We are home on our own little patch now and I have to say there is no bed like your own at home.
After leaving Victoria it was all systems go to get home. Other than an 2 nights at Ceduna and Boulder it was overnight motels to save unpacking, and to get an early start the next morning.
On Easter Friday one of my molars started playing up and today I had it pulled.
We were away 361 days and apart from the car dramas we enjoyed every minute of it. We have been to some wonderful places, met some nice people and some assholes, but thats life.
Catching up with family and friends in FNQ, Gladstone, Bundaburg, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, and Victoria were personal highlights.
We have been asked what is our favourite place. That is impossible to answer because we have so many places we loved, and they are like chalk and cheese.
Central Australia has a personality like no where else, the rain forests of NQ, the opal fields, The Snowy Mountains, most ofTassie, and more. Fortunately we have thousands of photos and vids (which I must sort) to relive these places when too old to do anything else.
It was a long trip which, 35,000KM all up, 20,000 with the van, and although the cost (including car repairs/replacement) was double the budget we have no regrets.
Our next trip will be The Kimberly and Darwin, after the next cyclone season.
I might add that the choice of Nissan Navara was a good choice. Had it not been for the incompetence of a 3rd party when installing a long range fuel tank we probably would still have the first one. However the new one is better. Being diesel and designed for hard work it is far more suitable for towing. The V6 petrol did the job but had to work much harder to do it. Because peak torque is reached at higher revs you have a choice of labouring the engine or revving it.