Getting ready for an Adventure around Australia!

Exactly 10 years ago we have travelled Australia as backpackers und fell in love with the country which we call home for the last 7 years.

We have settled on the East coast in Brisbane and after meeting a couple who is travelling the world for 8 years on their bicycles with 2 sons, we got the travel bug again!

This time we want to travel in a caravan with our kids aged 9 months and 3 years. We haven’t planned a route yet and will just hit the road as we learned last time that the best plan is no plan!

Will was renting 4WD’s from home and has now given the job to somebody else and Tanya is currently on maternity leave.

It is very common in Australia to do the big lap with families and some people do it 2-3 times. Some do it clockwise and anti clockwise the next time.

We will travel with the weather and anti clockwise as it will be warm in northern Queensland in winter and cooler when we drive south.

On the 1st of May we have spontaneously decided to travel, on the 2nd we have already found our caravan after an online nightshift. On the 3rd we have bought it for $21000.

Sterling Europa 540 from 2005; 5.2 m with 6 beds for $21000.

It’s an Import from England and has got a Heater instead of an Airconditioning which is a benefit for us in Winter.

Our new kitchen

Since we bought it, we are researching and learning everything about caravanning and purchase things like Solar panels, Washing machine, Batteries online.

A preparation with kids is not that easy but we are a good Team.

In order to have more money while travelling, we have asked our Bank to lower the interest rate, a lot of unwanted Items have been sold on gumtree and our full house is available for rent on several booking websites.

The first big booking is from 2 German couples who are finishing their travels and just want a place to relax, therefore we have to leave by the 20th of June and move into our house on the wheels.

We have purchased a few Items that we will be selling on the Road or Markets in order to earn some pocket money for Emily’s lollies.

There are a few useful Apps that we have downloaded (WikiCamps, CamperMate, Navmii, TrackMyTour, Housekeeper Money Budgeting App and of course a Playground Finder App.

The caravan needs some optimising so we can free camp and Will has installed a second battery, Solar panels, TV and a second water tank.

Will is looking for a suitable place for a bigger battery.
A TV is a must to keep the kids occupied during meal preparations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily is already very excited and has chosen her bed but her biggest joy is that she doesn’t have to go to Kindergarten anymore and can spend every day with us.

Emily’s Bunkbed

We are looking forward to our Road adventure and our new chapter and hope that our posts are helpful and can motive other families to travel!

Our Preparations continue

We have just brought our family to the airport which was here for 2 weeks and are busy preparing for our big adventure caravanning around Australia.

Our time is running out and we have decided to tow with our Audi Q7 as it has everything we want and need and is definitely a better towing car than our Mitsubishi. We have to modify it a bit to make it outback ready and therefore the 22″ alloys had to be replaced for 18″.

At the end of the week we will get a tow bar and Anderson plug installed to charge the batteries while we are driving and to keep the fridge running.

The roof will get a basket and an awning and the AUDI is ready to go!

Bofore
After the Downgrade

Luckily we have found a reliable person who will clean and manage our house, garden and pool.

Our house is advertised as a short term accommodation on several pages like  Airbnb, Stayz or Booking.com and we will continue to manage the bookings online.

We are about to store all our personal Items and are selling some online. Will’s 4WD’s have all been picked up already which is a big relief for us and we can now concentrate on our final preparations.

Emily was already asking why she still has to go to kindergarten if Daddy doesn’t work anymore and has time to play with her all day?

There are about 70 4WD’s in total in Australia which the company owns and they can be rented on this website.

Will was a 4WD Hiring Agent from home

We love to travel with a minimum of stuff required and are curious how much we will end up packing with the kids as they usually require much more than us!

Finally we can be free and unbound again, enjoy the nature and life and spend more time with the kids outdoors and on the road!

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