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We left on our trip around Australia when our youngest was 6 months old. Because our other two kids aged, 2 years and 3.5 years they were to sleep on the middle and top bunks. Therefore our little babe was on the very bottom.

I decided to do it this way, incase she was to ever fall out, it wouldn't be too far of a drop!

Our 2 year old (Billy) had already been sleeping in a bed for about 8 months prior to hitting the road, so he was familiar with being in a 'big boy' bed. The top 2 bunks both have a bed rail built into the bed and a ladder down the end, so it looked pretty safe for them. Over 2 years on the road and we've only had two falls out of the bunks from Billy (middle bunk).

When we first left we didn't have anything on our youngest, Charli's bed to keep her from falling out of her bed. Because she was so young it wasn't an issue initially, but as the months passed on, it was time to keep her contained.

I did loads of research. A bed rail would work as she would climb out and over it. I was particularly keen on anything with zippers, as I know that with three kids on board, for sure they would bust! We tried a cargo net, but we couldn't manage to secure it properly without it falling off occasionally. With a baby yanking on it and pushing her body weight onto the netting, it really wasn't working. I wasn't able to find anything affordable, durable and easy enough to get her in and out. I was still breastfeeding and when teething (and just being a baby), she would wake through the night, therefore I needed something that was easy to manoeuvre in the dark.

So, after a light bulb moment chatting with my handy husband, he suggested we get a baby gate. Hallelujah!! So in a bout 3 seconds flat I jumped in the car and headed for BigW. Straight into the baby section to purchase a safety gate for $40. Now, let me tell you, this is by far, money well spent!

It was super easy to install and if you've ever put up a safety gate, you'll have it up in no time. We used the extender bars so it reached the whole length of the bunk bed. I loved it as it was easy to get her in and out if she was sleeping and often she fell asleep feeding, so I was able to open the gate and pop her in without getting her in over a bed rail or unzipping.

All the best with keeping those little ones of you're contained! We all love a good nights sleep.'

 

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Two kilometres of beachfront caravan and camping with a pub and a grocery store across the road!! HOW BLOODY GOOD IS THAT!!!!!

When you check in here at the Bridport Seaside Caravan Park, you will be greeted by a champion bloke called, "Rodney".  If there was a competition for the friendliest park manager in Australia, we want to nominate him for the prize! So many great sites to choose from along the length of this park & all of them only a short stroll to the calm clear waters of Bridport's beaches. 





Large grassy sites, free herb gardens and a foreshore walking trail that runs for 2km along the beach are just a few extras you get while staying here. The park has an excellent camp kitchen, plenty of amenities blocks throughout and just about every site has a water view! There is also a fantastic kids playground (with a flying fox) just next door for the kids to run amuck. 





Straight out the front of our site were some great little waves on the low tide. Awesome if you carry a standup or a longboard. Dad & the kids had hours of fun catching the little left handers that were rolling through and the water was the warmest we have come across in Tassie.



Head out for dinner one night & grab a delicious feed from the "Bunker" which is the Return Services Club. Make sure you make a booking as it's a popular spot for locals and tourists. Just across from the caravan park is a great cafe where you can grab breakfast or a coffee before you set off for some 4x4 action up the beach!

The Bridport to Bellingham 4WD track is a great day trip. The track which is mostly sand was in pretty good condition. We dropped our tyres to 15psi and the Mazda BT50 handled it real well. The dunes are a whole of heap fun and the beaches you come across along this stretch of coastline are just beautiful. We even managed to nearly run over a seal!! It appeared out of nowhere and was relaxing on the sand. Pretty cool to see and the kids were wrapped!





Take a short trip down the the road to ,"The Lost Farm" & "Barnbougle" golf club and walk through the dunes to find yet another great beach to spend a few hours. Be sure to grab a few pics at the old log tunnel through the dunes. 



There is a few more attractions to see while your here. The Bridestowe Lavender Farm and Pipers Brook winery. We didn't make it to see the lavender as they had just harvested a few weeks earlier so the fields of purple flowers were no more.(something to check before you drive out there). The winery was different to others we have seen, the access road takes you through the vines before reaching the winery which has a food truck outside. You can also free camp here in the paddock next to the winery.

PIPERS BROOK

A great winery experience ......

Our 3 nights in Bridport were wonderful and we highly recommend putting it on your list of caravan parks to stay at while touring Tasmania. Heaps to see around the area and the beachside location of the Bridport Caravan Park is the perfect place to stay while you explore!! 

CHEERS - JUSTIN & BEC READ ALL OUR CARAVAN PARK REVIEWS HERE CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR WEBPAGE
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FROM COOKTOWN TO THE TIP OF CAPE YORK!! 

