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Top 13 must do in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays

Airlie Beach is the Gateway to the amazing Whitsunday group of 74 Islands and the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia and we have compiled a list of the Best Things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays.

The Whitsundays are truly paradise with over 700,000 visitors every year enjoying the perfect Airlie Beach weather. The islands offer an enormous range of activities on land and of course at sea. Hire a yacht and go Sailing in these pristine waters, enjoy diving and snorkeling on the most amazing reef system anywhere in the world and discover the amazing underwater marine life of this incredible natural gift that is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, there’s just so many things to do.

Not all of the action is at sea in the Whitsundays with lots to do at the mainland of Airlie Beach and surrounding areas too. See Salt Water crocodiles in their natural habitat in the nearby Proserpine River and Dine at the numerous fabulous restaurants available. Explore nearby beaches and swim in the local waterfalls.

All this and a lot more are available in Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.

Our 13 Best Things to do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays:

1. Whitehaven Beach

You simply can not go to Airlie Beach or the Whitsundays without visiting Australia’s most voted #1 “Best beach”.

Experience Oz says of the sand at Whitehaven Beach “You’ll often see in brochures for Whitehaven Beach where marketers go out of their way to mention its “silica sand”, which is all well and good, but to someone who’s never visited, what does it actually mean? Silica is a substance that is contained in an extremely high-purity form of sand, with extremely fine grains that make it very soft to the touch and also prevents it from getting too hot underfoot. Coupled with the endless sunshine, the colour of the sand is an almost pure-white colour that forms an amazing contrast to the vivid blue of the waters that lap at the beach and contribute to the sheer magic of Whitehaven.”

Whitehaven Beach is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular beaches you will ever visit and swim. Join in the fun on the beach where there’s almost always games being played or relax on a towel and watch the seaplanes land and big yachts sail on by.

Whitehaven Beach is one of the Best Things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Hill Inlet

Nearby Hill Inlet is a short walk up the mountain to a lookout providing you with breathtaking views of the swirling sand and crystal clear blue waters, an amazing spectacle of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Some tour operators will moor in Tongue Bay and dinghy you ashore for the short trek up to the lookout. Check with a local tour agency for a list of those operators. When we were there Tongue Bay was thriving with Sea Turtles who would come to the surface to take a breath before diving below once again.

From here it’s a short walk up to Hill Inlet lookout for stunning views of this spectacular beach with 98% pure white silica sand. Mid tide provides great views and best photo opportunity of the swirling sands at the river mouth.

Reefstar Cruises takes you to the lookout of Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. Book your Reefstar Cruise here>

Cruise Whitsundays will sail you to the island on board the popular purple catamaran the Camira to swim and play. Book your Camira Sailing Tour here>

Ocean Rafting is a great day out and are the only ones able to park up right in Hill Inlet on the beach. Book your Ocean Rafting Adventure here>

We have done all these day trips and they are all fantastic and provide different experiences of this incredible region.


2. Hideaway Bay

A short drive north out of Airlie Beach is Dingo Beach and Hideaway Bay, two small towns with beautiful beaches, a pub and a boat ramp. The Dingo Hotel is your typical country pub with a twist, it sits right beside the stunning waters of the Whitsundays.

Venture a little further up from Dingo Beach along a corrugated dirt road from Hideaway Bay for just 4.5kms and you will come across Montes Resort. This isolated “Hideaway” is set in a small, protected area and there is a restaurant available to day trippers with full bar facilities.

We enjoyed our lunch and a few drinks and took a quick walk along the beach.

*Update: (Check availability as it has been closed after taking full brunt of Cyclone Debbie in 2017. Accommodation is open however the resort is still under repairs)

**Further Update: Montes renowned Bar and Restaurant has re-opened after extensive cyclone repairs!

Montes Reef Resort at Hideaway Bay

A short drive further past Montes Resort you will find some beautiful beaches with hardly a sole around. Here we swam and snorkeled, watched while someone else caught fish and admired some beautiful boats moored off the beach. All this while we looked out over Gloucester Island.

Hideaway Bay is quite secluded and just under an hours drive back to Airlie for anything you may want or need but certainly worth a visit for the day or a night or two for the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind.

 

Bi-Centenial Boardwalk at Airlie Beach

3. Airlie Beach Bi-Centennial Boardwalk

In August 1988 Adele and I were married and we honeymooned at Airlie Beach. Adele always called herself the Bicentennial bride.

Also in Airlie Beach in 1988 they built a boardwalk along the water’s edge from Cannonvale all the way to the Lagoon in the centre of Airlie Beach. Adele and I don’t remember it or walking it at the time as we were staying at the Club Croc Resort which was just 1 month old and we were able to use the shuttle bus to go anywhere we wanted.

30 years on, Mantra Club Croc is a great place to stay just out from Airlie Beach providing a slightly cheaper hotel option if you are on a tighter budget. Book your stay here>

The Airlie Beach Bi-Centennial Boardwalk showcases the amazing views and magnificent Whitsunday Islands in the distance, the placid turquoise waters and the Abell Point Marina Marina which shelters some of the most amazing boats including Super Yachts that are like privately owned floating hotels.

4. Crocodile Safari Tour

Just 20kms from Airlie Beach is the Proserpine River which harbours the most Salt Water Crocodiles than any other river on the East coast of Australia which makes it the perfect place to see these predators in the wild and learn about their behaviors.

We decided to get some crocodile knowledge now while we had the chance and booked the Crocodile Safari tour on the Proserpine River and local Goorganga Wetlands. Our tour included being picked up and driven to a location just metres from the river where we climbed aboard and began our search for these massive man eating beasts.

