The Gorge, Clarence River NSW

The Gorge, Clarence River NSW

We were so lucky to stumble across The Gorge on the Clarence River!

After spending some time on the stunning white sandy beaches of the NSW North Coast, we felt it was time to head inland and swap sand and saltwater for grass and the fresh, running waters of the Clarence River, also known as ‘The Big River’.

Chris had spotted a couple of sites that looked good on Wikicamps and asked me to pick one. After seeing the photos and read the existing reviews of The Gorge, I knew this was a place we had to explore. When we couldn’t get through on the phone to make a booking, we decided that we would drive to the property and if they were booked out, we would simply drive back.

Located 75km north-west of Grafton, the drive to this property is almost as exciting as spending time there!

The way in was a long, windy, corrugated dirt road that bumped us all over the place with views so spectacular that we didn’t mind the bumps one bit! The road winds its way along the ridges, giving you glimpses of the Clarence River below on one side and incredible mountain views on the other. (luckily you drive out the same way you drive in, so I had the river views on the way out!)

We saw cows grazing on some of the greenest grass covered rolling hills we have ever seen, coupled with the bluest of blue skies with a smattering of fluffy white clouds. We were literally lost for words. There was something beautiful from every direction as far as the eye could see! I ended up putting the camera down and just soaking it all in as there was no way I could capture everything.

Crossing grids and splashing through causeways is all part of the fun, all the while keeping an eye out for cows and other wildlife like kangaroos.

 

After passing through 2 giant trees with signs displaying ‘You are entering The Gorge. All Welcome’, ‘Private Property’, ‘Day Visitor Permit Required $10’ and a phone number to call to make a booking, we rumbled over a wooden bridge and looked at each other in confusion as we both asked if we heard voices! When I popped my head out the window, I could see a family splashing away in a rockpool below the bridge. That was when we started to get really excited; stunning scenery beside the mighty Clarence River, little rockpools and no phone service. This was beginning to feel like paradise.

We made our way along another 4km of windy dirt road, across some more of those tiny wooden bridges until we came to the homestead. A man was standing out the front in thongs, shorts and a singlet and he came up to welcome us as soon as pulled up.

We met Buck and Belinda (say that 3 times quickly! Lol) who are just lovely! They explained why we couldn’t get through to make a booking. Frustratingly, their phone lines have been down for ages and there is no service at all on the 8000+ acre property, home to over 30 different campsites with 10km of river frontage on the Clarence! And to complicate things further, as they are new owners, they don’t have the passwords for any of the website Facebook or Instagram pages! So, your best bet is to take the long, windy, bumpy and most spectacular drive right up to the house and say, ‘I’m here!’ just like we did 😁

They told us there were showers and toilets up near the Homestead, but nothing else around the property. And as most campsites are a fair way away, it makes life much easier if you are self contained! Bathing in the river is always refreshing 😉

They suggested we camp below the homestead on the river and guided us down in their bright orange Kubota. They walked us in to check out the site (known as Old Boat Place) before we drove the Hilux in.

We asked them how business was over Christmas and that’s when the stories of the bushfires were shared.  When they showed us videos of the hills glowing red, smoke blanketing the river and gorge and the water bomber helicopter dropping in to fill up right beside the boat, we realised just how close and how dangerous it had been for them.

 

Belinda explained that the property had been in drought for as long as the they had been there, with calm and crystal-clear river water, but recently the heavy rains had lifted the waters to levels they hadn’t seen before and some of the campsites were still very muddy. What a start for this lovely couple on their new property! Drought, heavy rain and bushfires, all within a matter of months!

 

The river is now wide, flowing and quite muddy – but still beautiful and most definitely swimmable. As we were setting up, a truck was returning from dropping campers into the river further up so they could float their way down on their inflatables. Not long after they came bobbing down, hats on with drinks in hand. How relaxing!

Buck said they were about to head up the river and see what it was like with so much water flowing after the floods and asked if we would like to join them. Of course we said yes, and within an hour we were set up, had swum in the river with the turtles while tiny fish nibbled at our toes, and were ready when they arrived on the Kubota to take us first to Skinny-dipping Waterhole (I think that’s the name!) and then up the river in the tinny.

