The wet, windy and wild weather we have been experiencing lately in South Australia has been whipping up some huge waves along the coastline and for as far as the eye can see. The white peaks and troughs of waves are visible to the horizon in fact. The conditions have reminded me of a trip we did to the east coast a while ago during winter where I saw the biggest surf I’ve ever seen in this country.
The May / June edition of On The Road magazine has my story on the South West Rocks region of New South Wales and a number of places to visit while you’re there. One site I found surprising was Trial Bay Gaol.
It’s a real bonus to find somewhere you are happy to park a van with a great view and also be within walking distance to a town for shopping, discovering and eating out. In my last blog I mentioned the Boughshed Restaurant in Monkey Mia Resort in Western Australia. That was one destination that definitely had it all. Apart from the attraction of the dolphin visitors that it is famous for, it is a one stop spot where you can shop, go out for a drink, and dine, go on tours, the works.
We’ve had our Jayco Sterling caravan now for three years having bought it second hand. The prices and choices were better in the eastern states than in South Australia so my husband and daughter went on a quick road trip to the Gold Coast hinterland to see, buy and bring back this van.
Finally the sun is out, your holiday plans are being hatched and packing lists are at the ready. One of the best parts of a holiday for me is finding what the local area has to offer in the way of food, wine and even beer. We are finding more and more craft breweries, micro-breweries or just latest trendy beer producers calling themselves craft brewers, popping up in, or near popular holiday destinations in Australia. Some we’ve found by happy accident while others have been on the must visit list if they were anywhere near where we’ve been headed.
One of my favourite things to do whether on holidays or at home is to go to a good weekend market. There are so many clever crafty, tasty, growing, reading, arty discoveries to be made. Not to mention it’s a great way to get yourself out for a walk and take in what towns have to offer all while supporting local growers and artists and boosting the local economy. In the past twelve months I’ve had the joy of visiting markets in New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Territory and in South Australia and of those visited, these would be my pick of the best.
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