Wrong Way Round: One Country, One Camp Trailer, One Family, One Amazing Adventure
'Mate, I reckon you're going about this all wrong. For the first month, you're only going to be a day's drive from Melbourne. If it was me, I'd get her across the Nullarbor quick smart so she can't nick off home.' When Lorna Hendry, her husband James and young kids left Melbourne on a one-year trip around Australia in a 4WD with a camper trailer (having only been camping once before they left), they ignored all advice and drove across the Nullarbor and up the west coast of Australia. They may have been travelling the wrong way around Australia, but it was the best decision they ever made. Lorna returned to Melbourne three years later, having crossed deserts and rivers, taken ill-advised short cuts in the most remote areas of the country, stood on the western edge and the northern tip of the country, stumbled onto its geographic centre, and lived in remote communities in Western Australia. Wrong Way Round is a story about four people who had to get out of the city to become a family. It's about this beautiful and harsh country. And it's about the adventures that you can have if you step outside of your door and turn left instead of right.
Lorna Hendry worked in graphic design for many years until she unplugged herself from her computer to travel around Australia with her husband and their two young sons . On their return to Melbourne she changed careers and is now a freelance writer, editor and proofreader, and teaches Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University in Melbourne. She lives in Fitzroy, but is still homesick for the Kimberley.