Traute and Rolf Busch's camper van looks like it has been around the world, and it has. The German nationals share their story.By Tyla Harrington
Last Wednesday was the fourth time German couple Traute and Rolf Busch had visited Deniliquin.
Despite travelling around the world (96 countries including Australia) they keep returning to what they describe as a ‘‘beautiful’’ town.
The couple marked 50 years of marriage in September and, in celebration, decided to go travelling, something they do quite often, with Australia high on their agenda.
It was their fourth time to the country and their fourth time to Deniliquin.
Living in Germany, Mr Busch said Australia was a lot different.
‘‘Right now where my daughter is there’s 20cm of snow, and it’s minus 50 degrees,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re here in Australia and it’s warm. It’s very, very big, (Australia) with not a lot of people.
‘‘Germany is small with about 80 million people. There’s no kangaroos, koalas, wombats or snakes.’’
Mr Busch said in Germany the most dangerous snake would only hurt someone with health problems.
Camping is always one of the highlights of the couple’s travels.
Mrs Busch enjoys the simple things — waking up to birds chirping and the friendliness of the Aussie people.
‘‘It’s very safe (in Australia); we’ve never had any problems,’’ she said.
‘‘The people are friendly and if you have a problem they will help you. Deniliquin is beautiful.’’
The camper they chose to travel around the world in has been theirs for 14 years.
Everywhere they visit they try and purchase a souvenir they can stick on their vehicle, which goes everywhere with them. It has even been up 5200m of Mt Everest, to base camp, according to Mr Busch.
When they return to Germany the 4WD vehicle comes home on a cargo trailer. They even have their names on each side of it.
The Busches were not sure how long they would stay in Deniliquin, but always make a point to visit their friends, local couple Ingrid and Wilhelm Greve.
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