This is not a bucket list, so if you arrived here expecting to see a list of ‘things I have to do before I die’, please go elsewhere.
This IS a list of things Dean and I set out to do when embarking on our trip around Australia. Many of the items have already been accomplished as I started writing this list twelve months ago, but have only now decided to share it with everyone.
Starting with Day 1 – July 5, 2014, these are the goals we set and the desires we envisaged for our adventures and the places we wanted to see along the way.
Start a blog for keeping in touch with everyone(July 5, 2014)
See The First Day of the Rest of My Life
Buy a suitable car(July 18, 2014)
See One Down – One To Go!
Buy a suitable caravan(July 26, 2014)
See Our ‘Mini’ Home
Get through my last day at work(August 1, 2014)
See Footloose and Fancy Free
Move into caravan early October
See Happy Hour
Organise Caravan Living(October 23, 2014)
See Extras, Essentials and Everything Else
Our first day on the road(October 31, 2014)
See The Hardest Word
Dean to have one final surf at Dicky Beach(November 2014)
See Dicky Beach
Spend Christmas 2014 at Emerald Beach(December 2014)
See Emerald Beach
Visit the Blue Mountains(January 28, 2015)
Visit Tasmania when it’ not too cold(Feb-May 2015)
See Hello Tasmania
See Wineglass Bay(May 2014)
See Freycinet National Park
See Lake St Clair , in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Sadly, this didn’t happen
Visit Cradle Mountain(May 2015)
See Cradle Mountain
Visit the Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Sadly, this didn’t happen
Visit the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park(May 2015)
Find the Fagus before leaving Tasmania(May 2015)
See Waterfalls, Tall Trees and The Fagus
Surf Bells Beach(September 2015)
See Life’s a Beach
Visit the Twelve Apostles in Victoria(September 2015)
See The Great Ocean Road – Part 1
Visit The Grampians(September 2015)
See Bushwalking in The Grampians
Visit Kangaroo Island(October 2015)
See Four Days of Wonder, Walks, and Wildlife
Visit Clare Valley in South Australia(October 2015)
See My (New) Happy Place (Where I visited Annie’s Lane)
Look for something sparkly at Coober Pedy(October 2015)
See The Long Road to Uluru
Visit Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park
Sadly this didn’t happen
Visit Uluru when it’s not too hot(October 2015)
Stop over in Kimba – Kylie and Yvette’s home town(October 2015)
See Down the Stuart Highway
Dive with Great White Sharks – Port Lincoln, South Australia
(Dean’s desire, not mine) Sadly, this didn’t happen
Drive across the Nullarbor Plain(November 2015)
See Crossing the Nullarbor
Stop and see the Diamond in the Dessert(November 2015)
Almost, the road was no longer passable, so we stopped on the Eyre highway, just west of Caiguna and I stood where the tip of the diamond would be behind me – 17 kilometres north of where I stood.
See the Great Australian Bight(November 2015)
See Bunda Cliffs
Walk through the Valley of the Giants(November 2015)
See Walking with Giants
Visit Margaret River in Western Australia(December 2015)
See Margaret River
Visit Wave Rock at Hyden in Western AustraliaSadly this didn’t happen.
Spend Christmas 2015 in Perth(December 2015)
See Rockingham – Part 1
Visit The Pinnacles Desert(January 2016)
See The Cervantes and The Pinnacles
Visit Nature’s Window(January 2016)
See Kalbarri National Park
Make Shell Hearts on Shell Beach(February 2016)
See Shell Beach
Stop over in Shark Bay(February 2016)
See Fun Times in Shark Bay
Stay at Coral Bay(February 2016)
See Coral Bay
See Turquoise Bay(February 2016)
See Exmouth and the North West Cape
Visit the Pilbara region(February 2016)
See Our Short Time in the Pilbara
Visit Karijini National Park
Sadly this didn’t happen. As we approached, Western Australia experienced some of the hottest weather on record and as it was 45°C by the coast, it was too hot to venture inland.
Walk along Eighty Mile Beach(February 2016)
See Eighty Mile Beach
Visit Broome(February 2016)
See What We Didn’t Do in Broome – And the previous couple of posts.
(We spend eight days in Broome waiting for new tyres for the car.)
Experience Horizontal Falls
Sadly this didn’t happen because we arrived in the ‘Wet season’ and all tour operators were closed until late March.
See the Bungle Bungle Range(March 2016)
See The Bungle Bungle Range
Take a tour through Katherine Gorge(March 2016)
See Cruising Nitmiluk Gorge
Spend time at Kakadu National Park(March 2016)
Take a cruise through the Kakadu Wetlands(March 2016)
See A Must Do in Kakadu
Spend time in our (old) home town(March 2016)
Spend time in Queensland’s Wet Tropics(April 2016)
See Wet Tropics
Visit the Daintree Rainforest(April 2016)
See Into the Jungle
Go up to Cooktown(April 2016)
See As Far North as Possible
Sail Around The Whitsundays(April 2016)
See A Day on the Water
Visit the Bundy Rum Distillery in Bundaberg(May 2016)
Visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Visit Carnarvon Gorge
Sadly this didn’t happen. We bypassed both the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, and Carnarvon Gorge, due to monetary constraints. But Dean has promised this will be our next adventure.
Go whale watching at Hervey Bay
Sadly this didn’t happen. We did enjoy the area, but arrived too early.
See Hervey Bay (May 2016)
Enjoy a surf at Dicky Beach
Dean has been surfing every day since we arrived back at Dicky Beach on Sunday May 22, 2016. More thoughts on this, and perhaps photos, will be posted progressively.
- Make our way home
We made our way home in June 2016.
- Make a New Home
We moved into our new home in February 2017.
Other Ongoing Activities
- Laugh and have lots of fun
See Miscellaneous Trivia
- Go bushwalking in every state of Australia
- Surf as many beaches as possible
- Walk as many beaches as possible
(Also) See Bushwalking
- Free camp (aka – stay where it costs nothing)
See Swimcart Beach
Lots are crossed off… how many more???
Oh, I haven’t updated my list over the last few weeks, but I can cross off another couple.
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Wow Mum! Lots of things are crossed off your list! That’s really cool!
We are crossing a lot of things off.
I can’t see Shark Cage Diving Port Lincoln 🙂 Looks like you crossed off a few on your list already.
It’s there – No 30 and hopefully we’ll get to it around the beginning of November (2015).