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.
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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.
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!
Vanlife has it's elements of freedom. Waking up to different locations whether it is a beautiful coastline/mountain lookout/or a smelly service station car park haha, being able to up and drive off at the drop of a hat is quite special. Also having most things you need at an arms length is a bonus. People often say to us "you guys are living the dream" or "your life looks so amazing".
Many times we do feel like we are living a version of our dream life considering what the alternative options are in our society. We feel blessed to live in a country such as Australia that we can have a choice in the lifestyle we want to live. We know that in many countries 'you get what your given' so we try not to take this for granted and appreciate how lucky we are.
Soooo, is it always rainbows?!?! We never thought that Vanlife would be the magical change that makes for a perfect life. There are days where it all gets too much. If you aren't organised with your things, life in a mobile rectangle can get pretty cluttered. Usually my fault (Jonny) haha. Jess is the organised one and has the 'tiny space design' under control. It has been refreshing down sizing over the last few years however we still can't fit all my music gear in the van so it's a work in progress. Sometimes finding a decent washing machine which actually cleans your clothes and doesn't destroy them can be difficult (I know, first world problems).
We started rebel on a rainbow as an alternative lifestyle experiment at the end of 2012 because normal life with a full time job 9-5 in the one town wasn't doing it for us anymore. Focused on increasing wealth and a property portfolio was draining me and I didn't feel the happiness or passion that I felt I was craving. We sold our home (which had made a bit of money thanks to Jess's spotting for a winner!) and an investment (which hadn't made any money) and got on the road. We are now addicted to exploring new places and struggle to remain doing the same thing in the same place for long periods as we are usually dreaming of our next adventure. This can make it difficult to earn consistent dollars to finance the fun. But we are passionate about communities that we come into contact with and sharing the amazing and talented/creative people we meet along the way. This has grown into The ROAR Network which is growing every week.
We have been lucky this year doing some house sitting in the amazing Blue Mountains which is like a nature/health/music retreat and yes we still fit in work to keep some food on the table. It also give us a break when the van is starting to feel too tight a space to live out of.
This years experiment for us is to go a whole year without paying rent. Obviously we have some accomodation costs when we need to stay at caravan parks here and there but on the whole that is the plan.
Our plan is to get more real with our blog section of the website and not only share the fun and amazing adventures but also share some of the real struggles that we have. Thanks for always supporting our ROAR Network and ROAR Adventures which have been such a rad add on to the website. It's becoming such an amazing community where we can encourage, support and give each other tips to make the most of our lives and follow our passions!