Before we left the wonderful land of Aldi, I decided to do a comprehensive price check with Woolworths, so we could decide what to stock up on and what to not worry about buying extra of. The difference was astounding! We estimate we saved ourselves atleast $150 by stocking up on Aldi staples. And not only are Aldi's prices cheaper, quite often the ORGANIC brand at Aldi was cheaper than the Homebrand at Woolies!! Incredible!
We should be finished by now..
When we originally planned this lap of Australia, we intended to be finished in about 10 months.
Today it has been exactly ONE YEAR since we left Brisbane in Ned, unsure of quite how much trust we could put into him, let alone in what direction we should head in. Now, a year later, we absolutely love Ned. He is our home and part of our family. Gypsy tells everyone about Ned and invites everyone inside to proudly show them around. He hasn’t skipped a beat mechanically and we haven’t had so much as a flat tyre. Although we still don’t 100% trust him to make it over some of the big hills (we’ve had to roll back down a particularly big hill once), and he definitely has a few extra rattles, he is still the perfect mobile home for us. More importantly though, even after a year we still don’t really have a direction or a set plan, we still aren’t anywhere near finishing our lap, and we are still LOVING our adventure.
It's time! After 10 months on the road, it's finally time to make-over Ned! I've been practically begging Roh to do this since before we left Brisbane and now, finally, it's happening! I'm so excited!
Firstly, some before shots.
We never intended to do a farm stay- it just so happened that the RV camp we decided to stay at kind of was one!
Aside from hot air balloons landing practically next to us in the fields....
We also have very friendly neighbours!!
Good morning! What's for breakfast?
" ringers rest" Mareeba QLD (on wiki)
$10/ nt per vehicle unpowered.
Loads and loads of space.
Limited power sites
Communal fire with lots of conversation
Toilets (showers coming)
25 mins drive to kuranda- 5 mins to Mareeba
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month on the road with NED!
I guess that’s because we haven’t really done very much camping in him yet. We have been lucky enough to friend and family hop our way pretty much the whole way from Brisbane to Albury. And it’s been amazing!
Whilst camping is fun and exploring is amazing, I truly LOVE being able to visit and catch up with friends along the way. We caught up with friends we travelled with in Laos back in 2009, and others that we travelled with last year in India or in Sri Lanka. We saw friends we haven’t seen since the good old UQ days in 1999!! Other friends we used to work with on Tangalooma in 2010, and others from Hamilton Island back in 2008!! We even got to catch up with our friends from our beloved Ashram! It’s amazing how it doesn’t matter if it’s been 2 months, or 15 years, true friends are true friends and I love how the conversations and smiles flow like no time at all has passed <3. We truly are blessed with some amazing people in our lives and having little reunions along the way is definitely one of the perks of doing a road trip in our own country!
Currently we are here in Albury, catching up with some friends and lots of family. It’s so lovely to watch Gypsy as she gets to know her cousins, and they have slumber parties and play dress ups together. Whilst the adults enjoy some adult time with platters of cheese and pots of tea. It’s been perfect.
A wonderful way to start our journey.
Some facts from the first month:
Whiporie General Store, Whiporie Cost $0
Gumma Reserve, Macksville Cost $12
Coopernook State Forest, Coopernook Cost $0
Daly’s Clearing, Belanglo State Forest Cost $0
Camping cost total $24
Food total: $643
Petrol total: $429
Total spending per day: $36.50
Total Kilometres travelled: 2262km
Time to see what adventures the second month brings us!!
For 2 years (2015-2017) we travelled around Australia as a family of 3 in a motorhome named NED. These are stories from our adventures.
Our completed trip
2 years and 45,000km later. What an adventure!