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Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

Winning the war against midges or sand flies is a constant battle as 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.

We share our beaches and rivers unfortunately though with a very common pest, the dreaded Midge or Sandfly.

Beautiful Cable Beach

Our Theory on Winning the War against Midges or Sand Flies

The 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.

Adele certainly not winning the war against Midges or Sandlies

Here are some of our quick tips!!

Sand Flies Myth

There’s a common myth that the Sand Fly pees on you, let me debunk that theory.

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 Flies require protein from blood to reproduce.

Kev not winning the war against midges or sandflies

Different Types of Midges

There 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.

No-See-Ums

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 Flies at the beach tend to have white wings unlike the one in mangroves, which is mostly black. Personally, I identify the ones with white wings as Sand Flies and the black ones as Midges.

That’s just my own ID plan but they are actually the same ultimately.

Sand Fly

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.

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre .

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

How to Prevent getting bitten

Cover 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 during the cold winter days. 

Not too many people go swimming at Surfers Paradise during our cold months unless you’re a tourist from Ireland, Russia or those mexicans from down south in Victoria so winter is rarely an issue.

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.

I like to wear a fishing shirt, it provides good protection and isn’t too hot to wear even in summer. A rashie is another good option.

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 Sand

Remove any sand from your vehicle, caravan or inside your campsite.

Repellents

Apply repellents as necessary every morning when you are camping, at the beach or going fishing.

Hundreds of bites - no winning the war against midges or sand flies

Winning the war against midges or sandflies with the Best Repellents

There are lots of natural and home made options which can be chemical free, try one of these.

Natural Remedies

50% Dettol, 50% Baby Oil and then add 1 teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil for each 400ml of liquid.

Another one is:
500ml Sorbolene
125ml bottle Aeroguard Tropical
50ml Tea Tree Oil
50ml Dettol
Mix into a 1L spray bottle

We 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.

Mangrove Magic is an organic body cream specifically designed for people with sensitive skin, for use on babies and to be safe for pregnant women.

The organic body moisturiser leaves a barrier on your skin to protect you for at least 3 hours.

Standard Sprays and Creams

For myself, standard sprays usually work such as Rid, Off, Aeroguard or similar.

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.

Winning the war against midges or sand flies with The Locals

Treatments for winning the war against Midges or Sand Flies

I’ll get to the best chemical free treatment in a minute but we have found DermAid cream to be effective for us. It seems to stop the itch quickly and provide fast relief.

Also we have Stingose and Soov on hand and Adele has often used Calamine lotion to varying degrees of success.

We recently tried Bushman Insect Repellant. A lot of people swear by it, I’m not a fan but it may work for you.

Now 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.

Numerous Repellants to Win the War against Midges or Sand Flies

Treatment Tip

A Great method to stop the itch is a really Hot shower. Another option is applying hot water to a spoon until the spoon is as hot as you can stand it and place it on the bite.

Be careful and don’t burn yourself and your skin.

Remember earlier I mentioned protein is in the secretion from the Midge and it causes the itch? Heat will break down the protein and should therefore stop the itch!!

With this method there is no cost, no chemicals and it works.

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 or hot water and do something that will take your mind and attention away from it.

Relief from Mosquito Bites

BitePatch are chemical free, discreet patches that provide relief from mosquito bites. BitePatch uses trans-dermal grid technology to raise the top layer of skin from the second layer to relieve irritation.

BitePatch

The Annoying Horse or March Fly

The fly that really annoys me isn’t the Sand Fly, it’s the Horse Fly or March Fly as it is 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 mouth-part 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 swat.

March 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.

Places like Fraser Island and Moreton Island in Queensland in January and February can be relentless with March Flies.

Horse Fly or March Fly

Enjoy your day at the beach and as Max Walker used to say “Don’t forget the Aeroguard” 😉

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Safe Travels

Kev & Adele
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29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Kaye

    October 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I 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?? 😀

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Hi 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. 🙂

    • Roger Beaver

      October 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

      You will need to find an Avon rep in your area not available in shops

  2. Cathie

    October 25, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Great 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.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Cathie 🙂

      • Sue Astorquia

        October 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        All 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…

        • Indefinite Leave

          October 30, 2017 at 8:03 pm

          Hi 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”……

  3. Chris Welsh

    October 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    For 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.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Chris. A few people have suggested they use hot water 🙂

  4. Gloria Rich

    October 26, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    We 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?

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Gloria. Others have mentioned Vitamin B1 but it seems it only works for a few people. 🙂

  5. Debra MOIR

    October 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    There 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.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 30, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Debra. I hadn’t heard of that one but it sounds good 🙂

    • Watson

      February 28, 2021 at 9:03 am

      The Sandflies love me. If you are bitten around the feet hands arms, I get a bucket of hot water and put Bi-Card into it, put the bitten area in the bucket and instant relief after about 5 mins. Good luck

  6. Liz

    October 30, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    When 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.

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks 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.

  7. collin simpson

    October 30, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I 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 too

  8. Gayle Fitos

    October 31, 2017 at 6:23 am

    My 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.

  9. Dee

    October 31, 2017 at 7:25 am

    The 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 months

    • Indefinite Leave

      October 31, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      A couple of people have suggested Tiger Balm 🙂
      Thanks Dee.

  10. Tony

    January 21, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I 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.

    • Indefinite Leave

      January 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Hi 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 🙂

  11. rob

    October 18, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Good story! I use Lucas paw paw ointment straight away on the bite area and will have complete relief after 20 mins. Works fast and don’t have ongoing problems later.

    • Indefinite Leave

      November 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks Rob. We’ve heard of that one too, glad it works well for you 🙂

  12. Sarah

    November 18, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I am still working on a deterrent however have found the heat from a hair dryer, as hot as you can stand it for about 20 seconds stops any itching I might have.

  13. Cam

    February 25, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Dermaid is a light steroid cream. Try an antiseptic plus cream for relief. It used to be called paraderm plus. We also have kids who have allergic reactions to bites.

    Antiseptic plus:

    Antiseptic

    Disinfectant

    Local anaesthetic

    Antibacterial

    Antifungal

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Camping NSW North Coast

Camping NSW North Coast

There’s so many amazing places to go Camping in NSW North Coast along the Coastline between Sydney and Brisbane.

We love this stretch of Australia’s Coastline with so many stunning beaches, great waves, good fishing and fantastic places to go camping.

Much of the Camping in NSW along the Coastline is National Park which are wonderful places to enjoy the amazing wildlife in the area.

Great Camping Sites in the NSW North Coast region:

Free Camping NSW North Coast

There are very few free camping opportunities between Brisbane and Sydney on NSW North Coast.

Here are four that we know of but you may be aware of more and also enjoyed an overnight free camping stay at.

Branxton Park Free Camp - Camping NSW North Coast
Branxton Park Free camp

Branxton Park

Location:
Branxton, Hunter Valley region, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Branxton Park – 795.6kms
Sydney to Branxton Park – 180.4kms

What facilities are available:
Camping is permitted in Self-contained vehicles only and you must have a toilet, waste water collection along with washing and cooking facilities on board.

