Authors Share Their Adventures in ‘Australian Van Trip’

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Vaughan and Jill Cullen narrate day to day journey in the Australian outback, driving their four-wheel drive van.

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Authors Vaughan and Jill Cullen began their van trip in October 2012 in Perth, West Australia. After a trip up to Shark Bay, they returned via an inland route to travel anticlockwise around and, eventually, right across Central Australia on their last leg home to Brisbane. They worked in orchards and, later, in the Upper Hunter Valley, grapevine pruning with a great mixture of young travellers from around the world.

Australian Van Trip” (published by Xlibris NZ) follows the Cullens’ day to day adventures over 44,000 kilometers and one and a quarter years in the Australian outback driving their four wheel drive, L300 Mitsubishi van. It provided them access to the many out back tracks and the many beaches and bays that normally one could not get to in a standard vehicle.

“Most travel books around Australia are only short localized ones and our book does a comprehensive narrative of the whole journey around and across the hot barren central parts of Australia. We think our book gives people an insight on what equipment is required and what conditions you can strike for an intended journey and what fantastic places can be found in the outback Australia,” say the authors.

“This book will appeal to two generations as a guide to what they intend to do. It is for the travelling youth from many countries who intend to do their overseas working holidays and are craving for information on this subject. It is also for the semi-retired people who have spent their working life dreaming and planning their trip,” Vaughan and Jill Cullen added.

“Australian Van Trip”
By Vaughan and Jill Cullen
Hardcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 230pages | ISBN 9781493192083
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781493192069
E-Book | 230 pages | ISBN 9781493192076
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Vaughan Cullen was born in Northland, New Zealand, in 1955 and spent most of his childhood in Kati Kati, Bay of Plenty, on his parent’s dairy farm. He went to Darwin, Australia, to help in the rebuilding of that city after the devastation of cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974. He and his wife Jill settled down, built a home and had two children in New Zealand.

Jill Cullen was born in 1959 in Kati Kati. Her parents were farmers / agricultural contractors and worked in a fruit processing plant and in the local library as a circulation assistant. Jill stayed in this job until they left for their trip and is now in an office administrator position.

Xlibris Publishing New Zealand, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving the needs of Kiwi authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit or call 0800 443 678 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisNZ on Twitter for the latest news.

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