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Ocean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays

If you want a great day out in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, snorkeling, visiting Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and going on a cruise of the spectacular pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, then the Ocean Rafting Tour is perfect for the best day in paradise.

You’ll have the ride of your life!!

Ocean Rafting Tour - The Ride of your Life

Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure Tour

We did the Northern Exposure Tour where we had great fun snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and exploring vibrant Coral Reefs around Hook Island.

That’s just for starters!!

Ride, Beach, Snorkel, Bushwalk - All in one day with Ocean Rafting!

The weather wasn’t perfect on our day out, it was quite overcast but there was no way that could diminish the fun.

Ocean Rafting Snorkeling

Our Ocean Rafting tour took us to 2 special sites offering uncrowded snorkeling. Even though it was the middle of winter the water wasn’t cold.

A good wetsuit definitely helps. I had my own however they are provided for everyone in the right size to suit.

Snorkel Whitsundays on our Ocean Rafting tour

It wasn’t long after leaving the Marina before we were entering the water on our first swim. This is what we liked most about this tour, the fast rafts get you everywhere quick meaning more time spent having Fun!!

Once you’re in the water you feel like you are in another world, hovering over the beautiful coral reef and swimming alongside large Sea Turtles.

It was exciting to see some clownfish, they are quick making it hard to capture a pic.

After our awesome morning of snorkeling the next part of our day out with Ocean Rafting Tours was to step straight off the boat onto the beautiful soft 98% pure silica white sand onto Whitehaven Beach.

Chilling at Hill Inlet on our Ocean Rafting tour
Fun at Hill Inlet while Ocean Rafting

Ocean Rafting visit to Whitehaven Beach

They are the only tour company with a special permit to access the beach inside the iconic Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island.

This is the largest of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsunday Island Group.

For the next hour or more we swam in the crystal clear water and walked along the pristine beach. Then it was time for some lunch and the assortment of food was fantastic.

There was a lot of variety and food suitable for all diets.

Read all about: Reefsleep where we slept in a swag on a Pontoon at Hardy Reef in the Great Barrier Reef.

Lunch on board the Ocean Rafting Tour

We had plenty of time for lunch and chilling on the beach before the grand finale of our Ocean Rafting Northern Exposure tour.

We took a guided tour up the Hill Inlet Lookout Walk to take in the spectacular Hill Inlet from above.

Walk to Hill Inlet Lookout

Hill Inlet Lookout provides the most breathtaking views over the river and is Australia’s 3rd most photographed location after the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Hill Inlet Lookout
Ocean Rafting Tour pull into the beach at Hill Inlet

You could stand there for hours and watch the swirling patterns and colours change with the tide.

The degree of freshwater with saltwater and ever changing tides creates a remarkable swirling effect with the sand.

The tours are usually organised in order to ensure you have the best views of Hill Inlet.

It is such an awesome sight to look down on the Inlet from the lookout above. It is a magnificent view we were more than happy to absorb.

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

Ocean Rafting Fun Return Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park at Tongue Point was where we met the boat again.

There were lots of fast and furious riding of each other’s wake on the way back and some spins to finish the trip.

Thanks Paul and Dan for being great hosts on our Northern Exposure Tour. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is the best way to do it and is so much fun.

They also took us to the best snorkeling we have done in the Whitsundays in recent years.

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With our guides from our Ocean Rafting Tour

The Great Barrier Reef is certainly one of the greatest wonders of the world!

Where to stay in the Whitsundays?

There are some great places to stay at Airlie Beach all within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops and the beautiful Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Book your Hotel stay in the Whitsundays here>

For Caravan Park Accommodation:

Enjoy reading more about: Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region

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Which experiences are best for tours in Airlie Beach?

We have done quite a number of tours in Airlie Beach and believe that the Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel spots is one of the best!!

Which experience is your favourite?

Pin – Ocean Rafting!

Pin - Ocean Rafting

Have you had the thrill of Ocean Rafting in the Whitsundays? Tell us about your Ocean Rafting experience!

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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15 Things you must do on the Sunshine Coast

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is just 100kms north of the capital city of Brisbane, a short 45-60 minute drive. There’s so many things to do when you are in this sensational region and we’ve compiled a list of 15 things you must do on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast, known as the Sunny Coast to us locals, has numerous stunning stretches of beach and amazing National Parks to discover from the Coastline to the Hinterland.

There are beautiful waterfalls and a long list of activities and attractions.

Excellent Sunshine Coast accommodation is available for all types of visitors and the weather is generally perfect all year around.

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Our 15 Things you Must do on the Sunshine Coast

Here are 15 Things you really Must do on the Sunshine Coast.

Some are well known while a few others are much less notable but equally fun and perfect to experience during your stay on the Sunshine Coast.

15 Things you Must Do on the Sunshine Coast
Millie at Australia Zoo

1. Australia Zoo

Crikey mate, it’s Australia’s most infamous Zoo.

Australia lost an enormous icon when Steve Irwin left us but his legacy lives on through the must see Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Home of the Crocodile Hunter you can visit so much amazing wildlife including dangerous animals like Salt Water Crocodiles, Tigers and venomous Snakes.

There are African Safari animals such as Giraffes, Cheetahs, Zebras and Rhinos plus you can see the world’s largest Koala Hospital.

When you purchase your entry ticket in to Australia Zoo it includes entry for the day from 9am to 5pm, all wildlife shows, children’s activities, Laughing Frog Waterpark and more.

Australia Zoo is one of 15 Things you must do on Sunshine Coast
Croc show at Australia Zoo
How to get to Australia Zoo:

Take Steve Irwin Way exit off the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane to Beerwah and follow the sign to Australia Zoo.

What to take with you:
  • Water, there are water fountains around the park to fill up your water bottles.
  • Food is allowed to be taken in to the Zoo and there are picnic grounds available to stop and enjoy your lunch.
  • Camera to capture those animal moments.
  • Comfortable shoes for a long day on your feet.
Big Karts is another thing you must do on the Sunny Coast
Big Karts Sunshine Coast

2. Big Karts

While in the area stop in for some action at the Big Kart Racetrack and get the adrenaline pumping with Karts that race up to 70kmh.

This is the largest Commercial Go Kart track in Australia and is going to get your competitive juices racing as you work hard to go quicker and compete to produce faster lap times.

It’s a perfect way to spend a few hours with your family and mates.

Family Day for Cameron's Birthday included Big Karts
Ready for Racing at Big Karts

Before setting off on laps around chicanes, bends and hair pins there will be safety training by staff and helmets will be provided.

Book your Big Kart Racetrack tickets and make your way to Steve Irwin Way at Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast and have a great time.

Beautiful Noosa National Park
Boiling Point in Noosa National Park

3. Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

The Noosa National Park is located near Noosa Heads and is the ideal location to spend yet again, another perfect Queensland day.

Noosa National Park Coastal Walk takes you around the Noosa Headland past pristine beaches and stunning views back to Noosa North Shore.

See Boiling Point Lookout, Dolphin Point, Lookout, Granite Bay, Fairy Pools, Hell’s Gates, Alexandria Bay and Devils Kitchen along a 4.2km return walk.

Please remember, no pets are allowed in Noosa National Park to protect the local wildlife.

Noosa National Park camping is not available however you can stay at Noosa North Shore Campground nearby. A quick Ferry ride over from Tewantin and make your way to the Campground.

Stunning Noosa National Park is one of the things you must do on the Sunshine Coast
Noosa National Park Coastal Walk
Where is it?

Noosa is 160kms north of Brisbane.

How to get there?

Follow Park Rd in Noosa along the ocean front until you reach the Noosa National Park Carpark. It gets very busy, you may need to be patient.

What to take?

It can be very hot in summer, take a wide brimmed hat, plenty of sunscreen, insect repellant and enough water. Wear good comfortable walking shoes.

In winter ensure you have a jacket as it can get very cold at the Headland.

Don’t forget your Phone and a Camera.

Where to stay?

For Camping and RV stays we suggest Coolum Beach Holiday Park or the Noosa North Shore Campground.

Eumundi Markets
Entry to Eumundi Markets

4. Eumundi Markets

Our Eumundi Markets Review

The Eumundi Markets began in 1979 as a way for local craftspeople to sell some wares in their local community.

Over the years the markets grew extraordinarily and today is one of Queensland’s largest and most popular market.

From Noosa to Eumundi Markets it is approximately a 21 km drive and will take you around 25-30 minutes.

There’s great shopping for clothing, shoes and local handmade craft and there is plenty of delicious food and places to eat.

How many stalls are at the Eumundi Markets?

There are 600 stalls and the markets attract 1.6 million visitors each year.

What day is the Eumundi Markets?

The Eumundi Markets days are every Wednesday and Saturday.

