Nov 2017 our home at Phillip Island , Victoria, Australia was sold and we moved from Eastern Australia to Perth Western Australia PERMANENTLY. A huge move ,(3600km) to assist our son and family with their 4 year old who is profoundly deaf and has multiple other issues.
However we still have1 years left on our 2nd '5yr visa ' in USA - and our Safari Trek and Saturn are calling us.
July 4th 2019 we returned to Dallas , collected our rig and are heading to TN to visit friends then Nth, Kentucky, up to Chicago , maybe around lakes.- where ever our Safari Trek takes us. Only a short visit this year. Back to Dallas to fly home 24th Sept. We will be displaying a 'FOR SALE' sign on our rig as this is, sadly, our last trip - John turns 75 in Oct , and it is TIME. Sadly, you may well be our last Boondocking destination.
SO look out boondockers Welcome hosts we will be checking you out along the way.
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.
2x 5 year USA Visa's have allowed us to live in USA for up to 6 months each year since 2011 when we purchased a 25' Safari Trek and Saturn (TOAD) in California. So far have visited 40+ states, and we love every minute of our US experiences. We have had 1 lovely couple from USA visit us in Australia.
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.
Our new home in Perth Western Australia is a 'Retirement Village' (Gated Community). We love it. No mowing grass, or cleaning gutters, etc. More time to enjoy grandchildren, play 'Lawn Bowls, Mah Jong,, ride bikes, walk, and travel in our caravan (trailer home) with or without family .
In USA -2000 Safari Trek. No slide outs. Class A. In Australia - 26ft Roadstar Caravan (travel trailer) towed by a Grand Cherokee Jeep Also 4 wheel trailer fitted with roof top tent. (in Australia)
We shared meals, experiences, and several bottles of wine along with great conversations and much laughter. The Aussies are genuinely sweet and loving people! Dawn topped off the visit by making dinner for us all on their final evening with us --
Tim & Dot
We just finished hosting this very lovely couple. They were with us for four nights and we really enjoyed having them here. They can tell you lots about our country and also Australia a place we will probably never visit. If you get a request to host them, do yourself a favor and accept you will not be sorry.
Delightful "young at heart" world travelers. Not only sweet and caring, but wonderful story tellers. The night before my surgery, we were treated to a wonderful Aussie soup called "Laksa" while they shared a few touring adventures. It was a fun filled time. I submit most anyone would enjoy hosting these two love birds from down under. Lovely!
Wonderful couple with so many experiences and stories to tell about their homeland and ours. Really enjoyed the information and hope to see them in Australia in the future. Enjoyed the free lesson on throwing a boomerang that gave us a gift idea for our son.
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.
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!