If you’re planning to travel to Australia and stay for a while whether it be for a working holiday, a gap year, an extended vacation, a temporary relocation or just looking to be location independent, there’s one thing that you’ll probably notice pretty fast: the cost of travel in Australia isn’t cheap, especially if you plan to be there for a while.

Accommodation, transportation and food can be incredibly pricey and when you’re looking to explore and see different places across the country/continent, you’ll be racking up those bills pretty quickly as you hop around to different hotels or Airbnbs, take buses or trains, and dine from restaurant to restaurant. You could, of course, minimize your costs by staying in one place for the duration but that may not be the best option if you’re looking to see and experience as much as you can.

There’s another option though, if you want to get around more easily and economically. It has a larger initial investment but is likely to save you some significant money as you go. It’s also a way that’s guaranteed to make you feel at home no matter where in Australia you choose to go.

All you have to do is buy a campervan or caravan and Australia is yours to explore!

Travel Australia in a Campervan or Caravan

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Anyone who knows us, knows that we love to travel by car but not only does travelling Australia by campervan excite that part of us that loves road trips it also interests that part of us that loves to find the best and most efficient way to explore a country during long-term travel.

The obvious benefits are that you have your accommodation, dining and transportation all in one but these aren’t the only reasons why this is probably one of the best ways to travel the country/continent.

Here are 10 reasons why you should buy, and travel in, a campervan or caravan in Australia:

1.  It’s an easy process to find and buy a campervan or caravan – just use Gumtree

There’s one site that will make the process of finding and buying a campervan or caravan super easy – Gumtree. While you can use the site to find a whole host of previously owned items in many countries, it is a prime choice for searching for the best priced pre-owned vehicles and purchase is super easy through PayPal and an escrow-style platform that allows you and the seller to make an easy transaction, pick up your campervan and start your travels!

One thing to note is that if you choose to buy a caravan or campervan that requires towing, you may also need to purchase or rent a car along with it. These can also be purchased on Gumtree as well and can make it easy if you want to park yourself in one location, unhitch and drive around until you’re ready to move on again.

2. Save on the cost of accommodations

Since your accommodation travels with you, you won’t need to bother with the extra expense of hotels, airbnbs or the like. What you will be paying in addition to the cost of the campervan/vehicle itself, are campsite costs but they are a fraction of what you would otherwise be paying.

4. Gas is your only transportation cost

While gas can be expensive in Australia, you won’t have to worry about the prices of trains, buses or planes or the restrictions they pose on travel and extra expenses that invariably occur. Instead, you can budget and plan your routes and make your way around on your own terms.

5. Save on dining by making your own food

Dining out can be expensive regardless of where you are and even though tipping isn’t a thing in Australia, the price of eating out is high. With a caravan or campervan you can save on those pricey meals and shop at supermarkets or farmers markets and prepare your own meals. You can also buy your own alcoholic beverages and save on that cost as well. Even if you do decide to go out, finding a BYOB restaurant and pulling out your bottle of choice from your caravan to bring with you can also save you lots.

6. See so much of Australia while easily travelling the open expanses and carrying your stuff

There’s a lot of open space to traverse when getting from one place to another. As you move from place to place you’re able to enjoy the open road all the while exploring smaller towns and larger cities. You’ll also be able to reach a vast area and large number of places while carrying all of your stuff with you, easily.

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7. It’s one long road trip and those can be amazing!

We’ve already mentioned how much we love road trips so spending months on the road is an amazing concept for us. A campervan allows you to remain stationary when you want a break from being on the move but also allows you to set off on a new road trip whenever the urge strikes or whenever a new destination calls to you. And even though there is more involved when you are driving your home around with you, you can also apply many road trip hacks to your caravan travels as well!

8. Choose your own itinerary – go when and where for how long you want

You’re completely on your own time. There are no check in or checkout times, no deadlines or itineraries to follow. You can go when and where you want for however long you want. If you find a place you love, you can stay for as long as you want. If you want to take a beautiful sunset road trip, you can do that too. Australia is your playground and your caravan is the vehicle to experiencing everything you want.

