Kombis and Australia go together like fish and chips. Susan Redman knows this all too well and has recently published a stunning book that celebrates 60 years of the iconic VW van and all things road-tripping here in the land Down Under.


When you think of a good old fashioned road trip, what do you think about?

Go on. What do you think about?

I’m no Derren Brown, but I’m going to have a stab at it – do you have wandering thoughts of adventures past, present, and future; the promise of untold stories from the sun-kissed open road? Days spent exploring winding coastlines and remote vistas from behind the wheel of a retro, head-turning automobile? Now, is that motor a VW Kombi van?

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I’ll bet my right testicle I’m right.

I’m right. Right?

Well, doesn’t matter anyway, you can’t prove it so my twins will remain intact for a while longer.

I digress…

Road Trip + Kombi = The Dream

Put quite simply, if you’re planning a road trip in NSW as a weekend escape from Sydney, or perhaps heading further into the guts of Australia, then this is your new inspirational guide book. It’s adventure time! Fact.road trip combi VW

road trip combi VW

Nearly everyone has a Kombi story: Peter Falconio vanished from one in the outback, Men at Work sang about travelling in a ‘fried-out Kombi’ in their Down Under hit song, and a generation of young Australians and New Zealanders have relied on Kombis to take them on surfing safaris and travel meccas. Even our content editor Mattie is getting around in one.

road trip combi VWMy Dream Kombi is a celebration of this retro icon, with cool photos and fabulous stories of Kombi adventures past and present, as well as tales of stylish makeovers and re-purposing.

Susan has interviewed a fascinating group of Kombi lovers, from Nimbin hippies to Bondi Surfers, cultured vagabonds to happy family campers, compiling their stories and snaps in this beautifully illustrated, fascinating read that pays tribute to the iconic VW van.

Written by a self-confessed Kombi nut and published by Harper Collins Australia, it’s a celebration of all things Kombi. It’ll make your weekend adventure planning a whole lot easier with this in the glovebox. I just know it will. I’m no Derren Brown, but I bet you it will.road trip combi VW


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