Travel Stories

Camping is a G.I.F.T.

All day I dream about the wonder of a sunburnt country. An array of unique fauna, picturesque coastal scenes and the quintessential charm of country hospitality. My mind wanders down a forgotten path as it surveys the beauty of the inland plains. I rest a moment. The awe of a Nullarbor sunset washes over me, as I tilt my head toward its might. ‘One more moment’, I whisper softly, just ‘One more …’. The sudden tweet of a mechanical ring propels me into the present. I reach for my mobile phone; nestled between the Kindle and iPad. ‘Having a #blast! Today I'm...
24th Feb. 2016

Interview with Sid Whiting from Grey Nomad 101

Like many in the caravanning world, I have been following Sid and Sandie Whiting's stories for years. If you haven't come across their email newsletters, you may have watched their DVD's or come ac...

30 Facebook Groups and Pages to get you inspire...

If you're a first time camper, you're probably a somewhere between being nervous and excited. It is not uncommon for campers and travellers to have a number of questions about their upcoming ca...

10 Vantastic Apps You Must Have!

If you want to find an excuse to use your phone while camping, look no further! Here are 11 apps that will help you enjoy the ‘disconnecting’ in nature even more. There’s nothing like kicking back,...

Tips and Tricks of The Caravan - Camping World

If you are reading this then firstly, hats off on your decision to explore Australia! There is however much to think and plan about before leaving on your camping & caravanning holiday. If it is yo...

Park My Van Outback Travel Guide

Australia’s low crime rate, well-maintained roads and high standard of living makes it pretty safe to explore the country. It is important however, to be aware of the impending environmental hazar...

30 Inspirational Travel Quotes in Pictures

Do you need a little inspiration for your next trip? Or some incentive to begin your adventure travels? The best travel quotes always have the ability to inspire the reluctant traveller. Occasional...

What You Need to Know About Australia Before Ar...

Australia is one of the most backpacker and travel friendly countries in the entire world. Whether your holiday is a short one or a multi-month adventure, there is something to satisfy every trave...

Top 5 Tips for Backpackers in Australia

Australia—a backpackers paradise! Hundreds of thousands of backpackers flock to Australian shores every year because of its great weather, beautiful scenery and its distinctive culture. Backpacki...

A Guide to Melbourne's Suburbs!

Melbourne’s inner city is quite small, but its geographic span sprawls out into rural Victoria. The city’s character is made up from the diversity of its suburbs. Get to know some of the neighbou...

Five Reasons to Get Up For an Aussie Sunrise

Setting your alarm for a single figured hour may not be appealing after a hard day's adventuring/ night's partying however these five points might change your mind and help you squeeze even more fr...

Four girls. One coast.

It all started very innocently. Four girls and one big - Betsy. Easy, just one thousand kms to drive. On the left side. (Another reason why Australia is so special!) I was very close to crashing in...

Magnetic Island - A Full Moon Party On Halloween

Maggie is the name the locals have for Magnetic Island, a beautiful island just 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville. I was super excited to get there - because on the friday night there was going t...

Soaking up paradise at Airlie Beach & The Whits...

Paradise - pure and simple. Crystal clear waters and pristine white sand beaches abound throughout the Whitsundays, and Airlie Beach is the perfect base from which to explore it all.

Rockhampton - The Steak Capital of Australia

Love a good steak? Then you need to go to Rockhampton - they have the best ones in Australia. Officially in Northern Queensland it's starting to get hot on this road-trip.

My Campervan Rules: Tips For Cooking on the Move

Just because you’re living a frugal life on the road doesn’t mean that what ends up on your plate has to be primitive too.

Hanging out in Noosa

Noosa is a stylish getaway town with a great blend of beach and rainforest. The well-off town attracts a crowd of state locals who come to enjoy the sophisticated and fashion boulevard that is Hast...

Brisvegas Baby! Australia's Most Underrated City

Ahh Brisbane…the perfect river city, with the ideal balance of relaxed lifestyle and vibrant city culture. 3 days was barely enough to enjoy Brisbane but I gave it my best shot.

Staying on Stradbroke Island 8/70

Can you imagine living on an island with a population of about 2,000 people? Or in a town on that island of about 300 people? North Stradbroke Island is an easy 30 minute ferry ride from the mainla...

Be The Envy of the Campsite With This Guide on ...

The windows are rolled down, your sunkissed hair is flapping in the breeze, a decent amount of sand is still between your toes and you’ve just witnessed a tearjerker of a sunset. You pull ...

