Mak­ing con­nec­tions

Holiday with Kids - - East Coast Australia -

smell the roses, pick them… and maybe even make a fairy gar­den with them!

The bells and whis­tles

Our ‘ad­ven­ture truck’, as we af­fec­tion­ately call it, is kit­ted out with a fridge and awning so we are al­ways well pre­pared for trav­el­ling with our hun­gry tribe. When needed, we sim­ply pull over on the beach or a road stop, set up some shade and en­joy some­thing fresh to eat. Hav­ing the free­dom to stop when needed is some­thing that works well for us so we don’t have to rely on dis­tances be­tween towns, petrol sta­tions or take­away food out­lets – which are of­ten crowded and not as pic­turesque.

If we’re trav­el­ling a long dis­tance we al­ways cut down the drive by stay­ing a night or two en route to our main des­ti­na­tion. The kids travel well with the help of healthy snacks, sim­ple craft and sticker books and we also pull out the trusty DVD player when we need to get a few good kilo­me­tres un­der our belt. If pos­si­ble, we leave a spare seat in the back, ready for one of us to jump in be­tween the kids if needed.

Im­mersed in na­ture

Each day we share en­coun­ters with an­i­mals and sea life and al­ways en­joy teach­ing our mini blondies about what we see.

Re­cently while camp­ing on Talle­budgera Creek in south­ern Queens­land, we woke one morn­ing to find hun­dreds of vi­brant blue blub­ber jel­ly­fish along the shore­line. They had been brought ashore by strong winds and cur­rents. It was a bit of a shock to see so many on the sand, but we took the op­por­tu­nity to re­search these bright blue crea­tures to find out more about them, like what they eat and, in­ter­est­ingly, that they are be­lieved to be brain­less, can feel no pain and grow up to 30 to 45 cen­time­tres in di­am­e­ter! There is noth­ing like learn­ing first­hand in Mother Na­ture’s very own class­room.

With so many un­touched beaches, tidal es­tu­ar­ies and vi­brant scrub-filled head­lands to visit, it’s hard to have a favourite camp­ing spot along this beau­ti­ful stretch of coast­line. Each lo­ca­tion pro­vides us with new and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and places to ex­plore.

We al­ways travel with our Mac­pac baby car­rier so we can go on a hike to ex­plore on foot – this is when we re­ally find the hid­den gems and se­cluded spots. When on the road we re­mind our­selves that every­thing is new and ex­cit­ing for our lit­tle ad­ven­tur­ers and it is not just about our des­ti­na­tion, but all the fun new things we see along the way. The world has a spe­cial magic when viewed through a child’s eyes and we love that we can share their per­spec­tive and won­der­ment on a daily ba­sis. Many of our planned hikes have be­come side tracked as we watch a spi­der spin its web, sol­dier crabs dig­ging holes or spot whales breach­ing out at sea.

Glamp­ing ver­sus camp­ing

We choose to stay in a com­bi­na­tion of na­tional parks, free camps and es­tab­lished car­a­van parks while we travel. We take ad­van­tage of the fa­cil­i­ties of­fered in car­a­van parks like a camp kitchen and wash­ing ma­chines while we stock up on gro­ceries and sup­plies from town, then es­cape back to na­ture to em­brace and ex­pe­ri­ence the raw un­touched coast­line. Slow­ing down with our lit­tle ones gives us the op­por­tu­nity to meet and en­joy time with fel­low trav­ellers. There is a real sense of com­mu­nity within the nomads of Aus­tralia and we have met some amaz­ing peo­ple. This has also led to some unique ex­pe­ri­ences like sleep­ing un­der the stars in the By­ron Bay Hin­ter­land in a retro car­a­van, learn­ing the hot tips from the lo­cals for fish­ing, col­lect­ing pipis on the beach and find­ing 4WD tracks that lead us to lo­cal se­cret spots like wa­ter­falls and swim­ming holes.

To wake up each day to­gether and dis­cover some­thing new and ex­cit­ing is some­thing we hope to con­tinue to en­joy and em­brace as we grow as a fam­ily. There is some­thing about the open road that keeps you want­ing more – do you know that feel­ing? As we like to say “life’s an ad­ven­ture… do it now!”

The Blonde Nomads share their ad­ven­tures at theblondenomads.com.au and on In­sta­gram @theblondenomads

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