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We’re going on the big lap. Why, When and How!

It’s finally time to announce something we’ve been planning for a very, very long time. We are packing up, I’ve resigned from full time employment and we’re doing the big lap of Australia!

If you’ve been following us for some time you’ll know we have two little boys (5 and 3) and love nothing more than 4WDing and Camping for weeks at a time, and the big lap of Australia will be exactly that, just on a much, much larger scale.

We are so pumped to shake things up and take you all along for the journey! This post is fairly long, but covers exactly why, when and how we’re going about it, and what’s taken place up until now.

We're going on the big lap

We’re going on the big lap of Australia

We are not your average ‘travelling family’

There’s a lot of families on the road today, for lots of different reasons. If you are following us, maybe you also follow others that are already travelling.

It’s an amazing way of life, but we are not your normal, or average family on the road:

We aren’t travelling in a Caravan

Yes, you read that correctly. We have a hybrid, which is kind of a cross between a Caravan and a Camper Trailer, with some of the luxuries of a van without the size and weights that they come in. 4 people in a van that has a total length from hitch to tail lights of under 6 metres? Yep, you read that right.

Looking to get one? Check out our Ultimate guide to buying a Hybrid Camper Trailer.

We plan on hitting all the places you can’t take a van into, and there’s plenty of other reasons why we haven’t gone to a Caravan, which you can read further down.

Bush camping

We’re not going in a Caravan

This is not a decision made on a whim

The number of people who decide one day that they’ve had enough and spend the next 2 months (or less!) finding a tow vehicle, trailer and selling or packing up before departing is staggering.

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with this, that’s not us. We’ve been camping and travelling Australia for years now around our full time commitments, and have been planning this trip for years. 

We’ve been using our current setup for more than a couple of years, and have already clocked up more than 200 nights in it, and prior to that we did well over 200 nights in a soft floor camper, and many more in tents even earlier on. The travel, camping and 4WD lifestyle is not new to us in any way, shape or form.

Behind it all, this has been a goal we’ve been planning and working towards for a very long time, and that time is now!

Lunch at Mt Nameless

We’ve been at this for a long time

We have no sponsors

If you’ve been following other families (or couples/individuals) for some time, you’ll know that many of them earn money by promoting businesses or products.

You’ll see it in their hashtags, sponsored Facebook ads, discount codes being promoted, in their paid content videos on YouTube or the fact that they fly to various shows to promote caravan brands or a myriad of other ways.

I’ve been working part time in the online world for more than 13 years, and we know how all of this works, and honestly, a fair chunk of it doesn’t sit well with us. As a result, we are not sponsored by anyone, and have no intentions to be going forward.

This is a choice we make, so we can accurately review products and services without feeling like we have to promote them. We own all of our gear, and will tell you if its good, or if its rubbish. 

If on the very slim chance we do take anything without paying for it, you will know about it every single time, at the start of the post. It won’t be hidden in the fine print, or not mentioned at all like so many ‘influencers’ do.

If you want to read more about this controversial topic, check out Travelling families and influencers selling themselves.

The only thing even remotely close to sponsored work for us is the advertising that we do for Snowys, who I’d be happy to say is the best camping business we’ve found in Australia, period.

They pay us a small fee each month for the logo in the sidebar, but are not sponsors, and we don’t have to say good things (or anything at all!) about them. We really rate their pricing, service, knowledge and deliveries, but at the end of the day please buy from whoever you are happy with.

We aren’t part of any dodgy schemes

Scroll through Facebook today, and you are inundated by hundreds of posts of those who will ‘show you how to make a living from your laptop’, or invite you to a webinar, or ‘PM me for more details’.

All of these posts rely on MLM, affiliate marketing, or a different sort of dodgy arrangement. If they can’t be open, honest and transparent about it, do you really want to have anything to do with it?

If the person makes money teaching others to make money, there’s a pretty good chance its something you should be cautious of. Yes, its a generalisation and not always true, but for the most part its incredibly, and ironically accurate. There are some legit opportunities, but a large chunk of them are not. Proceed with caution!

