The Food-Wine-Pets-Travel+ Podcast

The Food-Wine-Pets-Travel+ Podcast

Whether it's a pop-up tent, camper trailer or the latest whizz-bang 'mobile home' Aussies love their 'cubby houses' on wheels. This podcast series looks at everything from the people on the road to the latest and greatest 'stuff' that will make your 'playtime' safe & fun for the whole family... Show More

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March 14, 2020 5 min
We’re on a 'zig-zag' tour of Australia keeping a very close eye out for the smaller, less commonly mentioned locations… like Miriam Vale, a very pretty little Queensland town located roughly halfway between Bundaberg & Gladstone.

WikiCamps and various Facebook groups recommended Miriam Vale’s local pub would be a great place to stay overnight – taking advantage of the fact it’s a free-camp AND there is a bit of an implie...

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February 26, 2020 2 min
Whether you are travelling with pets or just 'at home' the loss of any much loved K9 (or feline or feathered friend!) is devastating. But what was amazing is that we were doing an overnight 'free camp' at the very popular Babinda (FNQ) Rotary Park when Kaye spotted some excitement in the car park. It was obvious 'someone' was VERY happy to see this dog again... but why?
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*** WHAT'S NEW AGE TRIBE HENTY 2020 ALL ABOUT? ***
Back in 2018 Bryan & Lyndel Crow organised a major get together called 'Henty 2018' for the New Age Tribe - a 'club' for owners of the New Age Caravan brand.

Lots of great educational stuff, discounted products and plenty of social catchups plus learning all about 'off-grid' camping.

This year Henty 2020 promises to be bigger and better as Bryan Crow ex...





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February 1, 2020 8 min
"Follow your dreams!..." That's exactly what Dave Kirk reckons is the 'secret' to a happy life - and that's just what he's done too.

We met Dave & his lovely wife Marie at the Cool Waters Caravan Park in Cairns FNQ. Kaye was out walking one afternoon and heard someone playing guitar - pretty well as it happens!...

Given her curiosity and love of music she went and checked it out and the rest of the st...



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Most of us have seen the dances and heard the songs of aboriginal people around Australia complete with didgeridoos, clapsticks and fire.

But what does it all mean?

Well recently Brian was out riding his bike in a local park and managed to bump into Carl Fourmile - literally! - Carl is a Yidinji man from the land of Gimuy. Gimuy in case you didn't know is Cairns in Far North QLD :-)

Carl's passion is for his people and their ...

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After finally selling their house in Bendigo VIC, Robyn & Pete Robinson hit the road running with their much loved pooch Paddy. Both do occasional work on the road to help the budget but recently Robyn was offered an opportunity in a very remote part of Australia - Aurukun - a mostly indigenous town just a short 13.5hr drive from Cairns FNQ or 44hrs from Melbourne! Robyn is a qualified teacher and Art Therapist and is no strang...

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Ever wondered what doing 'The Big Lap' is like? So many people - young & not so young - are on the road these days and with social media you can almost join someone on their journey with plenty of photos & videos. But how many really share their thoughts via a podcast?

Today we're chatting with Graeme Morris who - with his wife Sue have been documenting their multi thousand kilometre journey online with hundreds...




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November 10, 2019 15 min
Their slogan is 'The Dream Continues' and that's exactly what they are doing, all because of Mark Evans and his wife Judy's passion for this amazing location created by Jose Paronella back in 1935.

After Jose's passing the park was literally left to rot until Mark & Judy spotted the 'opportunity' to revive something so very unique to this country and something they've been doing over the past 26 ...

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There has to be something 'magical' that brings a person back to the same spot over a 40+ year period. But what could it be?....

The name of the place, Clear Waters in the Cairns FNQ suburb of Brinsmead, speaks for itself with it's aptly name creek 'Freshwater' surround by palm trees, turtles and fish.

During a casual stroll along the creek, Kaye came across this very caring family enjoying the local beauty an...

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October 8, 2019 4 min
On our recent visit to Cardwell FNQ, we couldn't resist trying out a pie or two at the famous 'Jesse's Pies' - This amazing beachside pop-up kitchen has been in operation for over 40 years with brother’s Rob and Greg Jesse launching their bright yellow van 29 years ago when their father retired from the local bakery.

And while the boys are passionate about making & selling pies to travellers everywhere, they rea...
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One of the best things about travelling anywhere is the people you meet. And not long ago we stayed for a few nights at the Yass Showground in NSW as a sort of halfway stopover on our way to Melbourne via Wagga Wagga.

In fact showgrounds & farmstays are among some of the places we plan on staying during our travels not only to save a bit of money but somehow you seem to meet THE most interesting people…

Well somehow – while Kay...
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Back in Feb. 2011 a Category 5 cyclone called Yasi all but demolished the beautiful town of Cardwell in far north QLD - gateway to Hinchinbrook Island.

It's taken many years to get back to almost resembling its former self but there's still more to be done. We'll have a closer look soon at some of the issues this small community faces - meantime, we had a great couple of nights at the Cardwell Caravan Park and chatted wi...
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September 12, 2019 7 min
There's caravan parks... and then there's the Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville QLD in the suburb of Cluden! - We spent a couple of nights here on our way north and really enjoyed the 'community spirit' of the park especially @ 5pm 'drinkies'. We also managed to chat with the new managers of the park and had a lot of fun chatting with some of the 'residents'.
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Even if you're not a full-time 'nomad', growing your own herbs, spices & possibly some veggies not only adds a bit of convenience to your travels or lifestyle generally but can also help make your 'home on wheels' feel more like home.

Brian caught up with Garden & Sustainability guru Adam Woodhams to find out how we might be able to grow a few of the basics as we travel this great country of ours.

UPDATE:
Y...
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The Truck Friendly Program has officially been underway for almost 12 weeks since its official launch at the 2019 Queensland Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow.

And while we've already had a couple of chats with the brains behind this great initiative Ken Wilson, we decided to pay him a personal visit in his hometown of Bundaberg QLD to find out how things are going. We'll have more soon!

Learn more by visiting the webs...
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You never know who you'll meet on the road or what they are doing unless you ask right?...
Well we did just that recently when we thought we'd caught up with the famous 'blonde nomads'!...

WRONG... but Glen & Kelly Warren and their 4 gorgeous kids have another equally fascinating story.

You can read more about them on their website: https://www.onelazysunday.com.au/
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July 21, 2019 8 min
Ever wanted to travel this great country by car/caravan but you don't have a 'partner' or close friend to do it with? Especially as a solo female?

Would YOU do it? We met up with the most amazing lady at the free camp at Jugiong NSW - Sandra who has been on the road for about 18 months now all alone - well actually she's not alone! - She travels with a small dog for company PLUS is a great communicator so manages to ...
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Whether you're planning the big lap, downsizing the house to something smaller or just need to de-clutter all that junk we somehow seem to collect, there is an alternative to hiring a skip or taking load after load to the dump!

During our own de-cluttering recently Brian had a quick chat with Nathan McCracken to find out more about 'Crackers Clearout'...
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With plenty of families AND grey & blonde 'nomads' hitting the road these days there's been a marked increase in the number of caravans, campervans & motorhomes being stolen. Chains, tow-ball locks and wheels clamps might deter a few low-lifes but what about a GPS?... If your much loved (& very expensive) investment goes missing you'll know about it right away plus you;ll be able to notify the police exa...



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UPDATE: The Truck Friendly Program is growing in leaps & bounds.
Creator behind the initiative Ken Wilson gives us an update just 2 weeks after launching!
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