One of 15 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Eumundi Markets
Eumundi Markets
Eumundi Markets Parking & Pets

Parking at the Eumundi Markets is available and costs $6.  The Eumundi Markets is dog friendly but they must be maintained on a leash.

What are the Eumundi Markets hours?

The Eumundi Markets open every Wednesday from 8am to 1.30pm and every Saturday from 7am to 2pm.

Where are Eumundi Markets?

They are in the main street of town which is close to the Bruce Highway and is approximately a 90 minute drive north of Brisbane.

How to get there?

Travel on the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast and take the Eumundi exit 224 and follow the signs. Otherwise you can enjoy the shuttle service direct from your Hotel on the Sunshine Coast to the Eumundi Markets and return.

How much does it cost?

Entry is Free, there’s $6 cost for parking.

While in town visit the Imperial Hotel, home to Eumundi Brewery for a great meal, a refreshing Ale and take a Free tour of the Brewery.

Buderim Falls also known as Serenity Falls
Under Buderim Falls in Buderim Forest Park

5. Buderim Forest Park, Sunshine Coast

The Buderim Forest Park is a hidden gem on a secluded 45 hectare of rainforest with waterfalls, streams and walking trails.

It is home to many animals including Paddymelons, Gliders and goannas while Black Cockatoos and Lorikeets are just some of the birds that call this Nature Reserve home.

This secret valley is also home to the beautiful Buderim Forest Park Waterfalls, otherwise known as Serenity Falls. You can view the falls from directly underneath or the bridge makes a perfect vantage spot.

As you follow the stream down from the waterfalls you will find small rock pools perfect to cool off on a hot Queensland summer day.

Enjoying the rock pools and small cascading water at Buderim Falls
Buderim Forest Park
How long is the walk to Buderim Falls?

There are 2 entries to Buderim Park Forest and we visited from Quorn Close. From there it was a short 600m walk to the Falls.

Are dogs allowed at Buderim Falls?

Buderim Park Forest is a Nature Reserve and therefore dogs and pets are not allowed.

What to take with you!!

Wear good comfortable shoes for some rock walking, drinking water, your phone and a camera.

The Race is on at Pomona King of the Mountain
Pomona King of the Mountain

6. Watch the Pomona King of the Mountain Run

To get a genuine understanding of this event, I recommend doing the climb yourself in the weeks or months prior to the event.

I’ve climbed a few mountains and whilst I’m a little older and less fit now, Mount Cooroora was without doubt my most challenging mountain climb.

By doing this climb yourself you will really appreciate the absurd fitness and skills of these athletes who race from the town centre uphill for over 1km just to get to the base of the mountain.

You will want some level of fitness to do this mountain. There are stages where it can get very challenging with very steep upright climbing involved.

I’m embarrassed to say it took me around 50 minutes to climb to the top and around 25 minutes to get back down.

And that’s just from the base, without the run to the mountain first and back. Jason who I started the climb with was much faster and was up within around 25 minutes and around 15 minutes to get back down.

At the top of Mount Cooroora
Mount Cooroora, Pomona
King of the Mountain Race

The Race Record was set in 2009 at 22 mins 43 seconds. That’s running to the mountain, climbing it up, back down and then running back to the start. It does my head in to think it’s even possible to do that.

The race is 4.2kms and the Mountain is 439m high. In comparison, nearby Mount Coolum which I have climbed twice is just 207m high.

The Pomona King of the Mountain race is held annually in July since 1979. Due to the events of 2020 the Race has had to be cancelled for the first time since it began.

The whole day is a wonderful event with a great carnival atmosphere. There’s market stalls, food, beverages and events to entertain.

It’s really worth spending the day at the Pomona King of the Mountain race and marvel at the incredible fitness of all the men and women involved.

Where is Pomona?

From Noosa to Pomona, a small hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast, it is just 30kms. Pomona is approximately 135kms north of Brisbane and is a short 10 minute drive from the Bruce Highway.

Read more: Our review of the Cooroy RV Stopover

Coolum Beach Surf Club - One of the Things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Coolum Beach Surf Club

7. Lunch or Dinner at Coolum Beach Surf Club

The Coolum Beach Surf Club is one of our favourite places to enjoy a meal or afternoon drinks on the Sunshine Coast.

Sensational views directly out over Coolum Beach in addition to good food and a great bar makes this the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon.

Coolum Surf Club Menu has an excellent variety and of course Seafood is a real specialty.

They also have a range of Pizzas on the menu and succulent steaks.

Dinner at Coolum Beach Surf Club
Dinner at Coolum Beach Surf Club

Coolum Surf Club Membership is just $10 if you would like to join.

The best thing is, for Coolum Beach accommodation the Coolum Beach Holiday Park which we really enjoy, is right next door. No need to count your drinks when visiting here.

Coolum is our favourite place on the Sunshine Coast, it has excellent beaches, less crowds and there’s plenty to do or as little as you would like.

The amazing Montville Clock Shop
Montville Clock Shop

8. Montville and Maleny

For the best things to do in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland head to Montville and Maleny.

What is there to do in Montville and Maleny?

When you visit you’ll find the Montville Shops which are really worth the time to explore and see the range of unique items for sale. My favourite is the Clock Shop, a huge array of modern and traditional time pieces.

Close to Montville is the Kondalilla Falls. Here you can take a beautiful rainforest walk through to Waterfalls and Swimming holes and enjoy the stunning views along the way.

How far is Montville from Maleny?

From Montville it’s just a short 15km drive to Maleny that will only take you about 15 minutes.

How far is Montville from Brisbane?

Brisbane is approximately 100kms north of Brisbane. It’s a very popular day trip for those from Australia’s third largest city and bike riders love the mountain ride up to the region.

A must thing to do on the Sunshine Coast is to have a Maleny Ice Cream
Ice Cream at Maleny Food Co

Along the way from Montville to Maleny is a number of places to stop, one of which is the Maleny Lookout.

There are a number of lookouts in the area and Gerrards Lookout provides extensive views over the valley back towards the Sunshine Coast beaches.

Also along the drive you will find Maleny Cheese and Maleny Dairy, both worth stopping in to check the tantalising tastes of cheese, yoghurts and other wonderful products.

Maleny Yoghurt is my favourite brand, so creamy and full of flavour.

Once you make it to town there’s some great Cafes and Maleny Ice Cream at the fabulous Maleny Food Co is one of our favourite in all of Australia.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a beautiful region to visit. You won’t be disappointed.

Sea Life Aquarium - another thing you must do on the Sunshine Coast
A feeling of being underwater at Sea Life Aquarium Sunshine Coast

9. Sea Life Aquarium Sunshine Coast

Sea Life Aquarium Sunshine Coast, formerly Underwater World is located at Mooloolaba near the wharf. It’s a Marine wonderland with an amazing array of sea life and beautiful creatures.

With over 3 levels of fun and entertainment there are animal encounters at every turn.

The underwater shark tunnel is an ocean adventure you have to experience. It is 80m long tunnel with views of Coral Reef and Caves and an marinelife including Grey Nurse Sharks, Stingrays, Eels, Reef Sharks and an assorted species of fish.

Each day there are Seal demonstrations and Sea Life Aquarium Sunshine Coast do a very important job as a rehabilitation centre for Turtles and Seals.

How long does it take to go through Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium?

There is a lot to see over 3 levels and shows. Allow yourself at least 90 minutes but it’s easy to spend a few hours enjoying the Seals and Sharks and finding Nemo.

The children will also have a great time with interactive displays and opportunities to meet the Seals and discover an Underwater World that they will certainly enjoy.

How to get there?

Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium is on the Mooloolaba Spit next to the Mooloolaba Wharf. There is ample nearby parking with 3 or 4 hour time limits.

Head to Mooloolaba Spit along Parkyn Parade until you see Sea Life Aquarium on your right.

How much does Sea Life Aquarium cost?

You can book your discount tickets here for just $35.20 for Adults and $23.20 for Children.

What time does it open?

Opening hours are 9am to 3pm daily with last entry to visitors at 2pm. On School Holidays it is open until 5pm.

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

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

10. Swim with Humpback Whales in the wild

One of our ultimate lifetime experiences was to swim with Humpback Whales in Western Australia and now you can experience it right here on the Sunshine Coast.

Jump off the back of the boat and wait for the inquisitive whales to come say hello.

Your guides will look for the calm Humpback Whales who are passively making their way up and down the Coastline. Jumping, Breaching and playful Whales will not be approached.

Humpback Whales are curious by nature and some will come over to see you. It’s this moment that will take your breath away. A moment in life you never could imagine or think possible.

Read more: Our Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia

Your Mask, Snorkel, Fins and Wetsuit are all included in the price. There are also some light snacks and water available during the day.

A full safety briefing is provided before the day starts outlining everything you will need to know.

Book your day with the experienced team at Sunreef, the first in Australia to offer swimming with Humpback Whale tours for just $195.

