Welcome to my ramblings ….. about my ramblings around our vast and beautiful country, Australia.
I am what is known as a grey nomad – retired from full-time work, living in my campervan and travelling the countryside. And there is soooo much to see.
I began my journey when I bought Brutus ‘The Beast’, my 1986 Ford Econovan, in Tasmania in September 2012. My first trip was bringing him back to the Gold Coast in Queensland.
He then became commuter transport as I continued to work until April 2013. During that time I had a massive clean out of personal possessions so that basically everything I need on a daily basis is in Brutus. So I am literally travelling like a snail, with my home on my back. Hence the name of my blog – The Snail Trail.
September 5, 2013 at 7:41 am
Love your blogs, Shirley
September 5, 2013 at 7:42 am
Thanks Shirley x
January 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm
Hello Rosemary – wondered whether you might be interested in a few months in the South West of WA in May-June 2014, house-sitting our place as your base. Shirley and Paul Bloomfield of Mount Isa suggested we contact you. Left a message on your mobile.
April 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm
Lovely to read your blog. I’m having a double knee replacement soon so I’m not mobile enough to enjoy your way of life, but it appeals to me!!
April 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm
Thanks Jill. When those knees are moving again have another think about it. Good luck with the op.
May 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm
What a wonderful adventure! I started solo backpacking a couple years ago because everyone’s life was too busy to join me on my adventures. Since then, I have learned so much about myself and have come to find the solitude both healing and inspiring. But it has not always been easy, so good for you!
May 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm
No, it’s not always easy but for me the good certainly outweighs the not so good. I’m looking forward to following your blog
May 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm
I am looking forward to following yours as well 🙂
January 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm
Hi Rosemary, this is from Margaret & Kevin, we met at Coronation (we arranged the BBQ) Beach.
We met another couple from there yesterday (Sue & Mark) an d Sue gave me yor details. I am loving yor blog and as I do one myself I was interested to see how different yours was. Our blog address is travelpod.com/m-n-kr1ch hope you get a chance to take a look. It is so lovely to hear you are still on the road and enjoying the travelling in our awesome country. Meantime take care and we would love if you kept in touch.
January 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm
Lovely to hear from you and thanks for checking out my blog. I just tried to access yours from my phone but it said link not found so I’ll try again later when I’ve charged up my computer. Parked in a fair bit of shade at Stockton Lake so solar panel not as efficient as it usually is. 😨
February 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm
I finally have a chance to look at your blog and I get the following message ….
“The file you requested is not found.
TravelPod Administration has been notified. If you are having problems,
please contact TravelPod Support”
Have I got the right address? I copied it from your comment on my blog. Bushfires everywhere here at the moment and the atmosphere is very smoky but I’m heading in an easterly direction, away from the worst of them at the moment. Looking forward to reading your blog when the access problem is sorted x
March 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm
Hi Rosemary, I am really enjoying your blog! I have sent you a message on FB, but it will be in your ‘other’ folder…. 🙂
May 4, 2015 at 2:48 am
Loved your blog,camping here for some time. Your blog is inspiring,felt good to share your travel experiences.
I`ll soon be on wheels too in next few months,gonna travel all around my country India and Nepal.
Keep spreading the love.
May 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm
I look forward to following your travels too. Thank you for stopping by.
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January 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm
I enjoyed reading your blog about your Boulia Camel Races experience. I am actually right now helping Boulia Camel Races to make a new website and I am wondering whether I could use an extract from your blog where you have spoken about the camel tagging as I really like the way you have described it! If you are interested I would use your name and a photo of you and put your words with it on the official event website? I know it’s a big ask, but I think people visiting the Camel Races website would love hearing your stories and memories, to help inspire them to take the trip to Boulia too.
Feel free to email me directly at email@example.com about this. Thanks for considering my request 🙂
May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am
Hi Rosemary I really enjoyed your blog and am inspired to start my own ramblings and snail trail in the very near future. Thus my second reason for contacting you. I am trying to reconnect with Marion Stevens and I was shocked when your blog offered me hope of some avenue of relocating her. The last time I had contact with Marion she was living in Tarnagulla and her daughter had just commenced living in supported accommodation. It seems from your blog that Marion may be living in Tasmania now. I was wondering if you would either pass this message on to her or permit me to have a a contact detail for her. We worked together as consultants for TAC. I have very fond memories of Marion and would love to catch up with her for a cuppa at some stage. Best wishes Gayle
June 1, 2016 at 2:11 pm
Hello Gayle, thanks for your comments re my blog. Unfortunately my sister Marion is not the Marion you are looking for so I do hope you can find her through some other means. Cheers
September 4, 2018 at 1:21 pm
Hello Rosemary. I found your blog by accident like finding a beautiful destination while really being “lost”. I shall follow it with interest and hopefully it will inspire me to be brave and do what do what I would love to – to travel Australia just like yourself. Thank you. Elaine.
September 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm
Thank you for your encouraging words Elaine. I hope my words will also encourage you to live your dream.
September 11, 2018 at 9:24 am
Thank you so much for liking my blog post, I so appreciate it when fellow bloggers enjoy reading my posts .
October 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm
Hi Rosemary, fabulous to meet you. You’re doing what I’d love to be doing in a few years. In the meantime we’re enjoying Australia as much as we can while still working. Look forward to reading more of your blog. Looks great.
October 12, 2018 at 2:55 pm
Thanks Miriam. It sounds like you are not marking time while you wait to finish work. Good on you! There are so many wonderful places to see in our country and some of them you’ll find virtually on your doorstep. Problem is, we are rarely tourists in our home town and don’t get to see and appreciate what many others find enviable.
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October 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm
So very true Rosemary. Life’s too short to put off doing tomorrow what we can do today. I’m a big believer in exploring both what’s under our noses and what’s further away. Happy travels 😊
July 9, 2019 at 3:10 pm
This is so cool. I have missed you blog, will be back to explore more. You are an inspiration and I am coming back for more. Enjoy your travels.
February 6, 2022 at 2:55 pm
I have just met some friends of yours Joanne and Graham, at the Bundaberg distillery. Could you please private message me and tell some fb sites please. Thanks Bronwyn Rowlands
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