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5. The Overweight Caravan

With 9 days left till we set off on our lap around Australia 😱 we decided to do the dreaded weighing of the caravan.. and just like we figured WE’VE OVER PACKED. We’ve gone over our payload for the Van. So tonight we’ve had the fun task of sorting out what we can make do without and weighing them as they get thrown out the door!!! Some surprisingly heavy items that have been sacrificed-

* 1kg YES 1KG of excess plastic shopping bags 😱 and we still have a bunch left.

* 3.7kg for our spare doona (we have a sleeping bag so the extra one was just completely unnecessary).

*large tubs under the bed (to help with sorting) came in at a whopping 3.6kg and that’s just for the containers with nothing in them!!!

*9kg for the Thermomix 👋👋👋👋 was nice knowing you 😭😭😭😭

*3.3kg worth of coins in the kid’s money boxes…. Definitely, need to just get that in notes 💵 😬😬

*5.8kg in excess clothing… I know, I know…Just because it fits doesn’t mean we need them!👋

 

 

4. Our Simple Caravan Hacks

When travelling in a caravan you soon realise it’s the #littlethings that annoy you! For instance the kids bunk beds!! I couldn’t stand the kids beds looking so messy and daggy thanks to single bed doonas being too wide and bulky to tuck in. So after just a few days of owning our van I pulled my sewing machine out of our ‘get rid of pile’ and trimmed down the doonas to suit! So happy with the results! And saved my sanity.. (for now)

* I trimmed down their current single doonas to save buying new and the kids also wanted to keep their same doona covers BUT we found you can also halve a queen doona/cover which makes x2 perfect bunk sized.

*Have also found toddler bed/cot doonas are a perfect width but lack in length. This didn’t bother us as we’ve put storage cubes at the girls feet which makes the toddler size doona perfect for us too!

*Storage cubes fit perfectly x2 across in our New Age BigRed- we purchased large cubes from Bunnings 😊👍

Here’s our finished results 😍

 

3. The Magical Washing Machine

I thought when we bought our caravan this washing machine was going to be a waste of space, extra weight in the van and never get used. But… I’m loving it. Granted it’s not huge, but it only takes 29mins to do a load. So a quick load or 2 a day we can keep up to date with our washing and then dry it for free using the sun! We had a backlog of washing before heading off on our travels and we spent $68 in $1 coins just to catch back up. That was until I finally used our machine! So glad our van came with one. It was definitely not on my original list of must haves when searching for a caravan but it should have been! So handy when living on the road full-time with 3 kids!

*The brand for those asking is a mini Daewoo 😊

2. Tick That Off The Bucket List
We’ve finally made it to one of our bucket list places- The Great Ocean Road. Stopped to check out the pole house 😍 (also on my list!). We decided to free camp for the night so headed off the main highway onto one of those hill climbing, winding, narrow roads. I couldn’t help turning into one of those annoying backseat drivers you know the ones- “there’s a car coming”, “watch out for that”, “careful of the rocks”. Gibbo finally telling me to be quiet, he can actually drive and can see everything that I can see! 😂 After setting up camp I decided to head back down the road and grab a couple things from the shops. I was able to race there and back like Peter Brock in Bathurst.. realising maybe the road wasn’t as bad as I thought and maybe Gibbo was actually capable (not that I’ve admitted that to him…. 🙊). Now to figure out how to stop backseat driving 😬
1. Crossing The Border
Whoops, arrived at the South Australian border and had forgotten about quarantine! Luckily we’d been free camping the last few days and had been eating all our fresh produce so there wasn’t too much waste. Saving a mental note for next time we cross a border to check quarantine rules!! #notetoself #quarantine #crossingborders #Australia #quarantinebinwastage

16 Travel Apps for your Big Lap around Australia

 

Before you take off on an epic tour around Australia, be sure to download the Best Travel Apps on the market. There is already so much you need to consider before you set off on your Big Lap. Here is a list of apps to help make your journey safer, smoother, and more fun! Written by: Mountain Sun Sea

Campsite Apps

You may have a hard copy of the Australian campsites from Camps Australia Wide 8 (Camps Australia Wide 9 is due in February 2017) – be sure to download both the Camps Australia Wide and Wikicamps apps.