Learning to Surf in Byron Bay 7/70

Between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay I took another side trip into the country, spending a night with a friend who recently acquired a large piece of tranquil bushland. It was nice to go somewhere w...

Day 5/70 Coffs Harbour

So this afternoon I've left Tamworth and am headed back to the coast. The drive from Tamworth to Coffs Harbour is beautiful! Snaking along the New England Highway through a few national parks is de...

Day 2/70; Port Stephens, Shoal Bay, Tin City & ...

The van is with the mechanic getting an engine swap so I'm stuck in Newcastle for longer than I expected. That said, from what I've learnt in my short time here, it's a great place to spend a littl...

Day 4/70 - Hunter Valley

Day 3 was a bit of a non-event, I picked up a temporary car off a friend whilst the van gets it's engine swapped and I ran around too and fro doing odds and ends related to the road trip. The plan ...

Day 3/70 - Tamworth, The Home of Country Music

Nursing a small hangover from the previous day of drinking the hunter valley dry, I limped on towards the next stop, Tamworth! Tamworth is home to about 50,000 people and is famous for it's annual ...

Day 1 of 70 Days Around Australia

I was awake at 5.30am this morning, and for every minute that I grew more alert the more I realised what a big day today is. Today I've left my home town of Sydney and begun a road trip that will t...

Townsville

Townsville, the capital of North Queensland, is a cosmopolitan city bounded by the Burdekin region down south, the towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood on the west, Magnetic Island on the east, ...

Watsons Bay Fishing

Anyone looking to spend a lovely afternoon in Sydney and fancies a bit of fishing then this post is for you! Last weekend I took the 325 bus out to Watsons Bay and traipsed down to Camp Cove and th...

Thredbo Snow Weekend

Every winter here in Australia, we cross our fingers and hope for snow to hit the Snowy Mountains so we can claim to have a Ski Season. This year we've had just enough and so we joined one of the w...

City2Surf

With some 80,000 other runners Park My Van took to the Sydney Streets on Sunday to take park in Sydney’s annual City 2 Surf fun run. It's 14km over an undulating course that snakes east from the ci...

Melbourne Graffiti

After mentioning the quality graffiti in and around Melbourne in our Destination Melbourne guide recently I decided to revisit some of it's best haunts when I was just down for the weekend. Gone ar...

The Blue Mountains

Sitting some 90 minutes west of Sydney the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains attracts some 12 million visitors annually. The Greater Blue Mountains Area consists of seven national parks and cons...

Northern Rivers - Beyond Byron

Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, the public perception of the Northern Rivers revolves largely around the hub town of Byron Bay and home to the inland hamlet...

NSW Central Coast

The Central Coast isn’t often considered as a campervanning destination, due to its high-density residential zoning and proximity to Sydney. However, if you’re heading in or out of Sydney it’s well...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Ten

Newell Highway adVANture - Day 10: Melbourne to Sydney. Overall Trip Rating A+ Last day on the road: Tied up all the loose ends, drove the van back to Awesome Campers, and spent a little time film...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Nine

Day 9: Tocumwal to Melbourne. 3 hours, 16 minutes, 270 km. Overall Grade: B+ - the trip was coming to an end. Left Town Beach camping area in Tocumwal and breakfasted at the Local Bakery on rec...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Eight

Day Eight: Narrandera to Jerilderie to Tocumwal. 1 hour 59 minutes, 166 km. Overall Grade: B+ Home Stretch! We head to the Koala Reserve across the river once we're up. We walk along the path, ...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Seven

Day Seven: Condoblin to Burcher to West Wyalong to Narrandera. 2 hours 49 minutes, 240 km. Hacky sack count: 22 - Record! Left Lake Gum Bend for West Wyalong. Took the most direct route from Condo...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Six

Day Six: Dubbo to Parkes to Ootha to Condoblin. 3 hours 13 minutes, 237 km. Overall Grade: A. Hacky sack count: 13 - Back on track! Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, is $46 a pop per adult, $24 for kids ...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Five

Day Five: Pilliga Pottery to Coonabarabran to Warrumbungles to Gilgandra to Dubbo. 2 hours 39 minutes, 179 km. Overall Grade: B+ Got up early to milk the cows - traditional farm life! Pilliga pott...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Four

Day Four: Moree to Narrabri to Pilliga Pottery. 2 hours 47 minutes, 212 km. Overall Grade: A Woke up early and joined the morning rush at the pools before heading into town to compare the local th...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Three

Day three: Armidale to Barruba to Bingarra to Moree, 3 hours 57 minutes, 267 km. Overall Grade: A+ Day three stated with a quick bite to eat for breakfast, a few photos of Armidale Tourist Park to...

