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Grey Nomads…

by on Jul.31, 2015, under Life, Photography

My parents are Grey Nomads – that not so rare breed of retired folk who travel to warmer climates for the winter. In the case of my grey nomad parents they have been travelling all around Australia (mainly northern Australia) in their car and caravan for a number of months every year for the past 23 years.

The Collins Dictionary defines the Grey Nomad as “(Australian) any elderly retired person who spends time travelling around the country in a mobile home”.

Whilst I’m not quite in the grey nomad bracket yet, two years ago I semi jokingly suggested I should join them sometime and take photographs of the amazing Australian outback on the way.

Six months ago my parents seriously invited me to join them for part of their trip this year. The part which went through what they considered the most amazing, remote and beautiful parts of the country.

So plans were set in motion, 80 days of leave were taken and I took my youngest daughter out of school for a number of weeks to set off on a trip of a lifetime.

Adventure Bound

Adventure Bound

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 100

We flew to Darwin – the capital city of the Northern Territory – and the northernmost major city on mainland Australia.

I (& of course my daughter) had never been here before and it was quite a shock going from the bitter cold of a Sydney winter of under 10 degrees to the modest 35 degrees of Darwin :). My daughter said it felt like we were in an oven :).

My parents picked us up from the airport and we headed to the caravan park where we’d be staying whilst in Darwin.

My daughter and I had never been caravaning before either so that would also be a new experience for us. My parents were seasoned Grey Nomad veterans tho, who’d travelled the whole country over many years.

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