COLOURFUL TRAVELLERS: Ella Fleming and her sister Layne Fleming with their colourful van Yota. INSET: Ella driving Yota on the Great Ocean Rd.
COLOURFUL TRAVELLERS: Ella Fleming and her sister Layne Fleming with their colourful van Yota. INSET: Ella driving Yota on the Great Ocean Rd.

Yeppoon sisters travel coastline in style

YEPPOON'S Ella Fleming couldn't have thought about a better way to travel the east coast of Australia than in her colourful van named Yota.

Along with younger sister, Layne, the two local hairdressers went on the road for three months last year in their multicoloured van and said it wouldn't have been the same if the van didn't look the way it did.

Ella, 25, said it was love at first sight when they picked the van up from the previous owner.

"One of my dads friends found the van for us and as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it," she said.

"It was just so colourful and creative and in your face. Originally Layne and I were just looking at getting a basic white van but I don't think the trip would have been as fun as it was if we weren't in Yota. It was always a great conversation starter when we were travelling and stopped in at places, people would even pose with the van for photos so it definitely attracted people and we got a lot of beeps and waves."

The Queensland Government has recently announced their plans to ban Wicked Camper vans on Queensland roads that display offensive artwork but Ella said she people should be allowed to drive the vehicles they want when they are travelling.

"I would happily drive a Wicked van around ," she said.

"I don't find them too offensive. I just think, if you don't like it, don't look."


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