Planning Our 2023 Trip

and the planning begins

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When will we go, where will we go, how long will we be away

Initially we thought of leaving when school returned for Term 1 2023 (late January). However, with all the rain falling in Queensland over the period from February to May 2022, we have now opted to leave after ANZAC Day 2023, which is a week into Term 2 2023.

We will be doing a very loose figure eight loop. After a couple of over night stays, we will then officially start our trip at Phillip Island.  Our intentions are to go along the east coast to Newcastle before heading inland through outback New South Wales and Queensland to eventually arrive in Townsville. 

From Townsville the plan is to go north to Cairns, then turn around and go down the east coast of Queensland to the outskirts of Brisbane, where we will again head inland and go down the New England Highway to Forbes. From Forbes, we will go east to Bathurst. From Bathurst we will get on to the Hume Highway to Albury. From Albury, we will go along the Murray River and back to our home.

We need to be home by the start of Term 4 2023 (mid October), so what was initially planned to be a nine month trip will now be a six month trip. It will be interesting to see how well our proposed itinerary (below) will compare to our actual trip.

Proposed Itinerary

DateLocationStateStayNights
26 Apr 23Royal Hotel, SEA LAKEVICFree1
27 Apr 23Bridgewater Recreation Reserve, BRIDGEWATERVICFree1
28 Apr 23Akoonah Park Showground, BERWICKVICCaravan Park4
2 May 23Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park, COWES
VICCaravan Park2
4 May 23Sale Motor Village (CMCA DollarWise Park), SALE
VICLow Cost
3
7 May 23Kalimna Pub Free Camp, LAKES ENTRANCE
VICFree4
11 May 23Bega Showground, BEGA
NSWLow Cost3
14 May 23Rio Rita Caravan Park, BATEMAN’S BAY
NSWCaravan Park4
18 May 23Corrimal Beach Tourist Park, CORRIMAL BEACH
NSWCaravan Park5
23 May 23NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park, NEWCASTLE
NSWCaravan Park5
28 May 23Gunnedah CMCA RV Park, GUNNEDAHNSWLow Cost2
30 May 23Moree Showgrounds, MOREENSWLow Cost1
31 May 23Goondiwindi Showgrounds, GOONDIWINDI
QLDLow Cost2
2 Jun 23Toowoomba Showgrounds, TOOWOOMBAQLDLow Cost4
6 Jun 23Dalby Pioneer Caravan Park (CMCA DollarWise Park), DALBYQLDLow Cost3
9 Jun 23Wallumbilla Showgrounds & Dump Point, ROMA
QLDLow Cost2
11 Jun 23Charleville CMCA RV Park, CHARLEVILLE
QLDLow Cost3
14 Jun 23Tambo Cabin & Caravan Park, TAMBOQLDLow Cost1
15 Jun 23Redbank Park Jericho, JERICHO
QLDLow Cost3
18 Jun 23Ilfracombe Caravan Park, ILFRACOMBE
QLDLow Cost3
21 Jun 23North Gregory Hotel, WINTON
QLDLow Cost3
24 Jun 23Richmond RV Park, RICHMONDQLDLow Cost1
25 Jun 23Hughenden RV Campground, HUGHENDENQLDFree2
27 Jun 23Macrossan Park Burdekin River, CHARTERS TOWERSQLDFree3
30 Jun 23Riverside Convention Centre, TOWNSVILLEQLDLow Cost7
7 Jul 23Tully Caravan Park, TULLYQLDLow Cost2
9 Jul 23Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat, CAIRNSQLDCaravan Park7
16 Jul 23CMCA RV Park Innisfail, INNISFAILQLDLow Cost2
18 Jul 23CMCA RV Park Ingham, INGHAMQLDLow Cost3
21 Jul 23Home Hill Comfort Stop, HOME HILL
QLDFree2
23 Jul 23Bowen Showgrounds Dump Point, BOWENQLDLow Cost2
25 Jul 23Whitsunday Private Acres, AIRLIE BEACH
QLDLow Cost3
28 Jul 23Mycow Bakers Creek Caravan Park, MACKAYQLDLow Cost4
1 Aug 23Marlborough Roadhouse (Puma Fuel), MARLBOROUGHQLDFree1
2 Aug 23Blue Dolphin Caravan Park, YEPPOONQLDCaravan Park2
4 Aug 23Gladstone Showground Campground, GLADSTONEQLDLow Cost4
8 Aug 23Bundaberg CMCA RV Park, BUNDABERGQLD Low Cost4
12 Aug 23Maryborough Showgrounds, MARYBOROUGHQLDLow Cost3
15 Aug 23Beerwah Sportsground, BEERWAH
QLDLow Cost3
18 Aug 23Ipswich Showgrounds, IPSWICHQLDLow Cost2
20 Aug 23Rose City Caravan Park (CMCA DollarWise Park), WARWICK
QLDLow Cost2
22 Aug 23Top of the Town Tourist Park, STANTHORPEQLDLow Cost2
24 Aug 23Tenterfield Showground & Dump Point, TENTERFIELDNSWLow Cost3
27 Aug 23Glen Innes Showground, GLENN INNESNSWLow Cost4
31 Aug 23Armidale Showground, ARMIDALENSWLow Cost5
5 Sep 23Austin Tourist Park, TAMWORTHNSWLow Cost4
9 Sep 23Coonabarabran Golf Club, COONABARABRANNSWFree1
10 Sep 23Eumungerie Recreation Reserve, DUBBONSWLow Cost4
14 Sep 23Forbes Showground, FORBESNSWLow Cost3
17 Sep 23NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park, BATHURSTNSWCaravan Park4
21 Sep 23Cowra Showground, COWRANSWLow Cost3
24 Sep 23Wagga Wagga Showground, WAGGA WAGGANSWLow Cost4
28 Sep 23Riverina Hotel. HOLBROOK
NSWFree3
1 Oct 23Albury Showground & Dump Point, ALBURYNSWLow Cost3
4 Oct 23Beechworth Lake Sambell Caravan Park, BEECHWORTHVICCaravan Park3
7 Oct 23Benalla Tourist Park, BENELLAVICCaravan Park3
10 Oct 23Moama Riverside Holiday Park, MOAMANSWCaravan Park3
13 Oct 23Tooleybuc Sporting Club, TOOLEYBUCNSWFree1
SUMMARY
Free Place Stays10Nights19
Low Cost Place Stays37Nights110
Caravan Park Stays11Nights42
Total Place Stays58Total Nights171

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