Ten days from Cooktown to Cape York and back via Weipa and the Old Telegraph Track (OTT). A total of 2022km travelled and an EPIC TRIP!

When we first hit the road getting to the tip was on our bucket list! It's one of those locations that's tarred with adventure! We'd heard all the stories of recoveries, breakdowns, fishing and campfire tales and we were pumped to create our own....
Now, your timing to get up to the Cape is imperative as it can only be done in the dry season from around April-November (depending on the rain). For us, we didn't want to go in school holidays as it gets very busy and we hate crowded campsites so we hit Cooktown in early September to prepare for the tip.







$$ Firstly, I’ll start off with our budget stats for the trip. $$

Diesel - $542.57 and the most expensive at Jardine River Ferry @ $2 per Litre.

Food -  $350 along the way and we also cleared out our van before we left (about $150 worth of food). The supermarket at Bamaga is fantastic and has everything you’ll need. Groceries are expensive in this area of Australia and we also purchased our drinking water too.

Accomodation - $172
Elim Beach $20p/n - Weipa Caravan Park $35p/n x2 - Punsand Bay Campground $44p/n x2 - Moreton Telegraph Station $20p/n

Alcohol - $180
You definitely need a beer or ten every afternoon at the Cape. The Tavern at Bamaga has some good specials. But do remember there are restriction on how much grog you can carry up this way.

OUR 4WD SET UP AND CAMPING GEAR

OZtrail Fast Frame 450 Tourer - OZtrail Toilet - 12V Shower - Gas Stove - Sleeping Bags - Camp Chairs - Air Mattresses - Duffle Bags

You can read all about our MAZDA BT50 and how it's kitted out for touring below..........

OUR MAZDA BT-50 & SETUP

This is our Rig and how we have set it up!

READ OUR REVIEW HERE ON THE CAMPING EQUIPMENT OUR CAMP ITINERARY -10 nightsCOOK TOWN - ELIM BEACH - WEIPA - BERTIE CREEK - LOGANS CREEK - ROONGA POINT - PUNSAND BAY - MORTON TELEGRAPH STATION - COOKTOWN
 

COOKTOWN
We love this little town. Lots to see and do around the area and it's the start of your adventure to Cape York. We parked up at the Cooktown Holiday Park. It's a beautiful park with plenty of shade, large grassy sites and a resort style pool to cool off in.

A small but busy town that is a hub for travellers heading north and south. Cooktown is a great place to not only stock up for your adventures but it also has a lot to see! After parking our van at the BIG4 Cooktown Holiday Park we decided to lay low for a day and do a ton of washing. The amenities are fantastic, staff are beyond friendly and the park itself is a winner!

If your after some Top Notch Seafood while you're here,  there is a great bloke in town who runs Nicko's seafood! He does a seafood run every avo through the caravan park so look out for him and make sure you grab some prawns, they are Delicious!! Hit him up when your buying some prawns about leaving your caravan somewhere while you head to the tip!!

Only 30km away you will find, "The Lions Den Hotel". One of North Queenslands most Iconic Pubs. It provided us a tasty beer while the kids played in the playground. What a pub this is! With it's quirky memorabilia, a swimming hole out the back and wood fired pizzas to die for, it's a Mecca for tourists!  It's a must stop while in the area. With its history and licenced bar what's not to love.

After a couple of nights preparing for our trip we put our van into storage & stock up on some last minute groceries and we’re ready to hit the road.





WE HAVE JUST PARTNERED WITH ARB 4X4 ACCESSORIES  - read more here.......
TIAV Teams up with ARB 4x4 - YouTube
We are kitting out the rig to do more off-road adventures this year. With a new Summit Bar and Warn Winch from ARB Launceston we'll be able to get ourselves out of any sticky situations!!ELIM BEACH

First stop out of Cooktown is Elim Beach, only and hour and a half north. We find an epic campsite called Eddies Camp right on the beach, set up high on a little bank and we are stoked. It's our first time setting up the new tent, so it takes us a little time but all in all an easy set up. We have partnered with OzTrail for this trip and they have kitted us out with the OzTrail 450 Tourer. It's very spacious with 2 rooms and only a couple of clicks and the tent is up. The fly goes on, air mattresses & sleeping bags in & we’re practically set up!

We took with us a portable chemical toilet that came in extremely handy on the trip. Also with us is a 12V shower. we can plug this into the car and out comes HOT water! With a brisk night, its nice to have a warm shower and the kids get an absolute thrill out of showering outside!

We’d highly recommend stopping at Elim Beach on your way up to the Tip. An absolutely magic spot & make sure you check out the coloured sands while your there.  The next day we do a big drive to Weipa, via the battlecamp road. Which was pretty much just a well maintained gravel road, but a great shortcut instead of driving back through Cooktown and Laura.

