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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Macsland rest area Longreach queensland

Longreach – Free Camp -QLD

Macsland rest area is just 25km NW of Longreach. We stopped for a quick break here before continuing to the tourist park in Longreach for the night. If it was cooler weather we would have parked here for the night and driven in to Longreach to check out. You will find a huge area here with lot of tracks to park down. Park out the back area in the shrub for some quiet or in the main area near the toilets. Location This rest stop is 136km from Camooweal and 53km from Mount Isa. We stopped off here for some lunch and a bit of a break in our journey. Gunpowder Rest…
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Post office Hotel Camooweal

Post Office Hotel – Camooweal – Queensland

We drove 260 km from our camp at Barkly Homestead roadhouse (read more here) in the Northern Territory, to the small town of Camooweal in Queensland. Just 13 km away from the NT/Qld border. Stopping for the night at the Post office hotel. Camping at the Post Office Hotel You have a couple of choices of camps in Camooweal. We chose to stay in the pub's camp ground. This is such a dry part of the country yet they did have some lovely green grass around the…
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Avon Downs Rest Area – Free Camp – NT

Avon Downs ... After leaving Barkly Homestead and heading towards Queensland we stopped for a break. Stopping at Avon Downs in Ranken. This 24 hours rest stop is 56 km before the NT/QLD border. History ... This is a basic stop on the main highway opposite a police station, with some interesting history. The longest sheep droving trip in Australian history ended here. Starting in Rich Avon, Victoria with 11,000 sheep and ending with 4,000 sheep 16 months later at Avon Downs, Northern Territory. There…
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Barkly Homestead Roadhouse Northern Territory pool

Barkly Homestead Roadhouse – Northern Territory

Barkly Homestead is a remote roadhouse and yet the nicest we have stayed at. From the dinner to the caravan parking, all very nice. This was our stop after Banka Banka Station a great but basic camp. Barkly Roadhouse was a little bit of luxury we were not expecting. After topping up with fuel we head in a checked out the roadhouse. With it's amazing looking pie's, cakes, restaurant and bar we new we would be back that night. The camp At Barkly you will…
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Banka Banka Station Northern Territory donkey

Banka Banka Station – From $10 – NT

Banka Banka is 290km south of the Daly Waters Pub and 100 km north of Tennant Creek.  Banka Banka Camp Once at the gates of the camp the rustic charm hits you. You are greeted by a couple of vintage, rusty old vehicles. I was met at the gate on arrival by one of the friendly hosts and sign in. I was thinking, with it being out of season the place would be empty. Was I wrong, it was going to be filling up all…
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caravan security tips for free camping

Caravan Security Tips When Free Camping

Caravan security is always a question when free camping and sometimes in caravan parks. If someone is out to steal a van or other items, they will go out prepared. Then there are the opportunist thieves that might see an easy target. The harder you make it for them the more likely they will be to go to an easier target. It's a deterrent if they are fumbling with the security measures you have taken. People around them will also notice. Our van is not…
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Daly Waters Pub - Northern Territory outside

Daly Waters Pub – from $9 – Northern Territory

Daly Waters After enjoying Bitter Springs in Mataranka we headed the 153 km South to Daly Waters Pub. You have to love an iconic Australian pub and this one is up there with the best. Daly Waters Camp At the time we were here the ground was dirt. Although you come to expect that out here. We chose to have power and water and picked a spot away from the pub. Being the second van to arrive we had our pick. The place filled up…
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Mataranka Bitter Springs Northern Territory swimming

Mataranka – Bitter Springs Caravan Park – NT

Mataranka is the place to visit Bitter Springs and Elsey National Park. Bitter Springs was one of those places we had heard about and seen photos of. After talking to Kaye and Peter at our previous stops (Timber Creek and Kathrine) we decided it sounded great. They had been before and new the nearest place to stay and some good tips for the springs. Bitter Springs Caravan Park This is the closest park to the springs which is a short stroll down the road. Mataranka…
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Boab Caravan Park NT

Boab Caravan Park – Katherine – Northern Territory

Boab Caravan Park is in Katherine South and is attached to a service station. It was recommended by Kaye and Peter who we meet at Timber Creek, our first stop over near the WA/NT border. Boab Service Station We missed the park at first as you have to drive through the petrol station. Once we filled up with fuel I booked us in. WikiCamps reviews say it's one of the smaller parks in Katherine and it is. But the actual parking bays are a good…
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Vehicle Accessories

What vehicle accessories if any do you need ? It's a interesting question that will vary greatly on your budget, your intentions on the road and your lifestyle choices. What we are listing below are the items we bought for our vehicle and whether we now consider it as being worth while or not. On our Holden Colorado 4wd we added the following additions. Items we now recommend Bullbar / Roobar - Yes recommended it, So would probably most Aussies out there that have ever…
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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
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      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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