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Browsing Archive: March, 2011

Faffing with the Felons

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 28, 2011,

When I last left you, we’d been faffing around in Geraldton for far too long. We’d arrived on the Friday hoping to quickly change our car rego from NSW to WA, only to find we needed to have (and pass) an inspection, get an immobiliser, find the other seatbelt for the front, and get a permit for the 2nd fuel tank and a bunch of other annoying checklist items some of which I can’t even spell. 

 

Licensing and registration between the states of Australia is a bit of a c...


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Stranded in Geraldton! 14th March 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 14, 2011,
Woohoo! It looks like I am FINALLY catching up with myself on the blogs! I have just punched out 5, and I’m sure they’re getting even more vague and boring, but my theory is now that I’m upto date I can bring you upto the DAY news on our travel debacles as they happen! I know you’re on the edge of your seats! Will BOB make the cut for rego inspections? Will we get a personalised number plate with BOB on it? Will we be left with enough money to finish the trip? It really is gripping st...
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Perth, Rotto and the return of special guest star THE A-MAN! 5th March 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 14, 2011,
As we are now travelling people, we cannot be expected to know what day of the week it is, and whether it is a long weekend in our current location. We don’t have time for stupid details like dates and times and cutting Joe’s hair accurately. Unfortunately on our way into Perth on Friday afternoon to pick up the one and only Andrew Laery we discovered that every single skerrick of accommodation in Perth and Freo for the WA long weekend had been snaffled and all that was left was a measell...
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western australia is so good i don't know why it hasn't defected and become its own republic, 23rd Feb 2011.

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 14, 2011,
Masons Bay to Margaret River

Western Australia is 39% of Australia’s overall land mass and is the largest contributor of the country’s natural resources (read: cashed up bogans). Every second person here is adept at some kind of extreme wind/water based sport, and even the people who work in caravan parks seem to be chilled out. I don’t blame them, the place is phenomenal (I’ve only been to the southern regions at this stage, but they rock). Every day we’ve had in WA has been blu...


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nulla-boring onwards to windy western aust. 19th Feb 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 14, 2011,
After 2 full days of driving back from Uluru, trees, reasonably priced fuel and people in general were a welcome sight. Actually I take that back, fuel has been anything but reasonably priced since we left Sydney. We blazed onwards to start the fabled boring trek across the Nullabor Plain – about 1400km of straight and relative treeless – certainly uninhabited road.

 

We stayed at a great beach at Starvation Bay in the Eyre Peninsula near Ceduna before really getting started with more ...


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uluru and kings canyon, 14th Feb 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 14, 2011,
Road trains, roadhouses and road kill punctuate an otherwise desolate plane for 1300km from Port Augusta to the resort village on the outskirts of Uluru. It’s a strange and eerie wasteland either side of the two lane highway so straight it puts you in a dangerously meditative state after half an hour behind the wheel.

 

But seeing as though not much can go wrong on a long, straight, flat road, I got to do quite a bit of driving, keeping BOB at a steady 90kmph for hour long shifts, perfec...


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The GREAT ocean road to port-a-gutta, 11th Feb 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Monday, March 14, 2011,
On the boat trip back from Tasmania, we pulled out a map of Australia (not to be confused with a map of Tassie), and the
calendar. It was the 6th of Feb and we’d had exactly one month covering the east coast from Sydney to Melbourne, and
Tasmania.


A twelfth of our time gone, just like that. Panic struck. We ordered some overpriced beers. We started to calculate some of the distances, and agonise over the wet season in WA and NT  (oh yeah, and the floods and cyclones and tempests in the res...


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The spirit of tasmania, 6th Feb 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Thursday, March 3, 2011,
It is a fact universally acknowledged (ok, nationally, eastern seaboard) that there is only one way on and off the island of Tasmania with your vehicle; the notoriously boring nine hour ferry passage on the Spirit of Tasmania. Sure it’s not the P&O Fairstar, sure we were the only people without facial tattoos and sure if the ship burst into flames and sank, then identifying passengers by dental records would probably be challenging but these things aside, the ship has no shortage of pies, p...
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Happy Rooftop Tent Day! Fri, 28 Jan

Posted by Penny Young on Thursday, March 3, 2011,

In the past, every time I’ve visited Melbourne I’ve incidentally ended up with 4-5 new pairs of shoes, a hangover/extra kilo and declaring its infinite superiority to Sydney and resolving to migrate there. Immediately.

 

This time was so, so different, and not just because I hadn’t seen the inside of a house for 3 weeks.

 

It was Joe’s first visit to Melbourne and outnumbered by boys (we had the effervescent Andrew Laery in toe) the score of events was skewed in ...


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Parasite beach, wombat stampedes and faffing around in Wilsons Prom. 22nd Jan 2011

Posted by Penny Young on Thursday, March 3, 2011,
One of the MANY great things about living in your car is having unlimited access to awesome free campsites nestled in sand dunes alongside wild, empty beaches. We managed to find one aptly named Paradise Beach. The not-so-obvious down side to this is that although the access may be unlimited, it’s not exclusive. Worse still, the fact that it’s free, nice and not well documented means that it attracts the worse kind of local bogan scum, who can and will, for example, find your little quiet...
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Joe's view on Month 1 (Sydney to Melbourne via Tasmania)

Posted by Joseph Ferrar on Thursday, March 3, 2011,
I have this thing that I preach to people about being happy - manage your expectations. I reckon as much dissapointment comes from expecting something to be too good vs. something actually being crap.

I should take my own advice. We’re at Previlly near Margaret River , WA and I’ve been in a stinking mood because there is no surf. I’ve failed to keep in mind that I’m sat on a beautiful beach, the sun is shining and that I dont have to work today, or tomorrow.... Seems like a good time t...

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