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Australia’s female convicts

One in five convicts who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land between 1788–1823 were women. Most female convicts – as well as free women who had come to Australia looking for work – were sent to what were known as ‘female factories’. Often textile factories and other commercial factories, these institutions sometimes evolved into shelters for pregnant women, such as the … Continued

Take a seat at the Tablelands

Caravaners have a definite advantage when it comes to uncovering the hidden delights that lie off the beaten track. On our tour of this region, we will make a loop from Bathurst, three hours west of Sydney, to Parkes and then to Cowra, ending at the beginning in Bathurst. When you think of Bathurst, you might think of car racing, … Continued

Alexander Pearce: Tasmania’s infamous convict cannibal

Long after the First and Second fleets, convicts continued to be transported all over Australia. Tasmania – or Van Diemen’s Land, as it was then known – became one of the most heavily populated convict settlements in Australia, with around 75,000 convicts arriving between 1803 and 1853. Tasmania’s most infamous convict was Alexander Pearce, described by The Wellington Times in 1891 … Continued

Healthy kids are camper kids

All kids need to be encouraged to participate in physical activity and sports to maintain a health and wellbeing. A family caravan or camping trip is the perfect way to get kids away from screens and engaging in outdoor activities. A study conducted by Natural England found that children spend 60 per cent less time out and about than their parents did … Continued

Seaside delights along the Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula is, much like your favourite pair of socks, warm and welcoming, with plenty of character to make it stand out in the wash! South Australia’s On our tour of the Yorke Peninsula, we start at the very beginning: Wallaroo, one of South Australia’s most popular seaside resorts. Wallaroo North Beach is as fl … Continued

All aboard for a tour of Australia’s rail history

Jump aboard to see just how closely rail development has ridden alongside the development of the country. The Ida Bay Railway, Tasmania The Ida Bay Railway in Tasmania was opened in the early 20th century for the purpose of transporting resources long distances and to trading ports. The Ida Bay Railway was originally used to carry limestone from quarries west of … Continued

Western Australia’s Wildflowers

You don’t have to travel very far out of Perth to see some of Western Australia’s best and brightest wildflowers. Goomalling At Goomalling, beautiful parks and reserves will beckon nature lovers. Orchids bloom here from July to September, and there are eight orchid hotspots where you’ll find species such as cowslip, ant, sun, donkey and … Continued

The Snowy Mountains, post snow

The Snowy Mountains region is a beacon for snow-loving travellers in winter. By spring, the snow has melted away and revealed an entirely different place, with many treasures to discover. If you arrive in the Snowy Mountains in early spring, you might just catch the last of the snow before it melts away (so definitely … Continued

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