Exploring unknown destinations!

Neurum Creek Bush Retreat - Landcruiser and roof top tent

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.

Chevallan Archery Park

Our recent adventures

Fitting the bike rack to back of caravan
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A bike rack carrier for the caravan

We just love tinkering with our caravan and improving the usability and functionality of all aspects of the van wherever possible. One modification we did late last year was to custom build a rear bar for the caravan to carry our bike rack.…
Mapleton Falls National Park
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Visiting Mapleton Falls National Park, QLD

We have lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 20 years.  And even though we had passed through this area many times, we never realised this little gem was here. Tucked up in the hinterland is Mapleton Falls National Park. At just 26 hectares,…
Standown Park
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Camping at Standown Park, QLD

"A Peaceful Place" That is the way that Standown Park is described on their website.  And I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree.  Standown is a military term for 'rest/relax', and as the website says, this is exactly what you do when you…