Trip Around Australia

Trip Around Australia

Some decisions change people’s lives forever. For us, it was a crazy idea to go around Australia. We didn’t plan it, it just happened.

One day, a typical life in Melbourne, the next day we found ourselves under thousands of stars in Kimberley, deep river crossings in Kakadu National Park, eating camel pie in the Simpson desert, and driving through Australia’s longest shortcut.

We travelled with our 3 years old daughter and it was the best time of our life.

If you thought about your trip around Australia - don’t hesitate - do it!

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Day 1 of our Trip Around Australia

One day we decided to sell everything and go for a trip around Australia.

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Broken Hill – 3 amazing attractions

It is our second day of our trip around Australia and this time we headed to Broken Hill - a mining town in the middle of New South Wales outback.

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Fascinating Woomera and the road to Coober Pedy

First time we sleep on the red dirt at the Glendambo Roadhouse. On the way, we visited Woomera RAAF base and missle park.

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Coober Pedy opals and the awesome underground houses

Coober Pedy is a special outback town - the capital of Australia opals. The iconic underground houses make you feel odd but considering the temperature outside building them was a good idea.

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Agnes Creek – our first awesome free camping

Agnes Creek Rest Area is a free camping on Stuart Highway. It is a huge free campground where we stayed and had a campire and relax before hitting the road next day.

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Alice Springs – The Vibrant Red Centre

Alice Springs is the capital of the Red Centre in Australia with many attractions. Find out what you can see in Alice Springs: Desert Park, Reptile Centre, East MacDonnell, The Ghan, Telegraph Station and remote Arltunga Historical Reserve.

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Devils Marbles – stunning Karlu Karlu boulders

Devils Marbles are the gigantic round boulders that are the iconic feature of Norther Territory. This awesome nature attraction is located 410 km from Alice Springs.

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Mataranka – Beautiful Hot Springs

Mataranka is a great stop on the way to Katherine. It offers hot springs, Elsey National Park, Never Never museum and an old cemetery. It became our favourite place in Australia.

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Katherine Gorge – the majestic Nitmiluk National Park

Katherine Gorge is part of the majestic Nitmiluk National Park. We visited this spectacular sandstone country by going on a boat cruise and walking around the gorge.

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Litchfield National Park – stunning waterfalls and magnetic termite mounds

Litchfield National Park was one of our long-waited attractions. It surprised us with Magnetic Termite Mounds, beautiful falls, waterholes and amazing cascades.

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Visiting 11 best attractions in Darwin

We spent in Darwin 4 weeks and it was our best time so far in our trip. We visited more then 11 best attractions in Darwin and we fully enjoyed this time.

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5 must see attractions around Darwin

Driving around Darwin was a pleasure. Check our best 5 attractions around Darwin.

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Corroboree Billabong – the best wetland cruise before Kakadu

Corroboree Billabong is a majestic place to visit. It is similar to Yellow Waters in Kakadu Park but without crowding tourists. The sunset cruise is a must!

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Ubirr, Nourlangie and Jim Jim Falls

Read and learn about:

Ubirr - Aboriginal art and stunning sunset

Nourlangie - best Aboriginal art

Jim Jim Falls - how to get there and why is worth it

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Arnhem Land – the stunning stone country

Visiting Arnhem Land was a great experience. We crossed Cahills Crossing, saw open art gallery and aboriginal burial site. Then we visited Oenpelli. Best day ever!

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Kakadu National Park

We stayed at Muirell Campground, visited Yellow Waters, Sandy Billabong and Nanguluwur Art Site

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Gunlom Falls and stunning rock pools

Gunlom Falls are great place to relax. There is a big campground at the bottom of the falls, next to the plunge pool. Also, you can walk to the top of the fall and have a dip in a rock pool.

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Gregory National Park

Gregory National Park is located 50 km off Victoria Highway. You can drive Bullita Stock Route, visit Bullita Homestead and see unique baobab trees.

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Lake Argyle – The Jewel of the Kimberley

Lake Argyle offers beautiful views over the lake, walking tracks and infinite pool at the caravan park.

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Kununurra – the gateway to Kimberley

Kununurra is a town where everybody stops after or before hitting Gibb River Road and going in/out from Kimberley. The town has a few attractions: Ivanhoe Crossing, Kelly's Knob Lookout, Mirima National Park and Lake Kununurra.

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3 Best Walks in Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park)

In Bungle Bungles you find orange and black sandstone domes, awesome walks and lookouts. There is only one place in the world like Bungle Bungles.

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Stunning 5 Rivers Lookout in Wyndham

Wyndham is full of attractions like: The Grotto, Big Saltie, Parry Lagoon, Afghan Cemetery, and Diggers Rest Station. The best one is 5 Rivers Lookout.