But first … the waterhole. Once again, we bounced along the road in the Kubota, over the bridge and down until we came to a secluded little corner with the most inviting stream babbling along and over some rocks into a deep waterhole.

We all got into the clear water and Chris and I paddled over to the little waterfall. I didn’t want to get out! But it was already 4:30 and we had a river and some incredible waterfalls to explore!

We drove back to our campsite where the tinny was moored, jumped in and headed off up stream. The further we went, the more spectacular the scenery became. Fish, birds, cliffs, waterfalls and incredible rock structures once again made for a moment where the camera just had to be put down, and we tried to take it all in.

We pulled in, tied the boat up and decided to do the rocky 2km walk along the river’s edge to see the falls. I wasn’t sure how I’d go in thongs and Chris being barefoot, but we were fine and so very happy we decided to do it.

The first falls, Willowtree Falls, were affectionately known as the ‘baby falls’ … but not this time! Water was barrelling over the top and there was no way you’d get in for a quick dip at the bottom.

Belinda assured us that as beautiful as these falls were, the best was yet to come. We continued on over grassy hills, up rocky walls, under shrubbery and across water covered plains until we reached the magnificent Rainbow Falls. There is no need to ask why the name, as you can clearly see a rainbow directly in front of the falls created by the mist spraying gently onto your face and body as you stand and admire what was once a lovely swimming spot that is now a raging waterfall!

We just sat, mesmerised until we realised it was nearing 6:30 and we still had to walk back to the boat, ride down the river and Chris still had rocks to jump off and ropes to swing off before we could head back to camp.

The river was flowing quite fast, so we decided to see how far we could get with no motor – but it wasn’t long before we were leaning over the side and pushing the tinny off the rocky walls, and Buck was firing the motor up to stop us side slamming into a large rock that was looming right up in our path!

When we could, we just drifted in silence, listening to the birds, fish, turtles and all the stories Buck and Belinda had to share about this incredible place.

The property has long been a working cattle station, and Buck, Belinda and Belinda’s mum are in the process of bringing their own herd of cattle to run here.

Chris was shown all the best jumping spots and gave them a go (except the first one as we’d forgotten to stop!). He also climbed the riverbank and swung off an epic rope swing after Buck showed us all how it was done!

It was past 8:30 and dark by the time the boat pulled back into our campsite. We were tired, hungry and exhilarated! What an amazing way to spend Australia Day!

Buck and Belinda went back to the homestead and we cooked up our lamb steaks and salad.

It wasn’t long before Chris was up in the rooftop tent and I was laying back in my camp chair staring in amazement at how many stars there were and how brightly they were shining!

The next morning, we were up as the sun was peeking over the hills, lighting up the glassy river

By 9:30 am we were saying our goodbyes, wishing we had more time to spend at, and making plans to return to The Gorge here on the mighty Clarence River.

How to get here:

Drive out and pass through Copmanhurst, keeping an eye out for a large sign saying ‘Appletree Flat Road’. You will also see a sign saying, ‘The Gorge Station.’

Not long after you will come across Lilydale Bridge, a very low bridge where you will find plenty of campers (this was also on our list). We actually stopped here and had brunch on the rocky riverbank on our way home.

After crossing the bridge, turn right at the sign for The Gorge and then just keep driving for about 35km. This is where the scenery is spectacular no matter where you look!

You will see the welcome sign for The Gorge Station and continue on a further 4km until you reach the homestead.

MAP HERE:

https://goo.gl/maps/Rj3GY1Tnc1H1PUaD7

Hosanna Farmstay

Hosanna Farmstay

Hosanna Farmstay is where we just spent the most incredible weekend. We have been once before, over 5 years ago with the kids and always said we would return.  I have no idea what took us so long!

We did notice a few pretty big changes this trip with the main one being the lack of water. On our last visit the creek was running through the campground and we splashed our way through a water crossing to get to our campsite … now the creek bed is dry with a few big puddles in it, and the water crossing appears to be long since gone. The water level of the dam had dropped so much I was shocked when I saw the drop from the diving board! You can see in the pics below the difference in height.It didn’t make a scrap of difference to how beautiful Hosanna is or to the fun we had though!

