AttractionsUs, a Swag, a Pontoon and a lot of water – Reefsleep Share Tweet Our stay at Airlie Beach in Queensland’s sensational Whitsunday’s couldn’t be complete without experiencing the pinnacle of Great Barrier Reef adventures. Reefsleep with Cruise Whitsundays is the ultimate, an overnight sleep under the stars at Reefworld on Hardy Reef. Only a 1 hour 50 minute boat trip 40 nautical miles from the mainland in the beautiful Whitsundays.Only 9 people maximum can be a part of Reefsleep each night, therefore providing an intimate experience, sleeping in swags on the pontoon rooftop under the stars.Wow!! Departing for ReefsleepAt the marina, Cruise Whitsunday’s staff directed us to our own private lounge seating area on the boat’s mid level just behind the captain’s area. We were able to watch and listen to the staff as they steered us toward our exciting “pyjama party” on the Great Barrier Reef.Our other fellow Reefsleep guests, David, Christine and German tourist Angelica were also there. We excitedly talked about what we were expecting would happen. The onboard staff gave us briefings about our stay and they told us by 3pm we would have the pontoon and snorkeling all to ourselves until 11am the following day.The Trip out to Hardy ReefThe boat trip took about 1 hour 50 minutes after a brief stop at Hamilton Island to pick up passengers. The Captain let us know ocean conditions would be a little rough but not too bad and that’s how it turned out.As we entered the reef area the waters calmed and we began to view the incredible colours only a reef provides. Soon the pontoon comes into view and as we slowly make our way up close we look out at those who enjoyed the experience the night before, looking for clues on what to expect. Nothing obvious stands out.Our ArrivalOnce we were on the pontoon we were introduced to our Reefsleep guide Natalie who would look after us for the night. A few minutes later and we were ready to begin enjoying the facilities available.Adele and Matthew quickly chose to join others for a trip on the Semi Submersible Glass bottom boat. Whereas I chose to take a look around and discover exactly what the pontoon had to offer. I soon found a group getting ready to Scuba Dive and watched as they prepared their Scuba gear and Stinger suits. I considered for a moment what it would take to join them but decided to venture on and see what else there was to explore.The tide was low and the reef and its coral were on full display. The colours were amazing with the reef displaying almost a fluro blue colour along with turquoise green and a dark blue for the deep waters. By this stage lots of people had changed into their swimming attire and began to snorkel the pristine reef. Cruise Whitsundays provided all the snorkeling gear and had everyone ready and prepared pretty quickly.Adele and Matt returned from the Semi-Submersible Glass bottom boat and we decided to take a look at the Underwater Viewing Room. From there we could see a vast array of marine life including a lot of big fish. At night from the viewing room the lights would go on and attract a whole new range of fish including George the enormous big Queensland Groper.We weren’t in a particular hurry to begin snorkeling, we were going to have it all to ourselves soon enough.Reefworld Optional ActivitiesWe had lots of choices including, Underwater Viewing Room, a Massage or take a Helicopter Flight over Hardy Reef and Heart Reef. A 30 minute Helicopter Flight out of Airlie Beach is also available.The helicopter flight was $140 each (as long as you weigh less than 110kgs) for a 10 minute flight. The massage was $55 for half an hour.Snorkeling Hardy ReefAdele and Matthew couldn’t wait any longer and were soon in snorkeling with everyone else. I heard the call that lunch was served back on the boat and figured I’d get in early. I was one of the first people to arrive for lunch and had the pick of everything. A smorgasbord of cold meats, salads, chicken, prawns, wraps and more.After lunch we decided it was time for me to snorkel and we all donned our wet suits and snorkeling gear and I had my first look at Hardy Reef. The array of coral and marine life was spectacular. The clams were so big, so colourful. The fish were amazing with how close they would allow you to get to them. Sometimes I would reach out to grab them but they’d slip through my fingers. Every moment in the water was simply breathtaking.As night begins to fallThat night Natalie cooked us a big delicious BBQ including steak, sausages, chicken, and seafood while we sat enjoying Champagne and watched an amazing sunset. The birds began to join us also as the sun went down and the clouds rolled in.After dinner we spent time having a few drinks and chatting to our new friends. We also enjoyed time in the underwater observatory watching the fish at night. The birds had joined us in their hundreds and were all mostly around the lower deck. We ventured to the top deck to look out at the moon and stars however cloud had begun to roll