Where is the best place to swim with Humpback Whales?

The Queensland Coastline has over 24,000 Whales migrate north to have their baby whales before returning back again to the southern waters.

Mooloolaba on the Queensland Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to see Humpback Whales up close.

How long does it take:

Allow 4.5 hours for the tour including approximately 4 hours in the ocean waters.

Is it safe to swim with Humpback Whales?

With an experienced tour guide you will be safe. You will be in open ocean waters and will need to have a reasonable level of swimming capability.

Enjoy the experience of a Lifetime with the team at Sunreef Mooloolaba.

15 Things you must do on the Sunshine Coast - Whale Watching
Whale Watching Cruise

11. Whale Watching Cruise Mooloolaba

If jumping in and getting wet to swim with the Humpback Whales is not your thing but you would love to get up close to experience these truly amazing Mammals the team will take you on a Cruise you won’t forget.

They will even guarantee you will see Humpback Whales or your money back.

Whale watching season starts in July and goes through to October each year.

Your tour will take place on a luxury 65 foot Catamaran named Whale One and includes lunch and loads of knowledge shared from your informative Captain.

If you are like us and not experienced boaties we recommend taking sea sickness tablets prior to starting your tour. We take Kwells Sea Sick tablets approximately half an hour prior to leaving.

Enjoy a great half day out Whale Watching with the outstanding crew from Sunreef Mooloolaba for just $75 for adults

Whale watching is amazing
Humpback Whales
What to take with you?

You will be on the open ocean during winter, take suitable warm clothes with you. Don’t forget your camera and phone.

Polarised sunglasses are the best when out on the water and will further enhance your experience.

How long is the tour?

The Tour is 2.5 to 4 hours depending on the day.

The Cruise leaves from the Mooloolaba Spit on the Sunshine Coast. Mooloolaba is approximately 1 hour drive north from Brisbane.

The Noosa Everglades are a must do on the Sunshine Coast
Noosa Everglades

12. See the Noosa Everglades

Did you know, Noosa is one of only 2 places in the World that is home to a diverse Everglade system that is home to a rich eco system, marine life and incredible assortment of birds including the rare Jabiru?

Other than Noosa the only other Everglade system in the world is in Florida.

Located in the Great Sandy National Park the Noosa Everglades stretches into the far northern reaches of the Noosa River.

Unlike Florida, there are no Crocodiles in the Noosa Everglades wetlands.

Book a Noosa Everglades Afternoon Wilderness Cruise here>

Harrys Hut

For accommodation, Camping is available near Harrys Hut, an old loggers Timber cottage built in 1957. Harry was a pharmacist from Cooroy who would camp nearby and bought the hut once logging discontinued. It is no longer used but is protected and maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Enjoying a relaxing kayak on the Noosa Everglades
Kayak the Noosa Everglades

Access in by vehicle is best by 4wd as the track is rough with washouts and potholes in parts. It is not suitable for Caravans or Motorhomes.

Fishing in the Noosa Everglades produces Bass and Mangrove Jack from it’s Brackish to Fresh Tea Tree waters.

A great way to see the Noosa Everglades is by Kayak or through a scenic cruise.

Choose your Eco Cruise through the Noosa Everglades with Noosa Everglades Eco Safari and experience a wilderness like nowhere else in the world.

Our tips

Take sunscreen, insect spray and hat with you. Take something to eat and water with you, there is no drinking water available.

The track would be muddy and treacherous in the wet, best to go in good weather.

Another thing you must do on the Sunny Coast is visit the Ginger Factory
Buderim Ginger Factory

13. The Ginger Factory Yandina

Jump on board the Train and take a tour around the Sunshine’s Coast Ginger Factory located at Yandina.

Entry to the Ginger Factory is Free, you just have to pay for the Tours and Rides.

The Fudge is a tasty treat and don’t miss seeing the Live Bee show and taste the honey afterwards. Do the factory tour and discover everything about Ginger and see how they turn it in to the amazing range of products they have available.

The Ginger Factory Cafe menu boasts a range of yummy meals and we couldn’t go past sampling a delicious ice cream.

Take the train ride around the Ginger Factory
Buderim Ginger Factory Train

There’s something here for all ages and the kids will have a great time.

This great pass by the Ginger Factory provides entry to all shows,rides and tours of the Factory as well as tastings.

How to get there

Take the Yandina Coolum exit from the Bruce Highway about an hour drive north from Brisbane.

Take the first exit at the roundabout and turn right at the next roundabout and follow the road to 50 Pioneer Road Yandina.

The Ginger Factory Opening hours

Each day from 9am to 5pm.

Coloured Sands at Rainbow Beach Coloured and Honeymoon Bay
Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands and Honeymoon Bay

14. Full Day 4WD Beach Tour

One of the most under-rated beach drives in Australia is Noosa North Shore to Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach.

Honeymoon Bay along this stretch of beach is spectacular with the coloured sand cliffs over looking to the stunning tranquil turquoise waters along the white sandy beach.

Visit the Double Island Point Lighthouse and then have lunch at the fantastic Rainbow Beach Surf Club with amazing views over the ocean.

The remains of the Cherry Venture Shipwreck
Cherry Venture shipwreck remains
Cherry Venture Shipwreck

Ask your tour guide about the ship wreck of the Cherry Venture which ran aground along Teewah Beach in 1973. The rusted remains were removed in 2007 however since the heavy seas from Cyclone Oswald in 2013 the remains of the hull can be seen within the sand.

You are going to want to make sure your batteries are fully charged in your cameras for this trip. The photo opportunities are endless.

We love this region and the natural beauty here is a major reason Rainbow Beach makes our list of the 7 Towns in Australia we could live.

We did this tour, our driver was Glenn, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The Great Beach Drive 4WD Tour is the perfect way to see Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach.

15. Visit the iconic Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple was once one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia with over one million visitors per year. Pineapples have long been grown in abundance in the Woombye and Palmwoods region.

In its heyday, the Big Pineapple showcased tropical fruits, nuts and sugarcane produce, tours of the working plantation and homemade produce was served in the restaurant.

Sadly, the Big Pineapple closed in 2010-2011, however the buildings remain due to their heritage listed status.

Today, it is home to the Wildlife HQ Zoo, the Big Pineapple Information Centre along with the big fibreglass pineapple and in March 2021, The Tree Top Challenge opened at the Big Pineapple.

The Big Pineapple – Big Things of Australia

Since 1971, The Big Pineapple has been one of many big things in Australia.

The Big Pineapple is a 2-level fibreglass structure and stands 16 metres high. It can be clearly seen at the front of the 165 hectare sight originally known as the Sunshine Plantation. Stop in and have the obligatory photo with this iconic big thing.

Read about more: Big Things of Australia

What does it cost?

There is no entry free to visit The Big Pineapple. Everyone pays the kid’s price of $5 to ride the train however it is currently not in operation.

Note – A separate admission price applies to The Tree Top Challenge Course and to visit the Wildlife HQ Zoo.

How to get there

From Brisbane, travel north along the Bruce Highway/M1 and take Exit 201 towards Nambour.

Keep left and follow the signs for Nambour Connection Road, Nambour. Merge onto the Nambour Connection Road.

Then make a U-turn at the crossover before taking a slight left. Take another slight left onto the restricted-usage road. Turn left and continue along the restricted-usage road.

The Big Pineapple will be on the left in 240 metres.

Tree Top Challenge

Challenge yourself on the high ropes and zipline courses and explore 8 acres of stunning rainforest at The Big Pineapple.

The Tree Top Challenge is one of Queensland’s premier ecotourism operators and has received a gold Queensland Tourism Award.

Get your adrenaline running at the Sunshine Coast Tree Top Challenge, Australia’s highest and most thrilling adventure park with 120 challenges and 12 huge flying foxes over 6 courses. Reach heights of 35m in the tree tops and glide along on the ziplines that range from 20 metres to 140metres in length.

There is a separate Junior Course especially built for kids aged from 3 to 9. The junior course includes 70 high ropes games and 5 zip lines spread across 4 different courses.

Open 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday

Book The Tree Top Challenge Sunshine Coast here>

Wildlife HQ Zoo

Located also on the grounds of The Big Pineapple is the Wildlife HQ Zoo. Home to native exotic animals from around the world after being relocated from the Alma Park Zoo in Brisbane.

The 200 animals were relocated after Alma Park Zoo closed in March 2014 and in July 2021 the team at Wildlife HQ achieved accreditation under the ZAA Accreditation Program which ensures a high standard of welfare for all of the animals.

Become a Zoo Keeper for the day at Wildlife HQ, visit the Zoo Cafe and find out about the animals that feature in film and on TV!

Open every day from 9am to 4pm.

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

It is always harder to find campgrounds around major cities, but there are a lot of great places for camping within 2 hours of Brisbane.

