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Exploring NSW South Coast.

Stretching from Sydney to the border, the south coast boasts, sheer beauty and diversity.

With quaint towns between the unspoilt wilderness. This provides a atmosphere for a relaxing and adventurous experience.

With plenty of National Parks to explore, pristine beaches to stroll along and wilderness to discover.

It makes anyone’s road trip, one not to forget.

Depending which direction you are starting from. Beginning from Sydney South is the Illawarra region. From here you get a real feel for the breathtaking backdrops of mountains along the coast.

The Sea Ciff offers rewarding views before reaching Wollongong ,the major city in this region.

Going further south from here is Shoalhaven home to Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley and several beautiful National Parks.

Nowra being the largest coastal town in NSW in situated in this region.

This area boasts spectacular views. With the lush golden countryside, backdrops of mountain ranges and only being a short drive to the coast. It’s enough to make you want to find the nearest estate agent and settle here.

We were fortunate to stay with a friend in the small town of Robertson. Situated in a picturesque area.

Jervis Bay only a short drive is home also to some beautiful secluded bays. With Crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.

We enjoyed soaking up the sunshine and swimming in the warm waters.

Continuing south lies the beautiful Eurobodalla region, stretching for over 100 km of beautiful coastline. This journey begins from Batemans Bay extending to the town of Naaromba.

All the townships between such as Moruya, Bodalla, Tuross, Bogo. Have a unique feel to them most having local produce for you to sample.

All providing scenic views of the waterways, bush land and the coastline.

We enjoyed our time here, staying with a friend made it extra memorable, we literally didn’t want to leave.

From here the road continues to the Sapphire coast known as Bega valley.

This is also the most southerly region of NSW. Bega being the centre point is a rural country town. Rich in dairy farming. No surprises why they based a cheese manufacturer here.

Within short distances are many coastal towns. Bermingui known for its deep game fishing, coastal walks. it’s also home to the blue pools. Providing a great natural swimming experience

The Sapphire coast spreads across some spectactalur land. Eden being tbe most southerly region of NSW, its recognised for its whaling history , beautiful bush walks and timber industries.

It’s a great location to explore, with whale watching , water way and hiking attractions.

The south coast is definitely a memorable and worth while coastal trip. Its the perfect spot to be to witness some stunning sunrises. Not foregtting all the beaches and bush land to discover.

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Canberra Australias thriving cosmopolitian city

Heading South of Forbes we took the opportunity to explore Australias capital city Canberra.

With a diverse range of dining, Shopping, entertainment and neighbourhoods it has something for everything. Also renowned for its cool climate wines.

Lake Burley being the central piece of Canberra. It’s the Perfect place for taking in the views and national icons. Such as the Parliament, National Library and museums.

It’s also a lovely place to walk, cycle or enjoy a picnic.

With plenty of attractions around. Most being free, Canberra has a wide range of history and heritage.

The Australian Parliament house offers free daily tours. To Explore the iconic archintecture, with over 4600 rooms and art collections. Its also celebrating its 30th anniversiary. Parking is free for 2 hours.

House of Representatives chamber

The Australian War Memorial, A shrine remembering those who served in wars. It’s definitely an educational experience.

Most things being in walking distance. The national library, has a board collection of books, artifacts from Captain James Cook, and materials from the 2000 Olympic games.

Just a short drive from the centre is the Royal Mint museum

Opened in 1965 this museum in deakin has produced over 15 billion coins. It’s an interesting place, allowing the public to observe the production line.

With Plenty of the museums to explore and educate you and all being free.

Questacon being a great experience for the whole family. With many science and entertainment hands on exhibits.

Mount Ainslie situated behind the War Memorial is a lovely lookout point over Canberra. Providing amazing views from the top. With Options to either hike up through the forest or enjoy the easy option of driving up.

The Canberra region is a great base for exploring the beautiful coast and the rural countryside. Only a 2 hour drive between the delights of the coast.

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Cattle station life in NSW

Travelling directly from Melbourne to the Central West region of NSW. We had accepted a temporary role working on a cattle station 35km from the town of Forbes.

Forbes being a elegant town, with lovely parks and gardens. It’s mostly known for its rural economy based around cattle sale yards.

We had accepted a job position on a 14,000 hectare cattle station in the area of Jemalong.

With over 7000 cattle we were in for a new experience.

Our main roles during this time were General farm hands. Helping with the weaning of 2500 calves, drafting, vaccinations and feeding.

Aswell as mustering and getting the opportunity to pregnancy test the cows.

