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How to make Delicious Ice Cream from just 4 Ingredients

Here’s how to make delicious Ice cream from just 4 ingredients! It is a sensational dessert! Plus, it’s healthier and so easy to make.

My sister used to make a super yummy chocolate ice cream so I always knew there were ways to make your own great home-made ice cream.

Ice cream straight from the supermarket can be so good however there’s often lots of sugar, fats, additives and colourings that aren’t ideal for our health.

Delicious Chocolate Coconut Ice cream made and served in ice cream cups
Home made Ice Cream

We went in search of a simple recipe that gave us delicious ice cream that was healthy, tasty and easy to make. With a bit of taste sampling,we discovered this amazing way to create your own mouth-watering Chocolate Ice Cream.

Actually, let’s double down here and we’ll show you how to make it a Double Chocolate Ice Cream with just 4 ingredients.

How do you make Ice Cream at home?

These four ingredients I carry in our pantry on a regular basis and you probably do too.

Ice Cream 4 Ingredients – Option 2

The four Ice Cream ingredients are:

Option 1

1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk (but I used Coconut Cream)

¼ cup Cocoa Powder

¼ cup Honey (or you can use Maple Syrup)

½ cup of Choc Bits

Option 2

1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk (but I used Coconut Cream)

¼ cup Cocoa Powder

¼ cup Honey (or you can use Maple Syrup)

1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

As I am usually always stocked up with these 4 items for either option, I now know I can easily whip up a supply of chocolate ice cream anytime, anywhere!

Making delicious ice cream from 4 ingredients

How to make Ice Cream from 4 Ingredients at Home Step by Step?

To make ice cream from 4 ingredients is super easy.

Method:

Option 1: All you do is place each of the ingredients, except for the choc bits, in a blender and mix until smooth and creamy.

Then just pour the creamy mixture into a freezer-safe container. Sprinkle in the choc bits and pop it in the freezer until it becomes firm. It usually takes between 4 – 6 hours but it depends on how hard you like your ice cream. If it is too firm, just take it out of the freezer 5 minutes before serving to allow it to soften a little so it makes it easier to scoop.

Option 2: All you do is place each of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and creamy.

Then just pour the creamy mixture into a freezer-safe container. Pop it in the freezer until it becomes firm. It usually takes between 4 – 6 hours but it depends on how hard you like your ice cream. If it is too firm, just take it out of the freezer 5 minutes before serving to allow it to soften a little which will make it easier to scoop.

The recipe states it makes 4 serves however I managed to stretch out the mixture to roughly half-fill 6 of the 200ml size ice cream cups. It is just a nice size single serve! Therefore 1 x 400ml can of Coconut Cream makes roughly 600ml.

Adding the cocoa to the blender

Ice Cream Utensils

If you have an ice cream maker you can speed up the process dramatically and your ice cream will be ready in as little as 20 minutes!

We like the new Cuisineart Ice Cream Maker for its 2L capacity plus the stainless steel design. The one we used today was the Ninja Blender which worked perfectly.

I used some great little Ice Cream cups with lids to make individual serves. For larger amounts I keep them in these great 1.4L BPA Free Plastic Ice Cream Tubs which come in 4 different colours. They are suitable for the dishwasher if you’re making the Ice Cream at home.

We found this ice cream freezes quite solid and a good durable aluminium Ice Cream Scoop makes it much easier.

How to Make Delicious Ice cream from 4 ingredients - it's so easy!

Calorie Count

The number of Calories per serving is approximately 290.

It contains

Fat: 23g

Carbohydrates: 23g

Fibre: 1g and

Protein: 3g.

Note – You just need to factor in the extra calories per serve if you are doubling down by including the chocolate bits from Option 1. Also there will be additional calories if you are creating any new flavours.

Freeeze your delicious home-made ice cream in these great little ice cream cups
Home made Ice Cream

Cost to Make Ice Cream from 4 Ingredients

I have calculated the cost to make a tub of this easy, healthy, delicious Chocolate Coconut Ice cream is approximately $3.15. Usually I buy the Coconut Cream from our local grocery store for around $1 per can. You can pay between $1.50 – $3.50 for premium/organic quality Coconut Milk. Plus, I estimate the cost of the small portions of cocoa, honey and vanilla would total approx. $2.15.

