It was exciting for us though and we spent the morning familiarising ourselves with our home on wheels. We had our own chemical toilet and shower (only used in emergencies and we didn't end up using the shower) and other luxuries included a good fridge, stove top, microwave, outdoor BBQ, TV and DVD player and a bed bigger than the one we have at home!
It was a big vehicle and there was enough storage space for us and Steve got used to driving it around and finding big enough parking spaces.
First stop was the Blue Mountains. We arrived on an overcast day but the day after was beautifully sunny and we had some great views of the range. We enjoyed cable car rides, a train ride down a disused mine shaft at a 53 degree incline and also various walks along the cliff top.
We also stocked the campervan fridge for the rest of the trip naturally! As part of the tour we visited a boutique brewery so it wasn't wine all the way.
Every Great Australian Road Trip needs kangaroos! And we saw a huge get together of them.
So we stayed indoors and watched DVDs; finished off Game of Thrones and made a start on Homeland. We read books and it was all very quiet.
Boxing Day was less rainy but still grey, cold-ish and windy. We had booked to go sand boarding in the area and apparently in spite of the weather it was still going ahead so we made the trip there.
A bus took us to some vast sand dunes and we received instruction on how to board down. I was too afraid and made a couple of half hearted pathetic attempts down from about halfway up the dune! Steve fared much better as you can see. I also blame the wind whipping up the sand into my contact lenses!
Such beautiful coastal scenery. A memorable spot was in a place called Seal Rocks between Port Stephens and Port Macquarie and there was a perfect corner with a bench and table for our lunch. Create in memory of "Andy", and called Andy's Corner, we're grateful to have been able to share it. We made a sandwich in the campervan and had a great lunch stop.
We had a couple of beach days en route and adjusted to life as beach bums. Pretty good work when you can get it!
We went on a snorkelling trip on New Year's Eve to an area called Julian Rocks which was a 5 - 10 minute speedboat ride from the beach. There wasn't as much coral as a Great Barrier Reef but visibility was great, there were lots of fish of all different shapes, sizes and colours and we saw turtles!
To aid the holiday feeling we spend an afternoon in a spa getting massages and in between enjoyed some sun, sea and sand.
The boys had scooters, skateboards, six pack abs and singlets and in order to fit in we needed two of the above and we had nothing! Nevertheless it was fun to feel young and watch all the shenanigans.
We even had wristbands to wear to show were residents. To be fair to the young uns, we weren't disturbed by raucous partying and security around the park was good. Steve saw a ute with a tarp sheet in the back and filled with water make the rounds - pool party on wheels. Needless to say we weren't invited!
We spent our last night just outside of Surfers and the next day returned our home on wheels at Brisbane airport. A fairly uneventful flight later and we landed home. Usually going home at the end of a holiday is depressing and landing home takes adjustment. This time we landed and it was a sunny 27 degrees. We still had the weekend ahead of us; hearts were light and the minds were free!
Such a great trip - fun with activity but plenty of downtime. Definitely one off the bucket list; it is an Australian dream thing isn't it that whole campervan trip.
Our holiday didn't finish though after landing in Melbourne! We had some friends from home visit. Nicola and Lee stayed with Rachel and Tim for a few days and we made plans to go to the Yarra Valley together on the Sunday.
Given we were going back to work on Monday, Steve offered to be guide and drive. It was a whole heap of fun enjoying the Yarra and visiting some of our favourite wineries whilst chit chatting and catching up.
And then Monday arrived and it was back to work...the end of the holiday season but what a good one it was!