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Take your caravan or RV to these awesome islands
I have a dream of visiting every single island in Australia which will probably take a lotto win to achieve. While you won’t be able to take a caravan or RV to many of these islands, there are still a few awesome ones in Australia that you can. Check these out!
North Stradbroke Island in Queensland
North Stradbroke Island in Queensland is around 50 minutes across the water from the mainland (Brisbane) and after Fraser Island, is the world’s second-largest sand island. Here you can enjoy the beaches and freshwater swimming holes, fishing, cycling, surfing, walking, the Point Lookout Lighthouse and more.
There are a number of places on Straddie Island to park your caravan or RV and vehicle access is easy via SeaLink’s vehicle ferry. Budget broadly around $250 one way for a car and caravan. Price varies by length and can be considerably cheaper at certain times of the day.
Kangaroo Island in South Australia
Kangaroo Island is around 13km off the coast of South Australia and is a great nature-based destination to set up your rig. Featuring 509km of coastline, native bushland and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, foodies will be pleased to know that Kangaroo Island produces some of the finest honey, seafood, olives, wines and spirits in Australia. Make sure to explore Flinders Chase National Park and check out the iconic Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and the long-nosed fur seals.
There are a few options for your Caravan or RV on Kangaroo Island. Getting your car and rig across is easy via the Sealink ferry. Expect to pay around $196 return for your vehicle and at least another $196 for your towed caravan or trailer. Price varies on size.
Magnetic Island in Queensland
Magnetic Island can be found around 10km off the coast of Townsville and although it’s not typically an RV destination, it’s absolutely a stunning place to park your home for a week. I should know, I’ve done it myself!
Things to do on Magnetic Islands include enjoying any of the 23 beaches, feeding the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay, lunch at the picnic bay hotel, exploring the old WWWII forts, koala spotting on the Forts Walk, watching the sunset at West Point and more. Don’t forget to pack your snorkel as there is a pretty cool snorkel trail at Geoffrey Bay.
There is only one caravan park, the Bungalow Bay Koala Village however the sites are a little on the small side and therefore more suited to motorhomes. If you have a caravan, there is a HipCamp on the island that offers a larger space for a lot less.
Magnetic Island Ferries is the vehicle barge and if you are towing a caravan, budget on around $472 return, depending on size. Motorhomes are usually less. It feels pricey but if you stay at the HipCamp, cooking many of your own meals and then compare this to the cost of a hotel and having to eat out for every meal, it suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.
Bruny Island in Tasmania
Bruny Island is a quick 20-minute ferry across the water from Kettering, around 35-minutes south of Hobart. People visit for the amazing beaches and local produce at the farm gate and cellar doors but the island is also home to stunning scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for fur seals, fairy penguins, albatross, wedge-tailed eagles and white wallabies. Also, don’t miss Truganini Lookout for views of The Neck or any opportunity to sample the island’s cheese and berries.
Caravan Park style accommodation is available at Captain Cook Holiday Park or this privately owned campground on 50acres with its own private surf breaks. Getting there is via the SeaLink ferry. Expect to pay around $102 return however the price varies across the season.
Of course, to get to Bruny Island you first have to get to Tasmania with your RV. We all know Tasmania is the ultimate island for Caravan and RV trips so I won’t bang on about it here. However, to get there you will need to travel across the Bass Strait via the Spirit of Tasmania which takes around 9 – 11 hours.
Bribie Island in Queensland
Bribie Island is in the Moreton Bay region around an hour and 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. Here you will find national parks, both surf and protected beaches, great fishing, restaurants and the Pumicestone Passage, a protected marine park. Explore the beaches, hire a kayak, cycle the network of cycling paths, go 4WDing or watch the sunset. Keep your eyes open for the wildlife that call the Pumicestone Passage home, such as dugongs, dolphins, turtles and many birds.
There are a few caravan parks on Bribie Island and getting there is super easy as it’s connected to the mainland by a bridge at Sandstone Point.
Psst … If you plan to take your pushbikes over to explore any of these wonderful islands by pedal power, make sure to read our article on bike racks.