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Smalleys Beach Camp Cape Hillsborough Queensland

Smalleys Beach Camp – Cape Hillsborough – Queensland

Having checked out a couple of island beach camps we headed to Smalleys beach on the mainland. Smalleys Beach is at Cape Hillsborough National Park. This stunning location is less than 7pp. About 45 minutes NE of Mackay you hit the narrow 4km gravel road that will take you to the entrance. This is fine…
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Steens Beach – Whitsunday Island – Queensland

When looking for a small secluded camp, on a Great Barrier Reef island, look no further than Steens Beach. Heading here in our friends boat we spotted whales gracefully gliding through the calm waters. Hoping to see them breach as you see on TV but to no avail. Still, seeing them on the humpback highway…
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Hayman Island

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Work in the Whitsundays  - Hayman Island  Situated in the stunning Great Barrier Reef is one of the most northern Islands of the Whitsundays, Hayman Island. Currently closed and under construction. There are positions available during, and in some cases, after the reconstruction phase. To check them out click the below images that apply to…
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Halliday Bay Golf Club Queensland camping RV caravan sea view

Halliday Bay Golf Course Camp – Queensland

You can find this beach side camp at Halliday Bay, 40 minutes north of Mackay, 1.5 hours South of Airlie Beach and only 10 minutes to Cape Hillsborough. Whether you're into golf or not this camp is not one to be missed. This is all about location location location. See the short video at the…
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Maureens Cove Hook Island whitsundays camping

Maureens Cove Camp – Hook Island – Whitsundays – Queensland

Have you ever wanted to camp on a secluded island? Maureens Cove might be what you have always dreamed of and for less then $7. This camp is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) and it's 74 islands. We were lucky enough to be offered a ride in a friends boat, how…
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Whitsundays White Haven Beach sea plane

Whitsundays and Airlie Beach Camping and Adventures

Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef  Base yourself in the small coastal town of Airlie Beach the gateway to 74 islands in Whitsundays. It has a great vibe. You can hear live music, eat great food and go on great adventures. Airlie has a music festival every year but you don't have to wait for it. You…
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WITI Wireless Trailer Interface and Anti Theft

Security with technology   Picture the following scenario in your minds eye.... Your travelling Australia and come across a great free camp in the middle of nowhere. The Sun is shining and the birds are chirping. The surroundings next to that dream spot by the flowing river is full of peace and tranquility. You're thinking…
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Caravan Diesel Heater

Our van is a 21ft Jayco Starcraft which we have been living in for two years. Like others, we thought we would follow the sun but that isn't always the case. We often talked about getting some form of diesel heater for those colder times. As we work while on the road (see here) and farm…
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The park Mackay caravan parking

The Park – Mackay – Queensland

The park was our first ever stop when we bought our van back in 2016. It was our stop again when we went back to Jayco Mackay for a service. On both occasions the staff and other caravanners were friendly and chatty. The BBQ area had been updated and is a good place to cook…
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General Gordon Hotel Sandiford

General Gordon Hotel – Sandiford – Queensland

The General Gordon Hotel is 20 km south of Mackay's CBD. It's close to Homebush, also the name of the road its on. We arrived early in the morning and noticed quite a few vans parked up. We didn’t stay but wanted to check it out while in the area. We were staying at the…
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O'Connell River Caravan Park

O’Connell River Caravan Park – Bloomsbury – Queensland

O'Connell River is 45km south of Airlie Beach and 100km north of Mackay We headed here for a night to see a couple of mates. One had his parents staying in their bus for a few days. A great night was had with card tricks, drinking and them making us a lovely dinner. We heard…
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Bloomsbury BP free camp Queensland

Free Camp – Bloomsbury – Queensland

Bloomsbury is between Airlie Beach and Mackay. This free camp is a huge gravel pit located at the BP petrol Station. As you can see any size rig will fit here. Tents were also camped on the grass area at the back. Road noise may be an issue to some depending on traffic that night.…
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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

    ????????????????????????

      • Laz
      • April 2, 2017
      Reply

      *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
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    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
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        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…

    • Coral
    • May 2, 2018
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    Hi What a great site, we are just preparing for our journey, long way to go – hopefully on the road in 2019. I was just wondering how you added the google map with destinations. are you able to show us not so computer literate people how to mark our journeys and details. We will be travelling with 3 dogs so will be so great to keep details easily of great rest stops and places we love. I will continue to follow your journey to learn for our journey. May we meet up on the road one day. Thank you for this great blog and site. happy travels

      • Laz
      • May 3, 2018
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      Hi Coral

      The google maps is done via a plugin for WordPress (plugin is called google maps easy). WordPress is a website platform that you design and make websites with. If your not making a website then something like Wikicamps https://www.wikicamps.com.au/ will also give you option to add a track and points on a map as you travel. You can then share that with friends.
      Hope that helps
      Happy travels

    • Loyla Whitworth
    • August 4, 2018
    Reply

    So your device is not suitable for a Motorhome?

      • Laz
      • August 5, 2018
      Reply

      If your referring to the WITI device from Leisure Technologies then your better off with a car alarm or immobiliser for your motorhome as the functions of the WITI is more suited to trailers and caravans with electric brakes.

    • Glenda Lunn
    • August 11, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Sue & Laz, so excited to find your site as there’s so much great information. I was really interested in your Nullarbor camp sites item as it’s one of my husband and my dream trips, it’s great to see someone say how good it is and not Nullarboring as we often hear. Looking forward to whatever ever you post in the future. Cheers Phil & The Dragon (Glenda) 😁

      • Sue
      • August 11, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Glenda AKA the lovely Dragon 😉 and Phil,
      If The Nullarbor is your dream trip you will love it. As you have seen in our post, it has so many great free camps. We loved the quietness and scenery.
      Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you find more information that might help with your travels.
      Happy camping 😀

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