Travel Guide to Kununurra, WA

As you cross the border from the Northern Territory into Western Australia, the first town you arrive into as your following the highway is Kununurra. The small town in Far North Western Australia is not somewhere I pictured enjoying myself for four nights, however to my surprise, there was a lot more on offer in this remote corner of the Kimberley region. It is well known as the “Gateway to the East Kimberley” and therefore is the perfect base from which to explore some rugged Australian outback.

With a few Caravan Parks located in town, we were a little spoilt for choice and ended up choosing to stay at Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort. We knew we had made the right decision when we were greeted by friendly managers who continued to make our four night stay very enjoyable by going above and beyond expectations. The park prides itself on beautiful, grassy sites, clean amenities and a very inviting pool.


Our first trip was a drive to Lake Argyle. An easy 70km drive will bring you to Lake Argyle village where you will find the Resort and Caravan Park. Here at the Caravan Park, you will find the most spectacular Infinity Pool with a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Lake. Day guests will be required to pay $10pp to use the facilities.


With panoramic views of Kununurra, Kelly’s Knob Lookout is the place to be as the sun sets. Only a few minute’s drive from the town centre and short walk to the lookout. From the lookout, you will also be able to spot the Sleeping Buddha, a rock formation that is also known as Elephant Rock.


With El Questro only being an hour’s drive from Kununurra and a scenic one at that; with Boab trees dotted everywhere, it makes for a fantastic day trip. Visit the oasis that is Zebedee Springs, where you can sit and relax in the tropical thermal springs or if your up for more of a challenging walk and a refreshing swim, head to Emma Gorge. As El Questro is a privately owned property, fee’s of $12pp will apply.


Drive a further 72km’s down the road and you will find Wyndham, Western Australia’s most Northern town where five rivers meet. Just outside of Wyndham is The Grotto, a popular swimming hole and a perfect way to finish up a day of adventure.

Wanting to spot a crocodile? Ivanhoe Crossing is the place to be and if your game enough to take the car across, you will find a perfect little picnic spot on the other side.

Last but not least, Hidden Valley National Park is right at Kununurra’s doorstep being only a two-minute drive and a popular area for walking tracks and photography. Entry fees to the National Park do apply.

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The Ultimate Caravan and Camping Packing Checklist



The Ultimate Caravan and Camping Packing Checklist:

We packed our whole lives into a 24ft caravan and the process of downsizing from a generously sized three-bedroom house was an overwhelming task. It required a lot of organisation as it wasn’t a straightforward move, not like taking things from A to B. Things were going from A to B, B to C, C to D and D to B. We had items to sell, piles to take to the Op Shop, boxes for the storage shed, items to pack into the caravan and of course the things we would need in the meantime.

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To make lives a little simpler, here is our list of items we packed into our caravan… 

KIDS ITEMS (For each child)
* Socks and Jocks                            
* 3 x Pants                                          

* 3 x Hoodies/Jackets                         
* 4 x Long Sleeves                              
* 6 x Shorts                                         
* 12 x T-shirts                                    
* 2 x Short PJ’s                                  
* 1 x Long PJ’s
* 1 x Pair of Thongs
* 1 x Pair of Runners
* 1 x Pair of Gumboots
* Hat
* Books and Craft Activities
* Toys (don’t forget outdoor toys such as frisbee, footballs etc.)
* DVD players for long car trips

It may seem like we have overpacked in clothing, however, we often don’t have the power to use the washing machine on a daily basis and we have got to the stage where we were on our last day’s worth of clothes. Kids are always outside playing in the dirt so our biggest TIP is to pack dark clothing – they can re-wear it, fewer items to keep in the soaker bucket and a lot less hassle!


OUR ITEMS                                    

* T-Shirts
* 2 x Jumpers
* Underwear and Socks
* 3 x Pants including jeans                                            
* Shorts
* Active gear
* Hat
* 1 x Pair of Thongs
* 1 x Pair of  Runners
* 1 x Pair of shoes for ‘going out’

* 4 x Drinking cups                               * Utensils: Wooden spoon, Peeler, Whisk etc.

