Having sold up and having dipped their big toes into the full-time Big Lap, Norm and wife Jenny admitted they found not having a home base to return to a little ‘disconcerting’. Just seven months into what was to be an endless journey, the couple decided to begin looking for place to call home in between caravanning adventures.
It seems that Norm and Jenny’s experience was far from unique. There are many other grey nomads travelling and looking for that perfect place to call ‘home’ … at least for a few months of the year.
In Norm and Jenny’s case, the Victorian country town of Ballarat was the perfect location. “Jenny and I were born in country Victoria and we lived most of our married life in various parts of the state before moving to Melbourne for the last 22 years of our working lives,” said Norm. “We always wanted to return to somewhere in country Victoria as city life held absolutely no appeal to us.” Here’s why Norm says Ballarat ticked the essential boxes for them:
Plus some important bonuses:
Since buying their new home, Norm and Jenny have upgraded to a van with an ensuite and recliner chairs, and travel most winters for 2-3 months exploring all parts of Australia. And so, do they regret their decision to buy in Ballarat nine years ago? “Not for a moment,” says a smiling Norm.