CAPE YORK CAMPING WITH OZtrail Leisure Products - YouTube

We have teamed up with OZTRAIL for our camping adventure up to Cape York. Check out our setup at ELIM BEACH and get some info on the gear.

WEIPA

The road up to Weipa was excellent. It had just been graded and over half of it was bitumen. This place actually surprised us! A little tight knit township with just about everything you could need. Driving into the Weipa caravan park we didn’t expect grass. But you drive through the gates and it was as green as ever, so we found a spot to set our tent up with an ocean view. There is a cafe on site that do a mean pizza, a fantastic pool and a great atmosphere. It was a beaut place to relax so we decided to stay 2 nights. It's also where you will find the last big shopping centre as you head north. There is a Woolworths, tackle shops, medical centre etc...
There is places to pick up a few things as you head further north, but your better off stocking up while your in Weipa. 
We have some good friends that live in Weipa so it was good to catch up with them and get some fishing done! Watch the Video below!!

FISHING ACTION IN WEIPA! - YouTube

Some fishing action with an old mate in Weipa!

THE OLD TELEGRAPH TRACK

Woohooo, after leaving Weipa we are stoked to finally hit the Old Telegraph Track. We make a quick pit stop for some fuel and pics at the Bramwell Roadhouse and we’re off!!

The start of the track is pretty tame with just a single vehicle track cutting through the bush with a few washouts and rocky sections along the way. Once you hit Palm Creek, this is where the track really starts to get a bit gnarly. A steep entry and exit into the creek make things a bit tricky. If your towing a trailer, you will need to head to the right to find the chicken track or you will be winching up the exit!!l



BERTIE CREEK
A few more shallow water crossings a couple of lumpy sections of track and we are ready to make camp. After being on the OTT once before we knew Bertie Creek was a fantastic place to make a stop. A short detour off the track leads us to where the Bertie meets the Dulhunty, a quiet creek with rapids and crystal clear water. We set up camp, crack a few beers and jump straight into the cool shallow rapids. Put this campsite on your list, its a ripper.

Cape York Camping - Bertie Creek on the Old Tele Track - YouTube
Our first night camping on the Old Tele Track. What an absolute ripper. Right on the creek with crystal clear water and Rapids. A few beers and a campfire make this the ultimate Campsite.

GUNSHOT CREEK
After a peaceful night camp at Bertie Creek we continue North on the OTT. The next major landmark been Gunshot Creek and the notorious cliff drops that some maniacs attempt to drive through. For us, it was an easy choice to take the chicken track round to the right that takes you through the creek and up a steep uneven exit. 
Gunshot is a good place to stop for a bit of lunch while you check out the track and watch a few others go through the creek. 

GUNSHOT CREEK - CAPE YORK - YouTube
NO WAY WOULD I PUT MY CAR DOWN THIS SECTION OF TRACK!!

FRUITBAT FALLS
Our next pit stop was Fruit Bat Falls and an iconic part of the OTT.  The falls are located where the the OTT crosses the PDR(Peninsula Development Road) .A beautiful waterfall that cascades over a ledge into a shallow pool perfect for swimming. We were quick to jump in and have a slash around. The kids loved playing under the waterfall and it really was magic! It wasn’t crowded either so we had plenty of room to enjoy the beautiful refreshing water on a stinking hot day!

As you continue on the northern section of the Tele Track you will soon come across Elliot Falls. Another picturesque waterfall and pool that we admired.There is also a great National Park campsite here if you book ahead. 







LOGANS CREEK

Our next stop was Logans Creek crossing, where you can sit and watch others attempt the water crossing before you of it yourself. We had a big day and decided to pull up and camp here for the night before finishing the track the next day.  

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35 DAYS OF AMAZING CAMPSITES & ATTRACTIONS

By Trip In A Van - travelling Australia full-time  

A DETAILED ITINERARY OF HOW TO SPEND 5 WEEKS EXPLORING TASSIE!!

5 weeks in Tasmania will get you to all these spots and then some - Enjoy!!

INTRODUCTION

THERE IS A LOT TO SEE IN TASMANIA !! WE MANAGED TO FIT MOST OF IT INTO 5 WEEKS AND NOW YOU CAN TO BY USING OUR TRIP AS A GUIDE TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY… You can read our First Timers Tips For Tassie article here....

Now you can use this Itinerary as a guide or you can follow it along exactly the same, either way you can be sure your 5 weeks in Tasmania will be a memorable experience as we have done the research behind it and completed the trip ourselves! 

ENJOY!! 

Our Map of Tassie

A good outline of our travel route around the apple isle. 

