The Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles on The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Road is famed to be one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world. We had been looking forward to our venture along this scenic route. I wondered if it could be as good as the Kiama Coastal Walk or as scenic as the NSW South Coast. The Great Ocean Road … Read more

Winds of Change in the Islands of Victoria

Boardwalk at the Nobbies on Philip Island, VIC, Australia

As we wandered around Raymond Island gazing up into the trees at the Koalas, we couldn’t help but laugh. They look like large teddy bears, but they are not bears as the first European explorers thought, they are marsupials and carry their young in pouches. It was apparent that they were feeling the near 40ºC … Read more

Salt of the Earth: Australia’s NSW South Coast

Bride standing among basalt lava by the Kiama coast line

Kangaroo Valley The sun had just pulled away its final rays and the night was quiet, surprisingly quiet given the number of other campers in this park. So we were startled when the entire bus began to rock back and forth accompanied by a loud sawing sound from the back of Lil’ Beaut. Trin and … Read more

Sights and Sounds of Fascinating Australia

Kangaroos in a field by the ocean

Australia has both fascinated me and left me in awe. This large continental island at times reminds me of places I’ve seen on other continents but then something truly unique sings a song or hops by reminding me that this is a different world down here. Some of my favorite findings are listed below to … Read more

Where the Forest Ends and Worms Glow: Sydney & Surrounds

Trin walking among fern trees near the glow worm tunnel in the Sydney area

We turned down a dusty road and moved slowly forward over the corrugated surface. Trin maneuvered Lil’ Beaut around large potholes and grooves on the side of the road.   A few kilometers in, the road began to narrow and climb. I hoped we would not encounter another vehicle coming down the mountain. There were no … Read more

Drought and the Weeping Rocks: New South Wales

Trin in the opening of a sandstone cave in Country New South Wales Australia

The sky is yellow with dust and the flies pester every living thing. A tractor sits idle on a barren field just on the other side of the river, one of the few here in NSW that we have seen with actual flowing water.  Many of the streams and rivers are recognized only by their … Read more

Life in a Bus

Our Toyota Coaster Lil' Beaut camped in the town of Wollomombi as the sun sets

“Whooowee!” a child from across the river yelled. “Whooowee!” an echo from our side answered. I thought it was just Dundee that did that, but I guess it’s common here. We were camped at Pebble Beach beside the Murray River on the border between Victoria and New South Wales. It is one of the last … Read more

The Edge of the World: North West Tasmania

Promenade by Marc and Debbie Spijkerbosh "Stepping into an artistic promenade - a journey of discovery and inspiration where natures's beauty surrounds us."

The Edge of the World lies on a rocky windswept coast and we were headed to its stormy shore. But first, we made a few stops along the way. Penguin, Tasmania Along the north coast of Tasmania is a town called Penguin, aptly named for the many penguins that nest in the area. The tuxedo-clad … Read more

Tasmania Wilderness

Waterfall in the Mt Fields National Park. In the Tasmanian Wilderness area

The Tasmania wilderness area is the largest conservation area in Australia covering almost 20% of Tasmania. This area also contains one of the few temperate rain-forests in the world. Our first excursion after purchasing Lil’ Beaut was into the wilderness area of Tasmania. Mt. Fields National Park Moss covered the forest floor and its fallen … Read more

Painted Cliffs and Other Wonders of the Tasmanian East Coast

Painted cliffs with white and red circles of color in the stone

The Tasmanian east coast is rife with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and rock formations that defy logic. Painted cliffs and royal monoliths stand perpendicular to the raging waves, temperate rain forests with fern trees and abundant wildlife adorn her small island mass. Tasmania is a place that I could stay for ages and still not … Read more

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