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long drives on the Big Lap

Are the long drives of the Big Lap turning grey nomad brains to mush

It has long been widely accepted that hitting the open road after retirement is a wonderful thing for older people to do, helping... Read more

Grey nomad regrets

‘I’ve been there … but now I’m back I really wish I’d done that’

Veteran traveller Steve Jones laments the opportunities he let slip through his fingers. For as long as I can remember, travel has been... Read more

free camping at Pidappa Rock

Free camping is not for everybody, but this is how – and why – we do it

By Phil Crockart  From my point of view there is nothing like the Australian bush, and it’s about a lot more than finding... Read more

Comedian of the road

Grey nomad comedian takes his Happy Hour show on the road

When Ben Grothues hit the open road with wife Judy in 2010, he made it his mission to bring a little happiness to... Read more


Fledgling grey nomad poet finds new inspiration on the Big Lap

When Debbie Hutchinson and husband Geoff hit the open road some 13 months ago, they didn’t know exactly what to expect … but... Read more

campsite flockers

Don’t stand so close to me! Why do flocking grey nomads park so near?

One of the things most likely to annoy grey nomads enjoying the solitude of camping in the bush is when other travellers arrive... Read more

Self-contained RV

Self-contained camping areas … the only way to keep the ‘grubs’ at bay?

The rights and wrongs of offering camping areas exclusively for the use of self-contained vehicles has sparked fierce debate in grey nomad circles.... Read more

Ted Samuels and self-contained campsites

Is the self-contained only camping ‘phenomenon’ unfair and divisive?

While the proliferation of free or cut-price camping areas for ‘self-contained’ RVs has been warmly welcomed my many grey nomads, not all have... Read more

Grey nomads camping in Port Hedland

‘Port Hedland made errors in the boom, but give us another chance!’

When the Pilbara town of Port Hedland announced recently that it was to offer free overflow camping at its racecourse, it is fair... Read more

Grey nomads in exercise for health

Grey nomads urged not to let the Big Lap become ‘too’ relaxing!

Just by virtue of the fact that they are out there ‘living the dream’, most grey nomads are pretty active people and tend... Read more


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