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Road 2 Adventure - The Dream Trip

Spot the bus - camp spot near the end of the Nullabor (west side)

Spot the bus - camp spot near the end of the Nullabor (west side)

In late December 2016 I set off for 30 days of road tripping across Australia with my good friends Joe & Kaitlin (road 2 adventure) in their epic new converted road-tripping machine. I took with me my main bits of camera kit, drone and a wetsuit.

Joe's Birthday hike & champagne popping at Cape Naturaliste

Joe's Birthday hike & champagne popping at Cape Naturaliste

I had been planning to get back out to see them for quite some time, since meeting them in New Zealand two years prior & I wanted to make a sequel to the Road to Adventure NZ film. Except this time I had a lot more knowledge & experience under my belt - both in terms of technical filmmaking & otherwise.     

We set off on 2nd January 2017 from Melbourne with Perth in our sights as the final destination - a mere 10,000KM to cover. 

We had two groups of backpackers on the journey across Victoria, South & West Australia, the first group for 12 days & the second group for 21 days, so a great spread of nationalities, people from all walks of life & all on different stages of various journeys. I find it amazing how something so simple as a bus (not that simple to convert) - but when it boils down, a bus, bringing people together for what will be for most & has been for me, the trip and adventure of a lifetime; which really is unparalleled to any other mode of travel, transport & adventure that I've tried so far.

Roof-top stargazing. Sleeping on the roof near Elliston with Anne (Netherlands), Jamie & Tamara (Germany) 

Roof-top stargazing. Sleeping on the roof near Elliston with Anne (Netherlands), Jamie & Tamara (Germany) 

Aymeric's (from france) catch of the day & dinner for a few days! Spear fishing was fruitful one afternoon 

Aymeric's (from france) catch of the day & dinner for a few days! Spear fishing was fruitful one afternoon 

I really struggle to think of a better way to see what a country has to offer than to explore it on a bus like this, with everything you need, all the toys to make the most of every place you stop to play or camp for the night.

The 4x4 to reach every nook & cranny that's tucked out of the reach for most others. A boat on the roof to head out wake boarding, to catch dinner or go snorkelling; Not to mention the array of toys tucked into storage lockers or tied to the roof. 

On top of all of that you've got 8 people to share it all with, to play cards, have beers, go on hikes, scurf with, sit around fires with, watch the sun down & look at the stars of an evening, or all through the night when we sleep on the roof (that was f*king awesome) then wake up with the sunrise, hop down into the bus & chuck the kettle on and enjoy a fresh brew on the roof and realise how damn lucky we are to be there. I mean, I know people who've never even seen a clear starry night before as they've barely left the city scape on a clear night. Then you remember how unreal this adventure is.

The most crystal clear & blue water I've ever seen - Lucky Bay, Cape Naturaliste 

The most crystal clear & blue water I've ever seen - Lucky Bay, Cape Naturaliste 

I feel so privileged to have met these guys & be able to document the whole thing in my own way, while still having so much support from Joe & Kaity to produce something so unique & epic. Being surrounded by people who have the same goals, are so supportive & want the same end result as I did, is such a big reason for the film turning out the way it did.

3am hike up Bluff Knoll on the last but-one day of the trip, for sunrise. So worth it. 

3am hike up Bluff Knoll on the last but-one day of the trip, for sunrise. So worth it. 

After 3 days or so of posting the film on Vimeo, it was awarded a staff pick, which was genuinely a life goal for me; so sat at home as that email came through was a pretty special time. I'm still on a high from that, that's really one off the bucket list for me.

If you've got 4 minutes, take a peek & please watch till the end, it's got a little twist :) 

 

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