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Campervan Farewell, Trip Expenses, A380 Flight Deck & Bloopers!

It’s a sad day… but it had to come, sooner or later. We’re returning our campervan in Sydney. It’s been an amazing experience that we’ll cherish forever… and we know we’ll be back. Many of you have requested information about the costs of our trip, so we’ve included a short overview, both in the video …

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Stepping on a Huge Snake at Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse!

Like many first-time visitors to Australia, we had certain expectations of what we’d find here. Of course one of the things we’ve heard is that Oz has more poisonous critters than just about anywhere else. So stepping on a large snake might cause sudden death… from a heart attack, if nothing else. Even though we’ve …

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Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Beaches & Big4

With 17 stellar swimming and surfing beaches, Port Macquarie, NSW is a crown jewel along Australia’s Legendary Pacific Coast. It’s also home to the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to the care and preservation of koalas. We’re staying at our 3rd excellent Big4 Holiday Park, and we also spotted camels on the beach in Port …

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Mobbed By Kangaroos in Yuraygir National Park

“Mob” is the correct term for a group of kangaroos. Fitting, since we felt like we were about to become victims of a mob hit after being surrounded by them! We’re in beautiful Yuraygir National Park along Australia’s Legendary Pacific Coast. Besides the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches, Yuraygir is known for its huge kangaroo …

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Byron Bay Big4 & the Cape Byron Lighthouse

After the blast we had at Bluesfest, we want to see more of this beautiful area, including the magnificent Cape Byron Lighthouse, perched on the easternmost point of mainland Australia. So we’ve relocated to our second Big4 Holiday Park, right here in Byron Bay. From our experience so far, Big4’s reputation as Australia’s premier place …

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Byron Bay Bluesfest & Legendary Pacific Coast Planning

We’ve crossed from Queensland into New South Wales to attend Australia’s epic annual blues & roots music festival – Byron Bay Bluesfest. With over 200 performers on 7 stages over 5 full days, Bluesfest showcases music from around the world. Despite the name, there’s far more than blues here. We saw Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Tom Jones …

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Australia Campervan Awning Set-up Time-Lapse

To enable us to fit into just about any size campsite, we rented one of Maui’s smallest fully self-contained campervans. But we know that small size can sometimes require compromise. At first glance, it appears that our RV has no awning, leaving us exposed to sun and rain. But there’s actually a simple, clever, compact …

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Australia Driving Q&A – David Barnes Driving School

We’ve had no problem driving around Australia for the past couple of weeks. But as a former bus driving instructor, I’ve keyed into many nuances that differentiate Aussie rules of the road from those we’re used to. Even though we’ve been doing fine, we thought it would be a great idea to learn all we …

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Boondockers Welcome in OZ, Plus a Honkin’ Custom Outback-Ready RV!

Our video introducing Boondockers Welcome shared this clever way to connect RVers with free, legal camping on private property. Not only were we welcomed like family by our gracious BW hosts here in Australia, but we also toured the most mondo custom-built 4-wheel-drive outback-tackling motorhome we’ve ever seen while we were staying with them. Doug …

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Kangaroos & Wallabies on the Beach at Sunrise

In our continuing quest to experience Australian wildlife in its natural habitat, we’re eager for our first kangaroo sighting. We’ve heard that Cape Hillsborough National Park is a slam-dunk. Every morning at sunrise, a mob of wallabies and kangaroos gathers on the beach to feast on mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. All …

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The Whitsunday Islands: Float Plane to Spectacular Whitehaven Beach

When you’re planning a trip and certain destinations keep coming up again and again, it’s probably for a reason. Every guide exhorted “Don’t miss The Whitsundays!” and everyone we spoke with urged “You have to see the Whitsundays!” So of course we made it a priority and… Wow! We totally understand why every trip to …

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Magnetic Island Koalas in the Wild

There are times when the most practical way to view certain animals is in a zoo or sanctuary (like our recent encounter with Tasmanian Devils). But there’s something really special about experiencing wildlife… in the wild. That’s most feasible when the species in question frequents known accessible areas and isn’t dangerous to humans. And it’s …

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Duck-Billed Platypus Hunting in Australia’s Atherton Tablelands.