With farm animals, swimming (in the dam), the awesome new waterslide (into the dam!), paddling (around the dam), plenty of space to run around and ride bikes – Hosanna is a great place for everyone to hang out.

I love the animals and on our last visit with the kids we were at every feeding time, cuddling the rabbits and piglets, patting and milking the cows and hanging out with the friendly chooks. Check out how young Cooper and Charli were!

This time the animals came to visit us at our campsite! Chooks were roaming around and the goats … oh gosh … the goats! How funny! I still can’t stop laughing at the white one that wanted Chris’s chilli nachos. It even jumped up on him trying to take one out of his hand! I saw heaps of cane toads on our first night as I was walking to the amenities (in my gumboots!). It had been raining and there would have been at least 30 that crossed my path. There were also plenty of water dragons meandering about the place – some even  posing for a pic or two.

We had a large group and camped all together right near the entrance beside the ‘creek bed’. We had our Hilux and rooftop, the others had caravans with one camper trailer and a swag also joining the crew. We had plenty of space and no noisy neighbours (OK, so, we may have been the noisy neighbours!)

There are huts, cabins and camp sites, so even if you don’t have a setup suited to camping, you can enjoy all that this amazing place has to offer.

Something we decided against using this time was the sauna. Yep – you can book the sauna (which takes about an hour to heat up) and sweat away to your hearts content. This is on the list of must-do’s if you book a winter escape. 

We also didn’t make it up the road to see the glow worms which we will be doing on our next visit for sure.

This seems to be a great place for weddings, functions and large groups and this weekend we shared it with a few busloads of (very well-behaved) kids. Aside from when they all hit the dam at once, we hardly knew they were there. Hosanna is big enough to accommodate a large number of people with ease. 

There is a laundry room and amenities with hot showers and flushing toilets. The camp kitchen is great, and the guest lounge is filled with board games and even has a piano, guitars and bongos! (Yes, I gave the bongos a go … lol). You’ll find little open fire cookers (what are these things called??) dotted around the campground as well as very random things for the kids to play on and with. 

A fantastic new addition is the long, black shiny waterslide that has been cut into the hill at the side of the dam. We were dying to jump on and give it a go and it was every bit as good as we thought it would be; launching Chris so high and far that it knocked the GoPro out of his hands! This resulted in a search party going mud diving and recovering goggles and sunglasses along with our GoPro. Everyone at the dam erupted in to cheers when Geoff rose from the murky water with the camera in hand. It was quite a scene! I flew down with the GoPro in hand – it sure makes for some crazy footage. Thankfully I had a good grip (or maybe just didn’t land quite as hard and far!) and came up from the depths with it held firmly in my grasp. (See video below)

The diving board/springboard is insanely high now that the water levels have dropped in the dam. This allowed for some pretty speccy ‘aerobatics’ to take place before people slammed into the water. 

There are kayaks and rubber rings floating around in the water for people to use (gold coins are needed to release the kayaks) and there are shallow parts in the dam suited for the younger kids. 

And while we saw turtles last time, none popped their heads up on this trip.

A Day Visit pass gives you access to the facilities and free activities happening around Hosanna Farm that day. You can join in feeding the animals, grab a coffee from the cafe (that was closed at 10:30 on the Sunday morning – so check for opening hours!) or go for a swim in the dam. 

You can even book in for a farm tour which we haven’t done yet, but I’d like to when we go back with the kids. It’s a guided walking tour of our farm that lets you experience what it’s like to do the farm rounds, like a real farmer! Head out into the paddocks to check in on the cows and feed and water the chickens.

We overheard a few of the guides explaining what goes on and thought it was hilarious that the chooks are ‘great for spreading the cow manure around’ … and one had just spent a few minutes pecking the crumbs off while walking all over Carly’s chopping board! 

The tour shows you how Hosanna’s food waste is re-used, you can catch some chickens, collect the eggs and learn more about their farming operations and shift towards more sustainable and regenerative farming practices.  

You can also pack a picnic lunch and just sit and take in the beauty of the place …  there are plenty of picnic tables around the dam and shady spots under trees to sit and relax. 

