Visiting the infamous Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia

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Nestled on the town’s of Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Leeman features the infamous Pinnacles Desert.

It will cost you $12 entry per vehicle and you’ll be able to drive through the desert and see the pinnacles in all of it’s glory. You can also walk around a 4km unsealed loop. We opted for driving through and pulled over to walk around the pinnacles and take some snaps.

How were the pinnacles formed?

Apparently a set of unique circumstances produced the pinnacles. According to the visit pinnacles website its started from huge sand dunes that were stabilised. And eventually the result was that under a surface covered with plants and soil the pinnacles developed.

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Why should you visit the pinnacles?

A part from being able to witness some historic pinnacles, when you visit these majestic pinnacles you’ll also be able to see beautiful sand dunes and at some vantage points you’ll be able to see the sea. Which is the most stunning thing to see considering you’ll feel like you’re in the desert.

How to get there: The Pinnacles Desert entrance is approximately 10km in the Indian Ocean Drive and 6km on Pinnacles road.

Cost: $12 entry per vehicle.

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5 Reasons you should visit Rottnest Island (Wadjemup)

There is an ongoing joke in Perth that it’s cheaper to go to Asia than it is to go to Rottnest Island. In many ways it is true, but how can you avoid this island that is merely a 30 minute ferry ride from Fremantle? The waters are crystal clear on the island which make it perfect for snorkelling, and you can’t go past the quokkas without getting a selfie. I managed to spend roughly 5 days in Rottnest and whilst I basked in the beauty of the island I also was educated about it. It has a dark history as it used to be a prison for Aboriginal men. In fact holiday makers stay in houses that were built on top of unmarked graves. The island is a beautiful reminder that although our country is stunning, it did and still does have a dark history in which we should educate ourselves.

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1. Educate yourself on the dark history

Wadjemup is what the Aboriginals call the island, I still think that Rottnest should be changed in honour of the people who used to live there. Wadjemup means “place across the water where the spirits are.” The island actually used to be a prison for Aboriginal men, with many of them dying on the island. You can visit the museum on the island for a gold coin donation to further educate yourself on what really went on in the island.

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2. Snorkelling safe within the reefs

Snorkelling in Rottnest is safe because the area where you do swim you are covered by the reefs.Which means you don’t get tackled by the waves when you’re trying to enjoy the underwater scenery.

3. Bike until your hearts content

Getting around the island is easy, you just have to know how to cycle. There are some big uphills, but never mind most people walk it up whilst holding their bike anyway. Young and old people cycle the island so don’t stress too much on being physically fit.

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4. The wildlife & quokkas

This is pretty self-explanatory but I am sure the real reason people go to the island is to get a selfie with the quokka. And they are more than happy to do it. They were dubbed one of the happiest animal in the world recently. Just make sure that you don’t feed them as it’s not good for them. You’ll also get to see other animals if you head up to West End you’ll be able to spot seals and if it’s in season whales. 

5. Surfing

There are many points on the island where you can surf. Big and small breaks await for the inner surfer in you.

How to get there?

You can catch the Rottnest Express from a few ports, the most popular ones being B-Shed in Fremantle and a port in Perth.

Travellers – We are not invincible

I write this blog post with a heavy heart, I received some bad news of fellow travellers that I met in Darwin, and almost went into a car with to my road trip to Perth, but last minute pulled out. They died in a car accident in the Pilbara and as I mourn the loss of someone who I was just messaging a mere week ago I am reminded once again that as a traveller I am not invincible.

You see when you travel a lot you tend to take more risks, short-cuts, you think you’re free from any dangers really because well, you’re travelling. This event has turned my world upside down, it really hit me to the core. A wake-up call as you will. How can we be on the same road trip journey and we survive and they didn’t?

Although things are very unclear of what really happened, I wanted to ensure that travellers knew that sometimes things can happen on the road. That we have to be careful, get plenty of rest and don’t rush yourself.

I’m not sure if any of these tips below would have saved them, but I do know that this story needs to be told, because sometimes we need that reminder that anything can happen.

Stay safe

When you buy a car, make sure you get it checked. I know it can be tempting to buy the cheapest deal but it’s not worth the price of your safety. And this goes out to people selling the car, if you know it has problems, please I urge you to tell the backpackers you are going to sell it to.

