The Overland Telegraph Track (OTT), Cape York, QLD

The drive from Weipa to Bramwell Station was a surprisingly smooth and short one, the road was immaculate and was actually a better run than most bitumen roads we had driven on. Given the distance was only about 150km, we arrived at Bramwell around lunchtime, after setting up we had a wander around the homesteadContinue reading “The Overland Telegraph Track (OTT), Cape York, QLD”

Atherton Tablelands & Cairns, QLD

After a few weeks of hot, dry, dusty, desert, rocky and hot (yes I know I said it twice but it really was) weather and landscape, we were all very excited to be heading to the Atherton Tablelands. Not only for the lush green landscape and fresh fruit and vegetables, but most importantly to beContinue reading “Atherton Tablelands & Cairns, QLD”

The Overlander & Inland Way, QLD

As customary on our state border crossings we stopped at the NT/ QLD border to stretch our legs and take a photo of the state sign, then as was the case on this hot outback Summer day, we quickly retreated back to the cool air conditioned comfort of the car to continue on. As itContinue reading “The Overlander & Inland Way, QLD”

The Stuart and Barkly Highways, NT

Finally, after being in Darwin for the last long  7 months working and enduring the humidity and heat we were ready to leave. Added to this there was a cyclone expected to hit Darwin in 2 days time, so we were understandably excited as we packed up. I had finally completed my week at uni,Continue reading “The Stuart and Barkly Highways, NT”

Darwin, NT, part two.

Darwin City We also spent a bit of time in Darwin City itself, apart from quite a few visits to the Wave Pool, we also went to the ANZAC Day centenial exhibition, which was held at the Darwin Convention Centre. The exhibition was awesome, it was really well done, taking you through interactive displays whichContinue reading “Darwin, NT, part two.”

Darwin, NT, part one

With the weather warming up and a few birthdays coming up we decided to head straight for Darwin. We did contemplate going to see the Jumping Croc cruise, but then we all didn’t really like the sound of going in a boat and seeing wild crocs jumping up right near us. It just seemed unnaturalContinue reading “Darwin, NT, part one”

Kakadu National Park, part three, Northern Territory

Jabiru, East Alligator and South Alligator regions The drive from Cooinda to Jabiru was one of our shortest trips, a mere 48km, however we did chuckle as not long after we left Cooinda we passed a sign saying Jabiru 48km, then after travelling a further 5 km we passed another sign stating, Jabiru 51km………. welcomeContinue reading “Kakadu National Park, part three, Northern Territory”

Kakadu National Park, part two, Northern Territory

Yellow Water, Jim Jim Falls/ Twin Falls and Nourlangie Regions With the weather really starting to heat up and the swimming opportunities really starting to wind down, we decided to stay at the Cooinda Lodge (fancy name for caravan park, really!!) instead of one of the many national park campsites around the area, and forContinue reading “Kakadu National Park, part two, Northern Territory”

Kakadu National Park, part one, Northern Territory

Mary River Region Over the years we have heard mixed reviews about our next destination, Kakadu National Park, more then often people would use the term ‘Kakadon’t’. Even as we left Katherine, we had people saying not to go as it’s so dry and there is no water, etc, etc. So of course, taking onContinue reading “Kakadu National Park, part one, Northern Territory”

Katherine & Edith Falls, Northern Territory

After we left Keep River NP, we decided to continue driving all the way to Katherine as we needed to refill the fridge and the gas bottles. We stopped in at Victoria River Roadhouse for lunch and arrived in Katherine about mid-afternoon, setting up camp at the Big 4. Immediately we weren’t impressed with theContinue reading “Katherine & Edith Falls, Northern Territory”

Keep River National Park, Northern Territory

Almost a year to the day when we left way back in August 2015, we have reentered the NT and quickly reset our clocks forward an hour and a half, thank god the sun now rises at 7am not 5:30am!!!!!!  Central Australia impressed us immensely when we were there last year, so there is aContinue reading “Keep River National Park, Northern Territory”

Western Australia wrap up!!!

