Exploring unknown destinations!

Al and Bec near Cameron Corner

Need Time Away is a travel blog devoted to exploring our country, with all it’s uniqueness. Through it we share our passion for discovering new places, and the adventure of the journey to the unknown. Starting in 2016, we have traveled when we can while still working full time. One day we hope to be able to travel full time. Until then, we make a point of getting away regularly and enjoying all that this country has to offer.

We are Al and Bec Cooke.  Read about how we started travelling here.

We hope that our journeys will inspire you to take the leap and see new sights – beautiful landscapes and abundant flora and fauna.

Caravanning, camping, glamping, off-road driving…we don’t mind.

It’s all exciting.

Kinchella Rest Area 2019

Our recent adventures

Al at the tunnel at Dularcha National Park
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Dularcha National Park, Qld

For those that have been following our adventures on social media, you will know that we recently purchased electric bikes as a Christmas present to ourselves.  It wasn't a decision we make lightly (electric bikes are expensive!) however we…
Merida bikes on Shingleback Bike Rack
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Setting up our Shingleback Vertical Bike Rack

We were in the market for a good sturdy bike rack. Something that preferably would be interchangeable between the car and the caravan. In the past we had tried many different types and styles, but they just weren't right. The old story…
Dual Waeco fridge in back of Landcruiser
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The problem of the Waeco, the MSA drop slide, and our 105 series Landcruiser

Our Landcruiser is our primary adventure and exploring vehicle, and when we are travelling there is nothing better than having a cold (-1 degrees) beer!  But what to do?  Our Waeco CFX50 fridge was primarily being used when travelling around…