9. Free entertainment is at your disposal

Because you can go anywhere at anytime, you’re able to choose any of the free events and festivals, walks and hikes, parks and beaches and other amazing sights as your entertainment and recreation while you travel. There are a whole host of festivals and celebrations in Australia and you’ll find a great number that are free.

Then of course, there’s the exploration of new cities and towns as well as the natural beauty of Australia, like the gorgeous beaches that the country is known for. You’ll definitely be able to stop by some of the more secluded secret beaches in Sydney for some time alone or as a romantic outing if you’re travelling as as couple.

The many secret beaches in Australia are also home to some amazing free entertainment. If there’s an area that does have an entrance fee, you can always see if there is a caravan site and pay for both your site for the evening with an added bonus of hiking and discovering the park or reserve as well.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your time while you’re there, the ultimate entertainment will be watching the scenery pass by through the windows as you drive.

10. Sell it and recoup some costs

Perhaps the best benefit of buying a caravan or campervan while travelling Australia is that when you are ready to leave, you can post an ad on Gumtree and resell for a good portion of what you paid (taking into account how many kilometres or how much wear you add) before you leave.

Although you will have that initial investment to consider, knowing that you’ll be able to get back a good portion of that money while having saved money during your travels should put your mind at ease.

 

However long you end up travelling in Australia, if you’re there for a longer chunk of time and are looking to really get a chance to explore the country and not break the bank, buying a caravan or campervan is definitely something you should seriously be considering. Just think of the views that await you outside your window all day, everyday!

 

 

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By Roxana Oliver

There is something magical about sunsets. Everybody loves watching them and soaking up the sweet energy and colours they bring. If you happen to be in Australia, you cannot miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to see the most mesmerizing sunsets in the world.

The Best Waterfront Sunset Spots in Australia

Pack your things, gather your closest family and friends and hit the road for a magical sunset road trip hitting these five stops.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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You can start your road trip on the Great Ocean Road and move your way north. However, don’t miss out on seeing the most amazing sunsets the Great Ocean Road has to offer. This is one of the most iconic places in Australia, which can be busy with tourists during the day. Since your mission here is to capture the sunsets, you will manage to avoid the touristic chaos. The biggest star of the show is the Twelve Apostles, with its rocky coast and colourful sunsets. Sit down, unpack some snacks and drinks and watch the horizon. The colours will change magically, from bright orange to the most calming pink reflecting on the water and providing tranquillity and joy.

St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne

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Your next stop is Melbourne itself, with its stunning beaches and great atmosphere. Just as you ride into town, you should make your way to St. Kilda Beach. Melbourne is famous for its beaches filled with peace and landscapes, but on this one you can experience some of the most amazing sunsets. Watch the sun go down while you’re sipping some wine and having a snack and enjoy the view of the warm changing colours and calm clear waters. If you get the chance to take a boat out, you will be able to see the most amazing view, filled with silhouettes of boats showered in the sun and share it with your close ones.

Byron Bay, NSW

Byron Bay New South Wales

As you progress with your road trip, you should head east. Go to Byron Bay if you want to be present for some of the most amazing sunsets on the east coast. As you wait for the sun to set, you can take a long stroll along the beach and enjoy its sweet smells and calming sounds and colours. You can even visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse and snap some stunning photos of the most calming sunsets on the east. However, since the road is long from Victoria, and Byron Bay can be quite long, you can easily rely on charter bus rental agencies to provide you with the most comfortable vehicles for your long road trips on your sunset adventures.

Moreton Island, Queensland

Moreton Island Queensland

If you continue along the east coast, you are on the road to more memorable sunsets. Moreton Island can be your next stop and it is just an hour’s drive from Brisbane. This island is a peaceful oasis that can help you forget about the hustle and bustle of urban life and it will provide some compelling sunsets. This island features some of the most wonderful beaches, untamed forests and massive sand dunes, and if you find just the right spot before the sun goes down, you will witness something amazing. Since this island is filled with shipwrecks, the sunlight will reflect from the water and hit the corroded metal and it will provide a colourful oasis of light, shadow and tranquilizing colours that are worth seeing.