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El Questro – The Heart of the Kimberley

El Questro is a huge private property with numerous tourist attractions: El Questro Gorge, Zebedee Hot Springs and Saddleback Ridge Lookout.

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Mitchell Falls – 3 spectacular cascade falls

Mitchell Falls are the best waterfalls in Australia. There is no doubt about it. On the way, we stayed in Drysdale River Station and King Edward Campground.

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4 Stunning Kimberley Gorges

We visited 4 stunning Kimberley Gorges closely located off Gibb River Road: Wunnamurra Gorge, Burnett Gorge, Manning Gorge and Bell Gorge.

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Windjana Gorge – #1 place to spot freshwater crocodiles

Windjana Gorge is the best place in Australia to see freshwater crocodiles. It is almost guaranteed to spot them. We were also lucky plus we saw awesome Tunnel Creek.

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Derby – the highest tide in Australia and 2nd in the World

Derby is located just before entering Gibb River Road. For us it was a clean up time and fishing. We visited Derby wharf with it highest tide of 11.8 meters.

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Dampier Peninsula – amazing pindan cliffs and white sand beaches

Dampier Peninsula is home to contrasting pindan cliffs, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. I had a chance to catch queenfish with bare hands from the artificial pool locals created.

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Broome – the luxury pearling capital of Australia

Broome is the pearling capital of Australia. Apart from that, it offers Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, Staircase to the Moon, Cable Beach and access to Dampier Peninsula.

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80 Mile Beach – best fishing and huge shells

80 Mile Beach is the best place to collect huge, colourful shapes shells in Australia. You can catch a big fish too: Trevally, Queenfish or even Mackerel.

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Karijini National Park – best mini gorges in Australia

Karijini National Park is a Kingdom of Mini Gorges. It offers beautiful lookouts and challenging walks. There is even a mountain to climb.

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Ningaloo Reef – the best place to watch humpback whales

Ningaloo Reef is an exceptional place where you find coral reefs in your footsteps, close to the shore. From the hill, you can watch majestic humpback whales.

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Coral Bay – awesome snorkelling paradise

Coral Bay is located at the edge of the Ningaloo Reef. This is where you snorkel off the beach to see the reef, fish, mantas and turtles - a little paradise on a desert.

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Impressive 1 Mile Carnarvon Jetty

Carnarvon Jetty is the most sought attraction of Carnarvon. The jetty is 1 mile long and there is great fishing from the jetty.

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Monkey Mia – unique bottlenose dolphin paradise

Monkey Mia is a paradise for bottlenose dolphins. There is place where dolphins arrive every day for feeding and tourist can book a tour to see them up close.

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Our Unforgettable Shell Beach Experience

Have you ever seen a beach made of shells? Welcome to Shell Beach in Francois Peron Peninsula. On this beach you only find white shells instead of sand...

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Spectacular Kalbarri cliffs and gorges

Kalbarri is spectacualar. It has Kalbarri National Park, Kalbarri cliffs, Kalbarri gorges, and the newest Kalbarri Skywalk.

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Geraldton Museum – touching maritime stories

Geraldton is a place with many tourist attractions. We found Geraldton Museum as one with many touching maritime stories about ships that sank here.

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The Pinnacles – amazing limestone formations

The Pinnacles are located in Nambung National Park. They have various shapes: jagged, sharp-edged columns, rising to a point or some look like tombstones.

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Amazing Perth Art Gallery, Western Australia Museum and Perth Zoo

Perth is a modern city with mild weather. We had an opportunity to see Perth Art Gallery, Western Australia Museum and the Zoo. It was enjoyable time!

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Stunning Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum and old town

Fremantle is an amazing place that reminded us of Europe. We visited a Round House, Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum and the most interesting Fremantle Prison.

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Kalgoorlie Super Pit

Kalgoorlie is a big mining town but the main attraction is Kalgoorlie Super Pit. Other things to see are the Museum of the Goldfields and the local market.

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Dead Gwalia ghost town and 51 Lake Ballard sculptures

Before we started our adventure on Great Central Road we visited Lake Ballard sculptures by Antony Gormley and Gwalia ghost town.

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Crossing Great Central Road with a 3 years old

Driving through the real outback is an amazing experience. We hardly passed any cars but spotted numerous wrecks.

First stop: Tjukayirla Roadhouse

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Crossing Great Central Road with a 3 years old

We felt really isolated on this empty road without any soul around. In the first 2 days, we counted 202 car wrecks.

We stopped at Warakurna Roadhouse.

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Crossing Great Central Road with a 3 years old

We successfully completed the first part of Australia Greatest Shortcut and stayed in Yulara.

On the way, we helped some strangers as their trailer broke down.

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Stunning 6 km Kings Canyon Walk

Kings Canyon walk was spectacular. I think this is the biggest canyon in Australia. The walls of the canyon are huge and the views are stunning.

