We are now into our second year travelling around Australia with 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.
Free things to do in Australia
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next family road trip don’t be confused on How to find FREE activities travelling Australia.