in and our view was intermittent.We made our way to our Swags for an early night. I left the zipper open on my side as it was hot inside the swag and I wanted to look at the stars as I fell asleep. More about our night under the stars soon.Waking Up on the PontoonFor breakfast the following morning once again Natalie cooked us a feast! Bacon, eggs, hash browns, tomato and toast.I had woken early in the morning and was the first one awake. I ventured around the pontoon and soon discovered some big GT (Giant Trevally) as they rounded up bait fish beside the pontoon. Once they were ready, it would become a feeding frenzy. It was crazy as fish would be flying out of the air and the water would become a thrashing of big fish looking to feed on the small ones.We watched as this went on over and over all around the pontoon. One moment they would be at the front of the pontoon and a few moments later they’d be at the back. Sometimes one side and the next they would be the other side. It was fascinating watching Mother Nature at work.Up close and personal with Giant Green TurtlesAnother morning attraction was the appearance of two giant Green turtles who regularly feed off the side of the pontoon. It was fabulous to get such an up close and personal view of them. We used our GoPro on the extension stick to get video of them as close as possible.Fitting in a Morning SnorkelAs soon as breakfast was over we were already together planning to go snorkeling again before the next days sightseers arrived at 11am. We were determined to have another chance to snorkel before the crowd arrived however a high tide, windy conditions and a cool morning were all challenges we were facing. The ocean was rough as the winds blew and there was no protection from the reef due to the high tide. The waters were choppy and no-one was prepared to risk swimming in the conditions.We waited and waited and with just 15 minutes before the boat arrived I decided it was now or never and jumped in for a last snorkel. The boat was 10 – 15 minutes late giving us some extra time as we all began to enjoy snorkeling again among the fish and coral.It wasn’t long before the crowd arrived and the energy and enthusiasm of a new group began to enjoy the facilities. Did it all go perfectly, well no.What could go wrong on such an incredible experience?We can only write about the adventure from our own personal experience and the overnighter did offer up its challenges.Our Reefsleep ExperienceOur Reefsleep experience was amazing, almost breathtaking. It did however have its issues, mostly made worse by not being prepared. Here are a few things we experienced or noticed on our trip that the glossy brochures don’t tell you.Fresh drinking water is limited 40 nautical miles out in the ocean as you can imagine. Access to showers is only for the Reefsleep guests and therefore they are only open outside of the day tripper hours. They are also closed again when guests from the helicopter charter flights come aboard the pontoon. This is to conserve the water and ensure Reefsleep guests ultimately have enough for their overnight stay. You will need to time it right for when you can have a shower. Talk to the staff they will guide you for when it’s going to be suitable.We don’t drink coffee but the other guys weren’t altogether fussed by the instant coffee that was available. Once again, this is more like a camping experience rather than a resort, there’s no cappuccino machine and you may need to lower your coffee standards for one night.You have to deal with the elements of the weather. I recommend you read my blog about researching the weather before booking your Reefsleep adventure – http://indefiniteleave.com.au/always-take-weather-weather/. The weather can change quickly and unpredictably. Our weather was predicted 0% chance of showers, but it rained anyway.Just Us, a Swag, a Pontoon and a lot of waterNaturally you are braving the elements that nature has to offer when sleeping in swags in the open air of the pontoon deck, but there were no suggestions from the Reefsleep staff as to what to do if the weather turns bad during the night. Given this was our first night sleeping in a swag, we were excited at the thought of gazing up at the sky to see the stars when we retired for the evening. In order to take in the view of the night sky and for some ventilation as well, as the canvas tents are hot, I left the side flaps of our swag open.A Wet SwagUnfortunately unpredicted weather meant we experienced bursts of light and heavy rain throughout the night. I did not zipper back up completely which caused one side of our swag mattress to become saturated with water. It was an unexpected early rise to our second day at the outer Reef. If you have any rain, ensure you fully zip up your swag, especially at the base.Once we were heading out to the Reef on the boat I was looking forward to a relaxing trip with thoughts of what our next 2 days were going to be like. It started so well, we were taken to our own personal lounge only