We make money from this website solely using the generic ads that you see scattered around the place. That’s it. It’s completely legitimate, ethical and involves more time and effort than I could ever express to make any decent chunk of money.

There’s nothing else going on behind the scenes that you can’t see.

Beyond that, you’ll never see us talking in depth about this anyway, as that’s not the point of this website. We are here to help you 4WD, camp and travel better, not to make money online. If you want more information on that side of things, jump on YouTube and learn how to start a site, and put ads on it.

We won’t ask for your money

Going on from the above, we won’t ask for your money. We don’t want you to sign up to anything (except our email newsletter if you’d like!), we don’t have discount codes to share with you so we make a commission (because that’s how it works) and we have nothing to sell you, period. 

We don’t have products (electronic or otherwise) and we aren’t interested in pushing you in any particular direction. We just share our experiences in the hope that they might be useful to you. At the end of the day, you do you.

Our posts are honest, open and transparent

There’s some pretty fluffy posts that go on social media, and ours are not like that. You’ll find the good, the bad and the downright horrible. If a product is garbage, it will be made very clear in our reviews. 

We don’t do reviews on products that we’ve had for 5 minutes (or as we unbox them like some people do!), or rave about products that are clearly undeserving of the attention, like so many others do.

Oztent Sturt review

You won’t find us raving about products that are actually rubbish (these chairs are honestly great BTW!)

Our reviews are done after extensive ownership and abuse, and they cover every aspect and not just the surface fluff that so many people love to rave about.

If we don’t like a particular place, we say that. It’s not to offend anyone, but its to give accurate feedback on our experience.

We worked our butts off to have this opportunity

This opportunity did not come easily, and there are only a tiny handful of people who have some insight into the amount of time and effort that its taken for us to get to this point. 

We’ve worked extremely hard and saved our butts off with the intention of being able to wind back a bit, and as soon as possible. Sarah often calls me a miser, but we both tend to be very frugal and have been saving every cent possible for around 15 years. 

This gives us huge flexibility to stop working and travel, and is exactly the point in time we’ve been grinding towards for longer than I care to think about.

We’ve also been working incredibly hard on this very website (since 2009!), which is at the point where it can support our family while we travel, and that is huge.

I can finally leave my full time role and slide into running 4WDing Australia on the road. Sure, there’s a drop in income, but its enough to keep us ticking along and that’s something we are hugely grateful for. It really is a dream come true, and one that we’ve been working on for more hours than I care to think about.

Camping in our Reconn R2

We’ve worked seriously hard to get to this point

When are we leaving?

The intention is to leave in late September to early October of 2022. There’s a fair list of things that needs to be done before that, so we need to get cracking! If we aren’t done by then, we’ll be hanging around until we are happy, knowing its easier to get things done at home than on the road!

Why are we leaving?

We cannot wait to hit the road. I can’t tell you the number of times Sarah and I have both turned to each other and said stuff this, lets just go.

I’ve literally had the days written in my diary and white board at work for months now, and after every phone call that wakes me up in the middle of the night for something having gone wrong at work, I can’t wait.

However, I believe in doing the right thing, and my employer has been great to me over the years and I’ll repay the favour by giving them a huge notice period. I literally resigned on Monday just gone!

That said, there’s plenty of other major reasons:

The kids are old enough

We’ve always wanted to do the big lap, but in our opinion its not practical with kids that are too young. Of course, if you are in a caravan and hopping from caravan park to caravan park you might disagree, but we want to get off the beaten track, and have some fun away from it all.

We wanted the kids to be out of nappies, to be able to communicate with us, to be able to swim a bit, and for us to be able to turn our backs for 30 seconds without finding them walking towards a crocodile infested river.

We did discuss leaving earlier, but it just didn’t make sense; you want to enjoy the trip and not make things harder than they need to be!

Cooper is still quite young and I’m sure will be challenging, but we know from trips already that he’s gotten a lot easier, and travelling with children much younger (unless they are a baby) is much harder in our experience. We’ve been camping with our kids since they were weeks old, and have a pretty good grasp on it all.

