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

A Morning at the Wombeyan Caves

On our way out of the Blue Mountains, we opted to visit the Wombeyan Caves. They seem to be a bit of a cousin to the much more famous (and much more expensive) Jenolan Caves. After a thirty-minute-long horrendous, bumpy, unsealed road on the way in, we arrived at the very fun looking campsite and bought our tickets. It was so…

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

A Few Days in Melbourne

The day finally arrived! I have been helping plan three family trips since October, and the first family member arrived in Australia last week. My Mom and Aunt Chris were slated for two weeks in April. My dad and sister will spend two weeks with us at the end of May. And John’s family – a total of seven…

1 year ago

A Few Days on the Great Ocean Road

One of the things we knew we had to do when family arrived was go road tripping down Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, touted as one of the coolest road trips in the world. Even though a direct trip would have taken less than ten hours, we saved two nights for the Great Ocean Road because of the sheer number of sites worth seeing along the way. The main attraction is the Twelve Apostles – of which there are not twelve, nor do geologists think there ever were…

1 year ago
Our VW Transporter Campervan parked along the Great Ocean Road

A Month in a Van

John and I just bought a van. A 1998 Volkswagen Transporter with 400,000km on it (roughly 250,000 miles). It’s scary and exciting, and we have no idea what to expect. We’re currently driving from Sydney (where Mom flew out) to Airlie Beach, Queensland (where Dad & Rachel will fly in). Originally, we’d hoped to take the long way around…

1 year ago