There are toilets available at the Branxton Park Free Camp as it is the old sports grounds. It is within easy walking distance to the local IGA.

Both Potable and non-drinking water, rubbish bins and picnic tables are also available.

Type of Sites:
No designated sites and the camping area is all unpowered.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is Free!

How to book?
No booking is required as it is a Free Camping facility

Maximum Stay:
72 hours in any 14 day period

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes however dogs must be on a lead

Camping NSW North Coast - Branxton Park
Branxston Park NSW

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans and Big Rigs as long as vehicle is self-contained. Tent camping and camping in non self-contained vehicles is not permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Good Telstra and Vodafone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
John Rose Avenue, Branxton New South Wales
Website:
N/A

Things to do in the Branxton region:

Hunter Valley Wine Region
Big Kookaburra, Kurri Kurri
Big Ugg Boots, Thornton

Read more: Branxton Park

IKew Info Centre Rest Area - Free Camping NSW North Coast Rest Area
iKew Info Centre Rest Area

Kew Driver Reviver Rest Area

Location:
iKew Visitor Information Centre, Kew, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to iKew Visitor Information Centre – 559.5kms
Sydney to iKew Visitor Information Centre- 354.1kms

What facilities are available:
Camping overnight is permitted at the iKew Visitor Information Centre for a donation. They also operate a Driver Reviver Community Program during each school holidays.

There are toilets available at the iKew Visitor Information Centre as well as drinking water, rubbish bins, picnic tables and kids playground.

Type of Sites:
Limited number of spots in the car park and all unpowered.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay by donation! Donation Box is located near the toilets

How to book?
No booking is required as it is a Community Initiative

Maximum Stay:
Overnight stay only

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

North Brother Mountain Lookout
Spectacular views from North Brother Mountain at Laurieton

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans and Campervans. No tent camping is permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Good Telstra and Vodafone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6559 4400
Address:
133 Nancy Bird Walton Drive, Kew, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Kew region:

The Big Axe
Queens Lake
Laurieton

Read more: Big Things of Australia

iKew Visitor Info Centre Rest Area - Free Camping NSW North Coast

Truckers Memorial Rest Area

Location:
Grafton, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Truckers Memorial Rest Area – 313.0kms
Sydney to Truckers Memorial Rest Area – 608.4kms

What facilities are available:
Camping is permitted in Self-contained vehicles only.

There are no facilities available at the Truckers Memorial Free Camp in South Grafton. It is close to Macdonalds and Bunnings. There is also a fuel station and boat ramp nearby.

Type of Sites:
No designated sites and the camping area is all unpowered.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is Free!

How to book?
No booking is required as it is a Free Camping facility

Maximum Stay:
Overnight stay only

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Dump Point:
No

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans as long as vehicle is self-contained. No tent camping or camping in non self-contained vehicles is permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Good Telstra coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
Spring Street/Big River Way, Grafton, New South Wales
Website:
N/A

Things to do in the Grafton region:

Clarence Gorge
Jacaranda Festival

Read more: Everything you need to know to go Free Camping

Macksville

Macksville Overnight Parking Area

Location:
Macksville, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Macksville – 439.9kms
Sydney to Macksville – 473.5kms

What facilities are available?
Camping overnight is permitted in Self-contained vehicles only and you must have a toilet, sleeping and cooking facilities located within the vehicle and all waste water able to be collected and disposed of at a lawful location.

Toilets are available at the Macksville Overnight Parking Area as well as non-drinking water. Please take your rubbish with you.

There are picnic tables and a boat ramp is nearby.

Type of Sites:
4 parking bays only and the area is all unpowered. Vehicles must only be parked in marked bays.

How much does it cost?
Cost to stay is Free!

How to book?
No booking is required as it is a Free Camping facility

Maximum Stay:
1 night only

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes but must be restrained

Nambucca Foreshore Walk
Nambucca Foreshore Walk

Dump Point:
No – Dump Point is available at the Nambucca Tourist Information Centre and Nambucca Highway Service Centre

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible to Motorhomes and Campervans under 6metres only and as long as vehicle is self-contained. No tent camping or camping in non self-contained vehicles is permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Good Telstra coverage as well as other mobile providers

Contact Details:
Phone:
N/A
Address:
Western end of River Street, Macksville, New South Wales
Website:
N/A

Things to do in the Macksville region:

Valley of the Mist
Mary Boulton’s Pioneer Cottage and Museum
Nambucca Foreshaw Walk

Read more: Our Best Free Camps in Australia

NSW North Coast Camping in Showgrounds and Sporting grounds

A number of showgrounds and sporting clubs along the NSW North Coast offer low-cost camping.

We have personally stayed at many showgrounds and sporting grounds and found them a great place to stay and explore the region.

Tuncurry Sporties - Camping NSW North Coast
Tuncurry Sporties

Tuncurry Sporties

Location:
Tuncurry, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Tuncurry – 632.6kms
Sydney to Tuncurry – 305.7kms

What facilities are available:
The Sporties Tuncurry RV Friendly overnight reserve is for Self-Contained RV with their own internal toilet and shower on board. Tents are not allowed.

Drinking water and bins are available however there are no other facilities in the camping area.

Type of Sites:
The Sporties Tuncurry RV Friendly overnight reserve is for Self-Contained RV with their own internal toilet and shower on board. Tents are not allowed.

No designated sites and camping area is all unpowered

How much does it cost?
$5 per person per night

How to book?
Please pay at Sporties Tuncurry Reception or to the Duty Manager located in the club

Maximum Stay:
48hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes but must be on a leash

Forster Tuncurry
Stunning Tuncurry

Dump Point:
Yes – it is located on the other side of the sporting grounds

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes but not after 8pm

Accessibility?
Accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans and Big Rigs as long as vehicle is self-contained

Mobile Phone Service:
We had excellent Telstra and Vodafone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6554 9270
Address:
66 Beach Street, Tuncurry New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Tuncurry region:

Forster
Seal Rocks
Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse & Blowhole

Read more: Sporties Tuncurry

Wauchope Showground - Camping NSW North Coast
Wauchope Showground

Wauchope Showground

Location:
Wauchope, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Wauchope Showground – 544.4kms
Sydney to Wauchope Showground – 376.2kms

What facilities are available:
Basic facilities include drinking water, toilets and hot showers as well as bins. Toilets and showers are coded.

Water fill-up if not staying at the Wauchope Showground is $5.

Type of Sites:
16 Powered sites. Camping is not available during the Wauchope Show

How much does it cost?
Power & Water – $20 per night for 2 Adults and $5 per additional person

How to book?
You must book in advance with the On-site Caretaker by calling 0475 111 074

Maximum Stay:
No maximum listed

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible to all size vehicles and tent camping is allowed

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good coverage with Telstra as well as Vodafone

Contact Details:
Phone:
0475 111 074
Address:
93A High Street, Wauchope New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Wauchope region:

Wauchope Country Club
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Billabong Zoo

Read more: Wauchope Showgrounds

Maclean Showground - Camping NSW North Coast
Maclean Showground

Maclean Showground

Location:
Beside the Clarence River, Maclean, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Maclean Showground – 272.2kms
Sydney to Maclean Showground – 641.4kms

What facilities are available:
Maclean Showground offers camping only for Self-Contained Vehicles with facilities same as in a home – living area, kitchen, sleeping area, toilet and shower.

