Driving along the The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia only takes a few hours, but if your like us and you love pulling over at every look out, every town and to check every wave that's breaking, you can take all day, if not two to drive it. We always love exploring this part of Australia, it really is some of the prettiest coast line you will find.
The Great Otway National Park is just before the 12 Apostles on The Great ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. It is a perfect halfway spot to set up camp and its free (free camping = framping). The trees are a stand out with their wiry branches setting a creepy mood on dusk and the beautiful lake walks are a must on sunset.
A stormy afternoon spent on the river at one of our favourite spots, Camp Cobark in NSW, Australia.
And we had it all to ourselves.
Before the snow hits Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia, we decided to get some camping in. This beautiful alpine region has many campgrounds, we stayed at Diggins and Ngarigo, which we had to ourselves. Guess not everyone likes the cold, but we love this area, summer or winter. It is so beautiful here and there is just so much to explore.
From these campgrounds you can drive 10 minutes to Thredbo, a gorgeous alpine village. The weather was a bit rainy one morning so we drove up there, sat at a cafe overlooking the mountains and had a hot coffee. Such a peaceful way to start the day. There are also trail heads from these campgrounds, so you can start your day with a hike from there. If you like fishing, Diggings campground is one of the best spots to catch trout, we spied a few guys fly fishing.
Australia is such a beautiful country, we are so lucky to have such stunning alpine areas. There is something so special about spending time up in the mountains, with hardly anyone around. You are able to unplug from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with the real you.
Today we drove to the end of Kosciuszko Road to reach the trail head of the Main Range track. This amazing hike takes you through a stunning alpine setting where you will see snow capped peaks, rivers, wildlife, alpine lakes, rainbow gum trees, wildflowers in summer and breathe in some of that fresh mountain air.
It is a magical place that can get very crowed in the summer months but today we had it to ourselves, although this seems to happen to us often it is not by accident. The purpose of escaping to nature is to truly disconnect, we try to time our visits to popular places out of season, so we can avoid the crowds. Don't get us wrong, we love seeing other people enjoying nature and its always nice to stop and chat with someone on the trail, but there is something truly amazing about walking for hours through a mountain range and not seeing a single person. It somehow rejuvenates the soul, puts things into perspective, lets you think about life and if your truly living a purpose filled one. There's no where to hide your thoughts out here, no Facebook to distract you, no TV to tune out to, no work to bury yourself in, you are free to think for yourself and work out what makes you truly happy? Deep, we know but it is something we try to do regularly so that we keep making changes to keep living a purpose filled life.
This is a tribute to the sun. By living the Vanlife, we are so fortunate to be able to experience some amazing experiences watching the glorious fireball do its thing over the ocean or the mountains. We call it the golden hour. Here are a few pics from some beautiful memories on the South Coast, NSW, Australia.
Snowshoeing through Kosciuszko National Park, one of our favourite places, was an amazing experience. Once we got the hang of it, which included a couple of face plants, we were off into a white wonderland. It was so cool setting out into the unknown, exploring a new environment. As the buildings and snow fields disappeared, we were surrounded by nothing but snowy mountains. It was the most beautiful day, highly recommend giving it a go!
Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia is one of our favourite National Parks. It has a little something for everyone, beaches to surf, a cafe to chill at, rivers to swim in, day hikes and multi day hikes. There's loads of wildlife, your pretty much guaranteed to see a wombat if not 50, plus we've seen deer, kangaroos, emus and seal's. Its a very special place indeed. On this occasion we did a multi day hike through Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove, Little Waterloo Bay and Oberon Bay. Nothing beats the feeling of being in a place that is only accessible by foot, looking around and thinking 'I earned these views'! It doesn't take long before you've completely switched off to the outside world. Any stresses are left behind along with your phone, computer and tv. You have to disconnect to reconnect with whats really important. Its amazing what a few days of peace out in nature can do for the soul, its our therapy!