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

Shocker Hitch AirSafe hitch comparison
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AirSafe or Shocker Hitch – which would you choose?

Using an Isuzu NPS 4x4 truck, we started towing our new 4.5T Spinifex caravan with the Shocker Hitch as the AirSafe hitch, which was recommended by our caravan manufacturer, was out of stock at the time.  During the time using the Shocker Hitch,…
Essential Camping and Caravanning Apps Social Media Image
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Essential Camping and Caravanning Apps

We love to get away.  To unplug from technology, if even for a short while, and to be able to recharge our souls.  Exploring this country is the perfect way to do that. However, as much as we love to switch off the electronics, this isn't…
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.…