Camping facilities at the Maclean Showground are limited. There are toilets but no showers. Drinking water and bins are available and it is just an 800 metre walk into town.

Type of Sites:
Maximum of 10 designated sites, some along the river bank with the remainder around the main showground ring

How much does it cost?
$10 per night for 2 people

How to book?
No bookings – it is a first in first served basis

Maximum Stay:
72hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – must be on a leash

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible to Motorhomes, Caravans and Big Rigs as long as vehicle is self-contained. No camping in tents, campervans or camper trailers is allowed.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good Telstra, Vodafone and Optus service during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
0487 101 151
Address:
12 Cameron Street, Maclean New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Maclean region:

Clarence River
Maclean Lookout
Check out the power poles painted with the Scottish Tartans

Read more: Maclean Showgrounds

Nambucca Bowls Club - Camping NSW North Coast
Nambucca Bowls Club

Nambucca Bowls Club

Location:
Nambucca Heads, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Nambucca Bowls Club – 431.6kms
Sydney to Nambucca Bowls Club – 487.4kms

What facilities are available:
Camping is limited to Self-Contained vehicles with their own toilet, shower, fresh and grey water tanks, fridge and own power by way of solar or generator.

No washing, drying or cooking outdoors is permitted and no alcohol is allowed to be consumed on the camping grounds.

There are no facilities provided in the camping area alongside the Nambucca Bowls Club

Type of Sites:
6 – all unpowered

How much does it cost?
Free and only available to Nambucca Bowls Club Members. Cost of once-off membership is $5

How to book?
Telephone the Club on 02 6568 6132 or pop into the bar upon arrival

Maximum Stay:
24hrs

Is it Pet Friendly?
No

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – between 8.30am – 9pm

Accessibility?
Accessible for Club Members with Self-Contained Motorhomes and Caravans only

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our overnight stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6558 6132
Address:
12-18 Nelson St, Nambucca Heads, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the region:

The V-Wall – check out the painted rocks along breakwater
Captain Cook Lookout

Read more: Nambucca Bowls Club

Coffs Harbour Big Banana

Coffs Leagues Club

Location:
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Coffs Leagues Club – 388.7kms
Sydney to Coffs Leagues Club – 523.8kms

What facilities are available:
Camping facilities at the Coffs Leagues Club include toilets, showers, camp kitchen, bins and drinking water is also available.

Type of Sites:
A small number of Powered and Unpowered sites are available.

How much does it cost?
Powered Site – $25 per night for 2 people
Unpowered Site – $20 per night for 2 people

How to book?
Bookings are essential. Office hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 2pm and 10am – 12noon on Saturday and Sunday

Maximum Stay:
7 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes

Muttonbird Island Coffs Harbour
Walking across to Muttonbird Island, Coffs Harbour

Dump Point:
No

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers and tent camping

Mobile Phone Service:
Telstra and other mobile network coverage available

Contact Details:
Phone:
0412 722 942
Address:
1 Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
Facebook:

Things to do in the region:

The Big Banana Fun Park
Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island
Forest Sky Pier
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Read more: Our Best Low Cost Campgrounds in Australia

Great Low-Cost Camping grounds in NSW North Coast

We love the beach and are always searching out great low cost camping grounds alongside the beach or somewhere with river or lake views.

All of these great NSW North Coast camping grounds are located beside the ocean or alongside a creek or river.

These campsites not only provide an awesome place to stay but you also have the added advantage of a stunning beach close by and possibly an opportunity for fishing.

Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie - Camping NSW North Coast
Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie

Ingenia Holidays, Lake Macquarie

Location:
Lake Macquarie, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie – 812.4kms
Sydney to Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie – 115.4kms

What facilities are available:
The Ingenia Holiday Park, Lake Macquarie has great facilities including a camp kitchen, communal BBQs, laundry, swimming pool, kids playground and jumping cushion.

Type of Sites:
Grassy Powered sites, Waterfront Powered sites with lake views and Tent Camping sites

How much does it cost?
Waterfront Powered Site – Midweek From $32/Weekend From $45
Powered Site back from the Water – Midweek From $28/ Weekend from $40
Early Bird 20% off – when you book 28 days or more in advance
Mid Week 30% off – when you book 2 or more nights between Sunday and Thursday
Seniors 10% off – standard rate
Value Seeker – Stay 4 pay 3

How to book?
Book on-line or call 02 4359 1033

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Lake Macquarie Caravan Park

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – Seasonal and at the Park Manager’s discretion

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
All RVs and tent camping

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 4359 1033
Address:
Monterey Avenue, Mannering Park, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the region:

Lake Macquarie boating, fishing or kayaking
Lake Macquarie Cruise
Caves Beach
Catherine Hill Bay Beach

Read more: Ingenia Holiday Parks Lake Macquarie

Diamond Head Campground - Camping NSW North Coast
Diamond Head Campground

Diamond Head Campground

Location:
Crowdy Bay National Park, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Diamond Head Campground – 569.7kms
Sydney to Diamond Head Campground – 350.5km

What facilities are available:
Facilities at the Diamond Head Campground include flushing toilets, cold showers, beach showers, sheltered areas with picnic tables and BBQs.

No water is available so you need to bring along your own. Firewood and Ice can be purchased from the on-site office.

Type of Sites:
75 grassed campsites – all are unpowered and some are shaded

How much does it cost?
$12 per Adult per night plus Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass

How to book?
Book on-line or call 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in Crowdy Bay National Park

Diamond Head Camping
Diamond Head Camping

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – fires are permitted in on-the-ground braziers only. Brazier Hire and firewood is available from the office.

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for motorhomes, caravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents

Mobile Phone Service:
We had both Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 072 757 or 13000 PARKS
Address:
763 Diamond Head Road, Diamond Head, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Crowdy Bay National Park region:

North Brother Mountain Lookout, Laurieton
Diamond Head Loop Walk
Check out the amazing Split Rock

Read more: Diamond Head Campground

Trial Bay Gaol Campground - one of our favourite NSW North Coast Camping grounds
Trial Bay Gaol Campground is one of our favourite NSW North Coast Camping grounds

Trial Bay Gaol Campground

Location:
South West Rocks, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Trial Bay Gaol Campground – 489.0kms
Sydney to Trial Bay Gaol Campground – 458.4kms

What facilities are available:
Camping facilities at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground include 3 amenities blocks with toilets and showers accessed with a Pin-code, camp kitchen, barbecues and laundry facilities.

There are picnic tables, a boat ramp and the Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant is a short walk from the campground.

Drinking water and bins are also available throughout the campground.

