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Sydney to Maleny and back

Ross and I set off in the eco camper van

Ross and Callum set off in the eco van

We left Sydney heading north. Our first night we pulled off the road onto a track through a forest and camped for the night.

First night on the road trip

Second day we made it to Nambucca Heads and awoke to this view.

Second morning on the road trip

As my two travelling companions are both non-drivers, it was agreed that I would drive and they would cook. So, inspired by this view, Ross whipped up a storm on the stove on our second morning.

Ross whips up a storm on the stove

We offered Fio a cup of tea, and in return she gave us the low down on the local area, and took this snap of us enjoying our first cooked meal on the trip.

Second day breakfast

On Tuesday (third day) we made it to Pottsville to visit Sharyn and Dennis. Sharyn is a long-standing friend of my mum’s. It was great to finally meet her after having met her kids and heard so much about her. When we arrived there was a freshly baked chicken pie in the kitchen of which we made short work! 🙂 Here’s Sharyn on the phone in her kitchen.

Sharyn in her kitchen

After staying overnight at Sharyn’s (thanks again Sharyn) we drove to Brisbane to pick up our third hombre. On the way we met some tree girls. Good times.

Girls in trees

Then we collected Ahmed from the airport.

Ahmed joins the brotherhood

After picking up Ahmed we were heading north to meet Fergus and Trijntje in Maleny. We got pretty close and pulled off the road to find somewhere to camp for the night. Eventually we pulled off the road and stopped. We were awoken to the sound of something banging against the van…

Awoken by cows

Once our bedmates were chased away, we realised we’d chosen a splendid spot to camp.

Fourth morning

After a very late night and an equally late start, we made it to Maleny to stay with Fergus and Trijntje for a night. They live in a truly amazing house built from rammed earth. Here’s a shot from the gardens showing just how lush and tropical this part of the world is.

The house in Maleny

After two fantastic days with Fergus and Trijntje, we set off for a night out in Brisbane. We ran into one of our tree climbing friends again, and they invited us to stay at their place. In the morning we bore witness to the Australian man and his barbecue in action! Quite a feast it was. Thanks again Chris and Jasmine.

Aussie man and his bbq

Then we cruised a little further down to the travellers mecca of Byron Bay. We proceeded to get outrageously stoned on our first night. Here’s some small token of our adventures.

Stoned in Byron Bay

Naturally, severe munchies ensued, and the chocolate cake was rapidly devoured.

Munching of chocolate cake

After a couple of days of Byron Bay, we cruised on southwards in the direction of home. On the way we spotted a couple of signs for Fredo’s Pies. 50 varities of pies. We just couldn’t resist. Ahmed devoured the crocodile meat pie. He was fairly impressed. We had to snap a shot with Marilyn.


James Coutts at 2008-07-24 18:52:54

Hi Callum. Great to see pics and read about the trip! Sounded fab! What made the van eco??? JC.

Callum at 2008-07-24 22:37:51

Haha, good question. I think the van is "eco" because it's self sufficient. You can take it out into a national park and it doesn't require any power. It has a gas stove, a coolbox (ice, no electricity) and battery powered lighting. So it's totally self sufficient without petrol. Not sure if that totally makes it "eco" though. If it ran on LPG that might be better. But where would you put an LPG tank in a van that you also want to sleep in. Questions. It's totally got me thinking about getting my own van though. Food for thought...

Fergy at 2008-07-25 14:46:32

Sounds awesome! That camper looks pretty darn cool too!!