  1. Camps Australia Wide is $7.99 to download but it contains indispensable information about campsites in addition to photographs of listings from both the Camps Australia Wide guide as well as the Caravan Parks Australia Wide guide.

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Camps Australia Wide – Android

Camps Australia Wide – iTunes

  1. Wikicamps basic version is free, but the full version can be downloaded for a small one-time fee of $7.99 that will grant you access to the app for a lifetime. Wikicamps is a user generated database which is kept up-to-date with the latest information. It works completely offline so you don’t have to worry about signal or a wifi connection.

You just simply download all the content you need to your device before you go! You will find information about free and paid campsites and whether they are accessible for caravans or camper trailers. It shows you where there are caravan parks, road side rest areas, public dump points and much more! Wikicamps uses your location to show you nearby points of interest so you won’t miss anything cool on your journey.

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Wikicamps Australia – iTunes

Wikicamps Australia – Android

 

Tracking Apps

  1. TrackMyTour is great for keeping family members up-to-date on your location. This app uses GPS tracking to make it easy for you to highlight places on your trip and send photos or other fun updates to loved ones at home. It’s a great app for travel in terms of keeping in touch with friends and family. The TrackMyTour app and website are free to use, but you are restricted to the number of maps. If you wish to create more maps you can then purchase an upgrade from within the app. TrackMyTour is only compatible on iTunes.

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TrackMyTour – iTunes

The android version is called TrackMyTrip

  1. HemaExplorer – 4WD Maps costs $29.99. This app also uses GPS tracking and it literally follows the exact roads you drive. You do need to purchase maps as they only provide the most basic maps. You can upgrade to HEMA Offline for $99.99 if you are looking at navigating over extremely remote areas, with a real-time offline GPS tracking system and claims to have Australia’s best topographic mapping.

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Hema Explorer – Australia – iTunes

Hema Explorer – Australia – Android

WikiCamps also allows you plan your trip and if you need to – move each place as you travel. You can also view your route to help you find and plan other stops along the way. (See link above).

Budgeting Apps

  1. Track-Every-Coin is an app designed for tracking expenses in daily life as well as while traveling. It’s free for download just like you’d expect from a good expense tracker and is a very popular app for travellers.

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Trail Wallet is a travel budget app designed for iPhones or iPads. It’s free for the first 25 items you track, but then you have to pay to use it.

You could also use Expedition Australia Budget Tracking spreadsheet, hardcopy, or just a book to keep track of your travel expenses.

Fuel App

  1. Fuel Map is a user generated database where the information is added and edited by users showing petrol stations and fuel prices. This app keeps the travellers around Australians in-the-know about the cost of petrol throughout the country.

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Fuel Map – iTunes

Fuel Map – Android

Weather Apps

 To keep track of inclement weather conditions en-route to your destination!

  1. Bureau of Meteorology
  1. Weatherzone

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Reminder Apps

Use these reminder apps to remember all the important dates and times like when to re-register your car and caravan. It’s easy to lose track of important dates when on the road day-after-day!

  1. Due – iTunes for your iPhone or iPad and E-Reminder for Android

First Aid App

  1. The Red Cross First Aid app is free and it offers access to life-saving information in an emergency.

The Red Cross First Aid app is great to have in addition to your first aid kit.

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Education Apps

  1. Australian Wildflowers is an essential field guide with more than 70 of the most common species of wildflowers found in our beautiful country! This app will assist you in quickly identifying flowering plants and is a highly valuable reference tool in all locations. This app is well structured and easy to navigate. Perfect for field guides that use picture recognition where every flower in Australian Wildflowers is described in detail showing information about its structure, location, common name, scientific name, botanical family and flowering time. You get all this information with no internet connection – and all images and information is available in real time. Australian Wildflowers is currently only available on iTunes.

