RVing in Australia, aka caravanning, is one of the best ways to travel the country, giving you the chance to see more and have the flexibility to tailor the trip to your time frame and interests. Like many other parts of the world, the RVing community, along with RV rental companies, have seen a huge boost in Australia within the last few years.
1- buy two Sim Cards, I have used Telstra and Optus and carried 2 phones
2- install the app WikiCamps to find the best spots and save money. Camping ranges from free to 90 $ a night
3- do stops at ipoints and/or install tourist apps
4- buy mossies and sun protection
5- carry blindfolds and noise stop plugs
6- Pick the right season.
The European spring, summer and autumn are the best times to travel Oz. The European Winter is the peak of the Aussie summer and it gets very hot in Oz.
Rockhampton has a little heritage village and museum with ipoint. The indoor part is free. I also learned a lot there. For example it has a botanical garden with zoo and admission is free. I'm writing from hungry jacks and their internet is super slow. Optus runs super fast and Telstra runs terrible at this time at least. Maybe Telstra is simply oversubscribed in regional areas. Apart from that it's splendid weather in Northern Queensland during our Melbourne Winter. Mild days, fresh nights.
In Australia we have three leading ISP's Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, but you can buy tons of special Simcards from other retail sources with great deals. Retailers such as Supermarkets Aldi Coles and Woolworth run on the big networks, BUT one way or the other they come with some sort of restrictions as preferential treatment is usually given to primary customers even if 4G is now more often passed on. Everybody tells me that Telstra is the way to go. So I have hit the road with two phones, a Telstra original service and an Optus second class service (iinet SIM card) and I am blogging from Airlie Beach right now during the Melbourne winter. To my utter shock Telstra is almost useless in this place, cause the speed is between 1 and 4 Mbps. Optus third party gives me 15 to 40 Mbps. My point is if you travel together in a group or have two devices buy SIM cards running on more than one network.
I'm here in Airlie right now because June/July are the coldest months and my preferred months for the Whitsundays. Why ? Pleasant temperatures, not the wet season, no marine stingers and virtually no mozzies or midgies. That changes when it gets warmer. Currently we have around 25 degrees air and 22 degrees water.
#greynomads like Gwydir Carapark & Thermal Pools
MOREE is a fantastic place to be during the Australian winter (European Summer).
This brand new hot mineral water pool is part of the camping ground facilities in Moree, which is about 12 hours away from Melbourne and on the way to the Gold Coast. Costs $29 per night unpowered site, $33 for powered (RV).
The Gwydir Carapark and Thermal Pools has been operating since 1979 and is enjoying a strong growth with the increasing number of travellers. 2 round Artesian Thermal Pools and a 25m Cool pool on site are bringing the total number of pools to 5. The pool area operates from 7am to 10pm. 1 and 2 bedroom motel units , Cabins, 1 and 2 bedroom Villas, and Caravan powered sites.
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Travel tips Australia
Whether travelling in a station wagon or a big RV the rest stops along Australia's highways are a great way to get free overnight accommodation and on the next day move on fast to the next destination. Not all of them have toilets, such as this one in miles. Mobile internet reception can be a huge challenge. Many rest spots are near remote town however. Miles has worked extremely well for me. I always look at the bars on my phone and combine it with a speed test. I have seen anything from 1 MBPS to 100 MBPS and it often varies dramatically with the time of the day. Consider buying a booster or possible satellite based technology.
Moree is surely a great Australian winter destination for Melbournians. With a 12 hours drive it's a bit more than half way to surfers paradise. Hot springs, mountain hiking and education for the kids. No sweat, temps from 15 to 20 degrees in July (day max). The sun is strong. I got a bit sun burned. Well, most Aussies know the movie the Dish. It can be seen in Parkes and has a great visitors centre showing amazing movies. Camping in this region gives you a sleeping under the stars experience like never before. And did you know there is a whole array of dishes (on rails) about 80 mins from Moree ? Great little visitor centre. Visit it in action, look at displays, Watch movies - all for free.
And at the end of the day its back to the hot pools at the caravan Park. As a matter of fact you can do a tour to various mineral bath locations in the area. Fees range from $5 to $33 to camp at a mineral bath site. Ask me for more info.
20 July 2017 Moree NSW Australia
I'm staying at Gwydir cara park and thermal pools. It's a Mecca for grey nomads. The park looks like a display village for motor homes campervans and budget van / trailer setups, spawning budget to $100k+ rigs. At $33 for a powered site d $29 unpowered this is a great way to enjoy life and get some health benefits as well. Spa Pools and lap pools range from 29 to 39 degrees.