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered Sites, some with direct ocean views

How much does it cost?
General Unpowered Site – From $34.85 per night
Bay View Unpowered Site – From $45.10 per night
General Powered Site – From $45.10 per night

In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Arakoon National Park

South West Rocks
South West Rocks bay

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for motorhomes, caravans, big rigs, campervans, camper trailers and tents

Mobile Phone Service:
We had great Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 072 757 or 13000 PARKS
Address:
2 Cardwell Street, South West Rocks, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the South West Rocks region:

Trial Bay Gaol Tour
Mermaid Pools
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
South West Rocks Country Club

Read more: Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks

Smoky Cape Camping - Camping NSW North Coast
Smoky Cape Camping

Smoky Cape Campground

Location:
South West Rocks, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Smoky Cape Campground – 487.5kms
Sydney to Smoky Cape Campground – 457.0kms

What facilities are available:
Basic facilities are available at the Smoky Cape Campground including non-flush toilets, bins and picnic tables.

There is no water available so you will need to bring along a supply of water and drinking water.

Type of Sites:
20 campsites, all are unpowered and most are shaded

How much does it cost?
$12.30 per night for 2 people
In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call Trial Bay Gaol Visitor Centre on 02 6566 6168

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Hat Head National Park

Camping NSW North Coast - Smoky Cape
Looking down on the beach backing onto Smoky Cape Campground

Dump Point:
No – however there is a Dump Point at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground nearby

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – only in an above-the-ground firepit or brazier

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible to Caravans, Motorhomes, Camper Trailers and tent camping is permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
There is no phone service in the Camping Area however there is some on the beach

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6566 6168 or 1300 072 757
Address:
73 Trial Bay Gaol Road, Arakoon, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the South West Rocks region:

Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol
Mermaid Pools
South West Rocks Country Club

Read more: Smoky Cape Campground

Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Gumma Reserve

Location:
Gumma via Macksville, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Gumma Reserve – 446.2kms
Sydney to Gumma Reserve – 479.8kms

What facilities are available:
Basic facilities include an amenities block with flushing toilets, cold showers, drinking water and bins. There is drinking water, picnic tables and BBQ facilities.

The road to the campground is now sealed and there is a boat ramp.

Type of Sites:
Limited campsites are available. There must be 6 metres between caravans and 3 metres between tents.  No camping within 10 metres of the creek bank.

How much does it cost?
$25 for Families up to 4 people all year round
$20 for 2 people off season and $25 in peak season (NSW School Holidays – Apr, Sep/Oct & Dec/Jan)
$15 for 1 person and $20 in peak season
$8 for each additional person
Camping fees are to be paid by EFTPOS and collected by Council Caretaker anytime between 9am – 4pm daily

How to book?
Bookings are not taken. Availability can be checked prior to arrival by calling the Council Caretaker between 8am and 12 noon daily on 0429 366 456

Maximum Stay:
50 days in any one financial year

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – dogs must be on a leash at all times. Maximum 2 dogs

Scotts Head
Scotts Head

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – only when there are no bans are in place. BYO Firewood as it cannot be collected from the park or surrounding areas

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers, Big Rigs and tent camping is permitted

Mobile Phone Service:
Limited mobile phone coverage is available

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6568 2555
Address:
Boultons Crossing Road, Gumma via Macksville, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Macksville region:

Scotts Head
Collect oysters from Nambucca River

Reflections Red Rock Caravan Park
Red Rock Caravan Park

Reflections Red Rock Caravan Park

Location:
Red Rock, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Reflections Red Rock Caravan Park – 355.2kms
Sydney to Reflections Red Rock Caravan Park – 570.0kms

What facilities are available:
Reflections Red Rock has several amenities blocks, a camp kitchen, barbecue facilities, a number of laundry blocks, an on-site Cafe/Kiosk and a Boat Ramp. 

Water is available from rain water tanks. Water from site taps is bore water and not suitable for drinking therefore we suggest you bring your own drinking water.

Type of Sites:
Powered and Unpowered sites
Cabins and Glamping Beach Tents are also available

How much does it cost?
Powered Site – From $42 per night for 2 people
Unpowered Site – From $33 per night

How to book?
Book on-line or call Reflections Holiday Parks, Red Rock on 02 6649 2730

Maximum Stay:
N/A

Is it Pet Friendly?
Yes – only during Off Peak Season and on selected sites only

Camping NSW North Coast - Red Rock
Fishing at sunrise at Red Rock

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers, Big Rigs and tent camping is allowed

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good Telstra and Vodafone coverage during our stay

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6649 2730
Address:
1 Lawson Street, Red Rock, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Red Rock region:

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Carobana Confectionery Factory

Read more: Reflections Holiday Parks Red Rock

Illaroo North Campground - Camping NSW North Coast
Illaroo North Campground

Illaroo North Campground

Location:
Yuraygir National Park, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Illaroo North Campground – 334.6kms
Sydney to Illaroo North Campground – 631.5kms

What facilities are available:
Facilities at the Illaroo North Campground include toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and bins.

There are also drinking water taps at each end of the park.

Type of Sites:
60 unpowered campsites in total for Illaroo North and South Campgrounds

How much does it cost?
Tent/Trailer/Campervan/Small Caravan Site – From $24.60
Motorhome/Caravan Hardened Surface Premium Site – From $34.85
Group Tent/Trailer/Campervan/Small Caravan Site (suitable for 3 set-ups) – From $73.80

In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Sites must be pre-booked. Book online or call National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Yuraygir National Park

Illaroo
Sandon Beach

Dump Point:
No

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – only when there are no fire bans in place

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Campervans, Camper trailers and tent camping is allowed. Access road to the campground is unsealed and can become boggy in wet weather.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had no Telstra or Vodafone coverage during our stay but there is Optus

Contact Details:
Phone:
1300 072 757 or 13000 PARKS
Address:
Illaroo Road, Minnie Water, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Minnie Water region:

Angophora Grove Walk
Shoalhaven Zoo and Adventure World
Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

Read more: Illaroo North Campground

Brooms Head towards Sandon River
View from Brooms Head toward Sandon River

Sandon River Campground

Location:
Yuraygir National Park, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Sandon River Campground – 301.7kms
Sydney to Sandon River Campground – 671.8kms

What facilities are available:
Sandon River facilities include non-flushing toilets, shelters with lights, picnic tables and electric barbecues.

Tank water is available for general washing and your own camp showers, but not suitable for drinking. Bring along your own drinking water.

Rubbish and recycling bins are available at the entry to the campground and there is a boat ramp.

Type of Sites:
29 Unpowered sites. Campsites are not suitable for large caravans or motorhomes over 7.5m.

How much does it cost?
$24.60 for 2 people
In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call the Grafton Office on 02 6641 1500

Maximum Stay:
21 days and a 2 night minimum stay applies during NSW and Qld School hols and on NSW Long Weekends

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Yuraygir National Park

Yamba Ocean Pool

Dump Point:
No

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – only in the designated wood barbecues or in your own off-ground fire brazier. Collection of firewood from the park is prohibited so BYO firewood.

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers and tent camping is allowed.  Unsealed gravel access road can become boggy in wet weather and water flows over the little bridge in heavy rainfall.

Mobile Phone Service:
Limited mobile reception. There is a coin-operated Public Phone located at the access ramp of the main toilet building.

