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ELEANOR HALL: It's hardly a conventional honeymoon, but two English newlyweds have decided to
celebrate their marriage by travelling around Australia in a car powered by fish and chip oil.

The 30,000 kilometre expedition relies on fish and chip shops donating used oil along the journey
to fuel a four-wheel-drive that's been dubbed the "Battered Fish".

The couple is determined to show fellow tourists that you can see Australia without leaving a big
carbon footprint.

Donna Field has our story.

DONNA FIELD: After being married for a year, finally Gerard and Rachel Mimmo are on their
honeymoon.

RACHEL MIMMO: It was definitely my idea to travel around Australia and then the eco-friendly part
definitely came from Gerard, especially the not having a shower and everything, that was his idea
definitely.

DONNA FIELD: The couple has decided to emigrate to Australia and combine a honeymoon with a good
look around the country. But they didn't want to leave a carbon footprint on their epic journey.

GERARD MIMMO: We were looking for an adventure. We were moving out to Australia, so we decided that
we will combine the two. I just finished a sustainability degree over in the UK, and I thought it
would be a bit rude if I came out and added to the emissions of Australia without trying to do
something about it.

DONNA FIELD: Rachel Mimmo is a corporate lawyer; her husband, a civil engineer. But for the next
six months home will be a car called the Battered Fish and a camper trailer.

GERARD MIMMO: We did a lot of research to find out if anyone has attempted to go around Australia
running on veg oil or carbon neutrality and we couldn't find anyone, so we think we could be the
first people who at least attempt it.

DONNA FIELD: The car is called the Battered Fish because it's been converted to run on used
vegetable oil and its exhaust emits an aroma that smells distinctly like fish and chips. That's the
source of the used vegetable oil, although there's also been a Thai flavour to the exhaust after a
donation from a restaurant in northern New South Wales.

While it's only early days on the journey, there have been many mechanical problems and
difficulties sourcing fuel, with many fish and chip shops already in contracts to sell their used
oil for conversion into biodiesel. When they do get waste oil it's filtered by hand and then put
into the fuel tank.

Gerard Mimmo says the fuel is carbon neutral.

GERARD MIMMO: Well the oil burns carbon but that carbon is then used by the plants, the next
generation of plants that will produce the vegetable oil.

And also we are taking the oil from the fish and chip ships or the other restaurants that have
already used it, so it is recycling the oil plus it's a carbon neutral fuel.

RACHEL MIMMO: We'll be staying in bush camps as much as possible rather than powered camp sites or
hotels. We also have a solar panel on top of our car to fuel the battery for the car which
generates power for our fridge.

We've got a solar shower instead of trying to get into campsites with facilities and we're also
trying as much as possible to use and cook over a campfire rather than using gas-based stoves.

As far as we now, this is the first time that anyone has attempted to do the whole way around
Australia this way, and we hope that in the future we can prove to people that it can be done this
way and there are alternative ways of travelling around Australia.

DONNA FIELD: The Battered Fish is in Brisbane for a couple of days before heading north along
Queensland's coastline.

ELEANOR HALL: Donna Field with that report.