Welcome to Another World Wide RV Trip. The start of our RV trip to Australia was almost overwhelming. Australia is a massive place with vast terrain, endless parks, and places to visit.
We got our RV and loaded it down with plenty of hiking gear and all of our kayaks. The coastlines and lagoons of Australia were one of our main targets. We didn’t want to miss the hiking of the high desert either.
Setting out on our trip with a rough outline, we had significant points to stop at. Everything else, we decided to just wing in between. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of randomity, right?
New South Wales
We decided to start our trip in New South Wales. This is one of the most diverse regions in Australia. It was mind-blowing how one area could offer rain forests, coastline, desert, forests, and mangrove swamps. There was no shortage of outdoor recreation during this section of our trip.
There seemed to be an endless amount of RV parks as we journeyed through the diverse terrain. Most of them were very accommodating with plenty of modern amenities. All of the locals were extremely welcoming.
We stopped to swim during this portion of our trip and do some ocean kayaking at Jervis Bay National Park. The beautiful coastline was breathtaking as we kayaked our way around the outline of New South Wales.
Fortis Creek National Park was one of our next significant stops. We did some bird-watching and hiking in the old-growth forests. These old trees and vegetation in the forests told stories as they twisted and turned through the landscape. Spotting different species of birds we had never seen before was a fantastic treat.
Perhaps one of our most favorite stops was Coolah Tops National Park. The scenery here was surreal while we hiked the lush terrain. The waterfalls were one of the most striking scenes and are something I’ll never forget.
Our tour of the coastlines of South Australia was up next. The mix of coastline and desert provided a beautiful contrast of different terrain.
We stopped just off the coast near Adelaide. We settled into a caravan park with some other tourists to rest for the night. The next day we were able to rent a sailboat and watch for dolphins in Southern Right Whales. The dolphins were highly active that day. They dove in and out of the water all around us, almost in an attempt to be an escort.
We were able to obtain a Desert Park Pass before touching down in this area. This gave us access to all five of the significant desert parks in the area. We camped our way through most of the high-desert parks before deciding to journey back towards the water.
Next up was one of our mandatory stops on our trip. The Limestone Coast was a beautiful area with plenty of action for our kayaks, and Coorong National Park was a lovely treat. We toured many of the lagoons the park had to offer and navigated most of them by kayak alone.
Our last stop in the area was Naracoorte National Park to see the Naracoorte Caves. This area is considered a World Heritage Site. We were able to venture into the caves to view the fossils of the long-extinct animals.
Located in the southwest corner of Australia, Victoria is home to rugged wilderness. It’s not a very big state geographically, but it’s packed with varying types of terrain.
We navigated our RV through rainforest, grassland, and even more coastal area. It was like being stuck in some sort of time warp while the land changed so rapidly in such a short time.
The RV area at Mount Buffalo National Park was more than accommodating. We parked and camped here for the night while we checked out Lake Catani. There were more waterfalls to take in as we hiked around the massive granite rock formations. Luckily for us, we had climbing gear. The granite was perfect for climbing.
We ended up rounding out our trip with two different stops. Croajingolong National Park in Victoria’s East Gippsland is home to a vast network of trails. Parking the RV, we navigated the colossal collection of trails that weaved in and out of the coastline.
Finally, we ended our Victoria trip at Lake Eildon National Park in the Central Highlands district with easygoing activities. Some peaceful fishing provided us with dinner. We were blessed with another beautiful Australian sunset before we decided to rest for the next leg of the trip.
Queensland is perhaps one of the more popular areas to tour in Australia. This area is home to the many islands that surround the Great Barrier Reef. There were hundreds of national parks that were accommodating to our RV travel. We also encountered a few privately run caravan parks where we mingled with some of the locals.
We took in all the fantastic water recreation in this area. Time was spent surfing, snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking among the famous coral reef. Remembering learning about this area as a child was mind-blowing because now we were actually here. It was almost surreal.
Hopping in the RV, we decided to spend one more relaxing evening on the Sunshine Coast. All the time on the water had us all pretty worn out, so this was more of a rest stop. We relaxed on the beautiful sandy beaches and took in a fantastic Queensland sunset.
This would be our final stop in our RV adventure. There weren’t many places for camping in this area, so showing up in an RV ended up being a lifesaver.
There are two things the Northern Territory is famous for. One is the sacred aboriginal art on display throughout the area. The second is the vast amount of wildlife refuge areas.
There was plenty to take in while we navigated the rugged wilderness and cliffs of the Northern Territory. The history here was extremely rich, which gave the area a very protected and sheltered feeling. The locals were highly passionate about the preservation of this history.
Being abundant with history made the Northern Territory a perfect area to finish our trip. We were able to gain a vast appreciation for the contrast of different Australian cultures compared to the aboriginal history lesson we just received.