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Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry

It is awesome finding new recipes, especially when you are traveling. Our great friends Jason & Denise showed us how to make a Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry.

You can cook it on the stovetop in your RV , or on a portable gas burner stove while camping. Even better is to make it in the camp oven on an open fire!

Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry Ingredients

There’s nothing like cooking on a campfire to bring out all the flavours and create the best taste in a delicious curry.

Here’s how to make a Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry, it is super yummy.

Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry Ingredients:

Chicken Curry:

1 tablespoon Coconut Oil

1 x 400g Tin Coconut Cream

1kg Chicken Thighs cut into cubes

1 x cup of Green Beans

Fresh Coriander Leaves, to serve

Steamed Rice, to serve

Paste:

1 Lime, Rind (only) finely grated

3 Shallots, chopped coarsely

30grams Lemongrass Paste

5cm piece Fresh Ginger, peeled and chopped (For me personally, I don’t like Ginger so I actually leave it out)

4 Garlic Cloves, chopped

4 large Kaffir Lime Leaves, finely chopped

1 Fresh Red Chilli, chopped (sometimes we add Chilli Flakes, not always)

15g Palm Sugar, chopped (I have substituted Palm Sugar with 4 teaspoons White Sugar)

10g Roasted Belacan Shrimp Paste (I have opted to leave out as I don’t have it regularly stocked in my pantry however it will naturally add to the flavour)

3 teaspoons Fish Sauce

2 teaspoons Ground Turmeric

1-2 teaspoons Water

Blending paste ingredients

Our Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry is easy to make.

Our Method:

Paste:

Place all the paste ingredients in a blender or food processor with water and blend or process until all ingredients are finely chopped and combined well, forming a paste. I only have a stick blender in the motorhome which works just as well.

Chicken Curry:

Heat the oil in a wok or large deep fry pan over a medium-low heat. Add in the paste. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes or until it becomes aromatic.

Add Coconut Cream and simmer for 2 – 3 minutes. Add cubed chicken to pan and reduce to a low heat. It is important to maintain a lower heat to prevent the curry sauce from separating.

Add Beans and cook covered for 3-4 minutes or until beans are cooked to your liking and the chicken is cooked.

Cook on a gas stove in your RV or at home

Serve your Cambodian Chicken Curry with rice and fresh coriander leaves.

For more Recipes on the Road, check out these delicious desserts: How to make the World’s Best Cheesecake as unbiasedly voted by my Husband and How to make a delicious Caramel Tart

Added Extras:

Add some chunks of potato, peas or broccoli to bulk it up and add to the quantity of the curry.

Alternate Serving Suggestions:

This recipe can be used to also make Cambodian Fish Curry, simply substitute 1kg cubed chicken for 900 grams cubed firm flesh fish.

Alternative Suggestion - Cambodian Fish Curry
Simply substitute Chicken to make Cambodian Fish Curry

So, there’s our quick and easy to make Flavoursome Cambodian Chicken Curry.

You’ll easily be able to whip up this awesome flavoured dish at home or while you’re traveling as we have. We first made it while we were traveling and we’ve also made it a number of times when we have been housesitting.

Let us know how you go with making it! 😊

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Safe Travels

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Diet Statement

We are not supporters of any specific diet including Veganism, Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Low carb or any of the other many options unless it is for medical purposes.

We do believe a good well balanced diet that ensures a healthy lifestyle and allows you to maintain good controlled health and fitness is important.

Adele and Kevin recommend a healthy overall diet with regular exercise.

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/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 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  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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16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns

The Queensland Coastline boasts at least 16 great Queensland free & low cost camps from Brisbane to Cairns alone!

The East Coast of Australia is the most popular road trip destination in Australia and no more so than the Brisbane to Cairns leg in Queensland.

With so many famous locations and must see destinations such as the Gold Coast, Noosa, Fraser Island, 1770, the Whitsundays, Mission Beach plus the Daintree and Cape Tribulation it is no surprise why so many travellers hitch up to visit Queensland and some never leave.

The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays

Let’s also not forget one of the 7 Great Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef, is a worldwide attraction and an incredible drawcard for the Sunshine State.

The warmer weather in Queensland is also very attractive to those living in the southern states of Australia, especially during the winter months of the year.

With so many experiences to be had saving on accommodation allows you to experience more of these amazing locations.

We have listed some great Free and Low Cost camps where you can stay when travelling from Brisbane to Cairns in beautiful sunny Queensland.

16 Great Queensland Free Camps Update 2021

Our list of 16 Great Queensland Free Camps has been updated as at April 2021 with Workman’s Beach Free Camp being removed as sadly it has been closed. It has been replaced with Hinkler Lions Park in Bundaberg, a free 24hr RV stopover for self-contained vehicles.

Kuranda Sykrail Rainforest Cableway
SkyRail Kuranda Cairns

Here’s our favourite 16 Great Queensland Free & Low Camps from Brisbane to Cairns:

1. Hugh Muntz Park, Beenleigh Brisbane

Hugh Muntz Park camping is approx halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane at Beenleigh.

This is a Free camp situated in a park setting and is walking distance to shops including groceries.

The park provides drinking water and BBQ’s plus it is pet friendly.

There are toilets available plus a dump point on site.

The max stay is 3 nights.

Be aware the campground is located close to the busy M1 Pacific Motorway.

