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  • Day155

    Almost home!!

    April 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Well. Max's mum kept calling yesterday worrying about us going down dorrigo mountain in the dark, she ran a fair bit checking where we were to make sure we were still alive. She's usually like that 😂.
    We were about 3 and a half hours from home coming through Uralla when I saw this group of 8 or so standing on a corner jumping up and down and looking like nutters. There was a car in front of us and I thought they were waving etc at it, all of a sudden Juls jumped out onto the road and we realised it was Max's parents and his sisters family waiting to surprise us!
    We all stayed at the caravan park in Uralla last night and went to the pub for dinner - what a luxury!! My tummy was off this morning though, not used to fancy pub dinners anymore 😂. The kids were so excited.
    We're now heading to Dorrigo and making our way home with Fred and Alby in the back. Can't wait to get home!
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  • Day153

    Homeward bound

    April 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Hi everyone! So we've been on the road for 5 days now, heading east ( aka home!!).
    Have had pretty much no reception so not sure if this will come through before we get home - it's Friday evening now.
    So we crossed the Nullarbor AGAIN, have driven across S.A and are currently situated in outback NSW. There's goats, emu's, roo's, wedge tail eagles and seagulls of the outback ( crows ) everywhere. I've never seen so much roadkill, it just stinks as your driving along of rotting emu and Roos - I had hold of a plastic bag and was dry reaching all day - yuuuuk.
    We stopped at Broken Hill today and had good ol Macca's for lunch. The kids deserve it, they are being so good and we've been driving around 700kms a day! We've been sleeping at rest stops and usually there's at least 1 other van there so we've felt ok about stopping there.
    It's pretty hot right now and it's almost dark, someone said tomorrow will be 37 somewhere out here - we're hoping to be home either tomorrow night or Sunday.
    I picked up a cold from Alby which sucks but everyone else has had it so it was going to happen! First time in 5 months that we've been sick, since starting preschool that's a record!
    Can't wait to see everyone and hopefully weasel my way into cuddles from my nieces and nephews!
    No photos as I've let the boys take up all the storage taking pics of each other....
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    Wow! When you said you were coming home, you really meant that you're comong home - right now!! I thought it would've been weeks away yet! That's great though 🤗 Enjoy the scenery (except the dead wildlife 🤢😩) and soak in the last couple of days before you're back to regular life, a continuous cycle of routines.... 😘😘😘😘😘


    Yah! Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Have a safe trip home love you xxxx

  • Day148

    Margaret River

    April 1, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Hello! Happy Easter!
    Sorry I haven't put anything on here for so long....we've were camped out in a national park with no reception for 10 days and now we're at a 'working farm' campground and there's no reception here either.
    To be honest we haven't really enjoyed Margaret River - the campground was shit and so far from anything - full of mozzies and black sand so the kids were filthy as was the van and we didn't have access to a shower so each night I'd try and give them a birdy bath but everyone was still filthy...Alby got worms for the 6th time since we've been away, I've been doing everything I can and making sure he washed his hands before he eats, wash everything ( which sucks when I've just washed everything amd then have to re-wash at $4 a load - but it's a viscous cycle.

    There was beached whales (150) and we saw a few of them, that was so sad. There were shark bike out of some of them too.

    So, we managed to beg enough to stay at the 'farm stay' as everything on the south west coast get completely booked out over easter long weekend, I called all over trying to find somewhere to stay and we were panicking as there was literally nothing at all anywhere! Max had a friend who lived here for 10 months so we dropped his name and they relented and gave us a spot. It's completely packed with families, the kids are all in their groups and decide whether they like Mav or not depending on their mood, he's been in tears a few times as they tell him to go away, your not in our gang anymore etc, one kid stood over Alby the other night and made him hand over his glow stick, poor Alby was inconsolable and we tracked down the little shit and made him give it back! So as you can see, I'm hating all the kids now - Max says it's my hormones which I agree with but I can't get our of this grumpy funk 😂
    To top it off, they have heaps of guinea pigs here - Max was with Alby yesterday morning cuddling a cute fluffy one when it started to slip off his lap....he gently went to scoop it up and the bugger attacked him, sinking its beaver like teeth into his finger. He bolted back to the van with his hand covered in blood, screaming his head off. We ended having to take him to hospital to get it cleaned and dressed and he's now on antibiotics. Luckily they get a tetanus vaccination with their immunisations. Safe to say we haven't been back to the guinea pigs.
    We were asked to donate Easter eggs to their annual egg hunt this morning, all the big kids had massive baskets and their joggers on ready to crush the little kids. I was dreading it thinking our boys would be trampled and find nothing but they separated the big kids from the younger ones and at the end, all the found eggs were put in a massive tub and shared equally between the kids ( max pocketed some just in case they missed out ). The boys loved it!