The cost for Double Chocolate Coconut Ice cream, still using only 4 ingredients, as I swapped out the Vanilla Extract with the Chocolate Melt bits is $3.60, it only adds another 45 cents.

Added Extras:

Double Down Chocolate – try adding some dark chocolate melt bits for an added surprise at the end of your serving as the chocolate melts drop to the bottom of the mix/cup! You can still stick to the 4 ingredients by taking out the vanilla and adding the chocolate melt bits. I have made the Chocolate Coconut Ice cream recipe with the chocolate melt bits but without the vanilla extract and it hasn’t affected the taste at all! You have the choice of Option 1 or 2.

Ice Cream Toppers:

As a topper, we add a fresh strawberry or strawberry segments with some cream or white chocolate drops to our delicious home-made chocolate ice cream treat. Also, we have been known to add a small spoonful of supermarket bought vanilla ice cream occasionally. But that’s just us doubling up on ice cream as we both love it!

How to Make Delicious Ice Cream from 4 Ingredients

Alternate Flavour Suggestions:

Get creative and make up your own new flavours!

  • Try adding banana to the basic mix for some delicious Choc-Banana Coconut Milk Ice Cream! By blending in a banana, this should add to the quantity of the mixture making more serves.
  • Another idea is to add in macadamia nuts. Ooh my mouth is watering as I love macadamia ice cream.
  • Also you can mix in some mini m&m’s or any of your favourite lollies. You can create your own home-made version of Cold Rock.

The different flavour ideas are endless!

It doesn’t get much easier than that and you don’t need to own an ice cream maker either. Now you know how to make ice cream from 4 ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up a tub of your own in a flash at home as well. Plus, you can even make your own ice cream while you are traveling

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

We hope you enjoy making your own ice cream, let us know how you go.

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How to Make Delicious Ice Cream

Safe Travels

Kev & Adele Indefinite Leave

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

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.

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.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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Adventurers Diary

Is it Time to Go Home

What a magnificent country this is that we get to call home.

Wow….!!

We feel so absolutely blessed that we were privileged to have been born an Aussie. Why would you want to live anywhere else?

Touring our country by road gives an all new appreciation of it too.

The rugged landscapes, the dry red dirt outbacks, the exquisite world renowned beaches, the magnificent rainforests and stunning Gorges with waterfalls and swimming holes so pristine they could all be the Garden of Eden.

Then there are the people.

The great Australian characters you meet, the kind warm and generous people who you befriend at Happy hour or they offer their assistance just when it’s needed the most.

It’s impossible not to be proud of being an Aussie.

Taking to the road and putting the rubber to the bitumen for so many years now has given us time to re-assess life. We keep asking ourselves the question, are we ready to go home yet!!

We think of all the positive reasons to say thank you to our tenants but we are coming home.

Most of all, we miss our families so much when we are away and of course our friends who we miss very much too.

Kev could possibly be playing rep cricket given over 50’s is now a thing since we left and his mates are playing.

The first thing we would do is buy another dog, we miss MACKS so much and would love another Golden Retriever.

We’d buy a boat and possibly a jet ski and spend a lot more time at Moreton and Fraser Island. Yes, we’ve thought about it, quite often actually.

But the answer keeps coming back, definitely Not!!

We sure weren’t unhappy in our life back home in Brisbane. The business was good, Adele had a great job she loved and therefore we had a reasonable income.

We were never wealthy, some failed business ventures saw to that, but we were doing ok.

Painted Silos outside Monto

Something was missing though, I didn’t know what that was but I knew I was searching for something in my life that had meaning, something that gave me purpose.

I felt there had to be a reason for living, I couldn’t just go through life and it was over one day and there was no substance.

Plenty of times I’ve heard the saying, He who owns the most toys wins!!

I always considered that one of the dumbest sayings ever.

The more toys you want to accumulate the longer and harder you commit to living a long life working your guts out to repay the debt.

