Easter 2008

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 17:14
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We are about to set off on our big trip around oz, heading south to Vic first, then SA, WA etc but have no fixed itinerary yet - am just starting to wonder (might be too late for this now, but anyway!) if we shouldn't have booked into a caravan park for other states school holidays - we plan to just dawdle along, and are keen not to have to be any where at any particular time - however with Easter looming in late March do we need to have some sort of contingency plan - do other travellers just try and stay away from the touristy, popular places during long weekends, public holidays, school holidays etc - do we just hunker down somewhere out of the way for these times? We aim to utilise powered sites at caravan parks, but will also be able to free camp for a number of days - interested in what other long term travellers do?

All advice greatly appreciated!!!

The Keady clan
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 18:41

Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 18:41

Don't expect to front up to good parks in Adelaide or Melbourne in school holidays without a booking, but in the regional areas a phone call a day or two ahead should do it. Its not like Broome or Kununurra in July - you need to book the most popular towns up north months ahead, but in Vic & SA for the funny scattered Easter holidays this year especially you should have no problems.

Half your luck - enjoy the journey.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 18:50

Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 at 18:50
Hi Keady clan

Deadlines can spoil holidays.

We have rarely found a CP too full for us to get in, nor a designated free camp (use Camps Australia Wide 4 to help you if you can't find your own good spots). The only time we had to move on was at Lucky Bay east of Esperance in January - we couldn't get our rig in so drove inland and camped in the bush.

We free camp much of the time, but in some areas it can be difficult to find good spots. National Parks are not often free, but can be low cost quiet alternatives - mostly no facilities or just pit toilets.

We have travelled in school holidays both in 2005 and 2006 and generally found plenty of room without ever needing to book. They may be exceptions in prime coastal holiday locations, but we tend to avoid where the masses congregate. I think this would mainly apply to popular places along the east coast, which is not in your itinerary.

This way you are free to go or stay as you please and choose what you like when you get there.

Enjoy your travels.



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