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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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Photography and Socials

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

Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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Discover the Best of Portland

Just beyond the Great Ocean Road in Victoria traveling west is the small beach side town of Portland. It was here we spent 6 fabulous nights to enable us to fully explore the region and discover the best of Portland. What an amazing location we found it to be, there are so many things to see and do!

This is one of those few towns we have been to where we could picture ourselves living and certainly somewhere we will revisit in the future.

The Portland weather was great to us and we enjoyed beautiful sunny skies and good weather. March and April may just be the best months to visit before the really cold weather sets in.

Discover the Best of Portland

Portland Marina

Discover the Best of Portland at the Port

Portland has a large, deep, sea port and is currently a major timber and wood chip exporting location. The Port of Portland is a great way to discover the best of Portland. Watching the trucks at the Port being unloaded of the wood chip cargo is eerie when you watch for the first time. The trucks are raised high into the air to an almost upright 72 degree angle until all the cargo is released. It is fascinating to watch and it would be interesting to know how those trucks are locked in.

Each truck only takes a few minutes to unload. A new truck enters the Port every 30 seconds, 7 days a week. They unload products including logs, wood chips, aluminium ingots, livestock, grain and fertiliser.

A large fishing fleet occupies the Marina with Rock Lobsters, Abalone, Fish and Squid all bountiful and caught in the beautiful local waters. It’s a busy wharf with lots of activity.

The Jetty’s and Pontoons are perfect fishing grounds for land based fisherman and the rock walls are home to a variety of fish. Snorkeling and spear fishing are very popular here.

Portland Camping

For our accommodation at Portland we stayed at the Henty Park Campground which is behind the Portland Cable Tram Station. The Tram takes you on a 7km journey around the town and is mostly run by volunteers. The Campground is a free 48 hour stay for vehicles which are self contained and became a great location for us to make new friends and a great base to discover the best of Portland and nearby beaches.

We also had one night at the Sawpit Picnic Area just out of town to break up our stay at Henty Park.

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The beach at Cape Bridgewater

Beautiful Cape Bridgewater Beach

Cape Bridgewater

A short 15 minute drive out of town is Cape Bridgewater, one of the best beaches in the region. It is as good as anywhere with beautiful white sand, clear blue waters with waves rolling in on a calm day. It was here I attempted to go surfing with my Cousin Tim and his wife Amy, only my second ever attempt. Alas, at least I tried.

There are so many awesome beaches around Australia, here are our 3 lists of Best Beaches –

1. The Best Beaches in Australia 1-10

2. The Best Beaches in Australia 11-20

3. The Best Beaches in Australia 21-30

Snorkeling with the seals on the Seal by Sea tour

In the water on the Seal by Sea tour

Seal by Sea Tour

We also completed the Seal by Sea Tour at Cape Bridgewater and this would have to be our best value for money tour on our trip so far. You will discover the best of Portland by sea for just $40 per adult. They will take you along the rugged coastline to view the cliff faces to the first of several large Seal colonies.

Then they took us further up to the tip where we witnessed big NZ Fur Seals and a few Australian Seals before heading back to the first group of Seals where they have a shark cage located. For an extra $20 they provide Wet suits and snorkeling gear to allow you to swim with the Seals. We were all very keen and jumped into the waters to engage with the Seals.

The Seals were otherwise occupied though and didn’t come to us in the cage so we asked could we go out of the cage. The guide said we could but it would be at our own risk. “Risk of what” we asked? “Great Whites” he said!! Without hesitating we all jumped into the water anyway and for almost an hour we swam with the Seals. The Seal Pups were so inquisitive and would come right up to us, sometimes stopping in front of us to take a look.

Watch our videos of us swimming with the seals:

Seal by Sea Tours are still just $40 but they now have new snorkeling tours. Book the trip we did or view their new tours at their website – http://www.sealsbyseatours.com.au/

Adele patting a koala in the wild for the first time

Cape Bridgewater Koala

Our First Koala Encounter in the Wild

Heading back from Cape Bridgewater we were surprised to find a Koala beside the road. We stopped to ensure he didn’t venture onto the road and were amazed when he came over to Adele allowing her to pat him. The Koala was surprisingly friendly and then it took off heading for our Motorhome. At first we thought he was looking to hitch a ride but eventually we got him into the bushes away from the road.