Whether you want to be camping close to Brisbane itself or whether you want to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city and would rather be beach camping near Brisbane at somewhere like Noosa North Shore.

Just over an hour from the heart of Brisbane is the Coochin Creek Campground where you can camp up in a beautiful bush setting beside Coochin Creek.

We have identified 25 great places for camping within 2 hours of Brisbane, the most of which we have stayed or visited ourselves over our 5+ years of travelling.

Our list also includes a couple of awesome places for beach camping within 2 hours of Brisbane however you do require a 4WD to access them.

The estimated time to reach these camping locations is from Brisbane City. They may be closer or further away depending on where you will be leaving from.

Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane
Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane at Coochin Creek Campground

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Our List of Great Places for Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

  • Camping within 1 hour of Brisbane
  • Great Camping within 1.5-2 hours of Brisbane
  • Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
  • Best Camping in Brisbane
  • Free Camping in Brisbane

Camping within 1 hour of Brisbane

There are a number of Showgrounds outside of their annual show times that offer camping within 1 hour of Brisbane.

  • Pine Rivers Showgrounds, Lawnton
  • Redcliffe Showgrounds, Redcliffe
  • Dayboro Showgrounds, Dayboro
  • Samford Showgrounds, Samford
  • Caboolture Showgrounds, Caboolture

Apart from these Brisbane Showgrounds which are good to use as a base, it is great to get out and explore some of the awesome spots for camping within 1 hour of Brisbane.

Here are the details of some fantastic local places to stay or go camping.

Albert Theaker Park Rest Area

Albert Theaker Park Rest Area

How far is it from Brisbane?
45mins

What Facilities are available?
Toilets are available. There are bins and picnic tables available at this rest area which is right beside the highway and Willowbank Raceway. Camping is not available on Event days.

Camping in tents is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

Shaded by trees and no set sites. Drinking Water is available.

How much does it cost?
It is a Free for an overnight stay

Maximum Stay:
24hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Albert Theaker Park Rest Area is pet friendly

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
Champions Way, Willowbank, Queensland
Website:
N/A

Things to see and do in the Ipswich region:

Willowbank Raceway
Workshops Rail Museum
Queens Park, one of the oldest parks in Queensland

Check out these: 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

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Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane - Coochin Creek Campground
Coochin Creek

Coochin Creek Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 7 mins

What Facilities are available?
There is a Toilet Block with very clean toilets but no showers. No potable water is available so you need to bring your own drinking water. Closest Dump Point is 14kms away in Beerwah.

Sites are well marked with some semi-shaded by trees. Campground is right alongside Coochin Creek which is a popular spot for fishing.

Mosquitos and Midges can be an issue at times therefore be sure to bring along insect repellant.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per nightOur stay was 18 & 19 August, 2020

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – Domestic animals are not permitted in either the campground or day use area.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Open fire pits are scattered throughout the Coochin Creek Campground and available to use only when Fire Bans are not in place.

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Coochin Creek Camping Road, Coochin Creek, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout at sunset!
Strawberry Farms
Abandoned Dularcha Rail Tunnel

Read more: Coochin Creek Campground

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Beerwah Sportsground

Beerwah Sportsground Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 8mins

What Facilities are available?
Bookings are required. Limited sites are on offer, all of which are unpowered. Camping in tents is not permitted and you must be self-contained.

There are toilets, a small playground as well as the sports fields when they are not in use.

Drinking water is available. During our stay, there was a Coffee Van at the gate where you could buy Coffee and Smoothies.

A Dump Point is available on site. Right next door is a public swimming pool where you can pay a small fee for a shower, plus there is a skate park right alongside the sportsground.

Generators are allowed and gas is available. We had excellent phone coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone.

How much does it cost?
$15 per person, per night. Our stay was 20-21st August 2020

Maximum Stay:
72 hours in any 7 day period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – Beerwah Sportsground is pet friendly therefore is dog friendly

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5494 0513
Address:
32 Sportsground Drive, Beerwah, Queensland
Facebook:

Things to see and do in the Beerwah region:

Glass House Mountains
Australia Zoo

Read more: Beerwah Sportsground

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William Kemp Park, Gatton Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Gatton Free Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 9 mins

What Facilities are available?
At the William Kemp Park at Gatton, there are no toilets and showers therefore only Self-Contained vehicles are permitted. Tent camping is not allowed. Clean serviced public toilets are just a 5 minute walk away.

Potable water is available and a Dump Point is provided on-site. There is also a sheltered picnic area, electric barbecue and bins.

Fairly level grassed area allowing drive-through capability with a circular access. Camping area is right alongside a creek lined with beautiful Jacaranda trees and within minutes walk to the Gatton township.

Generators are permitted.

How much does it cost?
FreeOur stay was 4 May 2021

Maximum Stay:
48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – pets are allowed at this Gatton Free Camp however dogs must be on a lead

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 005 872
Address:
18 East Street, Gatton, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Gatton region:

Gatton and District Historical Village
Queensland Transport Museum
The Barn and Scotty’s Garage

Read more about: Brisbane to Darwin Free Camping

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Jowarra Park
Jowarra Park

Jowarra Park

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 21mins

What Facilities are available?
Toilets are available. There are bins and picnic tables available at this rest area which is right beside the busy highway.

Camping in tents is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes.

Well shaded by trees and no set sites. Water is not potable.

How much does it cost?
It is a Free for an overnight stay

Maximum Stay:
20hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Jowarra Park Rest Area is pet friendly however domestic animals are not permitted within nearby Mooloolah River National Park.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
2859 Steve Irwin Way, Glenview, Queensland
Website:
N/A

Things to see and do in the region:

Mooloolah River Circuit – 500metre self-guided rainforest return walk along a crystal clear creek
Melaleuca Walk – 1.3km return walk *Platypus may be seen in the river at dawn and dusk

View our walk around video: Jowarra Park Rest Area

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Woodford Showgrounds
Woodford Showgrounds

Woodford Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 15mins

What Facilities are available?
Located within walking distance to Woodford Township. Toilets and Showers are available as well as drinking water. There are Bins and a Dump Point on-site.

Tents are permitted and accessible by Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers as well as Buses and Big Rigs.

Generators are not allowed.

How much does it cost?
$20 for 2 People – Powered Site or $120 for a 7 night stay
$15 for 2 People – Unpowered Site or $90 for a 7 night stay
$5 per extra person and Children under the age of 5 are free

Maximum Stay:
7 Nights then 7 Nights Away. This is allowed 2 times before you have to stay away for a 3 month period.

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Woodford Showground is pet friendly and therefore dogs are allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0437 390 862
Address:
38 Neurum Road, Woodford, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Woodford region:

Woodford Folk Festival

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Moreton Island Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Moreton Island Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Camping within 1.5 – 2 hours of Brisbane

Within 1 – 2 hours of Brisbane there are plenty of fabulous camping spots.

After travelling right around Australia, we have recently taken the time to once again explore our own back yard and have stayed at most of these camping grounds that are within 1 – 2 hours of our home town of Brisbane.

Camping within areas in and around little country towns, near dams and lakes or in bush settings besides creeks as well as on the World’s 3rd & 4th Largest Sand Islands, all within 1 – 2 hours of Brisbane is awesome.

Toowoomba Showgrounds - Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Toowoomba Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Toowoomba Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 46 mins

What Facilities are available?
There is an amenities block with toilets and showers in the main camping area. A Laundry with a coin-operated Washing Machine and Dryer is also available. We used the washing machine during our stay and it takes 4 x $1 coins.

The grounds are extremely spacious and suitable for all size vehicles. We chose to camp at the lower back area. We had direct lake views and there are heaps of ducks, geese and turtles as well as lots and lots of corellas and other birdlife.

A Dump Point is on site. It is free for people camping on the grounds and $5 for public use.

Drinking water is available. Generators are permitted.

How much does it cost?
$25 – 2 Adults and 2 Children
$5 per additional person, per night
Our stay was for 4 Nights from 27 February to 2 March 2021

Maximum Stay:
No limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes, the Toowoomba Showgrounds allow pets therefore it is dog friendly

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4634 7400
Address:
Glenvale Road, Glenvale, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Toowoomba region:

Cobb & Co Museum
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (in September)
Picnic Point

Read about heaps more: Things to do Toowoomba and Darling Downs

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane - Toogoolawah
Toogoolawah Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Toogoolawah History Museum and Old Railway Station Free Camping Area

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 30 min

What Facilities are available?
There are no facilities at the Toogoolawah History Museum and Old Railway Free Campground just a bin to place your rubbish. It is a flat open campground suitable for all sized vehicles.

You must be self-contained and no tents are allowed.

Just 50 metres away there are public toilets which are reported to be very clean however we didn’t have a need to use them as we have our own in the Motorhome.

The nearest Dump Point is at the Toogoolawah Showgrounds.