There is no rush, take your time

Rest. There is no rush, Australian roads can be long and tiresome so take your time. It’s ok to rest for an hour or two or even swap drivers if you’re tired.

Do your research

Aussie roads can be terrible, so make sure you do some research about the roads you are going to drive on.

Don’t drive early mornings and late at night

Animals such as kangaroos come out during the mornings and at sunset. Avoid driving at these times.

Stay alert

Drink coffee, get enough rest. Stay alert as there can be some hairy things on the road.

R.I.P Christian and Wendy. Although we didn’t get to meet each other in Perth I will finish the journey for both of you xxx

The Truth about being a Digital Nomad

When I first started my business it took me a while to take the leap and start working whilst on the road. I figured since everything is done via email these days, why would I hold myself back and stay in one place? Since I have been doing this my whole life has completely changed, I make money whilst I am travelling and while all seems so beautiful and easy there are some hard truths about being a digital nomad.

You become that person who needs Wi-Fi

There is nothing worse than being with a traveller who needs to be connected all the time. To be honest it is a bit of a mood killer when you tell people you need to be on Wi-Fi sometimes but there’s nothing you can do about it. You have to stay connected in order to get paid. 

Chasing up invoices 

The hard thing about being a digital nomad is that you have to chase your own money. There are times when I miss working the 9-5 job because somebody would always pay me. On time, and I never had to worry about a thing. Now, I have to chase up my own payments and to be honest people always pay me late. 

People will think you have the best job, and it kind of is

Once I tell people what I do they get really excited. They think I have the best job, working and travelling. While this is true, there is so much work behind the scenes that people don’t see. Some clients bail, some don’t pay and you have to chase up new clients constantly so that you can survive this lifestyle. 

You won’t be a proper traveller

I mean I give myself weekends off to explore, but because I need to be contactable by my clients I can’t ever really get lost. I would love to spend days and weeks in a national park in reality unless it’s got some sort of internet I can’t really get lost and stay there. I think about my clients and my work constantly. 

5 Things I wish I told the younger travelling me

Everyone has a travel style, whether you’re a flashpacker or just a backpacker. We’re all different, but if I look back at my travels when I was younger I think there are so many things I wish I knew. So I thought I’d compile a list of a few things I wish I told the younger travelling me.

1. Slow down and don’t rush

I was constantly on the move wanting to see as much as I wanted in a short amount of time. Taking your time to proper explore one city is definitely a better experience than rushing yourself. You’ll look back and think about all the times you sat on planes and buses trying to get to different places instead of enjoying the moment.

2. Use your money wisely

I found that I splashed so much money when I was younger, I compared a lot of prices to Australia prices which isn’t really the best way to travel. Sometimes it’s best to travel like the locals do, it may not be fancy but you’ll start to realise that you can spend a lot less and still have a remarkable time.

3. Interact with locals more

I was very shy when I first started travelling, and I found that when I was travelling with mates that we just stuck to our own bubble. By interacting with locals you truly enrich your travelling experience because it no longer just becomes a holiday, it becomes a lifestyle.

4. Let things go

I used to get angry when I knew I was getting scammed by people in foreign countries. Whilst it’s not the best feeling getting ripped off, it’s often useless to be angry at them. They are just trying to live as well. Don’t let the anger ruin the rest of your trip.

5. It’s ok to be alone

When I look back I remember being afraid to be alone, to go to dinners alone or to just put myself out there. I was a little sheltered, if I have learnt anything being alone has taught me to be stronger and to realise that life alone is pretty awesome.

How to find Rideshares around Australia

When I first started my journey of road tripping around Australia I had no idea that there were sites dedicated to travellers posting up trips looking for people to join them. When you live in the country you plan on travelling it becomes harder to find them as we’re not really into the backpacker scene. I have managed to jump on rides safely around Australia as of late, and I wanted to share some handy tips on how to find ride shares.

Couchsurfing

I know I post a lot about Couchsurfing but it’s not only a place where you can find a place to stay or offer your home, you can also post up trips on the discussion area. Many people will post about any upcoming travels or trips and you can message them directly through there.