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Australian Wildflowers – iTunes

  1. Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds app has been called the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds available in the market today It is complimented by the eGuide featuring an extensive and detailed descriptions of almost all bird species including songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour.

The app allows you to save your sightings to a list to include the date and location with room for notes. There is a free ‘lite’ version of the app, but it only lists a handful of the 790 species that the full version has.

Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds – iTunes Cost is $29.99

Michael Morcombe’s Field Guide to Australian Birds – Android Cost is $28.60

  1. Snakes of Australia is a great app to compliment the First Aid app. Snakes of Australia is a comprehensive electronic field guide of 167 species of Australian snakes. Detailing species profiles including photos, distribution maps, description of key characters, danger rating, similar species, conservation, etymology, pronunciation and more. The great part about this app is the introductory chapters on key aspects of identifying snakes, snake venoms and first aid, and snake biology. No network connection is needed when using this app.

The scale count feature is very handy as is the “filter by location” function cross-checks your location (via iPhone GPS) and shows you only snakes that are likely to occur within your area. This app is currently only available on iTunes

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Snakes of Australia – iTunes Cost is $9.99

  1. Australia is home to many of the world’s most venomous snakes, spiders and marine animals. The free Australian Bites and Stings is an app providing education to our Australian community and will be of use to anyone planning to be out in Australia’s great outdoors – whether it be on the beach, camping, bushwalking or just playing out in a back yard!

A recent study found that despite the vast array of venomous creatures in Australia, the majority of people don’t know what to do if they’re unfortunate enough to be bitten or stung by one. This app is a must have if you are travelling with young children and is also a great compliment to the First Aid app.

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Australian Bites and Stings

Exploring Apps

  1. GoSkyWatch is a trademark of Apple and as such are only available on iTunes. This app is essential for those nights where you are sitting around the campfire and looking up at the stars! You just point your phone to the sky and start exploring! No buttons to press or selecting modes. GoSkyWatch has a unique rotation scheme with touchless navigation, a red light mode for night vision and magnitude adjustment for great viewing conditions. Planets will show with relative brightness for easy identification, a heads-up information display and a full 180 degree display to see at a glance what is in the sky and where. If you are looking for a particular planet or star – just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way.

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Sky Map is the Android alternative with fewer features.

  1. Spyglass is like an advanced compass/GPS Navigation App for iPhone and iPad. Spyglass can be used in the car, on a bike, in a boat, on an aircraft, or walking compass. Spyglass is essential for every traveller! Packed with so many useful tools such as a hi-tech viewfinder (HUD), compass, maps, tactical GPS, waypoint tracker, speedometer, and more! Save, track and share your position, multiple waypoints, and bearings, all in real time.

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Spyglass – iTunes

Spyglass – Android

Added extra…

The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private toilet facilities across Australia. This is a great App for families travelling with young children (especially when getting out the spade is not an option)

Using the Trip Planner function, you can plan your journey and locate toilets you can use along the way. The information provides location, opening hours, availability of baby change rooms, and accessibility for people with disabilities and the details of other nearby toilets.

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National Public Toilet Map – iTunes

National Public Toilet Map – Android

One last thing before you go – help us by sharing to let others know who may benefit from this information!

We are about to hit the road ourselves in less than 4 weeks time – so if you can recommend any other awesome apps for travelling around Australia – add them in the comments.

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Happy travels everyone!

 

Written by: Mountain Sun Sea

Meet The Gibbons

We are the Gibbons family (facebook page ‘One Day We Should‘). We are a family of 5 -Kirby, Gibbo, and 3 children aged 5,3 and 2. We are from Tassie. In May 2017 we set off with no set plan, destinations, restrictions or time limit to travel and see Australia! We really are making it up as we go! We cruise about in our bt-50 towing our new New Age BigRed triple bunk with ensuite.

