30 of the Best Free & Low Cost Campsites across Australia

There are plenty of great campsite locations in Australia, But some can be quite expensive. So here at Campersway, We have compiled some of the best free & low-cost campsite locations across Australia.

1. Corella Dam (Mt Isa, QLD)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bky1HV7A8qc/

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: No

2. Gregory River (Gregory, QLD)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnRygIslnNm/

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

*Gregory town has free showers and toilets in walking distance*

Stevenson Falls (Barramunga, VIC)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhBZH_nnebC/?taken-by=rlockett.jpg

Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Spring Bay Hotel (Triabunna, TAS)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb1GU2YHMZg/

Cost: $2 per night

Toilet: No

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Wallangarra Rest Spot (QLD/NSW border in the Southern Downs region)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Lake Wyangan (Griffith, NSW)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnmojuZhppH/?taken-at=259268961095030

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Pets: No

Lake Mulwala (Mulwala, NSW) 

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Cause trees don’t swim

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Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Doolans Bend (Murray River Browns Plains, VIC)

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Quicks Beach (Barooga, VIC)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: No

Babinda RV Stay (North QLD)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes, $2

Pets: Yes

Brown Bay (Port MacDonnell, SA)

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Good weather keep comin! #navara #nissan #beach

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Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

Pets: Yes

Garden Island (Clarence Point, TAS)

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Lake Mackintosh (Mackintosh Dam, TAS)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOtmbewAZWw/?tagged=mackintoshdam

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

7 Mile Beach (South of Geraldton, WA)

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Showers: No

Pets: Yes

Robe Jetty (Robe, SA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmAZUHPg-EY/?tagged=robejetty

Cost: Free

Toilets: No

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Ante Chamber Bay Campgrounds (Kangaroo Island, SA)

Cost: $15 per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Gordon Foreshore Reserve (Gordon, TAS)

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road to paradise x

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Cost: $5 per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Workmans Campground (Agnes Water, QLD)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Baqluv-DKO7/?taken-at=949613472

Cost: $9 per person per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: Yes

Cliff Head Campground (Dongara, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaFpQdEFXSO/?taken-at=1030920978

Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Stanley Tasmania Campground (Stanley, TAS)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn2rnsEn8Vy/?taken-by=stanleytasmania

Cost: $8 per night

Toilet: No

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Lara Wetlands (Patrick, QLD)

Cost: $10 per person per night

Toilet: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: Yes

Hently Park Campground (Portland VIC)

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#capebridgewater #portlandvictoria #3305 #beachwalks

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Cost: Free

Toilet: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Bay Of Fires (North Eastern Coast of TAS)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Osprey Campground (Cape Range National Park, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmGSnzUnj_c/?tagged=ospreycamp

Cost: $10 per person per night

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: No

Quobba Campground (Macleod, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnPn1MADCWN/?hl=en&tagged=quobba

Cost: $11 per person, Kids free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Sandy Cape Campground (Jurien Bay, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnyTBYvHiWo/?hl=en&tagged=sandycape

Cost: $15 per person

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Lucky Bay Campground (Cape Le Grand National Park, WA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnDmQP9FXfg/?hl=en&tagged=luckybay

Cost: $10 per Adult per night, children $2.20, Seniors $6.60

Toilets: Yes

Shower: Yes

Pets: No

Rapid Bay Campground (Rapid Bay, SA)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnf-ueGhGNz/?hl=en&taken-at=300549430

Cost: $7 per person per night

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Newnes Campground (Wollemi National Park, NSW)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkFngAknsAL/?hl=en&tagged=newnescampground

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Shower: No

Pets: Yes

Paddys River Falls Campsite (Tumbarumba, NSW)

Cost: Free

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

Pets: Yes (With Conditions)

Top 25 – Van Life Inspiration Photos

Travelling around Australia in a van turned home can be a goal of many. Waking up in a different picturesque location every morning is stuff dreams are made of. But it isn’t easy, most pack up and sell all that they own to travel in these vans, and most don’t regret a single second of it. From the top end in Queensland, the red dirt in Uluru or the hot days in the Northern Territory, Living out of a van can enhance the experience if exploring Australia.

