We are Joe and Sharni from Perth, Western Australia. 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 Sierra was a fabulous machine. Joe loved it. It was strong, cheap and great off road and so many good times were had with it. The bone jarring suspension, lack of air conditioning, extreme cabin noise levels, limited space, leaking roof, shaking steering wheel and 90km/h top speed sounded like the perfect touring vehicle for 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.
Our original trip around oz was spread over about 2 years. During that time we lived in Katherine for six months, backpacked through South East Asia for four months, went to a bucks party in Jamaica, wedding in Cayman Island and road tripped through in USA for 4 months. After that we traveled back to perth and re-entered the rat race for a couple of years.
In early 2017 we decided it was time to get back on the road which is what we’re up to right now. We’ll continue to update the blog with our travels and our overall progress can be viewed on the Route Map page.
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