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Kosciuszko National Park: Thredbo

Before the snow hits Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia, we decided to get some camping in. This beautiful alpine region has many campgrounds, we stayed at Diggins and Ngarigo, which we had to ourselves. Guess not everyone likes the cold, but we love this area, summer or winter. It is so beautiful here and there is just so much to explore. 

From these campgrounds you can drive 10 minutes to Thredbo, a gorgeous alpine village. The weather was a bit rainy one morning so we drove up there, sat at a cafe overlooking the mountains and had a hot coffee. Such a peaceful way to start the day. There are also trail heads from these campgrounds, so you can start your day with a hike from there. If you like fishing, Diggings campground is one of the best spots to catch trout, we spied a few guys fly fishing.

Australia is such a beautiful country, we are so lucky to have such stunning alpine areas. There is something so special about spending time up in the mountains, with hardly anyone around. You are able to unplug from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with the real you.  

Jonny in Thredbo, looking at the snowless ski fields.

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Mimosa to Mallacoota

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Between Mimosa NSW and Mallacoota VIC on the East coast of Australia, is some of our favourite coast and camping. Mimosa Rocks National Park is the start (or finish) of this journey, which only takes 2 and half hours to drive but with all the fun places to explore in-between we can often take a few days to do it. 

Within Mimosa Rocks National Park is a secluded beach campground called Gillards Beach. It's first in first served, so you can drive around till you find the perfect place to set up. We love the sites here as they are private, most spots are separated by trees and bush and although you can still see other campers, you have your own little space to call home. It's only $20 a night and right on the beach, nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore. 

As you head South there are towns to explore such as Eden, Pambula and Merimbula and you'll be spoilt for choice as to which one to camp at. Although we prefer to free camp, we can't pass up staying at Pambula Big 4 Discovery Park. It's right on the main beach, which is a super fun surf break. So to be able to get up in the morning, take 20 steps and your at the waters edge... Surf till your hearts content, then take a hot shower. It is worth every penny!

The other great place to camp at is just outside of Mallacoota at Genoa. Before you take the Mallacoota town exit there is a reserve on the river opposite the exit that is free to camp on, however donations are appreciated. This beautiful little area was a treat to find and one we will definitely go back to.

This corner of Australia is such a gem. It has some of the most beautiful, rugged, untouched coast and all without the crowds. Every time we come here we find something new, look around and wonder why everyone isn't at this spot. But I think that's the other reason why we love it so much, it's so peaceful, you can always find a little spot to yourself and switch off. 

Free camping at Genoa

Free camping at Genoa

Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Walking from the Big 4 to the beach at Pambula

Walking from the Big 4 to the beach at Pambula

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Gillards Beach 

Gillards Beach 

Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Exploring Genoa

Exploring Genoa

Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Pambula

Pambula

Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

Pambula

Pambula

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

Mallacoota

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Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is only a few hours away from Sydney, but its wild and rugged landscape makes you feel days away from any city. With its 488,620 hectares of wilderness its hard to choose where to go. Our favourite spot to head is within the Wolgan Valley in a town called Newnes at a campground called Little Capertee. And its not really a town just one building, a pub slash museum slash accommodation, but definitely worth a look.

Little Capertee campground, which lays on the Wolgan River, is nothing short of amazing. As you drive in, a large grassy space opens up before you. This area is surrounded by sandstone cliffs that create a natural rock amphitheatre. You feel dwarfed by these majestic mountains, it really is such a unique place to camp. To explore the surrounding area there are several walks to choose from, some of which will take you to the top of a mountain, through ruins or into a glow worm tunnel, which we still have to explore. It is the perfect weekend get away and the best part, it's free!

We spent a couple of nights in the van, but decided we wanted to dive deeper into the wilderness. So we left our car behind and hit the trail. We followed the Wolgan river North, further into the heart of Wollemi. It is always an amazing feeling to carry what you need to survive on your back and walk to a place that cars can not reach. You feel totally free.