If you need some inspiration to pack it all up and hit the open road, we’ve compiled some of the best #vanlife Instagram photos to really show you the best of the best.

1. @drifterscampervans – “Jump right in!”

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Jump right in! #wearedrifters

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2. @nomad_adventure_rentals – “Carpark set up”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmpUjjdl12g/

3. @civilian.life – “Today’s Coffee stop”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm-mfKYnnZx/

4. @scribblesthevan – “This is Daisy”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnXwjpPBRke/

5. @saltysummits – “Here I am smiling”

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#vanlife, #camperlife, #livingontheroad or whatever other idolised hashtag we are all guilty of using and making the lifestyle look bloody damn glamorous and easy. Well, it's not. Here I am smiling. Not because I woke up to a sunrise at the beach or because we stumbled across a kick ass secluded free camp. I am smiling because we have been parked up in a caravan park for an entire week! And it feels so effing great! We have not had to worry about the 6pm panic attacks of where are we going to sleep or the dreaded 5am alarms screaming at us to move on. We do mostly free camp but there comes a time when you need to be able to actually relax, completely set up comfortably and smile at everyone that walks by instead of trying to figure out what annoyed comment they are mumbling under their breath at you because you have turned the car park into your backyard yard with a makeshift clothes line and all. Oh and having a shower in a cubicle every night has been a dream! Morale of my story is that, it IS OK to pay for accommodation every now and then because seriously, sometimes free camping absolutely sucks!!!!!

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6. @chrisburkard – “Night light”

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Night light.

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7. @mitch.cox – “stoked”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBwhQ4gGHq/

8. @hikingdiaries – “From the mountains to the coast”

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From the mountains to the coast… Bay of Fires, Tasmania!

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9. @glampervanlucy – “Take me back”

10. @the_wayward_blonde – “A little creativity”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnWlwPsAXM3/?taken-by=the_wayward_blonde

11. @fulks – “disconnect from time to time”

12. @runksy – “The wave watcher”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnmG7jPHY12/

13. @ksherlach – “Home is where you park it”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjVMBMwFHWy/?taken-by=ksherlach

14. @road_head – “Fresh look out of the salon”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiQcgW3H92Z/

15. @vwnorthvan – “Pretty winter morning”

16. @cleocohen – “Australia’s best qualities”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRuw5siAb2q/?utm_source=ig_embed

17. @van_lifecamper – “#Volkswagon”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnq66QTH1HA/?hl=en

18. @flolanni – “Be a dreamer”

19. @lateafternoon – “Office for the day”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmwm2IRHPLZ/?taken-by=lateafternoon

20. @van_traveller – ” Van Life”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmVuY4QH_Vk/?taken-by=van_traveller

21. @loki – “little more dig hair”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm88nLVBjal/?taken-by=loki

22. @panamericabus – “Full time travellers”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiKeg3Enkca/?taken-by=panamericanbus

23. @torischoller – “having a ball.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmknUmoBwE5/?taken-by=torischoller

24. @weirdkidonajourny – “Best scenery on the road!”

25. @jeromeczw89 – “Another beautiful day in Croydon”

Top 25 Aussie Instagram Travel Accounts You Need To Be Following

Top 25 Aussie Instagram Travel Accounts You Need To Be Following.

25. @adventuresinabus

Tom and Cat from ‘Adventure in a bus’ post some awesome content on their Instagram page which will make you really want to travel Australia with them in their bus turned home.

24. @ozvanadventures

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmQVnc-lcjv/?hl=en

This family of five from Geelong specialise in photos about camping, caravanning and four-wheel driving. If you need some help getting motivated, check them out!

23. @two_filthy_hippies

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmfpgxmFrDU/?hl=en

20-year-old’s Jess and Tom from Two Filthy Hippies are documenting their travels on their Instagram page and the photos they are sharing are amazing. Another one to follow if you need some motivation.

