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