The Ethical Road Trip: Australia

The Ethical Road Trip started out as just another adventure, but grew into something that I am super proud of. I could never of imagined what I would learn on this epic journey.

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The Beginning of the adventure

Early in the planning process we decided to support a cause, but what cause? Mental Health was the obvious answer for us. We have supported beyondblue in a previous adventure and mental health is very close to our hearts. We contacted headspace, well aware of what they do and who they help. Headspace is the Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12- 25 year olds.

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Nullarbor Sunset

Young people are living in a world that is so different from when I was growing up. The pressures of online lifestyles, effects young people in a way I could never imagine. When I was at school I was bullied, but the bullying stopped at school. These days every one has a smart phone which allows the bullying to come home with you, the bullying doesn’t stop, and this is only the start. There are so many issues and levels to youth mental health.

The Ethical Road Trip saw my wife Kristy and I drive a whopping 8500km from Perth to Hobart in our 1976 Kombi. The trip took us 4 weeks and we had the time of our lives. Yes we saw some incredible places like Wave Rock, Esperance’s beautiful beaches, we crossed the Nullarbor, drove on the 90 Mile Straight, Australia’s longest straight road, visited The Great Australian Bite, drove along the Great Ocean Road, watched the sunset over the 12 Apostles, climbed a mountain and saw Tasmania’s natural beauty first hand. What we got from this journey was much more than just beautiful sites, we had time to talk, we had time to enjoy the journey, we had time to take in the experience, we fell in love all over again. A road trip is much more than a road trip, a road trip is an experience like no other, an opportunity to live your life.

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The first stop Wave Rock Hyden

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The best beaches in the world

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Australia’s Longest Straight Road

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The Great Australian Bite

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Uluru Sunrise

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Our View from the Kombi

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A perfect day at Cradle Mountain

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One Life, One Search,

Peace Out,

Shane.

Kombi’s in Adelaide. The Ethical Road Trip

The Kombi Crew have not been able to use the sliding door of our Kombi for a week now. We have been climbing through the front door. Its been a little awkward, specially now that there are 3 of us living in the van. However we are approaching a major city and a local VW shop believes he may have the parts to repair the hinge.

South Australia and Adelaide has completely blown we me away, the city centre has some amazing buildings and is right next to the lush green rolling hills.

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Playing with shining things

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Reeds at Sunset

On The Ethical Road Trip, we are supporting Headspace  and the work that they do in Youth Mental Health. You can support headspace by simply sharing this post or by donating via our Everyday hero page.

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Crazy Underground Mine Tour: Coober Pedy South Australia

G’Day, today we leave the Northern Territory crossing the state border into South Australia with a rough plan to make Coober Pedy. Coober Pedy is a famous outback town in the middle of absolute no where. Why is it famous? Well the town is a Opal mining town and its hot, so hot that some of the residents actually live in underground homes, yep real underground homes called “Dug Outs”.

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As we arrive in Coober Pedy you start to see this strange looking scenery, there are little mounds of dirt scattered across the country side, these are piles of dirt that have been sifted looking for Opals. We see a sign for “Toms Working Opal Mine Tours” and we just had to see this. We had no idea about opal mining or what we were getting ourselves into.

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Kombi at the State Border

The first thing we noticed as we entered the mine that it was nice and cool. In the Kombi it has been getting super hot and you have no escape from the heat or the flies. Down here, underground it was like it had air conditioning and there were no flies!!! We meet our tour guide Georgen a german opal miner and Coober Pedy character. We donned our hardhats and started the walk into the mine.

The tour is in a underground opal mine, that is still working to this day, Georgen works there as a miner and even showed us some opal he was mining at the time. He showed us the technique that he has worked out for him self. He even gave us a go at mining. It was hilarious to see a YouTuber attempt to use power tools. I don’t think there would be any tour any where else in Australia that would be like this one.

After we finished the tour Georgen actually invited us back to his house to have a look at a real Underground home. It was incredible to see a “real” underground home, not something prepared for tourist, a real home. Georgen explained how he dug the house out using mining equipment. The home is completely “Off The Grid” as well which is pretty cool. They have a small Diesel Generator out the front with some solar panels. They charge batteries around the house which they use to power the house appliences. The less appliences they have the less power they need to produce, its a very interesting way of life. A very “back to basic’s” way of living. Very unique to Coober Pedy.

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One Life, One Search,

Peace Out

Shane.

Arriving at Uluru: Sunset.

After a long hot drive up the Stuart Hwy in the “Red Centre” of Australia we arrive at possibly Australia’s most remarkable and most recognisable natural tourist attractions and significant aboriginal spiritual landmark Uluru. As we approach this huge monolith, I quickly understand why this is such a sort after tourist destination. Uluru stands tall, almost watching over the dessert and its people. There is just something about this rock, I look forward to tomorrow when I get to explore this place.

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Our Kombi Family for the next 10 days

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Shane

The Kombi Melts, The Flies Take Over and The Door falls off AGAIN!

We wake early to a beautiful sunrise over Streaky Bay South Australia. We are quickly in the desert and it starts to get hot, I am certain the Kombi will melt, then the flies start, then the door falls off again! Argghh first day in the desert and I am knackered!

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Home Made Melts

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The Kombi and Venus Bay

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Pelicans In Venus Bay

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Shane.

Great Australian Bight Road Trip. 2015

After 3 days of “Travelling In A fried Out Kombi” we cross the border into South Australia. We are instantly rewarded with a spectacular site, The Great Australian Bight. It is so refreshing to see the ocean again after spending the last 3 days sweating it out in a Kombi in the desert.

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Taking it all in.

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Shane at The Bight

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The Great Australian Bight

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Streaky Bay Caravan Park.

As we pull into Ceduna, we spot a great place to have some lunch and figure out where to buy some parts for the Kombi. We have been having a few dramas with the Kombi’s second battery, and need a new one. We find a auto store and a carpark to do the repairs. A new battery, some hose clamps, some repairs to the radio and we are off again. Tonight we camp at the incredibly beautiful Streaky Bay Caravan Park. We usually try and stay away from paid campsites, but there is nothing around here. We take the opportunity to have a shower and even do a load of washing.

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Shane.

Spectacular Sunsets on The Nullarbor.

We reach the The Nullarbor, a huge stretch of baron desert land that can both destroy your soul and take your breath away with incredible beauty. Today the Nullarbor welcomes us with a spectacular sky show. We approach our very first camp site in the desert and a treated to a road side spectacular sunset, then shortly after setting up camp, some thing amazing happens. This amazing part of the world has just gifted me something that I will talk about for the rest of my life, something that I feel seriously blest to have witnessed.

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The Kombi and the Nullarbor


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Welcome to the Nullarbor

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Best Beaches In The World.

We stop at one of my favourite beach side towns in the world, Esperance, Western Australia. Esperance has some of the whitest beaches, the bluest water and such a chilled out beach side town vibe.

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Kombi in Esperance

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The Best Beach in the World?

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Beach! Do I need to say anymore?

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Wave Rock, Road Trip: Western Australia

We finally make it to Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia after the chaos with the Kombi’s door falling off! Wave Rock is a beautiful natural rock formation in a town called Hyden in Western Australia’s wheat belt region.

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This is going to be one EPIC Adventure.

The Adventure begins!

We are driving 7000km across Australia from Perth to Hobart via Uluru in a 1976 Volkswagen Kombi. Along the way we are raising awareness and much needed funds for headspace.

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We will be filming the entire road trip as well producing a series called Kombi Confessions. Where I interview amazing people across Australia every Friday in the Kombi.

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