I could never understand how you can be truly happy and fulfilled while each day your life is driven and owned by your employer, your clients and your customers.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

These words were said to me once and I’ve never forgotten them – The Man who works the hardest will be fondly remembered by his widow’s new husband!!

Some mates we met while travelling lived on the Gold Coast. They weren’t on a canal block but they did live in a street nearby.

I remember Mick telling me he’d go up the canals in his little tinnie and look at the mega mansions, the big pools and huge boats.

What he noticed was no-one was swimming in the pools, the boats hadn’t moved since the last time he went past, nobody was home.

These owners were in so much debt they worked and worked and never had time to appreciate the toys they borrowed money to buy that just committed them to their jobs.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

Why have we become this society where we think we have to have everything to be happy.

We don’t need so much stuff!!

Every time we pull out the credit card, every time we go to a counter and spend money at the till, we need to ask ourselves, do I need this?

Because every time we get out our wallets it means we stay in debt and we commit to more hours at work.

Growing up I remember hearing stories of Men who worked hard all their life. They retired at 65 and passed away just a short time later. I always found that so sad and was determined that wouldn’t be me.

I always knew even as a young boy at school, my life had to be more than that.

My brother retired at 31 years of age.

Yep, he never worked a job another day, EVER.

He was smart and careful with his money and avoided debt.

Les passed away in 2020 aged 74, the Vietnam War had finally got him. He hadn’t had a “job” in over 40 years.

I didn’t want to be him, we were very different, but he showed me what was possible.

If it was possible for him why couldn’t it be possible for me?

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us as we continue to discover so many amazing places

Some of the big lessons we have learned from travelling

There are so many lessons to be learnt driving around this magnificent country we call home.

The biggest lesson of all has been we don’t need a lot of those things we used to think we did.

We’d rather spend more time with our parents and children than be in the daily grind. We’d rather gather experiences and memories than a bulging bank account.

The day my Father died in 2008 sent me on this journey to find myself, to find what was really most important for me in my life.

I figured out that chasing the dollar was getting in the way of all the things I felt most important to me. For decades, in fact all my married life, I didn’t have the balance right.

I then set about changing my life.

5 Essentials – Camera Equipment

The Mavic Pro 2 will provide you with everything you will need for all of your aerial footage

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.nd some general use.

We both love our Samsung Phones. Most of our photos are simply from our Samsung Phones. Now there’s the new Samsung s21 out and we have friends and our son who have one and they look insane for photography. If you’re looking for a new phone for your road trip I’d be going for this.

The distances you can shoot with the Camera – Nikon P1000 are simply amazing. It has an incredible optical and digital zoom!

We use our HP Sphere 360 Laptop with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for our everyday use and for editing our photos

Bald Rock

Now after over 5 years travelling Australia it’s crazy to think that everything we yearn to own is in our little home on wheels therefore will we ever feel it is time to go home?

We’ve never been happier than we are now with the least amount of possessions we’ve ever had surrounding us.

The old me that still lives in my brain thinks it’s just bizarre.

We have so little yet we feel so rich!!

Our hearts and our souls are overflowing with joy. We find it really difficult to explain it most of the time.

We keep being told we’re living the dream and we don’t know how to respond or add to that. All we can do is just say yes, and we’re still loving it.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us

It’s true, we really are living a dream and long may it continue.

We can’t fathom why more people aren’t doing it

I want to scream to my mates and friends back home, you guys are mad. I want to tell them to buy a Caravan or Motorhome, or even a Yacht and go find adventure and fill your boots with happiness.

Discover why you don’t need all that stuff overflowing out of your garage, in the back shed and piled floor to ceiling in rooms and cupboards.

And you don’t need Foxtel or Netflix, a bigger boat you rarely use, a new BMW, the latest technology, a new home because you want a theatre room and more space to collect more stuff and dust.

Get out and create your own life full of excitement and adventures. Reality TV is rubbish, go make your own reality.

Great Keppel Island

OK, it’s not our place to tell you how to live your life but given how often we get told, we wish we had your life, the truth is we were just like everyone else before we left on our 2 year adventure.

We aren’t special….

