Full time caravanning around Australia with Laz and Sue

We started fulltime travel around Australia in November 2016. There's currently no end date planned. With so much to see and do around this beautiful country we wanted to document our journey in this travel blog. We will be sharing our travel as we keep doing the big lap. Our hope is to inspire and encourage anyone thinking about travelling Australia to do it now.
 
We would be happy if our journey can help others to "live the dream and not just dream it".
 
Follow us travelling around Australia and drop us a message if you’d like to see something feature on our site. We travel with a Jayco Starcraft caravan. We stop at various free camps and cheap sites along the way and usually choose places we find on WikiCamps.
 
We look forward to meeting some of you on your travels.  
 
Remember…. "Don’t just dream it…. do it".

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Degrey River rest area seating area

Degrey River Rest Area – Free Camp – WA

Degrey River Rest was a chance for us to pull over and have a break. This free camp is about one hour north of Port Headland and just over three hours south of Eight Mile Beach. What we have noticed with most free camp spots in the upper part of WA is they are well thought out. They all generally have several undercover seating areas. Along with BBQ's, long drop toilets and rubbish bins which are frequently cleaned and lined with new bags. Pulling in…
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Ngumban Cliff 24 hour camp WA

Ngumban Cliff – 24hr – free camp – WA

From Fitzroy Crossing we headed to Ngumban cliff. This free camp has spectacular views. It's suitable for any vehicle type up this firm dirt road. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="8775,8777,8778"] Parking up at the top you get a fabulous view. It felt like an American movie, looking over the range. Eagles flying above checking us out. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="8779,8780,8782"] You have toilets here as well as a dump point. Undercover seating is available, good for daytime or camping over night. Parking is at the top…
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Dampier Red Dog Statue WA

Dampier Transit Caravan Park – WA

Dampier is home to the Red Dog Statue from the famous Aussie movie. As we were passing Dampier I had to check it out. [caption id="attachment_7236" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dampier Red Dog Statue[/caption] The Transit Caravan park was the cheapest park in the area. It is also in a good location, right opposite the water. Some may think it's not the best view or the best park but for that area it was great. Dampier Transit Caravan park The park is small but friendly. We were…
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Robe River Rest bridge

Robe River Rest – Free Camp – WA

Robe River Rest is a 24hr free camp by the river. It's about 1hr 50min south of Karratha. You can see cows and pelicans by the water which was a nice surprise. This is a tar sealed camp site with a couple of pump action toilets. You will also find a couple of dump points. A couple of fire/BBQ's are here as are a few benches and some undercover areas. [gallery link="file" columns="4" size="medium" ids="5364,5365,5366,5367"] The area is just past a bridge on the main…
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Nanutarra Roadhouse caravan park WA campground

Nanutarra Roadhouse – from $20 – WA

 Traveling the North West Coastal Highway between Carnarvon and karratha is the Nanutarra Roadhouse. As temperatures were rising during the day we decided to stay the night here so we had power for a bit of AC comfort.  The Caravan Park The cashier in the service station gave us a map of the small but neat parking area. He also gave us the code for the toilet/showers. The two showers and toilets in the ladies were older but clean. I had my first proper shower…
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Cattle station cows

Working on a Cattle Station

 Working and living on a cattle station   When we first hit the road it was a long term goal of mine to find work on a cattle station. I've seen several programs on TV about the outback. Along with hearing several stories of people working on large outback properties. As this was something I haven't done yet we were keen to give it a try during our travels. In my head WA was going to be the destination where I'd start looking for cattle…
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Lyndon rest area East

Lyndon Rest Area East – Free Camp – WA

Lyndon rest area east was the first stop after leaving the cattle station job. Stopping for a break and checking out the large tar sealed area. It's by a dry river much like Minilya free camp. Don’t get this camp confused with Lyndon rest area “West” You have toilets here and a dump point. Fire-pit type BBQ are around the place and would be lovely in the winter months. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="4888,4886,4885,4884"] We arrived around 10.30am and were the only ones there. This…
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stock yards on the cattle station

Three Months On A Cattle Station

Finding A Cattle Station Job For our first 6 months we traveled enjoying the freedom our savings brought. Staying at great free camps and doing a few farm sits helped extend this. At the end of May, although we had some savings left we thought it best to look for work. We still wanted to have some savings in the bank. Larry applied for cattle station positions online at The Job Shop and on Gumtree. Receiving multiple phone calls for different jobs in various places.…
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manualy fill caravan water tank

22 Water Saving Tips for Caravan and camping

Water Saving Tips and Tricks Our fresh water set up We often free camp and park off grid. With that in mind we have to consider saving water.  We had an extra 80 litre water-tank fitted when we bought our van. Consequently we have a total of 160 litres when full. This can, if we are frugal, last us 2 weeks. As I normally say, this is not for everyone, everyone is different! Some tips might be good for the hard core water savers amongst…
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Lookout Number Nullarbor, camping over the australian bight in our caravan

