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Blue Snoopy is a 2012 Nova Vita Caravan pulled by a 2012 Nissan Navara ST Dual Cab Ute.

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Useful Trip Information (this is only part of it)

As a result of the trip (and also from some talks that  have conducted about photography “on the road”) we have come up with the following list of items that we consider to be important in some way or another.

Make sure you carry copies of all registration papers and copies of any insurance policies for . . . → Read More: Useful Trip Information (this is only part of it)

Statistics – Trip costs (Fuel & Accommodation)

Trip Statistics

Departure date 16 May 2016 Arrival home date 29 August 2016 Number of days 106 Total distance travelled (calculated) 19632 Total distance travelled (car odometer) 19524 Total distance towing (calculated) 15261 Total cost of fuel $4219 Overall average cost of fuel $1.37 per litre Cheapest fuel (Mildura VIC with Coles 4cpl) $1.05 . . . → Read More: Statistics – Trip costs (Fuel & Accommodation)

29 August 2016 – Richmond to Sydney NSW

Compared with recent days, the morning was warm when we opened the caravan door.

We had not unhitched when we arrived at Richmond so other than having to retract our stabilisers and empty the cassette toilet, there was little to do before our departure at 9:00am.

Our decision to stay at Richmond let us . . . → Read More: 29 August 2016 – Richmond to Sydney NSW

28 August 2016 – Cowra to Richmond NSW

As previously mentioned, our air conditioning in the caravan provides us with adequate warmth irrespective of the outside temperature.  Last night it worked a dream and we had a restful night.

It was cold when we woke but the temperature was a positive number and our fresh water hose and grey water waste hose . . . → Read More: 28 August 2016 – Cowra to Richmond NSW

27 August 2016 – Cowra NSW

We had a comfortable night and slept very well until our alarm sounded at 7:00am.  It is amazing how much better the night is when the caravan is warm when you go to bed.  Yesterday the internal temperature when we awoke was 1 degree, today is was 3 degrees.

We started the air conditioning . . . → Read More: 27 August 2016 – Cowra NSW

26 August 2016 – Junee to Cowra NSW

Our alarm sounded at 7:00am and with a great degree of trepidation, we managed to extract ourselves from a warm bed.  The temperature inside the caravan was 1 degree (later we learnt that there had been a very big frost and the temperature had dropped to -1.3 degrees.

We boiled a kettle but the . . . → Read More: 26 August 2016 – Junee to Cowra NSW

25 August 2016 – Hay to Junee NSW

It was dry when we emerged from the caravan after we both enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

We were undecided about our destination today with the decision to be made when we arrived at Narrandera with the decision based on the amount of water and mud on the ground.

Other than road trains, there . . . → Read More: 25 August 2016 – Hay to Junee NSW

24 August 2016 – Mildura VIC to Hay NSW

Our alarm failed to sound at the time that was set.  Fortunately “He” glanced at another clock three minutes after our planned “rise” time.   When we opened our door we noted that it had rained overnight and there was some dark cloud around.

The rain started to fall about 5 minutes before “He” . . . → Read More: 24 August 2016 – Mildura VIC to Hay NSW

23 August 2016 – Mildura VIC

Today was planned to be a relatively quiet day.  We actually slept in a little before leaving just after 9:30am, with our friends, to make a further visit to Woodsies Gem shop where we wanted to watch a demonstration.

First stop was to a Repco store where “He” purchased a torque wrench.  Following the . . . → Read More: 23 August 2016 – Mildura VIC

22 August 2016 – Morgan SA to Mildura VIC

It was cool overnight and fine when we emerged from the caravan.  Knowing that we would be leaving South Australia today, we set clocks forwards and synchronised the time on all of our cameras.

Leaving Morgan we refuelled before joining the highway to head towards Renmark.  We had intended taking the route via Waikerie . . . → Read More: 22 August 2016 – Morgan SA to Mildura VIC

21 August 2016 – Port Augusta to Morgan SA

The day started with our usual 7:00am alarm and the mandatory look out of the door to see what the day looked like.  Today it was dry but there was cloud cover.

We left the caravan park just before 8:45am and immediately stopped to add fuel.

As we left Port Augusta we reflected to . . . → Read More: 21 August 2016 – Port Augusta to Morgan SA

20 August 2016 – Port Lincoln to Port Augusta SA

Having booked the caravan in to have a tyre checked at 8:00am, we set the alarm for 6:00am.

It was still dark when we opened the door but it was not raining.

By the time we were ready to hitch the car and caravan, dark clouds had returned but today the weather was kind, . . . → Read More: 20 August 2016 – Port Lincoln to Port Augusta SA

19 August 2016 – Port Lincoln SA

The weather is unbelievable, it was very hot the previous night whilst last night was very cold.  We had moonlight one minute, the next minute very heavy rainfall.

The temperature range today was forecast to be between 6 and 14 degrees.

We had decided to ignore our 7:00am alarm and actually sleep in for . . . → Read More: 19 August 2016 – Port Lincoln SA

18 August 2016 – Elliston to Port Lincoln SA

Last night was warm.  To make matters worse, there were high winds which made it difficult to open any of our roof vents.  As a result, the temperature combined with the noise from the wind ensured we were deprived of quality sleep.

We were up before the alarm sounded anticipating an early departure to . . . → Read More: 18 August 2016 – Elliston to Port Lincoln SA

17 August 2016 – Penong to Elliston SA

It had rained overnight but was dry when we emerged in the morning.

Before departing “He” took the opportunity of taking some pictures of the windmill museum and walked part of the Penong golf course.  One of the holes is part of the Nullarbor Links with the hole appropriately named “Windmills”.