Crocodile Safari Tour Proserpine

Up Close and Personal with Crocs

We certainly got an up close and personal look at these prehistoric creatures but our first sighting was a big male and he was having none of us getting up close. Once he spotted us he slowly slithered back into the water and we didn’t see him again.

We saw many young crocodiles from just a few months old to young crocs just a few years old but it was the 3 big females that got our attention. The boat was placed up against the bank each time, twice just a few metres from these truly amazing animals. We witnessed them from as close as you could possibly imagine you could safely do so and were able to clearly see the teeth and body markings which were incredible.

It was amazing and sometimes daunting to be within just a couple of metres from them as they nudged the boat up against the bank right next to where the crocodiles were laying on the mud!

Crododile Safair Tour Proserpine is one of the best things to do in Airlie Beach

We highly recommend this tour and it was great to get an insight into crocodiles as we head towards the Northern end where they become prolific.

http://www.crocodilesafari.com.au/


5. Reefsleep

For an amazing and unique experience that you would never have anywhere else, you should definitely not miss doing Reefsleep with Cruise Whitsundays. The tour consists of 2 days at the outer Great Barrier Reef where you stay overnight on a pontoon at Hardy Reef and enjoy an evening in a swag under the stars at Reefworld.

Reefsleep is one of the best things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Once you have arrived there are a lot of choices of exciting things to do. Of course snorkeling is the perfect option to see the amazing range of coral and marine life. You can also go in the Semi Submersible to view the reef through the glass bottom and have staff guide you and talk about all things coral and the reef.

There is also an underwater viewing room where you can watch a myriad of fish, turtles and marine life including George the 2 metre Queensland Grouper as they swim close to the pontoon.

A helicopter ride is also available although we chose not to. The ride will take you about Hardy Reef and over Heart Reef, the spectacular reef shaped like a heart. You can also relax and enjoy a massage or simply sunbake from the Pontoon rooftop.

At 3pm the day trippers vanish, whisked back to Airlie Beach leaving just those privileged few to enjoy the night at Hardy Reef. Now you can quietly snorkel, swim, relax and watch as an amazing sunset appears in front of you.

Reefsleep Experience at Hardy Reef

It’s important to know it’s not a Hotel or Resort style experience, it is more like camping, but that is all part of what makes it so unique. For more about Reef Sleep and what it can throw at you you can read our full review at Us, a swag and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book your Reefleep Experience here>


6. Fly over the Whitsundays

There are several options for flying over the Whitsundays. You can go by Helicopter from Airlie Beach or from the pontoon out on the reef. Plane charters also run Scenic Flights plus there are Seaplane Tours that provide a combination of seeing the sights from both the air and sea.

The view is amazing from the air and makes for some sensational photos. Unfortunately we didn’t end up with the opportunity to experience it whilst we were there, but that’s just a great excuse for us to return.

Heart Reef Whitsundays

If we did have the chance we would have chosen the plane flight from Airlie Beach. For a full hour you saw a whole lot more for a fraction of the cost of the helicopter flights. Angelica, our Reefsleep companion showed us her spectacular photos from her plane flight and that would certainly be our recommendation.

Costs – We recommend the 1 hour flight for $199   *Update July 2019 $229
Operators – GSL Aviation

Book your Helicopter Flight here>


7. Go Fishing

We tried some more land based fishing at the pontoons at the Cannonvale Marina and the rock wall opposite us at the boat ramp. On the first day Matt caught two Pike eels but no other success so we decided it was time to get serious and go on a fishing charter.

We reviewed all the local options and chose a half day fishing charter. This option had us fishing in a short time rather than long boat trips to outer locations that would take an hour or two before you arrived.

Matt's 120cm Queenie

We found Coral Sea Fishing Charters best suited what we wanted and when I went to book in Monday morning, it turned out there was room for us to go out that afternoon. We were quick to say Yes and started preparing for our afternoon out fishing.

Adam our skipper was able to put us directly on a reef in 19m waters and immediately we were pulling in fish. Gary who was also on the boat pulled in the first big fish, a large Coral Trout. Matt reeled in a big GT (Giant Trevally) and Kev hooked onto a nice Golden Snapper.

Our Second Fishing Charter

We all had such a great time we booked in again with Adam for Wednesday morning and received a 5% discount for booking a second tour.

This time Adam took us to a different location but again had us right on the mark and soon Matt caught a small shark. Next he landed a whopping 110cm Queenie. Kev scored a Coral Trout and at the same time Matt also brought up a Coral Trout. Both were quick to measure them to see whose was the biggest. Nothing like a bit of competition between father and son! Meanwhile Adele kept landing yellow tails but no big ones.

Matt loves Fishing

We caught a lot of fish of all sorts of species but only kept a couple of the bigger fish we were really chasing.

I can’t recommend Adam and Coral Sea Fishing Charters enough. It was a fantastic day out catching some great fish.

*Coral Sea Fishing Charters are no longer operating but it’s still a great place to head out fishing

Book a Full or Half Day Fishing Charter with Airlie Beach Fishing Charters here>


8. Dinner at Fish D’vine

Coral Sea Fishing Charters has a deal with the local restaurant, Fish D’vine, where you can take the fish you catch from the charter to the restaurant and not only will they clean and fillet your fish, they will cook it ready for you to eat for dinner that night at no extra charge. The only proviso is that each of you purchase a side of chips or salad to go with your fish meal. How good is that?

Naturally we accepted this offer the first time we went out with Adam. Fish D’Vine is also a Rum Bar so it makes excellent sense to dine there and indulge in a rum or three with dinner or even a cocktail after dinner like we did!

