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No Camping sign
Camping

Aussie Camping 101: Dos and Don’ts

Here’s some basic courtesies with camping – if we all followed them, then perhaps more FREE camping sites would open up, and certainly less would close down. 1. Unless it is unavoidable – camp in a designated camping area or caravan park. But definitely if a place says NO CAMPING then please don’t. Remember with rest areas with “no camping” you are still entitled to stop for fatigue breaks in your car or RV. It is not a place to hang out clothes or set up camp. Do follow signage – and remember it may change.  2. Abide by time

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Nullarbor trip
Camping

Crossing the Nullarbor – our adventure from Western Australia into South Australia

On the end of our Big Lap, on limited time, we traversed The Nullarbor in two days. Kids were due back at school, we had businesses to run but were so keen to experience this famed road trip. We left Esperance and the beauty of Cape Le Grand National Park, through Grass Patch and the heart of Mallee Country. The Nullarbor Plain begins in Norseman, Western Australia – we saw camels here, which was pretty cool. “The Nullarbor” is an 1100km route. Here’s where we stopped: Balladonia was a lunch stop with a pretty multicoloured picket fenced playground. Oh, we were so

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Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton QLD
Destinations

Why we love Winton, Queensland – must do attractions

Waltzing Matilda Centre Winton QLD Winton is a very interesting destination – and a MUST for Banjo Patterson fans. There are references to the famous Australian everywhere! Where else can you walk on the lyrics of “Waltzing Matilda”? Or stroll amongst the jumbucks and stanzas of this beloved Aussie song. Even the Swagman is immortalised in a statue in town. Walk on the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda – Winton QLD There are loads of options in town for caravan parks and pub stays, and a couple of waterside camps south of town, including our stop for the night, Long Waterhole.

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Our caravan and Commodore which took us all over Australia - image Carol and Bill Odgaard
Camping

CAMPS books worth every cent

Our caravan and Commodore which took us all over Australia – image Carol and Bill Odgaard Have had two editions of these over the years. The second one finally had the updated maps. Was our travel bible. I wrote camp info in it…highlighted great spots to see….notes on caravan friendly servos…plus much more. Bill and Carol say CAMPS books are “worth every cent” It’s well worn and retired now after 5 years full time on the road. However we still get it out occasionally and read our tips and reminisce off all the wonderful places we had seen. Our very

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Carmel Cider Co Camp - image Overland Exposure
Camping

5 brewery and cidery camps

Carmel Cider Co Camp – image Overland Exposure If you like your brews and you love to camp – then this is for you! 5 camps from all over Australia – all located where the beers or cider are made on site. Purple Mango Camping, Cafe & Brewery, Northern Territory You’ll find this licensed cafe close to Kakadu in the Northern Territory. Friday through Monday in the dry season, they cook up a brilliant feed including woodfired pizzas, mango daquiris and beer tasting from their brewery. Facilities include toilets and hot showers and grassy powered and unpowered sites. No pets. Purple Mango

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Karajini NP WA Gorge Rim
Destinations

A Dad’s Guide: Top 10 things to do in Australia with kids before they leave home

Karajini NP WA Gorge Rim Here are some epic action-packed adventures plus iconic Aussie destinations to share with your children and teens, that they will remember, and you will cherish. Bicentennial Tree Pemberton WA 1. Climb the Bicentennial Tree, Western Australia  Tallest of three fire lookout trees in the Pemberton area – this is super scary! Especially for mums looking on. We stayed at Pemberton Caravan Park. Kayak the Ord River Kununurra WA 2. Kayak the Ord River, Western Australia   We kayaked for a two-day self-guided tour on the spectacular Ord River, and stopped at a rustic private camp overnight.

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Cable Beach - Image by Overland Exposure
Destinations

Must Dos in Broome, Western Australia

Cable Beach – Image by Overland Exposure Broome is remote! It is almost 2000 km to drive from Darwin, and over 2000km to Perth. When we initially planned our trip we just couldn’t fit it in. At Home Valley Station, which we had planned as our turnaround spot, we decided to extend our trip. I was so pleased, partly because I would finally see Broome! Here’s what our family loved.  1. Pearl LuggersSeriously don’t miss the Pearl Luggers, it was awesome! We all learnt so much about the industry, the history and early Broome. We tasted pearl meat and held

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Edith Falls
Camping

10 favourite destinations between Cairns, Queensland to Darwin, Northern Territory

Sally has just begun planning adventures with our CAMPS App: “Thank you so much. This is a brilliant site and I’m looking forward to starting my first campervan trip. I’m hoping to get advice of where to go and highly recommended adventures, driving from Cairns to Darwin….” Every town in the outback is worth exploring! It’s a big list! Here’s a few of the places we had a ball in. Tell us, what are your favourite recommendations for this route? 1. Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Queensland What beautiful memories we have travelling here with Heatley’s parents and the kids. This

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Kings Canyon Northern Territory
Camping

FAMILIES – you will never get this time again!

Kings Canyon Northern Territory “You only get 18 summers. One of the most valuable things I’ve learnt over the years from having 7 kids is this… Do not miss out on school holidays with your kids. Because the truth is, you only get 18 summers with your kids. And once those summers are gone, they are gone. And then they are all grown up. … I’d encourage you to take some time to plan some things this school holidays. It doesn’t have to be expensive. They want YOU and your time more than anything. With kids, love is spelt T-I-M-E. They

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