Meet the Latest Member of the Family!

New Car 12The alarm burst into life at 5am. With bags already packed we raced off into the night, tiredness replaced by excitement and trepidation. We were about to meet the latest member of the family. 

After a brief hour and a half flight, we made it to Sydney. And there he was. In all his well-loved, battered glory.

Our new pad on wheels.

Say hello to Martin!

New Car 1We were handed the keys on the outskirts of Sydney and then left to the road. It was going to take us 9 hours to get Martin back to his new home in Melbourne.

New Car 4Luckily we had the whole weekend ahead of us to tackle the 850km of Hume Highway to Melbourne. So plenty of time for scenic stops!

New Car 3We stumbled across the Neapean Dam on our way to our first petrol stop. It was a beautiful stop and somewhere we would have never have been able to get to without the help of Martin.

New Car 2When night began to fall we decided to find a place to camp out for the night.

Luckily, there’s an app for that!

New Car 5WikiCamps is every roadtripper’s dream. The app shows every campsite in Oz, as well as points of interest and petrol stations. Perfect!

We found the perfect spot on the outskirts of Canberra, a field in the tiny hamlet of Juigong. It was even free!

We joined the couple of other happy campers in the field. They had the good sense to pitch up before the sun was sinking and were all wrapped up in front of their roaring fires.

We on the other hand…

Well let’s just say that this camping lark is going to need a bit of practice.

As the sun slipped away, we wrestled with the tent (lucky for us Martin came stocked with camping gear) pouring over instructions and attempting to force the random rods and material together.

It didn’t go quite to plan and as night fell we exchanged glances, first at each other and then at Martin.

We pumped up the air bed as quickly as possible, pushed down the seats and converted our old-school station wagon into one helluva comfy bedroom on wheels!

New Car 6Happy to finally have a roof over our heads, we whipped out our camping chairs and made a surprisingly tasty meal of spaghetti and soup, greatly enhanced by a $9 bottle of wine.

Unfortunately, the great Aussie weather wasn’t on our side. The temperature plummeted down to the minuses and our breath fogged the air. When the cold air began to seep through our thermals we decided to give in and call it a night. We had a lot of driving to do the next day and would need an early night.

New Car 7The next morning we awoke to the sound of screeching cockatoos and kookaburras. After a quick breakfast we hit the road again. We had 5 hours of driving ahead of us to get back to Melbourne.

New Car 8I was surprised how quickly the drive went. The Hume Highway stretches all the way between Sydney and Melbourne but the ever-changing scenery of rolling hills, mountains and endless fields makes the drive a lot more interesting than it looks on paper.

After a couple of hours on the road we pulled up at Glenrowan, the site of Ned Kelly’s last stand. The story of Ned Kelly has become Australian legend, much like American’s Jesse James or even England’s Robin Hood. He is shrouded in mystery and Australians are divided over whether he was a goody or a baddie. Proper pantomime fodder.

New Car 10Glenrowan is a single strip town, stuffed with gift shops and Kelly themed relics, including a mammoth fibre-glass statue of Kelly in his infamous last-stand outfit.

We had a delicious lunch in the town (nachos served inside a giant edible nacho bowl – just saying) before setting off on the final leg to Melbourne.

I know that our new addition is going to make our Australian trip. Getting a taste of the open road has left me itching for more and I can’t wait to leave everything behind and set off.

For now, there’s a couple of road trips in the pipeline and a lot more spaghetti and soup to buy!

Have you been on an Australian road-trip before? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media pages!

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