One of our primary missions while caravanning Down Under is to see as much indigenous wildlife as we can. Not in a zoo or sanctuary, but in the wild, whenever possible. We especially want to see animals that are completely different than anything in North America, and Australia is chock full of them. So began …

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How To Hook-Up & Dump Tanks on an Australian Campervan

How would you like to dump your black tank without moving your RV to the dump station, even when you’re not in a full-hook-up campsite? In Australia, you can! Getting hooked up and dumping tanks in a caravan park in Australia is different than in the US or Canada. They use 240 volts, so the …

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Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef — Port Douglas, QLD

Of all the things we’ve always dreamed about doing in Australia, nothing came close to snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. We’ve snorkeled in Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, and we expected the grandaddy of all reefs would blow them all away. Boy did it ever. You can add up all the coral …

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Australia RV Road Trip & Legendary Pacific Coast Interview

As you’re reading this, we are officially aboard our campervan in Australia! As we prepare to experience and share its features and the locations we’ll be visiting, we’ll be showcasing beautiful destinations and experiences, the details of operating our campervan (lots of things are very different than in North America), places to stay, and the …

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Freedom Camping on the Mohaka River near Napier, NZ

We’re in port again, this time in Napier, New Zealand. And just like everywhere else we’ve been Down Under, we’re seeing lots of RVers here. We’re taking a rafting trip down the Mohaka River and happened across yet another beautiful Freedom Camping location along its banks. We even met someone with a very rare feature …

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Akaroa, New Zealand Waterfront Freedom Camping

While in port in Akaroa, NZ, we were excited to find a “Freedom Camping” location within walking distance of the harbor. Freedom Camping is officially designated dry camping, and a popular way to camp in New Zealand. We were pleased to connect with a lovely couple from Denmark, who were traveling in a rented campervan. …

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Planning to Drive on the Left in Dunedin, New Zealand

We know that our first time driving on the left side of the road, and from the right seat, will be no big deal. But every time a family drives past, we do a double-take, thinking there’s a little kid behind the wheel! We also brain-fart about which way to look when crossing the street, …

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Tasmanian Devil Feeding Frenzy

Until you’ve seen Tasmanian Devils in full-on feeding frenzy, it’s hard to imagine such small animals being so ferocious. We arrived at the Wings Wildlife Park in Gunns Plains, Tasmania at feeding time, and we were stunned by how aggressive they are. They’re totally fearless and will stop at nothing to get food away from …

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Melbourne, Australia Beachfront Boondocking

While we’re cruising ahead of our Australian RV road trip, we’re of course eager to learn whatever we can from local RVers. While in port in Melbourne, we had a good idea that we might find people dry camping along the waterfront. Sure enough, we came across several couples “free camping” in a parking area …

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Here’s the Official Video Announcement – We’re Going Down Under!

We’ve been dropping some hints for a while about big RVing plans that have been nearly a year in the making. So we’re excited to officially announce: We’re going caravanning in Australia! We’re typing this on a very long flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, and will upload both the post and video when we …

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We Have a Winner… New Driving Video Coming… Plus a Special Travel Announcement!

We’re excited to be sharing three pieces of news today. Our latest giveaway just ended with someone winning $300 worth of M4 LEDs, our 2nd semester of RVgeeks Driving School is about to be in session, and we’re getting ready to embark on a really far-out RV trip. M4 LED Giveaway As usual, we’ve been …

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RV Boondocking: Trona Pinnacles Aerial Tour

Of all the ways to RV, boondocking is our favorite. Generally defined as “camping in remote places without hook-ups,” it’s frequently awesome, and usually free. Recently, our good friends Jason & Nikki Wynn, better known as Gone With the Wynns, invited us to join them on a boondocking trip to a great spot in the …

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RV Boondocking Breakfast Recipe – Hot Start For Cold Mornings

Disappearing into extremely isolated locations has always been one of our favorite ways to RV. Since we try to eat healthy, that means stocking up on fresh food. As a residential refrigerator is a relatively recent phenomenon for us, we know what “limited fridge space” is all about on most RVs. Even though we snowbird …

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Boondockers Welcome — Camp for FREE on Private Property — Plus a $300 Giveaway!

We’re the type of RVers who like to mix it up. We’ve stayed everywhere from National Parks to Wal-Mart, and even splurged on luxurious motorcoach resorts. One of the coolest places to camp is with friends or relatives who have the space to accommodate an RV. But how many friends do you have, and how …

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