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6641 1500
Address:
Sandon River Road, Yuraygir National Park, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Sandon River region:

Brooms Head
Yamba River Markets
Yamba Ocean Pool

Camping NSW North Coast Woody Head Campsite
Camping NSW North Coast at Woody Head Campground

Woody Head Campground

Location:
Bundjalung National Park, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Woody Head Campground – 270.0kms
Sydney to Woody Head Campground – 669.3kms

What facilities are available:
Facilities at the Woody Head Campground include toilets, cold showers or hot showers are $1 for 4 minutes, picnic tables and barbecue facilities.

Free Gas/electric barbecues and wood barbecues with wood supplied.

There is drinking water available and a boat ramp.

Type of Sites:
94 sites – all sites are unpowered

How much does it cost?
$34.85 per night for 2 people
In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Bundjalung National Park

Woody Head Sunrise
Sunrise at Woody Head Campground

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – only in wood barbecues provided or your own small off-the-ground braziers but it must have a solid base able to catch all ash and coals, be 300mm off-ground and under 300mm diameter in size

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper trailers and tent camping is allowed.

Mobile Phone Service:
We had good reception with both Telstra and Vodafone during our stay. A Telstra Public Phone is also available near the Woody Head Office.

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 6646 6134 or 1300 072 757
Address:
92 Woody Head Road, Woody Head, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Illuka region:

Illuka/Yamba Ferry
Illuka Rainforest Walking Track
Illuka Museum

Read more: Woody Head Campground

Camping NSW North Coast - Black Rocks
Black Rocks

Black Rocks Campground

Location:
Bundjalung National Park, New South Wales

Distance from Brisbane & Sydney:
Brisbane to Black Rocks Campground – 245.4kms
Sydney to Black Rocks Campground – 711.2kms

What facilities are available:
Black Rocks Campground has non-flush toilets however there are no showers, water or rubbish bins available.

You will need to bring your own water supply and drinking water and take your rubbish with you.

Picnic Tables and free gas/electric and wood barbecues are available throughout the campground.

Type of Sites:
50 Unpowered sites. There is a clothes line, picnic table and fire ring at each of the private individual campsites

How much does it cost?
$24.60 for 2 people
$147.60 for 27m x 20m Group Tent site – Max 30 people
In addition, Park Entry Fee of $8 per vehicle per day also applies. Note – if you are visiting a number of NSW National Parks it is worthwhile purchasing an Annual Pass.

How to book?
Book on-line or call 1300 072 757

Maximum Stay:
21 days

Is it Pet Friendly?
No – as it is in the Bundjalung National Park

Black Rocks Campground - Camping NSW North Coast
NSW North Coast Camping at Black Rocks Campground

Dump Point:
Yes

Are you allowed to have a fire?
Yes – in the fire ring provided as long as there are no fire bans at the time. BYO firewood as it cannot be collected from within the park

Are Generators permitted?
Unknown

Accessibility?
Accessible for Motorhomes, Caravans, Camper Trailers and Campervans. Camping in tents is also permitted.

Mobile Phone Service:
Limited Telstra phone reception and Vodafone reception is sporadic

Contact Details:
Phone:
02 9585 6831 or 1300 072 757
Address:
The Gap Road, Bundjalung National Park, New South Wales
Website:

Things to do in the Black Rocks region:

Jeruselum Creek
Evans Head

Read more: Black Rocks Campground

Jeruselum Creek
Jeruselum Creek

Best time to go camping between Brisbane and Sydney

We found the best time to do a camping trip of the NSW North Coast between Brisbane and Sydney was in the warmer months of the year.

Wanting to escape the heat of Brisbane, we travelled south down along the NSW North Coast in search of cooler temperatures in November and December returning for Christmas before doing a trip of the NSW South Coast in February – April.

Things to take with you when exploring Brisbane to Sydney

Check out these other great blogs on camping:

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Pin - Camping NSW North Coast

Have you stayed at any of these great camping sites on the NSW North Coast? Tell us if you have stayed at any other awesome NSW North Coast camping grounds, showgrounds, free camps or caravan parks.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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12 Ways to Stay Awake when Driving on Long Trips

If you are looking to roadtrip Australia, you will want to find ways to stay awake when driving on long trips.

It’s been 6 years now since we packed up, sold off and gave away all our belongings and left our home to Travel Australia.

Every moment has been amazing and we wouldn’t change a thing.

We have been all of the way around the Country including Tasmania and in the meantime we have racked up plenty of kilometres along the way.

The East Coast is fairly easy with most days consisting of short drives to reach your destination but the Northern Territory and Western Australia are often longer days with big stretches before reaching your next camp site.

These days can be exhausting.

12 Ways to stay awake when driving long trips
Kroombit Tops

Fatigue when driving can happen anytime, not just on long drives.

For me I notice I get tired more when I’m driving long straight boring roads. This can happen regardless of how long I’ve been driving that day.

Driving when tired as we all know is a very common cause of traffic accidents and we need to ensure we do everything possible to prepare for long road trips and take the right precautions should we feel tired.

Our 12 Ways to Stay Awake when Driving Long Trips

Here are some ideas and tips to ensure you stay awake when driving on long trips and arrive at your destination safely.

Frequent stops are one of the ways to stay awake when driving long trips

1. Sleep

Getting good sleep at night is paramount to handling days on the road driving the highways on our adventures.

Did you know, when you are fatigued even without falling asleep our brain can have short “microsleeps”, which are short periods of sleep.

Microsleeps can last from a fraction of a second up to 10 full seconds.

It’s important to recognise the signs of driving tired. These include:

  • Yawning
  • Blinking more often
  • Stiffness, cramps, aches and pains. Sore shoulders or neck areas.
  • Losses of concentration and daydreaming
  • Drifting across lanes or onto the edge of the road
  • Eyes become sore or lose focus

Take regular breaks and share the driving if you can.

If you feel tired then stop, refresh and have something healthy to eat and drink. Try not to have too much sugar which will give you a quick hit of energy but will likely leave you feeling fatigued soon after.

Types of meals you eat are one of the ways to stay awake when driving long trips
Lara Wetlands

2. Meals

On days where you are driving consider what you eat and it’s possible effects on how it may make you feel.

It’s a well known fact that speakers at conferences and seminars who talk after lunch are getting the graveyard shift. It’s the hardest session to keep the audience awake and alert.

What you eat at meal times can have a big influence on your fatigue factor.

Fresh foods, fruits and drinking water is ideal and limiting Pasta, Rice and other high in Carbs meals as well as Sugar and Trans fats will all assist you to keep alert and stay safe when driving long trips.

Making your own meals when on the road rather then stopping at a Fast Food outlet or Highway Truck Stop will likely help reduce tiredness as you drive.

Ways to stay awake when driving long trips
Monto

3. Alcohol

It goes without saying that we should never drink alcohol whilst driving or straight after consuming too much.

However, what about the night before?

A night of heavy drinking can take your body 18 hours to get back to zero blood alcohol concentration level.

Alcohol effects us all very differently based on:

  • our weight
  • our age
  • if we are male or female
  • the metabolism of our individual bodies
  • type of alcohol we are drinking
  • food we have consumed and when we ate
  • stress levels
Mareeba Sunset

We all understand the consequences of driving over the limit however what about the effect drinking the night before has on our ability to remain focused and vigilant the next day despite being under the alcohol limit.

