Stories about people places & experiences PLUS tips for life on the road
Travel Writer Susan Elliott recently went on what she describes as "the world's most elusive lightshow and amazing journey at night that you'll remember forever!"
Plus she reckons the coldest thing you will experience is the glass of champagne in your hand while heading south towards Antarctica and the Aurora Australis 'Southern Lights'.: More info here!: https://www.chimuadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/greatsouthernflights
So what is an 'Aurora'? ... well these occur when solar winds are funnelled through gaps in the Earth’s magnetic shield at the North and South poles. As the charged winds hit the Earth’s atmosphere the atoms become "massive dancing neon lights.”
There's always plenty of 'chat' about truckies and caravaners sharing the road - or not! - but have you ever wondered what it looks like from a truckies perspective?
We had the opportunity to see the view from an actual 'big rig' as well as have a chat with an experienced truckie Peter Waugh who explained some of the things truck drivers have to deal with on a daily basis.
PLUS: - UHF Radios - do you have one... and do you actually use it?
There's caravan parks... and then there's the Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville QLD in the suburb of Cluden!
We spent a couple of nights here on our way north and really enjoyed the 'community spirit' of the park especially @ 5pm 'drinkies'. (photo below/next page)
We also managed to chat with the new managers of the park and had a lot of fun chatting with some of the 'residents'.
It's dog friendly and one of the most people friendly parks we've come cross so far!
Do you own a 4WD?... not everyone does, and while they’re fun sometimes having a big SUV doesn’t mean you can explore some of the more remote and ruggedly gorgeous regional areas of Australia where the tracks are barely wide enough for a motor bike.
Sound tempting? It certainly does to us now, after catching up with a former colleague of Kaye's, Mike McKenzie, better known as 'Macca', who’s a fabulous cinematographer and these days a passionate Adventure Bike rider.
Back in Feb. 2011 a Category 5 cyclone called Yasi all but demolished the beautiful town of Cardwell in far north QLD - gateway to Hinchinbrook Island.
It's taken many years to get back to almost resembling its former self but there's still more to be done. We'll have a closer look soon at some of the issues this small community faces - meantime, we had a great couple of nights at the Cardwell Caravan Park and chatted with owner Colin Oke to find out why he loves the place so much! :-)
Ever wanted to travel this great country by car/caravan but you don't have a 'partner' or close friend to do it with? Especially as a solo female?
Would YOU do it? We met up with the most amazing lady at the free camp at Jugiong NSW - Sandra who has been on the road for about 18 months now all alone - well actually she's not alone!
She travels with a small dog for company PLUS is a great communicator so manages to make many friends along the way....
Goulburn in NSW was proclaimed as Australia's first inland city by Queen Victoria in 1863 and became THE place to live or to visit, but these days it is often passed-by with many travellers racing down the motorway.
We loved our recent visit and spent several days there.
Brian caught up with a born and bred local Jacki Waugh - to find out why she thinks the town's so special.
It’s been almost 2 years since the Truck Friendly program was launched - a national project whose aim is to keep both newbie & experienced travellers – caravanners especially - safe on the road…
LOTS has happened in that time including some amazing stats on the number of people not only following the Facebook page, but really getting into the idea that we all need to continue to learn how to be safe on the road with everything from weights, to speeds and more
And with an update we had a surprise visit at our current location on the Fraser Coast from founder Ken Wilson!
Have you always wanted to see the great outback of Australia but don't have the time or suitable driving skills or a 4WD for the journey? Then you just might enjoy one of several trips with 'Outback By Air'... plus you might even get to sit next to cricket legend Glenn McGrath, co-owner of 'Outback By Air'!.
To find out what it's all about we spoke with longtime friend and Travel Writer Susan Elliott whose article in the Feb/Mar '21 issue of Outback Magazine details even more...
How many hours of driving are too much? Sadly the road toll across Australia is not just the result of speeding or so called 'medical episodes' (we'll have more on that soon!)
It seems driver fatigue is a major factor. Driving while tired - driving for way too many hours and simply not taking a break
Ken Wilson from the Truck Friendly Education Program has some refreshing ideas for all of us to consider.
OK… who knows how much their caravan weighs right now? And what about the total of the car AND the van. And is it loaded in such a way to be as safe as possible?
Like most things in life there are a LOT of ‘experts’ on this topic in the caravan & camping world both online and at 4 o’clock drinkies!...
For the most part, many long-time travellers often have some good advice… but not always. Especially when it comes to understanding caravan towing weights.
ATM, GTM, GCM, TARE MASS, TOW-BALL WEIGHT, …even highly qualified experts we’ve met agree all those acronyms make weight limits VERY confusing – and even though we’ve weighed our own car and van at public weighbridges across the country and everything seems to be ok…but is it really?
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