About the Book

Have you ever wanted to live the dream?

Have you ever wanted to just go, get a caravan and travel around Australia?

Or perhaps you’re already living the dream and want to live a better version of it.

Whether it’s the big lap around Australia, taking a few months here and there to hide out in your favourite spot, or weekend camping to get away and unwind, there is so much more to caravanning around Australia than you think you may already know.   We know, we’ve done it, and believe me we had to learn things the hard way. However, our experiences however have allowed us to establish Full Range Camping as one of Australia’s Leading resources when it comes to travelling around Australia in an RV.

The FRC Team on the road

What was missing however was a compendium of all that collective, hard-earned wisdom and experience. But now, thanks to Xavier Waterkeyn and New Holland Publishing here it is!

About the Author

Xavier Waterkeyn is one of Australia’s leading authors. He’s published and edited dozens of books ranging from subjects as varied as true crime, science and technology, history and weight loss. You might know him best as the author of the controversial Where’s Bin Laden?  The Grey Nomad’s Ultimate Guide to Australia, is his latest work, written with extensive collaboration with the team at Free Range Camping.  The result is over 300 pages of magnificently researched information, presented in an easy-to-read style. It’s a resource that you’ll want to dip into again and again, providing you will all the fundamentals you need to undertake your camping journey.

More about the book

While we’re very proud of the FRC website and app as real-time online tools to help you while you’re on the road, The Grey Nomad’s Ultimate Guide is a much-needed offline compendium that will prepare you well in advance for most eventualities. Even if you think you are already well prepared and experienced because you’re a seasoned traveller, chances are this book will cover things you might not have even thought about.

The book covers topic such as:

• The First Steps – preparing for the trip
• Redesigning, Reinventing & Renegotiating – including financial preparation and health, well-being and eating on the road
• Solo Travelling & Travelling with pets – tips and advice on doing one or the other, or both
• The Rig – the many different types and what will suit you best
• Rules and Regulations of life on the road – What they all mean
• The Art of Camping – surviving out there, what to expect when on the road, including things that can happen – usually unexpectedly
• And best of all, a guide to some of the most exceptional places to see and experience – which is why we all do it in the first place!

Sample Pages

We have included some sample pages below of some of the great stories and advice you can find in the book


We gave a final version of the book to a well seasoned Grey Nomad before it went to print and here is what she had to say….

Oh, if we had only had this resource before we headed out on our grand adventure!! We were late starters into the nomadding lifestyle and bought a second-hand motorhome to start our adventures.
This book covers the WHOLE arena of this adventurous style of living and the things that would’ve been so helpful to know are covered in this comprehensive book. The experience of other people is so valuable, as we learned as we travelled this wonderful country. Talking to others at the various campsites, we learned so much ‘on the run’, so to speak.
This excellent book on the nomadding lifestyle will become a classic in this field. We can’t recommend it enough if you’re contemplating, or have even started, on this priceless and life-changing experience. From how to finance the adventure to where to find the next dump-point and the back-up information and direction given by Full Range Camping makes this volume a dynamic and invaluable book to keep in front of your eyes.

Di Casley-Smith, Brisbane, QLD

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29 reviews for Grey Nomads Ultimate Guide to Australia

  1. Meredith Henry

    What an awesome little bible for anyone embarking on their dream road trip. Very easy to read and such a wealth of valuable advice, information and helpful hints and reminders.

  2. Wilma

    I read this book cover to cover when it arrived. Excellent if you are going to set up with van, RV and go around the block. Not much use for anyone else.

  3. Adrian Carnelutti

    Great easy to read book with a lot of very useful information for any RV travellers. A must buy

  4. Jeanette Bucholz

    Have read the whole book and found the information for novice travellers immensely helpful. Glad I purchased this book and would certainly recommend it.

  5. Ainslie Jones

    Brilliant. As a virgin to all this camping and RV stuff, this book has answered so many questions and given me insight to further my direction. A must have book, Thankyou .cheers.

