We are on the Road for 5.5 weeks now and have done the East Coast from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 weeks.
In average we were driving 170km a day and tried not to drive for more than 2h when kids were having a nap.
It’s an easy drive on the Bruce Highway all the way to Cairns and can be done with any type of car.
Polarsteps is another great free app that lets you share your travel destinations and creates a map which can then be ordered as a photobook with all the pictures and descriptions after the trip and can be used for any country.
We have seen the East Coast 10 years ago and have decided to make other stops this time but we couldn’t drive past Airlie Beach which is a little City.
We didn’t recognize it anymore as so many things have changed and it has grown! It’s still a little Backpacker town but we loved it.
The Reefstar Cruise Day trip to the Whitsundays was worth it again and we loved the glass bottom boat so we could see the Great Barrier Reef and didn’t have to go snorkeling as the kids are too small for it.
Another really kids friendly City was Townsville and ‘The Strand’ which has a long Esplanade with a free Aqua Splash Park, 5 playgrounds, a Lagoon and Cafes.
No wonder it’s one of the fastest growing Cities on the East Coast as people love what they see and decide to move!
Unfortunately swimming is not possible in the beautiful Ocean in most places above Rockhampton as crocodiles might be in the water but most bigger cities have a free Lagoon anyway.
You can use a lot of free camp sites on the road and all bigger cities are more expensive.
Cairns was the most expensive city so far and has high season in winter. We have stayed in Cairns for a week at the BIG4 Coconut Resort which is a 5 Star Resort with cabins, campgrounds, playgrounds, pools, entertainment and the biggest jumping pillow in the world!
Sign up to become a BIG4 member and get a 10% discount each time at any BIG4 caravan park.
The place was the best one we had so far and was very safe compared to other cheaper campsites in Cairns.
We also went to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Farm which is only a 30 min drive up north (use your BIG4 card to get 10% off) where we saw a lot of crocodiles and you can even try their meat! It’s one of 14 crocodile farms in Australia.
Now we need a break from our holidays and are flying home for 2 weeks to have holidays with family !
We are looking forward to continue our Trip from Cairns to Darwin and have made many friends in Cairns who we will hopefully meet on the way.
If you see us on the Road say Hi 👋🏼
Check our fb page where we have uploaded a little Video of some of our best moments so far!