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Sawpit Picnic Area, Narrawong Victoria

Saw Pit Picnic Area

Another Free camp in the Portland area in Victoria is at Sawpit Picnic Area in Narrawong State Forest, just 15 mins away.

This is an open campground with fire pits and toilets are available. Lots of animals are known to visit as it is State Forest.

The campground is pet friendly. It’s a short 4km drive from the main road, the last km or so being easy dirt road.

I had coverage with both Telstra and Vodafone.

The cost to stay at the Sawpit Picnic Area is Free.

Our stay was 9th March 2017.

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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 lens – https://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – http://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Gregory River Free Camping, Gregory Queensland

Gregory River Free Camp

The Gregory River provides one of Australia’s best Free Camping places in Australia.

An amazing location situated right on a slow flowing river where you can enjoy the features of remote camping in beautiful natural surrounds.

Gregory

The tiny town of Gregory is an easy walking distance from the river.

Gregory River Free Camping area
Gregory River camping

In Gregory you will find the General Store which is a great spot for a coffee and something to eat.

There is also the Local Pub, Gregory Downs Hotel Motel, where you can enjoy a beer, a steak and they also have fuel available.

The town was originally named Gregory Downs and the Gregory Downs Station nearby runs over 266,000 acres of land.

The towns name was changed from Gregory Downs to Gregory in 2013.

Campfire while free camping right beside the Gregory River
The tranquil side of Gregory River
Gregory River

Gregory River Free Camping

The area at the river has no facilities however the camping area just above the river does have drinking water. * No water at the moment July 2021

In town there is a playground area with BBQ’s also.

Toilets and showers are available and a dump point is provided too.

General Store
The Gregory General Store

Are Pets allowed at Gregory River Free Camp?

The camping area at Gregory River is pet friendly.

Since we have stayed at Gregory River there has been continued discussion around the ability to camp beside the river.

For a period of time the Council blocked access however this is no longer the case at the moment.

Campers under the bridge and at the river's edge
Enjoying a campfire with Kara and Trent

There are concerns that the river could rise and trap those camping.

We recommend that you do not stay here if it has been raining even upstream or during the wet season as it may be dangerous.

Other concerns are that the river is being used to dump grey water and even worse.

We find this very disappointing and if you are going to stay please keep the river and all the surrounds pristine for everyone.

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.
Gregory Downs Pub
Gregory Pub

Take a small boogie board or blow up tube and drift down the river for some fantastic fun.

Are there Crocodiles in the Gregory River?

While we were there the river was quite shallow and very clear so was in no danger of crocodiles.

Check it before you go in and take local advice.

Camped right beside the river at Gregory River

There is also a campground above the River if you would prefer to stay there or if it is full by the river.

There is no phone coverage or internet at all in this area.
Update July 2021: 4G Telstra is now available. There is no Vodafone coverage.

Our stay was 27-29th July 2017 and July 17-21 2021

The cost to stay is Free.

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How to get to Gregory River:

There are 2 ways to access Gregory River from the south. From Cloncurry head north on the Burke Development Rd to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse.

This is bitumen all the way although there are some short sections of one lane road. If a vehicle comes the opposite direction you will need to choose whether to share the bitumen half each or stop on the side to let the other one pass as we do.

From here take a left turn towards the Lawn Hill National Park and Adels Grove in North Queensland.

The other option is the unsealed but much shorter route north from Camooweal, the last stop before crossing from Queensland across the Northern Territory border.

This road can be rough and corrugated with river crossings.

What else is there to do around Gregory River?

Adele under the Adels Grove sign

Burketown

The township of Burketown is just 150km to the north of Gregory. The town of Gregory has approx 72 residents and lots of history.

Lawn Hill National Park and Adels Grove

A mostly corrugated gravel road will take you to the spectacular Lawn Hill National Park where you can discover the stunning Lawn Hill Creek and the natural surrounding Gorge.

You can also stay nearby at Adels Grove, just 10kms from Lawn Hill Gorge.

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Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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First Destination on our Road Trip Adventure

First Destination Rainbow Beach Feature

We arrived at our first destination on our Road Trip adventure – Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast on the Cooloola Coast of Queensland.

Our planned timing had worked and the area is now quiet with most spaces in the Rainbow Beach Holiday Park available.

Arriving at Rainbow Beach – Our First Destination of our Road Trip Adventure

We secured a position with a view over the ocean and beside some new friends we’ve just met. They’ve certainly set the benchmark high and it’ll be great to meet more people and make more friends just like them.

