $35 for the night for a powered site

Our stay was 7th January 2019

Safe travels
Indefinite Leave

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Photography and Socials

Our 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. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  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://amzn.to/2URtUXG. 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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