Moonan Cottage New South Wales

** from our travels last year – playing catch up! **

We love escaping and exploring places we have never ever heard of, and to experience new ways of traveling. We won a one night stay at Moonan Cottage in New South Wales over on their facebook page, and I knew in my heart that one night was not going to cut it! David’s parents gifted us another night accommodation to say thanks for helping them out and being there when David’s Dad broke his ankle.

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Myall Lakes National Park

After our busy weekend in Sydney {yeah I am still playing catch up with our trip down South which was years ago – Joking – before our next adventure!} – With our older son’s engagement party and Vivid Sydney we had two nights free before our next booked accommodation. So David decided to look at our Camps 7 Book and check out Myalll Lake National Park and see if we could stay there for two nights.

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Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre

After we stayed at the free camping spot – which we will return to as soon as we can because it was amazing – “Yarramalong Weir Free Camping” we had a destination in mind – a place we have had on our bucket list for a very long time. And nothing was going to stop us along the way to reach Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

I have always wanted to visit a Hot Springs – I love water. Its good for the skin, the soul and the mind. And after trying to pick a Prickly Pear Fruit from the road side the water was so very soothing for the hands…Yeah Number one Tip of Traveling Australia ::

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Geocaching in Bundaberg

I am not going to say exactly where in Bundaberg we have been Geocaching in the last week and a bit, only cause I don’t want to spoil it for others that also love to find caches.

But gee we are super glad to be back looking for hidden treasures, actually Kyle and I are the only ones that enjoy it! David and Cameron have no patience for hunting around to find the containers. So we are working out what to do with those two while Kyle and I escape for fun and games.

Geocaching In Bundaberg ::

There are so many caches on the map for Bundaberg – not sure if we will ever have the time to find them all, and super bummed that we didn’t think to check Geocaching.com before we headed from Bargara to The Lighthouse, because there was many caches along the way {even one at The Lighthouse 🙁 }

But its been fun trying to work out how many we can do in one day – yesterday we managed to find five! Not bad for an afternoon of exploring. And we got to see a Historical Site that we never ever knew was there – actually I bet the locals don’t even know its there because if you blinked you would so miss the information about what used to be in the area.

The Tiniest Cache Ever ::

the following few pics are from our Instagram account because I didn’t have our camera with us, and I took them with our phone! Must always remember to carry camera, and Pen/Pencil when out looking for caches!

Kyle found this cache in Bundaberg

THE SMALLEST EVER? PROBABLY NOT BUT ITS TINY!

Shrek Looking After This Cache

HE LOVED THAT SHREK WAS THIS CACHES GUARDIAN ANGEL

Kyle finds another great cache with lots iinside

ANOTHER GREAT CACHE, WITH LOTS OF GREAT TOYS INSIDE!

This was all last weeks finds! Today I was smarter and had my Canon Camera with us, and got some great pics ::

Kyle with a Cache that I found

KYLE WITH A CACHE BUT HE DIDN’T FIND THIS ONE THIS TIME

So excited that I finally got to find one

THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER FOUND A CACHE

Muddy ground and sank in it to my ankles today

ITS DIRTY BUSINESS LOOKING FOR CACHES

Yeah I sank in the mud today! And it felt gross under my feet. Luckily in the back of our Campervan we carry water – actually it is our Shower when we go camping, which we hope to do very soon.

Kyle was over the moon to find this one

FINALLY FOUND THIS ONE

It took us three attempts to find this one! Very tricky cache, hidden well out of sight, but at the same time it made sense where we found it.

We have had so much rain

GETTING VERY WET AND MUDDY NOW

Kyle swaps toys

OH MY GOSH A BIG BOX OF GOODIES TO SWAP WITH

Kyle is such a “Giver” so he loves finding things in our motorhome to “Swap” with these bigger type caches. He loves gifting a toy to another GeoKid 🙂

Fields Are Flooded

WALK THIS WAY – WE HAVE HAD SO MUCH RAIN

We stayed out of  the water this time

YEAH NOT WALKING IN THAT

We stayed on the Road, looking for traffic as we went. There was no way either one of us was going in that deep puddles!