We recommend visiting the nearby Beenleigh Rum Distillery. Tours of the distillery are available also.

Check out all of the awesome spots for: Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

One of 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns - Hugh Muntz Park
Hugh Muntz Park Beenleigh – 1 of 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns

2. Lawnton Showgrounds, Lawnton Brisbane

The Lawnton Showgrounds are located in the Pine Rivers region on Brisbane Northside.

Ok, the Showgrounds are not free and at $25 a night why is it in this list?

For a major city offering fantastic facilities such as available here it is the Best Stopover when you have to stay in Brisbane. It is simply excellent low cost value.

All sites are powered and have water for just $25 a night and you can stay up to 21 nights.

There are 2 toilet blocks, a good camp kitchen, dump point and it is pet friendly.

Lawnton train station is within walking distance to catch a train for appointments in the city plus BCF, Bunnings, Supercheap Auto and the Lawnton Swimming Pool are also only a short stroll away.

We recommend taking a look around the Lawnton Markets which are on each Saturday morning to enjoy a great Bacon & Egg burger and drink plus find a bargain.

Read about: 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

The Lawnton Showgrounds in Brisbane
Lawnton Showgrounds

3. Cooroy RV Stopover, Sunshine Coast

A perfect spot to stay when visiting the Sunshine Coast, only 20 minutes drive to Noosa.

The Cooroy RV Stopover is a low cost camp and offers an excellent place to stay with good level grassy grounds.

Drinking water is available plus bins and a dump point are in place.

The Cooroy RV Stopover is also pet friendly.

You will need to be self contained meaning toilet on board plus holding tanks for black and grey water.

Maximum stay is 72 hours.

We recommend walking Noosa National Park and explore its incredible beauty and if reasonably fit, take a walk to the top of Mount Coolum during your stay.

Read all about the: 15 Things you must do on the Sunshine Coast

16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns - Cooroy RV Stopover
Cooroy RV Stopover

4. Tiaro Memorial Park, Tiaro

Just 27kms south of Maryborough is the fabulous Tiaro Memorial Park Free Camp. It’s only small however there are toilets and hot showers available.

It is also pet friendly.

We found this a great spot for an overnighter. Tiaro is only 59kms to Hervey Bay, the gateway to the spectacular Fraser Island.

Read all about: Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island

Tairo Memorial Park is a great free camp between Brisbane and Cairns
Tiaro Memorial Park

5. Hervey Bay Free 48 Rest Stop, Hervey Bay

Behind the Hervey Bay Information Centre is a good 48 hour Rest Stop. You do need to be self contained.

There are no facilities except a dump point which is locked, access is by a key at the Information Centre desk.

It is just 5 minutes from town and all the features of Hervey Bay.

While in Hervey Bay take a Whale Watching tour and don’t miss the opportunity to see the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island.

Read more: Our Trip from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns - Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay Free Rest Stop

6. Hinkler Lions Park, Bundaberg

Hinkler Lions Park named after the famous pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler, whose birth place is Bundaberg, is the perfect spot for an overnight stay for self-contained vehicles.

Located opposite the airport and just over 5km from the heart of Bundaberg, this free RV stop provides toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and a Dump Point. It is also pet friendly.

Bundaberg is fast becoming the Drinks Capital of Australia. It is home to the famous Bundaberg Rum Factory, The Bundaberg Barrel, Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery, Kalki Moon and Bargara Brewing Company.

While in town be sure to head to the Hinkler Aviation Centre and Tinaberries.

Check out: Why Bundaberg is definitely worth visiting

Hinkler Lions Park
Hinkler Lions Park, Bundaberg

7. Boynedale Bush Camp, Lake Awoonga

Lake Awoonga is just 30kms from Gladstone in Queensland and the Boynedale Bush Camp is set overlooking the lake.

A few years ago millions of Barrimundi fingerling were released in to the Lake along with some Mangrove Jack and with Red Claw also available it can be a great place to go fishing and camping.

There are toilets available however no power, no water and no bins.

Dogs are discouraged as there is a lot of surrounding wildlife.

Read more: Free Camps and Caravan Parks

The Boyndedale Bush Camp at Lake Awoonga is just one of 16 Great Queensland Free Camps
Boynedale Bush Camp, Lake Awoonga

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!

8. Calliope River Rest Area, near Gladstone

The Calliope River Free Camps are located on both sides of the Calliope River and are a very popular overnight place to stay for travelers.

It is one of our most frequented of the 16 Great Queensland Free Camps.

There are toilets available and fires are allowed. Pets are permitted also.

It is just a 20 minute drive to Gladstone from the Campgrounds.

Check out all of : Our Best Free Camps in Australia

Calliope River Rest Area - One of 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns
Calliope River Rest Area – One of the favourites in our 16 Great Queensland Free Camps

9. Kershaw Gardens Free Camp, Rockhampton

The Kershaw Gardens Free Camp is a simple space on the edge of parklands in Rockhampton.

It is well located and within easy walking distance to Coles, Kmart, Chemists, Camping Stores and lots more.

The Free camp is available for 48 hour stay. There are no facilities and you must be self contained.

The Rockhampton Council have been fantastic and fought to keep this Free Camping space for travelers for the benefit of all businesses in Rockhampton and we acknowledge this and thank the Council for their wisdom and courage.