MACKS had her first swim at the beach. She has been to Sandgate and Nudgee Beach, which are more like a creek or river, but has never seen waves.

As soon as she got on the sand she dragged me to the water and begun to have the time of her life. It was amazing and she was like a puppy all over again.

First Destination of our Road Trip Adventure - Macks
MACKS swimming at our First Destination of our Road Trip Adventure – Rainbow Beach
Macks at our First Destination of our Road Trip Adventure
First Destination of our Road Trip Adventeure
MACKS wanting to chase these sticks

Our Second Night

The second night at Rainbow Beach saw a storm pass over and as we were in our Motorhome a strike of lightning hit the road immediately in front of us.

It made the loudest blast I’d ever heard from a lightning strike and our neighbours confirmed the next morning that they had actually seen it strike the road, just 5 metres in front of us.

After the lightning strike the internet changed. Telstra slowed down significantly but now we were able to get Vodafone. Weird right?

The Rainbow Beach Holiday Park is good, the facilities were clean and the pool was nice and cool considering how hot it was.

Read more: Rainbow Beach Holiday Village

Rainabow Beach - Our First Destination of our Road Trip Adventure
Beautiful Rainbow Beach

I was in pain with my back after moving our house contents into storage and I found someone to do a Massage for me. Phyllis was perfect, she really understood my injury and gave me lots of tips and exercises to manage my back.I can highly recommend visiting Phyllis from The Silver Koru Massage.

What we did find fascinating in the region were the amount of shops closed for as long as a month and shops without eftpos facilities. We never have cash so that provided some challenges.

Rainbow Beach has approx. 1200 residents yet just weeks before we arrived it was bursting at the seams with around 23,000 people over the Christmas holidays.

By the time we arrived in the first week of February the caravan park was almost empty as were most things. It’s hard to imagine what it is like there with so many people.

Rainbow Beach Holiday Park

Rainbow Beach – Coloured Sands

The coloured sands of the Rainbow Beach cliffs overlooking the beach are quite spectacular. The beach here is pristine with clean, clear water. It really has an island beauty that is appealing.

Inskip Point – Our Next Stop on our Road Trip Adventure

From Rainbow Beach we progressed just a few kms north to Inskip Point, the barge point to Fraser Island, the worlds largest sand island.

We stayed the night just 15 metres from the sink hole which collapsed just months ago swallowing a 4wd and caravan.

Inskip has no buildings, shops, transport, pubs or any facilities other than an amenities block or two.

Perfect for a 4wd but not ideal for a Motorhome and for this reason we decided to only stay the one night. The weather turned on us also with overnight rain and more forecast the next day.

Inskip Point

We did get to have a swim, watch the Fraser Island barge transporting 4wd’s to the island and relax with a Bundy or two.

Tin Can Bay

We made our move on to Tin Can Bay, checking in to the Kingfisher Caravan Park.

We awoke early to venture down to feed the dolphins that have become a feature to this small seaside town. Although just one dolphin came in that day, 4 had been in the day before.

It was an amazing experience to stand in the water and hand feed a wild dolphin. Patch the Australian Humpback dolphin came in and patiently waited.

He played before having some fish provided to him by those lucky few to experience hand feeding a dolphin on the day.

Read more: Feeding the Dolphins at Barnacles Café Tin Can Bay

Matt feeding the wild dolphin at Tin Can Bay

Rainbow Beach proved to be an amazing first destination on our road trip adventure around Australia.

New friends, excellent beaches, amazing views! Plus, the excitement of hand feeding a dolphin made this first week a great start for each of us at Indefinite Leave ☺

We will always strongly remember Rainbow Beach as it was our first destination on our road trip adventure.

Rainbow Beach is even one of 7 Places in Australia we could live!

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We will certainly remember our first destination on our Road Trip Adventure as it marked the beginning of our Life Trip! Do you remember your first stop on your road trip?

Kev, Adele and Matt
Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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

Lenses

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

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

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

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Life after 3 weeks travelling the Land Down Under

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Life after 3 weeks travelling the Land Down Under has been a learning lesson

It’s been just 21 days since we left home and already it seems so long ago. We have packed so much in that it’s already amazing to reflect on so many things we’ve done and achieved.

