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!
WHEN A ‘DREAMER’ AND A ‘DOER’ CROSS PATHS MAGIC HAPPENS!!
Give us the lowdown: who you are, how long you have been road tripping Australia in your camper for and why you have chosen this idolised lifestyle.
We’re Bree and Steve, 35 and 29 from Cronulla, NSW. We started our road trip in February 2017 so we’ve been on the road for about 10 months now. Since the day we met, Steve and I have always been on the same page, following the motto ‘you only live once’. Through completely different incidences, we both had similar journeys of self discovery during the few years previous to meeting, ultimately shaping our views on how we wanted to live our lives. With Steve being a bit of a ‘dreamer’ and me being more of a ‘do-er’, I’m sure the first time he mentioned his crazy idea to one day caravan around Oz he didn’t realise that it would be quite so soon. Anyway, we both knew that life was too short and that we may not even make it to ‘grey nomad’ status, so what was stopping us now? With a property under our belt, no dependents and no debt between us, now was as good a time as any to set off on the trip of a lifetime. We love the idea of the freedom that comes with being on the road, the pretences of a 9-5 life just don’t appeal to us. We just want to make the most of our lives right now and after 10 months of travels we can confidently say that it’s the best year we’ve ever had, learning so much about this amazing country and the people that make it so. We are also so much stronger as a couple and amazingly are still not sick of each other!
Have you planned your route or are you just taking things as they come?
We planned the direction (follow the sun), had a rough time frame to be able to get around the country in a year and had destinations we wanted to tick off, but everything else we take day by day. If we like a place we stay, when we’ve had enough we leave. That’s the beauty of it!
Who is up first to make the coffee’s?
Nine times out of ten I am (Bree). Steve has said his favourite time of the day is when he wakes up and lays in bed while I’m up making coffee!
Living a mobile lifestyle means that almost nothing will go to plan and although it is one of the best parts, it can also be the toughest! Have you had any disasters yet? What happened?
Seven weeks into our trip we crashed and rolled our car, writing off both the Landcruiser and camper forcing us to fly home to basically start all over again. Six weeks later we were back on the road and we’ve never looked back. It was a pretty scary experience but so lucky we both walked away from it!
Why did you choose a Landcruiser as a camper as opposed to any other option?
Basically we wanted an off road vehicle that could get us anywhere and went with a slide on for convenience and practicality.
Fill in the blanks:
Hold my HAND and watch THE SUNSET
Your favourite swimming hole?
El Questro Gorge, closely followed by anywhere along the Gibb. Also Tjaynera Falls in Litchfield was beautiful.
What has been the most bizarre moment so far?
To be honest the crash was the most bizarre, scary, shocking and inconvenient thing to happen during our trip. It’s all been a breeze since then!
How do you keep boredom at bay?
Hikes, books, podcasts, exercise, food, googling the next destination!