Oliver and Cooper

Our kids, who are nearly 4 and 6

We want a break

We’ve been slogging away for a long time now. Sarah and I both worked really hard prior to kids to buy our house and pay it down, and then for the last 5 years its been full on with them around too. 

I’ve worked full time at the same business for nearly 13 years now, and over the years I’ve done some pretty serious hours and worked myself up the ranks into upper management. My role for the last 1.5 years has been managing the maintenance done at a big manufacturing plant in Perth, and its pretty full on.

Whilst that was never the ambition, its worked out that way and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it for the most part. I can’t say its been easy or stress free, and that responsibility comes at a big cost.

Couple that with running the blog, and it’s not been unusual to work 60 – 70 + hours a week. For the most part I’ve really enjoyed my full time job, and am pleased to have seen a significant amount of progress over the years, and now its time to hand the reigns over to someone else.

We want a change in pace too. The idea of getting up at 4:30AM, working on the blog for an hour, heading to work for the day and then driving home again, arriving exhausted at the end of the day and hanging for the weekend just doesn’t cut it any more.

Sarah’s been at home with the kids for the last 5 years (with Oliver only starting school full time this year), and anyone who’s done that for extended periods knows its a huge amount of work. I often joke that I’d rather be at work!

Together, Sarah and I want to change things up, and nothing does that like selling everything you own and moving into a tiny box on wheels!

Quality family time is priceless

Oliver has gone from 0 – 5 in what seems like a split second, and we want to spend more time together. We don’t want to look back and regret not spending enough quality time with the kids, as it so often, and easily happens.

I’m normally home by about 4 – 4:30PM, and spend some time in the afternoons with the kids but its always a battle with trying to keep up with the blog and finding the energy required to have real, quality family time.

We want to go beyond the good times too though, and really develop a close relationship as a tight nit family. It’d be easy to look back and regret not spending enough time with our kids, or not having given them a solid foundation for a happy, healthy and balanced life.

Our family

We want to spend far more time together as a family

To grow 4WDing Australia

Last, and certainly not least is its time to take this very website to a whole new level. We’ve done a lot of WA (to the point where the number of places we haven’t been is getting quite small), and we’ve done a portion of the NT, and some other states by plane and 2WD. 

We want to find the best 4WD tracks and remote camp sites, and create more content to help you 4WD, camp and travel more, and easier. We want to do accurate, non biased product reviews on the items you all use, and we need more time to do this.

Leaving my full time job to travel means I should have at least a couple of hours every day to work on the blog, and we’ll have more opportunity for photography and content than ever before. There’s no better feeling than an email or comment from someone who’s found our work extremely helpful, and that’s what we want to do more of.

We absolutely love working on this blog, and can’t wait to write a huge number of extra posts as we travel. We’ll continue writing 4 or 5 a week if possible, and see how things go!

We’re still debating whether to continue YouTube or not. We’ve released a few videos, and have quite a few more to come out, but its clear we might not have the charisma required; we’ll see how it goes over the next few months.

4WDing Australia

We’re going to grow this blog to a whole new level

What are we travelling in?

Many of you are familiar with our setup already. If you aren’t, we will be driving our 2016 Isuzu Dmax, and towing our 2018 Lifestyle Reconn R2 Hybrid Camper Trailer.

It sleeps 4 (only just), and is a pretty good compromise (or so we think) between comfort, weight, off grid capability and size of the setup. Here’s a few quick facts about the two units in combination:

  • Total weight of 5200kg (camper and vehicle)
  • 320L of water on board
  • 140L diesel long range fuel tank
  • 570aH of lithium batteries (car lithium yet to go in!)
  • 920W of fixed solar panels (600W of panels still to go on the camper)
  • 79L of upright fridge space
  • 88L of freezer space (6L in the car)
  • Completely owned, and paid off by us (our novated lease ends just before we leave).

We’ve spent far more time thinking about our setup than most people would, and we seriously considered getting a caravan to make the travel a bit more comfortable. 

