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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Our Big Lap In One Year

We left the Whitsundays in Queensland in December 2017 and one year on we are passing the point where we started. Like most full timers there were no plan as to how long we would take to do a lap, only that we would be on the road indefinitely. As there was no real plan, we went with the flow. The flow took us like a river, rapidly through some spots and gently meandering through others. Meandering merrily With so much to see we chose…

21 Gift ideas for caravanning and Camping

These are some gift ideas for friends and family that like to hit the road.  Lets think light weight and portable Click on the Orange names, they will take you to the link for that gift.    1. Gift Cards – These days you can get gift cards for so many things. Fuel cards – Who doesn't need fuel while they travel try BP, Woolworths and Coles express. Note some cards have a use by date. Also not every state or territory may have that…
standing in front of the bungle bungles

Bungle Bungles and Free Camping at Spring Creek Rest Area – WA

Bungle Bungles.. The Bungle Bungles were always number one on my list of things to see. I had seen TV footage of flights over this world heritage area of Purnululu National Park and was in awe. How remote, ancient and colourful, just incredible. These natural forming banded sandstone domes were formed over 360 million years ago I'm not really into tourist attractions and although thousands of tourists visit the Bungles, this is different. This is nature at its best and I loveee Nature! Until recently…
Larrawa Station WA

Larrawa Station Nature Stay – WA

We arrived at Larrawa after our drive north from Fitzroy Crossing. Jan, who we had met there said we should check it out. Larrawa Station You enter off the main highway through a gate to a 4km dirt road. Any vehicle can use it. They even use it in the wet season. We were the first to arrive and chose a spot near the seating area. Sites have water but no power. Skye, who came to collect our money said the water is very good.…
Fitzroy crossing River Lodge Western Australia

Fitzroy Crossing – Fitzroy River Lodge – WA

Fitzroy Crossing Fitzroy River Lodge is an oasis or is that a mirage? in Fitzroy crossing. We were not expecting it at all. We had chatted to someone at the Boab Tree free camp down the road, he had recommended it. The Main Lodge We drove in to what looked like a nice hotel or country club. The reception area again is like a hotel lobby with lovely couches and information desk. They also have a couple of computers for use in this area. Attached…
Boab Tree rest area camp

Boab Tree Rest Area – Free Camp – Camballin – WA

The Boab Tree This stop is by a huge Boab tree. We wanted to see it as it looked like something from prehistoric days. It's between Broome and Fitzroy Crossing. It is a mammoth size tree that people have sadly written on over the years. In saying that the writing gives an indication of the how long it has been standing. Lets hope it stands for many more years, without the writing would be nice. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="8737,8736,8734"] The Camp If like us you…
Nillibubbica Rest area WA toilets and dump point

Nillibubbica Rest Area – Free Camp – Waterbank – WA

One of our rest stops along the Great Northern highway was Nillibubbica Rest Area. A large dirt area big enough for any size rig. This is about 100km north of Broome as we were heading towards Fitzroy Crossing. A few other people had stopped to do the same thing. It's a handy place with toilets and a dump point. We had a chat and a coffee with some other travellers in one of the undercover seating areas. As with other free camps along this stretch…
two people at Divers Tavern Broome Western Australia

Broome and Palm Grove Holiday Resort – WA

Broome was not a must do on our list although the sunsets and camels looked like it was worth a visit. WikiCamps was checked and we chose Palm Grove Holiday Resort. One of the reasons we chose it was because it was close to the Cable Beach. Palm Grove You do feel like you are driving in to a resort as you park under the front entrance. The reception is also very nice and has all your tour brochures in the information area. We paid…

Goldwire Rest Area – 24 hr free camp – WA

We were going to be taking a break from our journey at Goldwire Rest Area but ended up staying the night. This large 24hr free camp has all you need and had a good feel about it. It also had a much needed breeze. You will find it between Eighty mile beach and Broome. The ground is mainly gravel but you will find a few slabs to park on or next to. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="8275,8281"] As well as the many undercover seating areas…

Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park – WA

After leaving the lovely Pardoo station we headed to Eighty Mile Beach, around 130Km away. Stopping at Pardoo Roadhouse for a decent coffee and topping up with fuel. Much like Pardoo, Eighty Mile Beach Caravan park has an unsealed road. A little corrugated but fine for two wheel drive if you take it easy. We were overtaken by another caravan eager to get to the beach even though we were doing 65kmh. Leaving us in a dust trail and flicking up stones so we had…
Pardoo Station caravan park beach

Pardoo Station Stay – WA

Other travellers had told us about Pardoo station so we chose to give it a go. It's down an unsealed dirt road and a little corrugated. You don't need an off road vehicle but we took it slowly. Pardoo is between Port Hedland and Eighty Mile Beach. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="7322,7304"] As soon as we arrived I wanted to stay longer. It just has a nice feel about it. It also has a swimming pool. In 35C heat I was sold :) We chose…
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 Western Australia 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…


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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


      • Laz
      • April 2, 2017

      *chuckles*… your on a roll Jeanette …. *high five*. :thumbsup:

    • Colin Peckham
    • May 27, 2017

    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

      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

    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

      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

        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…!!!


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