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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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The colours of the #outback at sunrise. Captured on an early morning bike ride around the property recently.

The colours of the #outback at sunrise. Captured on an early morning bike ride around the property recently. Hope you're having a good weekend. 
#sunrise #outbackaustralia #outbackqueensland #tree #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia #buslife

The colours of the #outback at sunrise. Captured on an early morning bike ride around the property recently. Hope you’re having a good weekend.
#sunrise #outbackaustralia #outbackqueensland #tree #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia #buslife

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Exploring mulga country on our bikes. Mondays are usually reserved for maths in ‘bus school’ but yesterday we

Exploring mulga country on our bikes. Mondays are usually reserved for maths in 'bus school' but yesterday we mixed things up a bit. In the morning the boys and I went for a long walk and conducted a bird survey along the river, then started reading a new library book written by Anangu about Maralinga (where the British government conducted its atomic bomb testing in the 1950s). We had the choice of quiet reading or audio books over lunch. And some Lego construction and home economics (folding washing and putting it away) in the afternoon. The day finished with a bike ride to the river again in the late afternoon, with Sam joining us when she finished her long working day just before sunset. Not a bad way to start the week! 
A special welcome to my new Instagram followers after Sunday's news story about our isolation in the outback on @abcbrisbane by @shelley_lloyd_bris! Thanks for the kind words and comments everyone.

#outback #sunset #nature #homeschool #OutbackQueensland #ThisIsQueensland  #seeaustralia #buslife

Exploring mulga country on our bikes. Mondays are usually reserved for maths in ‘bus school’ but yesterday we mixed things up a bit. In the morning the boys and I went for a long walk and conducted a bird survey along the river, then started reading a new library book written by Anangu about Maralinga (where the British government conducted its atomic bomb testing in the 1950s). We had the choice of quiet reading or audio books over lunch. And some Lego construction and home economics (folding washing and putting it away) in the afternoon. The day finished with a bike ride to the river again in the late afternoon, with Sam joining us when she finished her long working day just before sunset. Not a bad way to start the week!
A special welcome to my new Instagram followers after Sunday’s news story about our isolation in the outback on @abcbrisbane by @shelley_lloyd_bris! Thanks for the kind words and comments everyone.

#outback #sunset #nature #homeschool #OutbackQueensland #ThisIsQueensland #seeaustralia #buslife

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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.

#buslife #busconversion #nomads #ontheroad #skoolie #skoolieconversion #buslifeadventure

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Sunset magic on a perfectly still afternoon down at the river.

Sunset magic on a perfectly still afternoon down at the river. 
#outback #buslife #outbackqueensland #abcmyphoto #sunset #reflections

Sunset magic on a perfectly still afternoon down at the river.
#outback #buslife #outbackqueensland #abcmyphoto #sunset #reflections

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Our favourite place to be in the late afternoon. Down by the river…

Our favourite place to be in the late afternoon. Down by the river at the back of the property. We've all started keeping bird lists and our pages are filling quickly. We've spotted whistling kites, a brown falcon nesting across the river, a wedgetailed eagle outside the front gate, mallee ringnecks, a forest kingfisher, a noisy family of white-winged choughs, peaceful doves and diamond doves, to name but a few!#buslife #outbackqueensland #outback #homeschool #nature

Our favourite place to be in the late afternoon. Down by the river at the back of the property. We’ve all started keeping bird lists and our pages are filling quickly. We’ve spotted whistling kites, a brown falcon nesting across the river, a wedgetailed eagle outside the front gate, mallee ringnecks, a forest kingfisher, a noisy family of white-winged choughs, peaceful doves and diamond doves, to name but a few!

#buslife #outbackqueensland #outback #homeschool #nature

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A campfire and some star gazing tonight, to celebrate the end of the working week…

A campfire and some star gazing tonight, to celebrate the end of the working week for @littleearthstories.#buslife #outbackqueensland #campfire #outback #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia

A campfire and some star gazing tonight, to celebrate the end of the working week for Sam.


#buslife #outbackqueensland #campfire #outback #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia

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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.

#buslife #skoolieconversion #ontheroad #busconversion #nomadlife

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A basket overflowing with fresh flowers, love and gratitude for Sam on Mother’s Day…

A basket overflowing with fresh flowers, love and gratitude for @littleearthstories on #MothersDay. Thank you for everything that you do for our family. xxxxThe boys and I handpicked these beautiful roses and other flowers from the homestead gardens this morning. Happy Mother's Day everyone!#buslife #tinyhouse #flowers

A basket overflowing with fresh flowers, love and gratitude for Sam on #MothersDay. Thank you for everything that you do for our family. xxxx

The boys and I handpicked these beautiful roses and other flowers from the homestead gardens this morning. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

#buslife #tinyhouse #flowers

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Last night’s bush television.

