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Review: Port Douglas Motel

Where in Oz: Port Douglas, Queensland Nights stayed: 2 (29 & 30 April 2017) Cost: $250 ($125 per night, Queen Guest Room – 2 adults) Thumbs-up: fantastic pool/BBQ/guest kitchen area Thumbs-down: not a single negative that we could find! Our rating: 9.75/10 (location – 10; environment – 10; fit for purpose – 10; value for money […]

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Escape plan: Get a job – 5

This post comes to you from Adelaide, where we’ve been house- and dog-sitting in the lovely inner-southern suburb of Unley for the past four weeks. Paul and Banjo joined Kim here at the start of October, after we decided against Paul staying on in Mildura to work until Kim found a job in Adelaide. Weighing […]

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Escape plan: Get a job – 4

After leaving Indented Head on 22 August, spending a relaxing, super-indulgent week at Sunraysia Resort in Mildura, then moving into our first house-sit via Aussie House Sitters, we knuckled down to looking for work once again. With five weeks’ free accommodation (in return for house-/dog-sitting) close to Mildura’s CBD, we were hopeful that at least […]

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Escape plan: Get a job – 3

Having arrived back at the first stop of our ‘escape route’ (Wallace, Victoria) less than six months after leaving, we didn’t waste any time getting on with the task of job-hunting in earnest. Although returning to Victoria was mostly so that Kim could celebrate her ‘milestone’ birthday with family and friends, we’d also been doing […]

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Hits and misses ­– 3½ months on

When we published our original ‘Hits and misses’ post, listing the things that we thought we would most enjoy about our new lifestyle, and what we anticipated missing the most, we promised to revisit our lists in three/six/12 months’ time, to see whether the reality of our new lifestyle matched our expectations. So, here are […]

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Escape route: Wodonga to Wagga Wagga (day 61)

Where in Oz: Victoria, New South Wales (finally, another state; hurrah!) When: Friday 17 October, 2014 (day 61) Distance travelled: 155km Accommodation: Oura Beach campground Nights stayed: 5 Accommodation cost: $0 Highlight: leaving Victoria at last! Lowlight: still no job-hunting success 🙁

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Escape route: Rutherglen to Wodonga (day 57)

Where: Victoria When: Monday 13 October, 2014 (day 57) Distance travelled: 41km Accommodation: Wodonga Caravan and Cabin Park Nights stayed: 4 Accommodation cost: $0 (thanks to vouchers we received as gifts from friends and family before we hit the road!) Highlight: being inspired by other, long-term travellers Lowlight: bad attitude from one labour-hire agency consultant

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Escape route: Tatura to Rutherglen (day 50)

Where in Oz: Victoria When: Monday 6 October, 2014 (day 50) Distance travelled: 159km Accommodation: Police Paddocks Campground Nights stayed: 7 Accommodation cost: $0 Highlight: the first campfire of our great Oz escape Lowlight: torrential rain delaying the first campfire of our great Oz escape!

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Hits and misses

Now that our new lifestyle has begun in earnest and we’ve had time to get used to the concept of being itinerant and (self-)unemployed, we thought it might be interesting to record the things that we think we’re going to enjoy the most about our new lifestyle, along with what we anticipate missing the most. […]

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Escape route: Wallace to Tatura (day 3)

Where in Oz: Victoria When: Wednesday 20 August, 2014 (day 3) Distance travelled: 217km Accommodation: house-sit; shed; Numurkah Caravan Park Nights stayed: 47 Accommodation cost: $753 ($400 shed rent 4 weeks; $353 powered site 13 nights) Highlight: spending quality time with great friends Lowlight: (again) saying goodbye, without knowing for how long

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