TRAVEL BUDGET - HOW MUCH DOES IT COST ?As with all trips, everyones budget is going to be different depending on their own circumstances. Tasmania is a bit different as it’s such a big cost to get over there that you don't mind spending a bit extra on activities and attractions as you don't want to miss out on anything. WHAT DID IT COST US?Our Trip Total Cost was $7040 for the 5 weeks. You can see a breakdown of costs in the table below. You could definitely do the trip cheaper than what we did, but we enjoyed everything that was on offer, the local produce, great attractions, wines, ciders and beers. A real holiday!!!

Budget 

A breakdown of our costs for the 5 weeks! WE HAD FUN!!!!!

The sail over on the Spirit Of Tasmania will most likely be your biggest expense, it was for us! You can calculate your Spirit fee here... THE ITINERARYA detailed listing of where to stay and what to do in each area for 35 DAYS. DAY 1 - MELBOURNE - BIG4 COBURG

 

This park is a fantastic place to start your Adventure before heading over on the Spirit Of Tasmania. You will need to be at the loading dock at around 7am in the morning, so you will want a smooth run thats not to far away. The BIG4 at Coburg is only 25 minutes from the Spirit of Tasmania which makes it PERFECT!! The park itself has great facilities with Pool, Heated Spa, playgrounds, gym, and great caravan sites and cabins. There is a Woolworths just down the road as well, just don't stock up on too much fresh produce as you will lose it all when you go through quarantine at the docks.






DAY 2,3,4 - DEVONPORT & SURROUNDS

Lots to see and do around Devonport so you need to allow yourself a few days to explore. There is also a few choices for accommodation  - the Abel tasman caravan park, The Discovery Parks Devonport and the Mersey Bluff caravan park. All great parks but our top pick would be Mersey Bluff, great location and amazing park managers. 

THINGS TO DO

The House Of Anvers”. Only 15 minutes away from Devonport you will find a  Chocolate Factory and cafe. We head there for breakfast and indulge in the best waffles we have ever eaten!! A great setting with room for the kids to run around and you can also walk through  the factory and read some history about chocolate making. Yummy!!!!





Turners Beach Berry Patch was a fantastic way to spend a few hours strolling through the vines, picking and eating berries. For only $5 you can fill a plastic container with strawberries, raspberries & blackberries. So many berries here, an absolutely delicious place to visit. To make it even better, there is a cafe onsite that serves delicious food, ice creams and coffee. 





“Tasmazia" & the Village of Lower Crackpot was one of our favourite attractions on our tour of Tasmania. Fun for all ages, it’s a great way to spend the day. Navigate your way through the different mazes, have a laugh at the quirky signs and quotes and try not to lose the kids…. No need to pack a lunch either, a great cafe and gift shop on site will cater for all your needs. 

TASMAZIA & THE VILLAGE OF LOWER CRACKPOPT - YouTube

Reliquaire - is a quirky gift shop located in Latrobe. With a huge range of gifts, toys & nick nacks all in a shopfront thats great fun to explore, it’s definitely worth a look. 





The Tasmanian Arboretum - This is where we found our Platypus in the wild! The Arboretum is a Botanical Garden of trees set out on 66 hectares of land with plenty of wildlife and local bird species to see while your here.  Founders lake is known as Tasmania’s most reliable place to see platypus in the wild and it didn't disappoint. Only a small donation on entry here, and you can walk around and enjoy at your own pace. A cafe and playground as well as heaps of room for the kids to run around makes this place a winner. 





DAY 5 - PENGUIN & SULPHUR CREEK FREE CAMP

The town of Penguin is only 30km North West of the bustling Devonport. This picturesque seaside town has a gorgeous esplanade and scenic hiking trails. Penguin has a real sense of charm and don’t forgot to snap a picture with the ‘Big Penguin’. Just a short drive from the township is the wonderful free camp at Sulphur Creek.

Sulphur Creek

WHAT A RIPPER FREE CAMP

Set on a large grassy area, its an excellent camp to stop in and admire the ocean views.  You are required to be self contained and you can also get tv and phone reception. The BEST part…. The gorgeous little penguins that make their way up the beach to nest (between..

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CURRARONG BEACHSIDE HOLIDAY PARK

We have travelled along the South Coast NSW several times before and we have somehow managed to miss this wonderful town and this amazing holiday park. Positoned only minutes from the quaint village of Currarong, the holiday park is a great place to park up and enjoy this beachside paradise. 






ABRAHAMS BOSOM RESERVE

Only a few minutes drive or walk from the Holiday Park & you will find the definition of #unspoilt. The walking tracks and beaches in Abrahams Bosom Reserve are just so beautiful. There is secluded beaches, private rock pools and amazing cliffs and scenery. It's an easy adventure with the kids with lots of walking tracks to choose from to suit your fitness and ability. An added bonus to this reserve is that it's dog friendly so you can bring your pooch along for the adventure!! We trekked into Wilsons Beach and the Rockpools near the village, both spectacular and easy to access with the kids and the fur baby. 