While in Rockhampton we recommend visiting the spectacular region of Yeppoon.

Read about: 11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Yeppoon

Free camping area at Kershaw Gardens - 16 Great Queensland Free Camps
Kershaw Gardens Free Camp

10. Carmila Beach Campground, Carmila

100 kms south of Mackay is the ocean front Carmila Beach Camping Ground.

Previously a Free place to stay it is now $12.50 per vehicle a night.

There are toilets, bins and a dump point available and it is pet friendly. You will need to bring your own water and please place your rubbish in the bins provided.

There is great fishing in the rivers either side of the Campground.

Watch our video of getting our Motorhome bogged in the sand at Carmila Beach.

BeachFront Camping at Carmila Beach Campground
Carmila Beach Campground

11. Notch Point, Ilbilbie

Spend 7 days with stunning views and fantastic fishing for Free at Notch Point in Queensland. It is undoubtedly the best of the 16 Great Queensland Free Camps!

Take the turnoff at Ilbilbie but it is 4WD only and the track includes tidal pools of water to navigate.

There are no facilities and you will need to take all your provisions with you.

It is pet friendly but before letting your dog go swimming there’s plenty of signs regarding sharks and possible salt water crocodiles.

View our YouTube video: Getting into Notch Point, Queensland’s Best Free Camp

Stunning Notch Point

12. RV Park Proserpine & Peter Faust Dam Proserpine

There are now 2 Free Camping options at Proserpine thanks to a progressive local Council and both are excellent options.

The Peter Faust Dam Camping at Lake Proserpine opened in October 2019 and provides a 72 hour stay for Free. It is accessible for rigs of all sizes.

The views are some of the best out of the 16 Great Queensland Free Camps.

There are toilets and showers plus it is pet friendly.

Back in town is the RV Park Proserpine which offers 48 hour Free camping for Self Contained RV’s.

Drinking Water is available plus there are bins and a dump point.

It is also pet friendly.

Proserpine is the gateway to the phenominal Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. We highly recommend the Ocean Rafting Tour and the Atlantic Clipper Day Tour

Book your Ocean Rafting Tour here>

Book your Atlantic Clipper Day Tour here>

Peter Faust Dam Proserpine

13. Toomulla Beach Rest Area, north of Townsville

Just 40kms north from Townsville is the Toomulla Beach Rest Area.

Toilets, BBQ’s and bins are available and it is pet friendly.

This is an excellent free camp however remember to bring your insect repellent as there are mangroves nearby so midges and mosquitos are always possible.

Read more: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

16 Great Queensland Free Camps - Toomulla Beach Rest Area
Toomulla Beach Rest Area

14. TYTO RV Park, Ingham

The TYTO RV Park isn’t Free but it is just $10 per vehicle and with such beautiful surroundings it sure is worth it.

Register and pay at the Information Centre next door. Given it is located on wetlands there is a strict no grey water on the ground rule.

The TYTO RV Park is a maximum 48 hour stay.

It is pet friendly and water, toilets, bins and a dump point are all available.

While staying at TYTO RV Park in Ingham do the day trip to the amazing Wallaman Falls.

Read all about how: Wallaman Falls has the Wow Factor

TYTO RV Park Ingham
TYTO RV Park Ingham

15. Babinda Rotary Park, Babinda

The Babinda Rotary Park Rest Area is one of the great Queensland Free camps as it is beside the river and offers toilets, drinking water and $2 hot showers.

Maximum stay is 72 hours.

There is also another free camp nearby at beautiful Babinda Boulders.

Babinda is less than an hours drive to Cairns.

Read all about: Driving north of Townsville to Cairns

Babinda Boulders Free Camp - one of 16 great Queensland Free Camps
Swimming at Babinda Boulders

16. Greenpatch Reserve, Gordonvale Cairns

The Greenpatch Reserve is located in Gordonvale besides the Mulgrave River just 23kms from Cairns CBD.

This Free camp is very popular and provides toilets and $1 hot showers. Bins are also available.

It is located near the highway so can be noisy.

Maximum length of stay is 72 hours.

Read all about the Things to See and Do in Cairns plus don’t miss a Day trip to Fitzroy Island.

Book your Fitzroy Island tickets here>

A day trip to Fitzroy Island
Fitzroy Island Cairns

Check out: Things to See and Do in Cairns

A couple of tips for Free camping

  • Arrive between 9am and 1pm just after others have left for their next adventures. By mid afternoon most Free Camps tend to get busy with other travellers arriving to set up camp.

If you turn up early you have a much better chance at securing a site and a better spot.

  • Don’t just leave with your own rubbish but clean up the immediate space around you.

If we all commit to being responsible for leaving our space cleaner than when we arrived then in no time we will all be staying in a clean environment.

Read more: Everything you need to know to go Free Camping

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There are so many free camps but these 16 Great Queensland Free Camps from Brisbane to Cairns are our favourites in our home state. Let us know in the comments below if you have stayed at any others that you rate highly.

Safe travels

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/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 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  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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Karijini Camping, Karijini National Park

Karijini Camping Feature

Karijini National Park Western Australia is a bucket list location and offers two Karijini Camping options for camping close to the breathtaking gorges, amazing waterfalls and awesome rockpools.

Each of the camping grounds are conveniently located within close distance to two of Karijini National Park’s gorges.