We had good Telstra phone coverage.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is Free! Our stay was 2nd October 2020

Maximum Stay:
24hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Toogoolawah History Museum & Old Railway Station Free Camping Area is pet friendly. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5424 4000
Address:
Gardner Street, Toogoolawah, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Toogoolawah region:

Somerset Dam
Wivenhoe Dam

Read more about: Toogoolawah History Museum & Old Railway Station Free Camp

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane -Cooroy
Cooroy Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Cooroy RV Stopover

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 36 mins in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

What Facilities are available?
The Cooroy RV Stopover is just a leisurely walk into the main street of Cooroy and just 20 minutes drive from Noosa.

This grassed camping area is suitable only for self-contained vehicles including Motorhomes, Caravans and big rigs. Grey water must not be released onto the ground. No tents are allowed.

There are no toilets or showers and generators are not permitted.

A Dump Point, bins and potable water is available but you will need a 4 way tap handle connector to access the water.

We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage while we were temporarily parked up there.

How much does it cost?
$12 per night.
We didn’t stay but you can view our video taken on 6 April 2018

Maximum Stay:
72 hours

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Cooroy RV Stopover is pet friendly therefore dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0458 650 285
Address:
17 Mary Street, Cooroy, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Cooroy region:

Noosa National Park
Eumundi Markets
Montville & Maleny

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

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Somerset
‘The Spit’ Somerset Dam

Somerset Park Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 22 minutes

What Facilities are available?
There are toilets and showers as well as drinking water. The campground has large grass sites accessible to all vehicles and tent camping is allowed.

Powered and Unpowered sites are available with some campsites on the waterfront of the Stanley River.

Bins, Gas BBQ and a playground are provided however there is no Dump Point.

Ice, firewood, drinks and ice creams are available for purchase. Telstra and other mobile reception is available.

How much does it cost?

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Powered$38.00$45.00$48.00$11.00
Drive On$29.00$36.00$40.00$11.00
Tent Only$23.00$28.00$34.00$11.00

Above rates are for 1 -2 people. Additional person $11 and Children under 5 are free
Seniors receive $2 off nightly fee
Roadside Assistance Members receive 10% off nightly fee
Note: There is a 7 night minimum stay at Christmas and 4 night minimum stay at Easter

Maximum Stay:
No limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Dogs are not permitted at the Somerset Park Campground. This is a SEQ Water Regulation.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – campfires are permitted provided there is not a fire ban in place at the time.

Contact Details:
Phone:
0428 180 450
Address:
2210 Esk-Kilcoy Road, Somerset Dam, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Somerset Dam region:

Somerset Dam and The Spit
Wivenhoe Dam

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Federation Park just 12kms out of Toowoomba, Queensland

Federation Park

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 48 minutes

What Facilities are available?
There is a small carpark area with space for a limited number of vehicles to park overnight within the designated areas only. It is a bitumen area suitable for camper trailers, Campervans, Caravans and Motorhomes. Camping in tents is not permitted.

There are toilets but no showers. Non potable water, bins and picnic shelters including barbecues are available.

A playground and grassy area beyond the carpark provides a great place for the kids and to walk the dog.

Mobile phone coverage is good.

How much does it cost?
Free

Maximum Stay:
24 hrs in any 7 day period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
772 Drayton Connection Road, Vale View, Queensland
Website:
N/A

Things to see and do in the Toowoomba region:

Cobb & Co Museum
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (in September)
Picnic Point

Read heaps more about: Things to do Toowoomba and Darling Downs

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Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane - Moreton Island
Gutter Bar, Moreton Island

Moreton Island Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 15 min Ferry Ride from Port of Brisbane

What Facilities are available?
To access any of the 10 Moreton Island Camping Grounds, you must have a 4WD. Passengers can take the ferry and access the nearest camping ground on foot.

There are 5 campgrounds and 5 camping zones along the beach.

  • Ben – Ewa Campground
  • North-East Camping Zone
  • South-East Camping Zone
  • Blue Lagoon Campground
  • North Point Campground
  • South-West Camping Zone
  • The Wrecks Campground
  • Comboyuro Point Campground
  • North-West Camping Zone
  • Yellow Patch Zone

Not all Moreton Camping areas have facilities. We stayed at Yellow Patch and there are toilets, water and an outdoor cold shower at the nearby North Point Campground.

Our most recent stays were 3 – 10 Nov, 2019 and November 2021.

From February 2020, all camping and vehicle access permits are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping.

There is a General Store at Kooringal and Bulwer for general supplies.

How much does it cost?
Moreton Island Camping Permit:
$6.75 per person, per night or $27 per family per night.

Vehicle Access Permit: 1 month Permit is $53.65. Annual Permit is $270 per vehicle.

Cost of Ferry: Go to the Moreton Island Adventures website. The Micat departs from 14 Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane.

Maximum Stay:
No limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Dogs are not allowed while camping on Moreton Island.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes but only in the camping zones and provided no fire bans are in place. Please extinguish all campfires with water, do not cover over with sand.

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 3506 2371
Address:
Various locations
Website:

Things to see and do on Moreton Island:

Blue Lagoon
The Gutter Bar
Champagne Pools
Cape Moreton
Tangalooma Wrecks

View our video: Moreton Island, EVERYTHING you Need to Know

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Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane - Springbrook National Park
Natural Bridge

Springbrook National Park Camping – The Settlement Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
1 hr 23 minutes in the Gold Coast Hinterland

What Facilities are available?
There are only 11 unpowered sites available. Sites are approx 10m x 4.2m. A camping tag with booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

They are suitable for Tents, Camper trailers, Campervans and Motorhomes 10 metres and under in length. Sites are not wide enough to accommodate caravans.

There are toilets but no showers. Drinking water and a cooking shelter including free electric barbecues are available as well as bins.

Use of Generators is not permitted. The Camping area is just a short walk to the top of the Purling Brook Falls by way of a linked track.

Mobile phone coverage is poor in the campground.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No Dogs are allowed as it is National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Carricks Road, Springbrook, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in Springbrook National Park:

Purling Brook Falls
Natural Bridge
The Best of All Lookouts

Read more about: Springbrook National Park

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Bribie Island Forts

Bribie Island Camping – Ocean Beach

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 36 mins

What Facilities are available?
The designated camping areas of Ocean Beach can only be accessed by 4WD. Campsite Zone 1 is 16km north of the beach access point on North Street. Campsites are accessible via the defined tracks.

There are toilets, cold showers and non-potable water unsuitable for drinking is available. A Portable Toilet waste disposal point is provided. All of these facilities are accessed by Track ‘P’.

Campsites are numbered and suitable for tent camping and camper trailers only. Generators are not permitted.

Mobile Phone coverage is generally available.

How much does it cost?
Camping Permit Cost:
$6.75 per person, per night. $27 for Families

Vehicle Access Permit: 1 Month Permit is $51.50. Annual Permit is $160.80

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Pets are not allowed

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – in fire rings only except when fire bans apply

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
4×4 Access Track, Welsby, Bribie Island, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do on Bribie Island:

Fort Bribie

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Big Yowie

Kilcoy Camping – Kilcoy Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 25 minutes

What Facilities are available?
The Showgrounds are located 2.7kms from the town centre of Kilcoy. Powered sites and water are available. Toilets and Showers are provided with disabled access.

Level grassed campsites suitable for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers, Campervans and big rigs however no tent camping is allowed.

There is a Dump Point on site along with bins. Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available at the showgrounds.

How much does it cost?
$16 per site per night, powered or unpowered. Cash only

Maximum Stay:
7 Nights

Is it Pet Friendly?
The Kilcoy Showgrounds is Pet friendly. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash at all times.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5424 4000 or 0409 344 756
Address:
26 Showgrounds Road, Woolmar via Kilcoy, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Kilcoy region:

Big Yowie Kilcoy

Read more: Big Things of Australia

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Camping within 2 hrs of Brisbane

Lake Moogerah Camping – Camp Moogerah

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 19 minutes

What Facilities are available?
Camp Moogerah has powered and unpowered sites. Unpowered sites are located right by the water with stunning lake views while powered sites have views of the lake through the trees.

It is suitable for Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans and Camper trailers and they also have cabins and on-site dormatory style accommodation.

There are toilets and showers along with drinking water. Camp Moogerah offers direct access to the lake and they have their own boat ramp.

Catering for school camps and functions, they can facilitate a number of sporting activities and also have kayak hire.

Telstra and other mobile phone reception is available.

How much does it cost?
$40 per night for 2 people

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Camp Moogerah is pet friendly therefore they allow dogs.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0417 741 963
Address:
880 Lake Moogerah Road, Moogerah, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in and around Moogerah Dam:

Walk across the Moogerah Dam Wall
Water skiing
Picnic or BBQ

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5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground - Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground – Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

We have identified 4 great places for camping within 2 hours of Brisbane including a great spot for beach camping within 2 hours of Brisbane.