22. @cyaroundoz

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnh8-SEldv4/?hl=en

Jack and Jem and their dog Ace from Cya Around Oz are a couple who quit their jobs to travel around Australia. They post some amazing content on their Instagram page.

21. @ten_itchy_feet

Ten Itchy Feet belong to the travelling family of five Rhys, Lyndall, Carter, Heath and Chelsea. They have some awesome stuff on their Instagram page to help you get motivated to travel Australia on your own or with your family.

20. @two.seas.aus

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnKVxcUl9ip/?hl=en&taken-by=two.sea.aus

Hayley and Siye from Two Seas Aus have shared some amazing photos on their Instagram page with many more to come. Again, If you need some Inspiration, these guys are the ones to follow!

19. @all.about.adventure

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnW72iGFaVB/?hl=en&taken-by=all.about.adventure

Run by couple Jamie and Camille, along with their dog Pumba, All About Australia’s photos are really great and will definitely motivate you to go and explore.

18. @livanfornow

Livan for now is a family of six travelling Australia. Corey and Ally along with their four children, Mackayla, Chloe, Cody and Ava are currently touring Australia and posting some awesome stuff on their Instagram

17. @the_thong_and_jandal

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVCsSSFiXw/?hl=en

Dean calls them thongs and Katie calls them Jandals. But it doesn’t matter what you call them when they take photos this good. Dean and Katie have been travelling Australia documenting their travels, check out their Instagram page for more!

16. @hoorooaustralia

Ali and Matt make up the Instagram page Hooroo Australia who are two travelling nomads in their Nissan Patrol. Their content on their page shows off the best of their travels and will definitely inspire you to travel.

15. @tripinavan

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnGWIwagCRx/?hl=en

Justin and Bec from Trip In a Van travel around Australia with their three children Jack, Billy, Charli. The family of five have been all over Australia and post some awesome stuff on their Instagram page.

14. @we_who_roam

https://www.instagram.com/p/BndToGnnMve/?hl=en

Bec and Gary from We Who Roam are travelling around Australia in their Big Red Van. They appeared on Sunrise not too long ago and have inspired many to travel as well with their photos on Instagram.

13. @thegreatescapeaustralia

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm19BGUF_PJ/?hl=en

The Great Escape Australia is made up of Renee, Nathan and Ryan. A young family who have been travelling Australia since January 2016. They post some great stuff about their adventures across Australia on the Instagram page.

12. @aussiedestinationsunknown

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnhO9NdlnrY/?hl=en

Miriam and Chris along with their three kids Cooper, Aylah and Charli have been adventuring locally around South East QLD and Northern NSW on weekends and around Australia on the longer breaks. Their Instagram is great for photography lovers, some really awesome pics on there.

11. @_aswewander

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnS98C8nwJl/?hl=en

As we wander is run by WA couple Luke and Jess who document their travels through photos on their Instagram page. Currently living on the road, their photos rival few for the best.

10. @jasandjoes_longroadhome

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm8Hyj5loXy/?hl=en

Jas and Joe are two26-year-olds slowly making their way around Australia on a long road home. They left Mandurah, Western Australia in Oct 16′ and have been posting some of the best content documenting their trip since

9. @onedayweshould

Kirby Gibbons along with her husband Gibbo, and their three children Axl, Bonni and Darci, are travel bloggers from Tasmania and have some amazing content on their instagram page. They’ve completed a lap of oz, and Kirby was also on the last two season of Australian Ninja Warrior as the #roadtripninja.

8. @_tribeoffive_

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnOF_-ulKJE/?hl=en

The ‘Tribe of Five’ consists of Kristy and Christian and their 3 Children Ivy, Haddie and Bodhi. The Family of five originally from Melbourne sold everything they owned in December 2017 to travel Australia and now post some amazing content on their Instagram page

7. @the_savilles

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnKfYwZB3qy/?hl=en

The Savilles are a travelling family lead by Candice and her husband, along with their two children, have been posting some amazing content on their Instagram documenting their travels around Australia

6. @rahcelgrixti

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnLSneKh16B/?hl=en

Once you see the images Rachael posts on her Instagram, you’ll definitely want to go and travel in outback Australia. Rachael has been all around Australia so far and is currently living on the road.