We just made the decision and did it and now all these years later we still love it just like that first day when we drove away, completely unaware of the impact our decision was going to have and what life was going to be like on this epic journey.

Never for one moment did we ever expect to question ourselves if it is time to go home. We had always planned an end date before embarking on our adventure but over the years those plans have changed. It is becoming more and more difficult to contemplate going home!

My points are:

If you’re not completely excited about life each day then make a change.

Consider the impact on what you buy against if you need it and if all those hours you worked hard this week were best spent by purchasing it.

Live your best life, we only get one of them.

Is it time to go home - the answer keeps coming up no for us
The question for us – Is it Time to go Home?

Here are a few more words for what they’re worth:

  • Do more things you love to do and less that makes you unhappy
  • Contact your family and closest friends often
  • Don’t bother telling them you love them, they know that and your actions speak louder than words. Hug them, wrap your arms around your parents, your children and your friends as much as you can
  • Don’t live life by default, choose the life you want to live
  • Take control of your destiny
  • I may not have as much money now, but I own my time
  • We don’t fear dying, we fear having not lived a full life
  • Dare to Dream!

Pin – Is it Time to go Home?

Are you currently travelling like us and loving it but wondering how will you know when it is time to go home?

Let us know your thoughts and whether you are having to consider if it is time to go home and face the prospect of settling down again permanently!

 

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Free Camping in Australia

At around 7.7 million km2 and a population of just 25 million people there’s plenty of open space for Free Camping in Australia.

Whether you call it Free camping as we do mostly here in Australia or sometimes Bush Camping, Freedom Camping as they do in New Zealand, Boondocking as it’s called in the United States or Wild Camping in other countries, it all means much the same thing.

It’s the ability to setup camp in your Tent, Swag, Camper, Caravan or Motorhome where there’s open space and a sense of enjoying nature without a long list of rules to abide by other than those of common decency.

Free Camping in Australia doesn’t necessarily mean it is at no cost however usually that is the reference.

It can also mean open space, little to no rules, no designated sites, more room to park, don’t have to book or check in, incredible scenery and away from cities and major populated areas.

Sometimes this can come with a small cost or a request for a donation and still be Free Camping.

The cost though would be minimal and reasonable for the position and facilities provided.

Free Camping in Gregory
Gregory River Qld

Is it legal to Free camp in Australia?

There is no Australian Law that says you can not Free camp.

It’s part of our history and culture to be able to drive away from the built up cities and find amazing places where you can set up camp and enjoy the solitude of an amazing Free camp.

Australia’s “unofficial anthem” Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson epitomises the very essence of Free Camping in Australia.

In many cases, popular places have had facilities provided, especially where some have been over loved and disrespected and with the cost to provide these provisions and ongoing maintenance there may be a small cost to stay.

There is however no specific National Law about Free Camping in Australia.

Free Camping in Gunn Point
Gunn Point NT

What is the best App to use for Free Camping in Australia?

There are 2 very popular apps available which provide excellent information about where you can go Free Camping in Australia.

Wikicamps

Wikicamps is mostly considered the primary resource for information about travelling Australia by road and where you can stay.

The app costs $7.99 and can be downloaded through your App store on Apple or Google Play.

This is the App we use and it’s very good.

Campermate

Campermate is another good app available and it is Free.

We met with another traveller recently who told us he uses both apps as he sometimes finds locations on one that’s not on the other.

I went back to my Campermate App to have another look but it insisted that it be able to track my movements at all times, even when not using the app so I didn’t accept it and still don’t use Campermate.

It is Free though and if you don’t mind the Apps requirements it may work great for you.

Full Range Camping

Full Range Camping is another app available. We haven’t used it so can’t comment on how good it is but we haven’t ever heard it discussed around the campfire or online.

I have previously downloaded the app and I’m pretty sure it is Free.

Camps Australia Wide

Camps Australia Wide provides a book each year with updates of all the places around Australia to go camping.

It also now has an App for your phone which can be downloaded for an annual subscription of $9.99.

We have read the Camps Australia Books however have never seen the phone App.

Once again. we haven’t heard of anyone discussing this App either to have any understanding of it’s performance.