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Unforgettable Plenty Highway to Mount Isa

We continued our longest Australia shortcut through Plenty Highway, stayed for a night at Arthur River free camping and finally enjoyed mining town of Mount Isa.

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Unforgettable Plenty Highway to Mount Isa

In our final stretch in Plenty Highway we saw dancing brolgas next to the road, then we passed a small Urandagi town to finally landed in Mount Isa.

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Karumba and astonishing dancing brolgas

Karumba is the place where we spotted dozens of dancing brolgas, wild pigs, wild horses, red-tailed black cockatoos and hundreds of wallabies.

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Alluring Undara Lava Tubes

Undara Lava Tubes reminded us what happened here millions of years ago. We went for a guided tour at the last minute as they were closing before the wet season.

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Spectacular Daintree National Park – ancient 180 million old rainforest

Daintree National Park is a 180 million old, world heritage listed rainforest. We spent a few days visiting Daintree Discovery Centre, tasting exotic fruits and going for walks.

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Port Douglas – amazing Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas and its Four Mile Beach is amazing for us. It has this unique luxurious holiday atmosphere and tropical vibe that makes us returning to this town.

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Vibrant town of Kuranda and Barron Falls

Scenic Kuranda offers a lot. This time we went on a shortcut taking Black Mountain Road from Port Douglas to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Barron Falls.

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12 Best Tableland and Cairns attractions 

Cairns is a beautiful tropical town and Atherton Tableland is a wild, dark, rainforest. We list and recommend the 12 best places in the Tableland and Cairns attractions.

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Amazing Kearneys Falls and Cattana Wetlands

Our second week in Cairns we spent on driving around Cairns. We visited Kearneys Falls, Barron Gorge Hydro Power Station, Cattana Wetlands and Yorkeys Knob.

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Awesome Tully Falls National Park Falls and Babinda Kayaking

Innisfail is a great stop to drive around Tully Falls National Park. Also, we went for Babinda Kayaking, The Boulders and Josephine Falls.

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Mission Beach and Dunk Island – beautiful victims of cyclone Yasi

Mission Beach and Dunk Island were strongly hit by category 5 cyclone Yasi. Both places survived but it took years to fully recover.

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Wallaman Falls with stunning 305 meters water drop

Wallaman Falls has a 305 meters water drop that is the highest water drop in Australia. Ingham is also close to isolated Hinchinbrook Island that is a must to explore.

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Paluma National Park – mesmerizing historic arch bridge from 1933

Paluma National Park is the southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Jourama Falls and Mount Spec are places that everyone should visit.

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Magnetic Island – fascinating koala tropical paradise

Magnetic Island is a tropical island with beautiful palm-fringed beaches, granite boulders, hoop pines and fringing coral reefs. It is a snorkelling paradise too.

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7 best Townsville attractions

Read about the 7 best Townsville attractions that we visited while our stay in Townsville. Our best spot was Castle Hill where you can enjoy 360-degree town view.

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Amazing snorkelling at Reef World and Whitsunday Islands

Airlie Beach was an excellent outpost for our reef world snorkelling boat cruise and Whitsunday Island and Hamilton Island adventures.

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Free Rockhampton Zoo and our first Rodeo

Rockhampton is famous for its Angus beef and you can get the best steak here. Rockhampton Zoo was the only free zoo in Australia we visited so far.

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Monto homestead – our unforgettable outback experience

We had an opportunity to see a typical outback life in a homestead around Monto. Seeing beautiful horses and Kroombit Tops National Park was great too.

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Fragile Mon Repos Turtle Hatchlings and Bundaberg Rum Distillery

Mon Repos is famous for its largest turtle hatcher in Australia. Visitors can see a female turtle laying eggs or small turtle hatchlings.

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Breathtaking Sunsets at Hervey Bay and Woodgate Beach

Hervey Bay is a very relaxing place with a long, sandy beach shielded by Fraser Island. Urangan Pier is 868 meters long making it an excellent fishing spot.

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Impressive Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Sunshine Coast Hinterland is an amazing place full of rainforest walks, scenic drive, stunning lookouts and historic buildings. Later we got lost in Glass House Mountains.

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Gold Coast Hinterland and joyful theme parks

Gold Coast was our second last stop in our trip around Australia. We had chance to see the Gold Coast Hinterland, theme parks, Sand Arts Festival and The Polish Place.

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Brisbane is great – 10 months camping around Australia summary

In this post, we summarize our camping around Australia. We consider if it was worth it and what challenges we had to undertake.

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Visiting 11 Best Attractions in Darwin

The first impression of Darwin was very positive. It is smaller in comparison to other capital cities. Old buildings, or what’s left of them are well preserved and I can bet, they have a lot of stories to tell. The City has a unique relaxed charm of the tropics.

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