1: Goodbye civilisation: Popping outback

Adventure East Coast was at an end. We were convinced we had touched enough Easternly ground to last us a lifetime and we were itching like fleas on a ‘roo to see more of Australia’s unrefined, rural beauty. Our East Coast trip had instilled in us an insatiable thirst for travel and we found ourselves…

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…

6. Pirate Possums at Pebbly Beach

We navigated our way blindly in the dark towards the Pebbly Beach campground. This was a struggle. The campsite was nestled in the heart of an overgrown forest, surrounded by the hefty caravans and 4 wheel drives of other campers. Our challenge was to weave Jenny’s bulky body around the intricate path of trees and…

5. Coff’s Harbour

Rustling out the creases of the map, we studied our next move, trailing our gaze along the Pacific Highway. It wasn’t too long before we realised that most roads in Australia follow very simple and straightforward rules: merge onto the highway and put your foot down. The perpetually long roads may not appeal to the restless,…

4. Buladelah to Myall Lakes

The next morning, we continued our drive to Myall Lakes. We passed a number of luminous road signs warning of the dangers of koala bears and kangaroos that could spring out at any given moment. We were definitely not in Britain any more. We found a chance to pull over and snap a few Instagram-worthy…

3. First Night in Hotel Jenny

Excitedly glancing down at the map that we later stashed behind the sun visor, and punching in our desired destination to Google maps on our phones, the engine rumbled into life and we were off… to a beautiful and highly recommended National Park called Myall Lakes which rested 250km away. The journey would take us…

2. Jenny Joins Our Journey

Stationed on the street outside the family’s house in Jannali, and occupying so much of the road that every other driver had to squeeze their way around without snapping off a wing mirror, she stood there gleaming  and glowing in all of her yellow glory. She was like a Queen: glorious, victorious and triumphant after…

1. Arrival in Sydney

Overwhelmed with an impulsive, nervous excitement and feeling like an emotional, sentimental wreck after waving goodbye to my life in England for a year, I touched down in Sydney airport on the 1st June. I had signed my resignation letter to the secondary school I worked, had the usual ‘sorry you’re leaving’ shindig, packed a…