The Great Otway National Park is just before the 12 Apostles on The Great ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. It is a perfect halfway spot to set up camp and its free (free camping = framping). The trees are a stand out with their wiry branches setting a creepy mood on dusk and the beautiful lake walks are a must on sunset.
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Fishery Bay in South Australia was a magical find, such a beautiful place to call home for the night. Framping (free camping) is such a great way to keep the cost down on your holiday. Most of the time we prefer Framping to staying in caravan parks as more often than not framping sites are less crowded, beautiful, quieter and closer to nature... Fishery bay is the perfect example of such a place. (To find more framping sites in Australia, click on the 'Framping' tab just after the last photo in this post)
We found a great spot, high on the peninsular overlooking the ocean to set up camp. After some surfers and their dog left, we had the place to ourselves. We cooked up some yummy mexican wraps and watched as dusk turned to night and a full moon came out to keep us company. We stayed up late just chatting and star gazing, you didn't even need a torch it was so bright.
In places like this, when your phone is out of range and with no tv, you are reminded of the simple pleasures in life. Of how a simple conversation can bring so much joy. It's moments like this that we feel the most connected and inspired, we are reminded of what's important and how thankful we are for our life and each other. Sometimes you need to get yourself out of range of technology to connect with each other again. We are more than guilty of getting hooked on tv shows, staying up till two in the morning to watch 'just one more'. Technology has taken over the way people connect and as much as it can be annoying to see 'SOS only' on your phone or not be able to watch your favourite tv shows, embrace getting into the outdoors with the ones you love and roll with some sweet conversationing.
Mason Bay in Western Australia is one of the best framping (free camping) finds we have discovered. You can choose from a number of spots, which are nestled amongst trees right on the water. It felt like we were miles away from everything and everyone. With only one other couple camping there we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We set up a cracker of a fire, cooked up some yummy veggie soup and got in a bit of reading, what a peaceful evening. The next morning we explored the coast line, which turned out to be miles of secluded white sand and clear blue water. It was the perfect place for our morning ocean swim, one of the best ways to start the day. Mason Bay is just such a gorgeous spot, we will definitely be back!
Cosy Corner beach, Torbay, is part of the 'Rainbow Coast' of Western Australia. How appropriate! This part of Australia is amazingly beautiful, the coast is lined with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. It is up there with the Whitsunday's, but no crowds... Perfect! We found a little nook right near the beach for our night of framping (free camping). We will never tire of waking up to the sound of waves, opening our front door to ocean and heading down for a morning swim. Our own beach front property.
Pildappa Rock, South Australia has to be one of our favourite finds! After driving through the Gawler Rangers we took a chance and followed a sign to Pildappa Rock and boy did it pay off. As we drove towards this impressive rock we felt a childlike excitement to explore. Up, down, around and over, we were blown away by the smooth surface, round shape and natural wave formation of this rock. We spent the last couple of hours of the day watching the sun set over the magical Gawler Ranges and reflecting on how beautiful our country is and how lucky we are to be on this adventure exploring it.
Framping = Free Camping at Blue Pools, Budderoo National Park, NSW, Australia. As soon as we drove into the Blue Pools camp site we noticed two cool looking European backpackers. So we had a quick travel chat with them whilst setting up. They told us to take a walk down the path where we could find a beautiful waterfall. We were both torn between chilling out and exploring. Exploration won!! As soon as we rounded a bushy corner of the track it felt as though we had stepped into a Hollywood film set for Fern Gully or Avatar. There were natural rock pools, rapids, ferns and a waterfall that you could stand under. We couldn't keep the smiles off our faces, exploration paid off. After a magical swim and mother natures outdoor waterfall shower, we were buzzing on a natural high!
Living your dreams is one thing, but being
able to share your dreams with the ones you love is something very special.
My buddy Kristie and I spent a couple of days framping (free camping) at Little Capertee campground, Newnes State Forest in Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia.
This amazing heritage listed National Park is only a few hours from Sydney, but when you arrive you feel a million miles away. We drove into Little Capertee campground and were greeted by dramatic sandstone cliffs, which enclose the grassy camping spot. It truly was a spectacular sight, Mother Nature’s answer to an amphitheatre. A row of camp spots line the Wolgon River, which runs through the National Park, we parked the van and settled in for a fun weekend.
While chatting to other campers one suggested a nearby walk, so we headed out to explore the tracks, tunnels and ovens of the historic shale oil ruins. This trek is amazing; there are rows of old round ovens that were built in 1907 and fragments of a factory that was once full of life. It was so interesting to see the mix of structure and nature.
After a long walk there’s nothing better than taking a leisurely swim in a fresh water river, so happy that Capertee has just that, we spent hours relaxing in the cool waters of Wolgon River.
Little Capertee campground provides the perfect setting for dinner; the towering cliffs and setting sun are truly a spectacular sight. With stargazing to finish off our last night, we went to bed feeling pretty content.
Wollemi National Park has some of the best free camping I have stayed at, what an amazing place and we only covered a small part of it. I can’t wait to get back there and explore the rest.
Thanks for the memories girl!
(Free camping = Framping). Just a few minutes drive from the town of Braiswood is a free camp ground at Warri Reserve, NSW, Australia. You are right on the edge of the Shoalhaven River and nestled in Australia's beautiful bush land. It is just below road, but the noise is minimal. There are toilets but no showers, you could bring a portable shower or just swim in the river to stay fresh and clean. It is the perfect place to stop revive survive or set up camp for a few days.