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  • Kaia Colestock

Campervan Chronicles

First stop after flying back to Sydney was to pick up our campervan. A little quirky and rough around the edges, it gets the job done. The next chapter of the trip is more spontaneous. We no longer have to contend with muggy, tropical conditions. The central coast and southern regions of Australia are more conducive to camping outdoors. The campervan is our home away from home for the foreseeable future.

We found the van through our go-to traveling site, Outdoorsy. It’s equipped with a bed that converts to a table, storage bins underneath, an upper bed (presumably for a child or third person, or can serve as more storage), a small frig, microwave, sink, kitchen cabinets, and built-in two-burner stove. Everything but a shower. Most campgrounds in Australia have such good amenities, it’s ridiculous. Between the van and the campground, we have more than we need.

Elias enjoying the first campsite in Melaleuca, central coast New South Wales. Wallabies foraged across the river and a tawny frogmouth called from the forest at dusk.

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