We are Joe and Sharni & we have been together since we were teenagers. For many years, we’ve dreamt about taking an extended break off work to travel around Australia. We practiced for years in a Suzuki Sierra we bought off eBay for less than Sharni’s thermomix, camping up and down the south west coast of Western Australia. Slowly Joe learnt how to drive a 4WD and not get bogged every 5 minutes. Slowly Sharni built her tolerance to sleeping and toileting out in the bush. Joe also put considerable effort into improving his fishing skills so he’d be ready to put them to use around Australia. Those skills still need work.
The bone jarring suspension, lack of air conditioning, extreme cabin noise levels, limited space, leaking roof, shaking steering wheel and 90km/h top speed of the Sierra sounded like a perfect touring vehicle to Joe. Sharni held less favourable opinions about the Sierra and so the decision was made to save up and upgrade to a Hilux. Finally after 10 years of dreaming the dream became reality. We bought the Hilux in October 2011 and in February 2012 we left our home in Perth and embarked on an open-ended camping trip around Australia.
We dumped the Hilux in Brisbane in October 2013 and went to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean for a few months. Upon returning to oz our bank accounts were somewhat depleted so we’ve decided to leave the Hilux in Brisbane and head to Perth to work. Unfortunately our short term idea for work has become much longer term. So we’ve had the Hilux transported back to Perth and we’re both back in the rat race working full time for an unknown period of time. We’ve only done about half of what we want to do around Australia. When will we set off to do the rest? No one knows. All we know is taking 2 years to travel half way around Australia was perhaps taking it a little slow.
Checkout our overall progress around Australia on our Route Map.
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