the cradle.

a while ago i wrote that one thing we still wanted for our karavan was a firewood cradle. well it’s called a firewood cradle but nobody ever said that’s all that can go I there and we often felt that we would prefer to carry dirty items outside the van, not in the cabin or…

vorsprung.

we had a really amazing trip (I sound like a teenager) but one thing both natalie and i really missed while we were away were our bikes. especially since we did our own little tour of the alps before we set out on the big lap. we are planning a similar trip to our favourite…

mapping the long way round.

follow the red line to see how we make our way around australia. the orange line is how we plan to continue … but that could change depending on how things turn out.

happy to be stuck with you.

some time today we have complete one lap of the equator, i.e. since we set out on our trip around the country we have driven more than 40,045 km. we also got stuck for the first time today. the sand on Stockton beach is quite soft and deep, probably also due to the heavy traffic…

my coffs harbour.

After visiting the Australia Zoo and Byron Bay we went to Coffs Harbour. I was there a very long time ago and we went to almost all the same places then, as we did now. We went to the Big Banana again but this time we only went ice skating but it was really fun…

looking back – our trusty tug.

we started with a seven year old car with more than 150.000 km on the clock. does this make snowflake ‘frail’ or ‘experienced’? being an entitled elderly white male i predictably opted for ‘experienced’ so we hooked the van up to the disco, crossed all available fingers and hoped for the best. we were of…

looking back – our tiny house.

we are almost home. a terrible thought, i know. we enjoyed the trip so much, especially the fact that we spent the entire time together and enjoyed all the amazing experiences as a family: every day, all day. is that a scary thought for you? if so we could not recommend the kimberley karavan and…

covering our six.

i’ve been a good boy and studied hard for my exams (which is also the reason I have been uncharacteristically quiet; the girls were busy and will post later), therefore i felt i could allow myself another tiny bit of tinkering. remember that i tweaked the rear door a bit, way back on the great…

my australia zoo

Welcome to my post about Australia zoo the home of the famous croc hunter Steve Irwin. The Australia Zoo is a wonderful place with many animals with amazing, big enclosures and with lots of enrichment (which is what zookeepers do to keep the animals from bring bored). When we first arrived at the zoo we…

my hervey bay

Hervey Bay was our next stop after the dino trail. Finally out of the desert and back to the ocean shore. The caravan park we stayed at was really nice and right next to a great water park. It was amazing with slides, a kids water playground and a wave machine! We even met our…

bust.

as we were coming south towards sydney we just had to stop in ballina. we don’t know how remarkable or otherwise unremarkable ballina may be but it is the birthplace of thorny, our kimberley karavan (yes, with a ‘k’). that industrial looking grey place in the background is where the magic happened. past tense is…

byron pay.

byron bay is the quintessential hippie location on the east coast. scratch that: in all of australia. this place is so chilled time slows as you approach it. in our case we actually lost one entire hour coming from queensland, but that’s a totally different story. time is an illusion, my friend. i still remember…