It’s almost done and dusted – our year of making good ‘living our dream’ is now floundering in its last days as we are drawing closer to the home address.
Although there are some tangible things that give an introduction and some evidence to the truly, madly, wild and wonderful time we have had (like the 30,000klm extra clicks on the odometer and references and photos made to you within this blog) you won’t really know what this country can do to your senses and soul unless you have experienced it for yourself.
We believe the best of and most profound discoveries we made and experienced during our journey could not be captured by our words or photography. As so many moments of natural living beauty and surprises occurred – in the darkness of night; the rising and setting of the sun; submerged beneath the water amongst coral reefs; in the smell, temperature and sounds of a diversity of landform; or attached to the darting of brilliant coloured and sounding birds; and for the most part was from the dynamically changing vision seen through the window of our rig as it hurtled its way through the rocky and dusty tracks of the outback and around the pristine coastlines of our less civilised highways.
Added to these naturally occurring discoveries, our adventure has exponentially added to our knowledge and understanding with respect the geological and social anthropology that has given shape and definition to this country.
What an advantage to be present in and see with our own eyes and learn from the educational references available on site. It has increased our awareness for the historical sequence and placement of events in regards to Aboriginal ancestory and culture, European visitation and exploration, our Colonial heritage and our participation in each of the World Wars. We found ourselves emotional at times as the implications of the impacts on people were made all the more real and chilling. Generally this was in the manner of monuments, museums or storyboards, and other times it was by people who took the time to share their special places, cultural practices and personal insights with us.
So our message is…if you are a citizen of this great and lucky country, there is no time like now to begin to plan your next or first trip into this your big and broad backyard. If you are from abroad, well it’s time you came and joined the thousands of others from across the globe who we observed taking up the seats of special tour busses and choppers to get better access into the far flung wilderness areas. There was also hundreds of young backpackers in campervans doing it their way, on the cheap in the free camps with the freedom of time on a working or travel visa.
We can live now with ‘no regret’ having taken our curiosity away for the year, only a renewed and calculated passion to take up any future opportunity to explore some more.
We thank all of you who have taken the time to read and view this blog, particularly our family and friends who gave us a reason to stay in touch and accountable to share and communicate our travel learnings and whereabouts.
We also want to acknowledge and thank the team at Kimberley Kampers Ballina and Express Tools and Camping Unanderra who assisted in providing us with the most awesome home away from home. Their attention to designing a truly off- road and robust, fully self-contained Kruiser has been our freedom, comfort and pleasure all the way. After sales support second to none. Big Thanks!
It’s time to say our final goodbyes, from a year that was a gift to us.
Thankyou all for your interest, encouragement and support.
Ros and Dean
Yes…this is the end!
ps. For last lot of snaps as we made haste across the Nullarbor and a mosaic of Kimberley Kruising Header snaps, please go to home page of this site and click on bars at top left of page.
We wish you all a safe and happy time wherever you are this Christmas.