Snowy spent more than 40 years without a home and still can't get used to having somewhere permanent to call his own.
For the past seven years Snowy, who preferred not to use his full name, has been living in a modest unit in Albury.
He shares the unit with his beloved companion, Poppy the dog.
"When you spend 40 years out on the open road, it's hard to get used to the fact that after all this time I have a stable place to live,'' Snowy, 68, said.
Snowy was reflecting on his experiences as part of National Homelessness Week.
His journey as a homeless person began when he was just 18, although he has no clear memory of why or how it happened.
He thinks the most likely explanation lay in the fact that he was placed in an orphanage in Brisbane as a child.
He said he survived 40 years without a home on willpower.
"I kept walking distances. I walked without a ride, without food, you just have to keep going and have the will to do it," he said.
Food was very limited
He would sleep wherever he could rest his head, ate when he could afford it and showered when he got the chance.
"I've slept under bridges, on river banks and in abandoned houses. Food was very limited. If I couldn't find a job I went without,'' he said.
''Showers were also a worry, but what I found most of the time was if I got to a hotel or a caravan park, they were quite happy to let me have a shower."
He said coping with weather extremes was a challenge.
"I think the worst cold experience I had was in Shepparton. I slept out in -6 degrees Celsius one night, I had nowhere else to go. All I had was a pair of thongs, shorts, t-shirt, small duffle bag, cask of wine and a thin towel.''
Lucky to be alive
He said he didn't sleep because he feared what might happen to him if he did.
Snowy who has had alcohol problems knows he is lucky to be alive.
He has survived two car accidents and at one time fell asleep on a busy rail track.
He said he hoped he could help local people experiencing homelessness.
"I might not be able to solve their problem there and then, but at least I might be able to put them on the right track,'' he said.
He said he might also be able to put them in touch with someone who might be able to help.
Snowy was offered his present home by Albury City Council's Housing and Accommodation Services in 2010 after spending time in crisis accommodation centres in the area.