In October of 2020, we packed up our house, sold everything that didn’t fit into our caravan and said goodbye to what has been our ‘normal life’ for years. It wasn’t a decision made lightly, but it was a decision sped up by the pandemic that swept across the globe, upsetting lives everywhere.
I have had a passion for travel, adventure and a ‘life less ordinary’ since I was a child growing up in the jungles of Ecuador, South America. Chris grew up here in South East Queensland but travelled regularly to Cairns to visit extended family and has loved the Aussie camping/beach holiday lifestyle ever since. With my afternoons swinging off vines into jungle rivers, and his lazy days exploring the waterholes and beaches in Far North Queensland – Aussie Destinations Unknown was always bound to eventuate!
ADU is a lifestyle, caravanning, touring and travel blog dedicated to adventurers, explorers and lovers of Australia. It is for those who go in search of genuine, real-life experiences and exciting destinations across Australia. It is also for those who while may not be traveling, still love to experience our great country through our adventure narratives and photography.
We are Miriam and Chris – your average Aussie couple with a passion for adventure and a love of caravanning. We hope to inspire you to create your own adventures and invite you to share in ours.
I (Miriam) am a Lifestyle Coach, Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach and am interested in all things holistic and healthy! I have owned my business MiMFiT for over 20 years and now run it online.
I was born in Launceston, Tasmania and moved overseas when I was 8. I spent my childhood years as a missionary kid in Costa Rica, the Amazon Jungle and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. I returned to Launceston where I stayed for a while before moving to Adelaide and then Hobart and then South East QLD where I lived for the 10 years.
This was where I met Chris back in 2010 … We met online while I was still in Hobart and he was in QLD waiting for my car to cross the border! Our very first ‘in person’ date was a 4x4 day trip to Queen Mary Falls and Condamine Gorge. That was what sealed the deal for me – a cute guy in a big black 4x4 who loved the outdoors.
Chris was raised in South East QLD and spent most of his childhood surfing and camping on the Gold Coast beaches and sand islands, and travelling up to North QLD to visit his family in Cairns.
I have seen many old family photographs of Chris with all his cousins out on the reef and tropical islands, fishing, boating, swimming, camping and exploring – I really believe that it is in his blood! While he was born here in Australia, most of his family are Mauritian and still speak Creole.
Chris also comes from a background of extreme sports such as motocross, mountain biking and stand up jet-skiing (and he has a long list of previously broken bones to prove it!).
Chris has owned and run Brandcraft, a signage and graphics company, for many years, and now runs it from the road.