The Facilities at the Currarong Beachside Holiday Park are fantastic and we had an absolute ball as a family. The splash park, playground, jumping pillow and mini golf make for hours of kids fun. After all the exploring you do around the beaches and a few hours running around here, your kids will have no worries having an early bedtime.....








We parked the van on a premium Ensuite site with a synthetic turf slab and to make life easy it was right beside the playground! The kids love having a full size bathroom now and then after living in a caravan for nearly 3 years. We have only just scratched the surface of what there is to explore around here, we will definitely be back to do the rest at some stage in our travels! 




We have only just scratched the surface of what there is to explore around here, we will definitely be back to do the rest at some stage of our travels thats for sure! THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THIS PLACE!!
  • DOG FRIENDLY, AMAZING PLAYGROUND, AMENITIES ARE SPOTLESS AND THE GROUNDS ARE MAINTAINED TO PERFECTION. 
  • THE STAFF HERE ARE LEGENDS AND WILL HELP YOU OUT WITH SOME GREAT LOCAL INFO TO FIND THE HOTSPOTS.
  • LOCATION IS SO CONVENIENT, NO DAY TRIPPING OR DRIVING NEEDED TO SEE ATTRACTIONS, YOU CAN JUST PARK UP AND RELAX!!
TO SUM IT UP, THE SOUTH COAST NSW AND JERVIS BAY HAS OUTDONE ITSELF ONCE AGAIN!! WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PART OF THE WORLD AND THE CURRARONG BEACHSIDE HOLIDAY PARK HAS NOW BEEN ADDED TO OUR LONG LIST OF FAVOURITES AROUND THE COUNTRY.  READ MORE ABOUT OUR STAY AT HUSKISSON WHITE SANDS HOLIDAY PARK
YOU CAN PLAN YOUR OWN ADVENTURE WITH HOLIDAY HAVEN TOURIST PARKS HERE - THEY HAVE 12 PARKS TO CHOOSE FROM, SO IM SURE YOU WILL FIND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY  DESTINATION FOR YOUR FAMILY - CHEERS FROM 'TRIP IN A VAN'
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We are proud to announce that 'Trip In A Van' have partnered with Expedia.com.au to showcase 5 Amazing Natural attractions around Australia. Get excited & get planning because these spots just can't be missed!! Scroll down to view video.....
Bungle Bungles - Western Australia 

The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Area located in the East Kimberley Region of Western Australia. The striking appearance of the Bungle Bungles is a mass of orange and black sandstone that form a dome shape, likened to beehives. Only discovered in 1983, the fascinating landscape is a popular attraction for scenic helicopter flights where you can view the incredible sandstone formations thought to have formed from sediments of an old river bed. Rising 300 metres high, the Bungle Bungles has long been inhabited by Aboriginal people and surrounded by savanna grasslands. A fascinating geological sight.

If you’re keen for some adventure and to explore on foot, hiking throughout The Bungle Bungles Ranges is truly a spectacular experience. Discover the stunning and enormous Cathedral Gorge, a breathtaking natural amphitheatre located within the Ranges. In the wet season, water can be found pouring through here creating a pool of water beneath the acoustics of red rock. If you’re visiting at the right time of the year, you can hear music being played within the gorge.

Other astonishing landmarks include Echidna Chasm which is popular with photographers due to the gorges narrow and long gorge, the 200m of varying colours will have your mind blown.

Why not take your camping gear into this remote wilderness for an unforgettable experience.



 Lawn Hill Gorge

 Situated in the remote North-West of Queensland, Boodjamulla National Park features amazing red gorges, waterfalls, fossils and sandstone ranges. One of the most iconic outback destinations, Lawn Hill Gorge and Adels Grove are rich in history and a truly wonderful and enriching experience.

Firstly, Boodjamulla or Lawn Hill National Park as its also known as, cater for campers, hikers and those wishing to kayak up the gorge. The campground contains 20 sites and is for the self sufficient camper. The park also contains the Riversleigh World Heritage Site which is an important collection of fossils. It was World Heritage listed in 1994 for its outstanding illustration of Australian mammals and fossil quality. All preserved in Limestone! With some fossils dating back to 25 million years, there deposits are some of the most exquisite in the world.

The drive into Lawn Hill National Park is mostly unsealed with some corrugations and water crossings, therefore a four wheel drive is recommended. When descending on this amazing National Park, another fantastic option to stay is Adels Grove. Options include an air conditioned Bunkhouse, pre-erected river tents, ensuite rooms or camping and caravan sites. They also feature a licensed deck area and do a beautiful meal! Adels Grove is located 10km from the National Park and a fantastic location to base yourself. With amazing emerald colour water on your doorstep, pontoon, rope swings and swimming, theres so much to love about this area and the ideal outback trip for a family or couple. ‘The Shack’ also does a delicious fish and chips!