 

 

 

Directions

Hosanna Farmstay
4 Tunnel Rd, Stokers Siding NSW 2484
Here’s to 2020

Here’s to 2020

Sometimes in life we make decisions and choices that seem so right at the time. Then, you realise with a sinking heart that you made the wrong choice, the wrong decision. All the hopes and dreams built around those choices come crashing down. And, because your future was wrapped in those decisions too, it becomes uncertain. The uncertainty flows slowly but surely into every aspect of your life, so you even begin to doubt yourself as a person. Relationships become rocky. You can only take one day at a time. No making plans any more only wondering ‘Will this ever come right?’ You fight not to allow ugly emotions win. Even so anger, resentment and a desire to exact revenge continually pop up.

This year, 2019, has been a huge (and very expensive) learning curve for us and we are so glad that we are now coming through the other side.

I’m a very positive person. I take good and bad experiences and learn as much as I can from them. But this year it took all my positivity to help drag Chris through the nightmare that nearly cost our relationship and the future of Aussie Destinations Unknown.

I’m choosing not to dwell on the horrific experiences of this past year. While you can’t wipe memories, you can choose not to let them harm you. I’ve chosen to focus on the positives that have come from the awful situations and interactions we’ve had; the ‘silver lining’ if you will.

Over the last six months, we have had the absolute pleasure of meeting and teaming up with some incredible people. Some, sadly, have also seen firsthand, and supported us through, the challenges we have had to deal with.

Sometimes your decisions involve others. Ours did. And this was a contributing factor to the despair we have often felt, and to Chris’ borderline depression and anxiety because it meant that people we respect, and value so much, people we love working with, also became victims of the unprincipled and unethical behaviour we experienced.

We have a very strong team working with us at ADU and we are thankful and proud to be associated with every one of them. It’s been pretty dark much of the time this year, but the support of these people has been the light to keep us going.

It is with happy hearts and a much brighter outlook on life that we announce that we will be working with TITANIUM CARAVANS from here and into the future. Funnily enough when Chris and I first started thinking about upgrading from the Jayco, Jason was the first person who we sat down and spoke with. We loved what he had to say and honestly, I can’t remember why we didn’t choose Titanium back then!

We’ve just returned from a full day spent with Jason in Epping, Victoria, meeting everyone, touring through the Titanium factory and designing our dream van and we feel like we can finally exhale. Knowing that we are now working with experienced professionals who have been delivering a proven product for years is a joy and pleasure for us and we are quickly growing accustomed to those good feelings.

Customer service is extremely high on our list. And, while not wanting to go into details, I can say that we now understand just how devastating it can be to find you have become a statistic as far as consumer rights are concerned; that you have to turn to the ACC and to legal counsel just to get what was promised in the first place.  We also understand the importance of having absolutely everything in writing.

Those of us who are honest and trustworthy have to keep in mind that not everyone is like this. Sadly, the world today is one where there will always be those who try to take advantage of you. We realise now we were naïve and a little too trusting. When we were talking about it with my mum, she quoted a saying that fits well here, ‘be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.’ We almost allowed the constant battering to stop us, we almost lost faith in everyone, instead we’ll keep in mind the reality of that little saying to protect ourselves from such a disaster happening again. We also remind ourselves of all the wonderfully supportive people we have around us.

We have a list that is slowly coming together of amazing and wonderful people who we trust and feel 100% comfortable with from a partnership perspective, and who are quickly becoming mates. We all have a few common qualities that are drawing us together to create an unstoppable team.

Alongside Titanium Caravans, we look forward to working with the following people, all who play an integral role in creating our dream caravan and 4x4 Setup.

  • PINNACLE 4x4

  • CRUISEMASTER SUSPENSION

  • CRUISEMASTER TOWING PERFORMANCE CENTRE

  • FP CHASSIS

  • ENERDRIVE

  • PHAT BARS

  • BLACKBEAR TYRES

  • MAXTRAX

  • YAKIMA

 

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for your support over this past year. Our circumstances limited our posting, and for this I apologize. No one wants us back on the road more than we do!

So here’s to 2020 and all the adventures it will bring! And as for 2019 –  thanks for the valuable lessons and the awesome people you’ve been sending our way these past few months.

