Note to self: More afternoon naps
Watch and learn: Here’s how to take a nap and look good while doing it 😴 @lethal29 spotted this #koala at @zoosvictoria’s #HealesvilleSanctuary , a #wildlife haven in @visityarravalley_official. You can meet all kinds of Australian wildlife here, and even book a close-up animal experience to make your visit extra special ...
Hey guys, we’ve got some (you guessed it) big news: in March 2019 we will begin our very own big lap around Australia! We are so excited to share this adventure with all of you. Stay tuned for our website; in the meantime follow us on Instagram (if you aren’t already) for updates!
Day 156, Francois Peron NP, +812=25,285km
Stopping by to check out Shell Beach 🐚 and the stomatolites on our way to new headquarters for a night or two. Early night after many km of driving and an average night sleep at a roadside stop... Sounds of the ocean is a much better lullaby than passing roadtrains 😂. #lostinoz#roadtrip#camping#biglap#swedesinOz#shellseverywhere#driveday
Wowee what a birthday to remember! 🎉I am in paradise in Coral Bay and my amazing best friend bought me a tour to snorkle the ningaloo roof and swim with Manta Rays🌊 I swam with much more then rays I swam with fish, turtles and reef sharks🦈 To end the day with my favourite drink, dip and crackers on the beach eating my cake with a spoon🎶 It doesnt get much better then that! I want to thank everyone who wished my happy birthday ❤ and a shout out to my family and friends who always know how to make me feel so loved and cherished you are all just amazing! Peace out ✌ I got more cake to eat 🎂
#happybirthdaytome @oceancollectivemedia #mantarays#biglap#coralbay#westernaustralia#anotherdayinwa
Day 155, Carbla, +311=24,473km ~ 5 Month mark ~
We have now been on the road for 5 months! This has without doubt been the best month so far, the least amount of km travelled but so many experiences we will never forget 😁 - Distance travelled: 2,703km
- Highlights: Impossible to choose one, the entire month has been a highlight! Whales, whale sharks, ocean, dives, dugongs, kite, surf etc etc etc 😍
- Lowlights: None... But one day when Helena wanted ice cream the shop was closed. - Best camp: All of them but Ningaloo St, bang on the kite spot for $5/night. - Worst camp: has to be the caravan park in Carnarvon, not cause it was bad. The others just so good.
Thanks to @oceanaimee at @whalesharkdive for capturing the humpback whales and Sarah at #Exmouthdivecentre for the whale sharks 😎😁🤗. #lostinoz#swedesinOz#biglap#ocean#bucketlist#roadlife#nissanpatrol
Time for some more stats from our big lap 🗺
This time I’ll talk about caravan parks and campsites ⛺️ We were away for 189 nights in total
I kept accurate records for the first 112 nights of that 📝 ———————————————-
We spent $4630 on site fees (112 nights)
That is an average of $41.34 per night ———————————————- We free camped rarely, maybe 5 nights out of 189. This was due to several factors including the heat and our lack of solar power. ☀️ We used Station and farm stays often. These averaged at around $30 per night 🐴
We stayed in several national parks which had limited facilities but were some of our favourite camps. These averaged at $25 per night 🌳 .
Most expensive caravan parks:
Cairns coconut at a whopping $80 per night
Darwin free spirit $66 per night
Favourite camps in no particular order:
Osprey Bay and Mesa Campground, Cape Range National Park, WA
Bullara Station Stay, Exmouth, WA
Dales Campground, Karijini National Park, WA
Windjana Gorge, King Leopold Ranges, WA
Silent Grove, Kimberley, WA
Loyalty Beach, Cape York, QLD
The Billabong, Kuranda, QLD
Streaky Bay Island, Streaky Bay, SA
I used Wikicamps to find all our campsites and I found it to be pretty spot on. The app cost $8 but I used it daily for accommodation. Most of it can be used off line which is very handy for remote travel in Aus.
• Bendeela •
Freezing one day, perfect the next.
This is the BEST free campsite. We have been coming hear for years and can never get over how beautiful it is.
Drinking water taps all over the place, 2 dump points, a heap of toilets and free views of the river and wildlife everywhere you look. Can't beat that!
We only planned to spend about three nights in Alice Springs...three quickly turned to five...then seven! 🤷🏻♀️ So much to see and do in the West (and forgotten East!) MacDonnell Ranges. We thought our stay in Alice would be a rest stop after travelling every day for a few weeks - instead we still seemed to be busy doing things every day: Simpsons Gap, the pioneer women's hall of fame, @mag_nt megafauna and the fabulous @alicespringsdesertpark 🦅🐍🐕🦎 And this was my third visit to Alice Springs! Not to mention the novelty of a supermarket and a shower 💁🏻♀️ Three days was definitely not going to be long enough, and we will hopefully be back again as we still didn't get to everything on offer... 🧡🇦🇺️👣
THANK YOU to @giantfrankston ! Ross and his team know all about old fashioned customer service. We went there as a family (yes with both kids - silly silly idea!), they made us feel at ease (even with so many shiny awesome bikes around). Ross listened to our needs and our ideas, gave us advice and didn’t try up sell us. As such Nicky and I bought a bike and helmet each as well as a few other accessories. We intend to head back there when the kidlettes need an upgrade. If you are after a local cycling business to support or need advice, give Frankston Giant a call. Now for practice and preparation for Tasmania and Bright. @giantbikesaus @travelling_aus_family #travellingaustralia#travellingausfamily#customerservice#thankyou#imaozdad#dadlife#biglap#chronicpain#chronicpainsucks
Fitzroy Falls 💦
Today we braved the rain and cold to see Fitzroy Falls.
Last time we came here I was pregnant and sick as a really sick dog so that glorious view had me chucking up all over the place!
But this time we all enjoyed the view (through the mist!) and the kids loved the visitors center. It had loads of information about the local flora and fauna, 🌿 so much to see!
They have put the price up to $4 per car so make sure you have some change handy if you plan on taking the drive!
Couple of Pics from El Questro Station 😎 The El Questro Gorge walk was truely an epic bushwalk, couldn't recommend it enough 👌🏼 The springs were so quiet with barely anyone there and the drive up to the lookout wasnt bad at all 😍 #whataspot
Day 150, Carnarvon, +276=23,824km
On our way to Carnarvon the whales 🐳 put on a great show! We've seen hundreds of whales these last weeks but this is the first 'mother and calf synchronised breaching' sighting 😍. Staying at a caravan park today to have a hot shower 🚿 etc before new adventures. After all the beautiful camps lately, a caravan park feels pretty boring 😂. #lostinoz#swedesinOz#biglap#whales#ocean#roadtrip