    I've been feeling nauseous and super tired this whole time so I'm not the best company at the moment, hence my quite negative writing 😬, also I'm just really ready to come home. We've been doing huge hours in the car, the kids have peaked and Max admitted he has too. If we go home around the top end, it'll be around 90 hours of driving but if we go home from here it's half that time.
    We've decided to start heading home from here. It'll take a few weeks but we're very ready to go. Not looking forward to spending all that time in the car but it's worth it!
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    Oh my gosh I just got a lump in my throat reading this 😢 kids can be such assholes 💩. I bet you wanted to shove that glow stick right up that kids #@% - I do!! Mav is just genuinely nice, it would have broken his little heart 😔 Alby's a bit tougher, but still, that's just hurtful 👊 I hope both boys don't remember the bullying part of the stay... Poor Alb's... he's been surrounded by this beautiful wildlife and then it's a guinea pig that bites him!?! Ouch! I'm happy that you're coming home!!! 🤗 But you need to make sure that you really want to come back unfinished, I don't want you guys to have regrets but I totally feel for you - it's been a long time travelling, you've seen parts of the country that others will never get to (me included!) and you've all learnt so much - the boys are the luckiest kids in the world to have been/seen where/what they have - you and Max should be so proud of yourselves for giving them the trip of a lifetime! Australia's not going anywhere, you have time to do the rest. But yay! I'm excited!!!! Hopefully the tiredness and nausea settles for you soon and you get some nice spots to stop at on your way back. Keep us informed 😁😁 Oh, and HAPPY EASTER 🐇🐰🐣🥚🍫 LOVE YOU ALL 😘😘😘😘


    Yep have to agree with Jenny. It’s awful you didn’t have a good experience there ☹️ but I’m also happy to see you come back home again. Hope the boys had plenty of Easter eggs 🐣 love you!xxxx

  • Day129

    Esperance W.A

    March 13, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    We made it after 2 and a bit days driving! Spent the night in a caravan park in Esperance our first night, we were desperate for hot showers and washing machines to was our sweaty linen and clothes!
    Made our way to Cape Le Grande national park ( I think that's what it's called ) and luckily found a spot at Lucky Bay ( pun intended ). It's within the national park and its beautiful, windy as anything but the sand is like cornflour and the water is amazing! Staying a few nights here.
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    How nice does the water look!!! 😍 Miss those kiddies.... what a great place!

  • Day126

    On the move

    March 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Max rode his bike to the mechanics yesterday arvo and they finished the car around 7pm. The poor mechanic was stressing to finish it for us and Max helped him and so we are no longer stuck in Streaky Bay! We went for dinner at Max's friend Heath's place last night. He went fishing earlier in the day and caught dinner for us ( Heath not Max ). We met his wife Eliza and 18 month old son Ziggy - the boys were all over him.
    We are currently traveling on the Nullarbor, we'll reach the border tonight and camp just before it as we need to eat up some fruit before quarantine.
    It's another hot day, the boys have the spray bottles and are keeping themselves cool. We left around 10:30 this morning and it's now 7:30pm! A big day of driving, we got the kids some cheap tablets so they could watch movies in the car, Alby only lasts 5 minutes then he's 'booooorrred'. 2 more days like this before we are In Esperance...
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  • Day125

