This blog is about two older Australians (well one is a kiwi who now considers himself half and half) who wanted to document their big trek around Aussie for relatives to follow our progress and help others who are planning a similar trip. We left on 31st January 2015 and got back home after around 16 months. We had an amazing time exploring this huge and fascinating country.
Join us as we both write about our experiences, review caravan parks, free camping sites, towns, events and the equipment and accessories we use in our van and tow vehicle. You can also view some of the hundreds of photos we took and this might help inspire you.
We have since downsized to a cute little ’94 Viscount poptop which we have extensively renovated and upgraded for free camping so we can have more adventures a little closer to home. There are plenty of magical places yet to see and we plan on seeing as many as we can and sharing our experiences with you.
Andy has recently finished writing an Electrical Guide eBook. It is now available to download and will prove very handy for those who are getting ready to ‘do the big lap’ or just want some information on prepping their caravan or motorhome to get ready to ‘hit the road’.
This would be the most often asked question on camping groups and pages and the answers given by commenters range from sensible to downright uninformed and silly.
So I feel it’s a good time to provide intelligent information – especially as Spring is approaching and many are getting ready to install or upgrade their batteries. […]
Let’s talk about the topic we don’t like to discuss but we all need when travelling – the loo.
When free camping or staying somewhere that has no public toilets, this essential facility is as important as the […]
Now we own an older poptop without airconditioning the better half and I decided this wasn’t going to be good if we spent time in the van in the heat of summer.
We had […]
Most modern caravans and campers have some kind of monitoring meters installed from new, but for older models, 4x4s and those installing new systems often want to be able to check how their batteries […]
I’m sure many of you are saying, ‘sure easy for you with your experience’, but honestly you would be surprised how simple it can be to install your own DC electrical gear in your van, 4X4 or camper. If you […]
These are difficult times and most of us aren’t using our vehicles nearly as much as we used to. It’s easy to forget about the batteries – both the starting kind and our ‘house’ batteries that […]
Finally got around to writing about the latest additions and updates on our tow vehicle, a 2010 NT Pajero. After we sold our big van and bought a poptop (as a do-up that we had thought about […]
Here is a list of chapters in the guide and the beginning text of each. Most chapters also have a ‘Going Deeper’ section below with more technical details and information. […]
Some modern battery chargers, like the Victron Blue series which I fitted to charge the caravan battery from the mains, have […]
We live on the south coast of NSW and, like most coastal areas there are not very many free camps to be found. This one has […]
It’s a good idea to use as many 12 volt appliances when travelling as you can, especially when free camping because it means you don’t need […]
Leaving Cooma, we bypassed Canberra on the outskirts and headed for the Central Tablelands. After a long days driving on the interesting […]