One car, one caravan, one kid, one continent...
Greg Bearup and his partner Lisa Upton survived three years living together in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but life with the Taliban was nothing compared to taking a toddler to Caravanastan.
Following the trail of the superannuated wildebeest, they wind up the jockey wheel, check the safety chains and hitch up the van for the great lap of Australia with their baby son, Joe.
Along the way they park the van behind the Dagwood Dog stand and run away with the showies, break down in croc-infested waters, talk iambic pentameter with the great poet Les Murray, share tunes with John Butler and pimp Lisa to a brothel in the Pilbara.
Their blue-eyed, blond-haired little boy has his own adventures: charming madams, attempting to swim with man-eating reptiles, and escaping in dramatic fashion from the van.
Bearup is a double-Walkley Award winning writer with Fairfax's GOOD WEEKEND magazine. In ADVENTURES IN CARAVANASTAN he turns his keen eye on the wide, brown land of Australia and its never less than fascinating people.
About the Author
Greg Bearup has been a feature writer at GOOD WEEKEND magazine for the past eight years. During his time on the magazine he has twice been awarded a Walkley Award for his writing. Prior to working on the magazine he worked for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD for seven years, primarily as a crime reporter. He has lived and worked in Pakistan, Arghanistan and Syria, from where he filed for THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES and THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. He currently lives in Sydney with his partner Lisa and their toddler son, Joe.