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The Home Straight...

Still on a high from Airlie Beach our pace seems to be picking up as we head south towards NSW. So many beautiful places that we could have spent more time exploring - Rockhampton and Gin Gin were overnight stops - Carmila was a highlight for both of us between Mackay and Harvey Bay, camping on the waters edge.

It's amazing what kids will do to create their own fun - This scene took Brad well down memory lane...

North of Brisbane we spent most of our time in and around Caloundra, Maleny and the Glasshouse Mountains - all magic areas we will revisit from our soon to be base camp, Mullumbimby.

As timing would have it Brads ex boss and friend Shaun 'Touchie' Feely and family were on Bribie Island visiting their parents. This was their final stop before heading on an overseas sabbatical for several months. We had a lovely time catching up and getting to know the rest of the Touchie clan over two days...
...and seeing son teaching dad the finer points.

We made tracks towards Brisbane to spend time with friends and family. Great to catch up with Jens sister Ali, hubby Mark and their gorgeous little ones...

Towards Cleveland good friends Mick and Sue showed us another way to travel - in their boat around Morton Bay. Stunning weather and a delectable picnic lunch made for an amazing day on the water.

Spring is definitely in the air and such a beautiful time of year around the north NSW coast. Bellingen and Glennifer were memorable places to visit, made even more special by rejoining with traveling friends Tony, Saskia and their lovely boys, who were happy to show us their neck of the woods...
... As was Norm who we met a short distance away in Patanga, an intentional community near Thora. Our knowledgable tour guide took us through Dorrigo NP where he showed us pockets of pristine rainforest, never logged, rare along the east coast.

From here we were excited to make our way to Taree to see Jens mum Lesley and partner Lindsay. Lots to catch up on... Including our washing (thanks mum)!

Heading into Sydney we are looking forward to reuniting with more family and friends who we haven't seen since hitting the road 27,000kms, over 100 major stops and almost 8 months ago. Now that we've decided to head back north to see out the year, it doesn't feel like the end of our travels - just the end of our 'Coasting Around'. Mullumbimby will be home for the next three months, Brad will be working with TARPI, a not-for-profit organisation working with young people and their parents. While Jen will be getting to know the area and become involved within the community. Very exciting that our travels have brought us here.

So as we close this chapter, thanks for your support and for tuning in to our adventures. There is only so much you can capture in a blog so we look forward to sharing more stories and catching up on how you've all been face to face!

Signing off... for now, love Brad and Jen xxoo

Posted by Jenandbrad 18:35 Archived in Australia Tagged nsw qld Comments (0)

Heading south...

View Our Travels on Jenandbrad's travel map.

Our first week in and it was great to catch up with some family and friends in Vincentia, Gerora and Sussex Inlet. Back on the open road it was time to drop back into Tilba to soak up what we missed the first time around.

Tilba countryside is beautiful. As soon as you drive in you start to feel relaxed which is one of the reasons we've come back. 1UploadedFile7.jpg
We have been staying with our friends Virginia and Norm who were kind enough to put us up again for the night. Thanks for your warm hospitality and generosity; if you were a B&B we'd give 5 stars :) We had such a great time with you and meeting your friends, neighbours, animals and WWOOFers! (about WWOOFers for anyone interested).

Yesterday we walked up Gulaga Mountain. Gulaga is a sacred site of the Yuin people who cover much of the south coast. We've been reading a book called My People's Dreaming, stories about aboriginal culture from Elder Max Dulumunmun Harrison, known to the locals as Uncle Max. The book has caused a stir as some of his people believe indigenous knowledge should be kept within the community. We think it's worth sharing... Each of the stones you see in the photos has a sacred story; we felt privelaged just to be there.

Last night we had our first full bush camping experience on Mystery Bay. Our campsite was on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The location just outweighed the cons of bush toilets and showers.

This place still beats the bush toilet!...

Next stops are Wallaga Lake, Merimbula and Lakes Entrance VIC where we'll welcome powered sites and proper showers.

Posted by Jenandbrad 04:15 Archived in Australia Tagged nsw Comments (4)

Welcome to our Blog!

Dear family and friends, it won’t be long before we hit the road on our trip around Australia!

Our travels begin the 2nd week of February, as we head south following the coast road for roughly 9 months. The 3 areas we want to spend time getting to know are Perth/Margaret River WA, the Pilbara region WA and Cape York NT. We are organising volunteering along the way, especially in these areas. Our first stop is Cottage By The Sea in Queenscliff VIC, a charity organisation offering relief care for primary school children. More on this later...!

The map above can be used to track where we are or heading. As it develops you will be able to click on any of the locations and find related stories, photos, videos and other info. Otherwise the latest blogs and photos will be on the home page.

We have set up this blog to keep in touch with family and friends and to record our experiences. The blogging world is new to us so it may take a little time to get up and running. Bear with us, it can only get better.. we hope!


Thanks Ness for a very memorable (and yummy) farewell cake, Kim & Ross for the venue and everyone who pitched in :)

Posted by Jenandbrad 17:46 Archived in Australia Tagged nsw Comments (5)

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