Who are we

We are the Malpass Family and back in 1996 we travelled through WA and NT in our VW Combi Campervan and at the time we said that if we ever got married and had a family we have to show them this country. We then went on to travel though Indonesia, Malaysia, India and then living and working in Europe before Ben was transferred to Hong-Kong and then on to Sydney in 2000…

3 kids later we are at the final stages of making it happen. We have been planning (saving) for our trip around Australia and always planned to make it about the time that our oldest son Jake will be 10 -11 and Indianna our youngest will be 5-6 so school wise we thought that it will be least disruptive for them all.

We brought a new 4×4 after 6 months of research in mid 2008 and our Bulloak 4×4 camper in mid 2009 and since then have been out in them both every chance we can get.

We are planning to leave early Feb 2011 and take 12 months to get around…please have a look at our itinerary for more info. We live in the northern beaches of Sydney and plan to rent the house as well as not work so have been saving hard to make it all happen.

We have spent many days and nights reading stories and researching and hope that you find our site useful and helps you to get on with your own plans…

(Click on our names to go to our own blog pages).

Ben, (dad),

Maria (mum),

Jake (the big one), 

Tobey (the middle one)

Indianna (the little darling!).



  1. Hi ppls, I hope you have a great time, I reckon you kids are dam lucky to have parents who are ready and able to make this exciting trip happen. If you happen to be in my neck of the woods call in and say hello. We are at Kilcowera Station, Thargomindah Qld http://www.kilcowera.com.au

    Have a ball!!! Toni

    • Thanks Toni, Kilcowera looks fantastic. We’ll be around your way mid-late March… kids loved the size of the yabbies!! Regards Maria

  2. Hi you guys . Just love keeping up with your story and so proud to be part of following your trip .I do keep your Nanna involved as much as we can Maria specially while you have your mum and bob there with you both . A great adventure i must say. Something that i have always wanted to do ,but i think time has caught up with us now and have left it a little too late .
    Take care of each other and have some happy and fun times together . Catch up on the next story and we are looking forward to that ..
    Aunty Sue and John

  3. Hi Maria and Ben and kids,
    FANTASTIC to meet you all and see you enjoying the fruits of life with your kids and with our beloved camper trailer! We will follow your journey with interest and look forward to swapping travel stories around a campfire sometime soon. Enjoy your time guys and hopefully we’ll see you back here at the Den sooner rather than later. GOOD LUCK!
    Faith, Max, Jake and Ella (Lions Den Hotel)

  4. Well we still here guys and still thoroughly enjoying your trip from new zealand . awesome pics and great story . wonderful that you have made this trip and story possible for you children and of cause all of us followers .. Love to you all

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