Working from when the sun came up until the sun went down. With nothing around us. Working was our best option.

It was a male dominant environment, so often being a woman. They didnt expect me to be capable of tasks. However I always got my hands dirty and was willing to try.

From fixing the cattle yards, to using front loaders and motorbikes.

It was a full on and physical job definitely kept us active. With our little home in the middle of a paddock surrounded by livestock. It was the perfect place.

We took the opportunity to explore the area when we had some free time.

Orange being the next bigger city 150km away. It also is rich in history. And known for its cool climate wines.

We spent several months working on the station before heading onto the city of Canberra.

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Road trip of a lifetime,exploring the East and South of Tasmania

Stretching across the east to the south, this part of Tasmania has some real Stunning coastline, historic heritage and authentic cuisines.

Heading South from the central Highlands, Mt Field National Park is listed as Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage.

A great network of hikes, ranging from Alpine to sealed tracks. There is something for everyone.

Russell falls being the highlight, a beautiful three tier waterfall.

In particular the Lake Dobson to the Tarn shelf track is a spectacular one.

From here Hobart is a great base. Being one of Australias oldest capitals, it’s situated on the doorstep of Mt Wellington, this little harbour city is buzzing with history and has some vibrant galleries and cafes.

The Salamanca markets and Mona being top of the lists with many visitors.

Within in every direction the region boasts activities and experiences.

South of Hobart is the beautiful island of Bruny. Just a short ferry ride, Clear waters, stunning coastline and local treats can be discover on this diverse island.

Heading South of Hobart is the beautiful Huon Valley. With vineyards and orchards situated in every corner. Producing some of tassies finest food and drink.

South West from here is Harzt Mountain National Park. Home to some incredible glacier lakes and lush vegetation. With a varied selection of hikes to choose from. The weather varies often even in the summer months.

A short drive from here, is the Tahune forest air walk, with stunning views of the landscape. Several hours can easily be spent soaking up the views from above.

Travelling through lush landscapes is so relaxing, especially venturing to the most Southern point of Australia.

Little Blue Lake

During the summer months this part is paradise. The South West national park is home to Cockle Creek, around two hours from Hobart. Sheltered bays, with backdrop views of the southern ranges with an abundance of wildlife.

Rich in heritage Southern Tasmania has so many magnificent attractions. Heading out of Hobart, the historic town of Richmond contains Australias oldest bridge aswell as some wonderful unique shops and galleries.

This area in particular is home to many unique wineries. We enjoyed spending an afternoon sampling some of the fruity wines at the Puddleduck vineyard.

Heading along the Arthur highway, the tasman peninsula is well worth exploring.

With many natural wonders including the Tessellated pavement, blowholes the Tasman Arch and some magnificent walking tracks. Including the three Capes.

The Cape Raoel in particular provides stunning views of the coastline and the organpipe cliffs.

It’s the perfect place to explore the beauty of Tasmania.

Also home to the World Heritage site Port Arthur and the coal mines. Personally a whole day should be spent exploring this historic site. The ticket Includes a two day pass, a short tour and a cruise to the Isle of the dead.

Heading along the Great Eastern drive which stretches from Orford to St Helens.

It’s a journey of stunning coastline, world famous beaches, magnificent national parks and fresh produce with can be enjoyed along the way.

The region boasts incredible views and adventure.

Home to the beautiful peninsula of Freycinet National Park. With a variety of activities, From short to several day long hikes, swimming fishing, kayaking or simply relaxing on a cruise whilst absorbing the natural beauty of Coles bay and Wineglass bay.

Wineglass bay has been rated as one of the World’s top beaches.

Following along the coastline, it’s full of opportunities to relax. With so many beautiful beaches it’s hard not to.

The Bay of fires is a special place. Stretching for over 50km from Binalong Bay up to Eddystone Point.

This part of Tasmania, some some pristine white beaches, turquoise waters and well regarded as one beautiful place in Australia.

Hands down Tasmania has some stunning places to explore in Australia and definitely taking a road trip is the best way to discover.

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Cradle country and the surrounds.

Cradle country, this region of Tasmania is the gateway to Cradle Mountain, Tasmanias most known and visited icon.

With its golden and lush pastures spreading across the beautiful mountain ranges it makes a great driving journey.

Offering different driving routes, from Burnie, Devonport and Latrobe. This area is a haven for wildlife and stunning scenery .

Cradle Mountain National Park, was Originally home of Gustav Weindorfer. He loved this area so much that he decided to name it a reserve. Which today it is known as a world heritage site.

