A house­boat to call home

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Like other travel ad­dicts, I was devastated at hav­ing to can­cel our 2020 travel plans. Af­ter mop­ing around for most of lock­down I thought I’d bet­ter snap out of it and make al­ter­na­tive plans.

Our first “hol­i­day at home” was a huge suc­cess. We swapped a yacht­ing trip in Croa­tia in the sum­mer for a house­boat on the Mur­ray River in the win­ter, and set off with an­other cou­ple for a week on the wa­ter. Our house­boat had two bed­rooms, 2½ bath­rooms, good heat­ing and a wel­com­ing jacuzzi on the back deck. We en­joyed an in­dul­gent menu on board, more than ad­e­quate re­fresh­ments, board games and fun.

Each day we walked near small towns and ham­lets along the river­bank and learned snip­pets of his­tory and in­ter­est­ing facts. I had no idea the Mur­ray is the world’s third long­est nav­i­ga­ble river. Each morn­ing we woke up to see peace­ful pel­i­cans glid­ing through the mist. Each evening we watched as lime­stone cliffs were bathed in golden light at sun­set. We en­coun­tered beauty and tran­quil­ity ev­ery day and I’d do it again in a heart­beat.

Karen Munro

LUCKY IN LOVE

Do hol­i­day ro­mances last? Yes. We met on a Cen­tralian coach tour in 1983, fell madly in love and mar­ried in Eng­land in 1984. As I am an Aus­tralian, we set­tled back in Aus­tralia. We trav­elled 32 coun­tries to­gether, and have two chil­dren and a grand­son. We’ll be cel­e­brat­ing our 36th wed­ding an­niver­sary next week and

have two over­seas hol­i­days planned for next year. We have had a for­tu­nate life to­gether. Ge­off and Alison Dun­can

VAN FAN

Aus­tralian car­a­van parks are bril­liant, un­like some of their de­press­ing coun­ter­parts in France, and other parts of Europe. We re­cently stayed at Horse­shoe Bay Hol­i­day Park at South West Rocks and had a top site over­look­ing the beach. We couldn’t have had a bet­ter lo­ca­tion if we’d paid for the best apart­ment in town.

Ce­cily Black

SOLO AND GO­ING STRONG

I took a per­sonal chal­lenge and self-in­dulged with my first solo trip in 2018 to Ja­pan. I fell in love and I haven’t stopped since. I re­mem­ber feel­ing I was un­lock­ing a se­cret, undis­cov­ered strength and self-dis­cov­ery. I still get flash­backs to where my jour­ney kicked off at 7am when I loaded my back­pack full of ni­giri and boarded the Shinkansen to Ky­oto – the most peace­ful three hours I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. Lisa Ta

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