Our WA stats are: 9 1/2 months or 295 days 31,492 kms, 59 camp set ups 16 national parks Our top 5’s are (in no particular order): Nik –         Steep Point, Karijini National Park, Francois Peron National Park, Gibb River Road and Esperance. Amy-        The Gibb River Road, Steep Point, Margaret River, Broome (for theContinue reading “Western Australia wrap up!!!”

Lake Argyle, Western Australia

Our next destination after Knx was Lake Argyle, only 70kms down the road, therefore we arrived nice and early and securing our spot in the usual caravan line up. We had heard on the grapevine and from fellow travellers that you had to get there early in order to secure a powered site and thankfullyContinue reading “Lake Argyle, Western Australia”

The Gibb River Road Again, Western Australia

Finally, after spending the morning doing all the last minute jobs like collecting meat from the butcher, filling the gas bottle, checking the post office one last time for mail, filling up with diesel and most importantly grabbing a decent coffee we headed out of Broome for the last time. Our jobs had taken thatContinue reading “The Gibb River Road Again, Western Australia”

Purnululu National Park ( Bungle Bungles), Western Australia.

From El Questro it wasn’t long before we made it back onto the bitumen and turned right, our destination for today was Purnululu National Park. Purnululu actually translates to mean sandstone in the local Kija Indigenous language, a much more appropriate name than the Bungle Bungles, I think anyway. Purnululu National Park was officially declaredContinue reading “Purnululu National Park ( Bungle Bungles), Western Australia.”

The Gibb River Road, part three, Western Australia.

As nice as the scones were at Ellenbrae Station, we set off the next morning, all very excited, as finally the day had come where we were actually going to cross the famous Pentecost River. A very distant 8 years ago I had cut out a photo of a car crossing the Pentecost with theContinue reading “The Gibb River Road, part three, Western Australia.”

The Gibb River Road, part two. Western Australia.

From Manning Gorge we had a big day planned, heading to Drysdale Station and then onto King Edward River campground, en-route to Mitchell Falls. The drive along the GRR to the turn off was pretty uneventful with the road being in pretty good nick, however once we hit Kalumburu Rd we encountered the worst roadContinue reading “The Gibb River Road, part two. Western Australia.”

The Gibb River Road, part one. Western Australia.

The idea that was to become OZLAP was initially born from our desire to drive the iconic Gibb River Road in the remote Kimberley region, in northern WA. We really wanted to do it, but didn’t want to have to rush and fit it in to our measly 4 weeks of annual leave that weContinue reading “The Gibb River Road, part one. Western Australia.”

Middle Lagoon and Cape Leveque, Western Australia.

After a short stop over in Broome to restock food and water we decided to head out of town, heading north up the Cape Leveque Rd towards the Dampier Peninsula. The road is one of the roughest roads we had been on, so our first 85km was a bone rattling slow process. However all goodContinue reading “Middle Lagoon and Cape Leveque, Western Australia.”

Millstream- Chichester National Park, Western Australia.

From Karijini we had decided to drive along the private Rio Tinto Rd for which we had the permit for, it wasn’t really a short cut more a case of going the more adventurous way. And what an adventure it was, with both Fiona (from Mols on Patrol) and I taking the wheel and steeringContinue reading “Millstream- Chichester National Park, Western Australia.”

Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Karijini National Park had always been on our wishlist, we have seen so many photos and in the last 12 months have heard so many fantastic reviews that there was no doubt that we would make a bee line straight for it. Our stay here coincided with 2 things, firstly the WA school holidays andContinue reading “Karijini National Park, Western Australia”

Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.

We left Carnarvon bright and early as we had a few kilometres to travel today. The drive was uneventful and we made it to Coral Bay for an early lunch. And it seems that at least 500,000 other people were in Coral Bay too and it wasn’t even school holidays yet!!!! After lunch we hadContinue reading “Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.”

