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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. These photos are from our stay back when we first got the van The Park This is a large grassy…
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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. As with the Bakers Creek Tavern, 9km north (See here) we didn’t stay but wanted to check it…
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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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Bakers Creek Tavern Hotel

Bakers Creek Tavern – Queensland

Bakers Creek Tavern is 11km from Mackay CBD. We didn’t stop here but wanted to check it out. We were close by, staying at Mycow caravan park (see here) We also looked at The General Gordon Pub (see here) Parking behind the hotel Caravan parking is behind the pub in the large…
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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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Mycow Mackay river fishing

Mycow from $18 – Mackay – Queensland

Mycow was always on my radar. It's strange name, good reviews and price were all draw cards for me. Looking at the website a couple of years ago their main focus was long term and workers accommodation. They now focus equally on Camping and caravanning. Mycow We checked in with the friendly hosts and were…
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Winton Matilda Country Tourist Park Queensland

Winton – Qld – Matilda Country Tourist Park

Where's Winton? I seem to have missed writing about our stop at Winton. This was our stop between the famous "Walkabout Creek Pub" at Mackinlay (see here) and Longreach Tourist Park (here) and the Longreach free camp (here) Winton, as most people know, is where Banjo Paterson Penned “Waltzing Matilda”. It is also the Dinosaur…
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Emerald big easel sunflowers

Emerald – RV Camp and Park – Queensland

Emerald is in the central highlands of Queensland. This was our next stop after staying at Jericho Showgrounds. The visitors centre is home to the big Easel which is a staggering 25 metres high. The painting of Van Gogh's sunflowers is one of seven reproductions in the world by artist Cameron Cross. Emerald has a…
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JericHo Showgrounds CAMPING

Jericho Showgrounds – Queensland

Jericho Showgrounds is in central west Queensland. An hour from Barcaldine and 30 minutes from Alpha. This is a small outback town on the Capricorn Highway with less then 500 people. Jericho Showgrounds We arrived to find a few vans large and small enjoying this camp. Some had been here for quite few days and…
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Longreach outback hall of fame riding a cow

Longreach Tourist Park – Queensland

Longreach is home to quite a few tourist attractions. The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is one of them, this is next to the outback Heritage Centre. Then you have the famous Qantas Founders Museum. Find this place of many wonders between Winton and Barcaldine in the central west. I had been here before with…
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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…
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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
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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
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      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
    Reply

    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

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