Our first night back in South Australia was an overnight stop at Marla Travellers Rest, a good old reliable spot to camp with fuel, food, power and amenities all together. It’s far enough off the highway not to hear too much road noise and spaces fill up the later it gets in the day.
Hello Denham, our first stop in the World Heritage area of Shark Bay. The meeting place of three climatic zones, home to dugongs, loggerhead turtles, dolphins, rays and sharks. And also the best welcome we’ve received yet…emus at the entrance to town.
2016 has been a year of firsts as well as comforting routine. We have travelled to new destinations in Australia, seeing the most easterly point at Byron Bay, made some modifications and improvements to the Jayco caravan and had some relaxing holidays with friends old and new.
So the tree has been decorated and the house Christmasified and all, well nearly all the presents bought and wrapped.
The house is aglow with lights and candles and the fridge is stocked with food and wines ready for any family and friends that come by our door. All we can do now is wait for the big day or in our case days, to arrive when the frantic rush is on to get to every Uncle, cousin, in law, out law and assorted drop by’s and enjoy the indulgence that is Christmas. Looking forward to seafood, roasts, vegetable, salads, biscuits, pudding and other surprises.
If you’ve been a fan of caravanning for a long time like me you’ve probably had the odd upgrade of vans or definitely have things on the wish list of what “the next van will have…” In the early days it was tenting which was fantastic for spontaneous weekends away, throw a bit of camping gear in the car and a tent and off you go. In 2003 we progressed to a camper trailer, ahh that’s better, a proper mattress up off the floor and a more permanent way to store camping equipment underneath the camper. This was a brilliant set up with 2 small kids, still very easy to take wherever we wanted to go, on and off road, and easy to make camp. It was exactly what we needed for a 6 week holiday through the centre of Australia from top to bottom. Helping hands would pitch in to set up what they were capable of and we all had a big, dry and relatively comfy setup. The camper trailer did many more off road holidays including some memorable fishing trips to the Coorong in South Australia.