Tropical dreaming in paradise 🏝️
We may not have won the @wotifcom Festival of Wot comp, but that won't stop us celebrating our favourite Aussie fruit in style!
This mango season we're celebrating The (Not) the Festival of Mangoes - no organising, no timetables and no worries. Just how we like it - laid back in The Whitsundays 😎
When: anytime from the first ripe mangoes to the end of the season
What: juicy ripe mangoes, balmy beach activities and party with the local's at a genuine Aussie pub
Where: Bowen, @whitsundaysqld QLD
Join us this Summer! 📷 @ethancole_photography #visitbowen #lovewhitsundays #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia •
One of the best things about living in a van is the amount of wild animals you get to see. Koalas are always so exciting! I didn’t grow up around them so it’s still such a novelty. We saw this fluffy guy just outside Melbourne on our way down. Fun fact: there are no koalas in Tasmania!
It’s important to remember to let animals just be animals. Don’t feed them (processed food can cause irreversible damage to the jawbones of some animals, resulting in a slow painful death), don’t even bother clicking and trying to coax them closer, they’re wild and don’t know what you’re saying, and definitely don’t try and touch them. Have you seen the claws on some of those cute animals??
The best way to appreciate them is stand still, or even take a seat and be as unimposing as possible. If you don’t seem to pose a threat, they’ll be chill and just do their thing, which is a lot better for everyone than trying to get closer and them running away terrified. The zoom on your camera is there for a reason!
A month ago we took off from our home in sunny Queensland to head down to Tasmania and live in our van. Here is where we will be documenting our trip, life in the van, and the cool shit we get up to.
Bernie is our no frills, functional adventure bus. He’s a ‘97 Hi-Ace Commuter, not very fast but we aren’t in a rush. We’re running a dual battery system with two aux batteries giving us 210Ah as well as a 150w solar blanket, so we can go days on end without needing to worry about power. There’s plenty of storage for all the necessities for living an enjoyable, minimal life.
Tom would prefer to spend all of his time climbing, anything else is an inconvenience. When we aren’t travelling around he gets paid to hang around on ropes all day; mostly off bridges, buildings, and rollercoasters. He doesn’t touch the ground much. He does a little bit of running when he needs to, and thinks he ‘sends alright’ on his mtb when he gets near some tracks.
Madi is like a human only a little bit shorter. She’s less of a climber, but does alright climbing up big walls anyway. Talents include not being scared of heights, being able to whip up a great plant based van meal without the luxury of a full kitchen, forcing tom to have rest days, taking a very long time to look at flowers, birds, and fungus, and being a very patient belayer.
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Oh Sydney, you’ve changed.
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Sadly, our whale watching season for 2019 has come to an end! 😢 Our season typically runs through until the end of October, however our humpback friends have decided to depart early this year and we wish them safe travels on their trip back to the Antarctic.. 🐳🙏
The good news is our Remote Fraser Island Experience continues on! This tour is offered all year round and we explore parts of the island that no other tourism operators can access...
📸 @ryanfowlerphotography . #visitfrasercoast#thisisqueensland#seeaustralia#tasmanventure
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The final 2019 Mt Barney Lodge "Moon on Maroon" guided walk was treated to beautiful sunset relections in the summit rockpools.
Book your place in 2020 now , as we are only offering 5 dates:
Wednesday, 8 April
Saturday, 6 June
Sunday, 5 July
Friday, 2 October
Sunday, 1 November
Full details here:
IG Photo credit: Zen and the Art of Climbing
A bit of effort for the best view of Hobart! When we got to kunanyi/Mount Wellington I thought it was strange the carpark was so empty, it made sense when we got up onto the organ pipes and the icy wind hit 🥶 silly Queenslanders don’t understand the Tassie weather yet hahaha