Cruisemaster Factory Tour

Cruisemaster Factory Tour

We have always known that Cruisemaster is the industry leader in all-terrain towing technology. We have heard this said time and time again, and our last van was fitted with this suspension and coupling and towed like a dream.

We had messaged with them on Instagram and knew the people behind the product were knowledgeable and the kind of guys we would get along with if we happened to cross paths in the ‘real world’.

We bumped into the crew at the Brisbane Caravan Show a few months ago and had been right! We all got along really well, had a long chat and a good look into how both the company and its products came to be so damned good.

When they offered to take us on a factory tour, we jumped at the opportunity and set a date.

Nathan was our tour guide and gave us a brief run-down while I signed us both in (Chris says I have neater handwriting) and we put on our high-vis vests. Something else I have that Chris doesn’t is foresight … so I had come prepared with enclosed shoes while Chris wore thongs! So, I was the lucky one that got to see all the fun stuff while Chris had to say on the green. 🤣

Every part of his huge factory is fascinating and if you listen carefully to what is being said, you will be blown away as we were. I was able to see the entire process from start to finish including both the robot welders in their little rooms and human welders behind the curtains.

Parts are manufactured here in the factory from Aussie made steel which is awesome … and the research and development is out of this world.

It’s incredible how these products are tested before they hit the market. It restores faith in what is often a deceitful industry filled with little concern for the consumer. So many cool gadgets and machines all make it obvious that some pretty clever engineers work at Cruisemaster!

Check out their R.A.T or ‘remote area testing’ here: https://cruisemaster.com.au/remote-area-testing

and the teaser video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HTb1HzcaiQ

 

It’s evident just how much they pride themselves in their work and we are completely impressed! 👌🏼

What we really love is the dedication to getting things just right. A great example of this is the TPC (Towing Performance Centre).

At the Cruisemaster Towing Performance Centre they assess your complete towing package to ensure all changes made to the vehicle or caravan won’t lead to adverse effects elsewhere in the towing experience.

They give you an in-depth analysis by weighing the vehicle in 3 stages; tow vehicle, caravan or camper and the combination of the two. This gives both the individual axle loads as well as the combination weights associated with towing.

The Cruisemaster TPC is a MUST VISIT for anyone who doesn’t know their numbers. We came in well under with our Hilux which was great news! And we know exactly how much we have to play with. We will be heading straight back here when we take delivery of our new van early next year

Without our GCM/GVM upgrade we would have been right up that creek without a paddle! 💩

 

The TPC also perform vehicle fitouts including:

Engine Protection, suspension performance, GVM upgrades, towing essentials, electrical and comms, vehicle protection and storage solutions.

See more here: https://www.cruisemastertpc.com.au/vehicles

They also perform caravan servicing including:

Brake inspections, service and replacement; wheel bearing inspection, serive and replacement; coupling replacement and upgrades; logbook servicing of all suspensions types; pre/post trip suspension inspections; suspensions lubricaton and overhaul; suspensions, draw bar and undercarriage repairs; wheel alignments on applicable suspension

See more here: https://www.cruisemastertpc.com.au/caravans

 

Thanks to an awesome team for bringing something to the market that is desperately needed!

Take our advice and call these guys, take your rig/setup in and get it checked out. They’ll give you all the info you need to stay safe and legal.

 

Websites here:

https://www.cruisemastertpc.com.au/

https://cruisemaster.com.au/

 

 

Location

352 Bilsen Road
GEEBUNG QLD 4034

Vehicles: 07 3624 3821
Caravans: 073624 3822

Helensvale Meet Up

Helensvale Meet Up

RnR Wanderers, Let’s Get Outta Here and Makn Trax were coming along for our first weekend away in months! We’ve had a really rough year having had no van or 4x4 for what feels like forever, and this was us finally getting back out there doing what we love.

 We still don’t have a caravan or a battery system in the Hilux but we weren’t going to let this stop us. So, we were heading off with what we do have – the Alucab rooftop and a borrowed Eski packed with ice.

Our initial plans of a weekend at Flanagan’s Reserve were completely thrown by the devastating bushfires that have wreaked havoc in our National Parks and so many other places. Where could we go on such short notice we wondered? The BIG4 at Helensvale popped into my mind (it’s our local go-to park being only 20 minutes down the highway). Worth a try I thought and made the call. Within a few minutes we were booked into the unpowered sites down the back by the river.

