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…

my dino track

After leaving Townsville we went to a place called Hughenden which is one of three main towns along the dinosaur trail. It was boiling hot there, 35 degrees and over. We first checked the local Dino museum, which introduced us to the Muttaburrasaurus.  The following day we went to Richmond. First we went fossicking (which…

welcome home?

we’ve crossed back into new south wales and we found the welcome less than stunning. storm clouds? really? we’d turn right around but we really hated the traffic jam we got into through brisbane and the threat of thunder and lightning seems benign in comparison. traffic jam! – we haven’t seen one of those since…

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…