The Dales Campground is within walking distance to the amazing Dales Gorge whilst the Karijini Eco Retreat is at the edge of Joffre Gorge.

During our visit to Karijini National Park, we chose the Dales Campground for our Karijini Camping stay. We were also interested to check out the Karijini Eco Retreat so we called in one afternoon for a look around and while we were there enjoyed a drink at the bar.

Karijini Camping Walking Dales Gorge
Adele walking Dales Gorge

Handy Information for Camping in Karijini National Park

Karijini Camping Options

There are two options for camping right in the heart of the magnificent Karijini.

  1. Dales Campground
  2. Karijini Eco Retreat

Dales Campground Camping

Camping at the Dales Gorge Campground is a great option as it is just a relatively short walk to spectacular Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool in Dales Gorge.

It was our chosen Karijini Camping option during our visit to Karijini National Park.

Even though the Dales Campground has the largest number of campsites of any of the Western Australian National Parks, it is so popular it often exceeds capacity during peak periods from June through to September.

During these peak periods, they operate a Karijini Overflow Camping area which is 10kms from the main Dales Campground.

Maximum stay at the overflow camping area is 2 nights as there is a limited capacity.

Karijini Camping at Dales Camapground

Dales Campground Booking

Due to the popularity of Karijini Camping, it is essential that you book on-line before your arrival. You could likely face disappointment if you arrive without a booking as there is a high chance there may be no vacancies.

To book a campsite at the Dales Campground in Karijini National Park, simply go to the Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia website and click on the Stay Tab to make your on-line booking.

Dales Campground Campsite - Our Karijini Camping stay

Bookings are essential for camping in both the Dales Campground and Overflow Camping Area.

Dales Campground Camping Fees

Camping fees for Karijini Camping at Dales Campground:

  • Adults $11 per night
  • Concession $8 per night
  • Children (6-15 years) $3 per night
Dales Campground - our Karijini Camping experience
Dales Campground, Karijini National Park

Dales Campground Camping Facilities

  • Max Nights Stay:   14 nights if any of the nights are within school holidays otherwise 28 nights.  Maximum 2 nights stay in Overflow Area during peak periods
  • Toilets:      Yes – Non flush pit toilets
  • Showers:     No – but there are showers at the Visitors Centre 12 kms from Dales Campground
  • Potable Water:    No
  • Bins:  No
  • Power:  No
  • Generators: Yes – only in some sites
  • Pet Friendly:   No
  • Dump Point:   Yes
  • Free Wi-Fi:     Karijini National Park now has free public Wi-Fi
  • Are Fires allowed?:    No
  • Telstra Coverage:  Telstra and Optus tend to get the best reception now that Phone Reception Towers have been installed at the Retreat, Dales Campground and the Visitors Centre

Contact Details:
Phone: 08 9189 8121
Address:  Dales Road, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Website:

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Karijini Eco Retreat - One of the two Karijini Camping options

Karijini Eco Retreat Camping

The Karijini Eco Retreat offers cabins, glamping tents and a camprgound suitable for caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, big rigs as well as tent camping. Although the ground is quite hard which may make it difficult to drive tent pegs in.

Nestled in beautiful bushland, the eco retreat provides a quiet relaxing natural environment  conveniently located on the edge of Joffre Gorge in the fabulous Karijini National Park.

There is an on-site restaurant and bar at the Karijini Eco Retreat as well as an undercover bush kitchen.

Karijini Eco Retreat Bar

Karijini Eco Retreat Booking

You can make a booking on-line or call the Retreat on 08 9286 1731 between 7:00am to 10:00am in the mornings and 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the afternoons from Monday -Sunday.

Karijini Eco Retreat Camping Fees

Camping fees for the Campground are $20 per person per night. Children up to 12 years of age stay free when accompanied by a minimum of 1 adult per campsite.

Karijini Eco Retreat Ampitheatre

Karijini Eco Retreat Camping Facilities

  • Max Nights Stay:   N/A
  • Toilets:      Yes – flushing toilets
  • Showers:     Yes – Solar Hot Water Showers
  • Potable Water:    Yes
  • Bins: No
  • Power:  No
  • Generators: Yes – between 4pm – 8pm
  • Pet Friendly:   No
  • Dump Point:   No
  • Free Wi-Fi:    Karijini National Park now has free public Wi-Fi
  • Are Fires allowed?:    No
  • Telstra Coverage: Telstra and Optus tend to get the best reception now that Phone Reception Towers have been installed at the Retreat, Dales Campground and the Visitors Centre

Contact Details:
Phone: 08 9286 1731
Address: Savannah Campground (off Weano Road), Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Website:

Read more about: Karijini Eco Retreat

Karijini Eco Retreat One of the two Karijini Camping options

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Karijini National Park Entry

Entry Fees to Karijini National Park

Entry to Karijini National Park is only free if you walk or cycle into the park. Otherwise an entry fee is payable:

  • Standard Fee per private vehicle with up to 12 occupants – $15
  • Concession Fee per private vehicle $8
  • Standard Fee per Motorcycle $8 – no Concession available

These fees provide entry to one or more parks on the same day. If you are camping in a park and therefore staying for more than one day it is cheaper to purchase a Park Pass.

Fortescue Falls

Park Pass for Karijini National Park

Karijini is Western Australia’s second largest National Park and is an awesome place to visit and  go camping.