It’s such a fun park with awesome amenities and great, super-friendly staff. I love the huge tropical fish tank in one of the (really nice) camp kitchens and the even bigger one in the amenities block! It’s pet-friendly and even has a dog-park which was perfect for Mel and Geoff’s pooches Molly and Kiki to have a good run around in. If dogs and fish aren’t your thing, feel free to check out the various animals in the ‘petting zoo’. There’s a BMX track which Greg’s little fella didn’t take long to find, and plenty of open spacefor the kids to ride/tun around in.

The pool area lit up by flames at night and open until 9 p.m., is amazing.  You can relax in the spa or splash around in the heated pool which has a water slide while the kids (if you have them) have fun in the shallow kid’s pool. If you want to eat while hanging out in the pool area, you’ll find the café serves scrumptious food and drinks until 8 p.m. And they can whip up a mean cocktail! 

Yep, this park is just awesome! It also helps that the park is located right across the highway from Movie World, Dream World, White Water World, Wet n Wild, Outback Spectacular and Top Golf and isn’t far from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane.

Yep, this park is just awesome! It also helps that the park is located right across the highway from Movie World, Dream World, White Water World, Wet n Wild, Outback Spectacular and Top Golf and isn’t far from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane.

Mel and Geoff (RnR Wanderers) were already set up when we arrived about lunch time on Friday. We parked the Hilux next to ‘Blondie’ and our Alu-cab roof top and brand new awning was set up within a few minutes.

We had a bit of a chat before I left the boys with their beers and went for a bit of a splash in the heated pool.

When I returned to camp, Greg from Makn Trx  had arrived along with Kurt and Carly from Let’s Get Outta Here .

 The boys were frothing over Greg’s chopped 200 series and discussing all things 4x4.

Camping makes a person hungry and we were there is a flash when Kurt and Carly invited us over to their caravan for Weber-fired pizzas. Carly’s got that recipe nailed … dinner was delish!

It was still early when we climbed up into the roof top. It’s super comfy so we fell asleep fairly easily despite the sound of the freeway. We had forgotten how loud the road-noise is when not in an enclosed van!

The sun peeking in through the flyscreen combined with the cockatoos squawking had us up pretty early. I pulled up a camp chair by the river to read for a while and Chris did whatever it is Chris does (Instagram and YouTube I think … lol).

By the time the others were up and about, we’d showered, and Chris was getting hangry. We thought brekky at the café would be quicker than cooking our own, so we all headed over there to find we had 15 minutes before the gate opened.  Not to be idle, we decided to have a bit of a sticky at the huge new water park that will be open to the public in February next year. It will be amazing!

On the way, some gorgeous little French Bulldog puppies name Bob and Marley grabbed our attention and wouldn’t let go! They were adorable and had us all wishing we could take them home. Marty (their dad) came out and had a chat with us. Turns out he was there with his family on the final leg of their lap around Australia! ‘Glamping Around Oz’ was stuck on their Silverline next to a big ‘For Sale’ sticker.

Breakfast was divine (pancakes, eggs benedict, brekkie wraps and big breakfast filled our table) and a great way to start the day that was filled with relaxing, chatting, swimming, being a little crazy in the pool and just enjoying each other’s company.

We had a nibbles platter for lunch, again thanks to Kurt and Carly, and said goodbye to Greg who was packing up and heading off only to set up in a new location a few hours later. The rest of us all went our separate ways for a few hours; some of us reading, others (Chris) having naps, swimming, and doing whatever else we felt like.

Chris added some awesome graphics to the back of the Let’s Get Outta Here Van and managed to get it straight even after a few Big Heads!

We came back together later in the arvo to sort out how we were getting to and from Top Golf which was just across the Motorway. Needless to say, we were all a little disappointed when we arrived to find out that the wait to play was over two hours.

We decided food was the next best thing (I know, food did feature a lot in our weekend!) and headed to the Boathouse Tavern for some amazing food and drinks.

We sat outside next to the live music. It was fun to people watch a bit and continue chatting. We didn’t run out of conversation all weekend which I guess is to be expected when like-minded people with similar passions get together. It was great!

