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Welcome to Exploring Oz in Style!  We do hope you enjoy our blog – reading about our adventures and viewing the images we present to you as we travel around this beautiful country of ours.  We are planning some awesome trips including the big one – the lap around Australia – where we plan to spend 12 months to 2 years on the road.

We have a few aims for this blog – though we do find that this is ever evolving as we gather more experience.

  1. To provide our point of view on the areas we travel through – after all, everyone is different and we all want different things out of life.
  2. To provide reviews (of sorts) of the different camping areas we stay at – mostly free camping but some will be in paid caravan parks out of necessity.
  3. To provide Drivers Tips, Camping Tips, Photography Tips and other things along the way.  Please take these as you read them – they may or may not suit you but they are written with the best intentions according to our own level of experience. Damian is extremely experienced in 4WD and camping matters and I have a lot of knowledge as far as photography goes.
  4. To showcase photographs from our trips – mostly journalistic in style, some will be artistic (as is my particular bent).

We will also be travelling with 2 of our 4 dogs – 2 Jack Russells (Pépe and Bella).  We have 2 larger dogs at home as well (a Rottie – Jamaica – and a Border Collie – Poppy) but it seems a tad cruel to bring them along when Poppy needs to run as much as possible and we can’t leave just 1 at home.

UPDATE:  Sadly, we lost Jamaica in April this year – very suddenly and we miss her every day.  As our other dogs are all close to 7yo, we take them as much as possible now though living in the NT that provides somewhat of a challenge due to all the national park areas up here.

We have joined the Troopcarriers of Australia page and apparently we are now known as Troopy Legends with their own UHF Callsign and Channel – Troopy Legend UHF 27.  Our personal callsign is Holdfast 3-2 and we can usually be found on the usual channels.

So, I hope you enjoy our blog and if you’d like to subscribe, please feel free to do so.

See you around Oz – oh, and if you happen to recognise the Troopy and/or camper trailer from the images in this blog, please feel free to pop over and say hi to us.  You may recognise us by the ‘Follow the Sapper’ sticker on the back of the trailer.  We are always happy to have a chat with like minded people.

Damian and Vanessa

‘Follow the Sapper’

12 Comments on “Home

  1. Hey, good luck out there Damian and Vanessa….look forwad to hearing of your adventures in what has to be the greatest country on the planet! Cheers, Baz, The Landy

  2. Are you retiring old man? or just taking LSL? If you are down Canberra way, don’t forget to pop in for a night of free camping and catch up to have that drink we always talked about.

    • Will do yong man, coing your way at Easter so will try either on the way down or back up. Retired no just testing the water

  3. Yeah you guys, enjoy yourselves. And when you get to Rocky, get in touch huh?

    Good Luck

    • Thanks for that lovely comment. You guys do a great job. We are moving to Darwin in January so a whole different POV for photography up there. Can’t wait. Cheers

  4. Hi Damian and Vanessa, looking forward to following you on your travels. We’re hoping to do the big lap in a couple of years when the kids have finished school. In the meantime we have to be content with our camping weekends and occasional jaunts further afield. Cheers.

    • Hi Miriam – nice to have you along. My posts are sometimes jumbled up because as a photographer, I can’t just put up the images unedited but I hope you’ll indulge us. I hope you can get some use from the information we provide in our blog for your own travels 🙂 Vanessa

      • Thanks Vanessa, look forward to more of your photos and words, jumbled or otherwise 🙂

  5. Vanessa … have just read your blog of 2015 Big Red Bash … an entertaining and may I say, an excellent “every-persons” article which captures the BRB spirit. I also noted that you are moving to Darwin in January for a posting. Talk about an opportunity for the deserving … moving to the Territory – the heartland of off-road exploration and photography. My 20+ years throughout the Kimberley were fantastic but I couldn’t spend much time in the Territory … so I will catch up with you on the Territory-track sometime 2016/2017. PLS keep shooting, keep blogging … so enjoyable !!
    Cheers … NeilM

    • Thank you so much Neil. What a lovely comment you left. Yes, am certainly looking forward to living in Darwin and taking advantage of all the photographic opportunities that will surround me – not only in Darwin but in the Northern Territory and in some of the islands around the area. The Tiwi Islands and Thursday Island spring to mind. Cheers

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