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Winter Wonderlands

June 07, 2018
Winter Wonderlands

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Double Island Point - QLD

Cafes, surf beaches, a laid-back lifestyle… Welcome to Noosa, a resort-style town on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Noosa is not just a gorgeous getaway for RVers; it’s got a lot to offer boaties and fisherfolk.

When in Noosa, it would be a shame not to visit Double Island Point in Great Sandy National Park. Double Island Point is a headland between the Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach. Take your 4WD on the ferry across Noosa River and drive along Cooloola’s beach – don’t forget to obtain a vehicle access permit and to drop your tyre pressures!

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This beach stretches from the rivermouth all the way to Double Island Point and the magnificent coloured sands of Rainbow Beach – it’s a beautiful drive, though the beach is very popular. Expect a constant stream of 4WDs.

Pack your swag or hitch up your offroad camper, as camping is permitted within Great Sandy National Park (permits required) – there are plenty of campsites nestled in the sand dunes. Pack your fishing gear, too. Tailor is the number one target species. You’re bound to see fishos wading in the surf as they cast their lines in the gutters and shore breaks.

Truly, this is an unforgettable destination.

Brunswick Heads - Northern NSW

Just north of Byron Bay, northern New South Wales, is the lovely port of Brunswick Heads. The Brunswick River connects to the sea through two rock walls, with miles of magnificent beaches either side. It feeds through a lovely enclosed swimming beach.

The climate during winter is comfortable, and the township offers a huge range of holiday-park accommodation options.

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Brunswick Heads has an active port – it’s a haven for seagoing vessels, but be warned that the entrance bar is quite dangerous.

The surrounding hinterland is worth exploring; thick rainforest mixes with lush, rural pastures. Be sure to spend a few days at the gorgeous Mt Warning Rainforest Park.

The Victorian Riviera

Perhaps you’d prefer to head south in winter. If so, Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes region is a must. It is commonly referred to as the Victorian Riviera, not only because of its expanse of inland waterways, but because it has a unique moderate climate that’s a couple of degrees warmer on average than Melbourne's.

"The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland waterway network in Australia."

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The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland waterway network in Australia. It features a number of large, navigable rivers. For hiking enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of forest tracks leading to breathtaking waterfalls. The Strezlecki Ranges is home to Agnes Falls, the highest single-span waterfall in Victoria. It’s definitely not to be missed.

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