A study has shown that even a moderate level of alcohol intake, even below what is legally drunk, along with a bad night sleep produced greater drowsiness and more attention deficit than normal.

Taking it easy the night before a road trip the next morning might be the safe option.

4. Stop & Revive

We know that once we get tired we should pull over to take a rest but what should we do while we are stopped.

If you simply pull over and sit in your drivers seat for a short period you will find you will return back to your original state of drowsiness fairly quickly.

Here are some ideas on what to do while you pull over and take some time out from driving.

  • Exercise whilst you are stopped. Do lots of stretches that cover all of your bodies muscles. Walk around and increase your blood flow, oxygen and heart rate.
  • Drink water. Our bodies naturally lose fluids each day and re-hydrating is essential. If we become low on fluids we will become tired and weak. Always drink plenty of water whenever driving and taking a rest stop.
  • Now is the right time to take a toilet break.
  • I”m not sure about you but whenever we hit the highway Adele falls asleep in the passengers seat very quickly. This leaves me with my music and my thoughts. When we arrive at a rest stop I find it important to talk. This helps stimulate my brain and gets my mind functioning and alert at peak levels once again. This is also a good time to make a phone call to family or friends as well as chat with your partner and kids.

There’s lots of Rest Areas all around our country’s highways, make sure to utilise them whenever necessary to ensure you stay awake when driving long trips.

Stop & revive is one of the Ways to stay awake when driving long trips
Soudan Bore Rest Stop

5. Put your left foot in put you’re your left foot out and shake it all about

While you are driving keep stretching and moving wherever you can. Stretch your shoulders, neck and arms however possible.

Apply pressure by stretching them over your head or pushing up and down on solid parts of the inside of your car.

Stretch and move your left leg about and set your cruise control to allow you to do the same with your right leg.

Exerting your tendons and ligaments will help the flow of blood and oxygen and keep your body awake.

Stopped at the Winton Sign

6. Music

It’s the first thing I do when I drive. Find some great music that I love and turn it up as loud as Adele will let me. Which isn’t very loud lol.

Great music and singing as you drive is both great for staying awake when driving on long trips but a lot of fun too.

In this article I listed some of my favourite Driving songs I like to play and sign to while I’m driving.

Read more: My 15 Favourite Driving Songs as I Travel

Peter Faust Dam
Peter Faust Dam

7. Audio Books

These are a great way to keep focused while driving.

You can find all sort of audio books to suit your interests.

From funny and humurous to educational or just great stories, you will find an audio book to suit you.

An Audio Book is book you would normally purchase and read but through audio books you listen while someone reads the book to you.

You can download Audio Books through your Google Play or Apple Books app or you can sign up to places such as Audible which is owned by Amazon.

This is another great way to keep energised and stay awake while driving long trips.

Use your UHF is one of the Ways to stay awake when driving long trips
Using your UHF is one of the ways to stay awake when driving long trips while you are travelling

8. Use your UHF

A UHF is an excellent bit of equipment to have when travelling Australia by road.

It’s an essential safety tool and a great method to be aware of changing conditions and monitor roadworks.

A UHF is also a great way to be in contact with truck drivers, other road users or friends you may have in convoy.

Read more: Why Trucks Pass You When You’re doing the Speed Limit

Cape Hillsborough
Cape Hillsborough

9. Play games

As kids I still vividly remember our camping trips and holidays when we were all in the car playing eye spy or counting specific cars we could see.

No doubt this was done to entertain us 4 boys and keep our minds occupied and stop us from getting bored but it’s also a great opportunity from drivers to stay awake.

In Queensland the Government has even recognised this and installed road signs on the highways with questions and answers designed to keep us alert.

Personally I think those signs should be able to be rotated and each month a new question and answer can be changed over but it’s still a great idea.

We play similar games at times when we are driving just between us.

Now that we drive separate vehicles we will come up with a letter and we both have to name places we have travelled to starting with that letter.

We use our UHF to give our answers.

As we remember places it also reminds us of stories and funny things we chat about that happened during our stay there.

Have some fun playing your own quizzes and games to stay awake on your long road trips and find how it helps break up the monotony of driving.

Fresh air is one of the Ways to stay awake when driving on long trips
Gunn Point

10. Fresh Air

Every half hour to an hour I like to wind down my window and allow fresh air in to the vehicle.

The air inside gets stale and it can’t hurt to release the carbon dioxide we’ve been breathing out over time.

Most of the time when I’m driving below 80kmh I prefer my window down to the air conditioning anyway.

In the country it’s great to enjoy the wind in your face and the smells of the countryside.

Wind down your window and let some fresh air in. Depending on your vehicle size and how many of you are in the car as to how often.

I often do this as we slow down to drive through small towns along the way.

Edith Falls sign
Edith Falls

11. Sit Correctly

It’s a simple thing but I’ve noticed that occasionally when my arms, shoulders or back get sore that my seating position could improve.

Either I’m stretching too far to reach the steering wheel or I’m not quite sitting straight.

Make sure your seat is in the correct position to ensure maximum comfort for you and the correct position to sustain longer periods in the drivers seat.

Over stretching to reach the steering wheel can cause aches and pain in your arms, shoulders and back which can ultimately add to fatigue and making it harder to stay awake when driving long trips.

This might be just a very minor tweak of your seat or your sitting position that can make a big difference on your comfort while driving.

Early morning driving is one of the ways to stay awake when driving on long trips
Cania Dam

12. Early Morning Driving

Neither Adele or I are naturally morning people and it’s usually mid morning before we hit the road.

To be honest, we often struggle to get out of Caravan Parks before the designated time of 10am on leaving day. It’s one of the extra reasons we love Free camping.

On our recent trip back up to the Northern Territory and North Queensland though we found it great to be up early and on the road around 7.30am, especially on the days we knew we had some bigger kms to travel.

It’s so much cooler and the sun beating in through the side window wasn’t nearly as harsh.

There was less traffic and we could choose to get an extra few kms in and closer to our destination or arrive earlier at a roadside rest stop and get a good position.

The most important thing is to arrive safely.

Make sure you manage your fatigue factor and arrive safely where you are going.

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Summary

These are just some of the many ways to stay awake when driving long trips or driving in general. None of which cost anything to apply but may hopefully help to save your life and lives of others.

  • Get good sleep before driving
  • Eat well before driving
  • Do not drink excessively before driving
  • Stop regularly on long trips
  • Stretch often
  • Listen to Music or Audio Books
  • Utilise your UHF
  • Breath in fresh air
  • Ensure you sit correctly
  • Drive early in the morning where possible

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Do you have any other tips for ways to stay awake when driving on long trips while you are travelling?

Let us know in the comments below.

Safe travels

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Exmouth Campsites in the Cape Range National Park

Exmouth Campsites Feature image

Dotted all along the Western Australian coast within the shire of Exmouth are a number of campsites in the Cape Range National Park just south of Exmouth itself.

Exmouth is located on the North West Cape of Western Australia and is the gateway to the magnificent Ningaloo Marine Park.

