It’s been a wonderful journey so far.
I’ve taken thousands of images and written another book. I’ve met incredible people, witnessed amazing sights and experienced the essence of Australia.
Some of favourite places has been Tasmania for its colours and containment. The National Parks are world class with plenty of hiking. Lots of free camping in glorious sites too!
The Northern Territory epitomises the rawness of what Australia is renown for. Vast distances, incredible rock formations and a timeless culture. The red dirt is something to witness.
Thousands of images of our diverse landscape and interesting sights. click here to view images…
Many interviews from some fascinating people for my next book – ‘Hands that Created our Heritage.’ The stories from this collection of people who were the last generation who carved modern Australia with their bare hands.
Bugsy and I begin our trip in Tasmania to see my own country through the eyes of a tourist…beginning 10th January, 2016 arriving Devonport – heading towards the east coast.
Reasons #1 Bushfire warnings in the north and north west. #2 The weather on the east coast will be fine and sunny – I want to capture the beaches in all their glory.
The map will be updated as we go along – and the posts will be a bit behind as wifi connections are limited in some of the more remote areas here in Tasmania.
Enjoy the pics of our glorious country!
Back on the road…this time to see my own country – Australia!
During my stay in rural Ireland I spoke to many people from around the globe, conversations varied tremendously. I soon realised I had not seen as much of my own country as some of these intrepid travellers. So I decided to see my own country ‘through the eyes of a tourist’ – in wonderment – before I ventured to any other country.
As soon as I arrived back in Australia I began a quest to find the perfect mode of travel. Cycling was definitely out of the question: #1 Australia is waaaay to vast for me and my fitness level. #2 I like a few creature comforts to stay warm and dry.
A caravan was too large and it would feel like a home in ways – too comfortable and lacks that feeling of adventure. I decided on a campervan; small snug, secure (for my equipment) – with a bicycle for the short cruising.
It took me several weeks to find the layout and space capacity I wanted and six weeks to set it all up for my needs; to be totally self sufficient to ‘camp’ where ever the scenery was glorious for short and long periods at a time.
A few personal touches to make it homely.
My nephew is fabulously artistic and one night I watched him draw a centipede then intricately cut it out to produce a stencil. I can’t quite remember how or if I was half joking when I said I’d love one on my van. He had more insect stencils he had produced, I let him paint as he wanted.
It took many weeks to work out what I needed to be self sufficient for most of the journey to promote my books in the smaller towns, to take glorious images of this incredible country and create another book along the way.
Being so compact most things need to have an essential or dual purpose – little room for unessential things and be lightweight.
Choosing the High Top over the Pop Top Campervan, it gives heaps of permanent storage! Saving you time to unpack each time you pull up for the night as well as search for things in hidden or underneath places. haha little bending and stretching.
I also chose NOT to have a bike rack on the back – it is stored in the van whilst travelling. This allows me to open the back door, throw a tarpaulin over it and provides extra sheltered space when I stay for more than a day in one place. Privacy for showering and good for drying clothes in all weathers!
- Make it feel like a home with a splash of colour and a cushion or two.
- Light weight wire baskets for storage of clothes, towels, my books and marketing materials. *I found these in an Op Shop.
- Two extra house batteries to run a small fridge, computer, modem and phone charger on 12 volt. A Red Arc was added so the batteries could charge while driving. *Although once in a while it would need to be plugged into 24 volt for a super charge for a day or two. **I still can not find a converter to charge my camera batteries on 12 volt! arghhh So I have to ask Information Centres, pubs etc to plug in for a few hours.
- 80 litre water tank for (cold) showering, washing and general cooking. *Fill up in bush camps, caravan parks etc. *Ask about water restrictions in certain areas.
- 20 litres of bottled drinking water. *Use empty bottles for waste when needed.
- Water hose to fill up the tank.
- Weather proof electrical cord.
- CB Radio. *A must for emergencies when in remote areas.
- Dim solar lamp to keep on during the night. For a little ‘seeing’ security for when things go ‘bump in the night!
- Shower hose for remote areas.
- Three buckets. One to fill with fresh water – with lid. One to fill with river water – doubled for rubbish. One for laundry – large with tight lid.
- *Toilet. OK – my nephew found this brilliant simple invention for emergencies. A plastic bucket with half a ‘noodle’ split and moulded over the top.
- Milk crate. These would have to be the BEST inventions of all time. *Durable enough to use as a step, add a cushion and use as a seat, or a side table, sit on whilst showering.
- Small Origami folding bicycle. *Fits easily and securely in the van whilst driving and can be chained under the van at night. *The basket holds many things and good for shopping.
- A good First Aid Kit! *I carry a small one when cycling also.
- KEEP THINGS MINIMAL and ESSENTIAL – try to think if you can use it for something else.
- If you run out of clothes, spare linen or cooking essentials, country Op Shops are great and CHEAP!