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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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    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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    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…

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    Vanlife – Week 4

    Thanks to everyone who has been reading these posts and keeping up to date with our travels.  I’ve even had a few people asking when the next update is coming.  I hope everyone enjoys the photos as much as I do and, hopefully, I’ll have some good news relating to photography in the next week or so. Last week ended with us travelling down to Cowra and setting up camp in the showground.  It was run by John, a 70+ former professional bull rider, who was incredibly friendly.  He owns the cattle farm next door and is hoping to retire soon so he can travel Australia in his caravan.  The…

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    Vanlife – Week 3

    After the disappointment that was Canberra, we drove a few 100kms back towards Sydney.  The aim was to buy and install an awning with fly nets and get the van checked over. Camden We checked out a few quirky towns on route (check out the giant merino sheep) before deciding to stay at Poplar Tourist Park in Camden.  Despite being maybe an hour or so drive from Sydney’s CBD, this was still classed as within the Sydney district. It was a relatively cheap site, at $25 a night with no power, and Camden was a pretty little town with some good pubs and a McDonalds. After our first night, we…

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    Vanlife – Week 2

    Our second week of vanlife started in Bushy Tail Caravan Park situated opposite Jervis Bay in St George’s Basin.  It was only a fifteen minute drive to the main beaches and town and, for $33.50 a night for a powered site, we couldn’t say no.  It meant we could finally charge up all of our devices and relax by knowing we didn’t have to find a free camp. The park itself was mostly permanent sites with only one or two for people like us.  We didn’t really take in the name of the park until, out of nowhere, two kangaroos just bounced passed the side of us and stood eating…

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    Vanlife – Week 1

    2018 is finally here and the 1st of January brought with it a lifestyle completely different to what we are used to. We’ve gone from the complete safety of a secure job to a living in a van not knowing where we will spend the night. We are settling well into life on the road and we’ll be exploring mostly south of Sydney until the end of February. On New Year’s Day, after practically hiking round Sydney’s insanely huge CBD, we set off to find a free campsite in Jamberoo. Jamberoo is about two hours south of Sydney and only a fifteen minute drive from Kiama right on the coast.…