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This is our website as our family travels around Australia in our motorhome ‘Home Aboard’
‘Home Aboard’ also known as ‘Wee Beastie’ (due to size rather than temperament) is a 19.0m long, 2.5m wide, 4.3m high motorhome which is our home as we travel around Australia. We decided to put together a blog to keep our friends and family up to date with our travels and to save them from being spammed by all our emails!
Beastie at Fat Hen Creek, Kilkivan
We began our journey from Wollongong, NSW, in April 2009. To see where we have been so far click on the ‘Map’ tab on the left.
There are a number of questions that we invariably get asked: about the bus, why are we doing this? How do we ‘school’ our teenagers and how long will we be ‘on the road?’ amongst others. Check out our ‘Bus Facts’ page for more info on Beastie (after all she’s the star of the show and deserves her own page!).
Why are we doing this? It’s really addictive! Once we got started Australia just kept getting bigger! There are so many places to go, things to see, people to meet and so much to learn and do. As our boys were 14 and 16 (when we started), we felt that if we wanted to have time together as a family it was now or never before they flew off to uni, flats, jobs…
How do we ‘cope’ with two teenage boys in a bus and how do we ‘school’? Easy! We bought a REALLY big bus and continued to homeschool as we have done for a few years. Actually, the homeschooling part is really easy. When you are living the geography and geology, the politics and the passions and the travel not to mention the interesting people and clubs we meet at the various places we stay it would be very difficult to remain ignorant or unmoved by LIFE. And yes they do meet other people with whom they enjoy stimulating conversations and no they don’t keep journals and yes I get asked those two questions a lot!
Favourite places (so far):
  • Bottle Bend, Mildura, NSW, where we did our ‘Little Bus on the Prairie’ thing when we were stranded there for ten days due to heavy rain (April 2009)
  • White Cliffs, NSW, where we met Margie, John, Doug & Karl who took us under their wing and showed us how to fossick for opal (May 2009)
  • The Darling River Run, through Tilpa and Louth, NSW, which is awesome! (May 2009)
  • Seaforth just north of Mackay, QLD, where we went sailing and swimming (September 2009)
  • Chillagoe in northern QLD for its caves and dry landscapes (October 2009)
  • The Breakaways near Coober Pedy, SA, their fabulous colours just don’t seem real (January 2010)
  • Rapid Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula, SA, offered great sailing (March 2010)
  • Clare, SA, a great place to recharge your batteries with cellar doors and a fab bike trail (April 2010)
  • The area around Katherine, NT, with Nitmiluk Gorge, Edith Falls and the fantastic Barunga Sporting and Cultural Festival (June 2010)
  • Kakadu National Park, NT, glorious waterfalls and walks, amazing rock art, a truly awesome experience (June 2010)
  • Kununurra, WA, and our wonderful flight over the Bungle Bungle (July 2010)
  • Marble Bar, WA, a seam of Jasper that looks like red, black, grey and white marble (August 2010)
  • Karijini National Park, WA, walking and swimming through the gorges is awesome (September 2010)
  • Ningaloo Reef WA, amazing snorkelling and wildlife experiences (September 2010)
  • D’Entrecasteaux National Park, Windy Harbour WA, the scenery’s exhilarating (October 2010)
  • Pomona, QLD, friendly village atmosphere, walkways through the bush and Mt Cooroora (August 2009 & June 2011)
We would love to hear from you, please feel free to email us at:  jemcg67@yahoo.com.au
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