All Because Of You

We would love to thank you all – All Because of You we are experiencing more of Australia then we thought possible! And we are so very grateful for our New Life on the Road community.

This is going to be short and sweet cause I am actually down here in Eden for the Whale Festival I want to be able to explore the area so that I can get lots of photos and lots of memories stored up for Cameron and Kyle to hopefully one day read here!

This is my very first camping trip with my two boys and just I…..something I have been craving for sometime, a road trip with only me to worry about! Funny how the universe listens to what you ask for ~ be very careful of your words is all I can say!!!

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Meroo National Park Free Camping

On Friday night we drove from Wollongong down to Lake Tabourie – stopping along the way to grab dinner from Ulladulla Pizza – If you are ever down that way and you want a yummy pizza then try “Tony’s Pizza”….very yummy even if there Margarita Pizza was a bit too pricey! But then again they had so many toppings on Kyle “Meat Lovers” Pizza that it made up for it!

We arrived so late to Meroo National Park Free Camping spot so we couldn’t find anywhere to set up at the “Termeil Camping Spot” – we ended up parking the Campervan in “Sunburnt Camping Area” which is walking in camping only….and I so was NOT setting up tents in the dark and then sleeping in the car without being near our boys.

Cameron and Kyle came up with the idea of sleeping in the front of the Campervan while David and I slept in the back…we tried to swap but they wouldn’t let us :)

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Nepean Dam

The other day I shared our experience at Avon Dam {near Bargo New South Wales} and today I would like to share Nepean Dam….Its not as pretty but still worth the trip out there. We stopped there after visiting Wirrimbirra Sanctuary.

Actually I reckon that Avon Dam was by far the nicest Dam we have come across so far in New South Wales, I am sure that I will find more wonderful dams on our travels next year.

Nepean Dam ::

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Avon Dam

On my many day trips around the Wollongong {surrounding areas} I have driven past sign that I wanted to go back and check out. So I headed to Picton and then kept on driving…not knowing exactly where I was going but knowing that I was headed in the right direction.

Being such a hot day, I was starting to feel a bit light headed {stupid Vertigo has been playing up – but I have since worked out whats been affecting that and its now stopped!} – when we saw the sign to Wirrimbirra Sanctuary we all decided it was time to stop!

So glad we did ~ its a must place for any family….only $2.00 per entry fee and the place is well looked after by Volunteers.

After we had cooled down with ice-creams, looked at all the animals we all decided that it was time to get back on the road. And we kept driving till we came to the sign I was after…..

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Wirrimbirra Sanctuary

Yesterday I was keen to find a sign that I had seen before….I kinda knew where I had seen it, but wasn’t sure if it was a water fall, bush walk or a dam??

And yes I did find Avon and Nepean Dam after stopping into Wirrimbirra Sanctuary…..which was a big surprise stop! I hadn’t planned to stop there but I saw the sign, we were all very hot and sick of travelling so it was like it was meant to be.

Mind you I wished I had money on me instead of my card!

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary ::

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Police Open Day Oakflats

It was Police Open Day in Oakflats – actually we didn’t realise that it was Open Day until we were driving past the Police Stati on, on our way to drop Nicholas off to the Yacht Club for the day

Oh I did hear it about on the Radio Station 96.5 Wave FM but I had kinda forgotten about it. Luckily we decided to stop in for a short bit before we went Bush Walking.

With the count down on until we leave the Wollongong area, we are trying to fit as much as possible in to every weekend. Mind you we have been to lots of places in the Wollongong and surrounding areas while we have been here.

Police Open Day Oakflats ::

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All You Need For The Perfect Caravan Getaway

The best thing about a caravan holiday is that you really don’t need anything else to have a good time. You are literally dragging your accommodation, food and clothing along with you. The only other thing that is required is for you to head in a direction of your choice and stop when you feel like it. Whether you are a grey nomad on a retirement adventure or a young couple who wants to explore parts of the country not found in the guide books, a caravan trip is the ideal way to make your own memories.

Of course there are always a few additions and precautions to take in order to turn your great holiday into the perfect caravan getaway. Here are a few handy things to consider before you and your van hit the highway.

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Vegetarian Chilli Beans

Our favorite dishes are ones that I tend to make cause they are easy, they taste good and I am one of those cooks who are not game enough to find new recipes all of the time so I cook with what I know!

We don’t have an oven in our Bedford Motorhome so we cook mostly on the Stove Top.

Vegetarian Chilli Beans ::

I love to make Chicken Soup for The Soul – especially when its cold or when we all need a immunity booster….and my all time other favorite dish is Vegetarian Chilli Beans!

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Cowra Japanese Gardens

On our way out of town {after our Free Camping Weekend} we stopped in to the Cowra Japaense Gardens. Where I had a chance to de-stress, a mini-melt down {broken heart} from events over the weekend, and was able to soak up the peaceful gardens.

Not going into to much detail to protect my family but lets just say the weekend did not go to plan – it was meant to be a weekend of fun times but with so many men in one family, so many tempers and so many hormones it was bound to be explosive. Guess I had my hopes up too high – and I was surely in for a disappointment.

All I can say is that I was broken a little bit that weekend, and I am not sure that I will be the same.

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Free Camping Weekend

We love a Free Camping Weekend….actually I think I love it more than my boys because it means no electricity, no interruptions, lots of free time together and to reconnect with the inner clock. No electricity means sleeping when the sun goes down and getting up with the sun come up. And bringing our son home was a great surprise.

Free Camping Weekend ::

This time we had access to a 60 acre farm, where at the moment its a block of land with cows and a shed. The house pad has been marked out but its just waiting to be built. There was a generator for the little shed, to provide lights at night time. And there was a very small tank next to the shed but no electricity, no toilets {yes we had to dig a hole and use our own toilet paper – there was one potta loo on the place for the weekend}

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