Adele drinking 2 cocktails at Fish D'Vine

The service was fabulous and the food and drinks “D’vine”.

https://www.fishdvine.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fishdvine/


9. SUP

What’s SUP?
SUP is Stand Up Paddleboarding!
And you are never too old to do Stand Up Paddleboarding.

All you need is a sense of adventure and good balance helps a bit too! We had no idea how we would go getting up into the standing position but were willing to give it a go! Kev had been keen to try SUP since 1770 but we just didn’t get the chance to do it back when we were in Agnes Water/1770.

We saw the sign at Shingley Beach near the Abell Point Marina on our walk along the Bi-Centennial Walkway so we made our way there to master the art of SUP.

With the option of $20 for half an hour or just $25 for one hour it’s an easy decision, why not go for the hour!

SUP in Airlie Beach

After a quick ‘SUP 101’ lesson from the operator we were out on the water first on our knees until we felt brave enough to try standing. Several attempts later we were SUPing!!

I could say we didn’t fall off but that wouldn’t be truthful. But we did have a great time and lots of fun. Another challenge accepted and completed 

You will find them at the beach at Shingley Beach.

10. Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is a large swimming pool right on the shorefront in Airlie Beach and free for everyone to use. Due to the stinger season being from September – April or whenever the water temp is still 26 degrees or more, stingers are hazardous to swimmers wanting to cool off in the North Queensland ocean. The lagoon provides a cool and inviting place to swim, protected from stingers which is also patrolled by life guards providing additional safety for everyone.

There is lots of parking available next to the lagoon and you can sunbake on the grass with amazing Whitsunday views. We also enjoyed lunch and a drink in the new café overlooking the pool.

Take a book, a towel and some sunscreen and enjoy some time relaxing at the Airlie Beach lagoon.

Airlie Beach Lagoon


11. Lunch at Sorrento

Sorrento at the Abell Point Marina was a perfect spot for us to enjoy Mother’s Day lunch. The Sorrento is situated with beautiful 180 degree uninterrupted views of the marina, helipad and also over to Coral Seas Resort. We chose to share a number of dishes from the Tapas Menu while Matt selected the Steak.

We considered the Seafood Platter for 2 which we thought to be quite inexpensive at $47 for 2 but didn’t order it, instead selecting a range of plates for us each to share. When the table next to us ordered there’s and received it we were immediately questioning our choice, it looked delicious.

They had a great selection of drinks from the bar and the service was excellent.

For lunch with an incredible Whitsundays view, Sorrento certainly meets the criteria.

https://www.facebook.com/SorrentoRestaurantandBarAirlieBeach/

Mother's Day Cocktail at Sorrento


12. Play a game of oversized Chess

If you want to fill in some time, why not play a game of oversized Chess at the Abell Point Marina. You don’t need to be an expert, we certainly aren’t, just as long as you understand the basic rules.

Kev and Matt decided to have a game after we finished our lunch with Matt the winner. The rematch is still yet to be had!

While waiting to play or for your opponent to make their move, take in the view of the mega Super Yachts which are usually docked at the Marina. These enormous boats and owned by the super rich and are quite incredible to see up close.

A game of oversized Chess


13. Island Cruises or Cruise to Hamilton or Daydream Island using a Hopper Pass

Of course, a trip to the Whitsundays has to include a visit to the islands. There are many different options available to choose from whether it be a full day cruise which includes snorkeling and stopping at one or two islands,; a leisurely sail around the islands, stopping at the famous Whitehaven Beach or using an Island Hopper Day Pass which gives you the freedom and flexibility of choosing how much time you spend on Hamilton and or Daydream Islands.

A few of the islands are no longer operating like Hook Island, others like South Molle island require major overhauls and Daydream Island is about to undergo extensive multi million dollar upgrades.

Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

Hayman Island seems to be a little less exclusive with some very limited options for day-trippers to access the island. Still it maintains its prestige and continues to be mostly out of reach for the average family holiday budget.

Daydream Island and Hamilton Island are still two that provide an excellent day out in the Whitsundays along with Whitehaven Beach.

Whitsunday Island Cruises

As part of the Reefstar Island Cruise, we stopped at Daydream Island for the last leg of our day trip. We certainly enjoyed our relaxing cocktails at the swim up bar, it was an ideal way to spend the last hour of our tour before returning to Shute Harbour. Although Daydream is quite a compact island, it has live coral, fish, sharks and rays for you to view in the pools encompassing the restaurant and bar areas of the resort. kangaroos and wallabies roam freely around the lawns of the resort and on the beach.

We also chose to do the 1 day Sailing Adventure on the Camira with a leisurely sail around the Whitsundays. The main attraction of the day apart from snorkeling is the stopover at Whitehaven Beach where you could involve yourself in the beach games, quietly soak up the sun on the beach or enjoy a swim in the crystal blue water. This tour sets itself apart from some of the others as it is all inclusive with lunch, morning and afternoon tea plus beer, wine and soft drink included!

Lazing by the water's edge on Whitehaven Beach

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island remains a very popular island destination in the Whitsundays. Recent refurbishments have been undertaken and there are regular ferry services to the island. Dent Island is now part of Hamilton Island and offers a golf course for the enthusiast. Qualia is one of Australia’s most exclusive resorts and has amazing views from the North end of Hamilton Island.

Book a Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Tour with Lunch here>

You can always visit some of the islands without current operating resorts by hiring a boat and taking a visit to see the spectacular beaches and coves and walk the tracks that lead to mountain tops with incredibly amazing views.