Check out: Reviews of Free Camps, Campgrounds and Caravan Parks all around Australia on our website>

Yarramalong Weir Free Camping
Yarramalong Weir Qld

Where can you go Free Camping in Australia?

Apps give you lots of locations around Australia that are designated locations where there is a recognised place to camp for free.

This doesn’t mean you are limited only to these locations but they may be generally safer or provide facilities to make Free camping a better experience for you.

It’s important though to ensure wherever you decide to stay isn’t going to cause you a hefty fine by a Ranger who wakes you in the early hours of the morning.

Generally most people use Wikicamps to find Free Camps however if you find a location where there’s no Council regulation that says you can’t stay within the defining town boundaries in your vehicle, doesn’t have a ‘no overnight stays’ or ‘no camping sign’, depending on what you’re planning to stay in overnight and it isn’t private land, then you are probably able to stay.

There’s a lot of remote places where you could happily set up for a short period of time and enjoy a camping experience.

Notch Point - One of the best free camping in Australia
Notch Point Qld

What about Free Camping in National Parks?

National Parks around Australia can be amazing places to stay however there is usually a Fee to stay.

The price varies from state to state and depending on which National Park you intend to stay.

National Parks normally provide some services and are monitored and maintained by Park Rangers.

Each state of Australia is different in costs and requirements for entering and staying in National Parks. It can also vary from one National Park to another.

Always check the National Park website within the state you are in.

 

Yarrawonga Free Camping on the Murrary River
Yarrawonga on the Murray River

Can you sleep anywhere in a Campervan in Australia?

There are many different regulations around Australia based on each Council’s jurisdiction for the area. Some do allow Free camping whereas others don’t.

Some areas are more strict on policing their Free Camping policy than others.

Most towns and certainly most major towns and cities do not allow Free Camping or if they do it is only in designated areas.

You will always run the risk of a fine if you stay overnight in a non-designated area in major coastal towns of Australia.

Free Camping in Australia at Corella Dam
Corella Dam Qld

What is “Fully Self Contained” and do I need to comply?

Whilst the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia has defined what they believe Fully Self Contained means it too can be defined differently throughout the country by any governing Council.

The containment of Black Water is a given. This is your toilet wastewater and it obviously needs to be exposed of appropriately.

Grey Water is another accepted part of being Self Contained however it is how your Grey Water must be contained that can differ.

In some places it needs to be an enclosed sealed container whereas in other locations a bucket may suffice.

Best Free Camping in Australia at Gregory River
Gregory River Qld

Tyto Wetlands RV Park in Ingham for instance is a location that requires Grey Water to be fully contained in a sealed, enclosed container. Buckets are no longer allowed.

Sometimes Showers are a requirement as part of your setup as there are none available nearby. This may be to stop the pollution of sensitive lakes or rivers nearby.

The ability to store and contain your Rubbish can also be part of the Self Contained requirement in some places but not others.

It can also mean having a kitchen or anything that allows you to stay and not leave any trace that you have been there.

What do I need to be able to go Free Camping?

Torch

We love our aircraft grade aluminum 1000 Lumen Torch. It really provides maximum light at night. It’s also great value on eBay from Jaycar for $59.95.

Check it out here – https://ebay.us/dntIU6

First Aid Kit

It’s always a great idea to have a First Aid Kit, especially if you’re a little more remote and away from medical help.

This is a really handy, portable First Aid kit with 30 pieces for just $14.95.

One of the best free camping in Australia - Gunn Point

Fire Pit

We love our Adventure Kings Fire Pit.

It has had so much use and is still going great. We bought ours along with the BBQ plate and it’s been perfect for us.

Check out the great value buy here on eBay – https://ebay.us/qq2IjY

Reciprocating Saw

Rather than a noisy chainsaw that continually requires fuel, oil and always seems to have a blunt blade we went with a Reciprocating Saw.

For cutting simple firewood for a fire you can cook on it’s perfect.

Our Ryobi Reciprocating Saw also comes with a 6 year warranty.