The national park offers a great selection of hikes. It’s most famously known to being home to the northern part of the overland track. Stretching over 80 km, to the southern end of Cradle. Which meets with the National park of Lake St Clair.

With a selection of day hikes, We found the 2 hour Dove lake circuit to be a rewarding and easy hike in Cradle.

Lake St Clair originally formed from glaciers over two million years. This National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife. In particular platypuses are known to be residents

With many walks to also choose from, Alpine, forest and summits hikes.

We found the short walk passing the lake through to the Aboriginal rainforest to be a nice gentle walk.

Derwent Valley sits south of the National Park. Home to a big farming community, windy roads, the Wall in the Wilderness, which is known for its spectacular carvings from Huon Pine. It’s also the gateway to the pristine Franklin Gordon park.

Neighbouring areas, such as Mole Creek national park, has some fascinating landmarks. Mostly known for the King Solomon caves and the glow worms in Marakoopa cave.

Nestled also in the lush Tasmanian rainforests are Leven Canyon and Liffey Falls both beautiful peaceful spots and short drives from the north.

There are also great camping spots, with lots of friendly curious wildlife.

Situated by the Esk rivers, Launceston is the second biggest city. Boasting with heritage, food, sights and nice locals.

It’s a good Base to explore the picturesque Tamar Valley. Grindelwald being in the heart of the area which is surrounded by local vineyards and produce.

40 km from Launceston is the beautiful Ben lomond National Park, during the winter months it provides great Alpine skiing and spectacular scenery for hiking during the warmer months.

The drive itself to this mountain range is rewarding in itself.

The Cataract Gorge being in the centre of Launceston, offers a variety of hikes. Overlooking the river is a outdoor pool. Free of charge and open in all seasons.

The Narawntapu National park only being a short drive from Devonport , has some beautiful long stretches of sandy beaches. Mostly Known for an abundance of wildlife, especially Birdlife.

From here you can explore the picturesque countryside whilst sampling some of the finest Tasmanian treats.

So wherever you travel you will discover unforgettable experiences.

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Exploring the wild and diverse North West and West of Tasmania

Tasmania, or Tassie to the locals, is one spectacular and unique little island just off the mainland of Australia .

From Breathtaking forests, to snowy caped mountains, to crystal clear lakes, to cascading waterfalls, to golden sandy beaches to lush green pastures.

You can literally discover every kind of scenery and abundance of wildlife in Tasmania.

Catching an early morning ferry from Port Melbourne, we were fornunate to recieve a very calm 9 hour crossing over the Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania.

With a great selection of entertainment, seating and accommodation. It takes away the long duration.

Reaching Devonport around 630pm in the evening, we were welcomed by gorgeous warm weather.

Beginning from here we took our journey along the Bass strait highway, also known as the Great Nature trail which starts from the Narawntapu National park to the Talkine.

Giving you the opportunity to explore the small costal towns along the Bass Strait highway.

Penguin in particular is a pretty picturesque town, with a collection of penguins on the streets. It offers scenic walking trails and has one of the biggest Sunday markets on the island.

This region is known for being Tasmanias foodbowl and farmer markets thrive. It can definitely been witnessed by the spectacular landscapes, rich pastures and untouched Wilderness.

Burnie, this being one of the larger towns on the North coast. It has gone under a transformation in recent years. Once known as the industrial port to now a blooming artisan city.

The makers workshop was definitely worth the visit. Honouring the history, innovators and artists. Burnie also still produces paper by hand.

The visitors centre is also situated next to the Makers workshop, this is where you can purchase national parks passes for Tasmania. As there is plenty of them. We decided a 2 month National park pass for $60, seemed the most beneficial and cost effective.

Wynyard and the surrounds, has some beautiful and colourful landscapes, during spring the tulip farm is quite a picturesque spot. From here is a short drive to the natural wonder of Table Cape, an extinct volcanic vent.

Our first point of interest was Rocky Cape national park. Situated on the beautiful coastline of North West Tasmania. Known to be used over 10,000 years by the aboriginals. It’s home to some of the oldest Precambrian rocks in Tasmania.

The park offers some great coastal tracks. We spent an afternoon hiking the coastline which offers some very rewarding views.

It’s neighbours to some very pristine and beautiful beaches known as Boat Harbour and Sisters beach. You can easily spend an afternoon or day soaking up some vitamin d on a sunny day here.

From here the town of Stanley is worth a visit, dominated by the Nut an extinct volcano, offers a steep but rewarding hike to absorb the surrounding views. The town itself offers a quaint selection of shops and cafes.

