Adventurers DiaryTraveling Australia with our dog MACKS Share Tweet When we began to put together this adventure not a lot was planned around our Golden Retriever, MACKS. We hadn’t imagined traveling Australia with a dog but as our departure date got closer, we had to re-think our plans. She is part of us, an important part of our family and leaving her behind was never an option. The Story of MACKSLet me tell you a bit about her. Often when we tell people her name the first impression is she must be male. Naturally, without spelling it, people assume we mean Max.MACKS is the initials of all our names. M = Matthew A = Adele C = Cameron K = Kevin S = Snowy, our last dog.Because she is named after all our initials, I always spell her name in capitals.Whilst she still looks quite young she turns 15 at the end of January 2017. We bought her as a pup and have had her since she was 8 weeks old. Kev is her master but she really loves Adele, I’m guessing it’s a girl thing.Training MACKS as a PupI’ve always had male dogs, my Dad never wanted the issues of a pregnant canine so when I brought home our first dog Snowy it was also a male, however we couldn’t go past MACKS when we first saw her and we’ve been so happy ever since. She is quiet, calm, obedient, smart yet dopey in a Golden Retriever kind of way and very easily trained. Like all Golden Retrievers or Labradors, just offer food as a reward and they’ll do anything for you. She’s a beautiful girl.As a pup I had 2 rules, no licking and no jumping up on people. When she licked me I grabbed her tongue and soon she worked out Rule number 1. Also when she jumped up to me I put my knee out and she’d fall backwards. One day she fell right back on her back and that’s when the message got through on Rule number 2. I’m glad I did this, Golden Retrievers are prone to arthritis and hip joint issues and by not jumping I think it’s helped her to get to this age and although she has back and rear leg issues now, we are still able to manage it and she can still get around and move ok for her age.Enjoying a swim at Barn Hill Station WAMACKS joined us on our AdventureWhen we planned our trip we didn’t expect her to still be with us by the time we left. If people asked when we were leaving we would often say “after MACKS goes”, thinking her lifespan was in months not years. Eventually we had to decide that if we were going to leave by the time we wanted, she would have to come with us. Originally I wanted to bury her in the backyard next to Snowy but then figured her last days spent at the beach would suit her perfectly.After swimming for hours at Cable Beach she still doesn’t want to leaveMACKS made lots of friends on our AdventureSince beginning our adventure of traveling around Australia MACKS has gathered her own following. People ask about her through our social media pages and everywhere we go other campers fall in love with her.At Agnes Water we had MACKS booked in to the dog sitter but the couple beside us were missing their dogs and fell in love with MACKS, so they insisted we leave her with them. They enjoyed the day with her and took her to the beach and fed her steak. It’s a wonder MACKS wanted to come back to us. People stop all the time as they walk past and come over to pat her and say hello.Traveling Australia with a pet isn’t easy though, especially dogsShe has been to the vet 3 times on our trip so far. The first 2 times were with viruses and the vets said they do get sick more when traveling as they pick up viruses easily. They get them from the ground and in puddles, it’s hard to control. First time was early in the trip at Hervey Bay and again in Tannum Sands. In Cairns we had another vet trip which turned out to be back pain.MACKS waiting at Cairns VetThen in Palmerston, Darwin she decided to go for a wander and the local council found her. That turned out to be a $140 adventure but we were just happy she was alive and well. She lost a bit of freedom after that though, no more wandering freely around our friends acreage!!Pick up from Palmerston Dog PoundFinding Dog Friendly Caravan Parks and CampgroundsThe biggest challenge is finding caravan parks to stay. Some towns like Mackay, Townsville, Broome and Kalbarri are limited with places that accept pets, especially in school holidays and peak times. Townsville has dog friendly parks but they aren’t even fit for a dog to stay at.MACKS has had numerous adventures of her own during her 8 months on the road so far. At Banka Banka Station in Northern Territory she met some donkeys for the first time. She was very keen to say hello.Then there was the opportunity for her to meet Red Dog, the famous Dampier dog that even had a successful movie made after it.Meeting the donkeys at Banka Banka Station NTMACKS saying hello to Red Dog, Dampier WAMaking herself comfortableAt Mossman we bought her a new mat to sleep on and she has loved it. She sleeps on it almost all the time. Mostly she sleeps between the two front seats and at night we move her mat into the Motorhome area and she sleeps there.Like most dogs she sleeps in some crazy funny positions. Whilst I haven’t ever noticed her sleeping on her back you will often find her laying there with her legs protruding in all directions. How she can be comfortable I don’t know.When she is outside she likes to