Discover the Best of Portland

Amy Surfing

Discover the Best of Portland

Tim Surfing

Blacknose Point

Blacknose Point is a very popular surfing spot at Portland and our cousin and his wife got out the surfboards and headed in for a paddle. We sat on the rocks and enjoyed watching them in action and managed to capture some great photos.

This time I left it to the experts, my training wheels are still on at this stage!!

Discover the Best of Portland

Portland Wind Farm

Portland Wind Farm

The Portland Wind Farm is one of the largest in Australia. These huge wind turbines generate electricity from the wind. This one in Portland produces 500 GWh annually, enough electricity to power approximately 125,000 homes each year or over 7% of Victoria’s annual power.

Discover the Best of Portland

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Just past the Wind Farm is the Petrified Forest. The formation of the Petrified forest is a collection of hollow tubes of Limestone called “solution pipes”. These have been eroded over millions of years of rainfall. Water gathers in a shallow pan of sand and seeps downwards dissolving the Limestone. The mineral saturated water then cements the sand, forming hard, trunk shaped pipes. Some of these pipes can be up to 20m high.

Portland is approximately 200kms from the South Australian border in the south west of Victoria. It’s a great place to stop with lots of shops, excellent accommodation for a weary traveler and the people of Portland are very friendly. The winter months do get very cold so the peak tourist season is usually from October to May each year.

The Great Ocean Road begins about 120kms East of Portland just past the town of Warrnambool.

Some other great places to stay along the Great Ocean Road are:

Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park

Marengo Holiday Park

Have you been or are you yet to discover the best of Portland? Tell us about your time in Portland?

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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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 – https://ebay.to/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.to/2ve3w2Z This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/37pCAM9 – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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Dalmeny Campground, Dalmeny NSW

Dalmeny

The Dalmeny Campground is perfectly located overlooking spectacular Dalmeny Beach.

Dalmeny is just 5 mins from the beautiful town of Narooma on the south NSW coast. The campground is located on a hilltop of sloping grounds so most sites are not level but they do provide spectacular views.

It is pet friendly and there are toilets, showers, laundry and a dump point available.

There is an IGA and fuel station across the road. There’s also a great Fish and Chips shop.

Fire pits are available for hire along with firewood.

The beach is excellent for swimming, surfing and fishing and you’ll even spot the resident Emu’s that often wander the beach.

We had good Telstra coverage and I also had 1 bar of Vodafone network.

We recommend the Tour to Montague Island called Montague Island Tours with Wazza. It was a great day out, swimming with seals and enjoying the tour of the island.

Cost to stay is $33 per night for 2 adults for powered site. Children 5-16yo are $6 each per night.
* Updated 22/1/2020 Prices vary throughout the year depending on season. Off peak is $29, Shoulder season is $34 and Peak season is $52 a night.

Check the website for more details. https://dalmenycampground.com.au/rates/

Also look for Stay 7 pay 6 nights deal.

Our stay was 22nd February and 28th February to 6th March 2019.

 

Safe travels

Indefinite Leave

 

 

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Check out these other great places to stay in the region:

Pretty Beach Campground

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Ulladulla Headland Holiday Park

 

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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 – https://ebay.to/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.to/2ve3w2Z This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/37pCAM9 – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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Save Money staying at Caravan Parks

Save money staying at Caravan Parks

When you are traveling around the country doing your Big Lap it can be quite expensive but if you can find ways to save money staying at Caravan Parks it can be less tough on the wallet! Costs add up even more so if you have children. Although we don’t have little kids with us as we travel we know just how difficult, expensive and unfair it is for traveling families.

For our first 2 years our 23yo son traveled with us so we had an extra adult as part of our accommodation cost and that made Caravan Park stays quite expensive.

To control your budget it is important to find ways to create better value when traveling and Fuel and Accommodation are likely to be 2 of your bigger costs.

 

Save money staying at Caravan Parks

 

Our tips on How to Save Money staying at Caravan Parks

In this article we have outlined how we have learnt to save costs when booking into Caravan Parks.

This has helped us to look after our budget better and give us more to spend on tours and attractions we want to do.

We do enjoy Caravan Park stays. Sometimes they have a great location or we get to enjoy time in the pools and we like using their excellent facilities. Other times in areas like Airlie Beach, Gold Coast, Darwin and Broome for example there’s no other option.

The most important thing we have found to Save Money staying at Caravan Parks to simply ask. Check and see what offers and deals the Caravan Park provides. In peak season it’s more difficult to get discounts but it is possible and there’s a lot of weeks left in the rest of the year to save some money.

