Melbourne family travel to Deniliquin as part of their trip around Australia.CASS SAVELLIS August 8, 2014 3:30am
Brad, Julie and Lola Mains (pictured) along with their dog Daisy have freed themselves from the daily grind and are travelling around Australia.
The Melbourne family began their journey in April this year and have since stayed in 30 towns.
This week they passed through Deniliquin, turning heads with their one-of-a-kind graffiti covered bus.
‘‘We don’t have plans of what we’re doing from day-to-day,’’ Brad said.
‘‘It’s really nice here so we’ll stay for a couple of days.’’
Their adventure began when Brad purchased an old school bus and renovated it to create the ultimate family-mobile.
The inside is just as colourful as the abstract mural that covers the bus exterior, with red furniture and hues of purple and green also featuring.
The toilet door of the bus features a photo collage of family and friends, and the family marks the places they have been on a map of Australia which is also proudly displayed.
‘‘We drive through towns and see people smiling, it makes us feel good,’’ Brad said.
‘‘It took us 1 years to fix the bus up.
‘‘The artwork was done by a French artist who lives in Melbourne; he goes by the name of ‘Jaws’.
‘‘He had never been out of the city but we asked if he could create an Australiana theme.’’
The Mains sold their home and most of their belongings before hitting the road. They have been doing odd jobs to keep the funds flowing.
‘‘We just finished some work in Tottenham turning a shipping container into living quarters,’’ Julie said.
‘‘We’ve found work either on websites or by word of mouth.’’
The family has no plans to give up their life on the road anytime soon.
‘‘You’ve just got to commit to it,’’ Brad said.
You can follow the Main family’s journey on bigbusblog.blogspot.com.
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