I think if you ask most caravanners, the biggest motivation for caravan holidays is to enjoy the slow travel lifestyle including being immersed in all aspects of the country. Every landscape, deep red dirt, stark white sand, bone shaking gravel roads, the dead straight black tar or winding ribbons of roads are all aspects of the journey. Then there are the forests, deserts, cliff edges, plains and lazy days on coasts. With all the devastation of bushfires and droughts experienced throughout the country lately, it has had me wondering how much caravanning contributes to carbon emissions and what can be done to lessen our impact on the country while enjoying holidays on the road.
The joys of caravanning with friends are many and in the case of meals and happy hour treats the bar seems to get raised higher and higher when we dine together. With a month spent at the beach and fishing as one of the main pastimes, there are plenty of recipes tried and tested from campsite to campsite and lots of willing guinea pigs to try them.
A very Merry Christmas to anyone reading this and thank you if you’ve been following my blog this year or supported any of the magazines that I have been fortunate enough to have had stories published in. On The Road magazine has continued to feature some of my stories and I’m grateful to the Editor / Publisher Gregg Haythorpe and Deputy Editor Sue Wyeth for supporting Aussie writers.
I’m thrilled to say that I have received a ‘Welcome aboard’ and will be regularly contributing to Liquid Life & Leisure magazine. This monthly magazine focuses on all the things that we love about the Australian lifestyle including travel, health, outdoors, destinations and more.
The time had come, after patiently watching and waiting for the right deal to come along it was time to trade in the reliable 100 Series Landcruiser for an upgrade. The old rig had been extremely reliable and because of regular servicing and upkeep was still going strong even with more than 420,000 kms on the odometer.
It had taken us and caravans from southern Queensland to the furthest point east on the Australian mainland at Byron Bay. Up and down the track to Darwin and through the red centre, along the picturesque Victorian coastline, Great Ocean Road and parts of the New South Wales Coast. There have been roads taken inland in the eastern states and many, many trips throughout South Australia. The biggest trip was crossing the Nullarbor and covering the state of Western Australia from the beautiful Esperance, to the furthest southern point, northwards along the coast to as far as Wyndham, and then across to Lake Argyle, into the Northern Territory and home again.
The Jayco Silverline slideout caravan has a futuristic sleek exterior which gives you just a hint of what to expect inside. On the outside it comes complete with a roll out awning, spare wheel covered on the draw bar and on the roof, a satellite dish, wind up antenna and solar panel. Two gas bottles are in a front compartment that has a slide out feature to make checking levels quick and easy. There is a gas oven inside the van and also an external connection for your BBQ. Continue reading