for Reefsleep guests and made to feel special.The Push for Optional Extra ActivitiesSoon into the trip to the island staff came to us wanting to sell tickets for the Helicopter ride, Massages and Scuba Diving and the pressure was on as spaces were limited and we might miss out. We really just wanted to relax at that time, chat with our fellow guests, take in the views and enjoy the experience.Despite the sales push we were happy we held off until we arrived at the pontoon. You will need to decide when is best for you to book. The helicopter rides for example are limited and you might miss out if you don’t book early.We were so excited by the idea of flying over Heart Reef, in fact Adele’s heart was set on it. Sadly we were left disappointed as with no previous limitations being mentioned prior, we were told there were weight restrictions of 130kgs. If you were over that you had to pay for 2 seats.Misguided Information from Helicopter CompanyUpon returning to further question this we were then told it was 110kgs. We were unhappy for this restriction to be in place but even more disappointed that we weren’t notified at any stage prior to the trip and the rules kept changing. We spoke about it to pontoon staff who told us they were a separate company and we would need to sort it out with them.I decided if Matt couldn’t go than neither would I and Adele ended up choosing not to go alone. Very disappointing but we soon found out Angelica had taken a scenic flight from Airlie Beach that looked a much better option anyway.The Reefsleep staff are friendly but apart from the host, everyone was busy. We had very little interaction with any other staff.There didn’t seem to be a plan B. Being so far from land surrounded by water with not a lot of options of things to do, if you’ve had enough of snorkeling or the ocean gets a bit rough then you have an underwater observatory and that’s about it. You can only take so many sunset photos.Opportunities to add to the Reefsleep ExperienceIt was our opinion that they missed an opportunity to further entertain the guests.There was little information passed on about Reefworld, the Great Barrier Reef and Hardy Reef. An opportunity was there to give more insight into such a unique and world renowned location. A discussion about the history of Hardy Reef, the damage the reef is undergoing and how it can be protected plus, how the pontoon works and what it is doing to conserve the reef and showcase this amazing reef system. Also we felt they could introduce all the staff and explain their roles. These are just some of the things that would make it more interesting and beneficial to us as overnight visitors. I think they are missing the chance to educate their guests.This is important!!I only provide these points to give you a better overall guide to the experience and an understanding of what to expect. With this information upfront we would have been better prepared for the experience, rather than just the glossy brochures and rave reviews by travel companies. Despite these thoughts, don’t hesitate, it is absolutely a ‘must do’ experience.My tips for ReefsleepMake sure you have a camera for underwater photos and videos. We bought a Lifeproof Waterproof case for our iPhone and practiced in the pool before we went. We also took our GoPro to capture lots of quality under water footage.Approach it like you would if you were going camping. It is not 5 Star but it is an experience you will remember forever.Ask questions. Talk to the staff if there’s anything you need to know.Talk to your new friends and enjoy the experience together.Save some energy for snorkeling once the crowd has left and before they return at 11am the next day.Don’t take any bird phobias with you, there’s going to be lots of them with you for the night.Apply plenty of sunscreenLeave the zipper of your swag open and enjoy the amazing view of the stars in the sky.If you do get a shower of rain, make sure you close up the bottom zipper. That was my big mistake. Rookie error!!The Helicopter Flight, Glass Bottom Sub and Massage are only available during the day when everyone, including the day-trippers are there. At 3pm these features are closed.More about ReefsleepYou can read more about Reefsleep as well as our Top 13 Best Things to do in Airlie Beach & Whitsundays or simply book your Reefsleep experience out of Airlie Beach here.We chose the Swag and our cost at the time was $440 each.Have you done the Reefsleep or planning to do it soon?Let us know your thoughts.Thanks Kev, Adele and MattIndefinite Leave_____________________________________________________________________Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price. Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots. Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. 