In addition to the Camping Fees for Karijini National Park, depending on the length of your visit it may be more viable to purchase a Park Pass.

A Park Pass covers entry fee for up to 12 people legally seated in a private vehicle including the driver. By having a park pass it allows you unlimited entry into all of the parks in Western Australia for the duration of the pass.

  • 5 Day Pass $25
  • 14 day Pass $40
  • Month Pass $60

Pass must be printed and displayed clearly in the vehicle at all times.

Book your Park Pass on-line https://shop.dbca.wa.gov.au/collections/park-passes

Road into Karijini National Park Camping

How to get to Karijini National Park

You can get to Karijini National Park from Tom Price, Roebourne, Port Hedland or Newman. As we were in our motorhome, we entered via Port Hedland whilst Kev’s cousin and our son Matt came through from Tom Price in Kev’s cousin Keith’s 4WD.

Are there crocodiles in Karijini?

Fortunately with Karaijini being so far inland and due to the fact that it is far enough south, there are definitely no crocodiles in Karijini.

With no freshwater or salt water crocs in any of the pools, it is awesome not to have to be croc wise while swimming in Karijini National Park.

When is the best time for Karijini Camping?

An ideal time to go camping in Karijini is late autumn, through the winter months and early spring.

Our Karijini Camping stay was 5th – 8th September 2016. We can’t wait to return in 2022!

It is not essential to have a 4WD to access the Karijini Camping areas

Do you need a 4WD to go camping in Karijini National Park?

The road to both the Karijini Visitors Centre and Dales Gorge are sealed.

Also the road to the Karijini Eco Retreat is sealed with the exception of the last 3 kms. All other roads are unsealed but graded regularly.

It is recommended that you drive slowly and carefully and you may encounter some corrugations.

We managed to access Dales Campground in our motorhome without any problems.

We did have the added advantage of having Kev’s cousin camping with us which also meant we were able to go exploring in his 4WD.

Circular Pool from lookout

Things to do while Camping in Karijini National Park

Dales Gorge

Circular Pool

From the Circular Pool Lookout descent into the depths of Dale Gorge and check out Circular Pool from gorge level.

The track down is for experienced bushwalkers with a good level of fitness but we managed without any difficulty.

This large circular pool is shaded throughout the day and the water is quite cold so it certainly is refreshing after your walk.

Circular Pool

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Fortescue Falls Karijini Camping

Fortescue Falls

The Fortescue Falls is the only permanent waterfall in Karijini National Park and cascades down the tiered natural rock steps into the large rockpool below which is great for swimming.

Red rugged cliffs  encompass one side of the stunning section are stunning especially when the sun shines on them.

Fortescue Falls has a lookout providing a great vantage point to view the falls from 100metres above the gorge.

Read about our: 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Fortescue Falls from above

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Fern Pool

Fern Pool

From Fortescue Falls, head another 150 metres and you will discover the incredible Fern Pool.

This pool surrounded by beautiful ferns is also a great place for a swim. There is a small waterfall in the back of Fern pool you can swim over to and enjoy the natural shower .

It even has a ladder to make it easier to access the turquoise waters of this little oasis.

Fern Pool

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Dales Gorge Rim Walk

Gorge Rim Walk

Follow the trail from the Fortescue Falls Carpark near the start of the Fortescue Falls Walk and experience the wonderful views of red terraced cliffs of Dale Gorge that have been weathered over hundreds of years.

The walk along the rim to the Circular Pools Lookout and return is 2km.

Dales Gorge Rim Walk

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Spider Walk Duo

Hancock Gorge

Spider Walk

The infamous spider walk is certainly one for the fit and adventurous. For us it was a challenge and also definitely one of the highlights of Hancock Gorge.

After climbing down a ladder into Hancock Gorge, there are sections where you will either be wading through water or precariously walking on narrow ledges of the terraced rock walls.

You will arrive at the amazing Ampitheatre before encountering the Spider Walk.

The Spider Walk is a narrow gap where you straddle the rock walls with your arms and legs like a four legged spider and maneuver your body along over the narrow crevice.

It’s fun but daunting at the same time and may not be manageable for some people!

It is recommended that it best experienced with a Karijini Tour Guide but we managed to explore it on our own.

Read about our: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Hancock Gorge

Kermits Pool

Once you safely make it through the intrepid Spider Walk, the trail will lead you directly to Kermits Pool which is aptly named for its green coloured water.

Another popular swimming hole and it’s great spot to cool off in the crisp waters of Kermits Pool after your walk.

The trail ends at Kermits Pool where there is a roped area as it is simply too dangerous to continue through the gorge. You do however get great views of the gorge from this point.

Kermits Pool

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Junction Pool Lookout

Weanu Gorge

Junction Pool & Oxer Lookout

Waeno Gorge is one of the most accessible of the gorges in Karijini National Park. Junction Pool and Oxer Lookouts are easily accessed by car and both are a relatively easy 30 minute walk from the carpark.

You will reach Junction Lookout first and then you can continue on to Oxer Lookout. The track narrows with a loose surface in some sections between the Junction and Oxer Lookouts so take care in these areas.

The views from both lookouts are absolutely breathtaking. From Junction Lookout views extend to Hancock Gorge and down to Junction Pool below.