There was a brief lull while we were all devouring our meals … but that didn’t last long! We all have so much in common and so much to share with each other … including lots of laughter.

I tell you … Mel and Carly seriously crack me up! Such hilarious human beings.   

Sunday was breakfast at the café and then time for Kurt, Carly and us to pack up and head off. We watched Mel and Jeff disappear in our side mirrors as we drove away … they were lucky enough to be hanging around for an extra night.

We had such a great weekend even though it was nothing like we had originally planned. Our free-camping adventure at Flanagan’s turned into a caravan park adventure with loads of delicious food and pool time! Who can complain about that? Certainly not me! I had a blast and I can’t wait until our next meet up in mid-December. 

Thanks to Mel and Jeff, Greg and Ellie and Kurt and Carly for making the weekend awesome.  Oh, and Chris. Of course, thanks to Chris! He makes all my weekends awesome 🙂

 

13 Christmas Gift Ideas

13 Christmas Gift Ideas

13 Christmas gift ideas

🎄🎁 It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts! And if you’re stuck – let me share 13 awesome gift (and some stocking stuffer) ideas that will have your entire family covered (and your mates too!) 😁👌🏼

If you’re like me and have family or friends with birthday’s coming up during the silly season, why not take advantage of the list below and do some birthday shopping while you’re at it?

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We are super excited to be able to offer special discounts to our followers and supporters on some of the items listed below, so be sure to enter our code or click on the links to get the discount. 😄

We believe the products are as awesome as the Aussie owned people who have created them and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do 🤙🏼

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Head over to 👉🏼 https://www.bbqarm.com.au and enter the code 🔥ADUCREW🔥 for your discount!

What is it? An Aussie designed and made caravan and camping bbq table (and accessories) for bbq’s or gas cookers that easily swings out of the way. Designed for camping and 4WD enthusiasts it can be mounted to your caravan, camper trailer or vehicle. Check out our video here: https://youtu.be/VkLOJRJjUIU

 

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the perfect stocking stuffer! Purchase here:👉🏼 http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/slide-n-dry-pegless-clothesline/

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Check out our videos here:
📹 https://youtu.be/3ziAWUZO-w8
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3. 🇦🇺 NAVIGATOR GEAR

👉🏼 Head over to https://navigatorgear.net.au/?ref=3l_cmutqk-p and be sure to enter the code 🔥ADU15🔥 for a 15% discount!

This is camp gear of the highest quality designed by people who love to camp and knows what is lacking in the market. Do yourself a favour and check out these ingenious products!

Navigator is an outdoor caravan, camping & adventure brand that provides accessories with a purpose for the modern-day nomad to assist in getting the best experience with as little stress as possible.
Ps … the camp chairs are ridiculously comfy and have built in wine glass and stubby holders!

 4. 🇦🇺 MUST-HAVE STICKERS/DECALS

👉🏼Order here: http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/product-category/stickers/

 

What a GREAT way to personalise and glam up your car, van or even the walls or windows at home. Chris is a quite a creative guy and has designed have over 60 different designs.

If you can’t find what you are after, tell us and we can do a personalised sticker just for you!

These are designed and printed by us here in Queensland.

Head over to our website to order yours now!

Free postage.

 

 

5. 🇦🇺 PERSONALISED WALL ART

Transform your boring walls into works of art work digital wall art!

We print your photos (or whatever you like) on an amazing material that can be peeled off and re-stuck without damaging most walls.

Your home, office, business, inside your caravan or almost anywhere you’ve got walls can benefit from a little Brandcraft magic as well.

These are great for kids bedrooms!

Email us now with your images and preferred size so we can check the resolution and give you a quote.

 

PRICING: Size: AO – $95Size: A1 – $80Size: A2 – $50

 

If you would like to get it printed as a wallpaper mural, please send it to us with the size of your wall and we can give you a quote.

6. MYSTICAL FIRE PACKETS

Perfect stocking stuffers for the kids!!

Purchase here:👉🏼 https://www.caravanningwithkids.com.au/product-category/colourful-fire-packets/?aff=aussiedestinationsunknown

Mystical Fire is a unique product that creates a brilliant display of colourful flames on wood burning fires! 

