Couple following the sun
Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010
A Brisbane couple who won an all-expenses paid road trip around Australia arrived in Broken Hill at the weekend.
Tony Johnson and Sue Hammond entered a competition called "Follow the Sun", in which three couples each win $35,000 in prizes.
The prize includes a 13-week all expenses paid road trip around Australia, as well as a complete make-over for the winners' caravan.
Each winner takes one of three routes, and Tony and Sue are the only ones to travel through Broken Hill.
The Winnebago that the couple have had for more than two years had a new fridge and inside shower installed as part of their prize.
"We use to have an outdoor shower, which from a design point of view is a stupid idea," Mr Johnson said.
The couple have been on the road for just under a week, stopping at Gundagai, Narrabri, and Dubbo along the way.
"We left on the 16th of this month, and we travel through to the 15th of September," Mr Johnson said.
The couple have been "motor-homing" for 32 years, and this is their first visit to town.
Every caravan park they visit, the couple hold a "Happy Hour" where people staying at the park can meet them and share a drink.
Mr Johnson said it was good because it meant they had some other people to talk to about motor homing and travelling.
During their stay, the couple visited the Flying Doctor's and the School of the Air, and managed to fit in time to look at Peter Anderson and Pro Hart's Art Galleries.
"We could easily spend a weekend here," Ms Hammond said.
Mr Johnson said that the town had a lot of surprises in it.
"I think it's a surprising town, we didn't expect it to look like this.
"The heritage is just superb."
The couple will leave town today and stop over in Adelaide before heading on through Victoria.