Quick check-in

20 02 2009

A quick hello from Coffs Harbour- home of the big banana. Have had a hitch-free trip from Sydney, stopping in at Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Heading upt to Byron Bay tonight and then onto Brisbane and the rest of Queensland, where you can expect another update. The weather is warm and humid, the scenerey decidedly more tropical, and the insects are getting big enough to carry away small pets.

My diary has been kept up to date, and have been taking lots of picture.

Until I get a chance to upload, keep checking my twitter feed for more nonsensical bite-size updates.



Loose ends etc

9 02 2009

Picking up the campervan tomorrow, am currently very excited to get going. We are both tying up loose ends, and sorting out any last minute business. April has been extremely good and has done 99% of the packing, tidying and cleaning! Bless her heart. I do quite often get in the way, although this is in no way intentional!

We purchased a few more camping supplies at the weekend which is what really drove it home in my mind that we ARE ACTUALLY gonna go on this roadtrip…. which in turn has me feeling very excited. We bought HAMMOCK, which will be a great source of hilarity I am sure.

I will probably be updating this blog via the twitter feed (via txt), as I am not sure how often we are going to be able to find reliable internet to write fleshed-out blog posts. I will be keeping my diary on a daily basis for future posts nonetheless.

I am still trying to flog my bicycle, which I discovered had a puncture this morning. The joy.

Also, for your peace of mind, we will be driving out via a different route that goes NOWHERE near the bushfishes that are ravaging the countryside at the moment, so no need to worry.

For now, that is all, hopefully will post again soon with the first details of our trip.


Nearly time for a change

3 02 2009

Last weekend saw my lovely grandparents (John and Betty) briefly calling into Melbourne on a day trip from their New Zealand – Sydney cruise. It was great to see them, and they were in supremely high spirits, which in turn rubbed off onto April and myself. We took the oportunity to show them around the Docklands area of Melbourne which has been recently re-developed and is quickly becoming one of the more fashionable areas of the city. Think Barcelona waterfront about 20 years ago (not that I would know what that looked like, but you get the gist!). We enjoyed iced coffees, a lovely lunch on the waterfront, and lots chinwagging. I look forward to seeing them again in Sydney.

Well, this week sees me finishing work, something which a few months ago seemed to be ages away, but has crept up on me all too quickly. I have spent last week and this week training my replacement (a funny and very cynical Kiwi called Ted) and doing other odd jobs which has been a nice change of routine. I will be sad to leave Hostmann Steinberg, I like the close-nitted-ness nature of working with a small team and the work is interesting and I am treated very well. Despite this, there is a whole country which I have not yet discovered so I am even more compelled to satisfy my curiosity.

We are due to pick up our 3 berth camper van on the 10th of February, and actually hit the road soon after packing up the same day. We have made some preparations for the trip, but still have quite a few things left to do. No doubt it will be a mad rush an hour before we are due to leave our house (it wouldn’t be right otherwise!). Our initial route is still TBA but it likely to be something like this;

Day 1: Melbourne – Albury/Wodonga on the Murray river
Day 2: Albury – Canberra, stop in Canberra for the day perhaps.
Day 3: Canberra – Coastal run up to Sydney via Wollongong.
Days 4-7: Sydney sightseeing.
Days 7: Sydey- Newcastle.

(See map below)

After this we haven’t really planned, as there is a plethora of things to see and do. There is simply no point in trying to fix a time limit to any particular location or destination. We have got the van until the 3rd March of March after all, so we have sufficient time to adopt a leisurely pace. After Newcastle, destinations include Brisbane, Noosa, Surfers Paradise, Airley Beach, The Whitsunday Islands, Townsville and Cairns (and everything in between). Living in the campervan will be interesting. I plan to keep a diary of my observations whilst living on the road which i’ll transcribe on here at some point in the near future.

Well, not much more to report other than the searing temperatures have abated briefly to a comfy 30 degrees, although bushfires still persist.

Also an interesting article about the future of the car here.

TTFN, Dave.