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Tin Can Bay Esplanade
Beaches & Coasts

10 things to do and see in Tin Can Bay, Queensland

The small fishing and tourist town of Tin Can Bay is on the Cooloola Coast of the Gympie Region, between the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast in Queensland. Here’s what we recommend you do and see whilst you are there: Feed wild dolphins The absolute drawcard for Tin Can Bay is its wild dolphins. They come in and feed most mornings and for a few dollars per person you can watch them, and a few more you can feed them a fish yourself! Unlike Monkey Mia where a few people in a huge group are selected to feed their dolphins, everyone

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Kate checks out the Zebra's - Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, NSW
Bucket List

Aussie MUST DO: Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, New South Wales

Did you know you can camp at Taronga Western Plains Zoo? Heatley’s mum and sister had the best time there last week! They said:    “5 hrs at the zoo. Fabulous day. Nyla the king cheetah, the giraffes and the Siamang apes were so engaging and our favourites…”   You’ll find it in Dubbo, New South Wales. It’s an interesting town to explore – but even better knowing you can see the lions and giraffes. If you are driving near Dubbo with the kids, add African animals to your spotto list!    I wonder if you’ve been here, too? Here are photos from

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Coopernook Hotel, NSW
Budget Campsite

A funny thing happened on the way to the Coopernook Hotel…

We’d ordered our lunch, found a table out the front of the pub with fabulous water views, and wandered over to the jetty for a look-see. On the opposite bank, a tinny was backed up to the edge, and plonked in the water. I thought the two fellows were off for a fish. But no, however, there was a plan. They rowed directly across the river, and they didn’t worry about the boat ramp. I spotted them moments later, happy at the bar. It would have it’s benefits, living ‘next door’ to a pub. Coopernook Hotel is not just any

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Wings Wildlife Park Gunns Plains Tasmania
Camping

Riverside camping and devils at Wings Wildlife Park in Tasmania

When you drive to Wings Wildlife Park in Tasmania’s beautiful Gunns Plains make sure you stop at George Woodhouse lookout to soak up that gorgeous valley. It was near here we found an echidna beside the road – a live one, thankfully!  So very cute, they stood very still and just peered at me.   If you are an animal lover, or have some in your family – they will be in their element. The wildlife park  has animal encounters galore – and personally guided tours. So touch an Aussie sugar glider, snake, or exotic meerkats or marmosets… Me? I’d

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Noosa Habitat, Queensland
Family Friendly Fun

Kid heaven at Habitat Noosa, Queensland

Not just for kids, parents will love this modern campground in the National Park, too. With a knee high lake that goes for miles and sandy beach, brewery and restaurant, walking tracks, you can even kayak to a pub!  Lake Cootharaba is the largest lake on the Noosa River, Queensland’s largest natural saltwater lake – 10km long, 5km wide with 25km of shore! You’ll find Habitat Noosa just north of Boreen Point, and the site of the old Elanda Point Campground. However, you’ll notice a LOT of changes. A beautiful restaurant and brewery looks out to the lake and massive trees. Glamping

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Manda and Daniel kayaking down the inlet at Arno Bay - image Overland Exposure
Camping

Visit family friendly Arno Bay Caravan Park, South Australia

Manda and Daniel kayaking down the inlet at Arno Bay – image Overland Exposure Our CAMPS Ambassadors, Manda and Daniel said Arno Bay Caravan Park is family run, has “awesome character” and a perfect location! They said, “Every day of the week has something on from Pancake Breakfast on Sundays, to BBQ and happy hour on Saturdays, movie nights, etc. “Across the road in a rose garden for you to pick some fresh roses for your van and right out the gate is a jumping pillow, playground, jetty and beach. “About $40/night powered site right next to the jetty, playground, jumping pillow

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Flags - Australian Capital Territory
ACT

EPIC Canberra reopens for camping in our Australian Capital Territory

If you are travelling to Canberra in our Australian Capital Territory we have some great news! After months of closures, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) has reopened, September 2022. Pre-book via phone or email – details are in the Camps App and guides. Prices have risen up $5 – to $40 for a powered site for 2 people per night, and $35 for unpowered. It is $5 per extra person (aged 5 years and over). Facilities include toilets, showers, dump point, laundry, water and picnic tables. It is pet friendly and there is room for Big Rigs. We love the

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Rossmount Nursery Gympie - Cooloola Farmer's Trail
Camping

Where to camp along the Cooloola Farmer’s Trail at Gympie and Noosa Hinterland, Queensland

Rossmount Nursery Cooloola Farmer’s Trail is on again! So if you are travelling or not far from the Gympie or Sunshine Coast regions, September 10-11, make the most of it. You can spend a weekend or see it in a day trip – just bring an empty belly – there is good eating and good camping to be had.  Check this out online at https://cooloolafarmtrail.com.au/farm-trail/ This trail was on my priority trips, last year. So I can vouch for quite a few of these personally – and we enjoyed lunch just this month, at the newest of them all! On the

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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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