Brave or Crazy? Planning our trip across the Nullarbor

Our plan for Christmas is to head across the Nullarbor Plain to be with BB's Dad and his family. They are great to us and have welcomed us into their family. I am so grateful that BB has them all in his life and am committed to nurturing those relationships.

The last time we went to visit them for Christmas was 4 years ago, our first Christmas back in Australia. This required us to drive over 400km to Perth airport, pay a significant sum for airport parking, fly to Melbourne, hire a car and drive another 450km to our destination. And then of course to do the same in reverse. I declared then and there that next time we come we will drive.

Well next time is here. Not only is it Christmas, it is also a celebration of DD returning to Australia to live, and BB's Grandfather will be turning 80. I decided to stick to my word and we are driving across, leaving next weekend.

Although I have lived in Western Australia and the Northern Territory for a total of 14 years and remote driving is something I have done many a time, the Nullarbor Crossing is a trip I have never taken before. I'm feeling a bit under prepared and inexperienced. I'm nervous but excited. I am looking forward to showing BB more of this vast and beautiful land, and nervous as to how he'll cope without wifi 🤣.

I spent a lot of time thinking about the ideal rig for us. For the Nullarbor trip a camper van would have been perfect, but for everything else beyond its not what we want. Long term I want something I can leave behind at a campsite and go exploring. I'm not a big fan of caravans, although we did see one at the Caravan and Camping show last weekend which had a slide out veranda which looked rather nice - that's not in our budget though, and it's big to tow. In general, a caravan to me feels very closed in - it's just like being at home, only much smaller. I feel cramped and claustrophobic. Camping for me is about getting closer to nature, about freedom, fresh air, being outside. So I decided a camper trailer was the way.

There's a few options here too. We looked at several hard floor trailers, these would be ideal in terms of ease to set up, but those in our budget weren't great quality.  I've seen several, and heard of many more, cheap trailers falling apart on dirt roads throughout Central Australia and this is an area I really want us to explore. Central Australia is very close to my heart and there are many remote places I'd love BB to see.

So we've gone for the simple but sturdy option. An off road camper trailer with a soft floor. It's a bit of a challenge to put up and pack away by myself, though I've only had one practice so far and I figure I'll get better at it with time. BB will grow too, and hopefully if we get really stuck in the meantime, a friendly fellow camper will help me out.

We were hoping to have another practice trip before we go, but we've had several delays caused by work that was needed on my car. I have had to have the suspension adjusted for towing, have an auxiliary battery installed so that we can run a fridge for the trip across the desert, and my car needs a service, which has been delayed twice waiting for parts.

Our trailer on our practice run at a friend's place

BB enjoying reading by torchlight

So, we're just going to take the plunge and do it. Our next practice will be the first stop on our trip. That does make me a little nervous but at the same time, if i practice again and find its still too hard it will be worse. Plus we don't really have the option as we will be without our car during the week.  

I think we have all we need now though, we just have to plan the journey, where we'll camp and what we want to see on the way. If you have any advice or must sees for the journey across the Nullarbor we'd love to hear from you.

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.

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