Around 13km north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway, an intersection marks the start of ‘Australia’s Adventure Drive’, the Savannah Way, which stretches 3700km from Cairns to Broome. On our way from Cairns to the Daintree in August 2007, as we read the road sign announcing this epic route, a passing comment – ‘Wow! How awesome would it be to do that?’ – led to an animated discussion about ‘doing the Big Lap’. For the rest of that trip we talked about buying a 4WD, how much money we would save to fund our travels, how we could work our way around the country… And from our 2WD rental car we cast envious looks at every passing 4WD that we saw, dreaming of the ‘one day’ that would be us.
Back home from holiday, life took over, as it tends to do, and in mid-2008 that dream went onto the backburner when, sick of the inner-city lifestyle that had served us so well for so long, we decided instead to move to the country.* This dream was to try out the tree-change lifestyle – commuting to Melbourne for work during the week, but living in paradise on the weekend – before buying some land and escaping the city permanently. After four years in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, we were trumped by life’s other plans when a health scare necessitated our return to Melbourne. But that health scare, along with our disappointment at being back in the city, was the catalyst for our decision to commit to making our escape as soon as we could.
Two-and-a-half years after making that commitment, we hit the road in August 2014 and have never regretted it. Having spent hundreds of hours researching 4WD and camping websites, poring through travel magazines and watching travel shows, and many more absorbed in the blogs of others who’ve gone before us, we were motivated to create this website both to record our own adventures and as a source of information – and perhaps even inspiration – for anybody considering their own escape. We hope you enjoy the ride as much as we do!
* In addition to desperately wanting to escape the city, we made that decision in part because of a downturn in the employment market, and the rising cost of fuel, which had just hit a dollar per litre; how ironic!