Fun on Whitehaven Beach

https://cruisewhitsundays.com/experiences/island-hopper-pass/

Spend a Day with us in the Whitsundays

Spend a day with us in the Whitsundays as we take our scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Island, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and a lot more here – https://tinyurl.com/yc69q7cp and in this episode we visit Northerlies Restaurant and Bar and take a look at Shute Harbour after Cyclone Debbie, you can watch it here https://tinyurl.com/y8auy862

For Airlie Beach accommodation there is plenty of choice:
For Caravan Parks we stayed at the Seabreeze Tourist Park in Cannonvale. You can watch our video of the park here – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/seabreeze-tourist-park-airlie-beach-qld/

We also stayed at the Base Backpackers in the heart of Airlie Beach. You can watch our video of this park here – https://indefiniteleave.com.au/base-backpackers-airlie-beach-queensland/

The Whitsundays is definitely one of our favourite places in Oz.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

Brisbane is our home town. It’s where we have lived all our lives. We know it, we love it and it is home.

There is so much to love about “Brissy”. Our weather is superb, people are friendly and it’s a big city without being too huge.

Brisbane typifies our States motto “Beautiful one day, Perfect the next”!!

 

We have great, warm weather almost all year round. Winter in Brisbane is sensational, blue sunny skies, calm weather and mild temperatures.

 

Here’s a list of 21 Things to Do in and around Brisbane

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - CityCat

Brisbane River CityCat

1. Take a ride on the Brisbane River on a City Cat

These are fast ferry’s that take you some of Brisbane’s best places on the River. Go to Portside and see Cruise Ships, New Farm the home of the Powerhouse Brisbane, which is home to different arts and creatives, plus New Farm Park. Stop in at Riverside for great restaurants and bars on the river and take a walk around the City.

The Citycats are a great cheap way to get around Brisbane. There are stops all the way along the Brisbane river foreshores. A 2 hour ticket is a maximum $5.60 or even cheaper with a Go Card.

It’s a fabulous day out on Brisbane’s CityCats.

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Brisbane Riverfire

Brisbane Riverfire

2. Brisbane Riverfire

In September each year the Brisbane River comes alive as 500,000 people or more attend Riverfire. The skies light up as the Australian Defence Force fly Fighter Jets and Blackhawk Helicopters before the Fireworks are launched from the River, from Bridges and atop City high-rises.

 

This is a spectacular not to be missed. Get there early and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

St Helena Island - 21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

St Helena Island

3. Tour St Helena Island

Learn how St Helena Island is steeped in our History. In 1867 it was chosen as our first Penal settlement due to its location 4kms offshore in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

 

The island is now Heritage listed and fantastic tours are operated by Cat O’ Nine Tails Cruises, the only way you can tour the island. Learn all about the rugged life of those that called St Helena Island home in those formative years.

 

http://www.sthelenaisland.com.au/

 

4. Eat Street Northshore

The Eat Street Markets are located at Hamilton and are a culinary delight for everyone regardless of your preferred tastes. Enjoy the enormous array of amazing dishes, live bands, great bars and enjoy a few hours of amazing fun by the Brisbane River.

 

Open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday from midday to 8pm.

 

https://www.eatstreetmarkets.com/

 

5. Eagle Street Pier

The Eagle Street Pier at Brisbane’s Riverside provides amazing views, sensational restaurants and incredible bars directly looking over the Brisbane River and Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. Walk along the riverfront discovering the many different shops and see the Kookaburra Queen paddlewheelers which have been doing cruises of the Brisbane River since 1986.

On Sundays, visit the Riverside Markets for lots of locally made crafts, food, drinks and street performers.

 

http://www.eaglestreetpier.com.au/

http://www.riversidemarkets.com.au/

Book your Buffet Lunch Kookaburra Queens River Cruise here>

Book your Kookaburra Queens City Lights Dinner Cruise here>

        

6. Island time – Stradbroke Island & Moreton Island

Whilst Queensland’s Fraser Island is the most famous island within the state, Moreton Island and “Straddie” are just a short Ferry or Barge trip from Brisbane and are just as majestic. Go Camping on the islands and feel like you’re in paradise.

Spend time at Tangalooma Resort, snorkel the wrecks, check out Cape Moreton, ride the Sand Dunes and drive the magnificent beaches. Both Islands are truly amazing.

 

Stradbroke Island –

Book a North Stradbroke Island 4WD Day Tour here>

 

Moreton Island –

Book a Moreton Island 2 Day Tour here>

Book a Tangalooma Day Trip with Activities here>

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane

Eleven Rooftop Bar

 

7. Visit the Eleven Rooftop Bar in Brisbane

This amazing restaurant at 757 Anne St Fortitude Valley features spectacular views over the Brisbane Inner City as well as a great bar and fabulous food.

The Eleven Rooftop Bar features in our list of the Best 17 places to Eat and Drink in Brisbane and Gold Coast.

 

Make sure you book, it does get very busy.

 

http://elevenrooftopbar.com.au/

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Brisbane Sign Southbank

Brisbane Sign

8. Go to Southbank on the Brisbane River

Here you can walk around the gardens, take a ride on the big Brisbane Wheel, visit GOMA (the Gallery of Modern Art) for free, swim in the Lagoon at Streets Beach, eat out at the many restaurants and pubs or go at night and visit the markets from Friday to Sunday.

 

Buy your Wheel of Brisbane Tickets here>

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Wilsons Outlook

Wilsons Outlook

9. Wilsons Outlook Reserve New Farm

This park at New Farm has the most incredible views. Arrive just before dusk, take your camera and watch as the Brisbane City, iconic Story Bridge and the Brisbane River transform into an incredible array of colours and beauty as the lights take effect.

