Des and Kieran are loving the RV life!

Des and Kieran Stewart’s caravanning life started with a “disastrous” trip to Birdsville. Like the experience of many first-time caravanners, just about anything that could go wrong did go wrong.


Despite that first calamitous trip, the couple became hooked on the caravanning lifestyle. Soon they will move into a dedicated RV home at Nature’s Edge Buderim, with room for them … and their shiny new van!


An adventure-filled introduction to caravanning


But it’s a wonder the couple ever wanted to caravan again after that first trip. Four couples, three with hired vans and one in a mobile home, departed from south-east Queensland on what was meant to be the trip of a lifetime to Birdsville races.


In their minds was a fun adventure with friends and exploring the countryside. But as Kieran says, the reality was a little different.


The renowned corrugations of Australia’s outback roads gave the group grief at every turn. “Between us we had five flat tyres and we all burst water pipes in our vans. The door of one van continually popped open, filling it with that fine red dust that gets into absolutely everything. To top it all off, most of us got sick and we almost ran out of fuel,” Kieran said.


“This was our initiation to caravanning. It couldn’t have been much worse,” laughed Des. “But it didn’t discourage us and here we are with a brand-new van. We recently returned from a two-month trip to Melbourne but I don’t think I’ll ever get Kieran back to Birdsville.”


After being helped by many experienced caravanners along their journey, Des and Kieran were keen share some of their top tips for first-timers:

  1. Invest in front side and rear cameras to improve vision.
  2. Make the most of great apps like Wikicamps.
  3. Join an online community of people who have rigs like yours to get tips and tricks from experienced travellers.


Making the move to an RV-friendly home at Nature’s Edge Buderim


Kieran and Des Stewart love the RV lifestyleDes is an icon in the south-east Queensland hospitality industry as the owner of the renowned Bridge Seafoods in Mooloolaba for 30 years.


After selling up the business recently, the couple decided it was time to downsize from their 26-acre property in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and embrace a more relaxed lifestyle.


In just a few months, the couple will move into a brand new RV-friendly home at Nature’s Edge Buderim. A limited number of RV homes have just been released with extra large garages perfect for caravans, motorhomes and RVs.


“It is unusual for a lifestyle resort on the Sunshine Coast to allocate blocks that accommodate RVs which I reckon is fantastic. We love the fact the homes are architecturally designed with quality inclusions,” said Kieran.


After having to maintain such a large property the couple is excited about a life of travel and leisure, where Des doesn’t have to mow the lawn and the beach is just 15 minutes away.


Nature's Edge Buderim Gate“There are so many amazing resort-style facilities right here. I especially love the heated pool and state-of-the-art cinema. We’ll be dusting off our tennis racquets for sure. We are hoping to connect with other caravanners and join them for trips once we move in.”


“We are looking forward to a big lifestyle change and the freedom and flexibility of being able to go away knowing that everything is taken care of,” Kieran said.


To find out more about Nature’s Edge Buderim RV lifestyle homes, contact one of our lifestyle advisers on 1800 218 898.

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