Rescue Cat Travels 48,932km Around Australia on the Trip of a Lifetime

Posted in Cat Stories - On: May 23, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: May 23, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

One day, Rich East decided to sell his house, leave his job, sell all his possessions and take the trip of a lifetime in a camper van around Australia.

But there was somebody that he just couldn’t leave behind – his cat Willow.


After 2,5 years on the road, these traveling companions made it to South Australia.

This marked Willow’s official completion of visiting all 6 states and 2 territories of Australia, known to the Aussies as the perfect eight or should we say the purr-fect eight!


Side by side they have achieved so much together and seen some amazing sights.

They have even sailed the Great Barrier and have camped high up in the mountains of the Northern territory.


Rich says: “Some people think it’s odd that I’m travelling with a cat, but Willow is so chilled out and absolutely loves our new lifestyle.

Willow is kept safe with a tracking collar which allows me to always know where she is. She spends most of her time off the leash and is always keen to explore around our camp.”


“With the tracking collar, I have the peace of mind that if she decides to go for a hike I will be straight onto her.”


“It’s been so much fun sharing our adventures with the world. It makes me so happy when someone messages me and says that they saw our photos and it brightened their day.”

“It gives me the motivation to keep on doing what we are doing,” he added.



“I’m so proud of Willow, she’s the cat that made my van a home and the whole of Australia her backyard. She’s the best travel buddy ever!”


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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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