Road Trip Around Australia | Getting Set Up

So you’ve decided you want to road trip around Australia and you’re in the planning stages now? This is a great idea! We had the same idea, but finding the answers to the many questions I had, proved time-consuming and a little bit frustrating. Though we searched high and low, the answers were all over the place. So we decided that we wanted to help others; those that are as excited about travelling around Australia as we were, who have a seemingly insatiable desire to read everything they can about the topic, and who love planning everything that they possibly

When Disaster Strikes – Free Emergency Contact Form Template

Back in 2011 Ben and I moved to Christchurch, NZ. The day after we arrived, the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch. 185 people were killed, and thousands were injured. The damage to buildings and infrastructure was massive. The rebuilding continues, still. To say we were ‘lucky’ feels trite; we (including my mum, who we were with) were spared injury or loss. Though our apartment was right in the city centre, it did not collapse. We were at home, we were together, we had a car. Within an hour, we packed our things (we’d arrived by flight, only the night before), got

12 Volt DC Appliances for the Kitchen

In one of the facebook groups I’m in, someone was asking for recommendations 12 Volt DC appliances for his caravan kitchen; in particular he was looking for a 12v coffee machine that uses Nespresso pods. The poor guy that asked the question got A LOT of answers but pretty much none of them answered his actual question. So I decided to do a little hunt of my own, to see if I could answer the question myself. Purely to help him out… of course! And now I know why there was so much difficulty in answering his question! Just a

Our Top Six Camping Essentials for a Road Trip Around Australia

Of course everybody is different, we have different ways of camping, different priorities and certainly, different budgets. This list of our top six camping essentials are what WE think are essential. You’ll probably be different, but it may also make you consider some items you hadn’t thought about already. Disclaimer – some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you buy we will receive a tiny percentage commission. There is no extra cost to you. Please see our affiliate disclosure for more information. 1. Camp chairs And I mean good ones. You know these are what you’re

Why We Didn’t Free Camp Sooner

In my last post about our budget blow out, I mentioned how we could have saved so much money if we’d gone free camping (or at least cheap camping) a lot more than we did. So why didn’t we free camp Australia sooner? Well, there are a few reasons, some of which are valid and some of which are more excuses than reasons. But whether they’re reasons or excuses, they still held us back from free camping around Australia as much as we could have. But if you’re heading out on your own road trip around Australia and want to

How to Blow Your Budget on a Road Trip Around Australia

‘How to Blow Your Budget on a Road Trip Around Australia’… now there’s a title I didn’t ever want to be writing. I really would rather write a post on ‘How to Spend the Millions Left to You as an Inheritance by a Long Lost Great Uncle’. But alas, my knowledge base is firmly in the ‘how to blow your budget’ camp, so that’s what we’ve got. I’ll show you how we did it, so that you can follow in our footsteps. Oh, NO! I mean, so that you can learn from our mistakes and avoid having to face this same

I Love Grey Nomads – Here’s Why

We’ve been on the road for nine weeks now and travelled from Port Macquarie NSW all the way up the east coast to Cairns, across the Savanah Way to Darwin, and then down the Stuart to Alice Springs. In all that time and over those thousands of kilometres, I would say that about 90% of the other travellers we see on the road and in the caravan parks/campgrounds are grey nomads*. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now because I just have to say how much I love grey nomads. Like, I’m smitten. But before

Behind Schedule & Over Budget

This was originally going to be a video, but for a whole buncha reasons it’s ended up being a blog post instead. One of those reasons is actually what this blog post is all about…. ie. technical difficulties. But the purpose of this post is, firstly, to explain why we’re so far behind schedule, and so far over budget, and how we eventually fixed the problem (or did we?), and secondly the whole reason we’re documenting our journey is so that other people can learn from our mistakes and experiences, so the more detail we can provide, the better it

The Pros and Cons of our Set-Up

In this previous post: Our Ideal Set-Up, I waxed lyrical about our ideal set-up being a 4WD towing a camper trailer, along with all the additional bits and pieces that we believed would make life more comfortable for us. Well, here we are one month into our trip and some may wonder if this is still the ideal set-up for us? In this post I’ll go into the pros and cons of our set-up, covering all those things that we had no idea about prior to starting this trip. Vehicle We have 2005 Hyundai Terracan CRDi 4×4, purchased for $8k