Rick and Elaine Higgs and John and Lynne Kornbrekke are setting off on a tour around Australia... in their Minis.
Rick and Elaine Higgs and John and Lynne Kornbrekke are setting off on a tour around Australia... in their Minis.

Mini-mad foursome embark on tour

A CALOUNDRA couple are taking the concept of caravaning grey nomads to the next level - they will travel around Australia in a Mini.

John and Lynne Kornbrekke were inspired to embark on the journey when Canadians Rick and Elaine Higgs contacted them two years ago with the idea.

"If you drive around in a caravan, it's just a trip, but if you drive around in a Mini with a trailer, it's an adventure," John said.

The foursome decided the trip should coincide with the Mini Owners Club of Queensland's celebrations to mark the Mini's 50th anniversary in Australia.

The Higgs' flew out from Vancouver two weeks ago and have spent this week running in their newly-acquired 1973 Clubman panel van.

The Mini 50 celebrations wrap up tomorrow, so the quest to drive 22,000kms of Australia's sealed roads in an anti-clockwise direction, in 70 days, without air conditioning, begins Monday.

The Kornbrekkes will use a trailer, custom made from the rear end of a Mini panel van, to store equipment.

The Higgs have driven tens of thousands of kilometres, including a west to east coast of Canada in one marathon journey, but the longest John and Lynne have spent in a Mini at one time is six days.


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