I am Anna (Goanna) from Aspendale, suburb of Melbourne, Vic. I live with DH and we have a 6yo DS, who will hopefully have some brothers and sisters someday soon (fingers crossed! LOL!) We are new to this site, but not to camping.
As a kid, I went camping with mum and dad, with a highlight of these years being 3 months trip to FNQ in our wind-up Viscount campervan. At 9yrs old, having a whole term off school for that trip was brilliant!
As a teen, I went camping with Girl Guides, and later Venturers and Rovers. DH got into camping as an adult through Scouts Assn also. My highlight was a four day trek along the Baw Baw Plateau to Walhalla, as the only girl in a group of 6 teenagers. I had to get tough quickly on that trip just to keep up with the boys!
As grown up "DINKS", we've been on plenty of Scouting weekends, and other camping trips of our own. For some of these trips we used mum & dad's old campervan, but usually we used a 4 man dome tent that we bought in 1993, along with some very basic other camp gear. Gradually we've built up some better and more modern gear, but nothing really flash compared to what some folks have these days. Our favourite and most high-tech piece of equipment is our EverKool esky that can hold at least 3 slabs plus ice! LOL! We also love our Rhino Rack cargo pod that we got for the roof of our VL Commodore wagon (and more recently it goes on our Hilux Crew Cab 4WD). Another fave is our rechargeable Coleman light, and solar panel.
Our old dome tent has just about reached the end of its life now, and my folks sold their camper in favour of becoming prado-toting, pop-topped grey nomads (LOL!). They just got back from 4 mths trip around central & western Aust.
With the old tent and camper gone, and a family of our own started, last year we replaced our worn out tent with a massive 3 room "family" dome tent. Scary that it only cost the same as the little tent did in 1993, and its 3 times the size. It's a brilliant new tent for standing family type camps, however, we don't think that was such a great purchase for shorter trips. It's great once it's up and you're in it, it's so roomy (7.5m x 4m), especially on a rainy day with a small, very bored kid in camp, but the lugging around and setting up involved with it is a drag. It's so heavy that we can barely lift it to load the car. Oh well, a lesson learned there. We might sell it later this year as we have decided to finally upgrade our gear and buy our own wind up camper van.
We are planning to buy an outback model of either a Jayco Swan, or the Goldstream or Coromal equivalent (if we can afford the extra cost and think the quality is really worth it). We are looking at a late model used, or a new van, depending on what we can find over the next few months. Most of our trips will be short hops to van parks, national or state parks. We'll look at a different lighter and stronger off road camper, or go back to a small tent when we want to do serious off-roading (eg Gibb River Road or similar).
Once we've got the van, the olny other thing we'll need is a ute-dog to tag along too! LOL!
We are enjoying exploring this site, and reading your reviews, hints, tips and trip ideas. We are looking forward to meeting other members here on the forum, and somewhere out on the road!
Please don't feed the Goanna.