A caravan, a cause, a girl and one big adventure

Vanessa Wyder and her Jayco caravanTravelling around Australia for a year in a caravan is something a lot of us dream of doing. For Vanessa Wyder, this dream has become a reality.

Vanessa is only 27, and she’s already survived cancer twice. She has now taken to the roads of Australia in her Jayco caravan to try and raise $1 million for the Cancer Council. Her ‘Cruisin’ 4 a Cure’ adventure will take her all the way around the country from January 2012 to January 2013.

She’s come by the blog today to say ‘hi’ and tell us about her travels so far. 

I’m currently on Kangaroo Island, located a 1-hour drive and 45-minute ferry ride from Adelaide, South Australia. I like to refer to this island as Australia’s Galapagos, bursting with natural beauty, right at our doorstep.

Vanessa at the Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo IslandTwice the size of Singapore, Kangaroo Island has a population of just over 4000, which swells with people visiting the island for the wildlife and action.

On the east side of the island you can get up close and personal with native birds by visiting the penguins or watching the pelicans get fed each day in Kingscote.

Pelicans on Kangaroo IslandAnd if you have yourself a good car then you should drive along Emu Bay, the only beach left in South Australia that you can drive on legally.

The west side of the island is simply breathtaking (although don’t drive over to this side of the island in the night, or you’ll probably contribute to dead Kangaroo Island).

Flinders Chase National Park is a spectacle where you can view rock formations that are millions of years old, including the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

If adrenalin is what you are after, then rent a quad bike at Outdoor Action and view the many different faces of Kangaroo Island at high speed, and maybe even do some sand-boarding on Little Sahara, but be warned – you’d better have good balance.Quad-bike around Kangaroo IslandKangaroo Island has certainly been a highlight of the last three weeks. Travelling the coast from Melbourne to Adelaide is something that I could do over and over again.

In the coming months, I am looking forward to discovering Perth and following the coastline north to arrive in Broome by May. After weaving my way through the Kimberley, I‘ll find myself in Darwin then head down south to explore the rest of the Northern Territory and Uluru in July.

But to avoid the sweltering heat I’ll soon be heading back north to Cape Tribulation. In the second half of the year I’ll be taking in the hustle and bustle that is the east coast, finishing up in beautiful Tasmania in January 2013.

There will be a lot of ground to cover, a lot of funds to be raised, but it’s all about adventure.Kangaroo on Kangaroo IslandThanks Vanessa! She might be cruising through your town, so check out her itinerary and show your support for this great cause.

All images courtesy of Vanessa Wyder

  • Helene

    Wonderful Vanessa, you are an inspiration