A New Year’s Resolution I had originally intended to only include stories of our travels around Australia in our caravan but one state is missing out on all of the publicity and that is Tasmania. Not that we haven’t seen Tassie, in fact having had family there we know it very well. We just haven’t seen it from the door of a caravan or camped under the stars. In the New Year I intend to showcase some of the beauty of our southernmost state. My sincerest thanks go to all of you for following my blog and may your 2017 … Continue reading 2016 The Year That Was
Thistle Cove in the Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance in WA, was named by Matthew Flinders in honour of his ship’s master John Thistle of the HMS Investigator. Thistle Cove has a tall granite rock that is so shaped as to amplify the sounds of the sea. It is known as Whistling Rock and yes, it is like a giant sea shell held to your ear. Continue reading Whistling Rock
The woman in the van beside us sings. She sings in the toilet, she sings in the van, she sings in the park. Her husband says that she sings in her sleep. I shouldn’t complain, she has a beautiful voice and she’s deliriously happy. …and with this view is it any wonder that she’s singing: Continue reading The Singer
In our early days of caravanning, we used to pack the van with all the food that we could imagine that we’d need and a few pre prepared meals. Nowadays we just ensure that the basics are on board; flour, sugar, rice, sauces and a few basic canned goods, not to mention fresh roasted coffee and one pre prepared meal to quickly heat up if we’re tired from driving. We then load any fresh goods from the home fridge and take off. Our van has a 180 litre refrigerator freezer and I often wonder how long we could survive just … Continue reading What food do we take on the road?
We spotted this interesting boat and caravan combo on the road last winter. It solves a few problems as long as you don’t leave any old bait in the boat. “What’s that smell dear?” Continue reading Combining Your Passions
Having been keen trailer yacht sailors in our younger (read fitter) days, we always follow the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Most people query the meaning of Boxing Day, well it may be a strange name for a holiday but in Australia if you are at home it means sprawl on the couch eating Christmas leftovers and watching the start of The Race. The Sydney to Hobart. We have been lucky enough to watch the finish in Hobart on several occasions. Once on a ferry that followed the boats up the river to the finish, I doubt that they would … Continue reading Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden Ute, Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot, Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs, It’s Summer time and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey! Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!, Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute. Engine’s getting hot; we dodge the kangaroos, The swaggie climbs aboard, he is welcome too. All the family’s there, sitting by the pool, Christmas Day the … Continue reading Aussie Jingle Bells – Colin Buchanan
Over a few Christmas drinks a friend asked “What do caravanners do? For a lot of people the well known ‘Happy Hour’ comes to mind or a quiet read. But no, they don’t all sit around gazing at the bush with a cold beer in hand. It depends on you and how active you are and what your interests are. I tend to lose a little weight on long winter trips as we walk more than we do at home and that is because there is more to see. I find that I become bored of the same old area … Continue reading What do caravanners do?
Stockton dunes are part of the Worimi Conservation Lands. Just north of Newcastle, NSW the beach is 32kms long and the dunes which are up to 30 metres high, stretch inland for up to a kilometre. Further than the eye … Continue reading Stockton Dunes
Aug 2013 We’ve been on the road for 29 days this trip and tonight we have good television reception as Woody has just realized that all along he has been pointing the aerial in the opposite direction. Hallelujah! Continue reading TV Reception