5. @civilian.life

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnW9CDoHk1Q/?hl=en

Kallie, Dylan and Lincoln (and one more on the way) are a family traveling around Australia in their bus Nelly. These guys share some amazing photos from their travels and need to be checked out sooner than later.

4. @elisehalina & @goldykilner

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmsVLpQHvZY/?hl=en

Elise and her boyfriend Josh, who works as a Marine Biologist and Tour Guide on the Great Barrier Reef have been travelling around Australia out of their van for more than a year now. Another great account to follow if you need some Inspiration.

3. @blondenomads

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVk6cbnVo1/?hl=en

The family of Four Blonde Nomads made up of Rob, Traci, Marli and Ziggy have been travelling around Australia now for while now after selling all of their possessions and choosing to live on the road.

2. @sarahbyden

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnVcYrogLnC/?hl=en

Many of Sarah’s photos have appeared across Campersway’s posts the last couple of months. The photos she capture and posts to her Instagram page are a delight to see. Make sure you are following Sarah if you need to be inspired to travel.

1. @elisecook

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnCwQjxggXw/?hl=en

Elise’s Instagram content is amazing. Elise travels around Australia with her husband Scot in their van. If you need some inspiration to travel our great country, look no further than Elise’s Instagram page!

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Family Camping Checklist!

Helpful tips for buying a tent

Buying a tent can be a daunting process. It isn’t easy, and it’s ideal that you do some research on what tent would best suit you before you go the store or buy it online. To make things a bit easier, Campersway has come up with some quick tips when deciding what type of tent to you and your family should go with before you camp.

How many people will be sleeping in the tent?

First things first, you need to find out how many people will be sleeping in the tent. A tents size can be quite deceiving as well, when a tent says it is a ‘four-person tent’, It means it will fit four people at a maximum. Realistically, A four-person tent can comfortably fit 2 people with beds and bags, or maybe 3. If you’re after a tent to fit a family of four, a six-person is probably the best fit. If there are any more than 4 people, you might have to look further than a six-person tent.

You need to take into consideration what you will need space for, whether it’s storage or bedding. You might think that a four-person tent looks massive when it’s empty, but once you start filling it out, you run out of room very quickly.

What conditions will the tent be used in?

Not all tents can be used in every weather condition.

For hot, summer weather, a lightweight tent with heaps of ventilation that is not designed to withhold rain and wind would be perfect. A three-season tent is perfect if you are camping in both winter and summer. It will be more likely to survivor heavier rain and winds, as well as provide protection from the cold weather.

Winter tents are not too common in Australia, as our conditions are milder in winter. But if you are planning on camping in snowy conditions, you will definitely need a winter tent – not a three season tent. Shop carefully to get the right tent to suit the weather you will be camping in.

How much will the tent weigh?

Some tents can be extremely heavy, so if you need to carry it a long distance, make sure get a smaller one.

Some of the larger tents are extremely heavy to carry, even if it’s just from the car to the campsite. Some family tents are so large when packed up in their bags, you won’t even be able to fit them on the roof racks.

So check that out before you commit to purchase. Whilst weight for car camping is not as big as a consideration as weight when you are hiking, You really need to look at your own capabilities and whether or not you will be comfortable moving that tent around.

How easy is it to set up?

How many times have you walked into a camping store, see a big, massive tent, with lots of room and storage area, and it sleeps ten people! However good this tent looks, you need to think about how long it took the camping store staff to set up.

You don’t want to spend hours on end upon arriving at a campsite on setting up a complicated tent, so you need to consider ease of setting up when selecting a tent.

Remember as well, the bigger the tent, the bigger are you will need to set it up, so make sure the area you are going to can accommodate larger tents.