Our decision to travel Australia came after watching Expedition Australias DVD series a couple years ago. We decided ‘why wait? Let’s just do it now’ instead of ‘one day we should’. The biggest challenge for me personally was leaving my family while they deal with my (51yo) dads diagnosis of early onset dementia. This diagnosis has also been a huge motivator to hit the road. There’s always plenty of excuses and reasons why you shouldn’t or can’t but we just outweighed the good with the bad and there is no better time than now! You never know what the future holds for you and your little family. So don’t wait till it’s too late.

We sold our little farm in Tasmania and majority of our belongings (house settled in May but as always it didn’t quite go to plan and settled later than expected). We now own only what fits under our payload! A month before moving out of our farm we lived in the driveway in our caravan while we finished cleaning and sorting the last bits of our house before handover.

So far the kids are loving the adventure, the experience, the learning and exploring we just know we’ve made the right decision. You can’t get this life experience sitting in a classroom.

This whole experience selling and packing up and travelling has already been a HUGE emotional rollercoaster. We love having a goal to work towards and a plan and while we are travelling we haven’t got one. We have no safety net of a house to come back to. We’ve been on the verge of threatening divorce a couple times and that was only a week into the trip. We are all squished in so close to each with nowhere to hide which is a learning experience within its self.

Follow us to see how our trip pans out #thegoodandthebad

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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.

Follow: The Pyke Clan to keep updated with more of the best free camps

Is this Australia’s Best Caravan Park?

Our most recent stay in a caravan park was at the Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort. We had seen all the spectacular photos online and knew that it was rated as one of Australia’s best caravan parks, so we had agreed months ago that it was on our ‘to visit’ list.

We arrived and it was a piece of paradise. Usually we wouldn’t consider staying in a park that was charging over $35 per night, however, this time, we made an exception. The facilities that they had to offer were well and truly worth the extra dollars.

A resort style pool with two waterslides, mini golf, tennis court, badminton, volleyball, two jumping pillows and an animal park – there was plenty to keep us all entertained. If the above facilities weren’t tempting enough, they are currently underway building one of Australia’s biggest resort water parks with 13 slides.

 

Throughout the year, school holidays or not; they run a daily activity schedule. During our 6-night stay, we had fun biscuit decorating, watched two outdoor movies and enjoyed pancakes by the pool for breakfast, all hosted by the resort.

 

Leaving the park was like having those dreaded ‘post-holiday blues’, “do we really have to leave?” is what we asked ourselves. It may not be an officially recognised term but you all know what we are talking about. Now… if that is not a true indication of how much we enjoyed our stay, from people who consider themselves to be on long term holidays; then we’re not sure what else is.

A park that caters for the whole family – we will be back!

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What is your favourite caravan park? Leave a comment below.

7 of the best low cost camp sites in Western Australia

There’s nothing better than throwing the camping gear in your car and getting away from the city for a couple of days. There are so many amazing places to camp at, and you don’t have to travel for hours on end to get to them. Here are 7 fantastic camp sites near Perth, where you can literally pack on a Friday afternoon, head away and still get a great weekend in.

Walyunga

Walyunga National Park is probably the closest place to Perth where you are allowed to camp in the bush. Located just one hour northeast of Perth, it’s a fantastic spot to check out. I’ve often described this place as a cross between Dwellingup and Serpentine. It has the beautiful Avon river flowing through the National park, a myriad of walking trails, BBQ and picnic facilities and most importantly, a place for you to camp!

You need to book the campsites, which you can do by ringing 9290 6100 and speaking to a ranger. The camp sites are located a few minutes drive away from the main picnic and riverside area, but are in a nice cleared section of bush.

As it is a National Park, day passes apply (unless you have an annual pass). It’s $12 per vehicle. You can find out more about these here. The Camp fees are the usual $7.50 per night.

The wildflowers are spectacular here in season, and with plenty of tracks to walk on you’ll see heaps of them. If you want to know more about the national park, you can read the full post here: Walyunga National Park.

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Easy access, with fire rings available.

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Walking along the Avon River.