get in under the Motorhome near the door. A number of times we’ve had problems getting her out when there’s a concrete slab on our site. MACKS wedges herself in under there somehow but can’t then get out. She also comes out with grease, oil or dirt on her head or back.Traveling with a Dog in National ParksWithout doubt though the most common question we are asked is “What did you do with your dog?” or “What do you do with your dog when traveling in National Parks?” We chose to visit National Parks and find dog sitters to look after MACKS. There was no way we were going to miss out on visiting Karijini National Park, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, Eungella National Park, just to name a few.Finding Dog SittersIn 8 months we have arrange MACKS to be looked after 16 times. On 4 of those occasions it was done for us for free. 9 times she stayed with dog sitters and 3 times she went to a kennel.Our preference is always that she stay with dog sitters, where she goes to someone’s home and is looked after personally. Although, our biggest issue with using dog sitters is we fear they won’t give her back. A couple of times we’ve had remarks that she could stay, “what a wonderful dog” and “we love her”, which is always great to hear.Dog sitters usually charge $10-25 per day. Kennel prices have ranged from $27 to $30 per day.Using Mad PawsWe always check with Mad Paws first to see if they have a representative in the location where we are at the time. Our experiences with them so far have been fantastic. On the 3 times we have used Mad Paws, the dog minders have been lovely and we have received text messages with photos of her settled in or having fun. The service is fantastic and it ranges from just $10 per day to $25. Some sitters have offered a pick up and return service, some even at no additional charge dependent on the sitter.Brooke & Steve from Mad Paws dog sitting in DarwinKennels are our last choice. MACKS isn’t great with other dogs at the best of times and we don’t like that she’s just a number. There’s often a lack of flexibility with when you can drop them off and pick up again and we prefer a more personal touch.Tips for Traveling Australia with a DogHere’s our tips if you are traveling Australia with your dog and need to have them minded for the day or longer.– Contact Mad Paws and check if they have someone locally that can help. www.madpaws.com.au– Ask the Caravan Park if they know a dog sitter.– Google Dog Sitters in the town you are in.– Check with the local Vets.– Seek out the local Facebook Community Pages. Often you will find someone there who does dog sitting.– Look for a dog kennel.Did I mention MACKS has a drinking problem?Things you will need when Traveling with a dogHere’s some more tips on things to do before you leave home –Ensure you have a good dog leadHave an extension cord that provides them a little more room to get around. We were given an extension cord from our good friends which screws into the ground.Poo bags are cheap and easy to buy from bargain shops and simply attach to your dog’s lead.Let local council know you are traveling. Luckily MACKS was still registered in Brisbane and Darwin Council were able to contact them.Don’t forget your dogs favourite bowlsHave a really comfortable dog mat.MACKS has a biscuit tin where we keep her dry dog biscuitsWe have seen some dog pens while traveling which owners use for their dogs and they like and recommend them. For some dogs they are a perfect way to be secure and rest after a long day walking and playing.Hervey Bay named a street after her (not really).Traveling Australia with pets is very commonMany people travel Australia with their pets. The rules in parks are mostly obvious, always on a lead, always pick up after them and no barking. So far we haven’t met any problem owners and all dogs have been appropriately looked after. Some caravan parks do require a dog bond to stay. Only one caravan park has charged us for MACKS to stay which was $2 per night.Overall we didn’t find traveling Australia with our dog MACKS was difficult but it does come with some challenges. Are you traveling Australia with a dog or pet?What other tips would you add?Thanks Kev, Adele, Matt and MACKS You may also enjoy reading:A Tribute to MACKS the Best DogOur 18 months Budget to Travel Australia ________________________________________________________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. 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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. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores. ________________________________________________________________Follow us, Subscribe, Like, Share, and Comment on our website and social media here:-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indefiniteleave/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indefinite_leave/Website: https://indefiniteleave.com.au/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/indefiniteleavePinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/indefiniteleave/Twitter: https://twitter.com/indefiniteleav3Email: firstname.lastname@example.org___________________________________________________________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. 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