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Thank you for supporting us.Save Booking.com Related Topics:coralGreat Barrier ReefHardy Reefnorth queenslandPontoonReefsleepReefworldsnorkelSwagWhitsundays Up NextDriving north of Townsville to Cairns Don't MissMackay – Whitsundays region, so much to see and do Travel Aus Continue Reading You may like Ocean Rafting the Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays Base Backpackers Hostel & Caravan Park, Airlie Beach Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Park, Mackay Queensland Toomulla Beach Rest Area, Toomulla Queensland Tully Showgrounds, Tully North Queensland First City Caravilla Caravan Park, Cairns Queensland 3 Comments 3 Comments Annie November 28, 2016 at 12:55 pmThanks for this extremely informative post! My sister, parents, and I just booked a Reefsleep for early April. We will definitely use your tips. I am enjoying reading your blog and wish you safe travels.Reply Indefinite Leave November 28, 2016 at 7:20 pmHi Annie, thanks for your comments 🙂 Hope you have a sensational time. We have been 10 months now travelling Australia and it still ranks in the Top 2 for things we’ve done for me so far. Just don’t expect it to be a Hilton experience 😉 Let us know how you go 🙂 Kev & AdeleReplyPingback: Our 18 months Budget to Travel Australia by Indefinite Leave - Indefinite LeaveLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Adventurers DiaryGet the F###ing Fire Extinguisher!! There’s a major story that we have never told, but a lot of time has gone by and I feel the time is now right. Our Motorhome Air Conditioner caught on fire.You know, flames from the roof, bellowing smoke, fire brigade, campground jam packed with hundreds of people all around us. All of this with Adele inside the Motorhome while the roof was alight with flames and smoke!! After I put out the fireMotorhome Air Conditioner caught fire!It was Easter Friday 2017. Earlier to this, we had been to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. We arrived back on the mainland a few days prior and went straight to Rapid Bay Campground. Our YouTube channel has a video of the campground when we arrived and another the day of the fire. We were told there were 900 people camping there over Easter.It was as simple as I plugged in the Generator and started it. Whenever we plug into electricity the Air Conditioner unit the standby light comes on. It’s our way of knowing the power is connected. On this occasion however Adele was inside and heard a fizzing sound and there was no light. She came out to tell me what she heard so I went inside myself to see why the light hadn’t turned on. I checked the unit and tried manually turning it on but nothing. Then I tried the remote control, still nothing.Putting out the Fire!Next minute absolute mayhem as someone came running over yelling to us we were on fire. Get the F###ing Fire Extinguisher!!As you can imagine, it was immediate panic and the following few minutes are a blurr. Immediately I raced to the back of the Motorhome and climbed the ladder to see flames coming from the air conditioner unit. Someone had already unplugged the Generator and raced away from the Motorhome with it to take that risk out of the equation. I quickly asked for my 20L container of water to put out the fire when someone yelled out not to put water onto an electrical fire.I’m glad someone was thinking with common sense!!Adele grabbed our fire extinguisher and it was thrown up to me. I’d never used one before but very quickly worked it out and began giving the Motorhome a foam bath. It worked fast but this stuff went everywhere.On the roof of the Motorhome there was powder residue all over it but the gift kept giving. When we got back inside, it was all over our bed and all throughout the Winnebago.No other damage, just the air conditionerIt was obvious the fire was contained to just the air conditioner unit for which we were thankful. Fortunately there was no damage at all to the Motorhome or the roof. 18 months later now and the air conditioner has been replaced, twice actually, but I’ll discuss that in a minute.Matt was out fishing with our mate Mick in his boat so we had Mick’s wife call him to get the message through to Matt to come back.The Fire Brigade was called to check everything and gave it the thumbs up. They looked right over everything and told me they believed the compressor had shorted and that did make sense.Fortunately we were at Rapid Bay CampgroundSo here we were, Easter Friday, nowhere to go, no-one to speak to about repairing it until Tuesday when shops opened again. Foam was everywhere, inside the Motorhome as well as outside.We were the talking point of the Campground and for all the wrong reasons and photos began being posted on Instagram of our Motorhome on fire. The people there though were fantastic and very helpful.Why the air conditioner decided that moment for the compressor to short out we don’t know. We were thankful it did do it then, when there were so many other people about to notice it. This also meant there were others to help us to put it out properly, rather than just days before when we were free camping in isolated locations around Kangaroo Island. Here’s what I do know