Black Pepper Abroad: Canadian Vanlifers exploring Australia

Brad and Agnes are two travel fanatic Canadians exploring the land down under with their French-Canadian four-legged companion, Sargent Pepper. They grew up just outside Toronto, Ontario and spent many years exploring provincial parks across Ontario. They love reconnecting with nature, exploring natural wonders and camping with their dog.

As a distant land on the other side of the planet, Australia had always been a beacon of mystery that seemed full of adventure. The allure of exotic wildlife, an ancient landscape, rich aboriginal culture and a somewhat dark penal colonial past, inspired wonder. So in 2012 Brad accepted an internal employment transfer and they relocated to Sydney, NSW.

Over the past 4 years Brad and Agnes have explored many state forests and national parks across NSW. They have had the opportunity to explore Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, Port Arthur and even The Great Ocean Road. It quickly became clear that there was much more to Australia than the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.


Brad and Agnes longed to spend more time on the road, living a simpler life while further exploring Australia. The Vanlife seemed to be just the ticket. Over the past 8 months they decided to buy and renovate a vintage 13’ 1975 Viscount caravan to call home for the unforeseeable future. As they make slow travel across Australia a priority they will also be on the hunt for pet friendly destinations. With so many regulations surrounding camping with pets, Brad and Agnes hope to highlight as many pet friendly hiking trails, vineyards, campgrounds, beaches etc. as possible. Some people may see travelling with pets as a burden, but Brad and Agnes have been able to find many hidden gems that others may have overlooked.

Brad and Agnes have said goodbye to the corporate 9 to 5 and are now fully embracing the Vanlife. They will be sharing their adventures and Australian pet friendly travel tips on their website and various online social media accounts below.


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