Heading off for the first time ever in July in our self contained motorhome. We'll hit the coast at Hervey Bay and head up to Cairns and a bit further up. My question to the experienced is: do we need to book into Caravan Parks prior to going, I know this is the peak period. I was hoping to just roll along so as to avoid time management, but I would hate to find no room at the Inn! We will free camp where permitted.
Look forward to a response from anyone who has done this, and how they managed it. Would that be every one ?? Haha.
calliope river is a very good free camp its just inland from gladstone st lawrence is also a good camp who have a small charge then homehill another good free camp cant say as to book ahead as we use free camps where possible
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Another vote for Calliope River - it's actually divided into two camps, north and south of the river, and connected via the Old Bruce Highway. However it was blocked off a couple of years ago to vehicular traffic so you have to go back to the Bruce Highway if you want to drive from one to the other. Waverley Creek is a good overnighter, just south of St Lawrence and well signposted on the Bruce Highway, while Home Hill has two good stopovers - a free one in the town on what looks like a service road parallel to the highway and well recommended on Wikicamps (which means it's very popular and was full up when I was there last October) while you can stay at the showgrounds for $15 per night unpowered or $20 powered. Like Spalas, I also use free camps where possible and stay away from caravan parks.
Have you considered travelling further inland?
Not too fa,r but we have just documented the "Coal Country Way" that complements the northern section of the popular "Australlia's Country Way. (Sydney-Tamworth-Rockhampton)
Review the attached pdf document, that althr compact, provides a wealth of information, maps, towns, camping sites, videos & several alternate routes to Rocky, Mackay, Townsville, Atherton Tablelands, Cairns,
From Hervey Bay, travel west, via Biggenden to Ban Ban Springs, free camping. You are now on "Australia's Country Way" Turn north to Gayndah, Mundubbera to Eidsvold. Here at Eidsvold you turn left over the railway line. Cracow has 4 free sites with water, power & concrete.
We travel north each year, now avoid the Bruce Highway & thoroughly enjoy this new route.
Thank you, that looks like a definite for one way, probably home. My wife wants to see the coast, so of course, that's what she will see! I will brace myself for the traffic, fortunately plenty of truck driving in the past stands me in good stead. Surely there would most usually be somewhere to stay for the night. I think we will wing it and hope for the best.
Thanks again, Steve