Carnarvon, Western Australia

After an action packed stay at Hamelin Station we, along with our mates the Leeds, were ready to move onto our next destination, Carnarvon, some 200km up the road. Carnarvon, ‘the hub of the Gascoyne’, is situated on the mouth of the Gascoyne River, between Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef, and is renowned for itsContinue reading “Carnarvon, Western Australia”

Hamelin Station, Francois Peron National Park & surrounds, WA

When we left Kalbarri we decided to ‘wait out’ Easter at a station stay we had discovered called Murchison Off Road Adventures, about 130km north east, inland off the highway. We arrived just before lunch and quite frankly were not impressed, the toilets were covered in filth and when we were told to head outContinue reading “Hamelin Station, Francois Peron National Park & surrounds, WA”

Jurien Bay, The Pinnacles and surrounds, WA

It was a good feeling to be back on the road again, heading to unknown places, and to be heading north. When we had decided to do this trip it was mainly because we wanted to see and spend quite a bit of time exploring northern WA, so finally after 14 months of travelling itContinue reading “Jurien Bay, The Pinnacles and surrounds, WA”

Mandurah part 1, WA, 2016.

1st January to 2nd March. The beginning of 2016 for OZLAP involved early mornings, very early mornings in fact, particulary for Mr OZLAP, Nik, who had scored a temporary contract as a qualified Greenkeeper at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. This contract involved preparing and getting the course ready for the Perth International tournament which was isContinue reading “Mandurah part 1, WA, 2016.”

Mandurah and Christmas, 2015, WA

27th November to 31st December After a relatively quick drive up the freeway we arrived at Chateau De Burton, AKA as my aunty Robyn and uncle Max’s gorgeous house just north of Mandurah. We quickly set up and spent the rest of the day catching up with Rob and Max. Over the next couple of days weContinue reading “Mandurah and Christmas, 2015, WA”

Margaret River and the South West, Part Two, Western Australia.

16th November to 27th November. Our first trip to Hamelin Bay to view the mantra rays was unsuccessful, so never ones to give up we decided to head there on another much sunnier day. We eventually found a carpark as it was quite busy and proceeded to walk down the sand path to the beach.Continue reading “Margaret River and the South West, Part Two, Western Australia.”

Margaret River and the South West, Part One, Western Australia.

16th November to 27th November. After yet another amazing drive through some stunning forests we arrived at our next stop, a farmstay about 10 minutes south of Margaret River. Big Valley Campsite/ Caravan Park is actually a working sheep station that has a caravan park/ campsite attached to the homestead. It has 2 areas with 2Continue reading “Margaret River and the South West, Part One, Western Australia.”

Quinninup, Pemberton, Windy Harbour and Manjimup, WA

12th November to 16th November Our next destination was a place called Quinninup, about 30km south of Manjimup and 30km east of Pemberton. Nik had found this little gem of a caravan park on Wikicamps, they had a lot of great reviews and were a hell of a lot cheaper than all the other parksContinue reading “Quinninup, Pemberton, Windy Harbour and Manjimup, WA”

Cape Le Grand National Park, WA

29th October to 2nd November. WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS FAR MORE PHOTOS THAN WORDS…….THE WORDS SOMEHOW PALED IN COMPARISON TO THE IMAGES. Don’t worry I’ll make up for it in the next blog…… After we bade farewell to Shannon, Gerard and the kids we made our way about 45kms east of Esperance to the infamousContinue reading “Cape Le Grand National Park, WA”

The Nullarbor (yes the blog is as long as the drive too). SA & WA

8th October to 14th October After we left Coorabie and Fowlers Bay, we headed west to begin our Nullarbor adventure. Our first stop was at Nundroo Roadhouse, famous for being home to 2.5million wombats, for Nik to play hole 4 of the Nullarbor Links, which at this stage he is happy with as he isContinue reading “The Nullarbor (yes the blog is as long as the drive too). SA & WA”

Perlubie Beach, Ceduna and Fowlers Bay, South Australia.