So many other activities including Sunset at Harry’s Hill, cruise or canoe the Lawn Hill Gorge, relax by the creek or laze about in inflatable tubes.



 Uluru - Northern Territory

Uluru or Ayers Rock is a massive, majestic sandstone rock formation located in outback Australia. The Central Northern Territory is home to this spectacular sight and is otherwise known as the ‘Red Centre’. Uluru is one of the great natural wonders of the world and has travellers visiting throughout the year to witness its beauty. Not only does it tower over the surrounding landscape, but its a deeply spiritual place. For the local Aboriginal people it holds a special cultural significance and you can feel its powerful presence as soon as you lay eyes on the natural formation.

There are several ways to view Uluru and we suggest doing it at sunrise or sunset to see it in all its glory! The colours that surface at this time, being burnt orange and an intense red make it a truly magical experience. Be sure to take a glass of wine and grab a photo opportunity. There are five different viewing area to see different angles and landscapes of Ayers Rock.

Many think that the best way is to climb Uluru, which is now not advised due to the Indigenous significance, instead opt to ride or walk around the base for a fascinating venture.

Why not take a camel tour at sunrise or sunset & dine out under the stars for an extraordinary way to take in the views of the Milky Way and "The Rock".





Bitter Springs - Northern Territory

Who doesn’t love a crystal clear hot spring! Bitter Springs is located about 2km from another well known hot spring named Mataranka and it’s in The Northern Territory, 420km from Darwin. Within the Katherine region, Bitter Springs is set amongst beautiful palms and tropical woodlands in the Elsey National Park. After a long drive this FREE attraction is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The spring-fed thermal pools has a mild drift and is the ideal spot to take your pool noodle and float from one end to the other. With exit points after the 100 metre drift, a ladder can be accessed from the swimming area. This natural beauty is a 500 metre waterway fed by an underground spring, lined with cabbage palms. The spring water sits at around 32 degrees all year round and is incredibly clear and considerably deep. Fresh water turtles often frequent the area swimming along the springs which you’ll be able to view with goggles.

If you don’t want to swim but would like to view this incredible location, there is a viewing platform and stairs you can sit on where you dip your toes in.

The Elsey National Park offers walking trails around the thermal springs. Only a few minutes drive and accomodation is offered in the form of camping and cabins, safe and peaceful, situated on the Little Roper River.

Barramundi feeding is a great activity in Mataranka where the fish are pulled from the water with bare hands! 



Ningalaoo Reef - Western Australia

A underwater wonderland and World Heritage listed area, The Ningaloo Reef will blow your mind! Well known for its Whale Shark encounters, it’s one of the best places on earth to swim alongside these gentle animals. Located in the North West coastal region of Western Australia, this stunning coastline just keeps giving. From the crystal clear blue waters, abundance of marine life including dolphins, turtles and Nemo, the fringing Reef is unlike others. The marine park not only offers the most amazing beaches, its where the mountain range meet the reef and the colours of Yardie Creek Gorge are spectacular! 

Epic fishing, exceptional beachfront campsites and the white sands of Turquoise Bay are among the highlights. However if you’re after a resort style experience… Coral Bay offers exceptional accomodation and the perfect destination for adventure, relaxation and something refreshingly different! So much on offer with plenty of attractions and activities for all ages. This remote beach paradise allows you to snorkel just off the shoreline among tropical fish and coral gardens.

Swim with Manta Rays or opt for a deep sea fishing charter, there really is an abundance of activities on offer! The beautiful weather will have you never wanting to leave!



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CELL-FI GO MOBILE REPEATERTHE LEGAL WAY TO BOOST YOUR MOBILE SIGNAL WHEN TRAVELLING AUSTRALIA!!
Read through to the end of the article to find out how to get a DISCOUNT through our partnership with CEL-FI. There's also a video we've done with some great info. Cheers!

So for us, travelling full-time around Australia we go through a lot of areas and stay at a lot of campsites that have poor coverage which leads to poor signal. Now this isn't really ideal for us as we have work to do and of course it's online!! So having the Cel-fi module that boosts our signal to a data capable level is Perfect. 

The CEL-FI GO only has 4 components and it's an easy DIY install if your willing to have a go. 
  • The CEL-FI module - The booster unit needs to be installed somewhere safe inside the vehicle. We chose to mount it under the passenger seat as it's an easy install and out of harms way
  • The External Antenna - mount this to your vehicles bullbar and run the cable through one of the rubber grommets in the firewall and route it to where you will mount the Cel-FI unit. 
  • The Indoor Antenna - mount this somewhere inside your vehicle(read the instructions supplied to find out the best locations) and run the cable to where you have mounted the CEL-FI unit. 
  •  The 12v power lead -  This comes with a cigarette lighter socket fitted, this is the easiest way to power up your CEL-FI GO module. If you want the power hidden away, then a licensed auto electrician can hard wire to your vehicles 12V system.

