Vagabonding Field Report: Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, in the heart of a cyclone

Cost/day Airlie Beach is a small town but quite competitive from business to business. All camping pitches we tried were no more than $25 which is very affordable compared with other campsites around Australia, but all vary in quality. The same competition goes for the bars and taverns that run the main beach street. Every bar on this strip seems to offer some sort of happy hour and in typical Australian style alcohol is cheap … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Field Report: Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, in the heart of a cyclone  | May 28, 2014
Category: General, Oceania

How to buy camper van in Australia

When you’re Down Under on a working holiday visa, taking some time out to explore the varied landscapes of the largest island on earth is an essential addition to your itinerary.

Those with the benefit of time to explore but the restrictions of a small budget, should avoid organized tours and internal flights and instead consider a cost effective and rather more quintessential, Aussie road trip.

Often negating the need for additional … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 13, 2014
Category: Destinations, Oceania, Vagabonding Advice

Field Report: Nimbin, Australia – Where flower power retired

20140423-202544.jpg Cost/day: Nimbin is a hard place to spend money. You will find that much of the town is free to browse, the area almost feels like entertainment in itself. We spent around $40 dollars on food and drink but this was out of choice. Nimbin is very backpacker friendly so we were able to park our van off a side street and sleep for the night cost free.

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Posted by | Comments Off on Field Report: Nimbin, Australia – Where flower power retired  | April 23, 2014
Category: Destinations, Oceania

Field Report: Ayres Rock – The beauty and the culture of the red centre

A big red rock, Kangaroo Dancing, Thorny Lizards and beautiful sunsets 20140323-144410.jpg Cost/day: In our fist 3 day stay at Ayres Rock Resort we must have spent about $30 a day, give or take, on food and drink. This however doesn’t include the $25 for a 3 day pass to the Uluru National Park or the $72 we paid for the first 3 night stay on the campground. If … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Field Report: Ayres Rock – The beauty and the culture of the red centre  | March 26, 2014
Category: Oceania, Vagabonding Field Reports

Warrnambool whales

Warrnambool Whales

A couple of weekends ago we saw the most amazing thing: 12 Southern Right Whales

Six mother and calf pairs lounged about on the surface of the water, seeming basking in the late winter sun. Their great puffs of breath sending salt spray high into the air. The babies lolling about and splashing in … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | September 17, 2013
Category: Oceania

Seeing New Zealand by camper van

Camping NZ

We just finished up a long, slow, six month wander New Zealand. I have to say, it’s been one of the pleasantest places we’ve had the privilege to travel. It definitely falls near the top of our “easy to travel” countries list.

Even if you’re a very new traveler, or have special needs, you’re going to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | August 27, 2013
Category: Destinations, Oceania

On serendipity


Serendipity is a funny thing. The mind-blowing intersections of fate and intention that lead a person down paths heretofore unconsidered is, without question, my favourite aspect of travel.  

We sat, last evening, in the formal dining room of Sir James Wallace, a Knight of the Realm, so honored for his philanthropy. How did we come to be … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 18, 2013
Category: Hospitality, Oceania, On The Road

Vagabonding Field Reports: 6 months in sydney – Part 1

Cost/day: $75-250 (depending on lodging and meals)

Hello and g-day from down under! How are you going? That last bit, “how are you going” always trips me up – I never know whether to answer to “how are you doing” or “where are you going”. I’ve been living in Sydney since September, and here are a few of the things that I have learned…

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 12, 2012
Category: General, Images from the road, Oceania, Vagabonding Field Reports