It’s 1250kms north from Perth between Carnarvon and Karratha and is a drive of approximately 13 hours from Western Australia’s capital city.

The Ningaloo Reef is 260kms long and is located close to the coastline and in some areas it is easy to swim and snorkel amongst the coral and enormous array of marine life.

Migrating humpback whales, Whale sharks, Dugong, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Turtles, beautiful coral and colourful fish are all common residents of the stunning Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.

This is an extraordinary part of Australia’s coastline and there’s some amazing camping areas where you can stay overlooking the reef and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in our country.

11 Campsites within 100kms of Exmouth

In total, there are 11 great campsites within just 100kms of Exmouth all of which have beach access within a short stroll of the campground.

Exmouth Campsites – Fees and Park Passes

Besides booking the camping fees to stay at these great Exmouth campsites through the Department of Parks and Wildlife, you will also need to purchase a Western Australia Parks Pass to enter the Cape Range National Park.

Types of Park Passes

Park Passes are available as follows:

  • Holiday Pass – 5 day, 14 day and 1 month: from $25
  • Annual Local Parks Pass (Western Australian local residents and ratepayers only): $25
  • Annual All Parks Pass: $120
  • Concession All Parks Pass: $75
  • Goldstar Subscription Annual All Parks Pass (Annual All Parks Pass & Subscription to Landscope Magazine: $150

Purchase e-passes from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website

Passes must then be printed and displayed on your vehicle at all times.

Gyrocopter on lookout for Humpback Whale Swims

11 Great Exmouth Campsites

Here is a  list of the 11 great Exmouth Campsites along with details of the camping facilities at each of these beachside camping grounds south of Exmouth.

Mesa Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
49.8kms

Location:
Northern end of Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
The Mesa Campground is a beachside campground overlooking the small bay and offers some shade.

It is the most northern of the campsites from Exmouth and the beach is just a 100m stroll away.

Pit toilets are available. Bins and picnic tables are also available. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motorhomes and Big Rigs.

Telstra reception is available.

Campground hosts manage the Mesa Campsite from April to the end of November.

Number of Sites:
23 Unpowered – hard surfaced sites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Mesa Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – between the hours of 8am – 9pm

Accessibility:
Unsealed access but suitable for 2WD

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road, Learmonth-Minilya Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Mesa Campground Activities:

Swimming
Fishing
Snorkelling
Canoeing
& Kayaking

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Neds Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
49.8kms

Location:
Northern end of Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
The Neds Campground is a beachside campground overlooking the small bay and offers some shade. Beach is just a 100m stroll away.

Non-flush toilets and picnic tables are available. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and Neds is only suitable for Camper Trailers and Rooftoppers.

Telstra reception is available.

Number of Sites:
9 Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Neds Campground and Day Use Area is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility:
Suitable for 2WD vehicles

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape  Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Neds Campground Activities:

Swimming
Fishing
Snorkelling
Bushwalking

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Turquoise Bay near Tulkie Beach Campsite south of Exmouth
Turquoise Bay near Tulkie Beach Campground – One of the 11 Campsites south of Exmouth

Tulki Beach Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
58.4kms

Location:
Northern end of Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
The Tulki Beach Campsite is the closest campground to the stunning Turquoise Bay. 

The campground is located near the mouth of a dry creek system and just a 200m stroll to the beach from all sites.

Pit toilets are available. Bins and picnic tables are also available. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers, Motorhomes and Big Rigs. Note – the hard surface makes it difficult to drive pegs.

Mobile phone reception is not available.

Camp hosts are on site at the campground.

Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef

Number of Sites:
11 Unpowered sites – compacted surface

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Tulki Beach Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – between the hours of 8am – 9pm

Accessibility:
Suitable for 2WD and larger vehicles – unsealed roads within campground

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, Western Australia via Murat Road & Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Tulki Beach Campground Activities:

Swimming
Snorkelling
Canoeing
& Kayaking

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Oyster Stacks
The Oyster Stacks are isolated islets protruding from the Ningaloo Reef that are covered in oysters

North Mandu Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
65.9kms

Location:
Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
The Mandu North Campground is a small campground tucked behind the sand dunes providing partial protection against any strong winds. It is only 50metres to the beach from the campsites.

Non-flush Pit toilets are the only facilities available. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes. Surface is hard so driving pegs may be difficult.

There is no mobile phone reception available.

Number of Sites:
5 Unpowered sites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, North Mandu Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility:
2WD accessible

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road, Learmonth-Minilya Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Mandu North Campground Activities:

Swimming
Bushwalking
Snorkelling
Canoeing
& Kayaking

Turquoise Bay
Turquoise Bay

North Kurrajong Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
70.7kms

Location:
Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
Adjacent to the North Kurrajong Campground is a beautiful sandy beach and only a short walk from each campsite of the campground which is nestled behind the sand dunes.

You can take in the excellent coastal views from the viewing platform made from recycled plastic.

A modern toilet block with 3 cubicles is available as well as a sheltered picnic area including 4 tables. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes. Surface is hard so driving pegs may be difficult.

There is no mobile phone reception available. Milyering Centre has phone reception.

Camp hosts on site at the campground.

Number of Sites:
10 Unpowererd campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, North Kurrajong Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility:
2WD accessible

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

North Kurrajong Campground Activities:

Swimming
Fishing
Snorkelling
Canoeing
& Kayaking

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Exmouth Campsites in the Cape Range National Park

Kurrajong Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
70.7kms

Location:
Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
Nestled behind the sand dunes the Kurrajong Campground is a only a 150 metre walk to the beach from all campsites.

The Ningaloo Reef is directly out from the campsite and provides great snorkelling.

Non-flush toilets as well as picnic tables are available. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes. Surface is hard so driving pegs may be difficult.

There is no mobile phone reception available. Milyering Discovery Centre has phone reception.

Camp hosts on site at the campground.

Number of Sites:
26 Unpowered campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Kurrajong Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility:
2WD accessibleunsealed road within campground

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Kurrajong Campground Activities:

Swimming
Fishing
Snorkelling

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Osprey Campground - one of the Exmouth campsites
Osprey Campground and Day Use Area

Osprey Bay Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
78.6kms

Location:
Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
Osprey Campground is the largest campsites in the Cape Range National Park south of Exmouth.

It’s just a short walk from the Osprey Campground and day use area to the sandy beach.

Enjoy a walk along the trail that leads to Sandy Bay and look out for echidnas, kangaroos and any birds of prey flying overhead.

Ningaloo Marine Park Sanctuary Zone
Ningaloo Marine Park Sanctuary Zone

Shore based fishing is permitted in the special purpose zone adjacent to the Osprey Bay Sanctuary Zone. Visit the Fisheries website or download a copy of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Map.

Non-flush toilets and picnic tables are available in the day use area. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes. Surface is hard so driving pegs may be difficult.

There is no mobile phone reception. Milyering Discovery Centre has phone reception.

Volunteer Camp hosts are at the campground.