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Enjoy a picnic overlooking the river.

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BBQ Facilities available.

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Lots of wildflowers around in season.

Lane Poole Reserve

An hour and a half south of Perth lies Lane Poole Reserve, just out of Dwellingup. We’ve been going to Lane Poole Reserve every year for a long time now, and always love it. There are 10 different camp sites which vary from huge open areas to more private sites that only house two sets of campers.

The beautiful Murray River runs right through the reserve and is fantastic for swimming, canoeing, white water rafting and fishing.

Fires are permitted when the fire danger is low, and it is a brilliant spot to enjoy a good fire on a cold evening. It does get very cold in the middle of winter, so take your warm gear!

There are plenty of 4WD and mountain bike tracks in the area too.

Again, National Park and camping fees apply. The entry fee is $12 per vehicle unless you have a National Park pass. Camping fee’s range from $7.50 per night to $10, depending on where you stay.

You can read the full post here; Dwellingup. If you want to book a camp site, you can do so here.

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Fishing in a beautiful part of the Murray River.

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Watching the fog come in on a cold winters morning.

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One of the huge open campsites on a busy weekend.

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Enjoying the little rock slides.

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What a magic place.

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A good camp fire on a freezing night.

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Plenty of 4WD tracks around the place.

Waroona Dam

Lake Navarino, or Waroona Dam, has long been a popular place to camp. You can stay at the Holiday park, or take the bush camping option (which we do every time!) and stay nearer the dam itself. Both are booked through Lake Navarino Holiday Park.

Waroona Dam is pretty big and is well known for skiing and fresh water fishing. There’s also fantastic 4WD tracks around the Dam and plenty of places to relax and soak up the scenery.

Fires are permitted in season, and the camping fees range from $12 to $17 per person per night, depending on where you camp, if its peak season and if you need power or not.

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Camping within 50 metres of the Dam.

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Plenty of room for water skiing and tubing.

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When the wind dies off its a magic place.

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Exploring some of the 4WD tracks around the dam.

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Sunset over the orange gravel is spectacular.

Belvidere

If coastal camping is more your thing, Belvidere is a great little spot we found a few years back. The actual campsite is a few minutes drive back from the beach, tucked in between Leschenault Inlet and Belvidere Beach. At only an hour and 40 minutes away from Perth, it’s easily doable on a Friday afternoon.

The beach here is soft, and you will need a 4WD to drive along it. It’s substantially quieter than Preston and Myalup Beach, but the fishing is just as good.

It’s a DPAW camp site, and the fees are $7.50 per person per night. There is also provision for camper trailer and caravan’s here, and the firewood is usually provided.

If you want to read the full post, you can find it here; Camping at Belvidere.

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Set up with the Oztents at Belvidere.

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Your typical camp site at Belvidere.

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Belvidere Beach; fishing for salmon.

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Lots of opportunity for good fish.

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We landed several nice salmon.

Honeymoon Pool

If you’ve ever seen the Collie River, you’d know it’s a beautiful spot to stop and soak up the scenery. Honeymoon Pool is a DPAW campsite located right on the bank of the river and is 2WD and 4WD accessible. It’s just 2 hours south of Perth and is a stunning part of the world.

The Lennard 4WD track is well worth the drive, but be aware that it does get closed once the rain hits, to avoid substantial damage to the track.

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Collie River just off the Lennard 4WD Track.

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Amazing walks along the Collie River.

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You can swim, but it gets cold!

Martins Tank

An hour and a half south of Perth, 10 minutes drive from the coast lies Martins Tank. It’s another DPAW camp site, set amongst the peppermint trees.

This was done up in 2013 and caters for tents, caravans and camper trailers. Campfires are permitted in season, and fees are $10 per person per night.

This campsite must be booked online in advance, which you can do here.

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Enjoying our own little slice of the beach.

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Martins Tank Camp sites.

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Enough shade and the usual facilities.

