"It's the best 4WD camping DVD out, I have watched my copy 3 times and love it, very inspirational."
The Ultimate Aussie Road Trip Adventure
Taking a year or two off and driving around Australia is a dream that many people share.
For the Baile family, tired of the rat race and yearning for distant horizons, their dream finally came true after 7 years of planning.
After selling their business, their house and most of their 'stuff', Steve, Jen, Savanna & Sara leave behind friends, family and Melbourne city life to experience everything Australia has to offer in this epic 46,600km road trip adventure.
Determined to get ‘off the beaten track’ and find some real adventure, the Baile’s set themselves the goal of visiting every state and territory and reaching the extremes of the continent . . . that’s the north, south, east, west, the exact centre and even the highest point at Mt Kosciuszko. All while travelling many of Australia’s toughest roads and visiting many spectacular remote destinations.
Now you can share their adventure in this 10 episode series filmed over 2 years that will give you hours of entertainment, ideas, plenty of laughs . . . and a few tears.
"There are plenty of travel shows on TV but none like The Big Lap."
"Finished watching at 2am this morning, it's so addictive! We have so many 4WD DVD's but nothing like The Big Lap. What an epic journey guys!"
Some of the awesome places you'll discover in The Big Lap
Karijini National Park
Tasmanian High Country
Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park
The Tanami Road
Lawn Hill National Park
The Great Ocean Road
Every state. Every territory. Every extreme.
“We have just finished watching your DVD’s and they were awesome, loved them all. Thanks heaps for sharing your adventures with us. Even our kids loved it.”
"I think you guys are amazing just tackling the journey with the rugrats. Well done Jen and Steve."
"The Big Lap is a priceless insight into the real experience of travelling around Australia by road that will inspire you to make your own travel dreams a reality."
Things don’t always go to plan!
Of course with an adventure on this scale things can go wrong and we had our share of dramas!
A couple of vehicle rollovers, a broken camper trailer, being stranded in the outback with a collapsed wheel bearing on our Landcruiser and the ever present challenge of travelling on a very tight budget.
We actually ran out of money along the way and had to stop and work out a way to make some extra cash so we could keep going (see this in episode 6).
Despite the challenges, our mission from the very start was to capture the entire experience on film so that we could make The Big Lap series and share it with other fellow travel lovers.
Of course not everyone who watches the series is planning to sell up, pack up and take off around Australia for a year or two, but if you share our passion for exploring remote and spectacular destinations and discovering new places then you’re going to fall in love with The Big Lap.
"Bought this for Hubby for his birthday. WARNING: it's addictive!!!!"
"We love your DVDs too! Our 4-year-old's fave...even before the Wiggles!"
Come along with us on the Adventure
When we decided to make the film series, we wanted to make it in a way that you would feel like you were there with us along the way sharing the experience, so that even if your own 'Big Lap' is still a dream for sometime in the future, at least you can have a taste of what it would be like.
Best of all, by watching The Big Lap you’ll get ideas of places to go for shorter trips and what to expect along the way and when you get there.
- What’s it like driving up to Cape York?
- What’s it like staying at El Questro in the Kimberley?
- What does the Tanami Road look like?
- How do you travel long distances with young children on board?
- How tough is it to drive the Gibb River Road?
Many TV shows do a great job of highlighting beautiful destinations, but celebrities flying in for 12 hours and having the red carpet treatment for the camera isn’t really something that any of us can relate to.
In The Big Lap our experience is much more authentic from the perspective of travellers just like you, so you’ll get a genuine sense of what to expect when planning your own adventures. We didn’t have a big budget or big sponsors expecting us to spend the whole time ‘spruiking’ their product.
We didn’t even have a crew!
But that’s not to say we haven’t been able to make a great film series. We invested in the right equipment and worked hard to make sure we captured the experience as authentically as possible.