Adventurers DiaryTop 13 Best Things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays Share Tweet 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 BeachYou 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. Hill InletNearby 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!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. 3. Airlie Beach Bi-Centennial BoardwalkIn 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 TourJust 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.Up Close and Personal with CrocsWe 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!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. ReefsleepFor 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.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.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 WhitsundaysThere 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.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 AviationBook your Helicopter Flight here> 7. Go FishingWe 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.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 CharterWe 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.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 fishingBook a Full or Half Day Fishing Charter with Airlie Beach Fishing Charters here> 8. Dinner at Fish D’vineCoral 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!The service was fabulous and the food and drinks “D’vine”.https://www.fishdvine.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fishdvine/ 9. SUPWhat’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!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 LagoonThe 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. 11. Lunch at SorrentoSorrento 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/ 12. Play a game of oversized ChessIf 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. 13. Island Cruises or Cruise to Hamilton or Daydream Island using a Hopper PassOf 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.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 CruisesAs 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!Hamilton IslandHamilton 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.https://cruisewhitsundays.com/experiences/island-hopper-pass/Spend a Day with us in the WhitsundaysSpend 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/y8auy862For 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 travelsKev & Adele Indefinite Leave ________________________________________________________________Photography and SocialsOur 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. 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Learn how your comment data is processed.Adventurers DiaryOcean 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 Northern Exposure TourWe 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!! 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 SnorkelingOur 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. 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. Whitehaven BeachThey 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. 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 LookoutHill 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. 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 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 The Great Barrier Reef is certainly one of the greatest wonders of the world! Where to stay in the Whitsundays? There are some great places to stay at Airlie Beach all within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, shops and the beautiful Airlie Beach Lagoon.Book your Hotel stay in the Whitsundays here> For Caravan Park Accommodation:Seabreeze Tourist Park Airlie Beach (our first ever video review)Base Backpackers Airlie Beach Enjoy reading more about Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region here.https://pin.it/52ggvyqo55wxkrMackay to Whitsundays so much to see and dohttps://pin.it/sz6oigtwdyj6vr Our StoryWe are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.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. SocialsYou can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook.____________________________________________________________________________This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryWhat 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. About usWe 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. 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. Our TripWe 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. Lessons we learntWhen 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. Our Highest Costs to travel AustraliaWe found the Top end of Australia was the most expensive to travel for a couple of reasons.The heat had us staying in caravan parks so we could plug in to electricity for our air con.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. A couple of quick tips for traveling Oz 1. Don’t have a washing machineTwo 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. PetsIt’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. 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 it3. Phone coverageTelstra 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. WifiMatt 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 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 🍟🍕🌭$3,561.61We 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 $162Like 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. 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. WinnebagoCosts related to the Motorhome part of our vehicle was: $5,226.39Some 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 IvecoThis is the Costs related to the mechanical part of the Motorhome. $6,594.44This includes 3 Services 8 new tyres 1 new windscreen and 1 repair 1 RadiatorOur biggest unexpected Bill shock was $2,882.80 for new Radiator, Coolant Hose and Windscreen in Perth Entertainment 🏊♂️🎣⛰️🏝️🚁🚡$18,429.31We 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 CairnsSecond 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 DarwinThird 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/sWDhpoK7U3AFourth 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 CostsOur 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. Readers who enjoyed this also read:Our Best Free CampsThe Best Campgrounds we stayedOur Favourite Experiences around AustraliaCost to go to Kangaroo IslandDay Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns 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 🍾🍷🥃🍻🍸$4,926.90It 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 etcSadly 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$959We 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 Adele’s Nails$959Some things a girl just has to do lol Clothes$2,488.41We 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 FishingNew 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 $1,401.05It’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$2,909.52This 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 Hair & Beauty$370.90Adele 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 AustraliaTotal amount = $109,534.16Total average per week = $1,053.21 How to reduce your costs to travel AustraliaIn 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.Our StoryWe are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.