Nicolai drove me to the "Hippie Camper" pick-up point on the other side of Sydney where I waited for over an hour before I finally managed to drive away in what was to be our home for the next five weeks. Returning to Nicolai's house we loaded what we thought we would need for the trip, always far too much, and set off from Sydney towards the Blue Mountains.
With only a very rough idea as to what we wanted to do and see, we cruised along, happy to be on the road again. Niki's keen to see Aboriginal art and their culture as well as the coastline between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, I'll be happy to see whatever, although I would really like to experience the Outback if possible. The distances in Australia are immense so we would not be able to see everything, a good enough reason for coming back for another trip in the future.
We spent our first night in a "Big4" campsite just outside Bathurst and slept well in our small hippie camper despite the muggy night. After coffee and breakfast we set off along the A41 stopping in Bathurst to buy some groceries and a few essentials, before hitting the road.
We couldn't find the Australian guidebook Niki had brought with her, we found it much later in the evening buried amongst all our bags, so headed west towards Wagga Wagga and the roads that would eventually take us to Adelaide. After a good days drive in 35C heat we arrived in Cootamunda, about 100 kilometers from Wagga Wagga, where we found a small but super campsite. Dinner was barbecued steak and salad with the all important glass or two of red wine. The temperature was still high by the time we were ready for bed, we left the windows open and the side door of the camper slightly ajar, trying to get some air but it was still difficult to get off to sleep. By 7am the following morning it was well in to the mid 20'sC.
Parked close by was a very friendly guy called Jody, traveling in a camper van. Jody was born in Sydney but now lives in Bathurst and travels extensively throughout Australia in his camper for work. With a great knowledge of the country, he was able to give us some really good ideas about places to see and to visit. Studying the map together
we were able to plot a route that would take us to places that would satisfy both Niki and I. We both feel confident now that we will enjoy our trip and are looking forward to the next few weeks.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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