Hopefully, that helps If you are looking for what tent you should buy. I would also recommend going into your local camp store and asking the staff. They know best when it comes to tents, they are the experts for a reason, and they can help select a tent personally suited to your situation.

Family Camping Checklist

Family Camping Checklist

Make sure you never leave anything off the checklist when packing to go away camping with your family with Campersway handy family camping checklist.

It can sometimes be tough trying to remember what you need to take camping when you’ve got your hand full with the rest of the family, So Campersway has made a print out list to make sure you never forget anything again.

Click here for a print out PDF Version

However, if you can’t open that, the list is below.

Campsite Gear

  • Tent, Pole, Stakes
  • Mallet
  • Cover for under your tent
  • Extra Tarp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Pillows
  • Repair Kit
  • Extra Blankets
  • Headlights and Flashlights
  • Lantern
  • Batteries
  • Shovel
  • Camp Chair

Cooking

  • Stove
  • Fuel for Stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Firewood
  • Frying Pan
  • Pot
  • Corkscrew
  • Tablecloth
  • Roasting Sticks
  • Food Storage
  • Esky
  • Ice
  • Water Bottles
  • Plates and Utensils
  • Cups and Mugs
  • Knife and Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Foil
  • Soap
  • Sponge
  • Dishtowel
  • Paper Towel

Clothes

  • Clothes for Daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimming Gear
  • Rainwear
  • Jacket
  • Extra layers for warmth (Thermals)
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Beanie
  • Socks
  • Shoes (hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes)

Personal Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid Kit
  • Medicine
  • Toliteres
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Towel

Other

  • Phone Charger
  • Maps
  • Garbags
  • Firestarters
  • Firewood
  • Beer and Wine

Caravan Insurance 101

Caravan insurance

If you need comprehensive insurance cover for your caravan or trailer, it can be tough to find where to start. It’s important to keep your caravan secure when you are traveling Australia on the road, in your home or at a campsite.

Caravan Insurance will make sure your caravan is protected from damage, theft, fire and many other losses while it is on the road or secure at your home or caravan park. Many providers will also let you cover the contents of the caravan to make sure belongings remain protected for when your caravan isn’t being used.

What cover do I need?

Caravan

  • A caravan is an unpowered vehicle that is usually towed by your car. From traveling across Australia to relaxing in a caravan park, a caravan insurance policy should be the best for you.

Camper Trailers

  • These are basically combinations of caravans and tents. They usually have a pop top, where the roof raises up to create a living space. You can get cover for your camper trailer under a standard caravan insurance policy.

Motorhomes

  • The main difference between a Caravan and a Motorhome is the fact that you can drive a Motorhome and it doesn’t need to be towed. Which means Caravan insurance policies won’t cover your motorhome, and you’ll need to look into motorhome insurance

Do I need to get Caravan cover?

Different from Car Insurance, Caravan Insurance is not a legal requirement. Your car’s CTP will cover anything that happens on the road, but only if it’s attached to your car.

If your trailer comes off and collides with another car, you most likely won’t be covered. Having no insurance on your caravan is very risky and will mean that you’ll have to use your own cash if you’re in an accident.

How much does it cost?

The cost of caravan insurance differs from person to person and caravan to caravan. Some factors that might determine your cost include:

  • How much you insure on the caravan. It is up to you how much you want to Insure on your Caravan, you can do practically any amount you want up to its value. The higher you insure it for, the higher the premiums will be.

 

  • How much you’re going to use it. The cost will be different if you are using it routinely and are traveling frequently compared to if it is parked in the same spot all year round.

 

  • Your agreed out-of-pocket expenses. Your excess is the amount of money you agree to pay out of pocket any time you claim. You can often choose your own excess amount when getting your policy. A higher excess means lower premiums.

Which Caravan Insurance should I get?

There is no one ‘best’ caravan insurance or policy. It all depends on your situation and what types of cover you are looking for.

The way to go is decided what type of cover best suits you and your situation and compare their policies to other providers.

Find what you need for the best price.