though!!End of the drama you’re thinking? No No No, it was only just beginning.Replacing the Motorhome Air Conditioner while we flew homeThe air conditioner that had been in our Motorhome was wayyyyyy too small and therefore was working too hard when it was used. It only barely cooled the Motorhome down when it was on and it was a hot day.We bought our Motorhome second hand and it came with a Dometic B2200. It looked to be the original air conditioner unit but there’s no way for me to know for sure. What I do know is that the B2200 Dometic Air conditioner unit is designed for a 5m vehicle. This unit was too small in capacity for our Motorhome.I didn’t know about all this until afterwards when I did some research.Fortunately, we did manage to get on to our insurer CIL straight away the next day, they were awesome even though it was Easter Saturday. We decided to go see CaraRest in Adelaide and arrange for them to do the insurance work of replacing the air conditioner. Soon after Easter we were due to fly back home to Brisbane as I was the MC for my niece’s wedding. This meant we could leave it with them for the 10 days while we were away and they would have plenty of time to see to the repairs.When we dropped off the Motorhome, the owner of CaraRest said to me he would be installing a Dometic Harrier Air Conditioner, the model suited to our Motorhome.Fantastic, no problem. You may also enjoy reading:How much does it cost to travel to Kangaroo Island Our 18 months Expenses to Travel Australia Ante Chamber Bay campground, Kangaroo Island Our fun stay at Discovery Parks Tanunda, Barossa Valley SA Our flight back to BrisbaneIt was 10am and our flight was 4pm, thankfully we had plenty of time because 40 minutes into our taxi ride, when we were almost to the airport, I realised I left my wallet back in the Motorhome. Without my license I had no identification to show at the airport, so we had to turn around and go back. When I arrived the owner’s daughter served me and took me out to the workshop to our Motorhome. They were already working on it so I jumped in through the open side door to the back of the Motorhome. I reached through into the front cabin, grabbed my wallet and we were back on our way.During the week I followed up with a phone call to the Owner to check on progress, yes everything will be ready by Friday, the day before we were due back to pick it up. Again on Friday, I rang to check on progress and was assured it was almost complete, it would be ready when we got there on Saturday. Ohhh and by the way he said, we couldn’t fit that Air Conditioner, the solar panels on the roof were in the way so we put in a B2200 Freshjet. I figured he knew what he was doing so ok, see you Saturday.Back to collect our MotorhomeWhen we arrived the Motorhome was brought around to us. It was 11.30am and they closed at midday. The owner stood there with his pad and biro watching us while we all had our suitcases and luggage in our hands, over our shoulders and basically our hands were more full than a centipede’s sock drawer.Given he showed no signs of opening the door, even if it was for a lady with her hands full, Adele decided to open the door to the back of the Motorhome and when she did the handle just fell off in her hands. We all stood there wondering what was happening before asking what the deal was. The Owner immediately responded that Adele had applied too much pressure and broke it.You’re kidding right!!A few minutes back and forth, I just wanted to get into the Motorhome and put down the bags. We knew what we were being told wasn’t adding up because one thing he said was they never used the back door. That seemed so odd, that they would lug their tools and an air conditioner unit over the front seats, squeeze their way between the two front seats, over our Waeco 40L fridge/freezer which at that time sat between our seats to access the rear of the Motorhome when there was a perfectly good side door. Besides, I had to come back to get my wallet remember and guess which door they had open!!The new Motorhome Air Conditioner UnitI went inside and looked at the new air conditioner unit and straight away it looked odd. It was clearly much smaller in size to the previous one and that one hardly worked as it was. Quickly I googled it and found out it is made for a space of 25m3 (we are 49.5m3) and a vehicle of maximum length of 5m (we are 8m). Our Motorhome is W2780 x L8000 x H2230 internally giving a total approx area of 49.5m3. I asked him about it and he just said the one he wanted to put on wouldn’t fit and he put a like for like in it. He insisted that was all he had to do.Check specifications hereCheck more specifications hereAt no time were we angry or swear etc, we simply asked questions and believe we made valid points such as why didn’t he call me to discuss options before deciding not to install the one he said he would. It was at this point he decided to yell at us to leave and walked off, slamming the door to the premises and locking it.Did that reaction