A section of this hike winds through the ruins from the historic shale oil factory from 1911. You can still see the ovens and tunnels that would have been used back then. It is amazing to picture all the workers as you walk through the site. These ruins really give you an insight into the past, it was a very cool experience. The whole time in Wollemi, was a very cool experience. Get there!

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Depot Beach

Depot Beach has to be one of our favourite beaches to wake up at.  As you drive in you can follow the road all the way along, so that the sand is on one side and the forest is on the other. We love to set up our kitchen and cook as we look out onto the ocean. As you walk around and take in all your surroundings you will probably run into a few of the locals who call this beautiful spot home, the kangaroos are super friendly and will let you get pretty close. There are so many little nooks along the South Coast of New South Wales like this, we just love the endless exploring and discovering.  

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Camp Cobark

Camp Cobark is an amazing farm surrounded by mountains that lays west of Gloucester, NSW, Australia. We drove passed this amazing land while on our way out the Barrington Tops and because of how beautiful it was, decided on the spot to spend a couple of nights there. Part of the experience of staying at Camp Cobark is that you are literally camping in the paddocks with the horses and cows. They roam freely around your tent or van and will not pass up being petted if your calm around them. We couldn't get enough of these beautiful animals and won't forget what it was like waking up each morning surrounded by them.

It was such a relaxing couple of days staying on the water, our site named 'slippery dip' because of the slide like rapids on our part of the river. We spent hours laying in the rapids and the fresh water pools, it was nice to just tune out and be in nature. I think we have definitely found ourselves a new favourite farm getaway. 

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Yosemite

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Yosemite has been amazing! From the moment you drive in, you cant help but be in awe. This national park is the most majestic we have visited, truly a place of beauty. Its hard to describe the feeling we get when we visit a place like this, its a child like excitement and wonder mixed with extreme joy. Nothing keeps our spirt alive more than discovering and exploring a new place, something about the experience just brings out the best in us. 

We drove into Yosemite via the Eastern Tioga Pass Entrance, which takes you through an amazing mountain range and alpine lakes. From Tioga Pass we made our way through the park to Yosemite Village to find our camp for the night. We could have spent days driving in on this road, stopping and exploring the whole way in. There are so many valleys and peaks to explore, after spending some time walking around some of the crystal clear lakes, we climbed to the top of one rock, which rewarded us with the most magical view of the park. 

That night we scored a great site right on the edge campground, giving us a lovely view of the forest. This park is in bear territory so it is important to keep any food or scented stuff in the bear lockers. As we unloaded our gear and set up for dinner we joked about the bears and thought its probably all hype to scare the tourists. Five minutes later we sat down for dinner and about 20m away in the trees something caught our eye. A black bear! We both turned and watched this magical creature walk past us. It was a surreal moment as it was the first time either of us had seen a wild bear. Thank goodness he wasn't interested in our vegetable stew, or us for that matter. 

The next morning we set out ready for a day of exploring and stairs... 600 stairs! For some reason we thought it would be fun to spend hours walking up many, many stairs. It was fun, until we couldn't stop our legs from shaking and had to rest every few steps haha good times. But every rest was a good opportunity to take in the amazing views around us. Our hike took us to the top of Vernal Falls and just past that, Emerald Pool, where we sat for a very long time before we dared tackle the 600 stair decent. What an amazing spot to rest up, have our lunch and watch some squirrels, definitely worth it.   

Before leaving Yosemite we took the morning to walk around the valley. What an amazing experience to gaze up at the towering El Capitan and half dome, some of the most famous rocks to climb. A drive up to Glacier Point is also a must, you get the most spectacular and different view of the valley. You can really see how the glacier forged its way through, to form this amazing place. It was hard to leave Yosemite, we could have stayed for another week, there is just so much to see and do here. But what an amazing few days we had, we are so happy that we made it here and got to experience this magical part of the world.

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