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 59 mins

What Facilities are available?
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground have amazing facilities and is very family friendly. There are plenty of things to entertain the kids including:

  • Fort Playground
  • BMX Track
  • Water Slide
  • Pirate Ship Playground
  • Cobbs Farm Yard
  • Walking Tracks
  • Billabong

They have toilets, showers and drinking water. Also there are camp kitchens, a Coffee Bar and a Kiosk with ice, wood, ice creams and other general items.

Sites are grass, level, unpowered and unmarked. You can choose whether you would like to camp down by the billabong, close to the playgrounds, in a secluded area or close to amenities.

Suitable for tents, motorhoomes, caravans, campervans, campertrailers and big rigs.

How much does it cost?
$15 per Adult per night
$10 per Child (2 – 18 years) per night
Under 2 years are free
We didn’t stay but this video was taken on 23rd June 2018

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground is pet friendly. Dogs are therefore allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Campfires are allowed. BYO Wood or purchase from the on-site Kiosk. Use of chainsaws are permitted.

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5483 5065
Address:
1484 Noosa Road, Tandur, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Tandur region:

Booloumba Creek

Read more about: Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campground

Booloumba Creek
Booloumba Creek

Kenilworth Camping – Charlie Moreland Campground

How far is it from Brisbane?
2 hrs 13 mins

What Facilities are available?
Charlie Moreland Campground is suitable for caravans, campervans, camper trailers, motorhomes as well as tent camping. Access to the campground is via a 5km unsealed road.

The road has potholes in sections so you may need to go slow. It can be accessed however by 2WD in normal conditions.

Grassy undefined spaces in an open bush setting beside Little Yabba Creek.

Flushing toilets and water is available but it is unsuitable for drinking without treatment as it is pumped from the creek and may cause illness.

Gas BBQs and tables in the day use area.

Use of generators is permitted. Mobile Phone Coverage is not available.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person, per night

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is National Park pets are not allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes. Fires are permitted provided there are no fire bans at the time. There are individual fire rings and you must bring your own clean cut firewood.

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5446 0925
Address:
Sunday Creek Road, Kenilworth, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Kenilworth region:

Kenilworth Bakery – 1kg Donut Challenge
Kenilworth Dairies

Noosa North Shore

Noosa North Shore Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 24mins

What Facilities are available?
New toilet blocks and a new large covered camp kitchen have been added to the Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground in 2020. There’s BBQs and seating and outdoor beach showers.

A lot more powered sites are available and sites are now marked, quite large and able to accommodate Caravans, Campers and Motorhomes.

Unpowered sites are also available. They are set amongst bushland on the opposite side to the main camping area.

There is no drinking water so you need to bring  your own with you. Use of Generators is not permitted.

Telstra and Vodafone coverage but it’s a bit slow.

How much does it cost?
Off peak stay for 2 people, Beach area $50 for powered site, Bush camp $47.50 powered. Unpowered sites are $35. Extra person over 5 years old is $11.50 per night.
Our stays were 18-24 April 2018 and 27th to 31st August 2018

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Noosa North Shore Campground is not pet friendly so dogs are not allowed in the campground.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 5449 8811
Address:
240 Wilderness Track, Noosa North Shore, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Noosa region:

Noosa National Park
The Noosa Everglades
Noosa North Shore

Read more: Noosa North Shore Beachfront Campground

Kenilworth Bakery
Kenilworth Bakery 1kg Donut

Kenilworth Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
1hr 58mins

What Facilities are available?
There are plenty of toilets. Showers are coin-operated. $1 coin for a 3 minute hot shower. Drinking water is available.

Level grassy areas with spots also by the river. The grounds include a cricket oval, rodeo arena,  swimming pool and skate park.

There are bins and a Dump Point. To access please phone the caretakers on 0438 849 947.

Within walking distance to shops, hotel, Kenilworth Cheese Factory, museum library and bowls club.

Telstra and other mobile reception is available.

How much does it cost?
Powered sites per night $22 –  up to 2 persons
Unpowered sites per night $15 – up to 2 persons
Extra person per night $6, Children under 14 FREE

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs are allowed.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
0438 849 947
Address:
Charles Street, Kenilworth, Queesland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Kenilworth region:

Kenilworth Bakery 1kg Donut Challenge
Kenilworth Dairies for delicious cheese and yoghurt

Queen Mary Falls
The Queen Mary Falls, Killarney

Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 7 mins

What Facilities are available?
There are toilets, showers, laundry and a Camp Kitchen with a 6 burner BBQ, refrigerator, sink, kitchen cupboards, table and chairs and a wonderful slow combustion wood heater.

The Falls Cafe is open 7 days for breakfast and lunch serving delicious burgers, devonshire teas, fish and chips and other daily specials. Plus they sell gifts, coffee, ice creams and souvenirs.

Drinking water, bins and pull through bays. Gas refills available. Suitable for tents and all size vehicles.

Located right across the road from the Queen Mary Falls.

How much does it cost?
Powered  Site – $31 pn for 2 people Low Season and $38 pn High Season
Unpowered – $28 pn for 2 people Low Season and $33 pn in High Season
Children 3-16yrs $5 pn and Additional Adult $10 pn Low Season
Children 3-16yrs $7 pn and Additional Adult $15 pn High Season
Weekly rates available. Seniors Discount available. Holiday Rates apply. Maximum 6 per site
Our stay was 11 & 12 Mar 2021

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes it is pet friendly however conditions apply. Note – pets are not allowed in the National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – there is a communal fire pit available

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4664 7151
Address:
Spring Creek Road, Killarney, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Killarney region:

Queen Mary Falls
Condamine River – 4WD over 14 River Crossings

Bowenville Reserve
Oakey Creek

Bowenville Reserve Camping Area

How far is it from Brisbane?
2h 9min

What Facilities are available?
Located right alongside Oakey Creek with level camping areas in a quiet bush setting. There are toilets but no showers. A playground and picnic tables and shelters are the only other facilities.

No water is available and it can become boggy after wet weather. Use of Generators is permitted. It is suitable for tents, motorhomes, caravans and campers.

We had Telstra and Vodafone coverage.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is free! Our stay was3 & 4 Mar 2021

Maximum Stay:
7 Day Limit

Is it Pet Friendly?
Bowenville Reserve is pet friendly therefore allows dogs

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 18 72
Address:
Norwin Road, Wainui Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the Bowenville region:

The Dingo Barrier Fence
Kaimkillenbun – the longest single named town in Queensland

View our video: Wow, World’s Longest Fence over 5600km

Lawnton Showgrounds
Lawnton Showgrounds Camping Area

Best Camping around Brisbane

Lawnton Showgrounds

We find the best camping around Brisbane is the Lawnton Showgrounds. Whenever we are based back in Brisbane for periods of time, we choose to stay at the Lawnton Showgrounds.

It is only 38 minutes to the Brisbane City, is very handy to the train and only a 5 minute drive to Strathpine Centre, the closest major Shopping Centre.

Read more: Lawnton Showgrounds Camping

Hugh Muntz Park - Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane
Hugh Muntz Park Beenleigh

Free Camping in Brisbane

Hugh Muntz Park

Like most major cities, places for Free Camping in Brisbane are few and far between.  The only designated free camping in Brisbane is at the Hugh Muntz Park.

Hugh Muntz Park is just 30 minutes from the city of Brisbane. It offers overnight free camping with a maximum of 3 nights for Recreational Vehicles but you must be self-contained.

Read more: Hugh Muntz Park Free Camp

Kingsley Grove Estate

Other great places for camping around 2 hours of Brisbane and beyond

As you continue out of Brisbane, here are some other great places for camping that are around 3 hours of Brisbane.

Kingsley Grove Estate

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 46mins

What Facilities are available?
Kingsley Grove Estate offers free camping for up to 48hrs for fully self-contained vehicles. There are no powered sites but they do allow generators. Level grassed area opposite the Cellar Door.

There is a communal fire pit for travellers to sit around the campfire and enjoy a bottle of chilled wine from Kingsley Grove Estate of course.

Wine tastings are available and the restaurant is open on weekends. Be sure to have a wine ice cream and one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas!

How much does it cost?
No cost – It is Free
Our stay was 4 & 5 Oct 2020

Maximum Stay:
Up to 48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Kingsley Grove Estate is pet friendly therefore they allow dogs

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Use of the Communal Fire Pit only

Contact Details:
Phone:
0414 230 128
Address:
49 Stuart Valley Drive, Goodger, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do near Kingsley Grove:

Pottique Lavendar Farm
Kingaroy Observatory

Read more: Kingsley Grove Estate

Inskip Point Camping - Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane
Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane and beyond at Inskip Point

Inskip Point Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 53mins

What Facilities are available?