External Antenna, CEL-FI GO module, Internal Antenna & 12 volt power cord! EASY INSTALL


EXTERNAL AERIAL
INTERNAL AERIAL
12V POWER CORD
CEL-FI GO MODULE The Cel-Fi GO mobile version is a great addition to a 4×4, as it’s designed to significantly boost voice quality and increase data speeds for moving vehicle applications.

Technical Info -  The unit gives up to 70dB of system gain, it will only start boosting once the mobile signal drops below -80dBm (3G) or -96dBm (4G), and features a Bluetooth WAVE App for iPhone, Android and computers. The WAVE APP is the perfect way to see when and how well your module is performing. 

DISCOUNT!!!!!HEAD OVER TO OUR CEL-FI LANDING PAGE HERE AND READ MORE ABOUT THE CEL-FI RANGE AND USE OUR DISCOUNT CODE trip18 TO GET $50 OFF YOUR PURCHASE.  WATCH OUR CEL-FI GO INSTALL & INFO VIDEO BELOW
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MAKE YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET GO FURTHER WITH THESE FEW TIPS!!💰💰✌️💵|To put things in perspective, we'll show you what it actually costs a Family to travel like us at TRIP IN A VAN | We have developed a budget spreadsheet to help you plan. click here to check it out

⛽️FUEL - To tow our Setup it costs us around $30per/100km. That's averaging around 18L/100km in fuel economy over the last 43,000km around Australia.(That's just our second Lap)
💵 |Totalling around $12000 for just fuel Alone!! |💵

🍎🍗🥪FOOD - Our avg weekly food bill is $250. |So for 12 months, that = $12,000|💰

🏕ACCOMODATION - 12 months staying in 70% caravan parks & 30% Free Camps cost us $9045. 

|FOR THOSE 3 COSTS ALONE IT'S $29,000|

🤑How can you save money on your LAP OF OZ???**SAVE ON ACCOMMODATION**

📝Sign up to Loyalty clubs with the caravan park chains, they are definitely worth it. 

📲Book online where you can, most places give discounts.

🎟Travel Saver cards through your insurance companies, if you take the time to research what's available they can save you a lot of money. 

ℹ️Tourist info centres - get the brochures for the local area your in and they have discount coupons for tours and attractions. 

🏕FREE CAMP where you can, but don't compromise the enjoyment of your trip just to save a few bucks. Caravan parks have some prime real estate around the country and think of how far you've driven to get to there?? It'll cost you a lot more than a nights accommodation to get back there if you skip it being a tight arse!! 🤪

**SAVE ON FOOD**

➡️If you have the room, buy in bulk, cook in bulk and freeze meals. It's cheaper and easier than stocking up on the run. 

🐂Buy meat in bulk from local butchers on your way around, a whole rump can be as little as $12 a kilo if you buy it whole. If you buy just a few pieces in Woolies its around $25/kg. Get the butcher to cut it up for you and freeze it in meal size portions.

🏪Stock up at the big chain supermarkets. Plan your major grocery shops in bigger town centres before you head remote/outback - this can save you hundreds. 

**Save on Fuel**

👉Keep your weights down, travel as light as you can. Don't travel with full water tanks unless your going off grid(1 litre of water = 1kg) 
👉Get your tyre pressures right, less rolling resistance means better fuel economy.
👉Find an economical cruising speed - use your vehicles computer info to find out what speed is best for your fuel consumption & stick to it. 
👉Buy Good fuel - Quality fuel will give you better fuel economy, we always use BP and recommend it to everyone. 

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD OUR BUDGET SPREADSHEET HERE

So there's some helpful info and tips about what it costs and how to save a few bucks when your travelling Australia. 

If you have any questions at all please hit us up through our social pages or contact us through the website.✌️ WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP!!

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I know, I know, you absolutely love your family and couldn’t be without them. BUT, being with each other every single day of every week without a break, to catch up with friends, grab some alone time, or even go to work. JUST DISAPPEAR!!

Communication is absolute key and being honest enough to tell your husband he’s being an ARSE, could in fact be of advantage. If you find your loved one is frustrated, being short with the kids, anxious and you want to wring his neck. Get him outta there!! Send him fishing, for a drive, for god’s sake take a bike ride around the caravan park! Even for a few minutes but more likely an hour… He’ll come back a new man, a better dad and before you know it, he’ll be farting on their heads again. It’s a huge adjustment for everyone being around each other ALL THE TIME and we need time out now and again.

