Caravan parks also played a part in our journey. Mostly when heading in to the top of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The prices are high but air-con was needed.
Free campsand 24 hr rest areas played a major roll and we love showgrounds. Pubs that allow camping are also a favorite as they help us and them.
Why we went so rapidly at times
The reason for going quickly through some areas and not stopping was to get tofarm sits. Over the course of the year we had the pleasure of minding three farms and their animals. There are some beautiful locations with houses and farms sits around the country .
Preferring farms and longer sits we looked after horses, chickens, dogs and cats.
Doing house/Farm sits gives you a free and safe place to keep your van. You also have the opportunity to check out the surrounding areas as much as you like.
Joining a house sitting site is something we highly recommend!
Sunset at our farm sit
Another reason for getting to a destination quickly was for work. When you need to top up the funds you go to where the work is. If that happens to be in another state then that’s what you do.
Googling before you hit the road only gives you so much information. It’s not until you’re out there, that you see how easily you can live with so little. I’m not just talking about belongings and down sizing. You can make your money go so much further than you think.
Having no idea how to hook up a van or how to empty the toilet, I had to get in there and give it a go. I mainly do the inside of the van when we are packing up and Larry the outside. When I finish I will go and help Larry out. We both do the toilet equally and so it should be!
Learning about dump points
No check list at our place but I do now have a routine when we pack up to go. Thankfully only a couple of things have been forgotten. Leaving the TV aerial up – as we were pulling out of our first ever caravan site. Also the fridge had been closed but not so the catch was on. Food was on the floor but nothing broken.
Leaving your van at free camps while you go exploring can be a worry. You can never know if it’s a safe place but you do start to get a feeling once at places. Good or bad this is something only you will know and decide for yourself once you’re there. Jerry’s Plains in NSW was a great place to un-hook and check out the local wineries.
Hollydene Wine NSW
We have left our van at numerous locations. I am a bit of a safety nut which can I’m sure be exhausting for Larry. So far we have made the right choices and the van has been safe.