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Heatley and I at Clarke Lagoon Wildlife Reserve VIC
Beaches & Coasts

Tour the Great River Road

Heatley and I at Clarke Lagoon Wildlife Reserve VIC Free camp after free camp, sculptures, pub trails and history… The Great River Road in the Upper Murray, crossing Victoria and New South Wales,  is a must-do!  Lake Hume – Great River Road VIC I first heard about “The Great River Road” as we picnicked at Khancoban, New South Wales and stopped at Corryong, Victoria, last month.  We saw the infant Murray River at Tom Groggin Campground in NSW’s Kosciuszko National Park. What a great decision it was to return home via the Murray, from Tallangatta through to Towong.  Here’s what

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CAMPS at Little Beach, Red Rock NSW
Beaches & Coasts

Must see: Red Rock Beach, NSW

A stand out destination, Red Rock Beach is north of Coffs Harbour, NSW. You can see why it has that name – but have you visited?  It is just so special because it has two beaches – offering totally different experiences, a creek and a river! Corindi River and the beaches surround Reflections Holiday Park Red Rock.  After lunch in the picnic area (watching kayakers), we swam at Little Beach, perfect for families at this sheltered cove.  There was even a bit of shade on the sand when we visited from the Pandanus trees. Beware of tidal channels here. Note:

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Drawing by Sarah from @allthegear.illustrated
Queensland

Take a 900 km doggo friendly island road trip

Sarah from @allthegear.illustrated took a 900km van trip with her pup for “solitude and sunshine; connection and clarity…wide open spaces and ocean air to breathe and adventure amongst”…and said it was perfect! She even saw a cane train for the first time, and took her dog, Nessie, on a boat.  Starting in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, here where Sarah and her van Brian’s eight days were spent: MV Sarawak, Inskip Point, Rainbow Beach MV Sarawak, Inskip Point, Rainbow Beach – image Sarah from @allthegear.illustrated At Inskip Peninsula Recreation Reserve, you are right near K’gari Fraser Island, and north of

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Pick your own Sunflowers - Image Alan and Susan Deuchars
Destinations

Take a sunflower trip

The Darling Downs in Queensland is THE place for sunflower drives. Sunflowers are a summer crop and only flower for 3-4 weeks. But you can find sunflowers from December to March and more on Darling Downs road trips.  For next season, pick your own at Warraba Sunflowers at Cambooya, Queensland. It is now closed. Tips: Please be respectful of farmers. Only go into properties if you have permission. Otherwise, take photos from the fence and enjoy that colour. More to see and do (from a local – Heatley grew up here, and our first bub was born in Toowoomba): Lake Leslie Goomburra State

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Kate and Max crossed the QLD NT border near Camooweal
Northern Territory

QLD – NT: a Must Do Aussie Roadtrip

Who has crossed the QLD/NT border near Camooweal? This week, Kate and Max clocked 3,000km in 3 days – from Rainbow Beach to Katherine. Through Rockhampton to Barcaldine for the night. They said nothing was open for dinner  Ilfracombe Wellshot Hotel – image Kate Gilmore Stopping off at Ilfracombe past the Wellshot Hotel and Machinery Mile, Longreach, Winton, McKinlay and Cloncurry. Ilfracombe Machinery Mile – image Kate Gilmore Views of the mines greet you are you drive through Mount Isa – and they rested at Camooweal for the night. The last Queensland town you’ll see before the border! They had

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Platypus Flat
Birdwatching

Our Dorrigo Roadtrip and why we loved it!

Well, we’ve had requests to share last month’s wonderful New South Wales getaway. A couple of places we stayed with friends on their farms – so have substituted AMAZING sites nearby. We also made the starting point as Brisbane. So here it is: DAY 1 Brisbane to Koreelah Creek Camp, NSW (no pets) – 108km Koreelah Creek Camp, NSW Take in Queensland’s Scenic Rim – we had a fantastic lunch at Harrisville’s Royal Hotel (a free camp), picked up fresh vege at Kalbar and drove past Lake Moogerah. (Extra night? Stop here at the caravan park or The Gorge near Aratula.)

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Destinations

Alpine National Park in Summer

Go alpine bird watching Pack the tent or the van and head to the Alpine National Park in the warmer months. Make camp in snow gum woodlands at Lake Catani or camp amid wildflowers at Falls Creek. Cool off and cast a line in the Rocky Valley Dam or waterways in the Kiewa Valley. Walk the amazing Razorback Trail and return to your basecamp at Mount Hotham. Trek the Bogong High Plains and Mount Buller and stay at historic cattlemen’s huts. We have just come back from a site checking trip in the Alpine area , this is a great

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Drive through Warrumbungle
Camping

Drive through the Warrumbungles, New South Wales

Fancy a leisurely drive through the iconic Warrumbungles, taking in some of the sights that have put this area on the world map?  The 70km Coonabarabran – Warrumbungle – Tooraweenah drive combines views, lookouts, and easy walks on a spectacular day trip. Or stop here camping and take your time to enjoy it all! Starting in Coonabarabran, you’ll drive through the picturesque Timor Valley. Keep a look out for the interesting fences and mail boxes!  Siding Spring Observatory Did you know Warrumbungles were Australia’s and the southern hemisphere’s first Dark Sky Park?  Highlights worth a visit include the Skywatch Observatory,

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Ravensbourne Rec Ground views to wake up to!
Birdwatching

10 camping roadtrips near Toowoomba, Queensland

Ravensbourne Rec Ground views to wake up to! Alison and Greg from Toowoomba have asked us for inspiration for their maiden 8 day trip, close to home. We lived in lovely Toowoomba, and Heatley grew up on the Darling Downs, so we know it well! We took our firstborn camping into a few of these, and then back again with our youngest two more recently! There is sooo much to see and do around Toowoomba. ! From Great Dividing Range views to the patchwork fields of the Darling Downs, here are 10 road trips we have selected for you: 1.

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