Caravanners need to be like sailors

It’s that time of year again, cyclone season up north sends floods down through the inland. The chance of searing dry heat in the south is the precursor to bushfires, though thankfully this summer has been cooler. There’s always dangerous weather to watch out for in this country. Like swings and roundabouts if it’s raining in Brisbane it’s probably dry in Melbourne and vice versa. If it’s raining in Perth then Adelaide and Melbourne will be next as the prevailing winds blow across the country. It pays to keep an eye on the weather and it doesn’t always do what … Continue reading Caravanners need to be like sailors

Whether the weather – Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay, Vic I’m often aware of how different a place can be on each visit. Sometimes a town may have grown, or fallen on hard times orravaged by bushfires. Maybe it has been ‘discovered’ by tourists and become a ‘must visit’ place. There will often be a difference, this time it was the weather in control. I tried to recreate a shot that I took a few years back. Continue reading Whether the weather – Apollo Bay

What do you think this is, the tropics?

Sep 2019, Yeppoon, Qld Jeepers it rained overnight! It was hot and I got up and opened the bathroom roof hatch. Yet by the time that I’d gotten back into bed (about 10 feet away) it had started raining. Bloody hell. Up I got again walked all the way back to the bathroom, closed the hatch, getting quite wet in the process and returned to bed, what? The rain had stopped! Just like that stopped. Is it any wonder caravanners are a fit bunch. Continue reading What do you think this is, the tropics?

2019 Victorian Bushfires

Bushfires strike fear into the hearts of most Australians. Caravanners are constantly on the alert for signs of smoke, the smell, a certain golden glow that cannot be described, even the shadows that take on an eerie quality. This week while on a Caravan Club muster we found ourselves once more on alert. We can be thankful, but to those caught in nature’s path the losses to homes, livestock and livelihoods have been utterly devastating. Our hearts go out to them. March 2nd 2019, Toora, Vic To the south of us Wilson’s Promontory National Park is on fire. Back in … Continue reading 2019 Victorian Bushfires

Changes in attitude, changes in latitude

Winter 2018 It’s easy to travel from cold to warmth, happily stripping down from jeans and jumpers to shorts and tee shirts, but after mooching about the tropics for nigh on three months we wonder how we’ll acclimatise to August the coldest month of winter in Melbourne. But nature has its way when it’s time to go as not only do we count down (or is it up?) the latitudes but there are ranges to cross, higher altitudes, lower altitudes and inland regions with cold freezing nights and delightfully warm days. We cross from latitude 16˚S to latitude 37˚S, through … Continue reading Changes in attitude, changes in latitude

Being fire aware

In a country with a myriad of climate zones planning to avoid the worst of the weather can be difficult. When we travel we try to avoid the coldest weather but sometimes that can be difficult when on our way home south through New South Wales and Victoria to Melbourne in late winter or early spring. The thought of bushfires sends shivers down my spine. Last September while we were complaining of the icy temperatures that we were experiencing in Gippsland, friends were racing home to avoid bushfires on the NSW south coast, not all that far away from us. … Continue reading Being fire aware