Newell Highway adVANture - Day Two

Day Two - Girraween National Park to Tenterfield to Armidale. 2 hours, 55 min, 234 km. Overall Grade: B After a cold night in the tent, day two began with a two and a half hour round trip of Girra...

Newell Highway adVANture Route A39

First Leg Day 1- Sydney to Brisbane to Awesome Campers to Girraween National Park 3 hours, 246 km Hacky sack count: 3 in the dark (Day one, perhaps a little rusty). Overall Grade: A-

Getting Back to Nature

Time the tides right and it's a leisurely 2 hour round trip through needle pine fringed islands and estuaries teeming with eager fisherman and local water birds; time the tides wrong, and its a fru...

Royal National Park

For anyone looking for a weekend break from the hustle and bustle, why not head to the world’s second oldest national park - The Royal National Park 50km South of Sydney.  It’s an easily accessible...

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A little German named Kat! Broken Head Holiday ...

Today we stayed at Broken Head’s Holiday Park, which is located next to another untouched and hidden beach with epic waves and more awesome surfing.

A little German named Kat! Seal Rocks & Byron

Our surfing continued in Seal Rocks where we stayed one night at Seal Rocks Holiday Park. The park is placed next to an idyllic white beach, ideal for surfing, fishing and diving.

A Little German named Kat - One Mile Beach

Before we started our first surf session we had some delicious and fresh fruits for breakfast followed by some muesli, toast with cheese, avocado and a boiled egg on top. As the sun rose, the swell...

A litte German named Kat! Newcastle

A Sunday afternoon or early evening in Newcastle and barely anyone was passing through the streets. The city seemed closed down. Craving for food – all shops seemed closed and most of the restauran...

A little German named Kat! Roadtrip

From Sydney to Brisbane and back – ten days – nine nights – two sisters and a whole lot of driving.

9. Lisa - That's a wrap

All good things come to an end... It’s our last day and as our plane from Mackay leaves at 10am. There is nothing left to do except for one last breakfast in a Coles car park, return the car to ...

8. Lisa - Airlie Beach to The Great Barrier Reef

This is supposed to be THE day. The day that dreams come true, the day we go to paradise, the day we fly high up in the sky, the day we get to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the...

7. Lisa - Free Camping all the way

The coast line south of Cairns and north of the Whitsunday area is milling with free camp sites and caravan parks. I have to admit they are not always easy to find and owners of smartphones are def...

6. Lisa - Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island: Where the wild things are. After our pleasant Townsville experience it is time the next day to head out to Magnetic Island. After arriving at Arcadia, the “capital” of the island ...

5. Lisa - Townsville

The best day to visit Townsville I guess is a Sunday. There is a cute market going on with farmers from the area selling fruit and veggies for more than fair prices. A good opportunity to stock up ...

4. Lisa - Mission Beach

After spending some time in and around Cairns, we decide its time to move further down south. To where the free camp sites are! Read; Mission Beach, about 140km from where we are now.

3. Lisa - Downtown Cairns versus Kuranda Village

There are many reasons to go to Cairns but let’s be honest here, guys. We don’t go to Cairns to stay in Cairns. We go to Cairns because there is a lot to see and do around. But the city itself pret...

2. Lisa - Cape Tribulation: Welcome to the Jungle!

On the second day we are headed further north to Cape Tribulation in Daintree National Park for 2 days. We checked out the camping situation there before as there are no free camp sites and wild ...

1. One German, three Frenchies , a camper, tent...

It’s 9:30, Cairns Airport. We made it, all the way from Sydney! With a huge hangover, probably one hour of sleep, party hats, and dark rings under our eyes. It’s the day after my birthday. But as I...

Splendour in the Grass - aka Mudfest

The festival… Driving into the Splendour grounds was a mass of cars and campervans, all trailing like ants along the dirt road, directed by volunteers with dreadlocks who were all smiles to the sec...

Splendour in the Grass - Roadtrip!

Splendour in the Grass 2013 – aka Mudfest The journey north… I firmly believe that there should be little or no human activity at 4am on a Wednesday morning. Nevertheless, when the alarm sounded...