The big lap of Australia

One month of road-tripping. Four weeks of swimming, surfing and beachcombing. Twenty eight days of national-park hiking, camping and 4WDing. Life is good. After five years of dreaming and one year of planning, our family of three is finally off exploring the coastline of Australia. From isolated fishing villages to free dune campgrounds and at-sea adventures, our 12-month lap of Australia is off to an awesome start. Timing our mammoth road trip with the seasons, we’ve handed over the keys to our home on the New South Wales Central Coast and made a beeline south to Tasmania, one of the country’s sought-after holiday destinations, as much due to its booming hospitality scene as for its frontier vibe and natural attractions.

During our first month of travel, there have been wrong turns down rutted dirt roads, technical faults with our power set-up and nights spent trapped in our 12-foot caravan escaping hordes of hungry mosquitoes. But we have also stayed in stunning national parks, surfed at empty beaches, snorkelled with friendly fur seals, hiked along quiet rainforest trails, danced through a lavender plantation and gazed upon some of Australia’s southern-most lighthouses. It’s been epic, and we’ve only just begun.

We’ll be sharing our misadventures on Macquarie Media radio (2UE, 3AW, 4BC) and, if you missed our first chat, hit the play button below to hear one of many on-the-road catch-ups with Home & Holiday’s Tim Webster:

Here are a few more highlights, so far:

Story time at Gillards Beach Campground, Mimosa Rocks National Park, NSW. Credit: Jennifer Ennion

Running down the aisles of red dirt at Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania. Credit: Lachlan Ennion

A cold-water surf at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania. Credit: Jennifer Ennion

Exploring the ruins of Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania. Credit: Jennifer Ennion





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