Every Friday we will feature fellow binge-explorers/adventure seekers who are living the ultimate Australian dream of exploring the amazing country in a camper. Our aim is to get an insight on the lifestyle of this idolised community. Salty Summits takes no responsibility of severely increased FOMO!
IF 50 SHADES OF BLUE IS MORE YOUR TYPE OF RENDEZVOUS THEN THIS IS ONE SALTY ADVENTURE YOU MUST FOLLOW!
FROM A SURFING DOG TO CRYSTAL CLEAR ROCK POOLS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN;
MONIQUE, JASPER AND BOWIE WILL TAKE YOU ON THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE.
Q1 – How long have you guys been on the road for now?
We have been on the road for 5 and a half months now.
Q2 – Your fur baby is in tow, right?! What made you want to bring him along?
Yes our little cavoodle Bowie is with us every step of the way! We figured these days everything is becoming a lot more dog friendly and he is the most adventurous dog, we just couldn’t let him miss out on all the fun! He honestly loves the ocean just as much as we do, he’s always swimming, rolling around in the sand and he even surfs!
Q3 – What are 3 hot tips that you would give people who are considering traveling with their dog?
1. Tick & flea treatment is definitely one of the most important things to consider when traveling with your dog. There has been some areas (especially in NSW) where ticks have been a hassle, even for myself & Jasper! So its important to make sure your dog is protected.
2. Make sure you’re picking up after your dog. There’s nothing worse than accidentally standing in someone else’s dog poo! Keep some little doggie clean up bags with you (the local councils usually provide free ones at dog friendly spots so we stock up with those).
3. Using the dog washing tubs in self serve car washes has been our saviour! It’s usually only a couple of dollars for a wash and it’s super quick! You can even dry your dog there if you need to as well.
Q4 – The ultimate road trip pit stop is for ice-cream (and mayyybee fuel too). So, as Craig David would say, what’s your flava, tell us what’s your flava?
Yesssss ice cream is always a must!
Monique – Mango Sorbet
Jasper – White chocolate
Bowie – Everything
Q5 – Speaking of fuel, what & where has been the most expensive C per litre you have come across?
The most expensive place for us so far was $2.10 per litre in Bamaga on Cape York Peninsula. Yeah… we decided not to fill the entire tank.
Q6 – Your Instagram feed boasts unreal rock pools and crystal-clear waters! Where has been your favourite so far?
This is the one question that gets us stuck all the time! It’s always so hard to narrow it down to just one favourite so we seem to always say a few. We have currently been on Mornington Peninsula and it has been incredible. There is so much to see and do here, whether its surfing, going on hikes or exploring all the different beaches and rock pools. There is even hot springs!
Crescent Head was definitely another one of our favourites, we scored awesome waves there for 10 days straight and there is some beautiful areas around there like Point plomer and Delicate beach. We also really loved the Kiama area, it has so many beautiful beaches to explore, our favourite was Mystics!
Q7 – We have had some amazing (and not so) encounters with the Australian WILDlife. From swimming with seals, seeing turtles hatch and having possums break into the van. Enlighten us with what has been your most bizarre encounter and of course what has been your most memorable?
The most bizarre experience I think we’ve had was when a Bilby came and stole some of Bowie’s dry dog food out of his bowl. We were free camping in an overnight carpark near Manly, NSW and it was so random that such a unique animal was living in such a built up area. We even had to google what a Bilby looked like just to be sure!
Our most memorable experience so far was at Mystery Bay when a mother Humpback whale and her calf came incredibly close to the shore. They would have only been 30 metres away and all we wanted to do was swim out to them!
Q8 – Having a decent cooking setup is pretty critical, especially in rainy and shitty conditions! What have you found to be the biggest challenges of having a camp kitchen? Have you overcome them yet or still working it out?
I think the biggest challenge you have is definitely weather. Everything depends on it! Thankfully we’ve figured out what works best for us, having awnings on the back and side of the car gives us more shelter from those terrible days. We also make use of sheltered table areas in parks, even if we have to drive into the park and reverse right up to the shelter!
Q9 – What is one thing that you find yourself doing that you would not usually do in ‘normal’ life?
The only thing we can think of for this answer is becoming one with nature when its time to ‘go’. There isn’t always public toilets or drop toilets around! Sometimes you just have to rough it! Also brushing your teeth in public is definitely something you wouldn’t usually do in a normal life..