You can buy it much cheaper at Bunnings otherwise you can order online at eBay here – https://ebay.us/uABWrb

Collapsible Water Containers

We constantly use our Collapsible Water Containers to give us extra water while travelling.

When not in use we can fold them up and stack them without taking up much space or weight.

They allow us to carry more essential water to Free camp for longer. We carry an extra 100L of water in collapsible containers.

At just $25 on eBay, they are one of our very favourite items we travel with – https://ebay.us/Ja1E53

Wikicamps App

The travellers Bible, Wikicamps provides you so much information and is the most popular method Aussies use to road trip their way around Australia.

Portable Toilet

If you don’t have a toilet as part of your setup you can take a portable option with you. This is what we do when we go camping on Fraser Island or Moreton Island.

We decided on the Kings model and it has worked perfectly.

It’s strong and easy to empty when needed.

We also thought it was great value at under $100.

Check the Portable Toilet out here – https://ebay.to/364gkHM

Toilet Chemicals

Along with your toilet you are going to need the chemicals to go with it. We use the Porta Pak satchels and they work great.

Personally, we prefer the blue satchels.

Buy them on eBay here – https://ebay.to/32D9l81

Camping Chair

A good, sturdy, comfortable camping chair is a must have.

Camp Chairs come with so many different options. We have 3 chairs and they’re all a different brand and model.

We look for ones that are light, strong, comfy and have a pocket of some sort as a minimum.

Check out all of the styles and options available here – https://ebay.us/Qj6srw

Camping Table

We just bought a new Camping Table after searching for ages and we love it.

Finally it seems they’ve got it right.

The Spinifex Camping Table has the same strong robust build that we’re used to but the mechanisms for folding it and lifting it up and down are now far more easy to use.

No more pinching your skin trying to lower the table, it’s just so much easier to use.

Check out the Spinifex Camping Table with Anaconda here at eBay – https://ebay.us/I2TALM

Telstra or Boost

If you’re leaving the cities and major townships and still want phone coverage you have 2 choices if you want to stay in touch.

If you want a phone with the deal, you need to choose Telstra.

For the best phone coverage and you already have your own phone choose Boost who is the only network to use all of Telstra’s coverage.

Read here for all about the Best Mobile Network for Travelling Australia.

Sceptor Jerry can
Sceptor Jerry can

Jerry Can

If you are like us and don’t want to run out of fuel when you are off grid or pay the exorbitant prices often charged, carry some extra Fuel with you in Jerry cans.

On Fraser Island you can expect to pay $2.45 a litre for fuel, on Moreton Island it’s $3 per litre.

There are many locations around the country such as crossing the Barkly Highway or the Nullarbor where fuel is outrageous in price and carrying extra in drums can save you money and ensure you don’t run out when you need it most.

We carry two 20L low profile Sceptor Jerry cans with us in the 4WD wherever we go and use them where we can save money or want a longer range of supply.

Read more: How to Save Money on Fuel

Cash

A small amount of cash is ideal to carry with you in case you need it for a donation or an envelope which is sometimes the case with National Parks.

Mozzie Coils and Insect Repellents

Australia is full of biting insects including Mosquitos, Midges and Horse Flies. Always be prepared and carry a few different deterrents in case you need them.

We always have The Locals with us which is Adele’s preference plus Stingoes, Bushmans and the good old Aeroguard.

Mosquito coils can be another great way to keep biting insects away.

Good Riddance is a great Deet Free option also. It has no toxic chemicals, is Australian made and smells good too.

Read more: Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

Anti Vandal 4 Way Water Tap

Anti Vandal Tap Key

It’s hard to live without water and a way to ensure you can always access it is with the 4 way anti vandal tap key.

This will allow you access where tap handles have been removed to stop vandals from damaging them or leaving water flowing.

Read more about the: 4 Way Tap Handle

Water is a life necessity, one of these is an essential part of your Free Camping in Australia toolkit.

Buy a Tap Key at the best price here from eBay – https://ebay.to/2y5dRAj

Sirocco Fan

The best way to keep cool when Free Camping in Australia is with a Sirocco Fan.

They are excellent fans and don’t draw much power from your battery.