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Bee Gees Way at Redcliffe

Bee Gees Way Redcliffe

10. Redcliffe

Redcliffe is just north of the city and it feels like an island as it is mostly surrounded by water. Access from the south is by the 3.2km bridges spanning from Brighton to Clontarf.

 

At Redcliffe foreshore there is a great Lagoon perfect for swimming on a warm Brisbane day. Redcliffe is also considered home to International megastars, the Bee Gees. Visit the incredible Bee Gees Way to see the city’s fantastic tribute to the family that became worldwide superstars.

 

11. Mount Cootha

Mount Cootha in Brisbane’s western suburbs is where the local TV stations reside but it is also a very popular vantage point for locals who run, ride and cycle their way to the top where there are stunning views across Brisbane from the lookout.

The restaurants are very popular and the place of many wedding proposals and ceremonies over the years.

 

12. Roma Street Parklands

The Roma Street Parklands is on the Brisbane City’s doorstep yet offers 16 hectares of Horticultural beauty with its themed gardens and lush greenery. Events are held regularly at the amphitheatre with plays performed by the Queensland Theatre Company and others.

You don’t have to have a green thumb to enjoy a stroll through this parkland.

 

 

Suncorp Stadium

Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park)

13. Brisbane Sporting Stadiums

Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba are Brisbane’s primary sporting stadiums where we cheer on our teams to regular success. Queenslanders are passionate about their sport and turn out to support their teams whenever they are in town.

Previously named Lang Park the name was changed to Suncorp Stadium in 1994. It now holds crowds of 52,500.

Go the Broncos and the Queensland Bulls!

 

Boggo Road

Boggo Road Gaol

14. Take a Tour of Brisbane’s old Boggo Road Gaol

The Brisbane Boggo Road Gaol once housed Queensland’s most feared prisoners until it was closed in July 1992. Today you can take tours and hear about the days in the lives of those that found their way inside. At night they also provide ghost tours but we stayed with a daytime visit.

https://boggoroadgaol.com/

 

Houseboat Gold Coast Broadwater

Houseboat Gold Coast Broadwater

15. Houseboating on the Gold Coast Broadwater

It’s a lot of great fun and we have been houseboating several times before we left on our road trip around Oz. We always used Coomera Houseboats, the staff are fantastic and the boats were perfect for our trips.

 

https://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/

 

16. Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge

The Story Bridge Climb takes you over Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. Walk up the top for an amazing experience, standing high above the traffic overlooking the Brisbane River and the City.

Book your Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb here>

 

Redcliffe Jetty Markets

Redcliffe Jetty Markets

17. Weekends are great for Markets in Brisbane

Every Saturday from 6am to midday the Carseldine Markets on the corner of Beams and Dorville Roads at Carseldine provide superb fresh products and craft ideas. You can enjoy a fantastic array of foods and juices or coffee in a great atmosphere with easy parking and it’s Free to enter.

 

On Sunday you can visit the Cleveland Markets near the Bay where you will find many craft stalls, lots of entertainment, great food and fresh produce.
The Cleveland markets have operated for over 30 years and you can see them on Bloomfield Street Cleveland where they are open from 7am to 1pm every Sunday.

 

The Redcliffe Jetty Markets are located in the main street overlooking Moreton Bay and features many stall holders with a great range of home made products. There’s a great variety of food and drinks and on a sunny day the position is perfect.

 

http://carseldinemarkets.com.au/

https://www.clevelandmarkets.com.au/

https://redcliffejettymarkets.com/

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - King Island

King Island

18. Take a 1km walk out to King Island

At low tide at the bayside suburb of Wellington Point in Brisbane’s East you can walk across to King island. Time it right and you can enjoy a stunning sunset as you walk across the sandy straight to the island.

 

21 Bests Things to do in and around Brisbane - Camping

Moreton Island camping

19. Go Camping

Within 1-2 hours from Brisbane are so many fantastic camping experiences. Noosa North Shore Campground is fantastic or take the Barge across to Moreton Island or Stradbroke Island.

 

You can go to Somerset Dam west of Brisbane or a short drive to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Hinterlands all provide amazing places to park the caravan or pitch a tent. Here you can enjoy the Wildlife, go swimming and fishing and escape city life for awhile.

 

https://www.noosaholidayparks.com.au/noosa-north-shore

 

Beenleigh Rum Distillery

Beenleigh Rum Distillery

20. Visit the Gold Coast

Head south just an hour from Brisbane and visit the world renowned Gold Coast with its superb beaches and fantastic waterways. What we love about the Goldie is there’s always something happening. Visit the theme parks, hang out at Cavill Mall, dine in the wonderful restaurants at Broadbeach, surf at Snapper Rocks or Burleigh Heads and enjoy some good fishing.

Movieworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild –

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Dreamworld & WhiteWater World –

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Don’t miss Springbrook National Park in the Hinterland and while there visit Purling Brook Falls, Best of all Lookout and Natural Bridge. At night you will see Glow worms and Fire flies.

 

On the way to the Gold Coast stop into the famous Yatala Pie Shop and do a tour of the Beenleigh Distillery and enjoy some samples of their products.

 

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/

https://www.beenleighrum.com.au/distillery

http://www.yatalapies.com.au/

 

21 Best Things to do in and around Brisbane - Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park

21. Visit the Sunshine Coast

Conversely, head north an hour and take in all that is the Sunshine Coast. Much more laid back, the beaches are equally fantastic. Visit Coolum Beach and Noosa National Park, Buderim Falls, SEA LIFE at Mooloolaba for the marine life and go to the amazing Australia Zoo owned by the family of Steve Irwin.