Wellington Dam

The last, but certainly not least camp site near Perth is Wellington Dam. At just over 2 hours south of Perth its a great drive to an even better location. Potters Gorge is the formal DPAW campsite, which has recently been refurbished and caters for a number of campers. This site, however, gets extremely busy very quickly.

If you have a 4WD, there are plenty of other campsites around the dam if you are prepared to do a bit of driving. Even on a popular long weekend, we had no issues finding a handful of good campsites along the banks of Wellington Dam and ended up camping in a beautiful location.

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Could you ask for a better spot?

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We’ve had plenty of fun enjoying the 4WD tracks.

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Sunset over the dam; what a way to end the day.

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Huge tree’s rustling in the breeze.

Look after these places

It is a huge privilege being able to access these amazing camp sites. Don’t wreck them for everyone else; take your rubbish home, go to the toilets responsibly, have a fire with some common sense (when allowed) and don’t be a muppet.

7 of the best free camps in Western Australia. Number 3 has amazing views!

There’s nothing better than throwing the camping gear in your car and getting away from the city for a couple of days. There are so many amazing places to camp at, and you don’t have to travel for hours on end to get to them. Here are 7 fantastic camp sites near Perth, where you can literally pack on a Friday afternoon, head away and still get a great weekend in.

1. Walyunga

Walyunga National Park is probably the closest place to Perth where you are allowed to camp in the bush. Located just one hour northeast of Perth, it’s a fantastic spot to check out. I’ve often described this place as a cross between Dwellingup and Serpentine. It has the beautiful Avon river flowing through the National park, a myriad of walking trails, BBQ and picnic facilities and most importantly, a place for you to camp!

You need to book the campsites, which you can do by ringing 9290 6100 and speaking to a ranger. The camp sites are located a few minutes drive away from the main picnic and riverside area, but are in a nice cleared section of bush.

As it is a National Park, day passes apply (unless you have an annual pass). It’s $12 per vehicle. You can find out more about these here. The Camp fees are the usual $7.50 per night.

The wildflowers are spectacular here in season, and with plenty of tracks to walk on you’ll see heaps of them. If you want to know more about the national park, you can read the full post here: Walyunga National Park.

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Easy access, with fire rings available.

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Walking along the Avon River.

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Enjoy a picnic overlooking the river.

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BBQ Facilities available.

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Lots of wildflowers around in season.

2. Lane Poole Reserve

An hour and a half south of Perth lies Lane Poole Reserve, just out of Dwellingup. We’ve been going to Lane Poole Reserve every year for a long time now, and always love it. There are 10 different camp sites which vary from huge open areas to more private sites that only house two sets of campers.

The beautiful Murray River runs right through the reserve and is fantastic for swimming, canoeing, white water rafting and fishing.

Fires are permitted when the fire danger is low, and it is a brilliant spot to enjoy a good fire on a cold evening. It does get very cold in the middle of winter, so take your warm gear!

There are plenty of 4WD and mountain bike tracks in the area too.

Again, National Park and camping fee apply. The entry fee is $12 per vehicle unless you have a National Park pass. Camping fee’s range from $7.50 per night to $10, depending on where you stay.

You can read the full post here; Dwellingup. If you want to book a camp site, you can do so here.

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Fishing in a beautiful part of the Murray River.

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Watching the fog come in on a cold winters morning.

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One of the huge open campsites on a busy weekend.

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Enjoying the little rock slides.

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What a magic place.

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A good campfire on a freezing night.

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Plenty of 4WD tracks around the place.

3. Waroona Dam

Lake Navarino, or Waroona Dam, has long been a popular place to camp. You can stay at the Holiday park, or take the bush camping option (which we do every time!) and stay nearer the dam itself. Both are booked through Lake Navarino Holiday Park.

Waroona Dam is pretty big, and is well known for skiing and fresh water fishing. There’s also fantastic 4WD tracks around the Dam and plenty of places to relax and soak up the scenery.

Fires are permitted in season, and the camping fees range from $12 to $17 per person per night, depending on where you camp, if its peak season and if you need power or not.

