A southern Tasmanian family has spent the past year seeking adventure and is encouraging others to do the same.
Parents Andrew and Nicola Hughes, and their children Hope, 5, and Wilfrid, 4, who have been circumnavigating Australia on tandem bikes, stopped in Warrnambool on the weekend.
The family advocates for the importance of outdoor adventuring and Mr Hughes hopes to inspire more families and schools to get out of the classroom.
"Our purpose for the year was to have a true adventure and focus heavily on getting primary school aged kids excited about the great outdoors," he said.
"We're hoping our adventure can lead onto classrooms learning more about geography and what's in their own backyards.
"We've Skyped into classrooms and we've produced videos to spread message the message as we've been riding."
The family rolled into Warrnambool on Sunday afternoon to stay for two nights and is only 18 days from finishing its year-long cycle and returning home to Flowerpot, Tasmania.
The family was impressed with the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail and credited it as "some of the best riding in a long time".
Mrs Hughes has a background in outdoor education while Mr Hughes' primary education experience led to him working in adventure learning.
The couple and their kids have covered over 13,300 kilometres and spent 330 days on the road.
"We average about 50 kilometres a day depending on the weather, terrain and road conditions," Mr Hughes said.
"On our days off we edit the filming, write blogs and have some down time exploring the towns we stay in.
"The kids are at the sweet spot where they're easy to carry on the tandem bikes and we intend to keep adventuring with them. They've done amazingly well with the rough riding and their abilities to adapt to the travel.
"We won't know the impact this adventure will have on them for a long time, but we hope it's positive."
The two tandem bikes each carry camping gear, school work for Hope, camera and editing equipment, up to two weeks' supply of food and 40 litres of water.
With all their belongings packed up in a shipping container in Flowerpot, the family is eager to get back to home but has no regrets about the adventure.
"The highlight has definitely been the characters we've met along the way," Mr Hughes said.
"Australia is full of interesting people, especially in the remote areas.
"We've met a lot of people from opal miners, station owners, helicopter pilots and traditional owners of the land.
"We have experienced a diverse cross-section of the country in the landscape and the characters.
"There's never been a time we've wanted to go home because we haven't been in that mindset. If you entertain that thought, then you'll want to stop."
Mrs Hughes said exploring the nooks and crannies of the country had been her highlight.
"Cycling is such a different way to travel," she said.
"You explore different things, have flexibility and can stop and take it all in.
"My favourite place was Chilleago; it's absolutely beautiful. I'd never been to Pilbara with its amazing landscapes and craters and there's so many cool stories there."
The family plans to spend 2020 at home before heading off on another adventure in 2021.
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