There are 7 Inskip Camping Grounds:

  • Sarawak West
  • M.V. Sarawak
  • M.V. Beagle
  • M.V. Natone
  • S.S. Dorrigo
  • Dorrigo South
  • Pelican Bay

Most camping areas require 4WD access. M.V. Sarawak, where we stayed with our motorhome, is accessible by 2WD in normal conditions.

There are toilets but no water so bring your own water especially for drinking.

Generators up to 2.0Kva are allowed. Use of chainsaws are not permitted.

A Dump Point is available in nearby Rainbow Beach. We use collapsible water bottles and you can also fill your water bottles in Rainbow Beach.

Mobile Phone coverage is limited. Midges and Sandflies can be bad so take plenty of insect repellant and relief.

A permit tag with your booking number must be displayed clearly at your campsite at all times.

How much does it cost?
$6.75 per person per night. Our stay was 4 Feb 2016

Maximum Stay:
30 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs must be kept under control and on a leash at all times

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes provided there are no fire bans are in place at the time

Contact Details:
Phone:
13 74 68
Address:
Inskip Point Road, Inskip Point Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in and around Inskip Point:

Fraser Island
Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands
Feed Dolphins at Tin Can Bay

Read more: Inskip Point Camping

Tiaro Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane
Tiaro Memorial Park

Tiaro Free Camping

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 52mins

What Facilities are available?
The Tiaro Memorial Park is only a small camping area but it does have toilets and hot showers on the Visitors Information Centre side of the park.

It is suitable for both self-contained and non-self contained vehicles however no tents are allowed. Drinking water is available. Generators are permitted.

We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is free! Our stay was 3 Jan 2019

Maximum Stay:
48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Tiaro Memoral Park is pet friendly. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash. You must pick up after your pet also.

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 794 929
Address:
Cnr Inman & Price Streets, Tiaro, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:
Tiaro Christmas Cottage
Retro Espresso Tiaro

Read more: Tiaro Memorial Park Free Camp

Camping within 2 hours of Brisbane

Stanthorpe Camping – Stanthorpe Showgrounds

How far is it from Brisbane?
2hrs 41 mins

What Facilities are available?
There are plenty of toilet and showers and large open grassy site areas at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds. It is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campers and rooftop tents. No single tents or swags.

Powered and Unpowered sites. Potable water is available to campers and a Dump Point is on site for showground patrons only.

How much does it cost?
Powered $25 per night
Unpowered $20 per night
Additional Person $10 per night
Note: Cash only – No Eftpos
Our Stay was 8 Mar 2021

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Stanthorpe Showgrounds allow pets

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Contact Details:
Phone:
07 4681 2107
Address:
8 High Street, Stanthorpe, Queensland
Website:

Things to see and do in the region:
Suttons Drink Factory
Castle Glen Winery
Stanthorpe Cheese Factory

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Have you been camping within 2 hours of Brisbane? Let us know if there are any other great camping spots within 2 hours of Brisbane to add to our list!

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17 Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

Travelling around Australia has become very popular for families with young children and we have had the pleasure of meeting many awesome families on our travels so we have compiled 17 Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids.

We wish we had seized the opportunity to travel Australia with our boys when they were young but we did have the greatest experience having our eldest son travel with us for the first 2 years of our adventure.

Not only are these handy items for families travelling with kids but a number of them make great gifts for travelling families as everything you pack into your caravan or motorhome has to be practical and have maximised space efficiency.

Here is our list of 17 Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids:

Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

1. Travel Journal

This Australian made Travel Journal is packed with 92 journal pages and are not only great for kids but also grown-ups to document daily experiences of your adventures on the road, weekends away or international travels.

You can even draw, write or attach a photo.

By documenting your daily experiences in your Travel Journal, you can enjoy looking back on your cherished memories in the months and years to come.

Not only are the travel journals handy items for families travelling with kids, they are suitable for  travellers of all ages.

They are wire bound with a protective plastic sleeve.

So, you can make the most of your Travel Journal, it also comes with a handy plastic-coated Checklist which can be used and re-used time and time again.

Simply tick the boxes with a non-permanent marker or wax pencil, then rub off after you unpack, back at home, ready for your next trip.

There’s also a plastic-coated Address Book so you can jot down names and addresses of friends and family plus any new friends you meet on your travels.

Also included are some Activity Pages at the back of the Travel Journal for you to photocopy and the kids can fill them in on each new trip.

Each child can use their journal to have fun practising their writing, finding the numbers of the date and drawing exciting pictures about their day.

Travel Journals are proudly designed and printed in regional Victoria.

Purchase 2 Travel Journals and save!

Handy items for Families travelling with kids

2. Adventurer’s Binoculars

The Adventurer’s Binoculars are ideal for budding little birdwatchers and junior secret agents. They are also great for whale watching and spotting dolphins and turtles in the water.

These binoculars are a good quality introductory set of lightweight, robust binoculars and compact in size measuring 12 x 5 x 12cm which is perfect for travelling families.

The binoculars are 4 x 30 Magnification and suitable for ages 3+ yrs.

They also come with a canvas carry case so kids can wear them on their belt.

Also included are rubber grips for comfortable handling, tinted lenses to help reduce glare, a neck strap and lens cleaning cloth.

Family Quiz Book

3. Family Quiz Book

The Travel Australia with Kids “Family Quiz Book” is designed for all the family to compete against each other.

It has Questions for all members of the family with 10 rounds, 12 subjects in each round with 8 questions in each subject, totalling 960 questions!

There’s one question for Pre-Primary children aged 3 – 5; two questions for young children aged 6 – 8; two questions for older children aged 9 – 12; one questions for teenagers and two questions for Adults. This allows you to choose which level of question difficulty for your child or you!

Subjects in The Family Quiz book include:

  • The Animal World
  • Spelling / English
  • General Knowledge x 2
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Science,
  • Space
  • Sport

A message from the Author – Mandy from Travel Australia with Kids:

To get the best out of the TAWK Family Quiz Book, I suggest one person read out the questions and one person keep score. The quiz master asks the appropriate question to the appropriate age group. At the end of the question, he goes through the answers (which are on the following page) with everyone and congratulates, or corrects and discusses the answers.

Pegless Clothesline

4. Slide n’ Dry Pegless Clothesline

The Slide n’ Dry Pegless Clothesline is a very handy item for families travelling with kids as washing is a regular part of your week.

It is super easy with the Slide n’ Dry Pegless Clothesline, no struggling to hold the clothes and reach for the pegs at the same time. Simply slide your washing into the slots to dry.

To make work even easier, why not teach the kids how to hang up the clothes as one of their jobs while you travel.

They are perfect for all types of travelling adventures… Camping, Caravanning, Cruising, Hiking, Fishing, Backpacking and even when staying in Motels.

The Slide n’ Dry Pegless Clothesline is available in White, Pink, Blue, Yellow, Rainbow, Coral, Green & Orange. They practically come in every colour in the rainbow PLUS they come in rainbow! 😊

The UV protected plastic means they will not go brittle or fade and capable of holding wet towels, jeans and all the heavy stuff. 

You can make it as long or as short as you require – perfect for outside and indoors too. Use separately or simply join more than one together.

Purchase 2 packs and save!

Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

5. Reusable Caravan Tote Bag

The Reusable Caravan Tote Bag is not only great for kids but also the adults as well! They’re great to take to the shops or the beach, you can take them anywhere.

Made of 100% rip stop nylon, lightweight and durable, the Handy Tote Bag features caravan illustrations. They are available in Blue, Red, Teal, Yellow, A World of Caravans & Pre-Order ‘Destinations’ Grey.

The Tote comes with an attached zip pocket that doubles as storage for small items like keys, cards and cash.

When the bag is in use it measures approx. 45 cm x 36 cm plus the handle. Then the bag folds away back into the pocket.

The Reusable Caravan Tote Bag is designed in Australia.

Help to save our environment and sea creatures by rejecting plastic bags and reusing this handy tote bag!

Playing Cards

6. Playing Cards

It’s always good to have a pack of cards on hand at home or especially while travelling.

They take up very little space at all in the caravan or motorhome! You can easily have multiple packs, a pack or two for the kids to play with and have a separate pack on hand for the adults.

The Australia’s Wildlife Playing Cards by Hema Maps come in two 2 designs – Australian and Australia’s Wildlife. Australia’s Wildlife themed playing cards feature 54 separate themed cards of wildlife.

Play a game of Solitaire on your own or teach the kids how to play cards and have heaps of fun with the whole family.

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it
Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

7. Car Seat Organiser

For the ultimate, convenient storage solution for all your travel needs you need the Playette Car Seat Organiser!

Featuring a heavy duty, easy to wipe clean design, it easily attaches to back of your car seat. It even has a removable waste compartment and tissue dispenser.