Daydream Island, Queensland

Daydream Island Australia sunset

This island lives up to its name. It is a perfect place for finishing up your road trip and enjoying the last sunset of this adventure. The whole island is filled with a romantic atmosphere and as the sunset comes, it becomes even more dreamy and passionate; that’s why it is a perfect place for couples to enjoy. The rocky waters make the greatest music found in nature, while the shades of orange will shift and create a great setting for sipping wine and leaning against someone’s shoulder.

If extreme adrenaline-rising adventures are not your thing, don’t despair. A sunset adventure can be equally as exciting, because you can see the most amazing views and beaches on your trip. Pack your bags, consider renting a vehicle and hit the road filled with colours and joy.

 


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By Marie Nieves

Planning a honeymoon can be stressful as it is, let alone when you’re looking for a place that’ll satisfy your thirst for adventure. So, what actually happens when two surf-lovers fall in love and get married? Well, they start planning a perfect honeymoon getaway in a place that might help them consolidate both their romantic and adventurous desires. Look no further from Australia, as this is the place where all your dreams come true. Being renowned as the destination with the most amazing natural splendour, romantic waterfront resorts and the best surf beaches in the world, Australia is the number one holiday retreat for anyone looking for an active honeymoon.

Where To Go For A Surf-Lover’s Honeymoon in Australia

So, without further ado, here are some of the best honeymoon destinations for surfers in Australia.

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Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Home to magnificent beach resorts and some of the best surf spots in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast makes for the perfect surfer’s getaway. One of the most common surfing locations is the Noosa Main Beach, where the annual Noosa Festival of Surfing is held. Other popular surfing locations include Mooloolaba, Dicky Beach and the Buddina Beach. The Sunshine Coast also has more national parks than any other region in Queensland, making it a true nature-infused vacation for anybody up for the task.

Byron Bay, New South Wales

The beachside town of Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination mostly because of its amazing scenery, impeccable wildlife and beautiful beaches. Tallow Beach is one of the most favourable surfing spots, while you surely won’t make a mistake by visiting Suffolk Park or Clarkes Beach. The ocean way leading to the Byron Bay lighthouse is a great setting for a midnight walk, but the Cape Byron Marine Park is the best way to experience the open ocean and the tidal waters of the Brunswick River and its tributaries.

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Whitsunday, North Queensland

A collection of continental islands off the central coast of Queensland is an appealing location to many couples looking to indulge in the breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy seaway and short walks on the Ngaro Sea Trail or simply lay back and relax on the white sands of the Whitehaven Beach. Airlie Beach is the best option not only for beach surfing, but for windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing.

Margaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River is the name of a small town south of Perth, mostly known for its craft breweries, wineries and several hundred caves. The humid Mediterranean climate and a charming rural appeal, it makes for a popular couple’s destination. What’s interesting is that the west coast of this alluring little town is a renowned surfing location and has acquired worldwide fame for its surf breaks.

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Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Located south of Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula has some amazing surfing spots, some of the most prominent ones being Waitpinga and Middleton. The peninsula is also known for its Fleurieu wine zone with beautiful vineyards, which is a great way to add a touch of Tuscany to your Australian honeymoon. There’s a variety of charming beachside cottages, secluded beaches and captivating restaurants that’ll definitely make your honeymoon something to remember.

Sydney, New South Wales

When talking about the best surfing destinations, local cuisine, mesmerizing beaches, romantic waterfront spa resorts and beautiful scenery, we shouldn’t fail to mention Sydney. One of the largest and definitely one of the most famous cities in Australia offers a wide array of activities, suitable for anyone’s taste, which is why this is one of the best places for planning an active honeymoon. Sydney is very well known for its rich cultural content, as well as entertainment with the Sydney Opera House, The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as the Royal Botanical Garden being located here.

The North Shore and northern beaches of Sydney are especially appealing, but nothing more than the eastern suburbs where some of the most affluent resorts are found. Manly Beach is one of the most popular holiday destinations, but if you want something more secluded the Maroubra Beach in Randwick is the best pick for you. This suburb has an enchanting aesthetic appeal known for its rich history and fine, heritage buildings. Booking a Randwick boutique hotel is a great choice, as its charismatic surroundings makes a perfect setting for an active honeymoon, with a variety of surf beaches in close proximity.

