Brisbane Weekend Trip: Springbrook National Park

When our plans changed from the central-Australia trip to the coastal-Australia route, we immediately thought of a return trip to Springbrook. We went for a few hours back in October, but we knew it deserved more time. Luckily, we were able to score a (great!) camping spot and spend a full twenty-four hours in the…

1 year ago
Volkswagen Campervan camping at Bateman's Bay, NSW, Australia

One Week in a Van

We’ve driven approximately three thousand kilometers since Mom left. After eight days on the road, we’ve had one meal in a restaurant and the rest have been prepared on our camp stoves or over an open flame. We have eaten well. Our diet has included curries and falafel burgers and pasta. The van has four milk crates dedicated to canned foods, jarred foods, and bulk foods. We keep our snack bag up at the front, filled with granola bars and apples and crackers. Water has become…

1 year ago

Building Paths + Painting Fences

We spent a month in Tasmania back in January, the best month to visit Tassie! The middle of summer not only provided great weather – albeit fickle – but also festivals and markets and events to enjoy in Hobart and around. We spent most of the month with hosts via HelpEx, meaning we got to see some of the more rural, unique parts of the area. Work-exchanging in a place like Tasmania is brilliant – being a bit less…

1 year ago

A Day in Springbrook

Springbrook National Park is located in the very southeast corner of Queensland. It’s just inland from the Gold Coast and Surfer’s Paradise. We drove our rental car up the windy, narrow, scary roads from the highway toward the National Park. While Surfer’s may be a paradise for those who love…

2 years ago

A Weekend in Byron Bay

We had our best weekend so far in Byron Bay. It was going to take a lot to top the mangrove-kayaking, but Byron Bay was spectacular. October is pretty much the perfect time of year for all sorts of active, fun things as well. It’s no longer winter, so the water is warm enough for kayaking and playing. The dolphins…

2 years ago

A Morning at the Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are an ideal stop between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Unlike the world-famous Australia Zoo nearby, the Glass House Mountains are in a National Park and thus free. Captain James Cook (the man who “discovered” Australia) coined the name Glass House because the mountains reminded him…

2 years ago

Four Nights in Tucson

Many moons ago, John and I worked together at the Athens YMCA with Martha. She joined the Peace Corps and ended up in southern Morocco for a couple years, and I was lucky enough to join her for a few weeks down there. Upon her return to the US, she began grad school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and from day one, every phone call included an invitation to come out and visit. She told us time and time again…

2 years ago