In 2004 we sold our family home in Melbourne and semi retired to our holiday home of 26 years at Phillip Island.
We scaled down our Insurance Claims Management business, and in 2006 sold Wheelies' Rest - a holiday accommodation facility we had built for folk with disabilities. In Australia we are known as 'Grey nomads ' and we are now 'living the dream'.
In between short visits home to visit family including 4 grandchildren, and friends, we have been dedicated travellers. We spent time in outback Australia with members the Land Rover Club of Victoria - bush camping in a roof top tent on our Land Rover Discovery, and have also circumnavigated Australia (3 times) in our trailer home.
A 5 year Visa allows us to live in USA for 6 months each year. In 2011 we purchased a 25' Safari Trek and Saturn (TOAD) in California. So far have visited 36 states, and we are loving every minute of our US experience. In April 2013 we arrived in Dallas, collected our vehicles from storage and have come south to Corpus Christie, stopping at all tourist spots along the way. Exploring . Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, What a hoot- amazing people and places - wonderful music and food. Back home to Phillip Island after 24 day cruise from LA.
2014. We arrived in USA 10th June for another 6 months. New Mexico , Carlsbad Caverns, then Mesa Verde were first on the list.Then KS, AK,TN, Nth & Sth CA ,ending in Florida in Nov. We will be looking to boondockers to meet some more wonderful people, and visit amazing places.
Unfortunately as yet we have not had any folk from USA visit us in Australia.
2015. Collected our rig from Lake Worth, Florida 1st June. So far have been back through GA, VA, TN, NJ, spent 3 nights in New York . Now headed for Niagra Falls. And then lots more adventure before we return to Australia in Nov.
Cooking - Indian, Asian, Italian food. We rarely eat out. Love bush walking. Bike riding, playing cards. A handyman- John can fix almost anything, travel tips in Australia.
Sharing travel experiences.
Anywhere in USA.
In USA -2000 Safari Trek. No slide outs. Class A. In Australia - 24ft Roadstar Caravan (travel trailer) towed by a Land Rover fitted with roof top tent.
If you enjoy wonderful conversation, adventurous people, and meeting a couple from the "land down under," this is your chance. We thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and hope to see them again next time they are traveling the USA.
I had heard of "The Aussies" from another BDW member who is a friend. Based on their recommendation I was able to welcome them to my home and they spent several days here will I was away. During the brief time I met them before I left we had some great conversations and shared a meal. I was delighted when they were still here when I returned several days later and had an opportunity to spend more time with them and show then some of the sights of the surrounding area outside the falls area. Wonderful couple that are enjoying travelling around North America. I highly recommend them to any BDW member as guests. Karsten (Karsty)
This fantastic couple spent two nights with us this past weekend. We shared dinner; a bottle of wine; and multiple tales about camping experiences. While they are trying to connect all of the United States in their travels, I would hope that at some other time, they will be our guests again. Anyone hosting them is in for a real treat! The fact that they owned a Safari Trek, similar to our, made this a special treat for us!
We hosted Aussies as our first guests on Boondockers Welcome. They were like family within a few hours! They arrived at 3pm, and by 5:30pm we invited them inside for supper!! John was teaching our kiddos how to throw a boomarang by 7pm, and we sat around a campfire all evening long.They are great fun, wonderful guests, and just all around good people. We were all very disappointed to find out that they couldn't stay more than a day. We downloaded a few movies about Australia after they left, and our teenager already has visiting our Boondocker friends on his bucket-list!
We were fortunate to have had, as our first boondockers, this gracious, thoughtful, spirited, and fun couple. If you have the opportunity to meet these grand people and enjoy their delightful company, don't pass it up. We feel privileged to have hosted them and hope to stay in touch going forward.
We can not say enough good words about this marvelous couple who treated us like family. Their location on Phillip Island was perfect for seeing the local sights. Got to meet their two grandsons who were delightful. They have been spending a portion of the last few years traveling in the US and we hope they will visit us soon. We highly recommend this friendly couple to anyone traveling to Phillip Island. They are very community minded and shared stories of projects they have undertaken. If you have the opportunity to host them, you will be in for a real treat. Aussies are great!