Adventurers DiaryWinning the War against Midges or Sand Flies Share Tweet Summer at the beach is the Australian way of life.Tourists arrive in Australia by the thousands every year, all looking to share in the dream of the great Australian outdoors. Our amazing Country is renowned for sunny days, blue skies, warm weather and extraordinary beaches.85% of Australians live near the beach along the coastline and we love to fish, swim and sun bake over the warmer months. In winter, southerners flock to the northern states to take advantage of the warm weather. Winning the War against Midges or Sand FliesThe typical Aussie dress at the beach of bikinis or shorts and thongs leaves us very exposed to biting insects and the unseen scourge of the beach has to be the almost invisible Midge, or Sand fly as it’s more commonly known here in Australia and also in New Zealand.Its scientific name is Ceratopogonidae (let’s see you say that 3 times after a few chardonnays).This little blood sucking, demon bug is a small insect from the Midge family. The smaller Sand Fly can actually make their way through insect screens, and we learnt that fast during an overnight stay in Gladstone.They do carry diseases. Because they rely on blood to produce eggs they will feed on other living animals other than humans and can therefore spread diseases when they bite us. Here are some of my quick tips!!Sand Fly MythsThere’s a common myth that the Sand Fly pees on you, let me debunk that theory here.Sand Flies are bloodsuckers and they bite you. They don’t pee or urinate on you, thankfully. They do inject a salivary secretion that produces a skin reaction of varying intensity, depending on an individual’s reaction.It is an allergic reaction from protein in the Sand Fly saliva. My wife Adele is one of those that suffers badly from Sand Fly bites and comes up in big bite marks and welts as you can see in the photos.I’ve always been curious who came up with this myth about Sand Flies peeing on you. I can just envisage a few pranksters around a campfire telling the girls they were peed on and the rumour has spread ever since. What a great prank.Sand Fly’s requires protein from blood to reproduce. Different Types of MidgesThere are hundreds of different types of Midges. Sand Flies are in fact a Midge. There are many different types of Midges and Sand Flies are from the Midge family.Different places call it by either name but they are ultimately talking about the same beast.In North America they call them “no-see-ums”.The Midge or Sand Fly that bites you in mangroves is a different species to the one which bites you in the sand at the beach, but they both come from the same family of biting Midge. You may have noticed the Sand Fly’s at the beach tend to have white wings unlike the one in mangroves, which is mostly black. When you begin to first notice the affects of a Sand Fly bite you can almost guarantee you were bitten 24 hours previously. Think back to the same time the previous day and you are likely to work out where it happened.PreventionCover up. One thing I do like about winter at the beach is you are usually wearing more clothing and therefore have less skin exposed for Sand Flies to access. This is fine if you want to go fishing but swimming in winter however you don’t see too many people swimming at Surfers Paradise during our cold months unless you’re a tourist from Ireland, Russia or those mexicans from down south in Victoria. This is not the case in the Top End of Oz where it’s basically summer all year round and there’s just 2 seasons, Hot and Melting.Wash often. They get into everything and once they do they stay there. Clothes, sheets, towels, blankets, potentially everything. If you are still getting bitten the next day after having been at the beach then wash everything.Remove any sand from your vehicle, caravan or inside your campsite. Apply repellents as necessary every morning when you are camping or going fishing.RepellentsThere are lots of natural and home made options which can be chemical free, try one of these.50% Dettol, 50% Baby Oil and then add 1 teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil for each 400ml of liquidAnother one is: 500ml Sorbolene 125ml bottle Aeroguard Tropical 50ml Tea Tree Oil 50ml Dettol Mix into a 1L spray bottleWe also use a simple mix of Avon Skin So Soft Baby Oil and water. Just use a 50/50 mix. We were given this remedy by the manager of