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    The Lap of Australia – Week Two

    Monday 26th March to Sunday 1st April Port Stephens to Buladelah We didn’t get too far this week after setting off from Port Stephens on Tuesday.  We were conscious that it was Easter weekend so all campsites would be full and the roads would be jam-packed.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get too far but heard that Buladelah was a good little stop off.  The plan was to see out Easter before moving on again. The first port of call was to drive through Myall Lakes National Park, only a stone’s throw from Nelson Bay over the water, but an 80km drive.  We stopped at Jimmy’s Beach to look back on Port…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week One

    Saturday 17th March to Sunday 25th March Sydney to Port Stephens   We’ve now started the lap of Australia and, due to some crazy weather, we haven’t travelled too far up the East Coast. We set off from Sydney in Saturday’s crazy traffic driving north over the Harbour Bridge to our first stop-off; North Curl Curl Beach.  I love drone photography and I had to capture one of Sydney’s most famous rockpools for my own collection.  It did not disappoint.  The only downside was the feeling when my drone disconnected entirely from the controller over the sea.  I’ve read stories of people’s drones disconnecting and literally falling out of the…

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    I’m Back

    I’ve been really lazy recently with the blog and haven’t put in the effort it deserves, so if anyone was wondering where I’ve been, I’m sorry.  We’ve got a lot to catch up on so I’ve created a few posts bringing us right up to date. The Warrumbungles, Dubbo & Young From Lawyer to Fruit Picker The Proposal Alex Visits Sydney The Lap of Australia Begins      

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    The Lap of Australia Begins

    We’ve got seven months left in Australia and the time has finally come to begin our crazy road trip around the entire country.  We don’t really have a plan apart from to keep the coast on our right and keep moving. The East Coast of Australia is the most developed and heavily traversed so I’d expect that we’ll spend two months heading north.  The plan is to then head inland to Uluru before driving back north to Darwin; round the West Coast to Perth before coming back towards Melbourne and then Sydney. There’s so much that we want to do that I might actually write a list.  Hopefully we’ll manage…

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    Alex Visits Sydney

    My long time great friend Alex came over from England to visit us for two weeks and so we booked into an Airbnb in Erskineville, a suburb of Sydney.  We hadn’t really explored Sydney too much so we were looking forward to seeing what it had to offer and catch up with Alex. The highlights being the Bondi to Coogee Walk, Palm Beach and Newtown.  We had a fantastic time with many drinks consumed and some amazing food.  Alex treated us to a meal at the local pub (smoked meats!) to celebrate our engagement.  Our last day was spent in Palm Beach with a BBQ just by the beach.   The…

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    The Proposal

    I’m not really one for romance but everything came together for me to ask Emma to marry me on 2nd March 2018.  It was always going to happen, I just had to find the right time and place. Cue finishing fruit picking on the Friday and setting off back towards Sydney with a stop off in the Blue Mountains.  With a story of how I needed to get an photo from a spot I’d seen on Instagram, I’d managed to get Emma out of the van, over the roadside barrier and down towards the cliff edge. As you will see from the photos, I’d arranged for a sunset picnic overlooking…

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    From Lawyer to Fruit Picker

    It’s 5:30am and the alarm is ringing for another early start.  By the time 6:30am comes, you’re wide awake, freezing but ready to pick as many plums as humanly possible before the heat kicks in. After housesitting in Young, we headed north to a farm just outside Orange where you could camp for free and pick plums for $2 a box.  It doesn’t sound great but we wanted to make some money so we had some guilt free spends in Sydney. This was the first time Emma and I had worked together and we teamed up to try and fill as many 8kg boxes of plums as we could.  Unfortunately,…

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    The Warrumbungles, Dubbo & Young

    This post takes us right back to the beginning of February.  We realised that we’d spent far too much money in January on food, on petrol and on campsites.  The initial plan was to spend less time on the move.  However, we also wanted to visit the Warrumbungle National Park and Siding Spring Observatory. I’d been wanting to see the stars from the Warrumbungle National Park since watching Stargazing Live on BBC2.  It’s Australia’s only dark sky park and is perfect for stargazing. We managed a trip up to the Siding Spring Observatory (where Stargazing Live is broadcast from) but we could only get in during the day as it’s…

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    I Guess I’m Rich Now…

    Not really.  But, I’m quite proud to say that I’ve made my first ever bit of money from blogging.  A whole £2.16. Before I set up my own website, I’d done a lot of reading and was more than prepared to not see any financial reward whatsoever for at least twelve months.  Bloggers would then start to see some return for their hard-work.  I read another post only a few days ago where someone had earned 39p after eighteen months. I was therefore quite surprised to check my ad-sense account to see something there.  It’s obviously not a lot of money by any stretch of the imagination but maybe this…

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    Four Weeks in a Campervan

    As most of you will already know, Emma and I moved into our small campervan permanently on New Year’s Day. We both agree it’s the easiest way to explore Australia but, for me at least, there’s something more to it. If you’ve been on Instagram this last hour, you’ve probably seen a million and one posts promoting #vanlife with those picture perfect scenes. A loved-up couple, bokeh-ed fairylights, mountains and a sunset. It seems every man and his dog are selling their belongings in search of a lifestyle that may or may not exist. For me, those pictures were the icing on the cake. How could you say no to…