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Stories about people places & experiences PLUS tips for life on the road

Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville

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!


Adventure Biking - Mike McKenzie

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.

 

Cardwell - FNQ

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! :-)

Solo Traveller Sue

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

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.

This is a 'Podcast with pictures' -  or you can listen to the Podcast version or read the edited transcription!

Click here for the audio only version - 
Or click here to read an edited transcript!

Ken Wilson - Truck Friendly Program

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!

 

Outback By Air - Susan Elliott

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...

 

Driver Fatigue with Ken Wilson

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.

 

 

Weight Safe

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?

The Big Lap

We see it all the time on various Facebook groups….
“Planning the Big Lap but only got a few months. 2 small kids and a dog. What’s the best pet friendly places, free camps and any other tips?”

Well in case you didn’t know a trip around Australia on the main coastal road is about 14,500km & that doesn’t include a side trip to Tassie! And according to several sources, the total time taken for a non-stop drive along the main coastal roads has been calculated to be around 7.5days.

That’s ‘DAYS’ driving all day and night!!
Or roughly 48 days in total if only driving approximately 300Km’s a day & stopping overnight.

Kylie Kavanagh

If you have pets and love travelling as much as we do, there's NO WAY we're going to leave them behind is there?...

But not all animals love the bit where they have to be in the car for a few hours to get from A to B.
So what are some of the tricks to make all this 'stress free' for our pets?

To find out more Brian caught up with Kylie Kavanagh who is the Surgery Veterinary Nurse Manager at Sydney's Animal Referral Hospital and also happens to be a multi-event winner showing her dogs under the banner 'Strongstorm Staffords'.