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Starry nights in the #outback. We had a campfire and sausage sizzle tonight, to celebrate the end of

Starry nights in the #outback. We had a campfire and sausage sizzle tonight, to celebrate the end of Sam's working week. After dinner, we sat around the fire telling stories and looking up into the incredibly clear night sky for shooting stars. It's just a week now until we hit the road again. We've loved our extended stay here at this beautiful property near #Charleville but we're all getting a little excited to be contemplating travel plans again. 
#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #nomad #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeadventure #outbackaustralia #outbackqueensland

Starry nights in the #outback. We had a campfire and sausage sizzle tonight, to celebrate the end of Sam’s working week. After dinner, we sat around the fire telling stories and looking up into the incredibly clear night sky for shooting stars. It’s just a week now until we hit the road again. We’ve loved our extended stay here at this beautiful property near #Charleville but we’re all getting a little excited to be contemplating travel plans again.
#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #nomad #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeadventure #outbackaustralia #outbackqueensland

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Our #outback home for the past few months. We’ve been renting this beautiful property near #Charleville and living

Our #outback home for the past few months. We've been renting this beautiful property near #Charleville and living in our bus at the front gate of the homestead (which is hidden in this picture by the lush gardens that surround the house). Believe it or not, the rent was cheaper than most caravan parks that we've stayed at on the east coast. We've had to maintain the homestead gardens and take care of the property, but it has been a very satisfying experience. We've grown vegetables, the boys have turned the empty house into Lego World and we've enjoyed daily sunset walks along the nearby river. Now that travel restrictions are beginning to ease, we've decided to hit the road again in two weeks'  time. It will be strange to leave our quiet little oasis in the outback and to re-enter the world again. But we're planning on seeking out some quiet bush camps further west, so we'll be easing back into things again! 
#outbackqueensland #homestead #buslife #nomad #thisisqueensland #travel #busconversion #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeadventure

Our #outback home for the past few months. We’ve been renting this beautiful property near #Charleville and living in our bus at the front gate of the homestead (which is hidden in this picture by the lush gardens that surround the house). Believe it or not, the rent was cheaper than most caravan parks that we’ve stayed at on the east coast. We’ve had to maintain the homestead gardens and take care of the property, but it has been a very satisfying experience. We’ve grown vegetables, the boys have turned the empty house into Lego World and we’ve enjoyed daily sunset walks along the nearby river. Now that travel restrictions are beginning to ease, we’ve decided to hit the road again in two weeks’ time. It will be strange to leave our quiet little oasis in the outback and to re-enter the world again. But we’re planning on seeking out some quiet bush camps further west, so we’ll be easing back into things again!
#outbackqueensland #homestead #buslife #nomad #thisisqueensland #travel #busconversion #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeadventure

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Celebrating a clean bus and quiet children. If only for a minute or two! Living in a tiny

Celebrating a clean bus and quiet children. If only for a minute or two! Living in a tiny house with kids, it can be quite challenging to keep things in some semblance of order. We try to keep on top of things by packing up after home schooling or kids activities, washing up straight after meals and doing a general tidy up at the end of the day. Some days it works, some days it doesn't!

#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #nomad #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeadventure

Celebrating a clean bus and quiet children. If only for a minute or two! Living in a tiny house with kids, it can be quite challenging to keep things in some semblance of order. We try to keep on top of things by packing up after home schooling or kids activities, washing up straight after meals and doing a general tidy up at the end of the day. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t!

#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #nomad #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeadventure

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Bronte the bus in travel mode. That’s Percy the Prado on our 3.5 tonne tandem car trailer.

Bronte the bus in travel mode. That's Percy the Prado on our 3.5 tonne tandem car trailer. Percy carries a few extra things on his roof rack, like an extension ladder (for bus roof access), beach gear and a 2.5 seater kayak. We also carry four bikes on the trailer. Our whole circus convoy is exactly 19 metres long (the maximum legal length for motorhomes) and approximately 16.5 tonnes fully loaded (well within our 19.5 tonne GVM rating). Bronte is a little slower than your average vehicle when taking off from the lights, but she builds up speed eventually and cruises comfortably on the open road at 100km/h (with the exception of hills,which Bronte prefers to chug up at a much more gentle pace). When we stay in caravan parks, we usually stop somewhere nearby to unload the car and uncouple the trailer before entering the park. It's a bit easier to manoeuvre the bus into caravan sites without the trailer. And we can then hook the trailer up behind Percy the Prado to get them parked on site too. We've fine-tuned the whole procedure over time and it really doesn't take us long. Also we tend to stay in one place for an extended period of time, so may only do this once a fortnight or so.At the moment, we've been stopped for a couple of months due to COVID-19 and are currently renting a remote property in outback Queensland.#buslife #busconversion #nomads #ontheroad #skoolie #skoolieconversion #buslifeadventure