Below are some companies that offer good caravan insurance options:

Youi

  • No matter the size of your adventure, or where you go or don’t go, our comprehensive caravan & trailer insurance has you covered. (www.youi.com.au)

CIL

  • CIL Insurance can provide caravan insurance anywhere in Australia and are Australia’s Leading Specialist Caravan & RV Insurer. (www.cilinsurnce.com.au)

NRMA

  • Protect your touring caravan or camper trailer with NRMA Touring Caravan Insurance. Includes cover for accidental damage, theft, fire, storm and more. (www.nrma.com.au)

GIO

  • Comprehensive cover for your caravan, trailer or horse float at home, on-site and on the road. (www.gio.com.au)

CGU

  • Whether you’re a grey nomad doing laps of Australia, or a family that cherishes a yearly caravanning holiday, it pays to protect your home-on-wheels. CGU offers comprehensive caravan cover, with plenty of options to tailor it to your needs. (www.cgu.com.au)

Allianz

  • Whether you have a caravan, camper trailer, horse trailer, or trailer, we have an insurance option for you (www.allianz.com)

QBE

  • Complete cover for your little piece of home – when you’re on the road, at a caravan park or at home. You’ll also be covered for damage to other people’s property. (www.qbe.com.au)

Apia

  • Protects your caravan for accidental loss or damage anywhere in Australia due to events such as accident, storm, impact, vandalism, fire and theft. (www.apia.com.au)

RACQ

  • RACQ Caravan and Trailer insurance provide the protection you need to get out and enjoy the freedom and adventure that touring offers. (www.racq.com.au)

RAC

  • Whether you’re heading up north, down south, exploring interstate or somewhere in between, the open road will be much more relaxing with trusted insurance for your caravan or trailer. (www.rac.com.au)

Suncorp

  • When you own a caravan, trailer or horse float, you want insurance that moves with you. (www.suncorp.com.au)

Thinking of another insurer that is not on the list? Leave a comment below!

Click here to see how much it cost to go around Australia

Click here to for your caravan checklist

Everything you need to know about the Raptor Fishing Platform

What is the Raptor Boats’ Fishing Platform XL?

Raptor Boats’ ‘Fishing Platform XL’ merges your fishing boat and your tent, which allows you to wake up and fish from your bed, sheltered from the rain and wind. With a 150 square floating platform, there is plenty of room for you and your entire fishing crew.

Raptor Boats' 'Fishing Platform XL'

With all bases covered, Fishing platform XL lets anglers focus on their next catch, without being caught in the elements. It is put together using 5 pieces. Four air deck parts around the base, while the surrounding tube keeps keen fishermen from falling into the water.

It’s made of a high-strength five-layer PVC in 1100 decitex. It also features a special anti-slip material capable of supporting over 3500 lbs. And if the open waters prove too unpredictable, the ‘Fishing Platform XL’ comes with a free repair kit.

Raptor Boats' 'Fishing Platform XL'

There are also hand grips on each side of the boat, and sinking isn’t an issue as the vessel includes eight different air chambers as extra security measures, as well as an effective drainage system to stop capsizing.

With plenty of room on board, This vessel has room for all you and all your mates to kick back, relax, and catch some fish from the comfort of your own tent.

The Raptor Boats ‘Fishing Platform XL’ is available directly from Raptor boats‘ website as well as many other sites, however, make sure you save up, as it will set you back anywhere from up to $2,690 USD.

You’ll never have to return to the land ever again! All you have to focus is on is your next catch!

For more from Campersway, read some of our other blog posts below!

The best fishing spots along the South Coast

 

Australia’s Top Ten Swimming Holes

Australia’s Top Ten Swimming Holes

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There is nothing like swimming on a hot summers day, and its even better when its spent in an amazing natural beauty in the Australian wilderness and shrouded in secrecy, Which is great, Because Australia is home to many natural wonders ready to be explored, Including an array of natural water holes and waterfalls perfect for cooling off.

Below, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Swimming Holes across Australia which are just waiting for you to dive in and enjoy.