Gumtree

I don’t use Gumtree a lot because I feel like it’s not as safe as the other sites. But then again, you never really know a person until you meet up with them. Some travellers post them on Gumtree so it’s worth having a look on there to see if there is any trips going on.

Facebook Groups

This is the method that I prefer to use, groups like Lifts Australia, or Travel Mates Wanted feel a bit safer because most of them are genuine travellers looking for other travel mates. You can also stalk their Facebook page and see what kind of person they might be. This is my travel bible if I ever want to find a lift.

Disclaimer:  Of course please be careful with these sites and proceed with caution. Make sure you meet up with the traveller and I usually pin-point my location everywhere I go to family and friends.

7 Lessons I learnt when I started living life on the road

It’s been since April when I decided to leave my home in Sydney and start ride-sharing around Australia, living in vans and relying on the generosity of human kindness to take me into their homes through Couchsurfing. I’ve learnt so many things along the way like how little I need to survive and how I can sustain my business whilst on the road. Here are a few lessons I learnt whilst living life on the road. 

We take life for granted 

The comfort of having a home can easily make us take life for granted. Now that I have lived in vans and stayed at random people’s houses I have learnt that we truly do take life for granted. We forget to appreciate the small things like watching the sunset and watching the sunrise. We also take it for granted everyday luxuries that I now call showers, toilets and a bed. 

We can live off less

Everything that I own is in a backpack in a van. It honestly makes me wonder how I even accumulated things when I had a home, useless material things you know. Everything I need now in life, is in a van and I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything. 

Humans are beautiful

I was always afraid of using sites such as Couchsurfing, but as I started this adventure to road trip around Australia I knew I wanted to give it a chance. It has been so great to me, from sleeping in a yacht to getting driven around in a 4WD on Fraser Island. Many of these experiences have been from complete strangers who have opened their doors to me. For no other reason than to receive some company or to show pure kindness. It really restores my faith in humanity. 

A sense of freedom

When I am on the road I truly feel like anything is possible. I can stay in one place if I want to or I can choose to move on. That freedom to move without anyone passing judgement on me is absolutely amazing. 

You appreciate your friends and family

It’s quite natural to think of home when you’re away for a while, but I have learnt to appreciate my friends and family so much more than I used too. They are just a phone call away when I am feeling alone or when I just want to connect with someone who completely knows me inside out. It’s so easy to get so comfortable with friends we forget to actually thank them for being in our lives. 

How strong I am

I know this may sound a little boastful but I have learnt how strong I am. How much I can give away and how much I want to just spread a beautiful spirit along everywhere I go. I truly believe that every piece of me gets left wherever I travel and that wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t feel strong enough to completely let myself go.

Money isn’t everything

You spend less when you’re on the road, only because you want to save your money for more adventurous things. You realise that money can’t buy you everything so you budget more and you make sure that the free things are satisfying. 

Tips for driving from Darwin to West Coast of Australia

Driving to the west coast of Australia from Darwin involves, you guessed it a lot of driving. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of beautiful things that you can see along the way. I can’t stress enough how important it is to drive a 4WD. You’ll be able to go through the beautiful Kimberlys and enjoy the drives along the beach.

Driving in 4WD

There is only one way to properly experience the drive to the west coast and that is with a 4WD. The route has a lot of amazing off-road places so you will not miss a thing.

Take enough water

In most of the place there aren’t a lot of free drinking water for you to replenish. Make sure you take enough drinking water especially if you’re going through the Gibb River. However if you do run out of water, in Halls Creek you can refill your water at the information centre for 20 cents a litre.

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Take your time through the Kimberlys

We first started the Kimberlys through Lake Argyle and that was just a beautiful taste of what was to come. Once you hit Kununurra it’s a beautiful natural playground.

Don’t miss Bungle Bungles

Bungle Bungle is at Purnululu National Park, although it is a good 30km until you actually reach just the entry of the national park it is well worth it.

Swim safely

Through out the west coast there aren’t many places you can swim. Unless you go to El Questro or Emma Gorge there aren’t many places to swim. Broome was the first place we could swim at Cable Beach.