• Vanlife in Australia
    Australia

    Vanlife in Australia: The Statistics

    From late December 2017 to mid June 2018, I lived in a tiny metal box on wheels having the time of my life.  One small campervan gave Emma and I complete freedom; we could do what we wanted, when we wanted.  If we wanted to eat breakfast overlooking the coast, track down aboriginal hand paintings, explore prehistoric rainforests or simply sleep, we could.  Welcome to vanlife in Australia! I’ve said this before but there is absolutely no better way to experience all Australia has to offer than in a campervan.  From the unimaginable overnight heat, endless horizons and kangaroos coming to have a sniff around, these experiences all get under…

  • Uluru, Australia
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    The Lap of Australia – The End of the Road

    11th June to 17th June Uluru to Tennant Creek After the mammoth of a drive last week, we planned to stay one more night at Uluru so we could see the giant red rock from up close as well as the National Park’s other highlight, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Once we were done here, the journey would continue back the way we came straight through the middle of Australia and on up to Darwin. 1,945 kilometres! Monday – Uluru Our Monday morning started early with us joining the 6am convoy into the National Park. It costs $25 per adult to enter the park for three days which is worth it.…

  • Outback Queensland
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    The Lap of Australia – Week Twelve

    4th June to 10th June Cairns to Uluru If you read last week’s instalment, you’ll know that we finally finished road tripping up the East Coast of Australia. Next on our agenda was to travel right to centre of the Australian continent to Uluru. For those who haven’t heard of Uluru (most commonly known as Ayer’s Rock), it’s essentially a huge red rock in the middle of the desert. It is an extremely spiritual place to the local indigenous people and a world-famous tourist attraction. So, this week will mostly be taken up with driving 2,800km through a whole load of emptiness. Not the most exciting of week’s for you…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Eleven

    28th May to 3rd June Cairns to Cape Tribulation (and back again) So this is it, the final week of our adventure up the East Coast of Australia. From Sydney to Cape Tribulation; a journey of approximately 6,000 kilometres and countless hours on the road. This week we drove from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, visited Port Douglas and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef. This is the what dreams are made of right? Cape Tribulation Whilst most roadtrippers may end their long journey at Cairns, the largest city for miles, we decided to press on as far as the tarmac goes. Cape Tribulation is quite literally the end of the road,…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Ten

    21st May to 27th May Bowen to Cairns Wow! I can’t believe we’re here; ten weeks into the lap of Australia and we’ve practically made to the end of stage one. The East Coast of Australia has been travelled by so many people but that’s often where it ends. I’m excited to reach tropical North Queensland but also excited to continue this journey west. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, there’s still a tonne of stuff to see up here. Some of these places need blog posts for themselves which I’ll hopefully get around to. Townsville The first of the two major cities left on the East Coast, I’ve…

  • Dingo Beach Drone
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    The Lap of Australia – Week Nine

    14th May to 20th May Bundaberg to Bowen After refreshing from our first bit of work in a long time, we spent the start of this week prepping for an epic road trip.  The plan was always to finish the East Coast by the beginning of June.  This meant that we had two weeks to make it up to Cape Tribulation, two hours past Cairns. In honour of passing its service and ahead of a long drive, we treated our van to a wash.  It was nice to look at the van and think, wow you’re pretty decent.  Now the van sparkled like an expensive van should. So, with the…

  • Bundaberg Rum Distillery
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    The Lap of Australia – Week Eight

    7th May to 13th May Bundaberg As I said in my last post, I’m afraid I don’t have much for you this week. Our new job continued with delivering more yellow pages until Wednesday when we were told there was no more work.  Well there was some work but it meant a return drive of 5 hours each day and no-one was going to do that! Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning, we’d paid upfront for another seven days at the caravan park in Bundaberg.  It wouldn’t have been so much of an issue if we had a pitch that wasn’t squashed between two permanent sites.  We decided to use the rest…

  • Bundaberg Rum Distillery
    Australia

    The Home of Bundaberg Rum

    No trip to Bundaberg (or Bundy as its known to locals) would have been complete without a visit to the home of Bundaberg Rum. Bundaberg is an industrial city in Queensland approximately 350km north of Brisbane. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of sugar cane, its only natural that rum is produced here. Personally, I’d never heard of Bundaberg Rum before arriving in Australia although I was aware of their ginger beer being readily available in the UK’s supermarkets. It isn’t just me though, 96% of sales are generated in Australia alone (the majority in Queensland) and 3% is sold to countries for Australian tourists. The remaining 1% is then sold around…

  • Maheno Shipwreck, Fraser Island, Australia
    Australia

    The Unique Fraser Island

    Just like the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is high on every traveller’s bucket-list.  Fraser Island is situated just off the east coast of Australia approximately three hours north of Brisbane.  It’s the world’s largest sand island and the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. The beautiful crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie alone make this place not one you want to miss. I recently spent a day exploring Fraser Island with Unique Fraser.  Unique Fraser are a tour company offering one day 4×4 Land Cruiser tours with small groups of six.  If you don’t want to see the island on a…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Seven

    30th April to 6th May Hervey Bay to Bundaberg I’m afraid I don’t have much to say for this update.  It’s week seven of the lap of Australia and we need to top up our cash. Week seven started with a day trip from Hervey Bay to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.  Or, as the aboriginal Butchella people call it, Paradise.  This was something we’d both looked forward to for a time and is one of those things on the bucket list for every East Coast traveller. We managed to see so much of the island despite only visiting for one day.  I’ve put together a separate blog…