4th October to 8th October As is becoming a bit of a habit, we had a monumentous drive of about 22km to do today, out to a free camp called Perlubie Beach. I had heard about this free camp from the many blogs and research I have been doing over the years, so it wasContinue reading “Perlubie Beach, Ceduna and Fowlers Bay, South Australia.”

Streaky Bay and Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, South Australia.

1st October to 4th October We left Venus Bay, arriving at Murphy’s Haystacks, where we got out to stretch our legs and explore. The tourism brochures highlight the haystacks as 1500 million year old geographical wonders. They were pretty cool too, we managed to take a few photos and walk around for a bit untilContinue reading “Streaky Bay and Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience, South Australia.”

Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia.

26th to 29th September We left a little later today, knowing that our drive was not going to take us long, well about 20 minutes to be exact and that was the scenic route as well!!!!! After our few nights in the caravan park to recharge the batteries, refill the water tanks and re stockContinue reading “Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia.”

September Beach campground, Port Lincoln National Park

21st September to 24th September After a slow drive out of Memory Cove Wilderness Park we took a right turn away from Port Lincoln, which took us further into the Port Lincoln National Park and to another beach camp, September beach campground. This campground won the honours of our presence as you could have fires!!!! WeContinue reading “September Beach campground, Port Lincoln National Park”

Port Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area

15th September to 21st September We arrived in Port Lincoln just before lunch, checking out both the caravan parks, one in town and one about 12kms before town. Needless to say the prices were a bit rich at both but we had to choose one as we needed to fill water tanks, recharge electrical toys and wash aContinue reading “Port Lincoln National Park and Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area”

The much warmer sunraysia area of Mildura and surrounds.

9th September to 12th September As we got used to a heavier load behind the car we settled in for the 300km drive north towards Mildura. We stopped at a familiar recreation oval in Ouyen that we had been to before on numerous occasions, we were very excited to be able to open the vanContinue reading “The much warmer sunraysia area of Mildura and surrounds.”

There is no town like Alice Springs…….Part two.

1st August to 28th August In our last couple of weeks in Alice Springs we were lucky enough to be there for the annual Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta, held in the dry river bed of the infamous Todd River. The first inaugural regatta was held back in December 1962 and has only ever been cancelled onceContinue reading “There is no town like Alice Springs…….Part two.”

There is no town like Alice Springs…… Part one

12th July to 31st July After our whirlwind six weeks traversing the countryside from left to right we arrived back in Alice Springs from our rock concert road trip to chill out and rest up for a weeks. We had time on our side before we were to meet a deadline down south so weContinue reading “There is no town like Alice Springs…… Part one”

Six months on the road, time for reflection.

  They say time flies when your having fun, which is certainly spot on for us. Its still hard to believe and it seems surreal that we have been on our dream trip now for 6 months already. I often look back at the blog and those early days seem like years ago, we haveContinue reading “Six months on the road, time for reflection.”

Part Six, The Red Centre Way, Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory

Once again we were up, hiking bags packed and ready early for our day trip out to Kata Tjutu National Park, otherwise known as The Olgas. I was looking forward to reading about the history and culture of Katu Tjutu however no matter how hard I looked I couldn’t find any signs or information anywhere. WeContinue reading “Part Six, The Red Centre Way, Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory”

Part five, The Red Centre Way, ULURU, Northern Territory.

After our 2 night stay at Kings Creek Station we headed off to our final destination, Uluru. Our route followed The Red Centre Way turning south before we hit the Lassiters Highway. However prior to reaching the highway we drove past a popular 24 hour rest stop which was packed with cars and campers at oneContinue reading “Part five, The Red Centre Way, ULURU, Northern Territory.”

Part four- The Red Centre Way, Kings Canyon. Northern Territory.