With a flick of the wrist as you toss the packet in, you can turn any fire into a mesmerising show of vibrant colours of red, green, blue, pink, orange and violet and more.

7. 🇦🇺 INSULATED STEMLESS TUMBLER

👉🏼 Purchase here: http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/product/insulated-stemless-tumbler/

Shaped for comfort and designed for practicality, this Stemless Insulated Wine Tumbler will lovingly take care of half a bottle of wine at a time (355ml) and keep it cool for up to 24hrs.
What’s neat is it’ll also handle hot drinks and keep them that way for up to 8hrs.
Constructed of BPA-free food grade stainless steel, the tumbler features a splashproof slide-open lid.

These are top-quality, and in our opinion the best on the market.

8. 🇦🇺 INSULATED WINE FLASK

Purchase here: 👉🏼 http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/product/insulated-wine-flask/

From the people that brought us the Insulated Tumbler, we now have the FLASK! Perfect for camping, festivals and the great outdoors.  No need for ice or an esky! We love these …

Ready to serve and protect, the TraVino Flask will engulf an entire 750ml bottle of wine and will maintain the temp for a whole 24hrs. Featuring a sealed leak-proof- lid, it is the wine bottle where no one bottle has gone before, it is practically glass-less.

9. 🇦🇺 LOG BOOK

👉🏼 Purchase here: http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/product/log-book/

The CARAVAN LOG BOOK is an A5 2 part book that will help you keep track of the places you stay and the kilometres that your caravan or camper trailer does.
The front part of the LOG BOOK allows to you note down where you stayed, rate it and jot down some notes that you can refer to later.

The back part allows you to keep track of the kilometres the caravan/camper travels.  There is a FUEL column too and it has been endorsed by the Caravan Industry of Victoria.

10. 🇦🇺 TRAVEL JOURNAL

Purchase here:👉🏼 http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/product/travel-journal-log-book-2-pack/

Whether you enjoy occasional overnight stays, weekends away, international adventures, months of adventures on the road or even sleepovers – The TRAVEL JOURNAL is packed with 92 journal pages to document your daily experiences. Draw, write or attach a photo. The kids just LOVE these! 🤗
This travel journal was proudly designed, developed and printed right here in Australia and is wire bound with a protective plastic sleeve. Everyone in your family will have a wonderful time documenting the highlights and happenings of each and every day and looking back on the memories in the months and years to come. 🥰

11. 🇦🇺 VAN GO CARAVAN INSPIRED PRODUCTS

👉🏼 https://www.caravanningwithkids.com.au/product-category/van-go-caravan-collections/?aff=aussiedestinationsunknown

We love the VanGo collection – a Melbourne-based family run business.

Van Go is an eclectic assortment of wonderful caravan inspired goodies for home, the van, gift ideas and just for fun!

Products are printed locally where possible and are designed in Melbourne.

12. 🇦🇺 LSKD CLOTHING

Head over to 👉🏼 https://www.lskd.co and enter the code 🔥ADU15🔥 for your discount off any non-sale items 👌🏼

I know you’ve seen us repping this brand non-stop … and it’s because we LOVE IT! Men, women and kids … there’s something here everyone will love. These guys are based just down the road from us and we love hanging out with the crew. Legends in person and just as legendary with their clothing range.

13. 🇦🇺 A KNOBBY UNDERWEAR SUBSCRIPTION

Purchase here: 👉🏼 https://knobbyunderwear.com.au/and be sure to enter the code 🔥ADUCREW🔥 for a discount off your first subscription.

We are so proud to be partnered up and decked out in the best underwear on this planet. Yup. We know that’s a huge call … but it’s what we believe. 

It’s made right here in Queensland, is supportive, comfy and comes in the funkiest designs every month – delivered to your door! Whoop!

PS. They have recently added a KIDS RANGE to the mix so the whole family can match! Did someone say stocking stuffer genius? 😜

No matter who you are shopping for, you are bound to put smiles on their dials with something from this list! And if you have any questions at all in regards to anything at all … please ask us!

There’s nothing we love more than sharing our experiences to make things better/easier/more fun for you.

 

Ho ho ho and happy shopping!