- We lived a nomadic lifestyle for 184 days
- We spent every night in the van except 1 when we decided to stay in a cabin and it was the worst night of our trip.
- We visited every mainland state and territory in Australia.
- We did 31468 kms
- We setup the caravan 70 times
- We used 4340 litres of diesel at an average of 13.7 ltr/100km.
- Dearest price we paid for fuel was $2.15/ltr on the Lasseters Hwy. The most expensive we seen fuel was $2.25/ltr at Kings Canyon
- We nearly had 2 head-on collisions because of overseas tourists driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Our coldest temp was -2deg at Dubbo while out hottest was 42deg at Kununurra
- Our average nightly accommodation was $39.90
- Dave went through 4 pairs of thongs
- For the first 3 months we didn’t have a drop of rain.
- We never setup or packed up the van in the rain for the entire trip.
- We learnt of a new Australia animal – It’s called a Wazaroo, these placid animals lie beside roadways in all parts of Australia. They come in all shapes and sizes and in some parts of western QLD they out number all other animals.
- Road-trains have the right of way, even if they’re not on your side of the road.
- Its going to be so good not to wear thongs in the shower
- 90% of caravaner’s give you a wave when you pass them on the open road.
- Every town has at least one pub.
- Thank God for ipads and dvd players.
- Not all water tastes the same.
Our lap of Oz
- The tooth fairy and Santa managed to find us even though we weren’t at home.
- We’ve travelled on dirt roads that are in far better condition than some tarred roads.
- Our reversing camera saved a lot of arguments
- Geocaching took us to some amazing and unique locations that we normally wouldn’t have seen.
- The wiki-camps app was the best $4.95 we spent.
- Alcohol was our 4th biggest expenditure, hence we are now home to de-tox
- We’ve made lifelong friendships and met some interesting characters along the way.
- Every day the kids would whinge about having to do schoolwork.
- Fuel was our biggest expenditure.
- At our furthest point, we were 3840km from home.
- We took over 4000 photos
- The longest we went is 5 days without a shower.
- We can count on 2 hands the amount of times we’ve watched tv in our 6 months away.
- Happy hour is a way of life when travelling.
- The longest we spent in one place was 11 nights.
- We’ve learnt there’s no secrets when you’re living in a caravan
- Teachers deserve more money
- It’ll be nice to sit on the toilet without the person in the next stall hearing your thoughts
- Distance is only relevant to how far the next petrol station is away.
- We're already saving for our next lap.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Canberra – Home
Kilometres 30815 – 31468 km
It’s our final blog of this trip, as I write this we are having our first night at home in more than 180 days. Whether it be 6, 8 or 12 months away once you know the end is in sight there’s always an element within that just wants to get home and relax……. But as they say “all good things must come to an end”.
|Captain Cook Fountain|
Leaving Wagga by mid-morning on Monday had the kids excited as we were another step closer to them seeing their friends at home. Heading towards Canberra there was a steady flow of hot rod cars leaving the nation’s Capital after the Summernats, this event had us struggling to find suitable accommodation but just after lunch we were squeezing in to a caravan park. We spent an hour so relaxing by the van before telling the kids we were heading out for a picnic dinner and a ride by the lake. Unbeknown to the kids Leonie’s girlfriend and family were in Canberra and we’d organised a surprise catch-up for the kids. Well the excitement on their faces as they saw their friends for the first time in 6 months was priceless and they were soon off playing. Our picnic by the lake was cut short as a huge thunderstorm lashed Canberra forcing us indoors where we continued our night of catching up with great friends.
|Kids swimming at Casuarina Sands|
|Views of Canberra|
Wednesday started with an element of surrealness to it, after 6 months of traveling we were going home today and back to reality. The kids were so excited and were already pestering about when they could catch up with friends etc, but to prolong their excitement a little longer we headed out around Canberra to grab a few final photos and see some sights. By late morning we couldn’t put off the inevitable any longer and headed northwards. At 2pm and 184 days after setting off we were finally home.
|Home sweet home|
Thanks for being part of our journey and we can’t wait to do it all again.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Swan Hill – Echuca – Wagga Wagga
Kilometres 29789 – 30815km
In writing our penultimate blog its hard to realise that we’ve been traveling for half the year, 26 weeks has gone so fast yet been filled with so much adventure.
|Dust storm in Swan Hill|
|Main St - Pioneer Settlement|
|The kids with the butter churn|
|New Years Eve on the Murray River|
|Port Of Echuca|
Saturday dawned with an early morning caching run around the outskirts of Wagga with a caching buddy who lives in town while the rest of the family tried to have sleep-ins but the morning heat put pay to that idea. With the morning temps nudging 35deg it was perfect for a few loads of washing which seemed to dry in record time. By mid-afternoon the temperature had climbed to 40deg, the pool offered the perfect relief and we spent much of the afternoon in and out of the water….. At dinner we headed out for nice pub meal with some local caching friends.
We opted to have a lazy Sunday morning around the van, the kids played
peacefully together allowing Leonie and I do a few domestic chores, one being
the cleaning of the car inside and out. About lunchtime we headed out to see a
few sights around Wagga, the kids had a good laugh when we arrived at the Wagga
Beach only to find no waves. We saw the levy bank which had failed to hold back
floodwaters in 2012 and my subsequent SES deployment to Wagga and Griffith. We
then went out to the Botanical Garden
and the miniature railway before heading to Williams Hill for views of the city…..
Our last night in rural NSW was spent sheltering from a severe thunderstorm
which lashed the area.
|The Beach - Wagga style|