The next day we were up early, packed our hiking packs, organised lunch and dinner and headed off to Kings Canyon. Watarrka and Kings Canyon are actually part of the George Gill Ranges and made up of Carmichael Sandstone along the lower slopes and Mereenie Sandstone making up the sheer cliffs. Their beginnings began moreContinue reading “Part four- The Red Centre Way, Kings Canyon. Northern Territory.”

Part Three – The Red Centre Way, West MacDonnell Ranges. Northern Territory.

Our last day on the northern section of The Red Centre Way was spent driving down to visit Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve, but not before we pulled over and took a few photos of Northern Territory’s highest mountain, Mt Zeil which stands at 1,531m high and is the highest point west of the GreatContinue reading “Part Three – The Red Centre Way, West MacDonnell Ranges. Northern Territory.”

Part Two- The Red Centre Way, Glen Helen & surrounds. Northern Territory.

With a busy itinerary planned for today we got up early, started to cook dinner in the slow cooker and headed off back along Namatjira Drive towards Ellery Creek Big Hole. Ellery Creek Big Hole is a permanent water hole situated in a gap within the ranges. There is basic camping available there with flushingContinue reading “Part Two- The Red Centre Way, Glen Helen & surrounds. Northern Territory.”

Part One – The Red Centre Way, West MacDonnell Ranges. Northern Territory.

Once again we arrived back into Alice Springs and stayed at the Big 4 while we washed and washed and washed…….. Although this time the park was so busy that there was no spare clotheslines available so we were stuck with a campsite that resembled a chinese laundry!!!!!! Our time was also spent culling ourContinue reading “Part One – The Red Centre Way, West MacDonnell Ranges. Northern Territory.”

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, Owen Springs Reserve and Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory.

4th June to 11th June Another week in Alice Springs passed us by very quickly. This time we decided to stay at the Big 4 Macdonnell Ranges Caravan Park as they came highly recommended and they had lots of activites for both kids and adults. First up though we had to get stuck into anotherContinue reading “Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, Owen Springs Reserve and Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory.”

Ross River Resort and Ruby Gap National Park, Northern Territory.

22nd May to 28th May After a busy week in civilisation we decided we needed a break from the hussle and bustle, so together with our friends the Leed’s we decided to head out to Ross River Resort and onto Ruby Gap National Park which are both located in the East Macdonnell Ranges. We headedContinue reading “Ross River Resort and Ruby Gap National Park, Northern Territory.”

Alice Springs, Week 1, Northern Territory.

15th May to 22nd May We arrived in Alice Springs and headed to the G’Day Mate Caravan Park, as it was one of the cheapish ones and it had some great reviews on Wikicamps. We then spent the next 3 days washing, cleaning and dusting, followed by more washing, cleaning and dusting of ourselves, ourContinue reading “Alice Springs, Week 1, Northern Territory.”

Mt Dare and Dalhousie Springs, South Australia

11th May to 14th May After a fantastic weekend we left Oodnadatta on the Monday morning after restocking milk, bread, eggs and a few casks of fresh water. We were on the road by 10ish all set for a 250km drive on a minor dirt track that was meant to be worse than the Oodnadatta track.Continue reading “Mt Dare and Dalhousie Springs, South Australia”

The 125th Oodnadatta Race and Gymkhana, South Australia

7th May to 10th May And they’re off and racing!!! We had first stumbled upon the races flyer stuck to the front door of the Marree Hotel some 200km south and couldn’t believe our luck that we would be passing through at the same time. The weekend offered something for everyone, bar and catering facilities,Continue reading “The 125th Oodnadatta Race and Gymkhana, South Australia”

The Oodnadatta Track, Marree to Oodnadatta, South Australia

5th May to 8th May After finally beginning our ‘journey‘105 days ago back in Victoria, we headed out today agreeing that we were finally beginning our ‘adventure’!!!! We have explored a lot of Victoria and South Australia, travelling over 6,000kms, but today was the day we finally leave the black top and head into theContinue reading “The Oodnadatta Track, Marree to Oodnadatta, South Australia”

