HELLO + WELCOME to a Wrap Up of what’s been happening live on the road as we the Aussie Overlanders have begun an epic expedition from Sydney to London. Overland. Via the guts of Australia and Africa.

Let’s dive right in.


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Sydney put on a spectacular show and at 10am on the 23.03.13 we began the expedition.

A motley crew of legends gathered to send us off on this big drive throughout the World. Of course this was preceeded by plenty of catchups and boozey nights saying ‘see you soon’ to our people.

The day was full-on. Emotionally we were both pivoting on huge waves of happiness, sadness, excitement and nerves. So much had gone into making this one day happen.

Our ‘one day’ had arrived and as we camped our first night (on Kirst’s Grandad’s property) it felt incredible.


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^ McMahons Point, Sydney – the morning we departed. Shot by our incredibly talented friend Paul English. The Troopy can be seen on the point.


^ Moments before jumping into the car and heading off on the expedition

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^ Us with Martin Solms, the main man behind the incredible Africa Overland Network. It was quite a moment for us to have Solsmy there. He is an epic expeditioner and has inspired us so much over the years through his website. Also a true friend in our preparations for getting on the road. Thanks so much Martin! As he said on the day “The evolution of overlanders! Young and free to kids and dogs”.


A massive thank you to everyone who came to send us off. It meant so much to us that YOU were there.

And to everyone who sent us incredble messages of support online… thank YOU. They filled us up with so much joy and excitement! Legends.





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We are very proud to announce we have teamed up with True Blue Outdoors – an outdoors business that create quality Aussie canvas gear. Days before we rolled out of town they helped us put the very important finishing touches on the vehicle.

We were trying to source a quality canvas rear wheel bag. Preferably one that was made locally. We found True Blue Outdoors. Aussie to the core. Excellent, premium quality. You just touch the canvas and you KNOW it’s high quality. It feels tough. Right down to the thread, stitch and the zipper.

True Blue Outdoors have also fitted us out with a range of organisers, cargo barrier bags and map holders. We’ll get some photos up soon of how it’s given the Troopy it’s final makeover and got us organised for the journey ahead.

Head over to their online shop at www.trueblueoutdoors.com.au and tell Pete we sent you!



We are 12 days deep into the expedition and Australia has already put on quite a show.

From Sydney we hot-footed it down to Victoria through the high country to the Snowy River. Then in Melbourne jumped on a 9 hour ferry to Tasmania. We moved fast in time for Easter and Kirsty’s birthday.


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In the final push to get on the road a lot of final touches went onto the vehicle to make our home on wheels the best it could be. Watch the blog over the next week for a feature post on all those spiffy details.




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We are keeping detailed stats of the expedition. And would love to publish a monthly statistics summary.

The key stat we are looking at right now is ‘How many showers in rivers?’ 4! Already!

But also more serious stat stuff that looks at fuel costs and kilometres.


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As always, thanks for being here guys.

It makes it all the more exciting knowing we get to share the adventure with everyonone else on board in sprit.

We hope everyone had a great Easter break and are doing well.

Now get out there and explore.




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6 thoughts on “WRAP UP {EDITION 19}

  1. Rex and Jill says:

    hello from Grandma and Grandad!Lovely to see how fun you’re having, Loads of love from the Gong and Monty

  2. Anthony says:

    Nice to meet you both today at “edge of the world”. My Tasmania trip ends in only a few days and I look forward to following your trip over the next year as I return to my boring office job on Monday :/

    • Kirsty - Aussie Overlanders says:

      Hey Anthony! It feels like a long time since we crossed paths with you guys in Tassy! sorry for the late reply! So great to meet you. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your escape. So inspiring to just get out there on a whim – good on you!
      Hope the boring office job isn’t too boring today 😉

  3. Rex and Jill says:

    All’s well here. Why wouldn,t it be with a hit of Shiraz at every appropriate moment. Your sisters Kirst are keeping control as usual. Jill is likewise. She has gone for a swim with Lynne. Weather is superb at the moment. Tassie is cold as you say. It snowed on Mt Wellington on Xmas Day on our honeymoon 64 years ago Jeez I’m getting old. !!!@! Keep fit and well Love to you both Rex

  4. Jane says:

    Hobbs! We miss you.

    You guys look like you’re having a ball.

    I am incredibly envious. Camping is not normally my favourite holiday accommodation but I have to say the True Blue Outdoors stuff looks awesome. You are so organised. I hate having to scramble through your bag to find your toothbrush, but you kids don’t have that problem clearly.

    Anyway we look forward to the continual updates and living the world through your adventures.

    Jane xx

    • Kirsty - Aussie Overlanders says:

      Jane! Woot-woot! Awesome to have this message from you.
      Hope you are keeping well!
      I think you would love the organisation I have going on in the Troopy! Haha. I’m lucky G likes things tidy too!
      Keep the comments coming.. love hearing from you

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