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._________________________________________________________________________SocialsFollow us and Subscribe at: Facebook YouTube Pinterest Instagram Website__________________________________________________________________________PhotographyOur 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. _______________________________________________________________________This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryA Day Trip to Fitzroy Island in Cairns While staying in the beautiful North Queensland city of Cairns, Fitzroy Island is the idyllic Tropical Island paradise for a Day Trip. We were celebrating our anniversary, the August weather was perfect and it’s just a short boat ride and a great day trip from Cairns Harbour. Perfect!!Fitzroy Island – A perfect Day Trip from CairnsThe idea of a fun day snorkeling and swimming on the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying cocktails and a great lunch at Foxy’s Bar was exactly what we were looking for. Adele had a Mango Weiss Bar cocktail while I enjoyed an Expresso Martini. Our friend Denise enjoyed an Echo Gecko!Green Island Vs Fitzroy IslandWe tossed up between Green Island vs Fitzroy Island and finally decided Fitzroy offered more for us and we are so glad we did. The island is a registered National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is metres from the beach providing an amazing snorkeling opportunity. Indefinite Leave on Fitzroy Island for the dayFitzroy Island FerryWe booked and paid for our full day trip to Fitzroy Island plus our friends joined us for the fun day of vitamin D and Sea. The full day trip starts with a 45 minute ride on the Fitzroy Island Ferry which allows you around 5 hours of free time to enjoy your day on Fitzroy Island before the return trip to Cairns.Fitzroy Island Glass Bottom BoatOur friends also chose the Glass Bottom Boat as part of their day trip package but we had just done a Scenic Flight tour so were keen to go snorkeling for the day. It turned out we were glad they did as they provided us some great snorkeling information. Leaving behind Cairns and our wakeFoxy’s Bar and Nudey BeachOnce you arrive on the jetty you have the choice to go left or right. We went right and given it was our anniversary we started out with a celebratory Cocktail at Foxy’s Bar. What better way is there to start a great day right?Next we made our way along the walking path through the rainforest looking for Nudey Beach. Despite its name Nudey Beach is not clothing optional but it is voted as one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches. Our first look at the beach was a massive wow moment. Cocktails first then it was on to Nudey BeachFitzroy Island SnorkelingIt didn’t take me long to begin snorkeling and enjoying the clear turquoise waters of this pristine location. The others simply relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the tranquility. Adele relaxing on Nudey BeachOnce we finished swimming we both took a walk along the beach. We were in awe of this spectacular beach with the stunning views.Fitzroy Island TurtlesRemember I mentioned our friends gave us some great snorkeling information. They had spotted Green Sea Turtles close to shore so we had lunch and ventured up for a look. We walked back past the Jetty to the other side and to the end of the beach where we jumped straight in for another snorkel and it didn’t take long to see what they had in the Glass Bottom Boat. Turtle spotting on Fitzroy IslandThere were numerous big Turtles in the water just metres from the beach. It was a thrill to encounter them and enjoy time watching them feeding and swimming in the shallow waters.Fitzroy Island is also home to the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which officially opened in early 2013 and this world-class facility has raised the success rate for the rehabilitation of the turtles from 30% – 80%. Educational Tours are held on Fitzroy Island every day at 1pm except Fridays when the Vet visits. As the day began to fade we spent time on the beach, playing on the swing under the trees, walking across the rock ledge and absorbing an amazing time on another gorgeous Queensland day. How long does it take to get there?The Ferry trip over was 45 minutes, cruising out of the Cairns Marina, along the Cairns coastline and past various beaches and boats to Fitzroy Island. We had great weather, smooth ride over and a mostly calm ride back in the afternoon. Plenty of places to relax on Fitzroy IslandWhat is there to do on Fitzroy Island?Take the walking tracks for a hike across the islandYou can hire a canoe or kayak or have a try at Stand Up Paddle boardingGo snorkeling and swimming on the many beachesPlay on the ocean trampoline out in the middle of the waterSwim with the turtles just metres from the beachEnjoy nature within the National ParkSunbake on the beach or just relax on your towelAs an optional extra ride in the Glass Bottom BoatVisit the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre – Educational tours daily at 1pm (except Friday)We can also recommend Foxy’s Bar for some drinks and food to eat. Our friends brought their 4yo daughter who had a fantastic time, so it’s a great day for children too. Beautiful turquoise waters on Fitzroy IslandHow much does it cost and where can I book?For the cost to do our day trip to Fitzroy Island simply follow this link and book your day on the Ferry to the island plus all the adventures you would like to enjoy. We found the Ferry times gave us more time on the island which suited us. Some of the activities on the island are an extra cost such as hiring the Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayaks and Canoes. We were there in mid winter and therefore didn’t need my wetsuit but for most of the year it is very advisable to wear one. You can hire them there along with snorkeling gear if you don’t have your own. How to get there?Cairns is in Far North Queensland and is approximately 1680 kms from Brisbane.Flights are available from most of the major airlines and it is about a 2 and a half hour flight from Queensland’s capital city. Where to stay in Cairns?There are some great places to stay along the Cairns waterfront within easy walking distance to restaurants, bars, markets, shops and the fabulous Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.Book your Hotel stay here Cairns Caravan Park AccommodationWhen looking for Caravan Park accommodation, we have stayed at a number of parks in Cairns during each of our stays. Simply click on the link to check out our video review on each.Cool Waters Holiday ParkFirst City Caravilla Caravan ParkLake Placid Tourist ParkCairns Holiday ParkPlus the Babinda Rotary Park Rest Area just near Cairns is a great free camp! Things to See and Do in CairnsThere are so many things to see and do in Cairns. We can highly recommend these tours and attractions in and around Cairns but these are just three of the many tour options available:Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cairns Great Barrier Reef Scenic FlightParonella ParkSo if you are looking for more information on Cairns and if you are doing the drive from Townsville to Cairns, you may enjoy reading these blogs:Things to See and Do in Cairns.Driving from Townsville to Cairns We are Kevin & Adele, originally from Brisbane in Queensland Australia.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.You can find us on YouTube and follow us Facebook. _____________________________________________________________Photography and SocialsOur 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. 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