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They Halsey family

Road trip a life changing experience

Simple things in life are
best ... just ask the
intrepid Halsey family

By Dennis Amor
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IT has taken an extended caravanning road trip for a young NSW family to discover that the simple things in life are the best.

The Halseys are midway through a four-month adventure in their 22ft WonderlandRV Adventus bunk caravan towed by an Isuzu MU-X 2017.

And with nearly 20,000km chalked up so far, Todd and Kirryn told Caravanning News: "It has reminded us that it's the simple things in life that make us the happiest and has taught us to appreciate life and each other so much more."

The couple, who are travelling with their two boys Taj (5) and Jai (2) ‒ said each day of their journey brought memories that will last a lifetime.

"Its a truly life changing experience," they said.

"Any family thinking of doing a similar trip should just make it happen. You don't have to have a lot of money or need 12 months to do it.

"Life is so precious and so short you will not regret this incredible experience."

They admitted some days were "testing", particularly with two with young children ... "but really, it's just no different to home".

Todd and Kirryn caught the caravanning bug a few years ago, hitting the road every second weekend.

They Halsey family"We soon wanted to see more of our wonderful country," they said.

"We kept dreaming of travelling Oz and always made excuses about why we couldn't go. But we finally decided life is too short, bit the bullet, packed up and set off."

The family left their home and travelled north through Cairns to Cape Tribulation before heading to Uluru and back up to the top of Western Australia.

Todd and Kirryn said it was difficult choosing highlights of the trip so far, but they thought everyone needed to see Uluru.

"Photos and stories don't do it any justice. It is enormous and you can just sit there for hours and admire its beauty. There is something very special about this place."

Adels Grove, Elquestro Station and Karijini National Park had all been breathtaking.

"We have been completing walks and challenges that we never thought were possible as a family," they recalled.

Emma Gorge at Elquestro Station and Kermit's Pool at Karijini were the two best gorges they had seen.

"Cape Tribulation was another big thumbs up, the Daintree rainforest was magical," they said.

"We are currently on the Western Australia coast and it is exceeding our expectations, with Cable Beach having the best sunsets, Cape Range National Park perfection and Warroora Station being hands down our absolute highlight."

The couple said their caravan, which had been modified with a three-inch chasis raiser and under-bunk air conditioner, was performing well.

"Being on the road and hearing constant horror stories about 'van manufacturers, we appreciate knowing we have a well-built 'van and amazing after sales service.

"It is such a great peace of mind to know we are travelling in a quality-built 'van."

Todd and Kirryn said their Izuzu had been faultless, delivering "unreal fuel economy" of 17.1 litres/100km.

"All in all, we just want people to get out there see Australia ... itís a special place with so many places to visit," they added.

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