It can be a rite of passage here in Australia to at some point pack up your life into a van and head off to do the big lap. And many people who make the decision to head out on the road also find themselves faced with another hard question…. do I take the dog?
When it gets grey and cold in the winter months, and Australians start dreaming of escaping to an island paradise, I doubt that the Cook Islands is what springs directly to mind. This could be because in the past you would have had to fly via New Zealand to visit these friendly Pacific Islands, however recently (and luckily) Air New Zealand have started offering flights directly to Rarotonga from Sydney.
Whether your joining the tribe of Australians doing the big lap or heading further afield, there’s a lot to be said for the old saying “less is more”, especially when it comes to loading up your backpack. Limiting clothing and footwear to a few essential items that will last the distance will always give you an advantage. We have gone over our essential Everything Australian items to help you stay on top of things when your blazing those trails out there.
It has always been something on my mind, ever since I can remember. I have always wanted to take a good amount of time and see as much of Australia as possible. When I was a kid, every school holiday’s our family went on camping trips, and so I grew up comfortable with camping and Australian travel.
I like to think these unadvertised attractions are a reflection of the true nature of Australians and what makes them great. Like the Big Poo and Gnomesville, Australians are a friendly bunch that don’t take themselves too seriously and love a good laugh.
Having spent time and a boatload of money exploring some of the more popular islands of the Great Barrier Reef such as Lady Elliot Island and Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, without a doubt my favourite would have to be the much less advertised Magnetic Island.
If you think there a lot to see and experience on the road in Australia, you quickly learn the true magic of this wilderness happens when you leave the beaten track. Towards the end of our great journey, after bumming around in the sun in cairns for a few weeks, we decided the last wild track we had to see before our trip ended was the Bloomfield track from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown.