Since our first trip away together – to Tasmania in June 2004, where we discovered a mutual love of road trips, nature, and good food, beer and wine – we’ve travelled to Australia’s north, south, centre, east and west. Hungry for adventure and always seeking to make the most of our escapes (from Victoria’s winter mostly, but also from the ‘everyday grind’), in the short periods that annual leave and public holidays allowed we did some awesome trips. Some of them included plane flights, but almost all of them involved driving and camping – our preferred type of holiday. It’s impossible to pick a favourite from our past escapes, but some of the most epic ones were:
- Perth down to WA’s beautiful south-west, then north to the Pinnacles and Broome
- from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the Centre and Kakadu – among many other amazing sights – along the way
- from Melbourne to Mission Beach via outback NSW and Queensland
- from Devonport to Hobart via Tasmania’s rugged west coast, and back across Bass Strait.
Here we reminisce about the places we’ve been, with a selection of our favourite photos from those trips. There have also been many, many weekend escapes too numerous to count, let alone list here, so if you have a question about a particular destination that we may have visited, feel free to contact us and we’ll help if we can 🙂
10 years of past escapes
June 2004: Tasmania
Our first trip away together, six months after we’d hooked up on New Year’s Eve 2003/04
March 2005: Western Australia
Kim’s 40th birthday trip, to avoid a party!
August 2005: Dubbo, Newcastle and Port Macquarie
The first of what would become our ‘traditional’ annual escape for Paul’s birthday
August 2006: Sunshine Coast
A trip to the Sunshine State, to escape Melbourne’s winter
October 2006: Mildura
Our maiden camping trip as a couple!
July 2007: Canberra
Up close and personal at Canberra Zoo
August 2007: Far North Queensland
An indulgent trip to the Tropics, triggering what would eventually become our great Oz escape!
Easter 2008: Waratah Bay
Our first trip to this hidden gem in Victoria’s South Gippsland region
Winter 2008: Kyneton
The mid-winter getaway that prompted a five-year tree-change – our first attempt at escaping city living!
March 2009: Waratah Bay
A week in an A-frame house for Kim’s birthday
June 2009: Hobart
A long weekend in Hobart
August 2009: Alice Springs to Darwin
Our first venture into the outback, and our first long road trip
August 2010: Mission Beach
A last-minute change of plans…
November 2010: Broken Hill and Lake Mungo
Saj’s first voyage into the outback
March 2011: Mansfield
A week in Victoria’s High Country
August 2011: Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre
Back to the outback…and along the Oodnadatta Track
August 2012: Tasmania
Paul’s 40th birthday trip, though to a far colder climate this year!
August 2013: Flinders Ranges and Goolwa
A week in the outback, a week on the coast
We have been very fortunate to have already seen and experienced a great deal of what Australia has to offer, but the itch to see more just wouldn’t go away… Our solution: hit the road indefinitely!