Beltana Homestead, South Australia

27th April to 4th May We left our campsite in the Flinders Ranges and drove a staggering 45kms up the road to Beltana Station about 45km south of Leigh Creek. Beltana Station is a 460,000 acre working sheep and cattle station that offers travellers accommodation in shearers quarter, cottages, camping and caravan sites. They also have a restaurant,Continue reading “Beltana Homestead, South Australia”

Mount Remarkable National Park, South Australia

16th  April to 21st April After a fairly short drive for us (180km) we arrived at Mambray Creek Campground in the Mount Remarkable National Park, situated half way between Port Pirie and Port Augusta. The national park is part of the southern Flinders Ranges and well set up for camping. Our campground had flushing toiletsContinue reading “Mount Remarkable National Park, South Australia”

South Australia, finally……..

  26th March to 31st March After 10 weeks we have finally arrived in South Australia or Naracoorte to be more accurate. We arrived at Naracoorte Caves National park about mid afternoon, purchased our multi parks and camping pass from the info centre and set up camp next to our travelling mates ‘The Leeds’. WeContinue reading “South Australia, finally……..”

Three steps forward, two steps back……

24th February to 2nd March Our long drive today only took us 45 minutes from Lorne back to Torquay, where we set up camp at the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park for the next 6 days. We had ventured back here for a planned surf skill training session with Mornington Life Saving Club, which in the end tookContinue reading “Three steps forward, two steps back……”

Heading down the Great Ocean Road to Lorne.

10th February to 24th February 2015 After we departed Ocean Grove we made a detour to Woolworths to do our weekly shop, as we knew the Foodworks in Lorne was very limited in choice and quite pricey. We then headed to Bells Beach in Torquay to have lunch and a play in the water. Nik and IContinue reading “Heading down the Great Ocean Road to Lorne.”

And away we go, again………………………

31st January to 10th Feb 2015 For the second time in 2 weeks we quietly snuck out of Mornington again and made our way over to the Bellarine Peninsula. We chose to stay at Ocean Grove, as we have never been here before, it was a short drive and we had a Junior Lifesaving Carnival here on theContinue reading “And away we go, again………………………”

Northern NSW Coast down to Tathra

After we left Mooloolaba we planned to do a few overnight stops in order to spend a few days down at Tathra. We left on the Sunday and had decided to drive to Byron Bay to have lunch and a quick look around. Unfortunly we had overlooked the fact that it was a long weekend in NSWContinue reading “Northern NSW Coast down to Tathra”

I think I can, I think I can…………..nope, yes, nope, damn it yes!!!!

Finally September school holidays has arrived which means it is time to take the van away for a shakedown trip, and after we eventually got going, boy did we sort some stuff out!!! Now instead of boring you with a long post, I have managed to stretch the trip out into a few posts toContinue reading “I think I can, I think I can…………..nope, yes, nope, damn it yes!!!!”

Self suffiency, safety and sanity……….

The 4×4 show was held over the weekend at the Melbourne Showgrounds and as we aren’t able to make the ‘Leisurefest expo’ in October we decided to go along and grab some big purchases and hopefully some big savings!!!! Surprisingly we found out that ARB were not going to be there, so Nik spoke to his contact,Continue reading “Self suffiency, safety and sanity……….”

Our blog, privacy and internet security

At the moment while we are wishing the days and months away, we are having fun joining travelling groups on facebook and I am following a few blogs of fellow travellers that I have not met before. I have found their blogs via many of these facebook groups. Which brings me to the point ofContinue reading “Our blog, privacy and internet security”

The 3 P’s – Planning, preparing and procrastinating…..

Ok we do have a plan…………we know when we are leaving (give or take 2 weeks), we have the rig, we have our home, we have a guestimated route. Surely we just sit back now and wait till January?? Alas my bubble has burst and I’m struggling with where to actually begin. As a wholeContinue reading “The 3 P’s – Planning, preparing and procrastinating…..”