2016: Britain Votes to Leave the European Union – Smiffs vote to leave Western Australia!



  • 1700   Gelderland accepts Gregorian calendar; yesterday is June 30, 1700
  • 1771   James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs, England
  • 1797   Introduction of the merino sheep to Australia
  • 1843   Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy
  • 1902   Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage
  • 1930   Bradman out for 334 in Test Cricket at Headingley, 383 mins, 46 fours
  • 1954   President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • 1970   Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco in 57 days
  • 1997    Term Grey Nomad is coined by ABC documentary filmmakers
  • 2011    About 2.6 million trips were taken by 55 to 70 year-old domestic travellers in campervans, caravans, tents and cabins
  • 2016    Ray and Jude set off from Perth
  • 2017    365 days on the road…….and still laughing together


Collage FamilyCollage Tasmania

Caretaker sign
So here we are 12 months later at RiverBreeze Caravan and Cabin Park, Smithton, Tasmania!

what have we learnt

  1. Proper use of the GPS! We are specifically talking about the type of vehicle you identify that you are driving. The TOMTOM pic below shows car with caravan. Our Hema HN7 does not have that option. It has car, bus or truck, so we just chose car. However this led to some very hairy situations and many a cross word! It was only back in May as we were heading to Melbourne that I found the option which literally saved our marriage and our travels. I was thinking about some folk we met who lived in and drove a converted bus.  So I simply chose bus and oh boy what a difference that made to our safety and our sanity. Ok, some of you, maybe many of you, would have tried that much much earlier or even knew to key in bus. However we didn’t so for anyone else out there like us……….choose bus from day one!!!
  2. A comfortable mattress – we had a relatively new memory foam mattress on our bed at home which we loved. When we sold up and moved into the caravan we swapped it with the foam one that came with the van. It made such a difference to our quality of sleep. A year down the track we are still saying, “oh I love my bed!”
  3. Think out of the box – there are so many unexpected opportunities that have come our way over the last 12 months. Caretaking at RiverBreeze is the most unexpected and it is so much fun.
  4. Relax and Enjoy – take days off to relax and take time to do laundry, cleaning, and cook leisurely. Walk places, play card games, or simply read a book outdoors. Don’t feel as if you need to constantly be sightseeing and spending money to have an experience.
  5. LAUGH!!!!!!!!!!! No matter what, always laugh, always look for the silver lining, always look on the bright side of life!






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