In the early 1990s Peter quit his tenured position at the University of Tasmania and bought 100 acres of bush (a Bush Lot) on the coast of southeastern Tasmania. He needed something to live in and through a series of random events came across this 1959 Bedford school bus that had been converted to travel. The owners had written PEACE on it. Peter bought it and kept it as is. He drove it out to his new land and halfway down his freshly bull-dozed muddy 1 mile long driveway it got stuck. This being the bush, Peter left it there for 3 weeks until the driveway dried out. He then jacked it up out of the hole and drove it on in. This experience led him to park it, take out the steering wheel, put in a wood stove, and live in it for the first 8 years. No water, no electricity, no phone. I shake my head imagining Peter living in a Peace Bus for 8 years in the bush with candles. If you have a hankering for 25 year-old diesel fuel, the tank is full… Over the last year Peter has renovated it and brought it back to its glory years plus a whole lot more. Emily and I are living in it.
Here is the outdoor shower, with hot-water no less. The water has made two journeys to the roof. Once when it landed (all drinking water in this region is collected from roofs or trucked in) and then once more to go through the solar hot water heater. Click this link to get the full 360 experience of taking a shower at the Peace Bus on a summer day. Down the patio stone pathway is the outdoor toilet. It never freezes here at Roaring Beach.
Below is a 360 pano of the interior of the bus – should you want to stay for a spell. Click the image or this link.
Some historical photos of the Peace Bus: