m4s0n501
Lolan Down Under - Lolo and Alan's one year trip across Asia and Oceania

Basking in the Beauty of the Blue Mountains

For the last few days of our campervan trip down the east coast with Lolo’s parents we headed to the Blue Mountains, a massive national park just 80km west of Sydney. Although they are called mountains, the Blue Mountains are actually a massive plateau that has been worn down by the elements over millions of…

read more →

Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley

Coming from Newcastle on our way to the Blue Mountains, we decided to stop in the famous Hunter Valley, to taste some of Australia’s best white wine and pinot noir. We stayed in beautiful Port Stephens the previous night, in an area called Nelson Bay on the north-eastern end. Our campground was very comfortable and…

read more →

Chilling out at Byron Bay

After saying our goodbyes to AV at Brisbane airport, we headed up to Mount Coot-tha, from which there is a beautiful lookout of the city. Tourists and locals come here alike to enjoy the stunning views, particularly at sunset. We walked around and got some great shots but only lasted about 20 minutes before heading…

read more →

Koala Cuddling at Lone Pine

After a wonderful night spent at the modern and luxurious Sails Lifestyle Resort at Peregian Beach we yet again packed up our bags and hit the road, today we were on a mission to cuddle koalas. Before heading off we had a quick walk on the beach, which was pretty, bought some coffees and wraps…

read more →

Killer Surprise at Hervey Bay

After picking up a new car for JH following his close encounter with a wallaby we headed down to Hervey Bay. We have fond memories of the place as it is from there that we spent two days exploring the magical Fraser island and flew off to the sublime Lady Elliot island but this time…

read more →

Camping at Carnarvon Gorge

Getting to Carnarvon was tough, really tough. For those of you that have read about our travails getting to Ayr you will have an idea of what is coming next. We had put together a very ambitious plan to get to Springsure by nightfall, one of the few ‘towns’ close to the remote Carnarvon Gorge,…

read more →

Sailing the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays group 74 beautiful islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef off the tropical coast of Queensland and taking a self charter boat out in these waters was one of the best ideas we had all year. An unforgettable experience, this is something that Alan and I researched about 6 months prior…

read more →

SS Yongala Revisited

Ah, diving the SS Yongala. What an adventure! Alan previously dived this when we had a lot less experience, but it was a first for me and I was so excited to get to see a boat wreck for the first time and such an interesting one at that. The SS Yongala sunk suddenly in…

read more →

Underground at Undara

As we left the Daintree and Kuranda behind to trek out to the remote Undara Lava Tubes we enjoyed a few scenic stops around the Atherton Tablelands, a picturesque plateau on the Great Dividing Range. Our first was the famous curtain fig tree, a strangler tree that grows on top of another tree, sending an…

read more →

The Divine Daintree

Back from our liveaboard adventure at 8am and utterly exhausted, we waited 4 hours to get access to our hotel room. We rested all day and got ready to pick up our car rental the next day to get my parents at the airport. Mom and Papa both turned 60 and retired this year and…

read more →
m4s0n501