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Camp Cobark

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.

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Kosciuszko National Park: Thredbo

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.  

Jonny in Thredbo, looking at the snowless ski fields.

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Kosciuszko National Park: Main Range

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Kosciuszko National Park: Main Range

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. 

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Kosciuszko National Park

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!   

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Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park is one of our favourite destinations, whether its snowboarding in the winter or hiking in the summer there is always fun to be had. This time we decided to hike out to Blue Lake, which is a 28m deep glacial lake located within the Main Range of Kosciusko. You just drive to the end of Kosciuszko Road and you will come to the trailhead, from here its a 9km return trip through the Main Range out to Blue Lake. Look out for the beautiful horses on the drive up, they can be super friendly. We also spied an Emu and her chicks, so very lucky to see this elusive creature. After a beautiful day we headed back down into the town of Jindabyne, parked our van on the lake and let the good times roll on.

 Hike to Blue Lake

Hike to Blue Lake

 Taking a break in the Main Range

Taking a break in the Main Range

 Blue Lake

Blue Lake

 Blue Lake

Blue Lake

 Lake Jindabyne

Lake Jindabyne

 Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park

 Lake Jindabyne 

Lake Jindabyne 

 Looking over the Main Range

Looking over the Main Range

 Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park

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Mimosa to Mallacoota

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Between Mimosa NSW and Mallacoota VIC on the East coast of Australia, is some of our favourite coast and camping. Mimosa Rocks National Park is the start (or finish) of this journey, which only takes 2 and half hours to drive but with all the fun places to explore in-between we can often take a few days to do it. 

Within Mimosa Rocks National Park is a secluded beach campground called Gillards Beach. It's first in first served, so you can drive around till you find the perfect place to set up. We love the sites here as they are private, most spots are separated by trees and bush and although you can still see other campers, you have your own little space to call home. It's only $20 a night and right on the beach, nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore. 

As you head South there are towns to explore such as Eden, Pambula and Merimbula and you'll be spoilt for choice as to which one to camp at. Although we prefer to free camp, we can't pass up staying at Pambula Big 4 Discovery Park. It's right on the main beach, which is a super fun surf break. So to be able to get up in the morning, take 20 steps and your at the waters edge... Surf till your hearts content, then take a hot shower. It is worth every penny!

The other great place to camp at is just outside of Mallacoota at Genoa. Before you take the Mallacoota town exit there is a reserve on the river opposite the exit that is free to camp on, however donations are appreciated. This beautiful little area was a treat to find and one we will definitely go back to.

This corner of Australia is such a gem. It has some of the most beautiful, rugged, untouched coast and all without the crowds. Every time we come here we find something new, look around and wonder why everyone isn't at this spot. But I think that's the other reason why we love it so much, it's so peaceful, you can always find a little spot to yourself and switch off. 

 Free camping at Genoa

Free camping at Genoa

  Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

 Walking from the Big 4 to the beach at Pambula

Walking from the Big 4 to the beach at Pambula

 Mallacoota

Mallacoota

 Gillards Beach 

Gillards Beach 

  Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

 Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

 Mallacoota

Mallacoota

 Exploring Genoa

Exploring Genoa

  Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

  Mallacoota

Mallacoota

 Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

 Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

 Mallacoota

Mallacoota

  Pambula

Pambula

 Gillards Beach

Gillards Beach

  Pambula

Pambula

 Mallacoota

Mallacoota

 Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mimosa Rocks National Park

  Mimosa Rocks National P  ark

Mimosa Rocks National Park

  Mallacoota

Mallacoota

 Mallacoota

Mallacoota

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Gallows Beach

VanLife at its best! A surf followed by some chill time with those sweet ocean views of Gallows beach, Coffs Harbour.

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Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is only a few hours away from Sydney, but its wild and rugged landscape makes you feel days away from any city. With its 488,620 hectares of wilderness its hard to choose where to go. Our favourite spot to head is within the Wolgan Valley in a town called Newnes at a campground called Little Capertee. And its not really a town just one building, a pub slash museum slash accommodation, but definitely worth a look.

Little Capertee campground, which lays on the Wolgan River, is nothing short of amazing. As you drive in, a large grassy space opens up before you. This area is surrounded by sandstone cliffs that create a natural rock amphitheatre. You feel dwarfed by these majestic mountains, it really is such a unique place to camp. To explore the surrounding area there are several walks to choose from, some of which will take you to the top of a mountain, through ruins or into a glow worm tunnel, which we still have to explore. It is the perfect weekend get away and the best part, it's free!

We spent a couple of nights in the van, but decided we wanted to dive deeper into the wilderness. So we left our car behind and hit the trail. We followed the Wolgan river North, further into the heart of Wollemi. It is always an amazing feeling to carry what you need to survive on your back and walk to a place that cars can not reach. You feel totally free.

A section of this hike winds through the ruins from the historic shale oil factory from 1911. You can still see the ovens and tunnels that would have been used back then. It is amazing to picture all the workers as you walk through the site. These ruins really give you an insight into the past, it was a very cool experience. The whole time in Wollemi, was a very cool experience. Get there!

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