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Aussie Family Campervan Adventure

Campervan AdventureIf the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “vacation” is coast, you need to branch out! Campervan vacationing is an excellent alternative here – it can be a very exciting, educational and fun experience. However, going from the habit of enjoying relaxing beach or resort vacations to all the challenges of outdoor tourism is quite a leap forward, so you should definitely get familiarized with a couple of essential tips before making the decision. We’re going to use Australia as our campervan adventure destination due to its vastness, variety and beauty.

Selecting the van

Unlike the traditional vacation types, your campervan is literally going to be your home for the duration of your excursion, so picking the perfect one is of the absolute essence. Start researching, get familiarized with various vehicle models and their amenities and add-ons. For instance, a mini fridge, running water and a gas stove are absolutely necessary. On the other hand, depending on the size of your family, you might need a rooftop sleeper. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the van, the more gas it will guzzle, especially on camping trips, so carefully consider how much space you need – camping trips weren’t made for luxury; on the contrary, you’re supposed to reimagine your life in the humble confines of nature.

Pick your destination

The very point of your campervan trip is being mobile, and it would be a shame (and very boring) if you were to stay in a single spot during the entirety of your vacation. Driving a campervan across Australia is a unique experience; there’s a reason why every year, thousands of STA travelers explore the Aussie land using vans as their homes. Here’s a list of neat locations to get lost in if you decide to take your camping vacation to this gorgeous continent.

  • Grampians National Park, Victoria – If breathtaking views of towering summits, mighty waterfalls and vast forests are your thing (of course they are), there is no place like the Grampians National Park. Some three hours’ worth of driving north of Melbourne, this national park offers you a chance to park your van and take a walk around, soaking in all the gorgeous sights that surround you.
  • Coober Pedy, South Australia – If you and your family are history enthusiasts, then you’ll love visiting this 80-million-years-old view. This historic opal-mining center offers awesome desert landscapes, but its main feature is quite a strange one. This town is mostly situated underground!
  • Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia – What good would an Australian camping vacation be if you weren’t able to catch some sun on this continent’s gorgeous sandy beaches. If you happen to find yourself anywhere near Esperance, take a 45-minute drive to the Cape Le Grand. Set up camp at the Lucky Bay to go snorkeling and swimming, and perhaps even see a kangaroo or two!

Preparation is essential

The preparations are just as important for a camping trip as for any other type of trip. Your itinerary is most likely to include wildlands and, especially in Australia, this means potentially hundreds of miles without a living soul around.
Every good preparation process starts with making a list long before setting off. Imagine your journey – think about everything from the bare necessities such as food, water, money, medicine, warm/light clothing, maps, flashlights and devices, to cards and board games for when the weather turns treacherous. Even a DVD player might not be such a bad idea!

If you’re planning on visiting national parks and other vehicle-inaccessible sites (which Australia is full of), think about bringing along bicycles, especially if you have enough space to store them!
Here’s a pro tip: the pros at Shimano offer high-quality spare parts and maintenance equipment that might turn out essential for your biking excursions.


The campervan experience offers a unique opportunity for cooking while on the road. On the other hand, the fact that you’re frequently moving around means that you should definitely not miss out on some of the local delicacies. The trick is walking the fine line between the two. Oh, and steer clear of high-sugar snack foods, take advantage of the local markets and make sure that each family member plays their part in meal preparation.

An Aussie campervan adventure offers a myriad of interesting opportunities, and without proper research and preparation, you might miss out on a whole lot! Although selecting the perfect van is the most important factor, there is a lot more ground to be covered – from packing and destination picking, to eating and having fun inside the campervan. Prepare yourself properly and you’re in for an unforgettable experience!

Top tips for capturing your holiday memories on camera

Holidays are packed full of wonderful and unforgettable moments which we all enjoy reliving time and time again once we’ve come back down to earth with a bump. Capturing your best holiday moments and memories on camera is a great way to keep the holiday feeling alive for as long as possible. Here are some top tips on creating your perfect holiday album:

Go for natural shots

Whether you are on holiday with family, friends or backpacking around South East Asia on your own, try to capture the essence of your holiday or your destination by aiming for natural shots as well as posed photographs. If you have children, then action shots of your little angels laughing, playing or splashing in the sea will make unforgettable images. If you are backpacking further afield then you’ll want to create a photographic journal of your trip, so take photos of the weird and wonderful moments that you never want to forget.

machu-picchuIt’s all about the light

Getting the lighting right in your photographs can make or break the perfect image, so check that you have the correct settings on your camera and avoid the brightest part of the day. Sunrise and sunset are ideal times to take photographs as the light creates wonderful warmth as a backdrop to both landscape and portrait images. If you have a tripod then aim for some night shots, particularly for exciting cityscapes, fireworks or festivals, and remember you’ll need to use a high ISO setting.

Vary your subjects

Aim for a good variety of photographs – no matter where you go, there will always be opportunities to capture stunning landscapes, local people, action shots and the more traditional family posed images. It also helps to off-set landscape images with people or wildlife as a focus point. So if you are off to the Greek islands, for example, try to take some shots of local markets or wildlife as well as endless images of pristine coastline or quintessential white-washed buildings.

Beat the crowds

If you are hoping to photograph top tourist locations then you’ll probably want to capture iconic buildings or ancient monuments without thirty tourists in the foreground. The only solution to this involves serious dedication – getting up early and beating the crowds! In Machu Picchu, Peru crowds usually start gathering in earnest from as early as 4 am, so it’s well worth losing a few hours’ sleep to capture your destination in all its natural glory.

Most of all, when you’ve taken your fantastic holiday photos, don’t hide them away! Once you’ve returned from your holiday, make sure that your photographs don’t end up sitting in a computer folder or in an album underneath the bed. Print your favorite holiday snaps as a college to frame and put up in your home, or turn your best shots into a photo-book that can be enjoyed whenever you like. Photographs need to be viewed and admired to keep your holiday memories alive, and that holiday feeling is definitely one worth keeping!