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.

looking back – favourite places.

this is very difficult: we have experienced so much on our journey, and been to so many different places that were, for want of a better word: amazing in their own ways. let me give you some examples: the onslaught of all those selfie sticks certainly made it harder for us to enjoy the sights…

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…

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…

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…

70 kilometer beach.

that’s of course not it’s actual name; while australia joined the metric system decades ago (a very sensible move unless you like to count feet or stones to work out how long or heavy something is) beaches are still named in the old imperial system, which would make this the 43.49598 mile beach which just does…

endangered species.

kimberley kampers, the manufacturer of our beloved thorny, has gone into liquidation. the writing has been on the wall for a while; the company went into voluntary administration late last year, but everyone was hoping they would be able to get back on their feet. unfortunately it wasn’t to be. this doesn’t really have an…