Crossing the Nullarbor – Our 7 Camps

Nullarbor.. We loved crossing the Nullarbor, many people don't. I think it's all part of the adventure. Everybody waves back at each other here, It's like your all part of the same club. Didn't matter if you were a car or a caravan people still waved. We have previously written about each place at length. Having been asked recently about where we camped, we have made this post. It combines those 7 camps in one place. Many people say the Nullarbor is between Ceduna, SA…
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NZ toilet puzzle world

10 Toilet Tips and Tricks for Caravanning and Camping

Lets talk toilets! Before sitting down to read please bring your sense of humor and a strong stomach. You are free to stop reading now. If you're sitting on the throne as you read please remember to wipe your hands and your phone when done ;)  Our Toilet We find if we use the toilet as normal it can last about 3-4 days before needing to be emptied. This depends on how much fluid and solids we put in there. More importantly how much water…
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Lyndon rest area fire pit

Free Camp – Lyndon River West – WA

Lyndon River Free Camp Only 45 minutes from beautiful Coral Bay. This campsite has all the basics you need from a good free camp. It reminded me of Minilya free camp, about 20 minute away. A toilet is available 24 hours and is reasonably clean. Great to have a dump point on site as well. A few concrete tables and benches are around the camp-site. People seem to gravitate and parking close to these. Multiple fire-pits with hooks for cooking are around the place. As…
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fulltime travel around australia with laz and sue

Larry and myself Suzie have always had a passion for adventure. We decided about four years ago to save for a caravan and travel around Australia full time. We also decided the best way to do this was to move to and work on Hayman Island, in the Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia.

In July 2016 we bought a Jayco Starcraft and from there on,  the adventure began..............


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    • Jeanette
    • April 2, 2017
    Reply

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      • Laz
      • April 2, 2017
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      *chuckles*… your on a roll Jeanette …. *high five*. :thumbsup:

    • Colin Peckham
    • May 27, 2017
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    Hi,
    What an absolutely fabulous group and site, and by far the best, most informative,well written, great photos and videos. Well done both of you for a well managed and professional site. we are in a number of groups, but Iove this one !! We are very new to all of this after just retiring, and have an Avan Ovation Motorhome, so its just 2 wheel drive touring for us, with a mixture of Free Camping, National Parks and Caravan Parks etc. Next week we will be driving from our home in Ballina NSW [where we retired to after 30 years in Sydney] to hopefully Margaret River/Perth area. We plan on stopping in the Flinders ranges, Clare/Barossa, Fleureau Peninsular, Coccklebiddy to see the Bird Sanctuary etc etc, and travel back via Melbourne perhaps, before the end of October, as we are advised the Nullabour Plain heats up a bit after that … so its a 6 month trip. We are so pleases to find such a great site, so keep up the great work. We will try and add some photos and videos, but don’t have a Drone for aerial footage [our son has in his video production business though] …. Marie & Colin ….

      • Laz
      • May 27, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Colin and Marie, thanks for the comment. It’s certainly a great lifestyle with plenty of great places to see even in a 2wd and loads of awesome people you meet along the way. We had to bypass Margaret River area due to time commitments in Mandurah region but hope to make it back that way during the next lap. Yes you’re right the Nullarbor can get very hot at certain times of the year. Make sure you stop off at the lookout next to the WA/SA border on the bight. fantastic free camp there overlooking the ocean https://www.fulltimecaravanning.com.au/the-australian-bight/
      Happy and safe travels

    • vik351
    • August 20, 2017
    Reply

    Hi all …
    Just joined after seeing this on FB about the Nullabor, Just recently got a motorhome and that was going to be the first trip… Now I ask, are motorhomes ok on here too…??? One big happy family right…??? But I have seen the odd bit of them and us on the net…
    Mainly from what I can see cos of council self containment policy… Not my fault…!!!
    Just got here, going to have a look around, like what I see , keep up the good work…!!!
    Course the dunny info is what I first looked up, learnt a bit too I might add…

    vik… thanks…

      • Sue
      • August 20, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Vik, great to have you join us 😀
      Everyone is welcome here, no mater what your traveling in or camping in 🙂 We hope our post help everyone that wants to hit the road or is already on it.

      I’m glad your finding some use in our info Vic. We have plenty to look at and plenty more to come.

      Happy travels 😀

        • vik351
        • August 21, 2017
        Reply

        Well newbies to the “Hit the road Jack” like me need all the tricks we can get, no better way to learn than from other like minded folk…!!!
        Did a big caravan trip when I wore a younger mans clothes and could do all the hitching,reversing etc with one finger,alas those days have gone so the next best thing,a motorhome. Both are a compromise in some way (Been done to death that argument) and this is the path SWMBO and I chose.
        1990 was the last time we crossed the Nullabor with the caravan and two rug rats, the new long road was just finished 😉 Was sooo smooth, wonder what it’s like now…???
        We zoomed through as most did back then, no way this time, there were no whale platforms to watch from back then ,prolly were still killing them…???
        Thanks for the welcome, great work…!!!

        vik…thanks…

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