suggest he was feeling guilty about something, I guess only he could answer that!!Here we were with a broken door handle plus an air conditioner totally unsuitable to our Motorhome. It was a Saturday and again the Monday was a Public holiday so we had to wait 3 days before we could get answers to the issues. We were ready to leave for Uluru but had to spend more unknown amount of time in Adelaide.Our Dealings with CIL were magnificentBefore leaving, we rang CIL and told them what we knew and asked do we take possession of the Motorhome to which they said yes. So back to Rapid Bay we went for 3 more days.Lets just say, we will never darken the doors of Cara Rest in Kilburn in Adelaide ever again and I highly recommend you don’t either.Throughout our entire ordeal, CIL were magnificent. It’s why we were so disappointed when we had to change companies, you can read all about that here –https://indefiniteleave.com.au/caravan-motorhome-insurance/By this time we wanted to leave Adelaide, we were pretty shattered and were looking for some positive experiences. It was also by this point we had run out of funds, nothing left, zip, zilch, zero. The stress was starting to tell. We spoke to CIL on the Tuesday and they said obviously we didn’t want to go back for them to fix the repairs and we confirmed we didn’t want them anywhere near us or our Motorhome. We said there was no point testing the air con in Adelaide in 22c cool weather, it will always seem cold.So they agreed we should leave Adelaide and arrange repairs further up the road, maybe in Coober Pedy or Alice Springs. The door handle worked from the inside, just not the outside.More dramaAs we drove out of Adelaide just an hour or two…. Boom!! One of the tyres disintegrated and blew out. It was one of the rear dual wheels. So we limped into the nearest town just nearby, a place you’ve probably never heard of called…..Snowtown!!Ohhh shit……!!Needless to say, we weren’t thinking an overnight stay here was something we were looking forward to. If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, just google Snowtown. Our headspace was already very ordinary, this felt like another blow. I kept telling myself, this is a test, the universe is asking me how much do you really want this life?My business for reasons I couldn’t understand just wasn’t happening. I was doing a lot of work as we were traveling but contracts kept crashing and I was left without being paid anything for all my time and costs. Instead of the normal 1 in 5 contracts not proceeding on finance or other issues I had lost 8 out of 9 contracts while traveling. Each one that crashed was a dagger in my back and totally unexpected. Financially, we were now having to go into debt to continue.This was when we became super awesome at traveling on a budget.Only very few people know about this dark time we went through, that is our great friends we had met and traveled with and were keen to catch up with again. Jason, Denise and little Millie from the Facebook and Instagram page West Aussie Nomads and Mick, his wife L and their 2 boys all of whom we now proudly call great lifelong friends. We didn’t discuss details with any family or friends back home, we didn’t want to worry them when they were so far away.Luckily we had been doing this long enough now to know there were going to be great times again, we just had to get through it.Repairs finalized in DarwinWe got ourselves to Darwin and went to see Paul who does Mobile Caravan repairs there and he was sensational. He showed us a caravan he was renovating and it was probably half the size of our Motorhome and he was putting a bigger air con in it, the B3200. Also he said he hoped the Insurers wouldn’t want him to keep the one installed in ours as it was so small he’d never use it.Once he spoke to the Insurers and provided other really damning evidence and opinion, CIL backed us up entirely, organising the Harrier air conditioner to be installed plus replacement of the door handle, we were told the cost of it was sent back to the original repairer. Whether that is what happened I’m not privy to but it’s what we were told. Needless to say, CIL’s representative told us they were very disappointed with the original repairer.There’s a comment made by two people within the industry that reflects so poorly on the original repairer that I’d love to share but it’s opinion and not fact, so that one you’ll have to ask me about if we meet one day.We had the motorhome air conditioner replaced in Darwin in a day, yes the solar panels had to be re-positioned but it was obviously easily done and could have been done originally, and a new door handle was installed. That was a huge relief but the Travel Gods decided we needed one more devastating blow, the time to make a call on our beautiful Golden Retriever MACKS. It was time to say goodbye.Farewelling MACKSNow we were truly shattered, our souls were basically destroyed.Let me tell you, this is so hard to write, tears are beginning to flow as I go back in time to