Oxer Lookout has the added advantage of providing views of the junction of the four gorges – Weano, Red, Joffre and Hancock gorges. Seeing the sheer enormity of the gorges from this point is spectacular.

Lookout Karijini National Park

Junction Pool

Descend down the slope from the Weano Gorge Carpark into the depths of Waeno Gorge. Head along the floor of the gorge and you will come to the large pool which is another popular swimming spot.

Climb out of the gorge via the steps which links up with the Oxer and Junction Pool Lookout trail and  follow the lookout trail back to the carpark.

The return walk is a 1km round trip and graded as a Class 4 Walk.

Junction Pool below

Handrail Pool

One of the most difficult to negotiate is Handrail Pool so extreme care is needed on this walk.

The trail begins with a steep descent into the gorge using irregular steps  as the high red rock walls surround you.

It is a Class 3 trail but once the gorge narrows and becomes increasingly slippery it’s then classified a Class 5 trail.

On the way to Handrail Pool you will encounter a waste deep water crossing so you really need to pack light and or take a waterproof bag for your belongings especially for your mobile phone and camera.

It is a great idea to take a light inflatable tube to make crossing the water more easily.

The rocks down into the Handrail Pool are extremely slippery which is why there is a handrail and how the pool come to get its name. Even whilst holding onto the handrail there is still a chance you will slip down the waterfall.

This walk is definitely not for the feint hearted. Always turn back if you are not confident to continue.

Lookout Views
Red rugged tiered rock formations of the gorge walls

Joffre Gorge

Joffre Falls Lookout

The Joffre Falls Lookout offers fabulous views of Joffre Falls and the grand Joffre Gorge.

Joffre Falls

Take the marked trail down into the gorge and view the spectacular curved seasonal waterfall from downstream in the natural ampitheatre.

Note the trail does involve crossing the watercourse at the top of the falls before you take the steep descent to the bottom of the gorge which does require some scrambling down rock slabs this Class 5 section which includes some ledge walking.

It is an especially impressive time to visit after it has rained. The water cascades down the cliff into the dark pool and at the narrowing of the gorges the white water rushes over the smooth black rocks.

The Joffre Falls Trail is a 1.5km return walk and takes approximately 2hrs.

Stunning views from Oxer Lookout
Stunning views from Oxer Lookout of the rugged gorge walls down to pool below

Hamersley Gorge

Spa Pool

Further afield from the other gorges in the north-west section of Karijini National Park is Hamersly Gorge. It is definitely worth visiting as Hamersly Gorge is home to the breathtakingly beautiful Spa Pool.

The Spa Pool is a stunning blue pool that sits inside large curved shaped rock walls. It is the perfect spot for swimming as the pool is fed by a glorious waterfall.

This amazing piece of paradise also makes it a photographers dream.

Visiting the Spa Pool is relatively easy as it just a 30 minute walk from the Carpark.

Karijini National Park Lookout Views
Breathtaking Gorge Views in Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park Visitor Centre

The Karijini Visitor Centre is just off Banjima Drive near the eastern gorges. It is open  from 9am-4pm daily however is closed from early December to early February each year.

There is an extensive interpretive display and Centre Staff can provide detailed maps and information relative to the Karijini National Park.

A retail section offers goods relating to Karijini and the Pilbara region. Ice creams, cold drinks and ice are also available for purchase.

It’s only just a little over 10 minutes from the Dales Campground which is handy enough to pop in while you are camping in Karijini.

Karijini National Park Visitor Centre

Check out these other great blogs you may find interesting:

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Have you been camping in Karijini? Tell us all about your Karijini Camping experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Best Mobile Network in Australia for travellers

Best Mobile Network in Australia Feature

Which is the best Mobile Network in Australia to use when you go travelling?

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help work out which is the best Mobile Network in Australia for you.

  • How important is phone coverage for you? Are you happy to go periods of time without coverage or do you always want access to a phone network. Is it vital for you to have phone coverage for health, personal or work reasons?
  • Where are you looking to travel? Are you mostly travelling the black tar and seeing the popular highlights or heading off grid in to the bush where others don’t tread?
  • How much data will you need? Do you need it to stream movies and tv shows, to download music and spend time on YouTube or do you just want to read a few posts on Facebook, check the weather and find places to stay on Wikicamps?

If you’re thinking you love getting away from it all and want to put your phone in the glove box and forget it, and that would be awesome, just remember some families of travellers do get upset when they are unable to contact you when you’re travelling.

Police searches and social media campaigns have transpired in the past only to find the nomads camped up on a river somewhere far from civilisation.

If you’re going off grid for an extended period it’s probably wise to let the family know.

Best Mobile Network in Australia - Telstra

What Mobile Phone Network in Australia do we use when travelling?

We travel Australia with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus networks which gives us a very good understanding of how well they each work, although our son is no longer travelling with us.

Kevin carries two phones, one with Telstra and the other with Vodafone. Adele has her phone with Telstra plus our son was with us for the first 2 years and he was with Optus.

Our Vodafone is on a very basic plan. It’s an old number Kev has had for years and we don’t want to give up that number.

The Vodafone phone provides some extra data and is what we use to fly our drone. This way there’s little chance of the flight being interrupted by a phone call.

Best Mobile Network in Australia - Optus

If you are thinking of Optus it’s well worth reading this article from Craig and Caroline at yTravelblog who tried doing their lap with the Optus network and run their online business.  https://www.ytravelblog.com/pathetic-internet-in-australia/

In many regional locations around Australia Vodafone and Optus share their networks.