Life after 3 weeks travelling

We have fed dolphins, been part of tiny turtles hatching and escaping to the beach, been to amazing Fraser Island in a Hummer 4WD, swam in the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie, marveled at the beautiful beaches of Rainbow Beach, been in a flight simulator at Bert Hinkler Aviation Museum and enjoyed a few hours at the Bundy Rum Distillery in Bundaberg.

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Book a Full Day Fraser Island Cruise and Beach Tour here>

Read more: Our Trip from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

Life after 3 weeks travelling the land down under - Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach

We’ve learnt a lot too, from living in our Motorhome to the disparities in caravan park accommodation to dealing with so many insects that all want your blood.

Snake at Burrum Heads

You hear and read so much about the dangers of wildlife in Australia. Snakes, sharks, crocodiles and spiders are always first mentioned when the dangers of living in Australia are discussed but dealing every day with mosquitos, sand flies and those damn horse flies seems far more annoying.

Maybe not as dangerous but you can avoid the dangerous ones with a little effort whereas those bloodsuckers are everywhere.

Snake in toilet was just one of things during life after 3 weeks travelling
Snake in toilet was just one of things during life after 3 weeks travelling

Early Issues after 3 weeks travelling

It’s probably inevitable that heading off on such an adventure with little recent expertise or experience meant we would have some early issues to deal with.

I experienced serious back pain for the first 2 weeks after moving our belongings into storage. Massive rookie error in trying to do it ourselves, dumb, dumb, dumb!!

Telstra continued to prove why it’s the worlds worse company. By being in cahoots with the Governments they have created a monopoly in the market even though we supposedly have competitors.

But they can’t compete as they have to use all Telstra’s cabling etc to provide their service and naturally Telstra limit and restrict their capacity to compete in real terms. So we have one company who can over charge and provide the worlds worse service and still get away with it.

Aren’t we the lucky country.

So learning the art of using our expensive mobile wi-fi modem with limited data at high cost is going to cost me a bucket load for this first month. Not to mention the many lost hours and cost it took to simply update my data plan but I’m running out of space so let’s continue right along.

Life after 3 weeks travelling in our motorhome

Minor Motorhome Repairs

The Motorhome has already worn a bit with simple things like latches and clips breaking already.

Kitchen drawers, doors, overhead cupboard latch, my drivers side visor, ladder clip have all perished and needed to be replaced or screws replaced. Maybe they just haven’t been used enough as the vehicle is a 2009 model with only 35,000 kms so it’s obviously been sitting for lengthy periods of time.

Most of these have now been fixed thanks to David and his team at Casey’s RV’s in Bundaberg and hopefully from now the rest are ok.

Casey's RV's Bundaberg
David the owner from Casey’s RV’s, Bundaberg

Space in the Motorhome quickly became an issue and we ended up sending 2 boxes and 2 bags of “stuff” back home. This made a big difference but it’s likely we will take home more yet when we return in April for my Mum’s 80th birthday.

So far we’ve kept to Caravan Parks. We really needed to have some good sleep early in the adventure after all we went through packing up and we’ve liked using the air conditioning to help us sleep, using park amenities and not having to worry about where to find water.

As we continue on we will take the opportunity to free camp.

Life after 3 weeks travelling is already a learning curve

We’ve learnt a bit about life after 3 weeks travelling the land down under for those living regionally. I knew they drove long distances at times but my cousin story seems insane.

She told me about living in Mount Isa and to go shopping if they wanted something special or specific, they would drive 10 hours to Townsville for the nearest major shopping precinct. Now that’s commitment 🙂

MACKS enjoring life after 3 weeks travelling
MACKS at Rainbow Beach Hotel enjoying life after 3 weeks travelling

Travelling Australia with a Dog

Life on the road with a dog is that little bit more complex.

Whether it’s accommodation or places to visit, pets create limitations which we need to deal with. As we’ve found so far, most Caravan Parks directly on the ocean front won’t accept dogs and National Parks are almost definitely a no go zone for family pets.

In Hervey Bay we were able to find a fantastic dog sitter through MadPaws to mind MACKS whilst we went to Fraser Island and hopefully we can continue to find similar services throughout our trip.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Agnes Water Main Beach

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So we’ve survived life after 3 weeks travelling the land down under, we’re still married, still happy and enjoying the excitement of something new each and every day.

Thanks for joining us and we’d love you to follow us on our daily adventures.

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Cheers Kev, Adele and Matt

Indefinite Leave

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

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

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Photography and Socials

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

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

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 lens – https://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – http://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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