 

Australia is, without a doubt, an undisputed champion when it comes to romantic holidays, permeated with lots of action and adventure. If you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for a heavenly destination that’ll satisfy all your needs, then you can rest assured, knowing that they’re all listed right here.


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Mmary nieves profile picarie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest or HighStyLife where she is a regular author.


 

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By Roxana Oliver

‘Beach’ is synonymous with the word ‘romantic’, but how does that work when they are full of crowds, children screaming, volleyballs flying above your head and curious eyes all around you? To be honest, not very well. So, considering this fact, we must presume that for a beach to be actually romantic, it should be a secluded beach… a secret beach. Luckily for Aussies, Sydney is filled with such beaches where loving hugs can be exchanged and where statements of love can be spoken out loud instead of in whispers. It is at those secret beaches in Sydney where trips to the beach become romantic activities with the ones who hold our hearts.




Here are six of those secluded beaches in Sydney, where couples can enjoy spending a romantic day or evening in privacy.

Discovering The Secret Beaches in Sydney

Chinamans Beach

CHinamans beach secret beaches in SYdney

A stretch of no more than 250 meters of sand, Chinamans Beach is a perfect little getaway from the crowded and loud city. The beach is located in a pretty quiet residential enclave in Mosman and it is well secluded inside the Middle Harbour. It is an ideal setting for a romantic picnic by the sea or a relaxed swim. Chinamans provides a great deal of intimacy, because not many people know about it and it is uninteresting for surfers, usually scouting around these areas. So, bring a blanket, pack a picnic basket, cool a bottle of wine, and head to Chinamans.

Shark Beach

Shark Beach Sydney Romantic Getaway

Despite its very terrifying name, Shark Beach gives you nothing to worry about. On the contrary, as a part of Nielsen Reserve, this beach has reliable shark-net protection and it is perfectly safe. The Shark Beach is hidden in Vaucluse and it provides plenty of foreshore walks, sheltered areas and calm waves. Plus, it is a great chance to explore the reserve itself and start a mini-Sydney adventure. Even locals are not so familiar with this ground.

Long Reef Beach

Long Reef Beach Sydney Secret Beaches in Sydney

Elegantly nestled on the northern end of Dee Why Beach, Long Reef is not only perfect for romantic picnics and relaxing, but it is also the ideal backdrop for beach weddings. Because it is not as well-known as some of the other northern beaches, this one is a true hidden gem made of 2 km (approx 1.25 miles) long sand stretch where you can spend your time together and enjoy your privacy. Long Reef is also great for day trips, since it has free electric barbecues, picnic spots and amazing waves for the surfers.

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach Sydney

Located between Coogee Beach on the north and Clovelly Beach on the south, Shelly Beach is a scenic little bay with an atmosphere of a sheltered oasis. The serene blue waters and friendly waves are made for everything from swimming to surfing and snorkeling. Since it is a part of protected aquatic zone of Gordon Bay, Shelly Beach is well guarded, clean, peaceful and pleasant. It also offers picturesque view of the Northern Beaches and North Headland if you take a walk down the bush track.

Reef Beach

Romantic Getaways Sydney Reef Beach

This beach is situated in Balgowlah Heights and offers prime views across Sydney’s North Harbour all the way to Manly. Once heaven for both sun lovers and dedicated naturalists, the Reef Beach is today mostly deserted and we assume that couples that discover it are very lucky because of that. This beach is made for those kick back days when you feel like doing nothing but catching the sun rays. Add to that its historic significance and Aboriginal carvings on the rocks and you will get a nice and unique day trip in Sydney.

Collins Flat Beach

Collins Flat Beach Sydney

Just north of the city in one of Sydney’s most fabulous cluster of beaches, you will find Collins Flat Beach and its scenic view to the harbour. It stands out from the other beaches in the crowd by the special atmosphere of being a world away from the bustle of the city, while being so near the Sydney’s CBD. Whether you are planning a picnic or an overnight stay at the local heritage accommodation, you will find this piece of romantic heaven just perfect.

 

We have done our part and told you about some of Sydney’s best kept secrets, now it is up to you to explore them and feel the love in the air.

Looking for more romantic activities around the world? Planning a romantic anniversary trip? We’ve got a list of great romantic getaway ideas for any couple!

 


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Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter.

 


 

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