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October 30, 2020
Back in July/August, we came up with the idea that we should do a big camping trip, up to the North of NSW and then into QLD to visit some friends of ours who have a little girl not much older than Angus. Then QLD closed their borders but we didn’t want this to dampen our Family Holiday adventures. We put our heads together, and came up with this one big epic camping trip.
Epic is probably the most appropriate word for the trip, in total it was 3,000km in 12 days. There was only one loss on the trip – I broke Tom’s sunnies, there were lots of grumpy profanities and wasn’t something that could be bought up until now really. We learnt a lot from our trip, and definitely a lot to make the next trip easier for all of us.
I decided that all of your lovely questions that you had for us during our trip, I would collate them and answer them all in here, as if someone has the question, you can guarantee that someone else would too. So here are the answers to your questions. 🙂
Where did you go? I think the more appropriate thing here is where didn’t we go, lol. We went to Dubbo, Lightning Ridge, Bourke, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Menindee, Hay, Lockhart and lastly Tumut.
Where did you stay? Mostly at caravan parks, we splurged and had one night in a motel (excluding Tumut). But here is our list:
– Discovery Parks – Dubbo – this was a great spot, just off the highway, easy to find, not too far walk from the Dubbo Club (if you wanted to go out for tea), and nice and quiet (yes, even right next to the highway). Great ammenities and awesome play area for children.
– Opal Caravan Park – Lightning Ridge. Another good spot, with amazing ammenities (we did have an enquire site here, and well worth the extra $20), a short drive to the Artesian Bore Baths (was way too hot for us to go test the baths out, but a definite winter treat). It was very difficult to hammer or drill pegs into the rocks which was everywhere in the park.
– Kidman Camp – Bourke. This was the highlight for me, and my favourite stop. We stayed here for 2 nights, and adventured. The paddleboat was fun, and very informative, and we were very lucky that it was running, as last year there was no water in the Darling River, and our guide was telling us that they could walk down the middle of the river right into Bourke.
Leaving Bourke for Tibooburra we knew this was going to be the longest haul, but there is legit no where to stay between, and yes we definitely could have just camped on the side of the road, but there really weren’t many places to do that, and I don’t really think the local station owner would have been too impressed.
– Tibooburra was our splurge night, we got a cabin at the motel (where we had previously stayed only 13-14 months prior) and we went all out on a pub meal.
– Broken Hill – Lake View Caravan Park – Lovely grassed area to peg the camping trailer out, good ammenities block and close to town.
– Menindee – Copi Hollow Caravan Park – This place was an oasis in the middle of no where. This is definitely a place to return to, and it was just so quiet. We do recommend that you book the morning of etc, as there were a lot of people that just pulled in and it got full very quick.
– Hay Big 4 – a lovely spot to stop, the park was lovely and green, just over the road from the pub (and can vouch that the meals are delicious) and there was a lot to see and do in Hay. This is one spot that we will return to and explore some more.
– Lockhart, we stayed at a friends in their back yard, had the most amazing ribs, and a delicious blue cheese dipping sauce that was delightful.
– Tumut – Little River Lodge. WOW, this place is amazing, and was the best way to end the epic trip. A house, with a comfortable bed, and a decent shower/bathroom.
What would you change if you did it again? Ohh, good question. A few things, we would definitely take longer to do the trip; it’s more of a 4 week adventure, not 12 days. Spending more time at each location would have been ideal, so that we could actually look at what is on offer, and not just packing up and heading to the next spot. I would definitely pack less clothing for myself and for Angus (I always say this after I get home, hehe), other than that, there’s not a great deal we would change if we could.
Biggest compromises? The trip wasn’t long enough, it’s definitely a trip that we would take 3-4 weeks to do next time, but that’s the advantage of learning as you go. For me the biggest compromise would be coffee or the lack thereof. I did have coffee bags but they weren’t the same, and I am like a bear with a sore head without proper coffee.
What did you pack for baby? hmm, what didn’t I pack. ha. We packed the portacot, a portable high chair (bumbo style), a lot of clothes that weren’t actually used, pram, a lot of toys, carrier (even though we didn’t use it), play mat, extra mattress for the portacot as the one that comes with it really doesn’t feel comfortable.
Highlight of the trip? I’d have to say seeing the green tinge and the herbage out west. Last year it was very much sand and rocks, where as this year, there was green herbage and it was a nice sight to see. But in terms of places as a highlight, I would have to say Bourke. I would love to go back and explore more.
How did Angus travel? He was a little trooper, and after we found that he likes to be in his sleep suit for travel, he was a lot less noisy in the back seat. He loved eating breakfast each morning outside and checking out everyone and their set ups. The nights were cool, so he would wake at 3-4am and chat away, have a feed and then go back to sleep. But absolutely loves being outside, so thats a winner given that Tom and I are both outdoors people.
Thank You to everyone who gave us some amazing tips along the way, they were all taken on board and if we didn’t get to them this time, we definitely will in the future. Let me know what you think and enjoy the pictures. 🙂