Another family agreeing to appear as a 'TAWK Featured Family' is the Adams Family. They do have Facebook and you can request to be their friends to share their adventures - Adams Family on the Road
We are the Adams Family. We've been on the road for a year and a half. We are travelling in a camper trailer with 2 children aged 7 & 5.
We got sick of living in suburbia and the rut of everyday life. We also just really wanted to see Australia so we made the decision to do it.
My husband started customising our trailer first of all by adding a camper
trailer top to it, added a water tank, built a custom kitchen for the
trailer, attached pipes for holding tent poles, added gas bottle holders, a
place for our generator, also customised our 4x4 van by taking out the
middle row of seats and added underfloor storage, above head storage, solar
panels on the roof storage box, deep cycle battery system.
We also bought other things we thought we may need for example a good
fridge/freezer, camp oven, hot water system.
Made sure we had spares of things, tools, etc.
We also did some research on where to go and a rough idea of a route to
We enrolled the kids in distance education as well.
We sold all the stuff back home that we didn't need or want and the rest went into a storage unit. Then basically just packed the trailer and car and left!
Having the freedom to go where we want to go and see all the natural beauty
Australia has to offer and exposing the kids to this lifestyle.
While on the Tanami Road coming back from Wolfe Creek Crater we broke a leaf
spring on the trailer, couldn't get parts in the nearest town (Halls Creek)
and had to wait all day & all night in Halls Creek for a part to be
delivered from Kununurra. Then having to drive back in early hours of the
morning to where the trailer was stranded and fix it on the side of the
Also, in Karratha WA we all got sick and had hospital visits, as well as getting a flat tyre, flat battery and copping 209 mm of rainfall in 24 hours along with heavy winds. We had to put a huge tarp over the tent and batten down until the storms passed. We had to spend a few extra days in Karratha until we were all well enough to leave.
We haven't yet down the east coast, but so far our favourite place is Darwin and surrounds (in particular Berry Springs area), we have been back here twice and the weathers great plus there is lots to see & do.
Cervantes, WA - Although the Pinnacles are worth a visit, Cervantes as a town & a coastline was a disappointment. Beaches covered in seaweed, shore fishing not great, inadequate shops & services and overpriced. Unfriendly locals.
How big crocodiles actually are in real life close up! Also, prices of petrol in a lot of places, especially northern WA and Central Australia where the highest we saw was Curtin Springs on the way to Uluru at $2.31 a litre for unleaded.
It has broadened the whole family's horizons (especially the kids) and the
way we look at Australia and what is really happening in the country and
what its all about. We all realise that we don't need as much stuff as we
think to enjoy life. The kids are getting to see and experience things that
the average child doesn't get to see & experience. We couldn't imagine going
back to supposedly "normal" life in a house in suburbia at the moment.
For us this is more than just a holiday, it is a total lifestyle change (a change for the better).
Basically just do it! Don't let people drag you down, you may have people
who are not brave enough to do this sort of thing try to bring you down or
change your mind. Don't listen, just go for it. It really is not as hard and
daunting as most people think it is going to be.
This sort of lifestyle is not for everyone, especially if you are
materialistic and rely on creature comforts & the security that a house
offers, if this is you then you may find it a bit tough unless you have lots
to spend on a fancy caravan.
If this is not you then it can be a great lifestyle and a totally liberating
Also, be open to doing any kind of work in exchange for site fees at caravan parks or extra cash here & there because it really helps the budget, all you have to do is ask and some people are really grateful for the extra help.
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