Dmax and Reconn on the beach

Our travel setup up in Exmouth

We aren’t going in a Caravan, and here’s why

Weights and legalities

We could get a caravan, but the fact is that an off road van (on road or semi off road is not negotiable for us) would be at least 2300kg empty, and closer to the 3 tonne mark when loaded.

Whilst its under the 3500kg towing capacity of the Isuzu Dmax I can tell you with absolute certainty that we would not be legal. I know this, because even with our 2200kg (fully loaded) hybrid we were only just legal. You can read more about this here – Mobile Weighing.

Beyond that, I know the limitations of my vehicle. It struggles enough as it is to tow our existing setup, which is much lighter than a caravan and has almost no wind resistance.

From a mechanical perspective towing a caravan with our Dmax would 100% shorten its life. Yes, I could get it tuned, but when you run things close to their maximum (electrical or mechanical) it rarely ends well.

Tow ball weight

Measuring the ball weight on our Reconn R2

Financial Burden

Travelling Australia isn’t cheap. You are looking at about $1 per kilometre, and that means for the average lap its going to be somewhere between 30 and 60k, depending on how you travel. Some people do it cheaper, but many do not!

We could sell our Reconn R2 and get a caravan, but we’d have to get a new tow vehicle as well to suit the van, and we would be looking at another 30 – 100k in total, plus the hassle of having to set everything back up again, and that sort of money pays for our lap.

We will re-assess as we journey around Australia, but upgrading just doesn’t seem like a smart financial decision at this point in time, especially with the way supply, demand and prices are right now. We could upgrade, but would it really be worth it?

We also know our setup inside and out, having used the vehicle for 5 years and the camper for 3, and that sort of experience is hugely useful when on the road.

Improved access and adventure

There is no doubt that a Caravan limits where you can go. They are big, bulky and heavy, and when you like to get off the beaten track a caravan will either limit where you can go, or get damaged in the process.

Our R2 is no wider than the Dmax, is light enough to (just) drag along most beaches and allows us to camp in far more locations than a van would.

We’d both really love a caravan, but the financial burden and reduction in adventure potential is simply not worth it at this stage in life. Will that change in the future? Probably, but we’ll take you along with us on the journey.

Pushing the Reconn R2

We want to get off the beaten track

Sunset at a hidden spot

There’s plenty of places you can’t take a caravan too!

What’s the process for heading off on a lap of Australia?

Everyone’s lap of Australia is different. Some people never free camp. Some people never leave the bitumen. Some people don’t want to do any touristy activities, and the list goes on. There’s no set way of doing the lap of Australia, and that’s what makes it fun. 

Before you head off though, you should have a bit of an idea of what the plan is, and how you are going to do it. Of course, you can stop, redirect and work along the way but you don’t want to be in a position that’s hard to get out of either.

Determining how long you are going for

The fastest lap of Australia was done in 7 days, by a group of people trying to set a world record. Some people do it in 3 months, and we’ve seen others who have been on the road for 2 years and haven’t even done one state.

The length of your lap depends on what you want to see, how much time you can get off and how fast you want to travel. The faster you travel the more it will cost you.

For us, we initially said a year, but its now changed to as long as we feel like it. We might come back to Perth. We might not (but we probably will!). Let’s see where the wind takes us!

Working out when the best time is to go

Australia has lots of different seasons. In an ideal world, you are in the northern part of Australia between May and September, when its the dry season and the sky is blue, the sun shines and the temperature is warm.

When it starts getting hot and humid up north, you head south to the traditional summer. If you do this, you essentially miss winter, and won’t get much rain or cold weather at all.

However, some people like to do it backwards to avoid the huge influx of tourists, and there’s nothing wrong with that either. Just be smart about your travel plans in terms of temperature, risk of something going wrong, what is open and closed and ensuring your setup is suitable for the conditions you are taking it.

We’ll try and stick to the best weather, and travel to places that are less populated to avoid the crowds. I do like the idea of seeing the storms roll in at the start of the wet season up north, and camping in the snow, so we’ll see what happens. Maybe that will be later on, if we end up in a caravan!