Bronte the bus in travel mode. That’s Percy the Prado on our 3.5 tonne tandem car trailer. Percy carries a few extra things on his roof rack, like an extension ladder (for bus roof access), beach gear and a 2.5 seater kayak. We also carry four bikes on the trailer. Our whole circus convoy is exactly 19 metres long (the maximum legal length for motorhomes) and approximately 16.5 tonnes fully loaded (well within our 19.5 tonne GVM rating). Bronte is a little slower than your average vehicle when taking off from the lights, but she builds up speed eventually and cruises comfortably on the open road at 100km/h (with the exception of hills,which Bronte prefers to chug up at a much more gentle pace). When we stay in caravan parks, we usually stop somewhere nearby to unload the car and uncouple the trailer before entering the park. It’s a bit easier to manoeuvre the bus into caravan sites without the trailer. And we can then hook the trailer up behind Percy the Prado to get them parked on site too. We’ve fine-tuned the whole procedure over time and it really doesn’t take us long. Also we tend to stay in one place for an extended period of time, so may only do this once a fortnight or so.

At the moment, we’ve been stopped for a couple of months due to COVID-19 and are currently renting a remote property in outback Queensland.

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Free camping in a rest area in western NSW a few months ago…

Free camping in a rest area in western NSW a few months ago. Looking forward to hitting the road again in the coming months.#buslife #skoolieconversion #ontheroad #busconversion #nomadlife

Free camping in a rest area in western NSW a few months ago. Looking forward to hitting the road again in the coming months.

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Tending the fire. One of our favourite pastimes of life on the road!

Tending the fire. One of our favourite pastimes of life on the road! Before hunkering down at our current location, we spent a few weeks free-camping by the weir at #Mitchell. This friendly little town is a wonderful place to stay. The locals recognise the value in welcoming travellers and we were sure to spend our dollars in many of the town's businesses. I even bought a new akubra at the local outfitters! Be sure to stop by Mitchell when the current travel restrictions are eased. - @keiranlusk.#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #offgrid #nomad #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeadventure #outbackqueensland #outback

Tending the fire. One of our favourite pastimes of life on the road! Before hunkering down at our current location, we spent a few weeks free-camping by the weir at #Mitchell. This friendly little town is a wonderful place to stay. The locals recognise the value in welcoming travellers and we were sure to spend our dollars in many of the town’s businesses. I even bought a new akubra at the local outfitters! Be sure to stop by Mitchell when the current travel restrictions are eased. – Keiran.

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Sunlight, tea and forest views.

Sunlight, tea and forest views. Good morning from Bronte the bus! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Friday nights in Bronte bus. It’s cold, wet and windy outside, but warm and cosy in here!

Friday nights in Bronte bus. It’s cold, wet and windy outside, but warm and cosy in here!

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Gaming (the old fashioned way) is a big part of #buslife for the boys!

Gaming (the old fashioned way) is a big part of #buslife for the boys!

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A weekend of birthday celebrations for our eldest boy who turned eight.

A weekend of birthday celebrations for our eldest boy who turned eight. He invited the neighbourhood kids around for a disco and campfire. Afterwards we enjoyed some quiet family time by the fire. We may be camped in the side yard of our suburban house but we can all imagine exactly what bus life will look like for us in the coming months. We imagine lots of campfires. Sam and I have declared the next twelve months to be the ‘year of the campfire’ and the boys can hardly wait! We’re putting the house on the market within the next couple of weeks and are hoping to be on the road by the end of September. Not long now!

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There’s a home made composting toilet in our bus and it’s really pleasant to use!

There’s a home made composting toilet in our bus and it’s really pleasant to use! In fact we like our bus toilet a lot more than our normal house toilet! The whole toilet set-up cost us less than $150. It’s basically a timber box with a toilet seat, a urine diverter in the ‘bowl’ to divert liquids to a tank underneath the bus and a 20 litre bucket for the solids. We start with a base layer of coconut coir in the bucket and add a handful more after each use. There’s a tiny extraction fan connected to the bucket. It runs 24 hours a day but is so quiet that we can’t actually hear it. With the fan running, there are no smells whatsoever in the bathroom area. The commercially available composting toilets usually have a hand cranked mixer for the solids compartment but alas, ours is not that advanced. Instead some lucky bloke (that’s me) has to mix the bucket and turn the compost over with a garden trowel. But I don’t mind! The toilet is very much going to be an ongoing experiment. Disposal of the composting material is one area of the project that we are still investigating. Ideally we’d love to bury the compost in a garden or around a tree, but it takes considerable time for pathogens in the compost to die off. We are planning to rotate a few buckets through the system and will see how the composting process goes. Stay tuned for updates on this fascinating subject! ~ Keiran.


