It’s been a while but we’ve had some van troubles over the last few weeks, which meant we’ve been going nowhere so we were very grateful to Francesca’s relatives for their support and roof over our heads.
It all began when we decided purchasing a van was the best option for our travels around Australia. We set out in earnest to find one that would make a suitable home for the next twelve months. Soon, we had our first viewing arranged and we embarked on the one-and-a-half-hour train journey to check it out.
Naturally, we had managed to find the one seller who was less than fluent in our native tongue so this made questioning him about the van a little difficult but overall the van seemed ideal. We were told to arrange everything with his son-in-law if we wanted to buy it. On arrival home, we quickly emailed to make the purchase but of course it had been sold. Was it naivety on our part? Or had it already been sold? We’ll never know. Back to the drawing board.
In the meantime, I was watching Liverpool games at random hours of the day and night and debating whether to get a ticket to their end of season friendly in Sydney. Had a ticket in my basket ready to buy but unfortunately Australia is just too big to go to Sydney on a whim on a Wednesday night in late May.
Anyway, back to the van search, next up was another journey into a northern suburb of Melbourne to view a van, which we subsequently bought…
However, the van I’m now writing this blog in is not that 1984 Toyota ‘Heidi’ Hiace but in fact “Morris” the Mazda circa 2005. We’ve had some issues followed by delays but to cut a long story criminally short we are now on the road and travelling again.
This was in no small part down to the help of Francesca’s relatives and buying the perfect sofa bed. The result? We now have a cosy little home on wheels complete with fitted carpet, homemade curtains, storage area and cooking bench.
We set off a week ago from Pakenham, making the three-hour trip to Lakes Entrance for our first night on the road. Since then we have visited some of the following places: Eden, Merimbula, Tathra, Bermagui, Hyams Beach and Huskisson
On the driving, it has been extremely fun thanks to stunning scenery every step of the way and winding, twisting roads. Although, you probably think we have a lot of potholes in the UK, I think Australia probably invented them!
Anyway, after our run of coastal towns, we’re now on the verge of reaching the city of Wollongong and a little place you may have heard of called Sydney, just in time for our four-year anniversary. I couldn’t have planned it better myself, oh wait I did! Although Morris the Mazda did his best to slow us down on every hill.
Next up will be stories from Sydney and our travels up to Queensland to find work.