10. Serpentine Falls

(Serpentine National Park, Western Australia)

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Just over an hour drive from Perth, Serpentine National Park is home to the stunning Serpentine Falls. The area is most well known for its beautiful waterfall that cascades over a sheer granite rock face and is a perfect place to take a refreshing dip and simply relax, However, This spot can get very busy on weekends and public holidays, so make sure you plan to go earlier in the day.

9. Python Pool

(Millstream, Western Australia)

Loving being on holiday in Western Australia! #westernaustralia #pythonpool

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This amazing deep swimming hole against the beautiful rock formations close to Roebourne-Wittenoom Road is a fantastic place to come and relax. Located in the Millstream-Chichester National Park which is described as an ‘oasis in the desert’ is a must see if you are in the NT, The rock walls against the water are some of the coolest you will ever see.

8. Buley Rockhole

(Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory)

Such clear water #buleyrockholes #litchfieldnationalpark #nt

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The Buley Rockhole is a perfect spot to come relax and take in the beauty of the bush around you. Located in the picturesque Litchfield National Park, The Buley Rockholes have an astonishing pool to take a dip in and cool off or to lay back and let the water run over your shoulders. This spot is a must see if you are in the Northern Territory! 

7. Killen Falls

(Tintenbar, New South Wales)

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Killen Falls Nature Reserve is located in Tintenbar, New South Wales, about a 20 minute drive from Ballina. A beautiful clean water hole which is refreshing to swim in. The cave behind the falls is also awesome to explore. It is recommended you wear enclosed shoes around and inside the pool as some of the rocks can be quite sharp and hard to grip, but other than that, this place is almost perfect.

6. Josephine Falls

(Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland)

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The Josephine Falls are one of the most scenic falls in Queensland. With beautiful crystal clear waters and sandy beaches perfect for relaxing on. The Josephine Falls are treasured by Cairns locals all year round and is a definite destination for nature lovers and backpackers alike. Make sure you bring your bathers and go for a dip here!

5. Gunlom Falls

(Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory)

This beautiful water hole has plenty to offer, the pristine pools are perfect for cooling off and provide amazing views of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Gunlom Falls are not however easy to access, with a steep climb to the top of the falls, However, don’t let this stop you, this amazing destination needs to be ticked off the bucket list as soon as possible!

4. Millaa Millaa Falls

(Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

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Postcard perfect waterfalls. A hidden gem in a beautiful landscape with falls which are amazing to swim through. The water is always refreshing and clear here, However, This area can get very populated on hot days. Don’t let this deter you however, The falls also looks amazing in the mist or rain. It is also really accessible with the carpark almost at the base of the water. If you are in the area, make sure you see it!

3. Lake Argyle

(Lake Argyle, Western Australia)

Lake Argyle is the second largest man-made freshwater reservoir in Australia and is Located 70 km away from Kununurra. The best way to experience this beautiful lake is via a cruise, hiring a boat or bringing your own. The Infinity pool located in the Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park is also an experience on its own with great views of the red cliffs contrasting with the blue lake, especially awesome when viewed at sunset. Make sure this place is on your bucket list!

2. Mitchell Falls

(Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia)

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This is a fantastic spot! You have to experience this place in person, photos of the falls just don’t do it justice. The falls are at their most beautiful during the wet season, However, The Falls are only accessible via 4WD, and it is a long trip. Don’t let this put you off though, the journey there is an adventure of its own, and definitely well worth it!

1. Wattamolla Pool

(Royal National Park, New South Wales)

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Where the river meets the sea. Located only 50 km from Sydney, Wattamolla Pool is one of the most beautiful, impressive locations on this list. With a massive swimming hole, Sandy beaches and a massive waterfall, Which people love to jump from into the crystal clear waters below, Is perfect for relaxing and daredevils alike. If you’re ever in New South Wales, This place needs to be checked out!


Didn’t see your favourite on the list? let us know in the comments below what you think the best waterhole in Australia is!

Campersway

Killer Double Chocolate Damper Recipe

Damper cooked on an open fire isn’t food. It’s an experience! Next time you go camping, you need to remember how to make the killer double chocolate damper feast!