Horrocks Beach

We’re going to chase the best weather around the country

Getting a suitable travel setup

A lot of people who do the lap don’t have a travel setup, and they just buy something in the months or years leading up to the trip. This can be as simple as a 4WD, camping setup and a swag, or it can be an off road truck and 4.5 tonne caravan.

There are more choices for travel setups than you can poke a stick at, and nothing you buy will be the perfect arrangement. The trick is to get it as close as possible to your needs, and live with the rest.

We’ve had our current setup for a number of years, and are quite happy with it. It’s not perfect, and it does annoy me at times, but you get that with everything.

I’ve you’ve been following us for some time, you’ll have noticed we made some changes in the lead up, to make things more comfortable:

Lithium battery install

We’ve been busy replacing batteries with Lithium and getting other jobs done

Deciding on what to take

Part of our last 3 week trip to the Pilbara was to work out what we want to take with us, and not. We left our diesel heater at home for the first time, and are thinking we probably won’t mount it permanently.

There’s so many other items that you need to think about. I’ve got to sort out a decent folding solar blanket as a bit of redundancy, do we take the fire pit with us, chainsaw, spearfishing gear, how much fishing gear and the list goes on and on.

We have no real issues with weight in the camper trailer, but I’m conscious of going with a setup that’s as light as possible, without majorly regretting not taking something!

Portable fire pit

Do we take our fire pit, or leave it at home?!

Saving enough money for the lap

We mentioned above that its not cheap to do the lap. A lot of people leave with 30k of savings, and live off that. Others leave with much less with the intention of stopping and picking up work on the road (which is not hard to do). This extends their travel hugely, and is done by a lot of people who are more permanently on the road.

You can finance your vehicle and trailer, and a lot of people do. I would not recommend this, but I’m also not here to give you financial advice. 

We’ve been  working ridiculously hard for many years, and were always good at saving money and not buying anything above and beyond, which has a huge compounding effect on reducing your expenses.

This has allowed us to plan to slow down a bit, and re-assess in a few years. We have savings, we own our vehicle and camper and we will have some income coming in too from this blog and also our house that is being rented out.

Working out what to do with your house and belongings

If you are lucky enough to own a house, you’ll have to choose to do something with it, and all of the items inside. You can sell it all, store your items, or rent the house out. Each direction has its own list of pro’s and con’s, and its something you’ll have to work out for your own situation.

For us, we are going to rent our house out and sell most of our belongings, and store the rest.

We want the security of a home that we can come back to if it all goes wrong, so we’ll hang onto it for now, and rent it out. The rent will provide some income on the road, and with any luck the property prices will continue to grow. Who knows these days.

We’ve actually just agreed to rent our home out to family, which means they get rent that is cheaper than market value, we don’t have to deal with real estate agencies, we know we have a great tenant and we can keep some of our items at home too. It’s the ultimate win win, and we are seriously pleased with how its worked out.

Arranging schooling

Schooling in Australia is compulsory, and whilst you can do the dodgy and ‘relocate’ for a year and get away with it, your kids probably should go to school.

You can do distance education or home schooling, and there are a huge number of options for travelling on the road. Some require a lot of time with an internet connection, and others require a lot of paperwork, and work in general.

Oliver has been in school for a couple of years now, and will be continuing his education on the road. Cooper will begin his in 2023 too, and Sarah has committed to doing the schooling on the road. Hopefully this will give me some time to work during the day, along with the evenings when I usually spend a couple of hours ticking along.

We are going through Kalgoorlie School of the Air, as this came highly recommended and seemed most appropriate. You don’t need to be ‘at school’ for set periods, or need an internet connection all the time, which suits our situation best as we’ll often be off grid.

Getting rid of everything you don’t need

Seriously, the material possessions that we accumulate over the years is actually quite depressing. We live in a fairly small house, and the amount of things that we’ve bought and kept over the years is nothing short of astronomical.

We went through our house a huge number of times in the months leading up and sold, chucked or gifted more gear than I care to think about. There is certainly something to be said for living a lifestyle of minimalism.