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Our happy little home! We’ve been living in our bus for a month now and it feels great.

Our happy little home! We’ve been living in our bus for nearly a month now and it feels great. In fact we don’t miss our ‘normal house’ at all. The interior of our new tiny home is starting to come alive with pot plants and greenery. Although it should be noted that we don’t normally have fresh produce spread all over the kitchen bench! I was halfway through unpacking our loot from the local farmers markets earlier this week when some photographic inspiration hit me!
In other news, I’ve been busy adding some finishing touches to the bus including shelving and hanging hooks in the kitchen and a spice rack in the pantry. I’ve also installed a car audio system in the living area (we love our music) and am making some adjustments to lighting in the kitchen. We’ve still got a few interior jobs to tick off (like upholstering the seats in the dining area) and then we’re just about ready to tackle the huge task of installing solar panels and a decent 24v battery bank. Stay tuned! ~ Keiran.


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Snack time in the bus. One likes green apple and cashews. The other, red apple and roasted almonds.

Snack time in the bus. One likes green apple and cashews. The other, red apple and roasted almonds. I am endlessly amused and fascinated by how siblings can be so very alike and so very different at the same time!

It’s two weeks now since we moved into the bus (in our side yard) and we are all really pleased with how it feels to be living in the bus. The move has coincided with two whole weeks of school holidays, so the boys have certainly given the new space a thorough and rigorous testing! But it works and we are all loving our new home! Somehow we have managed to squeeze our entire house into 28 square metres and yet it feels uncluttered. There are ample spaces to escape to our own worlds when needed but at the same time, it’s cosy and compact. The reduced living space has literally brought us closer together as a family but it has seemingly helped to nurture a new and exciting family dynamic filled with creative vibes and a wonderful energy. I look forward to encouraging that creativity and energy as we travel slowly and explore country in the coming months and years.

Our time frame for hitting the road is still somewhat unclear. We are currently rearranging our finances to complete the final (big) steps of the project (solar panels, deep cycle batteries, inverter/charger and other assorted bits and pieces). And we are also underway in the massive task to sort and minimalise our possessions, and to prepare our house for selling. But the move into our bus has re-energised me and I am keen to tick off the final items on our big long list as soon as possible! ~ Keiran.

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It’s been a week already since we officially moved into our bus.

It’s been a week already since we officially moved into our bus. And so far, we are really pleased with how the whole space works. We are currently parked up in the backyard of our suburban house, whilst we sort out the house and all of our things. We will be selling the house, so there’s much to do. We are also planning to install solar panels and a decent battery bank in the bus before we hit the road. So we’ll probably be living in the bus in our backyard for a few more months yet! But we’re definitely moving forward slowly and finalising our preparations for life on the road.

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Our bus project is coming along and we’re excited to say that it’s nearly finished now!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since we posted on here. Our bus project is coming along and we’re excited (or perhaps relieved) to say that it’s nearly finished now! I’ve been focussed lately on finishing off the bathroom (particularly the composting toilet) and various wiring jobs around the bus (some more lighting, a couple of fans and some much needed ventilation for the passengers when we’re driving). With a limited fortnightly budget, progress has been slow over the past few months. But we’re nearly there now!

Early next week we’re getting the gas connected and certified. To celebrate this significant milestone, we’ve decided to start moving into the bus this coming weekend! The kids can hardly wait! It’s been a long and challenging 17 months since we bought Bronte the bus and started our bus conversion project. We’re not quite ready to hit the road just yet but this is certainly an important step in the right direction. Stay tuned to see how the move goes this coming weekend! ~ Keiran.


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We’re back into the swing of things and striving hard to get the bus finished.

We’re back into the swing of things and striving hard to get the bus finished. It’s been an epic effort underneath the bus (for the past few weeks… or months) to get the water tanks installed. With custom tanks beyond our budget, we opted for a string of smaller water tanks (59 litres each) and have installed two separate banks (4 x 59 litres for drinking and 5 x 59 litres for general purpose). Each bank has a separate filler, 24v pump and mains input (for when hooked up in caravan parks or showgrounds). We have managed to squeeze the tanks between the main chassis rails and the floor above that. The tanks are secured on a ‘bed’ of formply with ratchet straps to protect them from stone damage and prevent movement or rubbing against metal. It was a revolting job hooking up the hoses, especially the breather hoses on top of each tank, with very limited working space and a tight fitting for the tanks in the space above the chassis rails. But we got there in the end and now have water on tap in the bus! Yeehah! For keen observers and/or diehard supporters of the big beard, I regret to inform you that I chopped my beloved beard off a week or two ago. But never fear, a new beard growing project is already underway! Happy Sunday everyone!