Climb Mt Coolum or head inland and visit wonderful towns like Kenilworth, Maleny, Montville and Mapleton plus be sure to visit the Ginger Factory at Yandina.

The Sunshine Coast is fantastic with so much to see and do.

 

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There are so many great places to eat out around Brisbane and Gold Coast. Read about our best 17 places to Eat and Drink

 

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Brisbane with your Caravan or Motorhome the Lawnton Showgrounds provides the perfect place to stay. Located on Brisbane’s Northside it has power and water for just $25 per night. It is an easy walk to Lawnton Rail Station and 5 minutes drive either direction to plenty of shopping options.

 

Check out How to get to Brisbane and Southbank if you are in your Motorhome or Caravan

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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!

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

 

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.

 

Hill Inlet

Fun at Hill Inlet

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 Reef Sleep 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 walk up to the lookout to take in the spectacular Hill Inlet from above.

 

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 organized 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.

 

Whitsunday Islands National Park

 

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.

Read more information and Book your Tour here

 

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.

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For Caravan Park Accommodation:

Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach 
(our first ever video review)

Base Backpackers Airlie Beach

 

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Mackay to Whitsundays so much to see and do

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What it REALLY costs to Travel Australia – everything you need to budget for!!

The REAL costs to Travel Australia over 24 months

We read so many Budgets online and on travel pages but we believe ours is the most accurate and fully detailed report.  It provides all of what you need to be prepared for and to know what it really costs to travel Australia. There’s more costs than just Caravan Parks, Campgrounds, Fuel and Food. You need to Budget for all the potential costs or at least be prepared for what might happen.

We detail everything that it costs to travel Australia for us over 24 months, nothing is missed. There’s also no guesses, we keep receipts for every cent we spend and record them into a spreadsheet. We rarely pay cash for anything so it’s all able to be checked against our statements. We know exactly what it costs us to the cent.

 

Ayers Rock at Sunset on Full Moon

 

About us

We were 3 adults as our son who had just turned 23 traveled with us and we paid for almost all of his costs. After 2 years, once we got back home to Brisbane, Matt moved in to his brother’s place and from now it’s just Adele and myself however for the duration of these Expenses, Matt was with us. We drive an 8m Winnebago Motorhome RV with no tow car and therefore it was our only vehicle.

 

Fishing on Fraser Island at Sunrise

 

Kevin has run his own businesses now for 30 years and Adele did the bookkeeping for many of those years so keeping accounts and accurately recording the information is just part of our everyday life.

The difference between what we spent in the second year in comparison to the first is significant. You may be smarter and more experienced in the beginning than us and be able to keep your costs down a lot better than we did.

We are not mechanical in any way so maintaining your vehicle yourself will also save a lot on the costs we incurred to maintain ours over the 2 years.

We aren’t saying what we spent is what it will cost you, but by reviewing our Expenses you can more accurately determine how much you might need to budget for to do the Big Lap with less likelihood of running out of funds half way into your trip.

 

Aerial view of Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park

 

Our Trip

We spent 2 years traveling around Australia and still live in our Motorhome.

The first thing we learnt is everyone’s experience is different, no two people’s trips are the same and everyone has their own budgets and travel plans.

For us, we started out with a 2.5 year plan before going back home. We wanted to see as much as absolutely possible as we expected we wouldn’t be back.

But something happened along the way, we fell in love with the Lifestyle!!

Our Blog Indefinite Leave also grew so fast, we weren’t expecting that, and we wanted to show our followers as much of Australia as we could to inspire them to hit the road and chase their dreams. We tried to see as much as we could and present that so others could follow.

 

Stunning Hyams Beach

The cost to Travel Australia doesn't matter - we just love it!

 

Lessons we learnt

When we left Brisbane on Feb 1, 2016 we were complete and total rookies. Basically we had no idea what we were doing and just learnt along the way.

We learnt about our costs and how to manage our expenses and were able to stop staying in Caravan Parks and almost entirely Free Camp. We began catching a lot of our own food, Fish, Prawns and Squid were often filling our freezer. Eating out stopped and Pub stays, while they might be Free or low cost, you end up having a meal and some drinks and before you know it the Free Pub stay just cost $100 or more for a night. We rarely stay at Pubs or if we do, we prefer ones where we pay a small fee and there’s no expectation of having to eat or drink there.

We searched for the best value Fuel and looked to conserve fuel by reducing weight. Rather than before we left, we didn’t fill up our water tanks until we got to our destiny therefore reducing weight and better fuel economy. We continually sent back to home anything we weren’t using, clothes, tools, kitchen utensils and anything that we realised we wouldn’t need or use. If we hadn’t used it in 3-6 months the likelihood was we wouldn’t need it again.

 

Cost to Travel Australia - On Top of Australia at Mount Kosciuszko

Our Highest Costs to travel Australia

We found the Top end of Australia was the most expensive to travel for a couple of reasons.

  1. The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con.
  2. There were so many more major attractions with tours to experience. From sailing the islands off 1770, Yeppoon and Whitsundays, scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and visiting the islands, staying at and seeing Lake Argyle, the incredible trip to Horizontal Falls from Broome and we didn’t even do places like Bungle Bungles which were on fire at the time we went past. We also spent a lot in Winton and especially Longreach, there’s so much to do there. For us, the south of Australia was easier to control the budget. Cool nights made Free camping easy and there was so much more choice for Free camping in the South. The sights to see weren’t nearly as hard on the budget except the cost to Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.

