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August 8, 2019 Cyaround Oz: Travelling Around Australia With Yokohama Tyres (& Troopy!)

Ever wanted to just pack up and hit the road, free to travel wherever you wanted? Jack and Jem are a young couple from South Australia who did exactly that! They’ve been together for six years (and counting) and have been on far more adventures than most couples will in a lifetime. We love hearing all about their adventures, because they made it far and wide around Australia with their trusty 4X4, Troopy, and Yokohama tyres!


When did you get the idea to go long-term travelling?


We pretty much came home after the first day back at work after the Christmas/New Year break in 2017 and decided that we were going to start saving to travel around Australia and not return back to work the following year. Which is what we did, we left particularity a year later! At the time we already had our Troopy (Toyota LandCruiser Troopcarrier) 'A.K.A the car of Jacks dreams' and were the owners of our dog Ace for about a year at the time. We were both working full-time jobs and tried to get out of the city at any opportunity that we could. Once we decided that we would be full-time travellers we spent each pay paying off what we had owing on the Troopy, adding and modifying it to create our perfect set up to live in 24/7 (as we didn't tow anything!). We also bought other camping necessities, paid our bills and put money aside.


In terms of your vehicle, Troopy, where did the name come from?


Troopy is just short for Troopcarrier which is the model Toyota Landcruiser. Aussie slang!


How did you maintain the tyres for so long to keep it running well?


By making sure we got the tyres rotated every 5,000 km, running the correct tyre pressure for the terrain and by doing regular services and other routine checks each day.  We have a motto; If you look after it, it will look after you!!


What was your favourite terrain to drive on & why?


Any terrain that isn't bitumen! We love the feeling of getting off the main roads and onto the dirt.


You used a few Geolandar tyres, which were your favourites?


The Yokohama Geolander All -Terrain G015 tyres for sure. They create little to no road noise and are the perfect tyre for our Troopy and off-road needs. Plus, they’re tough enough to tackle any sand, rock, mud and off-road driving that we point in their direction!


The Geolandar A/T’s look tough (while creating little to no road noise) making them still the ideal tyre for our type of travelling. They perform great on the sand keeping our 3.5t Troopy on top of the soft stuff while proving ever so strong on the roughest of roads. Along with amazing 

off road capabilities the Geolandar AT/s are a serious on road performer.  They grip the road in all conditions including wet slippery surfaces making this tyre the perfect all rounder. Whether going bush or taking the kids to school the Yokohama Geolandar A/T’s have you covered.


One one of our legs we drove from Adelaide to Darwin where services are sometimes hundreds of kilometres apart and even then finding the correct parts in rural Australia can sometimes be an almost impossible task. This is why having a tyre that we knew we could trust was so important to us. The last thing you need to be worrying about in the middle of the bush is whether the tyres on your car are going to get you home safely. After thousands and thousands of kms driving on every type of terrain this amazing country has to offer we are so confident in the Yokohama Geolander A/T’s that the thought does not even cross our mind.


We are continually asked by people we meet in person or online via our Instagram; what tyres we run, our experience with them, any blow outs, punctures etc. We confidently recommend the Yokohama Geolandar A/T's G015 to anyone who is in the market for new 4x4 tyres.


Some people find it hard to believe you can drive around Australia and visit the places we have on a set of tyres with no issues at all. The fact is the Yokohama Geolanders are more than capable of managing this task. Not only did the Geolandars get us around the country, they did it with ease.


We keep coming back to Yokohama Geolander because they are the best in the biz! 



What kinds of places did you go to?

 


Everywhere we could! Having a 4x4 allowed us to literally go wherever we wanted. Some of these places included narrow tracks at the top of mountains in the Victorian High Country, the picturesque sand oasis of Fraser Island, the Peninsula Development Road to the most northern point of Australia, Cape York via the infamous Old Telegraph Track and across the top along The Savannah Way. We also drove the Gibb River Road in Western Australia where we were told “you will break your car”, but we had no issues at all, just dirt and beach tracks in between! We found our best campsites by going off road and exploring and each time we did it proved that the Troopy was the best touring vehicle for us!


How long were you travelling for?


We were officially living on the road full time travelling Australia for 11 and a half months, making a last minute decision to go back home for Christmas and New Year. Soon after, Jack got his dream job as a Tour Guide in the Northern Territory so we drove up through the centre and into Darwin which is where we currently live.


What was your favourite place?


It is too hard to pick just one spot! Looking back on our memories and photos it would be the places that we spent the longest time at. Australia is so diverse and has so much to offer and all you have to do is be willing to drive and explore. We particularly love the top end, once we started to notice that there was a further distance between towns and then roadhouses and more dirt roads this was where we really enjoyed our time. 


Where's next on your list?


Our lap around Australia is never truly going to be complete - it’s huge, so we have only scratched the surface. Last year we didn't make it over to Tasmania, so it’s definitely on our list. We always thought we would make it a trip on its own so we can really enjoy its beauty, as neither of us has been there before. We would also love to make our way back into SA via The Simpson Desert, Birdsville, The Oodnadatta Track and Flinders Ranges. Getting back across The Gibb and up to Cape York are also back on our list especially before they get completely covered in bitumen. And the list goes on…!



Did you learn anything on the road?


Absolutely, we learnt so much while living on the road. We learnt more about ourselves and each other, and tyres - the Yokohama Geolander All - Terrain. Plus, we learned more about our country in terms of its history and Aboriginal history and culture. We appreciated its landscapes, rock formations, flora and fauna, our amazing and old National Parks. We learnt to trust strangers, especially when it came to finding the right people to watch Ace for us. We learnt so much more about the food we ate and helped to open our eyes to the environmental impacts that we were having. But overall we learnt what we value most in life, what's important to us and how we want to live our lives!


Were there any dramas?


There were a couple unexpected experiences but nothing that we couldn't handle, thank god! We had a couple of hospital visits (Jack broke his arm in Margaret River skateboarding). Jem backed into a car while in Brisbane and we put the fan through our radiator on the Old Tele Track. But all these moments just add to our story now!


Do you have any advice for others who want to live on the road like you did?


JUST DO IT!!! Set a date, save and go. Yes you might miss things that are happening back home like birthdays, weddings, babies being born and other big milestones in your family and friends’ lives, but you are also embarking on a trip of a lifetime and doing something that most Australians will never do.


Not one person said to us “you will regret it!”. If anything they were all envious that they didn't do the same.


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