Wonderful Warrumbungles

Challenging hikes, plants and bird watching in the heritage listed Warrumbungle National Park. Unusually for national park camping, Warrumbungle NP provides some powered campsites, as well as hot showers. For our EV travels, having a powered site meant we could arrive from Dubbo with a low battery charge, and charge overnight to be able toContinue reading “Wonderful Warrumbungles”

Central West NSW

To explore the region of NSW between Parkes to the west, Cowra to the south and Orange to the east, we decided to stay in Canowindra, which is centrally located. From Canberra we drove to Yass for a fast charge, but instead of looking around, we had a chat with another Kona EV driver whoContinue reading “Central West NSW”

Walks near (freezing) Canberra

Lovely short walks in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Molonglo Gorge near Canberra With some relatives living in Canberra we visited the sanctuary area at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve about 50 km SW of Canberra. In the late afternoon on a chilly day we wandered around the Tidbinbilla Sanctuary. The following morning we woke to severeContinue reading “Walks near (freezing) Canberra”

Adelaide to Canberra: 1200 km over 3 days

Driving 1200 km over some long, very straight roads from Adelaide to Canberra. Over the three days of using eight fast chargers, we didn’t once have to pay for charging. We decided to break the 1200 km drive to Canberra into three roughly equal stretches. This trip relied on access to fast chargers (installed byContinue reading “Adelaide to Canberra: 1200 km over 3 days”

Nelson, Glenelg River, Robe and return home

A couple of days enjoying Nelson and the nearby Lower Glenelg National Park, then return to Adelaide via Robe, SA. After our detour from Port Fairy to Budj Bim, we arrived in Nelson with a 16% charge. Plenty! But we had mostly been driving between 80 to 95 km/h depending on traffic, hills etc. ThisContinue reading “Nelson, Glenelg River, Robe and return home”

Budj Bim: more volcanic landscape

Camping and walking in Budj Bim National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We calculated that with careful driving, we ought to be able to include a 55 km detour from Port Fairy to Budj Bim on our way to Nelson, without charging. To spend a couple of nights bush camping we also needed toContinue reading “Budj Bim: more volcanic landscape”

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

A visit to Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, inside an extinct volcano, a short drive from Port Fairy. We were keen to visit Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, despite it threatening to rain. Driving into the reserve entrance, you enter an ancient volcano crater, and suddenly feel like you have left the flat agricultural landscape behind. TheContinue reading “Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve”

Lorne, more Otways and Great Ocean Road

Some photos of highlights from our 8 days of visits to Lorne, Cape Otway and Timboon areas (March 2021). From Cape Otway, we ventured into the Otway forest again. We wanted to visit Aire Crossing Campsite where we had camped with a 4WD 20 years ago. We were unsure about the condition of the road,Continue reading “Lorne, more Otways and Great Ocean Road”

EV charging in caravan parks

What is the EV etiquette around charging an EV in a caravan park? How much should we pay? As pointed out in Bryce Gaton’s article on EV Etiquette (in Renew magazine issue 155), it’s not appropriate to expect to charge for free. Because fast chargers are almost non-existent off the main highway routes, our longContinue reading “EV charging in caravan parks”

A fortuitous wrong turn

Bush camping and walking in the Otway state forest After a partial recharge overnight at a powered site in the Otways Tourist Park in Gellibrand, we spent a couple of nights at Dandos campsite. This is only 20 km away from Gellibrand, and so we had enough charge in our EV for driving around duringContinue reading “A fortuitous wrong turn”