When you live out of a 6 metre trailer, you have to be picky with what you take, and I actually feel relieved to get rid of so much clutter and rubbish that we have accumulated over the years. When we come back, we’ll be far more selective about what we purchase and keep.

Quitting your job, or taking leave

At some stage, you’ll have to leave your job, or if you are lucky enough take extended leave. Some employers will give you half pay and double leave, so your normal 3 month long service can become 6. Add in some holiday pay, and unpaid leave and you can do a year if they will hold your position.

I’ve been at my current employment for long enough, and they wouldn’t hold my position anyway, so I’m happy to resign.

I have a mechanical fitters trade to fall back on and a number of years of experience in maintenance planning and management if it all goes wrong, but the intention is to work on this website full time going forward, with some part time gigs in between if really needed.

I like the idea of doing some odd jobs along the way, or volunteering and helping farmers or small businesses out. We’ll see!

Heading off!

The last few months before departure are crazy, and this has been confirmed by close friends, and plenty of others too. Moving out of your home, packing everything up and moving into a small trailer isn’t easy, and the first 4 – 6 weeks usually take some serious adjustment.

For us, we are used to leaving often and living out of our camper trailer so it will mainly be the packing and preparing of the house that’s going to be challenging, but we’ve committed!

We are heading off to South Australia first, and then will work up the east coast with the nice weather, and when we get to April/May we’ll start to leg it to the tropical parts of Queensland and stay there until the weather turns again, then we’ll head south back to the warm and dry weather.

Esperance 4WD Tracks

We’re heading past Esperance to South Australia first

Having a bit of an end plan

I’ve always been one to look way into the future, whereas Sarah is a bit happier to just see what happens. We’ve spoken many times about what we’ll do when we finish our lap, and have both decided we’d like to move off our 400m2 block to something with more room for the kids, into a small house (our 3 x 2 is perfect for us, and we don’t want a big home) and see where the wind blows us.

I’m conscious of the fact that we wont be able to afford a larger block in our current area, and we’ve discussed the idea of building a shed house many times, but we’ll see what happens. With what’s going on in the world who knows anyway, and we want to make the most of our time together as a family now, and we’ll still be in a reasonable position in a few years with a bit of luck!

Should you do the big lap?

The answer to this question is entirely up to you. We’ve been planning this forever, but some people just snap and do it on a whim. Others decide its the lifestyle they want, and they just transition across. Australia is a truly magic country, and we are so grateful to call it home. 

It’s going to be an adventure

I have no doubt that this is going to be one big adventure. We know from previous travels that things will go wrong, and we’ll have plenty of highs and lows.

We’ll document our travels, and you’ll hear about everything including the costs, what places are amazing and what are atrocious, highs and lows and we hope to inspire, educate and make your travels, camping and 4WDing easier and better!

We might even see you out there! If we do, be sure to say G’day!

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34 comments… add one
  • David Halluday July 3, 2022, 2:28 PM

    To Aaron and Family
    I have been only following you a short time. I have read all you have posted and appreciate you honesty and you’re values.
    Safe travels, and my wife and I hope very soon to be on the rd travelling around.

  • Aaron Schubert July 3, 2022, 2:29 PM

    Hey David,

    Cheers mate. See you on the road?!

    Aaron

  • Brian McMahon July 4, 2022, 7:12 AM

    Hi Aaron & Sarah. Congratulations on making the decision. I know it will be an adventure that will have many benefits for you and the kids. Thanks for your hard work on the blog. We certainly appreciate your efforts, information and integrity. Hope to see you on the road sometime.

  • Branka Janosevic July 4, 2022, 7:13 AM

    Hi. We are at the moment in Derby and going to Horizontal falls adventure today. We are going to travel Gibb Rd with West Coast 4×4 club from 6th of June and continue after to Northern Territory and Central. 3 months in total. I really enjoy your post. We are trying to do our trip in 26 foot long caravan with 200 series toyota. Caravan is on road one but upgraded with air suspension. We are very well aware that will be a heavy, dangerous trip for us but ready to try. Don’t have any sponsorship or support just wish for adventure. I hope you will have a great time with family travelling this beautiful country. I would love to some time to send you photos or videos what is going on on our trip. Branka

  • Paul July 4, 2022, 7:50 AM

    Hi Aaron, I have been following your posts for a number of years and I look forward to coming along for the ride. Well done on all the hard work, now it’s time to enjoy it.

