12: Sweet Strawberry Farms and Tranquil Everglade Kayaking – Noosa

Her boiling bonnet burned and bubbled like an erratic volcano as the Moreton ferry docked. We made a direct beeline towards Brisbane city centre and it was there she was nursed by a Brisbane radiator specialist. We were faced with the choice of purchasing a fresh new radiator or fixing the old one for a fraction of the…

11. Sizzling Radiators and Songs of a Whale Migration

All concerns for Jenny’s malfunctioning engine lay dormant within the deep crevices of our minds as we tried to enthuse about our upcoming weekend excursion to Moreton Bay Island. Friends and other campers had recommended a trip to the bay islands that encompass Gold Coast, and we soon found ourselves relishing the opportunity to drift…

4. Caravan Banquets and Burning Oil

As Mount Isa loomed into view after an agonisingly long day spent behind the wheel on the Flinders Highway, it was like drifting into some kind of industrial paradise (a paradox if ever I heard one). It was almost a relief to park up and part with 25 bucks at Sunset Caravan campsite, lured in with the…

3. Keep Your Bonnet On: Plunging into the Wild West

The next morning, we explored the high street of Hughenden which boasted a small row of shops with questionable titles. Each was named practically for what it sells such as ’Drapes’ or what the store is like ‘Pharmacy’, ‘Newsagents’ or my favourite… ‘Shop’. Admittedly, these are very helpful; imagine a scenario in which you are…

2. Cowboy Boots and Wild West Windpumps – Outback Queensland

Exhilarated and determined, we started our trip at Townsville after having driven south again from the tropical Cape Tribulation. We were so excited, we told everyone about our endeavours. It was slightly disconcerting however to hear one old Australian bloke at a caravan park scoff and say ’well your car may survive the outback but you…

9. The Cursed Campsite

Byron Bay dissolved behind us in a dreary blanket of rain as we chugged along the Pacific Highway towards the warm haze of sunshine emanating from the city of Gold Coast. We crossed the state border, missing the sign that heralded our arrival into Queensland and agreed it was time to find a campsite to…

8. Namaste, Minyon Falls

Tucked away in the heart of Nightcap National Park rests the untouched wonders of Minyon Falls, a 100m plunge waterfall surrounded by bush walks and scenic viewpoints. Blessed with a natural beauty that enchants the inspired onlooker and compels the fatiguing hiker, it proves to be a popular quick stop for picnic-packed families, swooning lovers…

7. Have you cottoned on that Byron is the best?

Her thunderous engine chugged into the little coastal town of Byron Bay, our next stop along the golden coastline. The storm that had almost sunk Sydney had followed us north like a shadow we couldn’t lift, a gloom we couldn’t light. We peered out expectantly through the rain-washed windows as though a bit of wishful…