the Caravan Park at Bucasia Beach in Mackay and the sand flies there can be savage.For me, standard sprays usually work such as Rid, Off, Aeroguard or similar repellent. Adele however has a reaction to the chemical based repellents and finds ‘The Locals’ cream or spray to be very effective.The cream has a stop itch component as well which helps to not only prevent bites but also sooth the itch once bitten.The Locals is definitely Adele’s repellent of choice. TreatmentFor treatment I’ve found DermAid cream to be most effective for me. It seems to stop the itch quickly and provide fast relief. Also we have Stingose and Sooov on hand and Adele has often used Calamine lotion to varying degrees of success.We recently tried Bushman but must say I didn’t like it and I’m not a fan but it may work for you. And here’s the thing, because we are all made up of different chemical balances and blood types, the same treatment doesn’t work for everyone. Have you ever seen someone ask the question online of what works for treatment of bites from these terrorists of the beach? Everyone has a different opinion of what works and normally there’s a lot of responses all saying different remedies.The one thing I have learnt is that everyone is different regarding what works as both prevention and remedy for them. Try as many options as you reasonably can and see what works best for you. The most important aspect of winning the war against Midges or Sand Flies, and most difficult, is don’t scratch the bite. Once you scratch it the itch becomes intolerable and it becomes prone to infection.Scratching will only make it worse!! Apply a cream and do something that will take your mind and attention away from it. The Annoying Horse or March FlyThe fly that really annoys me isn’t the Sand Fly, it’s the Horse Fly or March Fly as it’s commonly called. They are big and you can see them but their bite really hurts and they have real potential to carry many diseases.These things sneak up and have a long sharp mouthpart that is designed to penetrate deep to take blood.It is the female that bites in search of blood, the male jaws are too weak to penetrate.They are slow unlike the smaller common fly and much easier to eradicate.Horse Flies are found world-wide. If bitten you can apply a cold compress to sooth the pain if needed, don’t scratch it and it should heal within a few hours. If the pain intensifies seek medical assistance. So enjoy your day at the beach and as Max Walker used to say “Don’t forget the Aeroguard” 😉 What works for you? We’d love you to share your thoughts on fighting Midges and Sand Flies. Do you find yourself winning the war against Midges or Sand Flies? Kev & Adele Indefinite Leave Readers who liked this also enjoyed reading:Our 22 Best Free Camps in AustraliaThe Best Beaches in Australia 1 – 10What it REALLY costs to Travel Australia10 Reasons to Travel Australia instead of Overseas ______________________________________________________________________________________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. 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Thank you for supporting us.SaveSave Booking.com Related Topics:australia beachinsectsmidgesoutdoorssandsand fliessand fly Up NextDriving north of Townsville to Cairns Don't MissAlways take the weather, the weather with you Travel Aus Continue Reading You may like Things to See and Do in Top End Darwin, Northern Territory The Best Beaches in Australia 1-10 The Best Beaches in Australia 11-20 The Best Beaches in Australia 21-30 Hideaway Holiday Village, Mission Beach Qld 23 Comments 23 Comments Kaye October 24, 2017 at 4:09 pmI have tried EVERYTHING, nothing works for me 😳 however I picked up a tip on Facebook about squeezing the juice from a lemon and rubbing it all over your skin and found that worked to repel mozzies 👍 not sure if it would work with midges etc. Also, you can’t get the Avon lotion anywhere, any tips how to get hold of it?? 😀Reply Indefinite Leave October 24, 2017 at 7:07 pmHi Kaye, Adele suggests just get on to your local Avon dealer. We have used it but for us, don’t find it as effective as others. Adele only uses The Locals – Sandfly and Mozzie stuff insect repellant. For me, Rid, Mortein or one of those works well. 