Last night's bush television. A crackling fire, red dirt on our boots, shooting stars, a full moon rising and dingoes howling in the far distance. This is how I imagined #buslife to be.#OutbackQueensland #SeeAustralia #ThisIsQueensland #campfire

Last night’s bush television. A crackling fire, red dirt on our boots, shooting stars, a full moon rising and dingoes howling in the far distance. This is how I imagined #buslife to be.

#OutbackQueensland #SeeAustralia #ThisIsQueensland #campfire

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Sunrise in the outback. What a magical way to start the day!

Sunrise in the outback. What a magical way to start the day! I captured this last week on my early morning ride around the property. I have also posted another version of this sunrise tree pic at @keiranlusk.#OutbackQueensland #outback #seeaustralia #buslife #trees

Sunrise in the outback. What a magical way to start the day! I captured this last week on my early morning ride around the property. I have also posted another version of this sunrise tree pic at my photography Instagram account.


#OutbackQueensland #outback #seeaustralia #buslife #trees

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Sunrise over our camp, down by the Barwon River at Mungindi.

Sunrise over our camp, down by the Barwon River at #Mungindi. We spent a week free-camping here in this peaceful spot on the Queensland side of the river. Most of the town and shops are located on the New South Wales side of the river. It was a week spent mainly indoors, to escape the heat and rather abundant flies. We home schooled, played Lego and occasionally ventured out for a bike ride to town.This image was captured a few months ago #beforecovid19. Currently we are hunkered down and caretaking a remote homestead near Charleville in western Queensland. And I'm finally catching up and sorting through photos from our last six months of bus travels! Stay tuned for more. ~ Keiran.#buslife #offgrid #nomad #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeadventure

Sunrise over our camp, down by the Barwon River at #Mungindi. We spent a week free-camping here in this peaceful spot on the Queensland side of the river. Most of the town and shops are located on the New South Wales side of the river. It was a week spent mainly indoors, to escape the heat and rather abundant flies. We home schooled, played Lego and occasionally ventured out for a bike ride to town.

This image was captured a few months ago #beforecovid19. Currently we are hunkered down and caretaking a remote homestead near Charleville in western Queensland. And I’m finally catching up and sorting through photos from our last six months of bus travels! Stay tuned for more. ~ Keiran.

#buslife #offgrid #nomad #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeadventure

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An early morning family walk at Thallon in Outback Queensland.

An early morning family walk at Thallon in #OutbackQueensland. We stayed overnight here a couple of months back, to view the spectacular painted silos. There's a good sized free camp area near the silos.This image was captured #beforecovid19. Currently we are hunkered down and caretaking a remote homestead near Charleville in western Queensland. And I'm finally catching up and sorting through photos from our last six months of bus travels! Stay tuned for more. ~ Keiran.#paintedsilos #thallon #buslife

An early morning family walk at Thallon in #OutbackQueensland. We stayed overnight here a couple of months back, to view the spectacular painted silos. There’s a good sized free camp area near the silos.

This image was captured #beforecovid19. Currently we are hunkered down and caretaking a remote homestead near Charleville in western Queensland. And I’m finally catching up and sorting through photos from our last six months of bus travels! Stay tuned for more. ~ Keiran.

#paintedsilos #thallon #buslife

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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.

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

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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!

#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #busrollwithit #livesmaller #nomad #happycamper #wander #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeau #mybuslife #buslifeadventure #livingtinyproject

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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!

#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #busrollwithit #livesmaller #nomad #happycamper #wander #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeau #mybuslife #buslifeadventure #livingtinyproject

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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!

#busconversion #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #busrollwithit #livesmaller #nomad #happycamper #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeau #mybuslife #buslifeadventure #livingtinyproject

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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!

#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #busrollwithit #livesmaller #nomad #happycamper #wander #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeau #mybuslife #buslifeadventure #livingtinyproject

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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.


#busconversion #buslife #bus #tinyhouse #skoolie #skoolieconversion #schoolbusconversion #vanlife #offgrid #busbuild #rvlife #busnut #busrollwithit #livesmaller #nomad #happycamper #wander #wanderlust #homeiswhereyouparkit #ontheroad #buslifeaustralia #buslifeau #mybuslife #buslifeadventure #livingtinyproject #compostingtoilet

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