CHOCOLATE DAMPER
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
– 2 cups self-raising flour
– 1 cup water
– 2 tablespoons cocoa/cacao powder (add more/less depending on how chocolatey you want it)
– 100g dark chocolate chips

 

 

METHOD
1. Combine flour and cocoa/cacao in a bowl, and stir in water with a wooden spoon, adjusting quantities until you get a doughy consistency.
2. Stir in chocolate chips, saving a small handful.
3. Knead on a floured surface until a dough ball forms, then press remaining choc chips into the top of the ball.
4. Place in camp oven, on a foil covered trivet, and cook on coals for about 10 minutes (if you have enough coals to put on the camp oven lid, this will speed up the cooking process).
5. Check and rotate camp oven if needed. When cooked it should have a slightly hardtop just like regular Damper.

To serve, cut into quarters and eat as is, no butter required; just enjoy the oozey chocolatey goodness!

Written by Ode To The Road

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How much does it cost to go around Australia

How much does it cost to go around Australia

Ever wondered how much it cost to go around Australia? The Pyke Clan in a Van have narrowed down the exact amount of money you need to take a year off and travel our beautiful country.

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 12 MONTHS ON THE ROAD 

We’ve spent $35,919.20 in total. 
 Includes gas bottles, rego, phone bills, insurances etc.
= $690.75 per week

The total grocery bill is $7,205.77 
= $138.57 per week

We’ve visited 5 states so far. 
 Tom’s Favourite State – Tasmania
 Mikaela’s Favourite State- Northern Territory

Travelled 35,970 km’s.

Most we’ve paid for diesel – $2.50/L

Total fuel bill is $6,833.13
= $131.40 per week

We’ve had one baby 
 Welcome to the Clan Milla

Visited 124 playgrounds. 

Collected 61 stubby holders. 

We’ve gone through 8 pairs of thongs.
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 (3) Kane , Lucas
 (2) Tom
 (0) Mikaela, Milla

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We’ve had 1 flat tyre. 

Car servicing costs – $1368

We’ve had our towing mirrors and our Caravan stone guard stolen. 

We’ve replaced one Caravan door handle, one TV antenna handle, one 12V TV, two solar panels, one toilet pump, one cracked water pipe and our awning. 

Caravan costs – $3,560

We’ve stayed at 206 free camps. 
 Favourite free camp – Cosy Corner North in Binalong Bay, Tasmania 

We’ve stayed in 159 Caravan Parks. 
 Favourite Caravan Park – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Total accommodation bill is $5,602.35
=$107.73 per week

Most-played driving song – Ride With Me by Nelly (boys know it as “the money song”)

Total activities bill is $2,124.25
 Tom’s Highlights – Wineglass BayThe Daintree Rainforest
 Mikaela’s Highlights – West MacDonnell RangesGreat Barrier Reef Marine ParkUluru
 Kane’s Highlights – Gold Coast Theme Parks, all the water slides
 Lucas’ Highlights – Australia Zoo, all the playgrounds

Favourite Pub – Daly Waters Historic Pub

Total alcohol bill is $1602.43

A few essentials that make caravanning a lot easier –
 Our washing machine (saves us so much money!)
 12V fans (makes free camping a lot more comfortable!)
 Our Waeco (thank goodness for extra freezer space and cold beer) 

Families we have met along the way
 Mountain Sun Sea, The Blizzards’ Big Lap, Rogers Great Escape, Sunset Seekers, Aussie Wanderlust (plus a few more who don’t have FB pages) 

We’ve seen more then what we ever thought was possible. Australia truly is an amazingly diverse, beautiful country. 

There’s been campfires, red dirt, blue skies, waterfalls, sunsets and sand in our toes.

We’ve watched as our kids flourish becoming independent, knowledgeable, adventurous little boys. 

Our marriage has gone from strength to strength. 

We’ve shared a drink and a laugh with so many new friends. 

A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES ‍‍‍

And there’s still so much left to see and do —No regrets

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