  • Robert July 4, 2022, 8:14 AM

    Hi Aaron and family,
    I’ve been following you for a short while and am really curious to see how you manage this adventure. My wife and I have dreamed of travelling. We don’t have little kids (big kids are no less demanding though, just in a different way), and are both really nervous about dropping everything and going, so this will be an education for us. Good luck, maybe we’ll see you out there some day!

  • James Wong July 4, 2022, 8:20 AM

    I’ve always appreciated your honest and no-nonsense posts. Enjoy your well deserved trip around Australia. Look forward to hearing your adventures ahead!

  • Stephen Waters July 4, 2022, 8:22 AM

    Aaron, all the best to you and your family on your new adventure. Look forward to seeing it unfold. Safe travels.

    Cheers,
    Stephen. (Qld).

  • Twenty Toes Travelling July 4, 2022, 9:11 AM

    Hi Guys,

    We are still a few years away from a lap, our next move is from NSW to QLD. Once we settle up there, we will start to put it all together.

    Until then, we will live vicariously through you guys, we are healthy envious. Love your brutally honest philosophy and your outlook is refreshing. Really look forward to following your travels and adventures.

    Sincerely wish you an amazing trip and safe travels. Who knows, might even get to wet a line and have a beer with you somewhere on this awesome continent.

    Cheers

    Paul & Jo

  • Lloyd Mansfield July 4, 2022, 9:45 AM

    Exciting times ahead! Have been following you for ages in NZ while travelling in a ford transit camper for 25 months and have now arrived in Oz and got our selves a 4wd (bt50) and a 13ft off road hybrid van using your blog to help us with decision making and set up (really helpful!). Shortly heading off to start our Oz adventures from Brisbane heading to South of Perth where we have bought an apartment. Will be great to follow your trip coming the other way to pick up info on places to see and what to expect. Congratulations on making your dreams reality and looking forward to following your next big adventure. Cheers Lloyd and Denise

  • Darron Foot July 4, 2022, 9:45 AM

    Great to see all the planning and thought that you have put into going for the Big lap.
    At the moment I am probably about 6 months away from my actual Big Lap.. After thinking about this for the last 5 years, I gradually have been working to putting together my “gear”.. 3 years ago , I invested in an LDV 4wd, I must admit with a bit of hesitancy, but so far the LDV is going great 3 years on. This year (2022) , I bought a Camper (Offroad Hybrid) and I am please with the layout, still to take it on a road trip.. being a newbie, I am taking short weekend trips to get used to towing a 13ft van. However over the 5 years I have avidly watched videos (like yours) and accumulated gear , “a list” garnered from experts (re 4wdriving).. Hopefully, I meet up with you and your family next year, while I do my own Big Lap.
    Cheers and happy trails,
    Darron.

  • Jan July 4, 2022, 9:57 AM

    Congratulations on making a grand decision. Memories with the family last a lifetime and I am sure you are going to entertain us along the way. We intend to follow you and hopefully we will catch up somewhere along the track and say gidday.
    All the best – Jan and Deane

  • Jason July 4, 2022, 5:06 PM

    Only one comment here: Very inspirational post this is!!!

  • Katrina July 4, 2022, 7:09 PM

    Hi Aaron,

    We are thinking of doing the lap, free camping a majority of the time, and we were led to believe you needed to be fully self contained to free camp, and were just wondering how you guys go about free camping without an onboard ensuite?

    Cheers
    Katrina

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:20 PM

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for the kind words. We’d love to catch up on the road!

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:21 PM

    Hey Branka,

    Have an amazing time on the Horizontal falls! We’ve not done that, and would love to. Sounds like you’ve got a great setup, and will have an awesome trip.

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:22 PM

    Hey Paul,

    Cheers mate, appreciate it.

