Category Archives: Coastal

Southern Qld & Northern NSW

Brissy at New Years was pretty quiet not surprisingly as holiday makers were scattered up and down the coast. This worked out pretty well as we were able to explore the city without the usual traffic snarl. The fake beaches on the river were jam-packed with families and backpackers however the galleries weren’t and we […]

Down the Queensland coast

With the Daintree behind us we skirted the coast to Ellis Beach where some wild weather whipped up the sea and turned an idyllic tourist haven into a fight for survival for beachfront campers with tents. We planned to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns however the weather wasn’t with us so […]

Nth Queensland

Somehow we’d made it as far as Queensland the long way around. But this isn’t the green lush part featured on the tourist brochures, it’s the dry and dusty North West. We found a pretty good spot to camp on the Camooweal billabong, not sure if we were in the shade of the coolibah tree […]

Broome

So we actually made it to Broome, which seemed like a significant achievement when you look at how far it is away from old Ballarat. The first thing you need to know when you arrive is that’s it’s dusty and hot…and there are about 20 shops that sell pearls. After settling on a caravan park […]

Up the West Coast

Leaving Perth in our wake we took a rather circuitous route North before making our destination of Jurien Bay in the early evening…can’t say too much about the place except it has a flash new pier and as we were up with all the school kids still on holidays we got cracking into the long […]

Eyre Peninsula

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Breezed through Port Augusta and down the coast towards Port Lincoln, attempted to stop overnight at various towns but all had big signs saying “No Camping”…we’d been staying in caravan parks almost every night and now it was time to see how we went free camping. Unfortunately we were running out of light and not […]

Hits & near misses on Kangaroo Island

Leaving the big island for a little island proved rather dramatic. The first challenge, reversing the caravan onto the ferry, into the seriously narrow space provided, looked daunting to say the least. When offered the option of having one of the crew do the job, I gratefully accepted… I’m sure the crowd of passengers didn’t […]

Hello South Australia

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Departing from Port Fairy in gloomy conditions we resolved to make it to the warmer (hopefully) climate of Robe, visiting Portland, Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater enroute….the lighthouse at Cape Nelson was suitably spectacular in a classic style…whitewashed walls, built to withstand howling gales, much like today. Well it’s goodbye to Victoria and hello to South Australia! The only indication that we had arrived, was a […]

The Big Trip

After much preparation and procrastination, Paula and I have finally hit the road on our trip around Australia….and what a way to start by heading into the wettest spell seen for many months. Apollo Bay was our first stop, where I managed to break the weight distribution system on the caravan (it was faulty, not my fault) and had […]