Originally they were designed for marine craft and are now very popular for RV’s. We recently installed a second one in our Motorhome.

You can read all about them and order yours at eBay here – https://ebay.to/3eUff9Y

Hema Maps

We always take our Hema Maps with us wherever we go. Online maps are fantastic but physical maps can have much more detail and are great when out of phone range.

Check out the range of Hema Maps here>

What facilities are available in Free Camps in Australia?

The available facilities at Free Camping in Australia can vary quite considerably.

Many have very little with the basics of bins and possibility toilets.

In other circumstances they may provide potable water, toilets, coin operated hot showers, bins or possibly a dump point.

Use your App to check what facilities are available before you arrive.

Free Camping at Mary Kathleen Ghost Town Qld
Mary Kathleen Ghost Town Qld

How long can I stay in a Free Camp?

Some Free Camps in Australia will limit how long you can stay.

Anything from 24 hours to 7 days is most common although some don’t have any set limit. It will likely depend if you are near populated areas like the coastline or inland in regional areas.

Once again, check your App or local Council websites.

Is it safe to Free Camp in Australia?

We have been Free Camping in Australia constantly since 2016 and can honestly say we have never had an experience that concerned us nor have we had anything stolen.

When we lived at home though we had our house broken into and our Camera, Laptop and Alcohol among other items stolen.

We are conscious of our safety and security and follow all reasonable avenues to look after ourselves and our property.

We believe it is as safe as anywhere to go Free Camping in Australia but as in all matters of life you should maintain awareness and keep possessions secure.

Brown Bay
Brown Bay SA

How to find Free Camping areas?

As mentioned above there’s some great Apps to help you find amazing Free Camping locations all around Australia however there are other ways you can find some great places too.

Talk to others around Campfires and as you meet along your travels and you’re sure to get some great tips on amazing places to Free Camp.

Also don’t forget to meet the locals in an area and ask them, they can be such a wealth of information.

Ask at the Information Centres wherever you go, they are an incredible resource of local knowledge and will often provide details of where you can go Free Camping.

There are a lot of great Websites available with an enormous amount of information. Our own website here at Indefinite Leave has over 250 great places to stay around Australia and a lot of them are Free Camps.

Also local Council websites have a lot of information. We often google a location and search for Free Camping destinations.

Free Camping at Neil Turner Weir
Neil Turner Weir, Mitchell Qld

A few Final Tips for when you are Free Camping in Australia

  • Before lighting a Fire, check if it is permitted and in case all Fires of all types are banned in the region.
  • Please always abide by campfire laws, Australia is prone to major bushfires and the effects can be devastating.
  • Dispose of all rubbish appropriately in a bin. If a bin is full take it to another location or wildlife will break it open and create a huge mess.
  • Take your rubbish with you until you can find a bin and dispose of it correctly.
  • The Australian wildlife is truly amazing and all animals deserve to be admired. Some can be seen up close while others need to be given their space and enjoyed from a distance.
  • Treat all animals with care and respect.
  • Look after the environment at all times. It is there for all of us and we are all responsible for our planet. Let’s all take the time to care for it.

Check out these other interesting blogs about Free Camping:

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Have you enjoyed Free Camping in Australia. Tell us what you like most about Free Camping!

Safe Travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Best Townsville Camping Grounds to Stay

The Riverside Convention Centre run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Townsville offer one of the best Townsville Camping experiences.

In order to stay at the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping ground, there are some requirements.

It is not a Caravan Park and therefore they have Council Permit regulations to comply with.

Also to stay at this great Townsville Camping Area you must abide by a few rules – no smoking, no alcohol, no swearing.

It is not your typical caravan park or campground and the Seventh Day Adventist School is also on the grounds.

The Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Area has quite a number of powered sites and a large unpowered area. It is suitable for all size vehicles and you can also stay in your tent.

Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping grounds

Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Facilities

There are two dated but very clean amenities blocks as well as Laundry facilities. It is only $3 per wash and there are plenty of clothes lines available.

We just use our Pegless Clothesline under our awning to hang up our washing. It is super quick to assemble and disassemble and you don’t have to rummage for pegs! They really are a game changer when it comes to hanging out your washing!