    Welcome along for the ride!
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:23 PM

    Hey Robert,

    Thanks, and it’s certainly going to be an adventure. There’s a lot of people travelling this great land today; maybe your time will come in the future?!

    Say hello if you see us!

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:23 PM

    Hey James,

    Thanks mate; much appreciated. We’ll be sharing plenty of adventures!

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:24 PM

    Hey Stephen,

    Thanks for the well wishes. It’s going to be a big change!

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:25 PM

    Hey Paul and Jo,

    Thanks for the comment, and pleased to hear you’re also on the journey of travelling this great country.

    We’d love to catch up; see you out there!
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:26 PM

    Hey Lloyd,

    New Zealand for 25 months sounds awesome! I’m glad you’ve found the blog useful, and appreciate your kind words

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:28 PM

    Hey Darron,

    Cheers mate! 6 months will fly, and I’m keen to hear how the LDV goes; I’ve heard plenty of good things from owners already. Good to hear you are taking your time to set things up well, in a way that suits you!

    Happy to catch up on the road!
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:30 PM

    Hey Jan and Deane,

    Thanks for your kind comments. We look forward to making lots of memories, and sharing as much as we can!

    See you out there!
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:30 PM

    Hey Jason,

    Thanks mate, I’m glad you enjoyed it

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Aaron Schubert July 4, 2022, 7:33 PM

    Hey Katrina,

    Unfortunately this myth gets shared around far too often. In WA, we have stayed at two places where you had to contain your grey water. One was Cossack, and the other was Dampier Caravan Park, where you were given a bucket and had to walk it to the drain nearby.

    We contain all of our black water with a portable toilet on board that we setup outside, and if we really need to contain the grey water we can set up a portable tank very easily.

    In other states places can be a bit more firm, but there are thousands of people travelling Australia who aren’t able to contain their grey water, and only a tiny minority of camp sites that they have to avoid.

    This is something we’ll comment more on in our travels, but we aren’t expecting it to be any sort of problem

    All the best
    Aaron

  • Damien Frost July 7, 2022, 11:50 AM

    Thats awesome, make those memories. look forward to seeing the adventure unfold for you all

  • Aaron Schubert July 7, 2022, 3:56 PM

    Cheers Damien,

    We are very much looking forward to it!

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Alan & Mel July 9, 2022, 4:30 PM

    Wishing you safe travels, and can’t wait to read about all the adventures and the places you visit.

  • Aaron Schubert July 9, 2022, 7:40 PM

    Hey Alan and Mel,

    Thanks so much for the warm wishes!

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Bobby Buttar July 14, 2022, 6:52 AM

    Hi Aaron
    I wish you and family good luck for the travels. Its once in lifetime opportunity that you are going to take up. I am following you on Facebook and can’t wait to see the outback through the window of your camera. Safe travels bud. Cheers Bobby

  • Aaron Schubert July 14, 2022, 4:21 PM

    Cheers for the kind words Bobby,

    All the best!
    Aaron

  • Hammadoun ISSABRE July 29, 2022, 2:58 PM

    Hi Aaron and Family,
    Congratulations!!! I have been reading many of your articles here or posts on the Facebook Lifestyle page. Very inspiring!!! I hope you will enjoy this time with your family, it will be an awesome experience and you’ll make memories that will last forever.
    I am planning a “mini” lap too for 2025 and will be following your progress, that is for sure. We will go in a Y62 patrol and Lifestyle AT2 that we already have. Rig is sorted out but there are a lot more to do as you would know. Our plan is to do one or two states in 4 months, then save up again and do another mini lap maybe 3 or 4 years later… Easier for us to manage this way with all the life commitments… We will see.
    Anyway enjoy the trip, looking forward to reading about it.

  • Aaron Schubert July 29, 2022, 7:51 PM

    Hey Hammadoun,

    Thanks for your kind words. The Y62 Patrol and AT2 sound like a great combination. I like the idea of your mini laps; sounds very practical. I’ve been wanting to take a break from work for some time, so this works out well for us.

    Let us know when you are heading over to WA and we can give you some tips!

    Take care
    Aaron

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