Six women in a Winnebago, five weeks touring the great outback of Queensland, four days in Mount Isa, they are the magic numbers as a Cairns family follows the sun west to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
On August 1,Tina Mawer and Kylie Keighran and their four girls, Elliotte (11), Nevaeh (11), Kiahna (9), Eliana (7) left Cairns in a sponsored Winnebago.
Ms Mawer said they started their trip in Cairns travelling to Townsville, Charters Towers, Hughenden, Longreach, WInton, Julia Creek, Cloncurry and then Mount Isa.
While the adventurers were here, they enjoyed a couple of days out at the Outback at Isa and left no stone unturned as they toured the Riversleigh Fossil Centre.
The visitors learned how the fossils were extracted from the nearby Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
The fields are a World Heritage Area, and are home to one of the most significant and exciting fossil deposits in the world.
“After the fossil museum we went on the Underground Mine Tour. The kids had a blast, we will definitely be recommending the tours,” Ms Mawer said.
“It was an eye-opener for the kids.”
The family kitted-out in orange overalls and cap lamps before descending into the mine to learn some mining history.
After they left Mount Isa they headed to Camooweal, Tennant Creek, Gem Tree, Uluru and to Alice Springs.
The family of six entered the Follow the Sun Relay on the Let’s Go Caravanning and Camping website to become intrepid explorers trekking around Australia.
“We put in our expression of interest on the website and we were lucky enough to be selected,” Tina said.
“One day we received a phone call and had to decide within 48 hours whether we were going or not, then we left two weeks later.”
The family instagram, blog and document their trip with photographs on the Let’s Go Caravanning and Camping website.
“The organisers are asking for more explorers to join the trek and it’s easy to enter. It’s great to explore our own backyard.”