  6. Philozzy

    The Grey Nomad Ultimate Guide has a lot of good informate that helps novist and exvanced travelors

  7. Tom McKaskill

    Great expository of the nuts and bolts advice to novice vanners. Honest to the point, the author advises NOT to go on the road, if you or your partner have particular issues. A breath of fresh air in todays world. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone considering the nomadic lifestyle.

  8. Steve ainsworth

    Good book full of great information

  9. Rhonda Cranney

    Have been travelling for a while now and this book has great information and advice for all (beginners or veterans) Well worth the investment.

  10. Robyn Fitzpatrick

    Thanks for the prompt response and service. I received the book within a couple of days.

  11. Carolyn Gartrell

    Very useful and informative book, lots of great suggestions and ideas. We will be taking this book with us on our next adventure.

  12. Teresa Brown

    I’ve started reading the book and so far it’s got great tips and ideas, I’m looking forward to reading the rest.

  13. Sue Turner

    Brought this book as we are just starting travelling for a few weeks at a time until we retire and then can travel fulltime, this book is full of great information, really enjoying the read so far.

  14. Karen & Ray Malins

    I am enjoying reading this book.
    We have been camping and Caravanning for many years throughout Aust. and all the States so though this book we can relive our adventures, learn new tricks and update our methods and accessories.

  15. Ruth Hallett

    Very pleased with the book, looking forward to using It to help plan a trip around Australia in the future. Very helpful information

  16. Ross Ackroyd

    I found the book very informative and interesting to use


    I found this book to be very helpfull I havn’t bought a caravan yet but this book has opened my eye’s to things I didn’t think about this book is a must read I will be purchasing membership soon. thank you FRC

  18. Eleanor Bishop

    Very well written, goes into a lot of detail. I have been on the road for almost 9 years now and still managed to glean some good ideas from this great book.

  19. John O’Rafferty

    Been caravanning & roaming on & off for 40 odd years. The “Nomad” book has lots of great & pertinent information for both the Newby & the “bloke who knows it all”! Well written & factual & I just enjoyed the read. Well done.

  20. michael eele

    Great book well done.

  21. Trevor Watson

    Great guide for novice campers or those with little experience.

  22. Suzzanne Borlace

    It’s a fantastic little book. So much information for any questions travellers might have.
    Well done FRC !!!

  23. David Price

    Wow… a very substantial book!

    It arrived a couple of days ago, so haven’t fully absorbed it, but an early skimming indicates it’s great value. The proof of the pudding will be in the using, to plan future trips, but from what I’ve seen so far, it will handle the job well.

    Well done FRC.

  24. Trevor Bennett

    * * * * * * * * * * 10 /10
    What a most useful book. We bought our caravan before we retired, and it has been a steep learning curve each time we used it. Now we want something smaller that will fit into any town’s car space. We have reached this with the help of the “Grey Nomads Ultimate Guide to Australia”. We haven’t even finished the book yet that takes us through so much so far that I can’t imagine what we will learn from it before we do our big trip.
    Thank you for this book
    Trevor Bennett
    * * * * * * * * * * 10/10

  25. Ray And Gael Parsons

    It’s a very good book well done good job

  26. steve

    Great little book that gives plenty of tips for anyone starting out on the “grey nomad” adventure.
    Although I’ve been a nomad for a few years there were still things that were useful to me.
    Good value

  27. Debbie Blackburn

    Fantastic Book for travelling Australia.

  28. Neville Williamson

    Very good advice and preparation is the first thing that is so helpful the book is simple explanation of practical advice and guidance to make your trip or trips an experience to enjoy. I am getting the premier app also to find the free off-road campsites.
    I have travelled a lot over the years and learnt some of this the hard way and never knew where a lot of these free camps actually are.
    Looking forward to checking some out.

  29. Free Range Camping

    Great book

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