* 2 x Coffee mugs                                * 2 x Baking Trays
* 6 x Plates                                          * 1 x Muffin tray
* Slice tin                                             * 1 x Cake tin
* Cooling rack                                     * 2 x Fry pans
* 6 x Bowls                                          * 2 x Pots and Steamer attachment
* Cutlery                                              * Colander
* Knife set                                           * 3 x Mixing bowls
* 2 x Chopping boards                        * 1 x Baking Dish (for lasagne, scalloped potatoes etc.)
* Slow cooker                                      * Gas Kettle
* Measuring jug                                   * Toaster
* Sandwich press                                * Handheld mix master
* Magic bullet                                      * Varying sized containers for leftovers etc.
* Thermos                                           * Lunch box (mainly for day trips)
* Freezer blocks                                  * Cereal containers (makes travelling a lot easier)  
* A drink bottle each                         



For this, we each have a carry bag (something you would find in Big W/Kmart for about $5) that contains our bathroom essentials – soaps, shampoo, conditioner, hair brush etc. By keeping it stored in the bag, it means we travel without spillages and it’s handy for when we stop at Caravan Parks – grab your bag and head to the showers.


* Laundry powder
* Pegs
* Washing basket
* Soaker bucket (which also doubles as many other things!)
* Cleaning products
* Clothes airer (something we didn’t initially pack but has come in handy!)
* Dustpan and Shovel
* Handheld Makita Vacuum

* 2 x Towels (each)                           

* 1 x Beach Towel (each)
* 2 x Hand Towels
* 4 x Tea Towels
* Extra blanket for each bed (which is vacuum stored)
* The only sheets, doonas and doona covers we have are the ones on our beds!!


* Backpack (for day trips and hiking)
* Picnic Rug
* Medicine Container
* Expandable filing folder (handy for important documents and to keep track of receipts without taking up too much space)
* Sunscreen
* Mozzie Repellent
* Spare batteries
* 12V Oz Trail Fan


* Camping chair each
* Camping table
* Lifetime Kids camping table (MUST BUY if travelling with kids – we love it!)
* Drinking Hose
* Good quality water filter
* Power Leads
* Box with Annex walls stored under our bed
* Annex Mat
* Citronella candles/Mozzie coils
* Scooters, bikes and helmets for the kids
* Generator
* Toolbag
* Makita Drill
* Fishing rods
* Tennis racquets/balls (for when you pull into an awesome park with a tennis court!)
* Broom
* Shovel
* Portable Butane Gas Cooker
* Toilet Cassette Chemicals
* Jerry Can
* Water drums

It’s amazing how many things you think you will need when embarking on a trip for an indefinite period of time. It doesn’t take long for you to realise how little is actually used on a daily basis. Nine months into the trip, we are still throwing things out and rearranging.

We hope this helps someone out there in the planning and packing stage of their trip! 

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Top Things to do in Port Douglas

Do you only have time for a quick weekend away in PORT DOUGLAS and want to know what NOT to miss while here? Have a read of what we got up to while we were in the area….

Day One:

Check-in to the Big 4 Glengarry Holiday Park, situated approximately 7km from the town centre and a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy a family friendly atmosphere. A five slide water park, a jumping pillow and playground to keep the kids entertained and a heated salt water pool for the adults to enjoy while cooking up a feast in the BBQ area.

Once we were all set up at our accommodation, we drove into the town centre to check out what Port Douglas had to offer. There are plenty of café’s and pubs to grab a bite to eat, take a walk along Four Mile Beach and stop in at the Surf Life Saving Club along the Esplanade for a refreshment as the kids burn off some energy in their playground.

Drive or walk up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout where you can view Four Mile Beach in all it’s beautiful glory and don’t forget to stop by the Marina on your way home.

Day Two:

Today is all about discovering The Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world at approximately 150 million years old. Within a 30-minute drive from your Big 4 accommodation, you will find the Daintree River Ferry. No bookings required and $26 return per vehicle (4WD not necessary), it only takes a few minutes to get across to the rainforest.

Once across, we drove to the Discovery Centre to experience the Aerial Walkway and 23m high Canopy Tower which is a fantastic way to view the beauty of the rainforest. For $35 per adult and $16 per child (5-17 years), your admission also includes a self-guided audio tour which is very kid friendly and provides an informative way to explore the environment at your own pace. Highly recommended!