share with you about this horrific two month period of our life on the road. They were cruel times.The repairs were completed and we’ve had no issues with them since. We went heavily into debt and had to spend some time back in Brisbane getting control of our finances again. Therefore we headed home for Christmas and spent 4 months focused solely on getting back on track. Just when we got back in front we had to replace the rubber membrane of our roof in the Motorhome and that blew $8000 and left us with no surplus cash once again.It had been fun times…. not!!Honouring MACKSWe honoured MACKS our beautiful Golden Retriever in every way we could think and today the Motorhome is called Darwinny, in remembrance of her and her resting place. She will always be part of Indefinite Leave and her collar, mat and lead stay with us.We thank our great friends we mentioned for getting us through. More importantly, we have remained mates and catch up often and they feature in our e-book now available called Travel Chat with Indefinite Leave.Thank you to Pauls Mobile Caravan RepairsWe can’t thank Paul from Pauls Mobile Caravan Repairs enough, he really knew his stuff and couldn’t have been better to deal with. Contact Paul on 0438 120 571 if you are in Darwin and need any help.Also we remain very thankful to CIL for what they did for us even though we are now with a different insurer.To everyone who followed our journey on our pages and offered us a friendly comment, chatted to us, messaged us and inspired us to keep going, and there were so many, thank you, you really don’t how much you helped us through that journey of our adventure but we sure do.Our Blog became our place where we could go, put on a brave face and share positive thoughts and get back more in return.Now go check your Fire Extinguisher, check it is accessible, in good working condition, isn’t out of date and all of you know how to use it, it may save your vehicle or even your life.Safe travelsKev& Adele Indefinite Leave_______________________________________________________________________Photography and SocialsOur camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. 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I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores. _______________________________________________________________________Follow us, Subscribe, Like, Share, and Comment on our website and social media here:-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indefiniteleave/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indefinite_leave/Website: https://indefiniteleave.com.au/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/indefiniteleavePinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/indefiniteleave/Twitter: https://twitter.com/indefiniteleav3Email: firstname.lastname@example.org_______________________________________________________________________This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryI Can’t Do 4 Walls I keep saying it, over and over, to anyone who asks and those willing to listen – I can’t do 4 walls. Simply, I just can’t do 4 walls again.Although I don’t know everything about my future and I reserve the right to change my mind, after 2.5 years of living in Darwinny our Motorhome, I love it so much I don’t want it to change for my foreseeable future.Adele is happy either way, she loves this life but could also go home. I think that’s mostly because she misses her Mum a lot and wants to be close to our sons Matt and Cameron. Offers from Friends and FamilyDuring our time back home, we just had 4 months in Brisbane, there were lots of times where we were invited to friend’s places, sometimes even offered a place to stay. On a number of occasions, we received text messages from friends “I’m away for the weekend, the spare keys are under the mat, go relax in a bed and use the pool for a few days”. We were so grateful for their offer and thoughts for us. Plus, we love that we have so many wonderful and kind friends.When we did a housesit for my niece, it was awesome, beautiful pool, nice home, Foxtel, heaps of room to park the Motorhome. It was perfect, except I found within just a day or two I was back doing what I used to do, sit and watch TV, stay at home and not be productive. I wasn’t LIVING!!Everyone collects a lot of stuffWe visited family and friends in their homes and all I see is “stuff”. The same stuff we used to have. All those possessions I thought that made me happy. Every now and then you’d blow off the dust and get a broom to the cobwebs and I would use my “stuff” again but for the most part it would just sit there doing nothing. Just money wasted which made us believe we needed to go back to work again week after week to fund the life everyone else has and we were copying.Our friends and family may read this but I’m sure they’ll understand the context of what we mean. We discussed this with them anyway. While we passionately respect and love our family and friends, a house just isn’t where we’re at any more. I just can’t