Esperance is just stunning, and has THE BEST coastal scenery I have ever ever seen. Makes the Great Ocean Road look pathetic, actually.
My digital camera practically ran out of film, I took so many gorgeous photos, but unfortunately none of them do justice to the turquoise ocean, white sands and breathtaking panoramas of bays dotted with softly-mounded islands.
Lucky Bay alone is worth the trip across, and the Great Ocean Drive (about 20km of coastline) is truly a religious experience (How Great Thou Art). Sigh.
The weather was pleasantly mild and our caravan park had a fantastic outlook. One morning we watched a large pod of dolphins moving along as we ate breakfast.
Esperance has a lot to offer and a really nice feel about it. We were happy to share this part of our trip with good friends from Ballarat, Weed Rhonda, who also happen to be on a trip- Esperance was the ideal catch-up place.
We spent four wonderful days in Esperance - Sunday markets, port tour, Mermaid Leather (where beautiful leather is made from fish skins), Bandy Creek Port (where you can buy fresh fish) and lots of scenic drives.
The weather was lovely - t-shirts by day, cool nights for sleeping.
It was our intention to move on to Bremer Bay next, but the weather turned bad so we opted for Albany instead. It was cold and rainy and we had one rest day where I actually had an afternoon nap!
Most unusual for me. Then I slept in until 8.20am. Even more unusual.
We spent all day at Whaleworld - excellent place and well worth the $20 entrance fee. Maybe it was the weather, but Albany just didn't impress us much - very spread out in a series of villages, and we didn't get a feel of character about the town - city, actually, about 30,000 people.
Anyway, we moved on to Denmark, which reminds me a bit of maybe Daylesford or Byron Bay.
Our Cub Spacevanhas a Trans Continental Pak and a few extras such as toolbox, awning and full annexe. We just love the internal kitchen, bunker lights, water tank andtwo taps, internal 12v and 240v outlets, and plenty of floorspace for those rainy, windy days and cold nights.
Yahtzee and two-handed 500 sure beat watching the TV any day. The innerspring mattress isn't very thick but is surprisingly comfortable.
The bed easily lifts up on gas struts and there is tons of storage area underneath, so we have loaded it up with everything
(including a miniature hills hoist!), except the kitchen sink, which we don't need.
We intend to call in to the Perth outlet, as we are having a few problems with leaks from zippers and seams (not especially happy with the canvas quality) and also having trouble with the door zipper.
It is strange that there is not a flywire door as well, so we had to adapt some flystrips from Bunnings to keep the evil critters out. The Spacevan is simple and quick to set up and pack up, which is what we wanted for the one-night stays, and Geoff is happy with the towing.
The Land Rover is a diesel TDI and is about 10 years old now. We looked at buying a new car when we bought the Cub Spacevan Camper, but couldn't find anything as good as the Land Rover (that was under $50,000) so thought, bugger it, we'll keep it.
Yes, diesel fuel is more expensive, but we are getting really good mileage (about 13lt/100km), better than any of
the petrols and Nissans we have spoken to, plus the servicing on the diesel is much cheaper - the big, comprehensive service we got just before we left, with spare filters and belts and so on was only about $750.
One guy with a diesel Nissan Patrol was only getting 20lt/100km, so he was not very happy when he spoke to us.
Cub Campers told GoSee today that fuel prices going through the roof can be balanced with lighter recreational vehicles.
Cub says the the deeper sides of the Spacevan allow for a larger fridge, cupboards and household bench height. Although spacious to live in it weighs only 715kg with a ball weight of 35kg making it ideal to tow behind small to medium cars.
Whereas most equivalent campers are 7ft (2.1m) wide the Spacevan is only 6'4 (1.93) wide allowing it to be towed safety without having to fix clip on mirrors. The ultra-modern kitchen is made of stainless steel with a specially designed bench extension for that much needed working space.
A Sydney company Cub Campers specialise in spacious lightweight camping trailers (folding caravans) which Cub sayscan be towed with cars as small as the Toyota Echo.
Cub Campers have a low profile for low wind resistance and with a light ball weight making them capable of towing behind small cars.
Cub and Rover enjoy beach camping
Modern small cars and in particular the new diesels are fuel efficient yet are quite capable of towing lightweight trailers.
Cubs Managing Director Roger Fagen says that a typical camper with fridge stove and queen size bed and can be towed by cars as small as 1200cc.
Editor's Note: Vehicle manufacturer towing specifications should always be followed.
These campers are compact, low profile for touring yet in 30 seconds open to spacious living and sleeping area by just simply winding the handle.
So discovering this vast country towing with smaller cars is possible without breaking the bank with fuel costs.
A particular feature of Cub Campers is their low profile and aerodynamic design to minimise wind resistance particularly in crossing the Nullabor westwards.
Cub Campers is a family owned business based at Pendle Hill and has been manufacturing campers for 40 years.
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