By this stage, it was time for lunch so we drove on to Cape Tribulation, where rainforest meets the reef. On the way back from Cape Tribulation, visit the ice creamery for an afternoon treat and stop by Mount Alexandra Lookout for a stunning view of the Daintree River Mouth. If you have some more time to spend here, you may also consider jumping aboard a Croc cruise which takes you along the Daintree River. 


The Daintree Rainforest has everything to offer for the wilderness lover; plenty of hiking tracks, golden beaches, camping sites, swimming holes, jungle surfing and lots of wildlife to spot along the way – a croc, a python or maybe even a Cassowary roaming around.

Day Three:

Today was check-out day but that didn’t stop up from visiting Mossman Gorge so we hooked up and drove an easy 20-minutes to the Gorge Centre. You will find that there is a large section dedicated for RV Parking.

From the Gorge Centre, you can catch the shuttle bus return for $9.50 per adult or $4.50 per child (5-15 years), which takes you right into the heart of the Gorge.

This magical rainforest is something not to be missed. The boardwalk leads to a beautiful gorge with crystal clear water, a swinging suspension bridge and a 2.8km circuit where you can revel in untouched beauty.

                                    Port Douglas truly is a magnificent destination that delivers reef and rainforest.                            

        Eat, Explore and Enjoy!

Free Camp the Queensland Coast

Your Guide to Free Camping the Queensland Coast

Do you want to check out all that Queensland has to offer but you’re on a limited budget?

Avoid caravan parks that will cost you a fortune and save your dollars to allow for more activities. We have compiled a list of the best free camps along the Queensland Coast.


Hugh Muntz Park – Beenleigh

Situated halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Beenleigh is the perfect location to set up camp. A quick 20-minute drive along the highway and you are on the doorstep of the Theme Parks. Drive a further 20km’s down the road and you are in the heart of the Gold Coast.

Now that you’ve had a big couple of days visiting the Theme Parks, catch the train from Beenleigh Station into the beautiful city of Brisbane. Spend a relaxing day at Southbank and when you retreat back to camp later that evening, visit Yatala Pies to get dinner sorted.

Wyllie Park – Petrie
Not heading far down the road today, an hour drive to the next free camp located in Petrie. This free camp has plenty of grass and a small playground for the kids. From here, you can head into Redcliffe to have a splash in the lagoon or day trip to the Australia Zoo for some family fun.


Alan and June Brown Car Park – Maryborough
Conveniently located on the main street and within walking distance to the shopping centres, so park up on the bitumen and enjoy all the surrounding grass. Maryborough is an ideal base to explore Hervey Bay with it only being a 20 minute drive.


Sharon’s Gorge Nature Park – Sharon

The kids have had their fun at the Theme Parks, now it’s time for the adults to enjoy themselves at the Bundaberg Rum Factory. An easy 15 minute drive out of Bundaberg, you will find Sharon’s Gorge – a comfortable rest area to pull up for the night – arrive early as it gets busy!  


Calliope River – Gladstone
A great, quiet campground overlooking the river with clean amenities and large areas to park. Check out the sights of Gladstone or enjoy some down time with a spot of fishing.


Kershaw Gardens – Rockhampton

Pull into the Kershaw Gardens, a large gravel car park with beautiful surrounding gardens and directly across from a large shopping centre to stock up on supplies. From here you can head to the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens for a picnic followed by a visit to the free zoo where you will find all the animals to keep the kids entertained – monkey’s, snakes, crocodiles and plenty more. 


Home Hill Comfort Stop – Home Hill

A great small town that welcomes free campers by providing them with fantastic free facilities. You will feel right at home with clean toilets, hot showers, a kitchen and a Laundromat across the road. A range of activities are organised by the Bowl’s Club including budget friendly meal deals, karaoke nights etc. An ideal overnight rest area!


Babinda RV Rest Area – Babinda

Now we are saving the best til last, be sure to spend a couple of nights at Babinda Rest Area where you will be delighted by clean facilities, large grassed areas, drinking water and a playground for the kids. Day trip to Paronella Park, enjoy a $7 breakfast at the ‘Kool Spot Café’, visit the Babinda boulders or take a 50km drive to check out all the attractions on offer in Cairns.

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