On the 29th of July 2016 my Sister Bridgette and I bought our Toyota Coaster Motorhomes from The Motorhome Conversion Company. We had lost two good friends (the same age as us) to cancer and a heart attack and we decided it was time to sell up our house and hit the road.

After looking at a lot of caravans and RV’s, we settled on 2 Toyota Coasters that have been fully kitted out by these guys and are magnificent! Kudos to John Jeffreys and his staff who are delightful and very helpful as we found out when we took the buses back after 2 months of travel to get a few minor adjustments made (all covered by the lifetime warranty).

Our first planned destination was to Port Douglas and we hit the open road to test out our RV’s and they did not disappoint. So easy to manoeuvre and a pleasure to drive!

Our first stop was Hervey Bay at the lovely Burrum River Caravan Park where the Management organised a couple of buses to take us to the local tavern for a Tbone Steak, Salad and Chips for $10.00. Yoda my 17 year old cat has been a star and is travelling well after a shaky start. He soon worked out that the best place in the bus is in the middle seat next to me where he can’t see the scenery buzzing by at 100kms per hour, and he can doze off comfortably in the sun. We met a lot of fellow campers and got some good advice on where to stop next.

Next, we made our way to Yeppoon where the caravan park was full so we headed 14kms north to Coolwaters Caravan Park in Kinka Bay. There are a number of great Caravan parks to select from around Yeppoon or large Holiday Apartments if you feel like splashing out for a few nights.

We took out our bicycles and explored the surrounds, Yeppoon and Kinkay Bay are such pretty places we kept going back and discovering new things at the local shops. We found out there was a Village Festival on the weekend and Pete Murray, Mark Seymour, James Reyne and James Morrison who were backing up Casey Chambers and Russell Morris were at an open air concert down by the esplanade. What an awesome evening we had!

We took a day trip over to Keppel Island on a catamaran and had a lovely day in the sun and trip in a glass bottomed boat followed by lunch. There are a number of activities to do on Great Keppel Island such as guided kayak tours to either Leekes creek with a bush walk to the heritage listed Homestead or to Monkey Beach with a snorkel on the reef and a guided bush walk to an Aboriginal shell midden. Home to seventeen pristine white sandy beaches, the island interior is rich with native flora and fauna, all waiting for you to explore. We returned back to Yeppoon later that day.

We continued on our travels to Port Douglas. The highlight of our trip was flying and snorkeling all over the Great Barrier Reef. There are a number of ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Seaplane, Day Cruises, Snorkelling.

The Great Barrier Reef is situated off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, and is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is definitely something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

A few words of advice—if you are putting off travelling until you are older—don’t!

We hear of so many stories of people leaving it too late and when they eventually make the decision they are too old or too sick.

Do it now! Live the Dream!!