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Camping within 50 metres of the Dam.

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Plenty of room for water skiing and tubing.

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When the wind dies off its a magic place.

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Exploring some of the 4WD tracks around the Dam.

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Sunset over the orange gravel is spectacular.

4. Belvidere

If coastal camping is more your thing, Belvidere is a great little spot we found a few years back. The actual campsite is a few minutes drive back from the beach, tucked in between Leschenault Inlet and Belvidere Beach. At only an hour and 40 minutes away from Perth, it’s easily doable on a Friday afternoon.

The beach here is soft, and you will need a 4WD to drive along it. It’s substantially quieter than Preston and Myalup Beach, but the fishing is just as good.

It’s a DPAW camp site, and the fees are $7.50 per person per night. There is also provision for camper trailer and caravan’s here, and the firewood is usually provided.

If you want to read the full post, you can find it here; Camping at Belvidere.

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Set up with the Oztents at Belvidere.

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Your typical camp site at Belvidere.

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Belvidere Beach; fishing for salmon.

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Lots of opportunity for good fish.

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We landed several nice salmon.

5. Honeymoon Pool

If you’ve ever seen the Collie River, you’d know it’s a beautiful spot to stop and soak up the scenery. Honeymoon Pool is a DPAW campsite located right on the bank of the river and is 2WD and 4WD accessible. It’s just 2 hours south of Perth and is a stunning part of the world.

The Lennard 4WD track is well worth the drive, but be aware that it does get closed once the rain hits, to avoid substantial damage to the track.

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Collie River just off the Lennard 4WD Track

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Amazing walks along the Collie River

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You can swim, but it gets cold!

6. Martins Tank

An hour and a half south of Perth, 10 minutes drive from the coast lies Martins Tank. It’s another DPAW camp site, set amongst the peppermint trees.

This was done up in 2013 and caters for tents, caravans and camper trailers. Campfires are permitted in season, and fees are $10 per person per night.

This campsite must be booked online in advance, which you can do here.

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Enjoying our own little slice of the beach.

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Martins Tank Campsites.

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Enough shade and the usual facilities.

7. Wellington Dam

The last, but certainly not least camp site near Perth is Wellington Dam. At just over 2 hours south of Perth its a great drive to an even better location. Potters Gorge is the formal DPAW campsite, which has recently been refurbished and caters for a number of campers. This site, however, gets extremely busy very quickly.

If you have a 4WD, there are plenty of other campsites around the dam if you are prepared to do a bit of driving. Even on a popular long weekend, we had no issues finding a handful of good campsites along the banks of Wellington Dam and ended up camping in a beautiful location.

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Could you ask for a better spot?

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We’ve had plenty of fun enjoying the 4WD tracks.

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Sunset over the dam; what a way to end the day.

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Huge tree’s rustling in the breeze.

Look after these places

It is a huge privilege being able to access these amazing camp sites. Don’t wreck them for everyone else; take your rubbish home, go to the toilets responsibly, have a fire with some common sense (when allowed) and don’t be a muppet.

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Cann River Rainforest Caravan Park

The Cann River Rainforest Caravan Park is a partly shaded caravan park on the south bank of the Cann River. It is within easy walking distance to the local pub and shops. The fuel prices here beat those of surrounding towns by 5-10cents a litre. The town has 4 cafe/coffee shops plus 2 bakeries and a general store which also has fishing, hardware, plumbing gear some of which Rob commented he has never seen before!

Effectively we were free camping in the town of Cann River. We chatted to people as one does and found that the caravan park at Cann River was without a manager for a short while and thus stays there were available for free.

Originally we were only going to stay 2 nights but we decided to stay an extra night as we were enjoying the company of our neighbours. We had a terrific happy hour complete with a mini sing a long.

Rob even ran into a guy, Dolf, he hasn’t seen for 40 years. We even found out he lives just about 15-20km away from us.
Blog written by: RobbieBargo Rv Travels

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