Read all about Our Best Caravan Parks around Australia.

 

Save money staying at Caravan Parks

 

Caravan Park Memberships

When we first left we ended up signing up for a number of Caravan Park memberships. We had Big 4, Top Tourist and Discovery memberships and used these to get 10% off our park fees at those selected Caravan Parks.

At the time they were approx. $40 each to join.

As we traveled in the north we found it was so hot we wanted air conditioning and a pool so we often stayed in one of these Caravan Parks.

 

Loyalty Cards

Reflections Holiday Parks provided us a Loyalty card. With each day of our stay our card was punched with a hole until we reached the last night and then the next night’s stay was free.

The card could be used right across their Group.

In NSW we found a lot of our preferred Caravan Parks were Reflections Holiday Parks and this helped provide good value.

 

RACQ and NRMA Discount

We soon learnt being a member of our State Roadside group RACQ or NRMA gave us access to discounts and save money when satying at some caravan parks. Usually approx 10% but sometimes it could be more.

Check with your Roadside assist from your state and see what discounts they provide too.

Ask at reception or over the phone at the Caravan Park is they accept it for a discount.

 

Save money staying at Caravan Parks

 

Check the Caravan Park Website

Each Caravan Park has its own website and whilst WikiCamps is fantastic, we call it the travellers Bible, the website for the Caravan Park is their method of marketing and any specific offers will be on there. WikiCamps is a user group, run by us as travelers, it’s not where Caravan Parks advertise their deals.

We always look at websites for any deals or offers.

 

Free Nights

Call and ask for any specials or deals. Lots of parks have Stay 4 and Pay 3 or Stay 7 and Pay 6 deals. These good specials can significantly change the cost of where you are staying when you have a free night or two spread out over your stay,

 

TAWK Membership

We have spent a lot of our time on the road with other families and they all enjoyed their TAWK (Travelling Australia With Kids) Membership. At participating Caravan Parks all around Oz you get 2 nights for free.

The cost of the membership is a once off $25.

The membership card also has other benefits including 10% off attractions and other goods and services.

For all the details go to https://tawk-shop.travellingaustraliawithkids.com/collections/frontpage/products/tawk-membership-card

 

National Seniors cards

Once we turned 50 we found out we were eligible for the National Seniors Card. This is a membership which costs $45 for one person or $75 for a couple to join and we use it at Caravan Parks and receive discounts on our stay. We simply ask do you take National Seniors card and some say No but we found most said Yes.

We imagine you could do the same with the Free Government allocated Seniors card.

Most times we receive 10% off the rate.

More about the National Seniors card for over 50’s here – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/national-seniors-card/

 

Adele getting soaked

 

WikiCamps Discount

When we traveled through NSW we found some Caravan Parks accepted WikiCamps discount. We simply asked if they gave a discount for WikiCamps and many said yes. We aren’t sure if that is offered in other regions or just NSW but it always pays to ask.

 

CMCA Membership Deals

We found Caravan Parks also give CMCA (Caravan and Motorhome Club of Australia) discounts. Membership to CMCA is $44 per year with a one off joining fee of $16.50.

The CMCA do great work for travelers including, but not limited to, being instrumental in the placement of dump points around the country. This may also be a way to receive cheaper rates during your Caravan Park stays.

Travel Auctions

A recent new method more and more people are using is Travel Auctions. This is a website where you can bid on accommodation offered by Caravan Parks all around Australia.

Simply register online at https://www.travelauctions.com.au/, find the location where you are looking for somewhere to stay and bid on any available Caravan Park stays on offer.

 

Another tip for how to Save Money staying at Caravan Parks is to be friendly and just ask

Our friend Denise says just be very friendly and ask. Now there must be something in it, we arrived at the same park where they had just been near Wilsons Prom and they received a great deal. I’m not sure how she bats her eyelashes or it might be their beautiful daughter who wins them over but we got nothing. Sometimes it might just be if they’re in a good mood that determines what specials you might get but no doubt being friendly, kind and polite is a good way to start before asking for any deals.

 

Do you have any other tips on how to save money staying at Caravan Parks? Let us know if you have any other great ways of saving on Caravan Park stays!

 

Safe Travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

 

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Photography and Socials

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – https://ebay.to/2upyEfM – 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/2GoBt37 – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RL7CY7  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lens – https://ebay.to/2ve3w2Z This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/37pCAM9 – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://ebay.to/2RpOJed  – 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/37oKkhb  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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