Must try harder…

Our plan was to get down to the state of Victoria asap and explore. Instead we are making slow progress in country NSW. It’s just so lovely!

We managed 6km today before stumbling across the gorgeous village of Nundle and stopped again 🙂

The Waterfall Way (a way with lots of waterfalls)


‘Danny Deckchair’ is one of our favourite Australian movies.  It stars Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto and was filmed in Bellingen so we visited one of the filming locations.

Kilkenny House, Bellingen. The setting for ‘Glenda’s house’.


The Bellinger River and a spot of fly fishing.

Dangar Falls, Dorrigo

A disastrous stop for the 2 ½ Bradshaws – Jonathan’s fly fishing rod snapped and Winston was stung by a bee.

Dangar Falls


Ebor Falls, Ebor

A spectacular two-tier waterfall on the Guy Fawkes River.  The river was named by European settlers who named it after Guy Fawkes as they were camped there on the 5th November.  Ebor Falls are in a National Park and dogs are not allowed so we had to take turns looking at them. We stopped overnight at a very nice free camp site over the road.

Luckily we’re self contained as I didn’t fancy using the long drop toilet.  I felt sorry for this poor lady.
Ebor Falls

21st Century Packing Dilemmas

Deciding what to take for a year long trip has been quite a challenge.  We wanted to have a bit more comfort than our usual short trips but you don’t want to overload the van.  It reminded me of a big trip we did a few years ago in our first campervan where we followed in the footsteps of Burke and Wills, the ill-fated explorers.  They planned to forge a new route across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Their expedition packing list had included several comfortable armchairs, a heavy oak table, a large Chinese gong, a bathtub, a piano, a desk and several gallons of rum to revive the camels.  150 years on and Jonathan was trying to fit in the coffee machine and a telescope.  I had to rethink my clothes selection and shoe container several times.  Winston was stealth packing all his toys by bringing one out to the van each night.

Funnily enough, like Burke and Wills who took four days to get out of Melbourne, it took the 2 1/2 Bradshaws four days to leave their own driveway!

That’s all behind us now – we have sand between our toes and paws and as a result, all over the van and in the bed.

Ah, first world problems 🙂

Pottsville Beach

And they’re off (finally)

The whole process of cleaning the house, packing and heading off was never going to be easy, but we never thought it was going to be that hard!  Thanks partly of course to the ongoing heatwave and to a significant build up of dirt and dust in every crevice of every window in the house.

I did learn as a result  that I am going to be reincarnated as a troglodyte and am certainly visiting my Aussie spiritual home of Coober Pedy where the locals have the good sense to build houses underground with NO WINDOWS!!!!


And they’re off (nearly)

Night one of our round Australia adventure  and we have made it as far as the drive outside the house!

The house was emptied today and tomorrow it’s getting a deep clean before handover on Wednesday. Winston was rather anoyed to see his sofa being taken away and is now sulking. Hopefully he will cheer up when he gets to the beach in a couple of days time 🙂