Australian RV

That's our RV, just on sunrise, camped by the roadside near Coral Bay, Western Australia.

This website tells the story of how we got there and our continuing adventures living and working around Australia with our cat Zebbie, and our Sundance fifth wheel van.


Maisies addMaisie's add photo.

Alice Springs.

Sunday, 24th June, 2012

Our search for a new cat continued on and off, now focused on the internet.

The first we found that seemed right was in Darwin, but the more photos we saw, the more she reminded us of Zebbie.

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Indoor Garden.

Van in shedVan in Shed

Alice Springs.

Sunday, 10th June, 2012

We arrived back in Alice Springs on May seventh.

Our van was settled into the boss's shed so we could be on-site security for a while.

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Henty & Portland.

Henty MarketHenty Market


Sunday, 1st April, 2012

We'd seen a poster for a car boot sale at Henty hall on Sunday the first, so we decided to make that our weeks trip.

Daylight saving ended today, so we were up with plenty of time to get to the market.

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Mount Gambier & Warrnambool.

Blue Lake - Mount Gambier.

Mount Gambier.

Sunday, 18th March, 2012

Early last Saturday we went to Mount Gambier for shopping and visiting.

The weather was not the best, but we got a reasonable picture of the Blue Lake.

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Begonia Festival.

Market at Skipton.


Sunday, 11th March, 2012

Yesterday we drove to Ballarat for the annual Begonia Festival. We left early to make sure we got there by the opening as we wanted to see what goodies were for sale at the Begonia Club's stall.

We stopped at a small street market in Skipton where Lyn bought a plant. The first for the day.

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Alice Springs to Casterton.

near the NT/SA borderTravelling near the NT/SA border.


Sunday, 4th March, 2012

We left Alice Springs on Tuesday morning. No rain, but as we proceeded south we were driving through ground that had recently had a lot of rain. The side of the road was sodden and the drains were full of water.

We stopped near the border to take a picture. Lucky we did since once we were through the border the scenery was back to a real desolate desert.

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Preparing to leave Alice Springs.

Back of truckPlant box on back of truck.

Alice Springs.

Sunday, 26th February, 2012

It's been raining in the Centre, with forecast of much more, and so we are looking to leave before we get rained-in.

We spent the weekend getting ready for the move. We made a new box for some of the things we carry on the back of the truck, and fitted the hitch again.

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Painting the Truck Tray.

ZebbieTruck tray undercoated.

Alice Springs.

Sunday, 12th Febuary, 2012

From the moment we picked up our truck, the paint job on the tray has been a source of complaint. I had got a very good quote to sandblast the tray in Alice, but with our departure imminent, we thought we might give it a quick clean and spray ourselves.

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Zebbie Unwell.

ZebbieZebbie very unwell.

Alice Springs.

Sunday, 22nd January, 2012

Last weekend, our long time travelling companion, Zebbie the cat, started looking very unwell. It came on quite quickly with her showing no interest in her food, and finding it very hard to walk. She is twelve years old, but had been in great health - apart from being a little too chubby.

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2011 - The missing year.

Lizard up tree Lizard up a tree watching us work.

Sunday, 8th January, 2012

I'm sure you will have noticed that there has been no activity on this site for over a year now. In that time we have stayed and worked in Alice Springs again, and most of the things we did were the same as the previous year. Now we are making preparations to move, so this seems a good time to continue updating.

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First week in Ceduna.

Shelly BeachShelly Beach, looking east.

Thursday, 11th November, 2010

Our site at the Shelly Beach Caravan Park was really nice. The park is on the land side of a high sand dune that keeps the wind away from the sites.

Over the sand dune is Shelly Beach, named for all the shells that cover the sand.

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Bye Bye Alice - Hello Ceduna.

Bonney WellOur site at the Hall of Fame, Alice Springs.

Alice Springs to Ceduna.

Friday, 5th November, 2010

All weekend we'd been contacting people we knew around the country trying to find out where there was reasonable work available. Sunday night we heard that there was plenty of work in Ceduna working at grain storage on the wharf.

First thing Monday I rang the recruiter for the job and was told there would be work there for us,

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Alice Springs - We're Back!

Bonney WellBonney Well.

Bonney Well, Aileron, Alice Springs.

Tuesday, 20th October, 2010

We left Tennant Creek early Sunday morning.

This time we bypassed the Devils Marbles and stopped at Bonney Well instead. There's not much left to see, but it is a good rest site.

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Mataranka - Travelling South.

Mataranka town signSign at the entrance to Mataranka.

Mataranka. Newcastle Waters.

Thursday, 15th October, 2010

We left Katherine before 8am this morning, heading South with Alice Springs as a possible destination.

Mataranka was our first stop to pick up some travel lollies from the shop.

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Katherine and her Hot Springs.

Katherine Riverview Caravan ParkOur site at Katherine Riverview Caravan Park.

Riverview caravan park. Katherine Hot Springs. Katherine Gorge.

Thursday, 14th October, 2010

The information on our job at Katherine finally came through on Monday, so Tuesday we moved down to Katherine to be ready to start the next Monday.

Originally we were going to stay at a park out of town, but some friends whe were going to the same job were staying in town, and we decided to go to the same park.

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Darwin for a few days.

Coolalinga Caravan ParkOur site at Coolalinga Caravan Park.

Coolalinga. Nightcliff and Mindal markets. Stokes Hill Wharf.

Sunday, 10th October, 2010

From our Daly Waters camp, we made straight for Darwin and were set up in the Coolalinga Caravan Park on Wednesday night. The park was actualy full since the wet had started very early this year. In fact it had just poured before we arrived.

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Newcastle and Daly Waters.

Barkley tablelandStopped on the Barkley Tableland.

Tuesday, 5th October, 2010

Most of today we were driving on the Barkley Tableland. It was not very interesting, just flat land with miserable looking scrub.

The turnoff to the old Newcastle Waters township came up and we decided to have a look this time rather than just drive past.

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Devils Marbles - Take 2.

Sunrise at Ali GurungSunrise at Ali Gurung.

Monday, 4th October, 2010

We were pretty close to the Devils Marbles, so after packing up at daylight after a very quiet night, we continued up the road toward the big stones.

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