We took our journey along some unsealed roads. Which lead us to the small coastal place of Marrawah. Known well for its farming community and surfing. Here you will find a pub and local conveniences.

Also a great free camping spot, with a short walk to the beach. It’s also the gateway to the Western Explorers highway.

Taking the Western Explorers highway you witness the wild and rugged wildness.

Corinna, is on the doorstep of the Talkine drive. A mining town set in a backdrop of beautiful forest. With a great choice of iconic walks, or cruises its a spot that absorbs you into the Wilderness.

There is the option to enjoy a short ride across the water via a two vehicle barge.

Queenstown, Zeehan, Tullah and Roseburg all being inland on the west close, they all are rich in mining history and within a short distance to forests and Lakes.

Nelson and Montezuma Falls both being close to the highways are stunning forest walks with cascading waterfalls.

Strahan being the largest coastal town situated on the Maquarie harbour. Originally established as a convict settlement.

Theatrical plays are performed in this town, reliving the last escape.

Huon Pine is very valued, and was used to ship buildings. Today it is recognise as a magnificent tree.

This area offers great and secluded free camping, overlooking the lake.

The west coast despite its remoteness it offers views of incredible rugged mountain ranges, lush green rainforests and some beautiful stretches of sandy beaches.

One road trip to remember.

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Favourite free camp spots in Australia

Free camping is a great way to explore Australia, we’ve found bush camping has lead us to some quiet and incredible places, that putting a price value on them would be hard. There are thousands of free camps all over the country from coast to the outback. Over the past year we have found the app Wiki camps to be an excellent tool, when seeking places to camp aswell as general information on areas.

It’s definitely been the biggest saving of our travels, we have found camps vary greatly, being open minded to what to expect. You meet some great people, I’ve even found people seem way friendlier.

Everyone is there to relax and have a good time. There has been so many spots that we have ended up staying at for days or weeks. Below are so far my ultimate favourites.

. JAMES PRICE POINT

Situated in the Kimberleys, 50km north of Broome, Western Australia. This area is well worth the sandy drive up to. Recommend 4WD but I have known 2WD to access it also. Set amongst the Red Pindan cliffs and golden sandy beaches it makes a stunning backdrop.

We spent three days alone in this spot. It’s so peaceful, with an array of wildlife around. No facilities are available, so being self sufficient is required.

During our time in Broome, we camped at this spot 3 times, for a duration of 2 Weeks. Great fishing spot.

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FINKE RIVER

Situated in the West Macdonnell Ranges just north of Glen Helen on the Larapinta Drive in NT. The Finke is one of the largest rivers in Central Australia. This area is recommended for 4WD with high clearance, it has no facilities, but it’s a free, clean, quiet and close to all the beautiful water holes and sightseeing spots. We enjoyed spending a night in this spot, the night sky was absolutely incredible. Definitely a haven for star gazing. It’s so peaceful it makes you feel like the only people in the world.

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MORRIS PASS LOOKOUT Situated 30 kms of Kings Canyon in Northern Terrority. This camp is marked as a 24 hour rest area. It also has no facilities, but offers spectacular views of sunset. Although we didn’t have this area to ourselves it offers plenty of space and secluded spots overlooking the ranges. Definitely a great spot for solar power. . NORA CREINA Situated along the limestone coast in South Australia, this place is a hidden gem. Four wheeled drive access is required, to get around and over the sand dunes But is also worth the drive either from Robe or Beachport. We spent the Christmas period in this spot and it was so lovely and peaceful. Metres from the beach it was the perfect secluded location with great 4wd tracks. .

COCKLE CREEK Situated at the most Southern point of Tasmania. Cockle Creek sits on beautiful Recherche Bay at the the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It’s the furthest point south that one can drive in Australia. Definitely one of Tasmanias hidden gems. It’s the perfect free camp, walking distance to some of the clearest water, white sandy beaches and untouched bush with an abundance of wildlife. It’s drinking water and nee long drop toliets. We enjoyed meeting the local residents, Tasmanian Devils, Quolls and wallabies. It’s definitely a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy nature. .

MAQUARIE HEADS Situated north of the town of Strahan on the West coast of Tasmania. This area is a perfect spot, for being secluded and amongst nature. We were fornunate to find a peaceful spot to ourselves over looking the water. There are also no facilities, so being self contained is helpful. With what feels like an endless list of beautiful free camps. It’s been great to get off the grid and discover some of these amazing places.