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‘Disgusting’ photo of family caravan reveals truth about life on Australian roads

It seems like the perfect life on Instagram, but behind every sunset and panoramic shot of the Australian outback lurks at least one dirty little secret.

More and more Australians are taking to the open road as domestic nomads pack up their 4×4 vehicles and travel from state to state, with many families posting their seemingly idyllic lives on social media. However, a newly acclaimed van life mum has revealed the “less than glamorous” task now hovering on her to-do list.

After three months on the road, Sydney woman Brooke Goosen finally had to face the dreaded “bright red light” over her caravan toilet, as her partner who is normally responsible for emptying it was unavailable.

With the toilet full of her family’s waste, she was forced to take it “for a walk” and dump the contents at a designated “flush point” at a Byron Bay campsite, while her mother captured the smelly moment in all its glory .

Brooke, photographed wearing white gloves, seen emptying the toilet in a Brooke, pictured wearing white gloves, seen emptying the toilet in a

This is the side of things you don’t usually see on social media. Source: Facebook

“It was just disgusting. It’s a hole in the ground and you basically have to throw your waste in it and if you don’t put it in the hole, it splatters everywhere. It’s really disgusting,” Brooke recalled to Yahoo News.

In the image, Brooke can be seen scrunching her face in disgust as she pours her family’s waste into the hole, leaning as far back as possible and wearing gloves.

“Is it just me or is the idea of ​​dump points outdated?” she said, sharing the experience online. “If we’re going to launch rockets into space, surely there’s a better way.”

A white Ford Ranger ute and caravan in a wooded area.A white Ford Ranger ute and caravan in a wooded area.

The Goosens travel around the country in their 4×4 and caravan. Source: Instagram

Brooke explained that the cassette toilet only stores the waste of a family of five for about two days. In a rather dismayed tone, she recounted how she even faced some overflow accidents after her children did not notice the “red light” warning.

“The red light on the top of the toilet means it’s either full or you have to take it in the next two tries, if you don’t it will overflow,” he explained. “We had a going away party in March and all our friends had no idea about the red light… it wasn’t fun.”

In the US, connecting pipes are a common solution for this, meaning travelers don’t need to manually dispose of waste like Brooke and her family do. Instead, a tube connects the caravan’s waste container to a campsite dump and prevents travelers from getting their hands dirty.

After sharing the image online, one referred to the cassette toilet as the “devil’s suitcase”, while others urged Brooke to switch to a compost toilet, which separates liquids and solids and does not require pouring.

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