Same goes for Mum. She needs her downtime. Kids are demanding and we need a break too. TELL your husband and take some time out, go and grab a coffee, go and chat to that mum a few caravans up, gees, just go and treat yourself! However you decide to do it, take some quality time for yourself. Have each others back, be on the same page and before you know it, you’ll be taking it all in and loving your once in a lifetime trip, making some bloody awesome memories.

P.S I said to Justin - “just ducking out for half hour” actually turned into 2hrs, got a pedi, grabbed a coffee, rang my sisters. Came back a fresher mum/wife! 
Love my family and couldn’t be without them!!

Bec x

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We Drank Turmeric Matcha instead of Coffee for Two Months: Here are the results! Of course we still had a few good coffees as we are hopeless & still enjoy an outing to a great cafe with the kids. 

We’ve been drinking a golden turmeric matcha latte every day for 2 months now, and have noticed some great health benefits. So, we wanted to share our experiences and the research we did - into why both turmeric and matcha are so good for you.

We’ve been using a Turmeric Matcha Tea Mix for our golden lattes. This is a mix of Indian turmeric and Japanese matcha green tea powder - two superfoods, known for their antioxidants.

If you aren’t a fan of milky lattes, you can also drink matcha green tea powder with water too. This is healthiest type of green tea, as it’s the whole tea leaf that is stone ground into a powder. Mix it with water - and it makes a delicious green tea that has 137 more antioxidants than standard green tea!

So, here’s some of the health benefits we’ve found....

We have more energy!!!This has been especially important for us driving on the road - and we wrote a whole post on this here.  STAYING ALERT ON THE ROAD Why? The matcha in our turmeric matcha latte is known for  its long lasting energy. It contains a small amount of caffeine, which is released over a period of 6-8 hours. With coffee, the caffeine enters your body so fast that it creates a spike and then slump in energy. But the caffeine in matcha is absorbed slower, which keeps energy levels up - in a sustainable way.

We've also found that matcha green tea contains the amino acid, L-Theanine. This is known to increase alpha waves in the brain, which stimulates calmness - and helps with concentration.

Overall, drinking matcha has helped keep our energy levels up - so we haven’t had the jittery crash and sleepless nights which we get from coffee.

We feel a boost in mood and less stress!!

Being on the go 24/7 with our kids can be a little stressful at times. Being in a positive mood is so important for us, so we can make the most of our new surroundings and have the best experiences with our family.





We genuinely feel a difference in our moods since we started replacing our coffee with turmeric matcha lattes. We have found it to be calming and stress busting.

Did you know that turmeric is used in scientific studies to treat depression? It's active ingredient, curcumin, helps raise serotonin and dopamine levels. These are chemicals in the body - and when they're low, can cause depression. And the amino acid L-Theanine, that we mentioned earlier - found in matcha - also boosts serotonin.We feel the metabolism boosting effects!!

Every time we have a mug of this, we can feel our metabolism kicking into gear. Why? Matcha green tea is known for its metabolism boosting qualities. It contains high levels of the antioxidant, EGCG which helps increase metabolism.

Studies show that drinking matcha can increase fat burning by up to 45%  - and it reduces the fat absorbed from foods. The most amazing part? It does all this AND reduces hunger cravings - so your body can break down more fat without leaving you hungry. Plus - the slow release of caffeine and sustained energy levels have meant we haven’t reached for unhealthy snacks.

And we feel healthier!!

As parents, we know how easy it is to pick up all sorts of germs from our kids who are always playing with other children. Being in such close proximity in our caravan also means we need to keep our immune systems strong - so we all stay healthy.

Both turmeric and matcha are natural immune system boosters.

Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is a natural anti-inflammatory. And the antioxidants in the matcha green tea also help boost the immune system. It suppresses allergic reactions, fights against flu, and protects against infection.

Lots of people who drink matcha talk about how they get sick less often or how it helps with a quicker recovery. We are generally pretty healthy - however we do feel it makes a difference especially through Winter when colds are common!

We love turmeric and matcha so much that we’ve teamed up with Zen Green Matcha Tea to give you an exclusive discount!

If you’d like to see the health benefits for yourself, our friends from Zen Green Matcha Tea (the brand we drink!) are offering you 10% off your first order.

If you love green tea, go for their matcha. If you love an aromatic milky latte try their Turmeric Matcha Tea Mix - a favourite of ours (click here for our recipe)

To redeem your exclusive discount, simply:

  • Visit Zen Green Tea : Buy Matcha or Buy Turmeric Matcha
  • Add product/s to your shopping cart

  • Use the coupon “TRIPINAVAN” for 10% off your first purchase and free shipping

  • Orders will be shipped to you

  • Enjoy - and let us know how you find it!

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