🙂Reply Roger Beaver October 25, 2017 at 7:14 amYou will need to find an Avon rep in your area not available in shopsReply Cathie October 25, 2017 at 7:18 amGreat article, thank you. About a year ago there was an interview on ABC radio with some scientists. After much research they found that it is the layer of oil on the skin from the products that protects you from the sandfly’s bite. The other items added didn’t deter the sandfly but may help with mozzies.Reply Indefinite Leave October 25, 2017 at 2:49 pmThanks Cathie 🙂Reply Sue Astorquia October 25, 2017 at 7:00 pmAll correct well written just a common Hick up most people call them March flies up here but they are actually Marsh flies I hate them too both the little brown one and the big black one always making war on them and I am allergic to sandflies/midges too oh well such is life…Reply Indefinite Leave October 30, 2017 at 8:03 pmHi Sue, thanks for that. They are actually called Horse Fly. Wiki suggests it is March Fly which is what I know it to be too. They call it March Fly I believe because it’s so common during the month of March. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse-fly “In North America they are known as “breeze-flies” and in Australia, some are known as “March flies”……Reply Chris Welsh October 25, 2017 at 9:39 pmFor relief I find hot water on a towel or washer, as hot as you can stand it, works for me 100% of the time. Usually the itch starts at night when I’m in bed and I’m warming up.Reply Indefinite Leave October 30, 2017 at 8:10 pmThanks Chris. A few people have suggested they use hot water 🙂Reply Gloria Rich October 26, 2017 at 2:09 pmWe are in a sandfly area and the locals swear by daily vitamin B1 tablets. 200mg for 2 weeks then 100mg through the sandy season. Theory is that the pheromones produced are less attractive to the insects. Thoughts? Evidence?Reply Indefinite Leave October 30, 2017 at 8:11 pmHi Gloria. Others have mentioned Vitamin B1 but it seems it only works for a few people. 🙂Reply Debra MOIR October 30, 2017 at 4:58 pmThere is a magic thing called Bite Away. I live in FNQ so get bitten sometimes. It takes batteries and heats a ceramic disc that you apply to bite for a few secconds. The itching is gone in 15 secconds. I haven’t found anything yet that works better.Reply Indefinite Leave October 30, 2017 at 8:15 pmHi Debra. I hadn’t heard of that one but it sounds good 🙂Reply Liz October 30, 2017 at 8:01 pmWhen my children were quite young, they all had terrible allergic reactions to mozzie bites, a pharmacist told me to give them Vitamin B1. I crushed the tablets up & put them in their weetbix. After a couple of weeks no more bites. The pharmacist said that the B1 gave the skin an odour that mozzies hate & just won’t bite you. It worked for mozzies not sure about sandflys.Reply Indefinite Leave October 30, 2017 at 8:24 pmThanks Liz, not sure I’ll put it on my Weetbix, I prefer honey lol 🙂 If it works though, I’m sure someone who gets badly effected, they would be prepared to try it.Reply collin simpson October 30, 2017 at 10:25 pmI use tiger balm, works to repel them and helps after if caught out, also takes the itch away. I use this for flies and mozzies tooReply Indefinite Leave October 31, 2017 at 8:16 pmThank you Collin 🙂Reply Gayle Fitos October 31, 2017 at 6:23 amMy husband also has a nasty reaction to sandfly bites, we have found that by starting a course of Betamine Vit B1 about 3-4 weeks prior to heading into sandfly country it greatly lessens the impact these little nasties have, a lot less bites, not so severe.Reply Indefinite Leave October 31, 2017 at 8:16 pmThanks Gayle 🙂Reply Dee October 31, 2017 at 7:25 amThe only thing I found that works and I’ve used most you listed was tiger balm if you get it on when spots first appear they go quickly but wait days and makes last for monthsReply Indefinite Leave October 31, 2017 at 8:16 pmA couple of people have suggested Tiger Balm 🙂 Thanks Dee.Reply Tony January 21, 2018 at 8:38 amI found that when I saw midges on my skin, I could feel that I had been bitten. If I could resist itching and wash my skin with soap and water, I’d have no reaction to the bites.Reply Indefinite Leave January 24, 2018 at 12:11 pmHi Tony, yes everyone is different, for me some bites I can feel but many I don’t. Soap and water can cause an infection, I wouldn’t use soap just rinse off, wash hands and apply something like The Locals to soothe the itch 🙂ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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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