Grey Nomads: The Thrill of the Road
Today’s high-tech caravans offer the best choice for the growing number of grey nomads. Grey nomads are lucky people, although lucky by choice. Usually of retirement age, they’ve decided to sell up and move on to a life on the open road. Downsizing their lives, making themselves mobile, and enjoying liberated freedom is what it’s all about for thousands of Australians.
And perhaps the perfect way to spend weeks or months on the go is with a high-tech caravan. No longer offering just a two-up, two-down cramped life of bunkbeds, today’s rigs can be self-contained human ecosystems. Not only that, but many parks and camping grounds offer modern amenities set amid attractive settings that mean you don’t have to forego most of your mod cons.
One of the main advantages of caravans for grey nomads is the plethora of choice. When it comes to choosing a rig, the sky really is the limit. Depending on your needs and the amount of time you intend to be away, you can opt for anything from a simple escape vehicle to a literal home away from home. Some even include a washing machine, fully equipped kitchen, and WiFi capabilities. The provision of such modern amenities means that you can extend your travelling time almost indefinitely.
After all, what’s not to like? There is an undeniable sense of freedom to be gained from “de-stuffing” your life and then pretty much going where the fancy takes you. But it’s not just about the literal freedom that such a life affords. It’s about living life to the fullest: seeing parts of the country you may never have seen before, forging new and lasting friendships and enjoying shared hospitality, and even providing a way for couples to re-bond.
When not on the road, you’ll most likely end up in one of many powered campgrounds, which offer easy and relatively cheap access to showers, laundry services, cooking facilities and more. Most importantly, it is here that you’ll pick up tips from other experienced travellers on where to go and how to get there, plus making the most out of your mobile lifestyle.
And there’s no shortage of things to do and see. An online search for caravan trails in Australia yields heaps of results all very beguiling to the intrepid traveller. After all, the country boasts some of the most varied and spectacular scenery in the world. Imagine a trip through the deserted outback and onwards towards the Nullarbor Plain if you’re seeking remote solitude under the stars.
Of course, if this is a little too extreme for you, you could instead traverse the Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route in New South Wales, which takes you from Sydney to Brisbane via picture-perfect coastlines, the Hunter Valley wineries, and even a rainforest golf course.
Another popular route is the South Australian Loop: a must for food and wine fans as it includes the Barossa and Clare Valleys. It is also perfect for those seeking to commune with nature—at the Fleurieu Peninsula, you can swim, surf and snorkel before going on to meet face to face with penguins in Penneshaw. Your final destination? The green and pleasant spaces of Adelaide. A leisurely trip through the countryside that ends in the leafy capital: who could want for more?
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