The more experienced we became the more we were able to reduce our costs. There are tours all over the country for Lighthouses and old Gaols to visit but once you’ve seen a few it’s hard to get excited about seeing another one. We didn’t visit any Zoo’s as we always planned to do Dubbo Zoo which we finally did near the end of the 2 year adventure. The budget frees up a bit as you go in this regard.

 

Costs to travel Australia - Sunset at Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park was Free

 

A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz

1.  Don’t have a washing machine

Two of the greatest issues you will face traveling Oz is space and weight and the washing machine effects both. It will use so much water and they are so small you need to do so many loads. I recently asked a Mum parked next to us as we discussed her washing machine in the caravan and they were a traveling family of parents and 3 children, How often do you wash? I was already expecting the answer and wasn’t surprised when she said, Every day!!

For us, we would prefer less washes in bigger machines and if we were doing road tripping Oz when our kids were younger that decision would be even more so.
The cost for us the whole trip to wash our clothes in Laundries and Caravan Parks turned out to be just $726 over 2 years. $360 a year ($1 a day) is a ridiculously small amount of our total overall budget and we don’t have all the issues of carting a washing machine around with us. I know many others love their washing machine, fair enough, but we don’t expect we would ever travel with one ourselves.

2.  Pets

It’s so hard to leave your pets behind, we couldn’t do it either, MACKS had to come with us. If it were for just 3-6 months we probably would have left her at home but for 12 months or more that’s a tougher decision.
Traveling Australia though is so much easier, cheaper and less restrictive without animals.
If you’re goal is to really explore the country and you have a good option where they could stay, then maybe best to leave them behind. If you know you are planning to go traveling and thinking of getting a dog, our advice would be wait until your trip is over and get your puppy then.

There’s no right or wrong decision here, just the right one for you.

 

Vet & Dog Sitting costs are one of the costs to travel Australia with a pet

 

If your plan is to travel long term then there are plenty of options to travel with your best friend and see everything there is to see. Here’s how we did it

3. Phone coverage

Telstra has the best coverage by far. If you rely on phone reception choose Telstra or possibly Boost. Optus and Vodafone are not going to be suitable if phone coverage is important for you. Our videos of everywhere we have stayed let you know what phone coverage was available.

4. Wifi

Matt managed to find lots of Free Wifi all around the country. Maccas, Cafes, Bunnings, Info centres and more.

When Caravan Parks say they have Free Wifi, it’s a miracle if it’s anything useful. Usually it’s terribly slow, very limited in the amount you can use and that’s assuming it actually works. Don’t rely on Caravan park Wifi, many of them should be ashamed of their claims of having Free Wifi.

 

Ok, let’s look at all our costs of traveling Australia over 24 months

 

What it really costs to travel Australia - Includes visits to Kimberley Rum Factory in Swan Valley

 

Groceries 🍞🍉🥪🧀

$21,999.65
That’s $916.65 per month or $211.54 per week
The last 3 months without Matt it is $1539.68 per month or $118.45 per week.

This suggests it costs $60pw each for Adele and I.

 

Takeaways 🍟🍕🌭

$3,561.61

We didn’t tend to do a lot of takeaway, we preferred to create our own meals. We would rather spend our budget on places to see.

This equates to an overall cost of $34pw for takeaway.

 

Dining Out 🍽️🍸

$6,391.69
Last 6 months $162

Like Takeaway, we didn’t dine out very often. In the last 6 months our weekly budget for Dining out was just $6.23pw.

Overall our total Dining Out expense was $61.46pw

 

Accommodation 🚎🎪♨️

$13,453.63
$18.98 Average per night

$6880.70 First 6 months
$4572.83 Second 6 months
$1310.10 Third 6 months
$690 Last 6 months. This equates to $3.79 per night 🤣🤑😴

This involved almost exclusively Free camping and staying with friends and relatives where we traveled.

As you can see, there’s considerable savings to be had on our budget by way of reduced costs in Accommodation. We could no doubt reduce our first 12 months by $3000 – $5000 now if we did it again but our budget will always be higher in the north than it is in the south.

 

Fuel is just one of the costs to travel Australia

 

Our Website and YouTube channel has 230+ videos of every Free Camp, Campground, Caravan Park, Pub Stay, Station Stay and RV Parks we stayed in across Australia.

 

Fuel

$13,163.72   58570.3
Most expensive was Kings Creek Station at Kings Canyon @ 199.9c
Uluru was 190.9c and Barkleys Homestead 179.9c
We have found United Fuel to be consistently the cheapest and almost always use them. Metro in some areas is great also.
We use the Fuel Map app to find the cheapest fuel.

Our fuel costs were probably higher than for someone towing a caravan as we always had to drive the Motorhome as opposed to being able to explore and run around town in a Car.

Our fuel costs over 2 years averages out to $126.57pw. We did approx. 55,000 kms during those 2 years.

 

Winnebago

Costs related to the Motorhome part of our vehicle was:
$5,226.39

Some of the big costs were:
$699 for a new Waeco 40L fridge that we keep in the Motorhome for our drinks
$680 for 2 new house batteries

 

Iveco

This is the Costs related to the mechanical part of the Motorhome.
$6,594.44

This includes
3 Services
8 new tyres
1 new windscreen and 1 repair
1 Radiator

Our biggest unexpected Bill shock was $2,882.80 for new Radiator, Coolant Hose and Windscreen in Perth

 

Entertainment 🏊‍♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡

$18,429.31

We wanted to see as much of Australia as we could, have lots of fun and experience adventures so we did do quite a few tours.

