It sounds simple doesn’t it, but now we realise that we’ve gone 3½ times around the equator.
In these Covid times I know a lot of people are thinking about caravanning and whether it is a travel option for them and I would say yes.
We’ve just chalked up 142,696Kms towing the van, well 2 vans to be precise.
That’s 3 cars and 2 caravans. The first car, a Ford Territory towed a Windsor Pop Top. We were newly retired and didn’t know if we’d like caravanning back then, so it was a cheap and affordable way to try it out. We liked it from the get go but wanted a bathroom so pretty soon there was a Grant Tourer 19’ caravan in the driveway and being larger and heavier the car had to be upgraded to a gutsier Jeep Commander. In time the Jeep was replaced with another Jeep this time a Cherokee.
In over 8½ years there have been 57 caravan trips, 1216 days and 1160 nights in 348 places and for those with a pecuniary interest our accommodation cost averages out to $21.59 per night and fuel costs $23.12 per day. That’s pretty damned cheap when you consider the fun we’ve had. Sometimes we free camp, sometimes we stay in the best caravan park or anywhere else in between. We prefer to choose whichever is best suited for the particular area. Therefore, it could be a National Park, a farm stay or the backyard of a pub. There’ve been bowling clubs, truck stops, showgrounds, boat ramps, railway stations, a monastery, a bewildering number of roadside rest areas (some quiet but most noisy), outback roadhouses, a back street in the town of Home Hill, Qld, a gun club, Brown Bros winery, a scout camp, a boat club, a skate park, we’ve even slept on a tennis court! We had no problems with levels there.
We’ve had a variety of animals, kangaroos, emus, cows, sheep and chooks knock on our door. We’ve even had a cow lead us to an outback pub!
We’ve camped beside lakes and beaches, waterfalls and rivers. In deserts and rainforests and on clifftops, amongst rabbit burrows and gravel pits and loved every minute of it, though the view wasn’t all that great at the gravel pit. We’ve swum under waterfalls, walked miles, broken bones, torn muscles and worn out our shoes. When we set out on this crazy adventure we also made a point of visiting interesting pubs whenever we could. We’ve now been to 210 iconic bush pubs and a few city ones, we’re still counting…
If you want to go caravanning, do your research (‘cos that’s seriously important) then hit the road. You’ll never want to stay in a 5 star hotel again!