do 4 walls any more.When my Dad passed away I found myself asking the question “there has to be more to life than work and do chores”.Brisbane will always be homeWe really miss our Mums, both of us have lost our Fathers now, and we miss our sons Matthew and Cameron. Also we miss our friends. Plus, I miss playing cricket and all my mates. It’s not easy to just pack up and leave and it’s even harder to stay away.For me, my entire life of 51 years before we left was lived in Brisbane. I grew up living in the same family home, we didn’t move house even once, until I was married. Adele has lived in Townsville and moved around different homes, but I hadn’t. Therefore, I was very used to routine and stability. Given my personality that was probably a good thing.rRecently, we spent 4 months in Brisbane and the South East seeing everyone we could, pushing my business and exploring places we had never seen in our own “backyard”. I didn’t enjoy the traffic being back home in Brisbane, the hustle and bustle doesn’t do it for me now, but it’s still home and our Family are all there. Brisbane is home and always will be.What I miss the mostDuring this time back in the City was when I realised I yearned for things I learnt to love when road tripping around Oz. 3 specific things stood out that I missed.SunsetsOpen firesThe Stars at nightNobody at home talks about seeing an amazing Sunset. There’s something special about them that we just love. The colours, the differences when there’s a cloud or fire in the distance, the different views across oceans or rivers, over barren land and between mountains or ranges. Sunsets can be so different yet all so spectacular. We just don’t appreciate them at home.An open fire is awesome!Cooking over an open fire, sitting around it with a Rum in hand and chatting to new friends, seriously, does it get any better than that.I love waking up in the morning, getting the coals fired up again and cooking some bacon and eggs. Lighting a fire in downtown Brisvegas is a sure fire way to upset the neighbours and have the local Council issuing a huge fine.While settled in over that fire at night, it’s so wondrous to look up and absorb the big picture. Who am I, why am I here, what else is out there, what would it be like to go to the moon, how amazing is life and how our planets work. I really enjoy looking up to the stars at night, imagining a life where I get to choose my tomorrow. So after experiencing this magnificent lifestyle, I just feel I can’t do 4 walls now.Yes, don’t box me in.How does that song go:Oh give me land, lots of land, and the starry skies above Don’t fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love Don’t fence me in…….Did I mention, I can’t do 4 walls…..Safe travelsKev & Adele Indefinite LeaveYou might also enjoy reading:Traveling Australia is Far More than just AdventuresIt’s All About An AdventureOur Favourite Experiences as we Travel Australia___________________________________________________________________________Photography and SocialsOur camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:Canon 800d – https://amzn.to/2vGuQUt – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save. Canon 50mm lens – https://amzn.to/2Llh4BD. This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots. Canon 24-105mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAtF9b. This is my all round, every day use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price. Canon 70-300mm lens – https://amzn.to/2vAuxKZ. I use this one a lot for long range shots. Sigma 10-20mm lens – https://amzn.to/2JcLDqn. My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.The new Go Pro 7 – https://amzn.to/2vyuP4X – is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://amzn.to/2URtUXG. This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores. ________________________________________________________________Follow us, Subscribe, Like, Share, and Comment on our website and social media here:-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indefiniteleave/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indefinite_leave/Website: https://indefiniteleave.com.au/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/indefiniteleavePinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/indefiniteleave/Twitter: https://twitter.com/indefiniteleav3________________________________________________________________________This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through a link on this page we may receive a small commission. It will not cost you any more, in fact we’ve sourced out some great deals for you. Thank you for supporting us. Booking.com Continue ReadingAdventurers DiaryBig Things of Australia Australia likes to build things big. The number of Big Things in Australia is rather huge, pardon the pun 🙂All around the country it seems each town has to have something oversized. It’s an easy way to be identified and remembered and provide something of interest. 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