First 6 months

$8,258.40 – Brisbane to Cooktown to Katherine. Included 3 fishing charters, Hummer 4wd on Fraser Island, 1770, Lady Musgrave Island, Keppel Island, Whitsundays and Cairns Scenic Flights, Kuranda Railway & Skyway and Katherine Gorge were just some of the adventures.

Sleeping in a Swag on the Great Barrier reef
13 Must do in Airlie Beach and Whitsundays
Best Things to See in Cairns

Second 6 months

$5,733.90 – Darwin to WA to Tasmania. Included Horizontal Falls, Swimming with Humpback Whales, Broome Fishing Charter, Rottnest Island
Best of Broome
Things to See and do in Darwin

Third 6 months

$2,113 – Tasmania to Great Ocean Road to Uluru to Darwin to Mt Isa. This also Includes Tasman Island Cruise and Bruny Island Cruise plus Gordon River Cruise
The Very Best Things to See and Do in Tasmania
https://youtu.be/sWDhpoK7U3A

Fourth 6 months

$2324 – Karumba to Cairns to Longreach to Murray River to Gold Coast. Incl Fishing Charter, Cobbold Gorge, Qantas Museum, Stockmans Hall of Fame, Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience and Thompson River Cruise.

Our Highest Entertainment Costs

Our biggest adventure costs were:

$1,707 for Adele and I to go to Horizontal Falls.

$1,366 for the three of us to do Reefsleep in the Whitsundays

 

Your costs for these tours and adventures is going to be dependent upon your budget and what your plans are that you want to experience. For us these were incredible experiences that we will never forget, but they do cost money and often don’t come cheap.

 

This is our second largest expense of our adventure after food.

 

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Our Favourite Experiences around Australia

Cost to go to Kangaroo Island

Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns

FishCosts to travel Australia included Fishing Charters in our Entertainment Expenses

Horizontal Falls was the highest tour cost while traveling Australia

 

Gas

$897
Such a small part of the budget.
We have 2 x 4kg bottles.

We find BCF works best for us, they are in most places and the cost is consistent at mostly $13.99 for our 4kg bottles.
Otherwise we check the website at https://gasbottlerefills.com/ for the cheapest local retailer.

 

Alcohol 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸

$4,926.90

It is what it is, we do enjoy Happy Hour but aren’t big drinkers. We drink often but not a lot.
When I see Bundy Rum on special I tend to buy a few bottles and I buy Cider by the carton. Adele is happy drinking the $5 bottles of wine.

Cost is $47.37pw

 

MACKS, our dog  

$3,373.04 in vet and medications etc

Sadly we had to let her go 14th June 2017 so no costs since then.
She did make it for 16 months of our trip.

 

Dog Sitting

$959

We used Dog Sitters wherever possible to allow us to visit National Parks and do tours wherever we wanted to go.

Read about travelling Australia with a dog
Read my tribute to MACKS

 

Gorge Tours were part of our Entertainment Cost to Travel Australia

 

Adele’s Nails

$959

Some things a girl just has to do lol

 

Clothes

$2,488.41

We bought some new clothes along the way as we needed. We took very little winter gear with us as we spent the first 12 months in hot conditions but Tasmania quickly meant some winter shopping was required.

$23.93pw was spent on clothing

 

Fishing

New rods, tackle, bait and gear
$1,452.90

$13.97 pw was spent of fishing.

 

Laundry

$726
This is such a small cost. We started with a washing machine, never used it, found it way too small to wash our clothes yet takes space and becomes a weight issue. Also commits you to staying at places that cost money to access so much water. We use Laundries and find it easy to do.

Our laundry costs were $6.98pw

 

National Parks

$250
Such a minuscule cost. Don’t worry about the cost for Kakadu, just do it, it’s amazing and a very small amount when looking at your total expenses to travel.

 

Medical

$1,401.05

It’s inevitable that you will need some medical supplies along the way. There was also a Dentist visit for a toothache. This includes Adele’s regular prescription medication.

$13.47pw is our cost for medical attention along the way over the 2 years.

 

Miscellaneous

$2,909.52

This is the lots of little things you buy along the way. On their own they don’t cost much but then they all add up. Batteries, presents, sunscreen, insect sprays, a new camp chair, bits of hardware and the list goes on.

This is an expense of $27.98pw

 

Adele under the Adels Grove Sign

 

Hair & Beauty

$370.90

Adele looks after her own hair so no extravagant costs there and Kevin has no hair, definitely no contribution from him!!

 

Our Total Costs to travel Australia

Total amount = $109,534.16

Total average per week = $1,053.21

 

How to reduce your costs to travel Australia

In summary, could you do it cheaper, Absolutely!! Your costs to travel Australia could be much lower!

 

As mentioned, we could probably shave $3000-5000 off our first 12 months accommodation if we did it now.

With more mechanical and handyman skills than I have you could save a lot of what I spent on servicing and repairs.

You could choose not to do the tours and fishing charters but most of them were our greatest highlights of the adventure so far. So many memories.

If you don’t have a dog you would save almost $4500 on our costs.

You may save a little on us in fuel if you are towing a caravan or camper trailer as you would have your vehicle to drive around in. If you’re in a Campervan (Whizzbang) you’d likely save a lot more than us in fuel.

 

There it is, our complete guide on what expenses are involved. We hope this helps you in your research and planning of your trip.

Safe travels and please say Hello if you see us on the road.

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Adele has visited 24 countries and since Feb 2016 we have been driving around Australia exploring all there is to see. Our passion is to assist you to plan your adventures.

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Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
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Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

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