    Its so so hot

    March 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    O.M.G... its SO hot, 36 degrees yesterday, today and tomorrow. We still don't have the car and we can't swim out front of caravan park until late this afternoon ( super low tide ) 😭 I've had the worst headache for the past few days - the flies and mozzies are awful wahhhhh I know I shouldn't be whinging but I aaammmm. Have to ride to the skatepark to give the kids some exercise but I feel like I might vomit now we're here.Read more


    Oh you poor thing😟I hope it cools down soon for you and that you can get the car back soon too. We’ve had rain lately which has cooled things down here. Did you end up getting Mavs school work? Love you all 😘😘


    They only get 300ml of rain a year here! It's super dry and we've been at the library hiding in the air conditioning ( and reading books!). Schoolwork isn't here, it was not scanned properly apparently so now we won't get it until Esperance in Western Australia ( but who knows if it'll turn up anyway) so we'll be 3-4 wks behind. We're going to see if we can just can it and do our own thing. Love you too 😘


    Great idea to sit in the library, I would too 😄. The kids are getting experience on the road, travelling everywhere and learning about places. That’s better sometimes than sitting in a classroom, and you can always just help by teaching the basics like sums and spelling.

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  • Day119

    Car issues

    March 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    We went out to see Australias only mainland sea lion colony which was amazing! On the way back we pulled over and I walked out to the middle of a salt late and found this memorial for a farmer that was killed by natives in 1850, quite eerie but cool!
    It looks like we are stuck in Streaky Bay until at least Wednesday now as Max's car is leaking diesel and it's gotta go to the mechanics on Tuesday. We couldn't stay on our caravan spot as someone has booked our particular site 😳 so we've moved 2 spots over, had to take down annex, hook car up etc and move this morning but we think this is a better spot anyway!
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    What an amazinv adventure you're having. Shame about the car, but it has got you a LONG way already without trouble so hopefully it doesn't cost too much and is an easy fix. Kisses to my boys 😘😘 enjoy your extra days there 😘


    Yeh we've done 11500 kms already! Been very lucky indeed! But it looks like it's going to cost around $1200 to fix so I hope it's not more than that!


    Oh bugger 😔 that's a big chunk out of the budget... Finger's crossed for you 🤞

  • Day117

    Ellistan and Streaky Bay

    March 1, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We did a massive day in the car (11 hours!!!) and went through the 'halfway across Australia' point and then spent 2 nights at a $10 ( honestly box) a night camp on the beach. A farmer came down with his horses in the mornings and we watched them galloping up the beach, he obviously saw Mav desperate to pat them and came down one afternoon and let the boys have a ride on the beach!
    We've now been in streaky bay for a few nights, leaving Saturday for Ceduna. It was 38 degrees the other day...we found a secret beach and went skinny dipping in the middle of the day!
    Currently at the skate park with the boys as max has gone surfing all day. Mav's schoolwork has gone missing again 🤦🏼‍♀️
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    Yeah Mavi!!!!


    Looks amazing

  • Day112


    February 24, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    We just spent 2 nights at a caravan park in Adelaide, right on the beach - the forecast was for 38 degrees yesterday so we thought it best to be close to water! It was 31 degrees at 8am yesterday and we had our hottest night in the van the night before, we think it was around 30 degrees all night... we have no fans 😬.
    Before that we spent 3 nights in Robe, and a friend from Coffs called me and said they are traveling Aust too - they were in Robe too!! We never see each other or follow each other on social media, she just remembered me saying we were going in November. We spent the afternoon at their caravan park, drinking beer ( I AM on a beer budget 😭) and her husband cooked fresh caught whiting and cray fish for dinner ( he caught it that day and they told him he'd get $200 at the fish market for the cray- I didn't eat the cray, whiting was enough!)
    Heading to Port Augusta and hopefully get past it today, the bloody school work was meant to be there but it's not so I'll have to ring around trying to find it again- the schoolwork is hard, there's a lot to get through and Mav mostly whinges the whole time 😬
    Picture is from yesterday, we had to have a cold shower a few times yesterday as we were melting and the sand was scorching hot!
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  • Day108

    South Australia

    February 20, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We're in South Australia! We've been here for a few nights. We free camped by the side of the road the first night and now we're in Robe - it's hot!!!! We went for a little exploration this morning and staying at a caravan park tonight.Read more

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