For those of you that have subscribed and have been following us on our adventures, you may be wondering what happened and where in the world are we, as its been nearly 4 months since our last post. Apologies for being slack but I will explain.
We spent a couple of months making our way from Cape York, at the northern tip of Queensland, to go home and along the way had some great stops. Without going into too much detail, here are some photo highlights, and then I’ll explain what’s happening now.
Lions Den QLD, and Home Rule Campground with the walk to a waterfall, swimming hole
Daintree rainforest swimming, croc tour and wild cassowary
Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, dinner with PJ, Julie and friends
Airlie Beach, Whitehaven tour
Emu Park Queensland Explorers mini Rally
Croc farm near Emu Park
Rockhampton free camp with Marlies and Lesley after the Emu Park rally
Byfield National Park QLD with Robyn and Paul
Our Explorer service at Clontarf near Brisbane, with Luke and our sparkling Katya
North Stradbroke Island
Stanthorpe QLD, Strawberry picking and the paddock pyramid
Girraween National park QLD, rocks and wildflowers
Byron Bay NSW with Oleg & Heather
Catching up with Vlad & Simone at Raffertys Resort, Leon & Fima at Lake Macquarie
Crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get home at peak hour
We had been mostly on the road since August 2019, and despite drought, bushfires and a pandemic, we enjoyed seeing some of the most beautiful and iconic places of Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory, with a couple of transits of New South Wales thrown in.
After hitting Cape York in Queensland back in late September 2020, we started to get tired and homesick. On top of that, the main commercial tenant in our Sydney workshop building had moved out, and a new one had not yet been found, creating a potential hole in our future cashflow – not something that you want to worry about while you’re travelling.
Since being back home, we’ve been commuting between Sydney and our bush property at Windellama, moving stuff out of the workshop and tidying it up. We’ve found a tenant who has moved in to the ground floor of the workshop, which is a relief.
For the next year or two we’ve decided to stay put in Windellama and put some time, effort and money into that property to make it more comfortable and maximise its potential. The first projects are to re-purpose one of the old concrete water tanks into a sauna, and to build a 200m2 shed on the site we had prepared over a year ago.
To that end, we have also decided to sell our motorhome, Katya. Rather than leave her idle for most of the next 2 years, she would be better off continuing her travels with some other adventurous people. Have a look on caravancampingsales.com.au for the Explorer Pathfinder Motorhome 2019.
It was a hard decision, and one we may regret when we are seeing other people’s travel posts, but we will get back on the road again one day with Katya v2.0. Our travels are certainly not complete as we still need to tackle Western Australia, Tasmania and of course do more of our own state of NSW.
Feel free to let us know when you’re in the vicinity of Windellama, and you can stay either in the house or free camping by the creek. It’s peaceful and there are plenty of birds and animals around.