Youngsters pave the way for next generation of explorers

At just 22 years of age Liam Brickwood and Krystina Attard from Ulladulla in New South Wales are paving the way for a new generation of explorer, travelling around Australia for the last eight months.

Travellers of all ages are opting to see what their native country has to offer, renovating vans or in Mr Brickwood and Miss Attard’s case – a 1994 80’s series Landcruiser.

“It is older than us but still going strong. We have found old Landcruisers are so reliable compared to some of the new cars that have heaps of electronics and things that can go wrong,” Mr Brickwood said.

The couple made the spontaneous decision to head to South Australia for a second time instead of Queensland the day they were going to cross the Queensland border.

“South Australia is so unexpectedly beautiful. We love it here and the beaches are so nice,” Mr Brickwood said.

“We were leaving home thinking the West Coast was going to be so good and then we spent two months in South Australia and we were just blown away.

“Out of everywhere we have visited in Australia this trip, the Limestone Coast is one of the only places we have seen twice.

“We saw the Little Blue Lake at the start of the year and on this trip and we loved it.”

Mr Brickwood also enjoyed seeing the Blue Lake – or as he so fondly referred to it – “the big one.”

“We have never seen anything like the sinkholes in the Limestone Coast anywhere in Australia. We are also excited to explore Ewens Ponds on this trip,” he said.

“The first time we visited in March we only spent one night down here and saw the Blue Lake, the Little Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole.

“This time we have really got to slow down and spend a bit of time around here exploring the region.”

Mr Brickwood said while travelling was not as comfortable as being at home, it was more rewarding.

“You put up with a bit of discomfort to see all the places you do,” he said.

“It is not all sunshine and rainbows, there are a few challenges here and there but it is worth it.”

His advice for anyone hoping to do the same thing is “just do it”.

“You do not need to save up too much money for it, for example if you have $10,000 you can leave with that travel for a few months and then work which is available all around Australia now because of COVID-19,” he said.

“I think people have this idea that you need to have a caravan and set up and save all this money to leave but if you set yourself up from the start and then just take off you will be fine.”

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