Matilda has been our transport, accommodation and trusty companion for 4 years as we travelled 70.000 kilometres around Australia. Slowly trundling up and over mountain ranges, across the outback and along the coast, coming to rest each night in iconic Aussie places. The beach with the sound of waves peeling on the shore to lull us to sleep. Alongside mighty rivers or dry river beds. In the outback the Mitchell grass plains stretching to the horizon and at night the sky a blanket of twinkling stars. The bush and rainforest each with their distinctive smell and sounds as the birds serenade us and unseen creatures scuttle in the undergrowth.
Freedom camping right on the edge of the beach
Camping in the outback
Near the beach in the rainforest
In a field of dreams
Every place different and a joy to experience.
There are memories of campgrounds. Sharing a glass of wine, swapping stories and briefly befriending a stranger during happy hour, that unique time on the road to relax and meet many other travellers.
Cooking over a camp fire, learning the art of camp oven cooking and sharing a meal with new friends.
Stop for a cold one in a country pub
Freedom camping on the banks of the Robe river
Relaxing at the end of the day
Camp fire with friends
Another day another camp fire
More new friends
Sunny days and the solar panel is out
Matilda has given us the freedom of having no set timetable, no rigid plans. Being able to stop at the many freedom camping spots or parking in a back yard to couch surf in the city.
It has been a marvellous 4 years that has flown by so quickly. With thousands of photos, the memories will never fade.
Possibly the most memorable event when camping in a National Park and a cassowary came visiting, and I had my camera at the ready…
Waking to a misty morning in a freedom camp all on our own.
Long dusty outback roads
Fording creeks in National Parks
Camping under Boab trees
Northern Territory Boabs
Among the Mitchell grass and spinefex
Another border to cross
But now our life style is changing, we are ready for a new adventure.
We have already trialled the world of house sitting and loved the experience, it is another way of travelling. Staying in new places, meeting new people and their pets, this will keep my gypsy soul happy. Exploring an area in-depth and getting to know it like a local and sleeping in the same bed each night. No more rolling up our bed and moving on each day.
So now it is “Goodbye Matilda”, You have been number one in our life for 4 years creating so many wonderful travelling memories. I hope her new owners appreciate her as we did.
Goodbye Matilda I am going to miss you.
Just one of the many sunsets we saw
The WP Photo Challenge this week is ONE. Matilda has been number one in our lives for 4 years. No other way could we travel on a pensioners budget and see so much of Australia. We could stay in free camping areas, cook our own meals and travel slowly savouring all the beauty that is Australia.
A big thank you to all my regular followers and also those that drop by occasionally, I love all the likes and comments you leave and the WordPress community I am part of. I’m looking forward to 2014 and the adventures it will bring and keeping in touch with you all through the world of WP blogging.