Often I had coverage on my Vodafone and it showed as being with Optus. Sometimes Matthew had Optus network through Vodafone.

So basically they have almost the same coverage as each other around the country.

We also travel with a Telstra Nighthawk Wifi dongle which currently gives us 20gig of monthly data.

Best Mobile Network in Australia - Vodafone

Would we travel with only Optus or Vodafone?

Not ever, never, nope, not a chance!!

No…..

To travel with either of those networks you must really dislike your family or you’re a wannabe hermit and recluse because you’re going to have long periods with no-one to talk to and no one able to contact you.

Some people might like that but not a lot I don’t suspect.

If you’re on a Big Lap of Oz it’s just not going to work. You need constant access to information to help you plan your stays and research where to go.

Your phone and internet access are vital so find the Best Mobile Network for you.

Even the Best Mobile Network in Australia doesn't cover everywhere

What does blue tick mean and what is the best blue tick phone?

Blue tick phones are mobile phones sold by Telstra that have been through a testing process to ensure the antennae strength of the phone will provide maximum possible coverage in regional areas.

Right now at the time of writing in early 2021, most Telstra phones with a Blue tick of approval are Samsung phones.

The iPhone 8 is the best pick for a Blue tick phone with Apple however that phone is now long superseded.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the best Blue Tick phone available.

What is Cel Fi Go and does it work?

When we were offered a role for almost 5 months on Fraser Island in 2020 we knew we would need to look into improving our phone coverage while on the island.

We had been there plenty of times in recent years and there’s almost no coverage outside the townships of Eurong, Happy Valley and Orchid Beach on the ocean side where we were going to be.

Our research uncovered a few options to increase coverage but we kept coming back to the Cel Fi Go which had very positive feedback by it’s users.

Before leaving we had it installed in our 4wd and whilst it isn’t cheap it certainly was noticeable how much it boosted our coverage.

We were able to receive a signal along most of the ocean beach in places we were previously unable to.

Please note, Cel Fi Go will not provide coverage where there is none, it can only boost a signal that is available.

Using Cel-Fi Go on Fraser Island

Obviously there was a faint network along the beach on Fraser but not enough for our phones to acknowledge it previously and now we where able to.

If you are a long way in the bush far from a phone tower it’s unlikely the Cel Fi Go will assist you.

Having the Best Mobile Network and Cel Fi Go installed will likely give you the best coverage for your Big Lap.

Satellite phones

The other option if you think you will be off grid for extended periods and want to be able to communicate with family, or in case you may need help, might be to carry a Satellite phone.

These phones will cost more and are expensive to use which is a deterrent to many travellers but might be the perfect addition for security and with limited use may not cost too much.

Without getting in to too much technical detail, satellite phones don’t use mobile phone towers like our typical phones do, they bounce off satellites in the skies and create a signal back to the person you are contacting.

The cost of the Satellite phones has reduced significantly in recent times however it’s the price of using the phone that can sting. If you’re going to be off grid however it may just be a very wise investment.

To learn lots more about Satellite phones and it’s operation this is a great article worth reading – https://blog.campermate.com.au/advice/satellite-phone-buyers-guide/

Best Mobile Network in Australia in remote areas

Where can you find free Wifi while travelling Australia?

Free Wifi is getting better all the time.

Adele and I rarely use it, we have enough of our own data now however our son Matthew would constantly use it to download movies and shows to watch.

When we were all originally restricted by limited data we would all use it to update apps to save on precious data.

Some of the places we found that were great for Free Wifi were:

  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Shopping Centres
  • Bunnings
  • Telstra Air Public Phone Hotspots
  • McDonalds
  • Libraries
  • Information Centres
  • Museums
  • Some Public Parks and some National Parks

Don’t use public Free Wifi to do banking or other private things with your phone that may cause you to be hacked but it’s great for updating your apps or quickly chatting on Facebook.

What about using Caravan Park Wifi?

We found Caravan Park Free Wifi beyond frustrating.

It was often limited to a very small download capacity, enough to check Facebook for 15 minutes and all your entitled allowance was used.

The coverage was usually only at reception or somewhere you had to walk a considerable distance just to get access.

At best it was often so slow. The busier the Caravan Park was the slower the coverage is to use.

Many times it didn’t even work.

Relying on Caravan Park Free Wifi is going to lead to much disappointment for you. For most Parks, their claims of Free Wifi in our experience is misleading at best.

Read about: Free Camps and Caravan Parks

Mt Archer Rockhampton

How much coverage do we have and how much data do we use?

We have always needed a good amount of data but not as much as some do.

While travelling we don’t watch Netflix or Foxtel, we don’t download movies or music. We don’t have children with us requiring home schooling either.

We do however use it to run our Website, YouTube channel and manage our social media.

There’s also a few of our favourite YouTube channels we like to chill out and watch.

All up we used to use about 62 gigs of data per month. This month we have used 120gb.

Today our data consists of the following but it changes all the time.

Adele’s Telstra phone: 80 gb
Kev’s Telstra phone: 80 gb
Nighthawk Modem: 20 gb
Vodafone phone: 30 gb

Best Mobile Network in Australia Plans

How much does it cost us?