Number of Sites:
46 Unpowered campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Osprey Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes –  8am – 9pm in specific sites only

Accessibility:
Accessible for 2WD and large vehicles

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Osprey Campground Activities:

Swimming
Fishing
Snorkelling
Kayaking

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Osprey Bay - one of the 11 Exmouth Campsites
Osprey Bay great for swimming and snorkelling

Bungarra Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
79.1kms

Location:
Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
Bungarra Campground is one of the small campsites out of Exmouth in the Cape Range National Park making it a peaceful place to stay.

It’s just a short walk from the Campground to the beach where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling and canoeing.

Non-flush toilets are the only facilities at this campground. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes. Surface is hard so driving pegs may be difficult.

There is no mobile phone reception available. Milyering Discovery Centre has phone reception.

Number of Sites:
5 Unpowered campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Bungarra Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
No

Accessibility:
Accessible – unsealed roads within in campground

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Bungarra Campground Activities:

Swimming
Snorkelling
Canoeing

One of the Exmouth Campsites and Day Use Area

Yardie Creek Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
87.5kms

Location:
Southern end of Cape Range National Park, Western Australia

What Facilities are available?
The Yardie Creek Campground is a reasonably small campground near the spectacular Yardie Creek Gorge. All campsites are within 80 metres of the beach.

It’s just a short walk to picnic area and walking trails as well as the departure point for cruises at Yardie Creek.

Non-flush toilets are the only facilities at this campground. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Caravans, Camper Trailers and Motorhomes.

There is Telstra phone reception available. A Dump Point is located nearby off Yardie Creek Road.

Number of Sites:
10 Unpowered campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Yardie Creek Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – between 8am – 9pm

Accessibility:
2WD accessible – unsealed roads within in campground

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Yardie Creek Campground Activities:

Swimming
Snorkelling
Canoeing & Kayaking
Bushwalking

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Ningaloo Reef Marinelife
Ningaloo Reef Marinelife

One K Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
89.1kms

Location:
Southern end of Cape Range National Park, Western Australia and one of the Exmouth campsites furthest south

What Facilities are available?
The One K Campground requires crossing the tidal Yardie Creek.

Crossing the soft shifting sand is not always possible so therefore access is not guaranteed and is at your own risk.

Check tide predictions and only attempt crossing is you have the appropriate experience and equipment.

Non-flush toilets are the only facilities at this campground. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed and it is accessible to Off-road Caravans and Camper Trailers.

Campsites at One K are in high demand from Easter through to October.

There is Telstra phone reception available. A Dump Point is located nearby off Yardie Creek Road.

Number of Sites:
7 Unpowered campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, One K Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – between 8am – 9pm

Accessibility:
Only accessible by 4WD

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, via Murat Road and Yardie Creek Road
Website:

One K Campground Activities:

Swimming
Snorkelling
Canoeing & Kayaking
Bushwalking

Cyrstal clear waters at Yardie Creek - one of the most southern of the Exmouth Campsites
Cyrstal clear waters in and around Yardie Creek

Boat Harbour Campsite

How far is this campsite from Exmouth?
90.5kms

Location:
Southern end of Cape Range National Park, Western Australia and the furthest south of the Exmouth campsites.

What Facilities are available?
The Boat Harbour Campground is just 3kms south of Yardie Creek.  When accessing from the north it will be necessary to cross the tidal Yardie Creek.

Crossing the soft shifting sand is not always possible and you do so at your own risk.

Check tide predictions and only attempt crossing if you have the appropriate experience and equipment.

Non-flush toilets are available. Bring along your own drinking water and general water supply.

Camping in tents and swags is allowed. Only suitable for Off-road Caravans and Camper Trailers.

Boat Harbour Campground is adjacent to a Recreational Zone of the Ningaloo Marine Park, which allows the launching of small boats. It is the furthest south of the Exmouth Campsites.

There is no Telstra phone reception. A Dump Point is located nearby off Yardie Creek Road.

Number of Sites:
5 Unpowered campsites

How much does it cost?
Adults – $11 per night
Concession Holders- $7 per night
Children aged 5 – 16 – $3 per night

How to book?
Book prior to arrival via the DPAW website

Maximum Stay:
28 nights and 14 nights if any one night falls within the WA School Holiday period

Is it Pet Friendly?
No, Boat Harbour Campground is not pet friendly as it is in National Park

Are you allowed to have a fire?
No

Are Generators permitted?
Yes – between 8am – 9pm

Accessibility:
Only accessible by 4WD

Contact Details:
Phone:
08 9949 2808
Address:
Cape Range National Park, Minilya-Exmouth Road via Ningaloo Road and Ningaloo-Yardie Creek Road
Website:

Boat Harbour Campground Activities:

Swimming
Snorkelling
Canoeing & Kayaking
Diving
Fishing

Read more: 49 Amazing Things to do in Western Australia

Gundegi Beach
Calm conditions for launching a boat at Gundegi Beach north of Exmouth

Exmouth Weather

The weather in and around Exmouth is generally warm and can be quite windy. A great time to visit Exmouth is during the months of May to September with August being the best month of the year.

The coastline from Broome down to Exmouth is the region most prone to cyclones in Australia. Cyclone season runs from 1 November through to 30 April.

July is usually the coolest month with temperatures averaging 24 degrees C. As expected the hottest months are Jan and February with the average temperatures around 37 degrees C.

Read about: Always take the weather, the weather with you

Oyster Stacks

Great Tours around Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef

There are some once in a lifetime tours that you can do out of Exmouth in the amazing Ningaloo Reef region.

Swim with Humpback Whales

One of our most memorable tours to date as we travel Australia has been swimming with Humpback Whales out of Exmouth.

Ocean Eco Adventures have a Gyrocopter above spotting the suitable whales while you are ready to jump off the back of the boat where you can have a humpback whale swim underneath or near you which is such an amazing experience.

Humpback Whale Swim

Whale Shark Swim

During the months of March to July you can swim with Whale Sharks out of Exmouth in WA.

The 8hr tour includes the amazing in-water experience with the whale sharks and snorkeling the Ningaloo Reef along with lunch and morning and afternoon tea.

Book your: Whale Shark Swim and Catamaran Cruise here>

Muiron Islands Dive Tour

Spend the day exploring and diving the Muiron Islands just a few nautical miles out from Exmouth. This World Heritage area are famous for their colourful soft corals.

An unbelievable aquatic experience where you will be diving among potato cod, turtles, sharks and thousands of fish.

Book your: Muiron Islands Dive Tour here>

Outer Reef or Island Snorkel Tour

Enjoy discovering great snorkelling sites at coral reefs only accessible by boat. Snorkel among beautiful coral gardens and swim alongside turtles and mantarays.

Suitable for all levels of snorkelling experience. Tours operate from March through to December and include complimentary snorkel hire, a pre-packed lunch and refreshments.

Book your: Outer Reef or Island Snorkel Tour here>

Things to take with you when exploring the Exmouth Campsites region:

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Turquoise Bay
Turquoise Bay

Pin – Exmouth Campsites

Pin - Exmouth Campsites
Pin - Exmouth Campsites
Pin - Exmouth Campsites

Have you stayed in any of these campsites near Exmouth?

Tell us in the comments which of the Exmouth campsites you stayed in and how you rate it!

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

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Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

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

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