Read more on the: Pegless Clothesline – Hang out Washing easily

Riverside Cinvention Centre Townsville Camping Amenities and Laundry

Generators are allowed and there is a Dump Point available on site.

A number of taps are available therefore potable water was close to where we were camped up in the unpowered area.

The grounds are gated and access in and out by foot or vehicle is via a pin code. This added security ensures a safe and comfortable Townsville camping experience.

There is great phone coverage. We had excellent reception with both Telstra and Vodafone networks.

Note – Flying of drones in Townsville is mostly not allowed due to the airport and it being an Army base.

Dog Off Leash Area

Are pets allowed at this Townsville Camping Ground?

Pets are allowed at the Riverside Convention Centre Camping Ground and therefore you are allowed to bring your dog with you.

Just behind the Riverside Convention Centre is also a fenced Dog Off Leash Area. Simply use the same access code from the front pedestrian and vehicle gated entry for the back gate.

This great Townsville Camping Ground also backs onto the Ross River.

Cost to stay at the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Ground

Powered Site: $30 for 2 People per night or $200 per week
Unpowered Site: $20 for 2 People per night
Powered Tent Site: $20 for 2 People per night
Unpowered Tent Site: $15 for 2 People per night

Our stay was 12th – 16th August, 2021

Townsville Camping Site

Criteria for staying at the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Grounds

Your reasons for staying at the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville need to fall under one of the following categories:

  • Respite Accommodation for medical reasons
  • Short Term Accommodation to attend local Sporting and Music Events, Festivals, V8s
  • Education Use and Temporary Student Accommodation including home schooling travelling families
  • Religious Use – Church, Camps or Conferences
  • Emergency Accommodation for people referred from local aid agencies
  • Accommodation for Seventh Day Adventist Church Members and their families

Bookings must be made for the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping area. Di and Jonno who are the current Managers are lovely, they are very helpful and friendly.

Simply call to check whether you meet the above criteria to stay.

Please note the Managers do not work weekends and the Office closes at midday on Fridays.

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!

Ross River
Ross River right behind the Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Ground

Contact Details for Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Grounds

Phone: 07 4779 6708 or 0406 871 514
Address: Riverside Convention Centre, 55 Leopold St, Townsville, Queensland
Website:

How to get to the Riverside Convention Centre

Travelling from the North: Head south along the Bruce Highway/Townsville Road/A1. Exit onto Angus Smith Drive. Then take a slight left and merge onto Bruce Highway/University Road.

Continue to follow Bruce Highway and turn right into Leopold Street.

The Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Grounds will be on your right.

Travelling from the South: Head north-west on Bruce Highway/Edwards Street/Queen Street/A1 towards Graham Street. Use the left lane to take the slip road to Nathan Street.

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Bruce Highway/University Road. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit to stay on Bruce Highway/University Road and continue along the Bruce Highway before turning right into Leopold Street.

The Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Grounds will be on your right.

Riverside Convention Centre Townsville Camping Ground Gated Entry

Other great places to stay north and south of Townsville:

What is there to see and do in Townsville?

Here are 10 great suggestions for what there is to see and do in Townsville.

  1. Take a stroll along The Strand
  2. Swim in the stinger safe Strand Rock Pool
  3. Enjoy an icecream at Juliette’s Gelateria
  4. Catch a Cowboys Game at their new stadium
  5. Go Fishing off The Strand Jetty
  6. Visit the magnificent Magnetic Island
  7. Witness a sensational sunset from Castle Hill
  8. Cool off at the free Strand Water Park
  9. Check out the Jezzine Barracks Kissing Point Fortification
  10. Walk through the Townsville Botanical Gardens

Read more on what there is to see and do in Townsville: Top Things to do in Townsville

Pin – Best Townsville Camping – Riverside Convention Centre

Have you enjoyed staying at the any Townsville Camping grounds? We found the Riverside Convention Centre run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church the best camping ground to stay.

We also found the Seventh Day Adventist Campground in Broome a great place to stay as well!

Read more: Seventh Day Adventist Campground Broome

Tell us about your Townsville 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 – 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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