We have our 2 Telstra phones on plans, the Nighthawk is now just on it’s original sim and the Vodafone phone is on a sim only.

The Nighthawk sim we probably need to check to see if there’s a better deal right now.

The cost for each one is:

Our Telstra phones: We pay $110 a month for each phone. We bought our Samsung Note 10 Plus mobile phones in September 2019.

Telstra Nighthawk costs us $25 per month.

The Vodafone sim only, costs us $40.49 a month.

We try to check regularly and ensure we are up to date with the best deals.

Samsung Phones

Why do we use Samsung phones

Pretty simple answer is because the cameras are so damn good.

We talk about our choice of Samsung phones in this article – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/what-camera-do-we-use/

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

MVNO’s are service providers who don’t own a network but resell phone networks from major company’s.

Basically MVNO’s buy the service for a wholesale price and resell it however it is usually not the same or full service provided by the network.

Today I’ll try to break down and simplify each of the major MVNO providers here in Australia.

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!

Best Mobile Network in Australia - Optus

Which prepaid sim card is best in Australia

Amaysim

Amaysim uses the Optus network however they have had issues with misleading advertising and were fined and is looking to wind up operations in 2021.

They are currently selling off their assets.

Optus is looking to purchase Amaysim and if the deal eventuates it will wind up in June 2021.

You can read about it here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaysim

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile is the only MVNO to use all of the Telstra network.

Yes they are the ONLY one. None of the other MVNO’s use all of the Tesltra network and they do not provide the full Telstra coverage.

If you have your own phone and are looking to travel Australia using the Telstra network at a more competitive price we recommend using Boost Mobile.

Website: https://boost.com.au/

Belong Broadband and Mobile

Belong Mobile is owned by Telstra and began in 2013.

Even though it is owned by Tesltra it does not use the full Telstra network.

On their Mobile page you will read where it says “Network coverage using part of Telstra’s 4G and 3G mobile network.”

Belong can have some good deals and might be worth considering if you can get a great deal.

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

ALDI Mobile

Aldi Mobile

Aldi Mobile uses the Telstra network to provide mobile phone call solutions for its customers. They have been operating since March 2013.

The Aldi Mobile network website states “We use parts of Telstra’s 4G and 3G mobile networks…” and therefore does not provide the full Telstra coverage.

The network has had good reviews and has just released some new family plans.

You can roll over data with Aldi Mobile with conditions. Check for the terms on their website.

Read all about Aldi Mobile and compare their plans here – https://www.aldimobile.com.au/

Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile uses the Telstra network for its phone coverage.

Another possible benefit is with Woolworths Mobile you receive 10% off your grocery bill. It also provides unlimited calls and texts.

The Woolworths Mobile page states “Woolworths Mobile uses parts of the Telstra Mobile Network…” and therefore does not use the full Telstra network.

You can roll over data with Woolworths Mobile, for more information about it check out their website.

Website: https://mobile.woolworths.com.au/

Aussie Broadband

Join the Telco that gives a **** is their motto.

Aussie Broadband has a broad range of services along with Mobile phone plans through the Telstra network.

Their website states “Aussie Broadband ABN 29132090192 acts as a reseller and uses part of the 4G and 3G mobile network and capabilities of Telstra…”

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

Yes Optus

Telechoice

Another Telstra network provider is Telechoice.

Their website states “TeleChoice uses parts of Telstra’s 4G and 3G network.” Therefore this MVNO also doeos not provide full coverage of the Telstra network.

Compare prices at their website here – https://www.telechoice.com.au/

Coles Mobile

Even with Optus reduced coverage across Australia the Coles Mobile website doesn’t guarantee you will receive the full Optus network.

The Coles Mobile website states “Please refer to the colesmobile.com.au/coverage-map to check if your device can take full advantage of the Optus network“.

You can not roll over any data with Coles Mobile.

Read about Coles Mobile on their website here – https://colesmobile.com.au/

Moose Mobile and Dodo both also use the Optus network.

Lebara Australia uses the Vodafone network.

Virgin Mobile closed in September 2020.

Do Mobile Virtual Network Operators have full coverage

The answer is simply No, except in the instance of Boost Mobile.

This might not be a major issue for most people, especially when you are at home but as you travel and you’re in a small regional town you might just regret or be thankful with your choice, depending who you choose.

If you’d like to read a more detailed analysis of the different Network coverage options it’s worth reading this article – https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/Guides/Telstra-network-coverage-vs-ALDI-Woolworths-Belong-Boost

Proserpine Dam Campground had no mobile phone coverage

Best Mobile Network in Australia Summary

It all depends on your needs as we first pointed out in this article as to which is the best mobile network in Australia.

Boost is the best option if you already have a phone and just need a sim. It is better value then Telstra and is the only one to use the full Telstra network.

Telstra if you are looking for a plan and the latest phone available. It’s probably ideal for those that rely on having phone coverage for the maximum periods during your trip but remember, Telstra also has it’s limitations.

Only a Satellite phone with cover you almost everywhere you might go.

Coles, Dodo or Moose sim card with Optus network might suffice if you only require simple low cost coverage when in major towns and cities.

Check out these other interesting blogs:

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What do you consider is the best mobile network in Australia while you travel? Tell us about your experiences.

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

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

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/2XlOZ0I – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttps://ebay.to/2TWt0vA  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – https://ebay.to/38wMc7V  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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