Finding another great cache

ANOTHER WONDERFUL CACHE THAT WAS SO OBVIOUS TO FIND!

Yeah it was dirty on the outside, but surprising enough it was dry and clean on the inside. Some of the caches we have found have been water logged and not able to write in the Log Book!

Great Size Cache

WE COULDN’T BELIEVE WHERE THIS ONE WAS HIDDEN

The Lid was on tight

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO OPEN IT UP

The lid was on that tight that I had to take the container to the Road and gently tap it on the ground.  It took a couple of attempts before the lid was lose enough for me to un-do!

Finding something to swap with

KYLE LOVING THESE CACHES WITH SO MUCH TO CHOSE

Kyle keeps a Zip locked bag in our Campervan with little trinkets inside. And he has lots of fun swapping something for what ever he can find. Today it was swapping a smaller “Bouncing Ball” for smiling badges. Or something like that – we visited five caches so I can’t exactly remember what he swapped with at each one, but do know that he loved finding each cache.

The area we looked in had lots of caches placed by the same member. Which was so handy because we were kinda of aware of what to look for each time.

We are only free members of Geocaching.com – and we don’t have a GPS device with us, so we work with the co-ordinates that each Geocaching description gives us, and then use Google maps to help us out. Not the easiest or quickest way to operate Geocaching In Bundaberg but for us its Okay for the time being.

Maybe next Xmas/Birthday someone will gift me a GPS and pay for full membership to the website/App {hint/hint Kids/Hubby}

Have You Tried Geocaching In Bundaberg?

Cheers

Lisa

New Life on the Road

Bargara Queesland

On Saturday we had a few things to do in the morning – I was massaging while David was shopping! Afterwards we wanted to head to a place where we could sit, relax, walk along the beach and enjoy the Sunshine at Bargara Queensland.

It was such a gorgeous day, even though we had way too much stuff that still needed doing inside the Motorhome and the Shipping Container, we needed this day out and about just chilling out together as a family.

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Smiths Crossing Fishing On Fathers Day

On Fathers Day we were able to celebrate the day with both David and his Dad! It was special even though all of our boys were not able to be with us {insert sad face here!!}

And we wanted to all get out of David’s parents house so we headed to Smiths Crossing Fishing on Fathers Day was the general idea- which by the way is no longer a crossing – the last floods 2 years ago destroyed the bridge that badly that the council decided it was not worth trying to fix it. So the people on the other side of the creek can no longer meet the School bus in the mornings or the afternoons and have to find another way home.

As soon as we got out of the car our baby {who will always be my baby even though he is now 10} ran off down to the creek with his fishing rod and tackle kit. He lives for fishing!

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Plans What Plans

Luckily for us we have grown used to being very flexible with life, with choices and with what we are doing – where we are at any given time and with plans….cause plans can change, and do change at the drop of a hat! We sure realised that these past few week.

Plans What Plans  – when you live out of a suitcase and in a Holiday Apartment and have no idea what/where/when you will be next, you have to learn to be very flexible.

And go with the flow…..

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Australia Zoo

When we lived in Glasshouse Mountains {many moons ago!} we used to have a Family Pass to Australia Zoo – where I could take our boys for a few hours whenever we wanted, and see “More” of each section of the Zoo without the pressure of rushing from one spot to another.

Now that we are here on the Sunshine Coast I was thinking about what we could do because we have really seen most of this area already – and so one thing lead to another and we now have yearly passes once again. This is our Family very early Christmas Present to our boys! And to us parents – we love exploring the Australia Zoo as much as they do.

On Friday {last week} David came home from work and we rushed out the door to activate our passes and to check out the new sections that we hadn’t seen. As soon as we got there we jumped onto the Zoo Train to take us to the “African” section and “Bindi Island”. We also wanted to catch the crocosuem crocodile show but for some reason it wasn’t on at 2.30pm – it was at one of the smaller Crocodile enclosures which we decided there was too many people for us to see anything.

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