Journey’s End

Completed Lap!

Pootling Around Australia


Having selected some rather yummy wines in the Hunter Valley, it was a great privilege to then get to share them with very special people on the final part of our journey. Newcastle and the Yeo’s were first on the list. The view from their balcony was amazing and we had a wonderful time together catching rainbows, eating, drinking, watching the sun set and the many tug boats and ships going up and down the estuary. The five minute ferry ride from Stockton was a novel way to get back and forth and I even managed to complete my 24th Aussie Park Run on the Saturday morning.


Wangi Wangi on Lake Macquarie was our next stop before heading on to Chittaway Bay to share another bottle of fine wine with cousin Sharon and hubby Steve.

As you may have noticed our lap missed out the pointy bit on the far right known as the Cape York Peninsula. Jura would never have made it as you require four wheel drive to get to the top. To give us a taste of what we can expect on our next trip Steve took us into Watangan National Park on a four wheel drive off road adventure. The photos do not really show how steep or rugged the terrain was but it was quite an experience and unlike anything we have ever done before. Thankfully the delicious picnic lunch stayed in our stomachs during this white knuckle ride. We felt very safe in Steve’s hands even when he had to do a 360 turn on the edge of a precipice!

On the 11th June, 317 days since setting off, we completed our epic lap of Australia and returned to Narrabeen. We are now back in Dee Why with a full fortnight to enjoy time with the grandchildren, their parents and other friends. We’ve got some stuff to sort out with our Aussie property and future visa options but the rental motorhome has been returned to base and we’re back into AirBnB accommodation enjoying the comfort of a proper bed and electric heating.

Final Statistics!

Pictorial Statistics

For those interested in the final statistics, we covered 24,000 kms in the motorhomes, 3,000 kms on our electric bikes and wore out four pairs of shoes between us. Our total expenditure excluding the cost of Jura was $36,500 which averaged out at $800 per week. Interestingly we spent more on alcohol than fuel but then again we were undertaking research on behalf of the AWAS (Australian Wine Appreciation Society)! The biggest expenditure was caravan parks because we didn’t do as much free camping as originally intended. That said, many of the caravan parks were in the best locations and being off season for the majority of our lap we got some great deals along the way.

We have created so many new memories, seen the most amazing places, met some truly lovely people and it has been the best year of married life (so far). We have been blessed with continuing good health and thankfully not experienced any traumas that have required us to cut short our trip. We thank each and every one of you who have continued to follow our pootling adventure and provided encouragement and comments through various means. The blogging experience was a new one for me but I have enjoyed the challenge of keeping you informed and mildly entertained over this past year whilst simultaneously reminding myself of the awesome journey we have been on. Fair dinkum I have no idea what’s next but there’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.

14 thoughts on “Journey’s End

  1. Jan

    Well done to both of you. Country of superlatives and still more to see and explore left for another time. Enjoy the next two weeks and looking forward to seeing you and catching up again soon.

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      I was very conscious that I used words like amazing, awesome and gorgeous quite a lot but it really really was 😃 You have been a visitor here many times yourself and hopefully I’ve given a little taster to whet your appetite for more! See you soon xx

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  2. Gerry Kehoe

    Well Good day Sheila, why was I not surprised that you spent more on alcohol than fuel?
    I’ve been concerned at your extravagant spending for a little while now, I’m looking after the Grandchildren’s inheritance….. spending $800 dollars a week which is equivalent to £436.49 at today’s current exchange rates, when you get back to good old Blighty you may have to review your spending as you will be on a basic pension.
    Of course I haven’t taken into account all this was done in the case of research which is a very important study, who for??? I see another high cost relates to eating out, does that include the BBQ?, All you had to do was find a few twigs, rub a couple of sticks together, and hey presto a fire, saving on matches and coal. Now that you are pensioners you will need all these lifestyle skills to help keep the costs down.
    Hopefully I’ve been able to be of some use in a small way, (there’s no need to thank me just trying to help, they call it care in the community) as a famous supermarket says, every little helps.
    Its good to know your back from the outback safe and sound and with all your own teeth in tact. Nikki is preparing the Beauty salon for you, she’s booked you in for a week’s work……..
    Enjoy the rest of your time in Oz, just to let you know Nikki will be flying out to Australia (Sydney) sometime in August on business, but I’m sure she’ll tell you all about it when you get back.
    I’ve been waiting to say this for almost a year… You can now officially Stop Pootlinggggggg….

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      I think you’re going to miss me Ged 😂 Your care has been tangible. We will indeed have to return to basic rations on our return – most of the eating out budget was Mike’s skinny flat whites and muffins ☕️ He carried his Nero loyalty card all the time in his phone cover and didn’t earn a single point towards a free one. Looking forward to a good catch up on our return plus that beauty treat with the lovely Nikki. Pootled over and out! X

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  3. Jacquelina Costa Rica

    Well my dear friend, I will miss the weekly entertaining accounts, poetry, wonderful scenes, tales of escapades and adventures, but looking forward to catching up in person here in old blighty. You’ve been inspirational! Enjoy the gentle return to non-mobile (in the camping sense) life with your gorgeous family. See you soon. Love Jackie x

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      Another loyal follower. Thank you so much for surfing alongside and your kind comments. Definitely look forward to catching up on our return ☕️💕

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  4. Jenny McGregor

    Fair Dinkum alright… what a Great Adventure!!! One you’ll treasure forever but also the first of many!!! Thanks for keeping us updated with your awesome blogs- I’ve enjoyed reading them immensely… perhaps you should become a writer?!! Glad to have you back to us safe n sound- can’t wait to see what happens next on your epic life adventure!!! Mmmwaahh xxxx

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      You are a source of great inspiration to me darling. Not sure if I can do the next adventure TT but I am living more in the moment xxxx😘

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  5. Vicki Roberts

    It was wonderful meeting you and Mike while you were in Oz and it was our pleasure hosting you for a couple of days. Take care …. I know you will have a great future full of fun and memorable times. Love Vicki & Jake

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      You two will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you so much for sponsoring us and just being there. Our paths on life’s journey will surely cross again. Much love, Sheila & Mike xx

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      Thank you Suzanne. The part you are travelling to now was one of our favourite bits. What a coastline – what an awesome country. We hope to get to do Tassie early next year. Safe travels. 😎

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  6. SIL

    What a journey and so happy to have been a part of it. You guys are an inspiration with your tardiness, fitness and youthfulness. I still can’t believe that you didn’t sleep a wink on the road especially considering that your daughter struggles to stay awake on a day trip to the city. I look forward to seeing the next stage of your retirement and hope that you can call Australia home again soon. X

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    1. SheilaK Post author

      Too much to see/sea for any shut eye. What an awesome country and next time you join us on the road we’ll plan a better location for our surfing SIL. Next adventure is in your hands 😘

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