We were away . . . → Read More: 17 August 2016 – Penong to Elliston SA

16 August 2016 – Border Village to Penong SA

Last night was strange as we are still trying to come to grips with the news of the retirement of our family doctor.

We set our clocks forward 45 minutes last night and as a result, it was still dark when we emerged from the caravan at 7:00am.  There was very light rain falling . . . → Read More: 16 August 2016 – Border Village to Penong SA

15 August 2016 – Caiguna +105k’s Free Camp WA to Border Village SA

Last night was warm.  There was no moisture in the air nor was there a cloud in the sky when we opened the door of the caravan.  But there was wind and the wind was stronger than yesterday.  And the direction had not changed, we would be heading into a sidewind that would become . . . → Read More: 15 August 2016 – Caiguna +105k’s Free Camp WA to Border Village SA

14 August 2016 – Fraser Range (East of Norseman) to Caiguna +105k’s Free Camp

It was bearable when we emerged from the caravan.  The day presented as being perfect with no cloud and initially very little wind.  It was not cold.

We departed just after 8:30am planning to drive just on 400k’s.  First stop was at the second

Fraser Range Free Camp where we took advantage of the . . . → Read More: 14 August 2016 – Fraser Range (East of Norseman) to Caiguna +105k’s Free Camp

13 August 2016 – Esperance to Fraser Range Free Camp (East of Norseman) WA

As one would expect, the day that we leave the coast the weather returns to clear blue skies and no wind.  Yep, that is exactly what happened today.

We had planned to depart by 8:45am but were delayed and actually left Esperance just after 9:15am.  We encountered sometimes a slight headwind but mostly a . . . → Read More: 13 August 2016 – Esperance to Fraser Range Free Camp (East of Norseman) WA

12 August 2016 – Esperance WA

By the time we went to bed last night, the rain had stopped and the forecast storm did not arrive.  The forecast today was better with very little or no rain expected.

It was fine when we poked our heads out of the door and the temperature was reasonable.  There was cloud in the . . . → Read More: 12 August 2016 – Esperance WA

11 August 2016 – Ravensthorpe (Meridian Rest Area) to Esperance WA

We had a quiet night with very little noise from passing traffic.  We emerged from the caravan for an 8:30am departure knowing we only had to drive for a little over two hours.

We had a relaxed drive again through farming land and massive canola crops.  The contrast between the yellow and green fields . . . → Read More: 11 August 2016 – Ravensthorpe (Meridian Rest Area) to Esperance WA

10 August 2016 – Albany to Ravensthorpe (Meridian Rest Area)

After rain for most of the night (which was very heavy at times), we awoke to a fine but overcast day.  The strong winds had subdued and for a short time we considered staying in Albany for another day and attempt to go on a whale watching tour.

Nevertheless, we made a quick decision . . . → Read More: 10 August 2016 – Albany to Ravensthorpe (Meridian Rest Area)

9 August 2016 – Albany WA

The rain continued for most of the night and was very heavy at times.  “He” did have to get up at 3:00am for a comfort stop (that is what happens when you go to bed early) and there was not a cloud to be seen in the sky.

It was not raining when we . . . → Read More: 9 August 2016 – Albany WA

8 August 2016 – Busselton to Albany WA

The increase in the wind speed that we expected did not happen.  It looks like we actually experienced the high winds when we were having happy hour and our evening meal in the camp kitchen and the warning issues by the weather bureau was actually a little late.

It was actually still overnight but . . . → Read More: 8 August 2016 – Busselton to Albany WA

7 August 2016 – Busselton WA

Whilst we were aware of the weather forecast containing the words wind and rain for the day, our visit to the visitor information centre yesterday had made up our mind that a trip to Cape Leeuwin (the furthest south westerly point on the mainland) would be a trip to take irrespective of the weather.

. . . → Read More: 7 August 2016 – Busselton WA

6 August 2016 – Munster (Perth) to Busselton WA

We were expecting a wet start to the day but it was dry when we woke.  The forecast was for rain later in the day and rain in the direction we were heading.

We were in no real rush to leave and departed the caravan park just after 9:15am for the expected three hour . . . → Read More: 6 August 2016 – Munster (Perth) to Busselton WA

5 August 2016 – Munster (Perth) WA

Our alarm sounded at 7:00am but we stayed put for another 25 minutes.  The rain we had yesterday is gone but forecast again for late on Saturday.  Hopefully it will hold off until we get the caravan hitched and we get on the road south.

Today was our day in Perth and in particular, . . . → Read More: 5 August 2016 – Munster (Perth) WA

4 August 2016 – Munster (Perth) WA

It rained.  Actually it rained for most of the night.  It was still raining when we ventured out of the door.

Today we had planned to have a look around Freemantle and in particular the historic buildings in the area.  We also planned to find the memorial for the HMAS Perth that was sunk . . . → Read More: 4 August 2016 – Munster (Perth) WA

3 August 2016 – Cervantes to Munster (Perth) WA

It was cold overnight but we were both comfortable under our doona.

Today the cloud had rolled in and the weather looked threatening.  The forecast for Perth included the word “rain”.

We left the caravan park before nine and stopped at the “Lobster Shack” where we purchased fresh prawns and some lobster medallions. Fuel . . . → Read More: 3 August 2016 – Cervantes to Munster (Perth) WA

2 August 2016 – Geraldton to Cervantes WA

And then there was two.  Today we said goodbye to the couple who joined us in Port Augusta. They were travelling back to Perth with relatives and are fortunate not to have the same time restrictions as us.  We may see them again near the Nullarbor.

So, our caravan and our friend’s motorhome departed . . . → Read More: 2 August 2016 – Geraldton to Cervantes WA