How to find FREE activities travelling Australia – Frugal Road Tips

June 7, 2017 32 Comments

We are now into our second year travelling around Australia in our bus and have become experts at finding great things to do and see that are FREE while we do our lap. Australia is a fabulous country boasting some pretty amazing places to see and visit and guess what? Many of those amazing places are FREE

It’s great on the travel pocket spending a full day out and coming home with the same money that you left with in the morning.  We recently travelled from Brisbane to Cardwell spending minimal on entry fees (Exception Frazer Island & Rainbow Beach permits plus Gin Gin museum for $2) but our days were full to overflowing, and we created some of the best memories yet.




How to find FREE activities travelling Australia – Frugal Road Tips

 

Preplan

An excellent way to keep road travel costs down is to seek out FREE places in advance before you first arrive at a new area.  By planning out your FREE activities, you not only save money on avoiding expensive entry fees but also on fuel working out the best travel route. Many times we found free things to see on route to our next destination. Planning is essential

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FREE Boolboonda Tunnel provided us with a lovely morning exploring the area, discovering the southern hemisphere longest unsupported tunnel and checking out the many many bats. FREE

Invest in “Australia for Free” App

For a measly few dollars, you can purchase the “Australia for Free” app.  We have several apps we use during our travels around Australia. We love this app for seeking out FREE activities within the areas we go through.

Rockhampton Cattle Yards

A visit to the cattle sale yards in Rockhampton not only provided us with a local view to the area but a wonderful educational experience teaching our homeschooling student about the beef industry of Australia and a little about farming. FREE

Visitor Information Centres

Visitor Information Centres are a great source of wonderful local knowledge.  Drop in and ask for information on free things to do and see while you are in their area. We have enjoyed some great experiences and found most of the staff are more than happy to share local knowledge and information on free or low costs things to do and see.

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Carlo Sand Blow is a massive FREE sand blow you can visit, explore and provides a special view of Rainbow Beach, and also a great source of physical activity. No Gym fees required!

 

Seek out Local Councils

The local council can point you in the right direction to find information on their free services or events they are providing for the local community. School holidays and festive seasons are wonderful times of the year for free activities to enjoy.

How to find FREE activities travelling Australia - Frugal Road Tips

Cardwell Spa was one of our favourites in Qld that we enjoyed for FREE. So many wonderful FREE wonders of nature to enjoy around Australia.

 

Pick the brains of Travellers

Pull up a chair around a campfire or while making friends on the road, take the time to ask them what things they have found for free along the way. Make sure you share your tips in return.

Free Rockhampton Zoo

Rockhampton Zoo and Botanical Gardens gave us a full morning of fun completely FREE.

 




Ask a local

Locals know their area best. While spending time in their area, get to know them, and they in return will share their local knowledge. One of our best swimming experiences was at Byfield National Park.  A local shared a spot where you can walk upstream and float back down to the open sea. A spot we would never have found without local knowledge.

Free things to do exploring Qld

A memorable afternoon exploring the enormous beach boulders at Bowen. FREE

 

In Qld alone, we experienced so many FREE activities such as waterfalls, sliding rocks, museums, galleries, botanical gardens, zoo, explored endless beaches, walked restored town streets, swam in amazing FREE waterparks and waterholes, walked hiking tracks, been in awe at lookouts. The list is endless, and we have loved every minute.

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Two single parents joined forces and became the Blended Family Road Trip

32 Comments

  1. Reply

    ArgeyMum

    June 12, 2017

    What a great list of helpful places to go for Australia! Especially that Australia for Free app! I’d never heard of it before – next time we go home I will be sure to download it 🙂 Thanks x

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      Blended Family

      June 18, 2017

      Glad you enjoyed ArgeyMum. The app is great

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    Yadira

    June 18, 2017

    So much fun! All great tips. thank you.

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Most Welcome 🙂

  3. Reply

    Reginald

    June 18, 2017

    Wow….. You have a good work here. I am looking forward one day, maybe very soon to travel to Australia And from this post, it is a plus for me

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Anywhere you go in Australia if you have that app you can easily find FREE things to do and see 🙂

  4. Reply

    Sarah

    June 18, 2017

    I would love to visit Australia! These are very useful tips. Thanks!

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Useful budget tips 🙂

  5. Reply

    ramiz

    June 18, 2017

    woww what a wonderfull post especially your photos and natura look great…

    • Reply

      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Thank you Ramiz

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    Nusrath Sariffo'deen

    June 18, 2017

    Thank you so much for the great tips! Looking forward to visiting Australia someday.

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Australia looks forward to hosting you 🙂

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    One and Half backpacks

    June 18, 2017

    Great post full of good ideas 😀

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Great 🙂

  8. Reply

    Nisha Prakash

    June 18, 2017

    wish I had read this before…

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Sounds like you need another road trip around Australia 🙂

  9. Reply

    helen

    June 18, 2017

    nice one

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Enjoy Helen

  10. Reply

    Sophie Areli

    June 18, 2017

    Wow. The places you visited for free look amazing! It really does look like great memories you’re making with your family.

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      There are so many more that are simply amazing. On of our favourites is Cape Hillsborough north of Mackay. Watching a beautiful sunrise on the beach while wild Kangaroos around you come out to eat. Pretty spectacular

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    Harini

    June 19, 2017

    Hi that’s interesting looking forward to visit Australia

  12. Reply

    Melissa

    June 19, 2017

    Bookmarking this. Australia is on my bucket list. 🙂

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Enjoy Australia. Its a worth doing 100% 🙂

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    ourliveswithbella

    June 19, 2017

    Great list of activities, i have never been to Australia, but can’t wait to go see the place. It looks it was a lot of fun from the pic’s!

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Australia is amazing, so diverse and beautiful. Also massively huge. 🙂

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    jaynielea

    June 19, 2017

    What a great read! – Awesome pics too. I will bookmark this for if I ever visit Australia 🙂

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Cheers Jaynielea 🙂

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    Divyanka

    June 19, 2017

    These are absolutely wonderful ways to have free fun! I think local councils can play a significant role in making the trip memorable.

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      Blended Family

      June 19, 2017

      Absolutely and some local councils do a tremendous job too 🙂

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    akira

    June 19, 2017

    nice pictures.. great article..

  17. Reply

    Echoesofhervoice

    June 20, 2017

    I never knew about the app. Thanks for sharing!

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      Blended Family

      June 21, 2017

      Its a good one 🙂

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