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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Big Trip Around Australia

We said goodbye to our home in Sydney on the 3rd December and set off on our big adventure – to travel around Australia - with no set plans and about 12 months to do it.

We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 and are hauling a 24ft Jayco caravan with its own shower, toilet and washing machine. And because we hope to do some 'free camping' (not staying in Caravan Parks) Dennis has a Yamaha 2.6kva generator mounted on the front of the van in it's own sound-proof box. Oh, and I mustn't forget our three year old female French Bulldog Pip.

First stop Batemans Bay, 300 kms south of Sydney, a popular holiday destination for our politicians, most having holidays homes here. It’s only a 2 hour drive from our capital city, Canberra.

Next stop Tathra in southern New South Wales. A terrible tragedy happened here just a few weeks ago. A young father was fishing at night with his two small boys off the Tathra wharf when suddenly the pram with the baby in it toppled into the water, followed by the toddler who was hanging onto it. The father jumped in to save them but his efforts were in vain, the seas were high and the night was very dark and they all drowned. When we went fishing on the wharf, there was a lone bunch of flowers and two drawings by a child pinned to the railing. The small town is still in shock.

Next stop Malacoota.