Reflections on our Big Caravan Trip

After spending 3 amazing months caravanning through South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and a little bit of our own state Victoria, there are a lot of highlights to remember. So here’s a summary of things we would like to recommend. At the end I have also included a few cautionary items.

In South Australia we loved – 

Silo art at Coonalpyn

Australian Arid Botanical Gardens at Port Augusta

Going to a house and a church in underground buildings in Coober Pedy

In the Northern Territory we loved – 

Hiking at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Hiking the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon

Visiting the School of the Air in Alice Springs

Visiting the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs

Swimming at Bitter Springs, Mataranka

Cruising/walking at Katherine Gorge

The swimming holes in Litchfield National Park

Cruising Yellow water in Kakadu at sunrise

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

In Western Australia we loved-

The wildflowers

The Bungle Bungles

Playing golf at Derby’s Boab Golf Course

Attending the movies at Broome’s outdoor garden cinema

Kalamina Gorge, Karijini National Park

All the walks and waterholes at Karijini National Park

Swimming with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef

Seeing/feeding dolphins at Monkey Mia

Hiking in Kalbarri National Park

Favourite meals –

Camel burger at Kings Creek Station

‘Beef and Barra’ at Daly Waters Pub

Fish and chips from Wharf Cafe, Derby

Indian buffet at Koh-I-Noor Indian Restaurant, Padbury (Perth)

Great places to stay –

Discovery Parks, Clare

MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, Alice Springs

Bitter Springs, Mataranka

Bitter Springs Cabins and Camping

Litchfield Tourist Park

Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park

Wooramel Station (near Carnarvon)

Fraser Range Station, Nullarbor Plain

Great places to eat or drink –

Daly Waters Pub

Food stalls at Mindil Beach Market

Wharf Cafe, Derby

Koh-I-Noor Indian Restaurant, Padbury, Perth

Unexpected highlights  –

Walking the gorges at Karijini National Park

Yardie Creek Gorge walk in Cape Range National Park

Quobba blowholes

Staying at and walking around Western Flora Caravan Park

Nullarbor Links Golf Course

What you must do when you travel to South Australia –

Travel through the Barossa and Clare Valleys

Visit other worldly Coober Pedy

Drive across the Nullarbor

What you must do when you travel to the Northern Territory –

Visit Uluru at sunrise and sunset

Hike the rim at Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Cruise Yellow Water in Kakadu at sunrise

What you must do when you travel to Western Australia –

Visit Lake Argyle

Take a helicopter ride over the Bungle Bungles

Witness Staircase to the Moon in Broome

Ride a camel at Cable Beach in Broome

Stay, walk and bathe at Karijini National Park

Swim with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef

Stay at a Station

Feed a dolphin at Monkey Mia

Visit both sides of Kalbarri National Park

Walk around the Pinnacles at Nambung National Park

Visit Kings Park in Perth

Drive across the Nullarbor

What you should avoid doing –

Travelling after about 4pm so you don’t add to the pile of roadkill at the edge of the road by killing a kangaroo or other native Australian animal.

Not booking accommodation in advance during school holidays.

What you need to be prepared for –

Flies. We bought fly mess covers for our hats – well worth every dollar! In the Kings Canyon Rim Walk photo (above) we have lifted them up off our faces while the photo was taken.

Flat tyres – luckily we only had one the whole trip.

Not becoming dehydrated – so always make sure you have plenty (10 litres per person) of water with you.

Road trains and oversized vehicles – a UHF CB radio is valuable/essential

Hope this was helpful. Look forward to seeing you on the road somewhere in Australia!

4 thoughts on “Reflections on our Big Caravan Trip

    1. Pleased my post helped you reminisce. It’s a long time since we were in Canada too! It was one of the first countries we visited as a couple together.
      Yes the baby kangaroo was cute. Karen wasn’t the only visitor that night who wanted to take one home! Cheers, Mark

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