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A well overdue update from the crew of Bronte the bus.

A well overdue update from the crew of Bronte the bus. We mostly put the project on hold over the summer holidays, to spend time together as a family. The original plan was to be on the road by now and home schooling the boys. But with much work still to do and a very limited budget, we have enrolled the boys in school for now and will transition to home schooling when ready for our #buslife adventures to begin (hopefully in the coming months, not years!). In the meantime, we need to finish the bus (plumbing, electrical, solar, batteries and tow bar installation), downsize our household possessions and sort out some long-term storage, sell our house, sell our cars and buy a small 4wd and a vehicle trailer to tow behind the bus. Time to get busy! ~ Keiran.


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Merry Christmas from Bronte the bus and all her crew!

Merry Christmas from Bronte the bus and all her crew @talesfromthewild!

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Getting our Christmas on in Bronte the bus.

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Taking a tea break in Bronte the bus. And doing my best to remain zen amidst a jungle of mounting time and financial pressures. The project is continuing to move

Taking a tea break in Bronte the bus. And doing my best to remain zen amidst a jungle of mounting time and financial pressures. The project is continuing to move towards completion although the pace is now being dictated by our complete lack of funds. As a one income family with a mortgage and two kids, it's almost impossible to put money aside each fortnight for the project. We long ago exhausted our savings and have been using a credit card for most bus related purchases. It's been stressful to say the least. Every little decision in the bus has required careful consideration and a thorough analysis of the costs. It's hopefully a short term problem. In the new year we plan to sell our house and to rid ourselves of the mortgage and associated expenses of home ownership. Sam will continue to work (remotely) when we hit the road, whilst I take care of the home schooling and domestic chores each day. This should help to eventually get us back on track financially. We have this week filled the remaining space on our credit card with a big purchase of fresh water tanks, grey water tanks, pumps and plumbing supplies. We originally planned to have some custom water tanks made for the bus but the quotes proved too expensive. We revised our plans and have instead purchased nine smaller fresh water tanks (59 litres each) at a fraction of the cost of custom made tanks. We plan to string the tanks together to create a super tank of approximately 530 litres. The tanks will fit quite snugly into the space above the chassis rails and beneath the bus floor. I've spent the past few days clearing that space (we had to re-route the heater hoses) and working out how to secure the tanks into position. It's been a pleasant few days crawling about under the bus in some rather hot Queensland weather but I haven't given up yet! In other project developments, the window fly screens are now all fitted and the composting toilet is taking shape! 
#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #buslifeadventure #buslifeaustralia #nomad #happycamper #wander #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit

Taking a tea break in Bronte the bus. And doing my best to remain zen amidst a jungle of mounting time and financial pressures. The project is continuing to move towards completion although the pace is now being dictated by our complete lack of funds. As a one income family with a mortgage and two kids, it’s almost impossible to put money aside each fortnight for the project. We long ago exhausted our savings and have been using a credit card for most bus related purchases. It’s been stressful to say the least. Every little decision in the bus has required careful consideration and a thorough analysis of the costs. It’s hopefully a short term problem. In the new year we plan to sell our house and to rid ourselves of the mortgage and associated expenses of home ownership. Sam will continue to work (remotely) when we hit the road, whilst I take care of the home schooling and domestic chores each day. This should help to eventually get us back on track financially. We have this week filled the remaining space on our credit card with a big purchase of fresh water tanks, grey water tanks, pumps and plumbing supplies. We originally planned to have some custom water tanks made for the bus but the quotes proved too expensive. We revised our plans and have instead purchased nine smaller fresh water tanks (59 litres each) at a fraction of the cost of custom made tanks. We plan to string the tanks together to create a super tank of approximately 530 litres. The tanks will fit quite snugly into the space above the chassis rails and beneath the bus floor. I’ve spent the past few days clearing that space (we had to re-route the heater hoses) and working out how to secure the tanks into position. It’s been a pleasant few days crawling about under the bus in some rather hot Queensland weather but I haven’t given up yet! In other project developments, the window fly screens are now all fitted and the composting toilet is taking shape!
#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #buslifeadventure #buslifeaustralia #nomad #happycamper #wander #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit

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