It’s Over

20 Dec

We spent the last ten days of our trip lazily heading towards our home in Ulladulla. We stayed at Tuncurry for a few days. Mif caught a nice big Flathead in the Kayak and Rosie caught a big Whiting fishing off the jetty at the van park so we had our last feed of fish for the trip. We spent our days checking out the beaches and developing our bombing technique at the pool. Rosie also did 732 bike laps of the van park with Mif and Darren tagging along.

We then moved on to Jimmy’s Beach campsite at Tea Gardens. This was a beautiful grassy campsite with a new climbing style playground.


Rosie and Archie spent most of the time tearing down the hill on their bikes. This was occasionally interrupted by new vans rolling in or Rosie falling off.

We had a great time exploring the sand dunes in the Myall Lakes National Park.  There’s nothing more fun than racing down the hills and eating sand at the bottom.





We then decided to venture away from the coast for a night to visit Mif’s friend Charlie at Dooraloong. Charlie and Mark have a beautiful 40 acre farm that has been set up to agist and train horses for equestrian events. It also has about 20 acres of nature trails out the back. The kids were more interested in the quad bike and the pool though.





We were well fed and watered when we left here (ah so funny) and ready to spend a few nights at our last van park for the year!

Our last van park was to be the NRMA/Big4 at Umina. Another fantastic van park with a beach straight out the front, jumping pillows, water slides, (Rosie launches herself head first as all the parents look on in horror) games room (with the cricket on tv) spa and actual kid showers!

It also has a great playground just down the road with a flying fox and a spinny thing. We spent the days beachcombing, boogie boarding (Archie is a supercool surf grommet now – he’s even got long hair) rock climbing, swimming, riding and sliding – like we have most of the year.
Our last day was spent cruising across to Palm Beach on the ferry, and catching the bus to the Newport Arms for lunch with the Roses and the Martins.


Our last pack up was completed 7 seconds before it pissed down – a sure sign that our timing was right.

We had a quick stopover at Pa’s house on the way home so we could do all our christmas shopping and were treated to a beautiful roast – a rarity in the van.

We are now home! As Rosie calls it “our for real home”. We can walk out of our shower naked if we want, we can fit more than 4 beers in our fridge, we don’t have to wind the awning in when it’s windy and our house seems absolutely massive. We have been flat out catching up with friends and Christmas is just around the corner.

Thanks for following our journey, we love the comments people have made. This blog will be a fantastic memory for us and we hope it gives other families an insight into travelling around our beautiful country.

A very sad …….Goodbye!



9 Responses to “It’s Over”

  1. Fones December 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Glad u all home safe & sound lovely family!! Time to Enjoy yr real home again, what great timing! Merry xmas lots of love Fones xxx

  2. Glen December 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    So sad!!!
    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us! We have taken lots on board!

  3. Matt December 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Nightmare. Thanks for treating us to a trip around Aust. Was a great read.

  4. Anna December 21, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    So sad it is over, we have loved travelling vicariously with you. Look forward 2 catching you in the new year when we leave our cold, wet and windy northern hemisphere christmas experience!

  5. Lissa Bingham December 21, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Was just thinking about you guys and wondering when we would get the last blog……. I’m so glad that I was able to journey with you guys around Australia, what a blast you’ve had, glad your home safe. Enjoy the last of your break Darren look forward to seeing you back at the salt mines haha

  6. Eve Sheppard December 21, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Welcome home travellers….2013 will be a marker year for your family. Whilst it will be wonderful to share Christmas with family and friends, there is nothing like the adventure of discovering the new and unknown world that surrounds us! Merry Christmas!

  7. Jenny December 22, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Welcome Home! I have really enjoyed your travel stories and will now miss all you very much! I’ve come to know Archie and Rosie during 2013 via your blog. It’s been great. Do you think you could keep writing it??! Enjoy your home comforts and have a lovely Christmas! (Aunty) Jenny

  8. Jackie December 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I have really enjoyed reading about all your amazing adventures over the last year and admiring all those stunning photos of all the wonderful places you have visited. What a trip of a lifetime! Thank you for sharing your stories. I will miss the blog. Welcome back and Merry Chirstmas, Jackie JD

    • shakeandmif December 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks Jac, it was so nice knowing that so many people were following us. Back to boring life now and probably work 😦

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