Welcome to Exploring Oz in Style and the travel blog of Damian and Vanessa. We are of a certain age and with all our children grown and able to look after themselves, we are now ready to start the travels around Australia that we have been planning for quite a few years.
As a currently serving military man of many years, Damian is certainly not unaccustomed to ‘roughing’ it in the bush and looking after himself. He spent considerable time in Northern Qld and is quite at home 4WDing and camping. He has a good deal of experience in outback situations so love travelling with someone who I feel incredibly safe with.
Whilst born out west of Qld in Dirranbandi and having lived all my life in SE Qld, I, on the other hand, am not so comfortable with ‘roughing’ it quite as much as Damian and so, we have invested in the most beautiful camper trailer – the Aussie Swag. (To read more about our wonderful camper trailer, please head over to the Our Gear tab on our blog).
An Award Winning Professional Photographer accredited with the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers), I have always had a camera in hand, first using film then progressing to digital (shooting Canon 5d Mkiii and ii). I do still shoot film on occasion with a Bronica Medium Format camera as well as a Konica 35mm camera. I also shoot Fujifilm XE-1 as my ‘small, carry around’ camera which has it’s own special identity as far as how the images appear.
Now that we have moved to Darwin with Damian’s posting, we are settled in here and absolutely loving life. There is so much to experience that we are never at a loose end.
Whilst we drove up here in a Mazda BT-50 freestyle ute, sadly we ‘broke’ her on a trip to Kakadu and she had to go to the garage in the sky. However, silver linings – we now have a 79 Series Toyota Landcruiser Troopcarrier (more commonly referred to as a ‘Troopy’) and we are so loving this vehicle it’s very hard to imagine life without him. He is named ‘the Beast’ or ‘Bruce’ depending on his mood.
We do hope you enjoy reading about our travels and viewing our images.