Features:

  • Colour: Black
  • Heavy duty design
  • Convenient storage solution for all your travel needs
  • Removable waste compartment & tissue dispenser
  • Attaches easily to back of seat
  • Wipes clean easily
  • Materials: Nylon

This great organiser is guaranteed to take the stress out of car trips and a very handy item for families travelling with little kids!

Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

8. Adventurer’s Headlight

This handy headlight is great for the kids when caravanning, camping or fishing. It gives them independence and is great when walking them to the toilet at night.

A tough little headlight with high power light-emitting diodes that provides extremely bright, stark and long-lasting, hands free illumination.

Cooling Towel - Handy Items for families travelling with kids

9. Cooling Towel

Keep the kids and yourself cool this summer with a Cooling Towel!

Long walks around canyons, hiking into gorges, exploring rainforests and going on adventures are all super exciting but you can heat up quickly.

Make your walks more comfortable with a cooling towel. They are great for the whole family.

Simply by keeping these towels wet with a little bit of water, they will keep you cool for longer.

Their fabric is specially constructed to maximise the cooling power of rapid evaporation – you can either wear it around your neck or over your head.

The Cooling Towel is supplied with Travelling with Kids logo and comes in a storage pouch with full instructions.

Available in 6 fantastic colours, simply choose from the drop down box.  They measure 95cm x 30cm and can also be used as a regular towel.

Handy First Aid Kit - Handy Items for families travelling with kids

10. Handy First Aid Kit

Hands up if you carry a First Aid Kit in your caravan or motorhome?

Most of us do, and sometimes they can be really big and not ideal for when you leave the caravan for a day out exploring.  You never know when you are going to need one especially when you have kids.

This Handy First Aid Kit is small enough to throw in your backpack or handbag and still contains all the essential first aid items.

They are the perfect size to take on hikes into gorges, walks up mountains,  trips to the beach, picnics and everything in-between.  Perfect for travelling or at home.

Just 13cm x 8.5cm approximately in size, the Handy First Aid Kit comes in a canvas bag with handle & zip.

It has 30 PIECES including:

  • Scissors x 1
  • Tweezers x 1
  • Plastic Strips x 10
  • Safety Pins x 6
  • Alco Wipes x 4
  • Disposable probes x 2
  • Burn Sachet x 1
  • Antiseptic Sachet x 1
  • Stop Itch Sachet x 1
  • 2.5 Conforming Bandage x 1
  • Gloves x 1
  • Safety Leaflet x 1

Plus, they are assembled with love in Australia.

Handy Items for families travelling with kids

11. Padded Travel Tray

The Padded Travel Tray is another one of the handy items for families travelling with kids.

It has a sturdy flat surface with padded sides to keep toys or snacks on the tray, it’s a great way to keep your child entertained.

No more finding sultanas and crackers down the side of the seat!

Travel trays are great for many reasons. It attaches to the seat belt, has a great rubber backing so it won’t slip around, has an elastic cup holder and can be used in and out of the car.

Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

12. Coin Purse

Aussie designer Victoria has created some gorgeous caravan inspired pieces and these great coin purses are just part of her original collection!

Exclusively designed in the shapes and colours of iconic caravans, these coin purses are unique, as well as practical.

When caravanning with kids, they will love to keep their ice cream money or pocket money in them? Parents can use them to store their coins for when they need to head to the laundromat or to do laundry at a Caravan Park.

These zipped coin purses will come in very handy on any camping or caravan holiday.

They’re also perfect to give as small gifts for friends and family for Christmas and Birthdays.

Just 11cm in length, 2.5cm in width and 7.6cm in height.

Available in Autumn Tear Drop Yellow; Spring Mini Red and Summer Wings Teal.

Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

13. Cap

Also as part of Aussie Designer Victoria’s original collection are the caravan inspired caps!

These caps with the unique caravan design area available in a ‘one size fits all’ so they suitable for kids of all ages as well as adults.

Caps are available in seven exclusive designs:

Teardrop        Magical Mornings       Kranklin Mini   

Hippy Days       Wings       Silver Bullet      

Also they’re great for Christmas and Birthdays presents!

Handy Items for families travelling with kids

14. ClipCroc® Clip Together Crockery

ClipCroc® are all proudly designed & made in Australia, are a super cool design and are available in Clip Together Dish Sets, Cup Sets, Bowl Sets & Plate Sets.

The world’s first ‘clip-together’ crockery range is perfect for any outdoor eating occasion! 

It’s packed with unique features and perfect for Camping, Motorhomes, Caravans, Boats, Picnics, BBQs, Pools, Kids, Decks or around the Home & Garden!

Available in 4 different colours: Midnight Black, Ice White, Sky Blue, Rose Pink

ClipCroc® FEATURES:

CLIPCROC®: Uses ClipLip technology™ to become the World’s first clip-together crockery!

CLIPQUIET™: Unique anti-rattle design ensuring the ultimate peace and quiet.

CLIPCLEAN™: Clip dirty crockery together for cleaning later!

CLIPCOOL™: Clip two together to create a heat-insulating barrier – no more hot hands or laps!

CLIPGREEN™: Reusable ClipCroc® helps eliminate 500+ BILLION ‘single-use’ plates, bowls, dishes & cups from landfill p/a. 

FOOD GRADE: Made with Food Grade Polypropylene that’s FDA approved, BPA free, dishwasher & freezer safe!

LOW PROFILE STACKING:  Ultra-compact design since we know just how important space is.

ANTI-SLIP BASE: Smart base design, ensuring your crockery stays put, whether in your hand, lap or table.

SAFESTACK™: ClipCroc® can be safely and securely stacked and free from falling whether on a boat, RV or caravan.

WIPE CLEAN: glossy eating surface ensures ClipCroc® is one of the most wipe-clean ranges on the market!

SHAKE DRY: Give your ClipCroc® a couple of shakes after washing to dry almost immediately.

MIX AND MATCH: All colours clip to all colours allowing you to create your own unique personalised colour combinations!

PATENTED: Our unique and innovative designs are World’s first and patented.

MADE IN AUSTRALIA: All ClipCroc® products are proudly designed & manufactured in Australia.

Drawing Game - Handy Items for families travelling with kids

15. Samitomato Drawing Game

This is a non-competitive drawing game that can played alone, or in a group. It’s designed to open up creativity in children and adults and to allow them to have a lot of silly fun with drawing!

Samitomato Drawing Game is unique, fun, educational and Australian Made!

Here a few words from Sami the designer of the Samitomato Drawing Game:

“I designed and created Samitomato drawing game for that young kid inside all of us, that kid who delights in drawing fun, silly things!

With over 800 000 fun drawing options in each drawing game pack, you and your kids 5yrs+ will draw with delight for hours!

To play; separate the cards into four coloured piles; pink, green, blue and yellow, then roll the dice to create e a crazy fun task to draw! Like; ‘a happy polka dotted giraffe tap dancing’.

This super cool drawing pack includes dice and instructions and comes in an ‘easy to pack in your handbag’ drawstring bag.

Icy Pole Moulds

16. Icy Pole Moulds

We Might Be Tiny Frosties Icy Pole Moulds are soooo good to make up healthy treats for the kids. Create frozen yoghurt treats and explore with freezing pureed fruits. You can even make healthy muffin pops for morning or afternoon snacks.

These fun moulds are made from food-safe silicon and are freezer safe, microwave safe, oven proof and dishwasher safe.

Kids will love the hot or cold treats in the shape of a cat, bunny and bear. They are available in a range of colours – Charcoal, Yellow, Blue Dusk, Minty Green, Powder Pink and Dusty Rose.

Purchase a bag of 500 Icy Pole Sticks here>

Mystical Fire

17. Colourful Fire Packets

Mystical Fire is a unique product that creates a brilliant display of colourful flames on wood burning fires!

Use them to delight the kids, awe your friends, amuse your mates or amaze aspiring magicians.  Everyone who enjoys the allure of firelight will love Mystical Fire.

We were first introduced to them over in WA by our good travelling buddies Scott and Kerry from Wagga.

Just toss 1-3 unopened packets into the flames and you can turn any wood-burning fire into a mesmerising show of vibrant colours of red, green, blue, pink, orange and violet and more within seconds.

They last up to an hour or longer! Mystical Fire is a safe and easy to use the product with no mess, no fuss and no preparation required.

Buy 3 packets and save!

Hamelin Pool Mystical Fire
Scott & Kerry’s Mystical Fire when we camped together at Hamelin Pool

Pin -17 Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

Pin - Handy Items for Families Travelling with Kids

We hope our 17 handy items for families travelling with kids come in handy. Whether you are planning your road trip or even while you are already travelling this amazing country of ours, many of these items will come in very handy!

Quite a number of items are not only practical for travelling families they suit travellers of all ages. Plus, they also make great gift ideas for Christmas and Birthdays. Simply click on the relative link to place your order.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

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

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

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2yQwPed  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/2XlOZ0I – 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.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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