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Some of our Favourites

4 Dec

As we are nearing the end of our adventure, everyone asks us about the best places. As so many places have been brilliant, its hard to pick a winner. So the following lists are an attempt to highlight some. To the great people we have met along the way, please feel free to add/comment.

Before we embarked on this road trip, we also got some good advice from fellow travellers. So for those of you who might follow us one day, here are our lists – hope they help you out.

Best Beaches

  • Greens Pool (near Denmark, WA) – if only the water was warmer!
  • All beaches around Esperance, WA
  • Gnaraloo Bay (near Carnarvon, WA)
  • Coral Bay (WA) – even more amazing under the water
  • Cable Beach (Broome, WA) – not the nicest beach but the nicest sunsets
  • Horseshoe Bay (Bowen, QLD) – almost perfect
  • Bunker Bay (Margaret River area, WA)
  • Port Smith – beautiful but for the sandflies
  • Horseshoe Bay (SW Rocks, NSW)

Best Caravan Parks

  • Big 4 coconuts (cairns, QLD)
  • Arno Bay (SA)
  • El Questro (Kimberley, WA)
  • Karinyup (Perth, WA)
  • Big 4 Howard Springs (Darwin, NT)
  • Discovery Clare Valley (SA)
  • Bedrock Village (Mt Surprise, QLD)
  • Duke of Earl Bay (near Esperance, WA)
  • Big 4 (Hastings Point, NSW)
  • Blue Dolphin (Yamba, NSW)

Best Free/cheap camps

  • Gregory River (near Lawn hill NP, QLD)
  • Windjana Gorge NP ( Kimberley, WA)
  • Parrys Beach (near Denmark, WA)
  • Spring Creek? (near Bungles, WA)
  • Waroora Station (near carnarvon, WA)
  • Lincoln NP (Port Lincoln, SA)
  • Sandy Cape (near Jurien Bay, WA)
  • Mission Beach (council van pk, QLD)

Best Playgrounds

  • Donnybrook, WA
  • Carnarvon, WA
  • Waterparks/slides in Darwin, NT
  • Waterslide in Port Lincoln indoor pool, SA
  • Yallingup maze, WA
  • Lake Tinaroo, QLD
  • Southport waterfront, Gold Coast

Most useful items we packed 

  • Annex Floormat (that you can land a helicopter on!)
  • Bikes
  • Coffee machine
  • Foxtel
  • Bucket loo
  • Engel as a freezer

Least useful items we packed

  • Jackets, jeans and ugg boots
  • Kayak
  • Annex wall
  • Chemical loo and shower tent
  • Electric Razor

Things we wont miss!

  • Showering with shoes on
  • Sand in our bed
  • Tiny fridges
  • Frozen beers
  • No bath mats
  • Emptying the night (wee) bucket
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A Wet Week With Friends

1 Dec

It was with great excitement that we headed toward the land of the big banana – Coffs Harbour, well Sawtell actually just a little further down the road. We were going to catch up with an old mate Lanky and his surprisingly beautiful family. Surprising because he is a very ugly man. We pulled in to the caravan park to see an insurance assessor valuing the damage to many caravans after a hail storm days earlier. This was the start of a week revolving around water.

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Lanky put on a great feed for us Saturday morning before inviting us to his daughters day care christmas party, held at the water park of the big banana. It was absolutely pelting with rain but we hardly noticed. Archie went on the big slide about 37 times before running out of steam and Rosie went on it with dad, she was terrified but went on it again anyway.

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We went on a day trip up the water fall way while we were in Sawtell and trecked a few k’s down to a waterfall called the Crystal Cascade. Rosie and Archie both did us proud on another walk before we finished the weekend with a home cooked lamb roast and a bath – a real treat for a family in a caravan. Thanks Lanky and Maebh.

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We then headed a little further down the road to Crescent Head to meet up with the Louth’s. The Louth’s are great friends from home and Archie and Rosie had been counting down the days to catch up with Finn and Abby.

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They arrived in time for an afternoon thunderstorm to soak their tents. Luckily the sun came out soon after to dry everything before bed time. The next day we hit the beach for some serious boogie boarding from Archie and Finn at a beautiful beach in the National Park. DSC08770

In the afternoon we hit the inlet which had a nice little surge at times which saw the boys and Rosie graduate to the surf board. We drifted with the tide and snorkeled over the rocks and the fish below. This became an afternoon ritual for a few days.

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We also ventured up to South West Rocks to see the old Gaol at Trial Bay and hang out at Horseshoe bay for a few more waves and a picnic.

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We took a quick detour past the Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Smoky Cape Beach where Darren’s Grandpa used to fish for Whiting.

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Our down time was spent riding bikes and scooters around the van park, checking out the famous right hander off the point, having a few lazy drinks and playing lego and babies.

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The rain returned Friday and we found an indoor play centre in Port Macquarie. But it didn’t let up in the afternoon and the forecast did not look good so the Louth’s opted for a motel room because they did not fancy sleeping in snorkels.

The week ended far too quickly and we appreciate the Louth’s coming so far to hang out with us. A few of the Grey Nomads in the van park commented on how well all the kids got on and how lovely they were to be around. We think so!

The kids coped with the confinement in a small van – not sure about Jon? xx

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