Name: Galways Go Round (Adam & Sharon Galway)
City and State you live: Formerly Sydney, with a plan to settle on the Coffs Coast, NSW after travelling
Favorite Quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough” & “You’re always one decision away from a totally different life”
Adam and Sharon met in high school and married in 2001. They have 3 children, Ella (12), Ava (7) and Noah (4). Travel and adventure has never been far from their minds and at 16 and 19 they had their first camping holiday and have simply never stopped enjoying the great outdoors. They bought their first caravan almost 10 years ago and prior to embarking on a lap of Australia in 2017 had travelled extensively throughout the east coast.
What’s the longest trip that you’ve been away from home?
Prior to our lap of Australia our longest road trip was a 5 week loop that took us from Sydney to Coffs Harbour via Tasmania. We took the Newell Highway north between Victoria and Coonabarabran and then drove onto Armidale before crossing to the coast. It was really the first time that we had spent a large part of our summer holiday away from coast. That trip really changed us and gave us a newfound appreciation for in-land travel.
We realised that the rivers, lakes and waterfalls gave us the same satisfaction as saltwater and the scenery just as breathtaking as the coastline. It was a magic trip! We have currently been on the road for 5 months and our caravan is our home so these days we’re never too far away from it. We are loving our new backyard and life on the road.
What has been your most favourite destination and why?
Pinpointing one is near impossible as there are so many beautiful places all around our country. We have found that it’s not always so much the place itself but the memories that you created there that has the most profound impact on you. An example would be the New Year’s Day we spent at Cradle Mountain (TAS). It was the most amazing day spent exploring the National Park and bushwalking for the first time in a long time as a family. Something about that day changed us forever so this place will always be a favourite of ours. A few of our other most favourite destinations would be: The Kimberley, The Top End, Karijini National Park and Ningaloo.
What’s your favourite travel childhood memory?
Adam: Extended family holidays to Sussex Inlet (South Coast NSW) Sharon: Whole days spent on Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie (Mid-North Coast NSW) and many a short trip taken to visit a beautiful garden or national park.
What have you found (sights or activities) a bit off the beaten track? Beyond the tourist traps that made you go wow?
The walks through the gorges in Karijini National Park blew our minds! There was something different and beautiful at every single turn, trip or tricky slip! Walking, wading and swimming our way through these amazing gaping holes in the ground is one of our most memorable experiences of our lap of oz. Karijini is one big wow!
Another place that is less commonly visited that absolutely blew us away is Francois Peron NP in the Shark Bay area of WA. Tourists frequent the popular Monkey Mia right nearby and drive past the turn off to this spectacular national park. The drive out to Cape Peron is a 50 km sand and clay pan drive so a 4WD is essential but the effort to get there is oh so worth it (and a fun thrash around in the sand too!).
In our travels we have visited some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches including Whitehaven (QLD), Bay of Fires (TAS), Lucky Bay (WA), Hyams (NSW) and some on the Dampier Peninsula (WA) and the beaches of Francois Peron are right up there with the best! The contrast of the turquoise water against the white sand and red cliffs that come down to meet it is a colour feast like no other. Just to make it that little bit more special, you can drive on the beach right up to your own piece of paradise. This place is magic!
What’s your biggest first world problem that you have while travelling?
Water. Good drinking water is hard to come by in many parts of Australia. We particularly found this an issue during our time in the Pilbara and the Kimberley. It really gave us and our children a greater appreciation of this essential resource and challenged us to use it more sparingly. Something that’s not an issue having previously lived in Sydney but we will take our lessons with us now no matter where we are.
What’s been the weirdest thing you’ve seen?
Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley, WA is definitely one of the weirdest and most intriguing things we’ve encountered on our travels. We couldn’t quite decide if it was quirky or creepy! It was hard to believe that so many people have visited before us to leave their gnome. Of course we joined in the weirdness and left one there too! Wycliffe Wells, NT would have to be another place that left us scratching our heads.
Where do you dream of visiting (anywhere in the world)?
We dream of cruising through Buccaneer Archipelago in the Kimberley. We were lucky enough to fly over this area during our Horizontal Waterfall Tour from Broome. The scenery simply took our breath away and we long to take a trip there again but this time on the water. It is one of the most remote parts of the country, almost completely uninhabited and by far the most beautiful! Islands a plenty, turquoise water and marine life in abundance (which could be easily seen from the air). This place is pure magic!
What do you get from travelling?
More than anything travel has given us a broader understanding of what it means to be Australian, a hunger to explore more and a greater feeling that we live in the best country in the world! Coming from a big city, our eyes have been opened to another side of Australian life and culture and this has changed how we see ourselves and our place in the world.
What’s been your weirdest moment while travelling?
Whilst crossing the Nullarbor we spent the 2nd night parked up on a cliff by the Great Australian Bight. It was a Tuesday morning about 9 am and we were almost ready to drive on when, for whatever reason, we put the music on for a moment. Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” began booming from the caravan and right there and then the whole family had an impromptu cliff top dance-off on the Nullarbor. It was a real ‘dance like no one is watching’ moment… not that anyone was but it felt great and was a memorable moment, albeit a little weird…that’s what the Nullarbor did to us!
What has been the most useful item you’ve brought?
Our 2 GoPro cameras… we both carry one pretty much everywhere. We love taking photos and footage and these little guys go everywhere and anywhere with us. They’re versatile, take great stills and videos (up to 4K), have wide and narrow capturing capabilities, time lapse functions and they are durable and easy for the kids to use too. Best of all, the images can be easily transferred to our devices to be shared with our audience quickly and simply. We have one with an extendable pole for wide family selfies and one with a floaty pole for underwater. A few other accessories that we carry with them include a mini tripod, car windscreen mount and smart remote control. These are a must have for any traveller!
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