NSW – Victoria – Queensland We spent three months in Australia, between 1st October 2003 and 8th January 2004. After we arrived in Sydney, our journey took us north, from New South Wales into Queensland – up the coast through Brisbane to the tropical north of the state. Then we wandered down, alternately inland and […]Read more "Australia – an epic journey"
Arriving in Sydney was a bit of a homecoming. It’s the first part of our trip that is similar to the one we did ten years ago. So arriving at Sydney airport was very familiar, and we weren’t at all worried that we were arriving with nowhere booked to stay. Well, actually I will admit […]Read more "Sydney – back somewhere familiar"
Whoa – just before you get too excited I’m NOT 41, and I’m not committing fraud. But over the last couple of days I’ve started to wonder how people are looking at us as we travel around. The 41 year old bit comes from a conversation one evening in Fiji, when one of the other […]Read more "A 41 year old committing fraud"
We have been confidently telling everybody that we’re going to buy a campervan in Oz – it’s the cheapest way for four of us to get around and it will provide an exciting part of the whole adventure for the girls. We’d even decided what colours we were going to paint it if it needed […]Read more "The Campervan"
No, this isn’t as bad as it sounds, but the miserable weather (maximum today of 17 degrees, and on-and-off rain) mean that we’re not doing a lot of sightseeing in Sydney. As we’ve been here before, we’ve seen the big sights, so we’ve decided to take the girls to them when we’re back in Sydney […]Read more "Sydney – well, might as well be in London"
This is the day that the girls have been looking forward to for the last 3 months – the day we collect our camper van. After packing everything up into our rucksacks, for the last time in 2 months, we carried them the ½ mile to the van rental place. After 45 minutes of paying, […]Read more "Camper Day!"
Aah, “the Pacific Highway”. What kind of image does that name evoke? I could see it in my mind – a delightfully quiet road, with the sides lined by swaying coconut palms and little shacks beside the road serving ice cold cokes in a bottle. Of course, its nothing like that – but then we […]Read more "The Pacific Highway"
Last night we arrived at Bonny Hills, a small village south of Port Macquarie. We’d turned off the Pacific Highway to take a smaller coastal route, and the Lonely Planet had told us that the campsite at Bonny Hills had the ‘best views on the east coast’. This was more our kind of place – […]Read more "Bonny Hills"
We left Bonny Hill this morning to continue our drive northwards, towards the sun and some warmth (Bonny Hill, 18 degrees and rain; Cairns 30 degrees and sunny). During the night we were woken by two terrific thunderstorms, which managed to find ways to penetrate the campervan and drip onto ‘my’ side of the duvet. […]Read more "Moving up the coast"
Just one night in Yamba, waking up to the sound of the sea crashing onto the breakwater. There’s something magical about sleeping near the sea – the sound of the waves all night long, and the fresh air blowing over the campsite – mind you, a bit too fresh last night! We took a slow […]Read more "Yamba to Byron Bay"
We’ve now continued up, to the town of Byron Bay. There’s a couple of beautiful beaches, and a lighthouse on Cape Byron, the most easterly point of Australia. On our trip 10 years ago, this was the first stop we made on our trip north on the bus, after an overnight trip from Sydney. Then […]Read more "Byron Bay"
Today we moved from Byron Bay, to the Glasshouse Mountains, north of Brisbane. Before we left Byron Bay we drove up to the lighthouse, and had a run around at the most easterly point of Australia. Our original plan was to move 100kms north, but in the end we moved 350kms, past the Gold Coast […]Read more "Zooming past the Gold Coast"
We are now officially in ‘the Sunshine Coast’, which is the strip north of Brisbane. And this morning we woke up to blue skies and a little bit of warmth (well, actually we had woken up at 3am to close the windows because of a torrential downpour, but we’ll put that aside for the minute!). […]Read more "The Sunshine Coast (or is it “the Big Sunshine Coast”?)"
We’ve been in Tin Can Bay for two nights. It’s a very small town on the coast, surrounded by mangrove forest and mud flats. The main reason to visit here is the wild dolphin that comes in to the marina most mornings, and which visitors can feed. We went both mornings that we’ve been here […]Read more "Tin Can Bay – and wild dolphins"
We’ve just returned from Fraser Island, where we’ve been camping and driving around. Fraser Island is a bit special – it’s the world’s largest sand island, and you can only drive it with a four-wheel-drive vehicle (4WD). So we weren’t going to be able to get anywhere in our campervan, so it meant that we […]Read more "Fraser Island – Day One"
We woke up to a glorious morning –the sun was shining, and the ground was dry. Although there had been some rain in the night, it hadn’t got any of us wet, so we were all cheerful as we tucked into porridge and bacon ‘n eggs (we think that must be a proper camping breakfast) […]Read more "Fraser Island – Day Two"
Camping mornings start early, with the dawn – and tea was on at 6am. As we surfaced we realised that we were definitely in backpacker corner of the camp – surrounded by half a dozen identical 6-man tents. Fraser Island is a popular trip for backpackers, where the hostels in Harvey Bay (where they all […]Read more "Fraser Island – Day Three"
Of course, whilst we were on Fraser Island, we took time to get out the video camera a few times, and here’s the non-award-winning result!Read more "Fraser Island – The video"
Today we’re at Rainbow Beach, halfway up the East coast of Australia – in fact, we’re almost exactly halfway on our drive between Sydney and Cairns. We’ve driven 900 miles north in the last two weeks, plus another 200 miles around Fraser Island (the fun stuff…). And we’ve got about another 900 miles to go […]Read more "Driving around Australia"
Okay, there’s no avoiding it. I’m going to have to talk about Caravan Parks. What has my life come to that I’m reduced to this? Some of the places we’ve stayed at have been pretty impressive – the park we’re in at the moment, Rainbow Beach, has lots of tropical palms as landscaping, lots of […]Read more "Caravan parks in Australia"