Names have been changed to protect identities, but we hope that if any of these kind, generous, warm people should read this one day, that they will smile and know that we are grateful to them. With thanks xx
It’s been a month since we hit the road on Our Global Adventure. We’re travelling slow, and trying to integrate into the communities that we live in as we make our way around the planet. We decided to begin Our Global Adventure not too far from home, two days drive away, in southern New South Wales. Our family has been housesitting in the beautiful Bega Valley, which we have been exploring, along with the Sapphire Coast. This has turned out the be a stunning corner of the country; rolling hills, forests and bushland, and a jaw-dropping gorgeous coastline, but even more than the scenery, it’s been the ordinary Australians that we’ve met who are inspiring us the most. Continue reading
A family snow trip to Thredbo in New South Wales Australia for $500? Yes we did!
No doubt about it, a winter holiday to the snow fields in Australia is expensive. The season is short, and the prices are high. When I first started researching a trip to the snow I was disappointed to find that most accommodation and hire packages for a family were around $500 – $600 per person for a short stay even if we had our own vehicle. Our housesit is so close to the snow, (about 3 hours drive away) so we really wanted to take the kids over, but the idea of spending over $2000 for 3 days away, just a month into Our Global Adventure seem ridiculous. But with a little bit of research, and some sacrifices, we had two full amazing days playing in the snow for around $500, and I’ll tell you how… Continue reading
Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba are actually two beautifully preserved villages just north of Bega on the New South Wales south coast. The villages were settled in the 1890’s and early 1900’s in the region’s gold rush years. Much of the original timber Victorian style buildings are still intact thanks to the protection of National Heritage Listing for both villages. Continue reading
Merimbula Main Beach
Merimbula, and the nearby coastal village of Pambula are two exceptionally pretty spots on the Sapphire Coast in far southern New South Wales. Both are very busy with holiday visitors in the summer, but the warmer winters than Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart make it a popular destination for the Grey Nomads in the off season as well.
Merimbula is a 7 hour drive from Sydney, 6 hours from Melbourne and 3 hours from Canberra. It also has a small airport serviced by the regional Rex Air. Luckily for us though, it’s just over an hour drive from where we are housesitting on the opposite side of Bega. Continue reading
Bega is a town most famous for cheese. The town’s cheese factory by the same name has ensured that just about all Australian’s have heard of this regional centre in southern New South Wales. It’s a pretty country town surrounded by rolling hills, forested areas, rivers and lagoons, whilst being only a stone’s throw from the popular holiday beaches on the Sapphire Coast. Continue reading
Sunset over the Tanja Lagoon
On the weekend we had the absolute privilege of staying in one of the Luxury Safari tents at Tanja Lagoon Camp for a couple of nights. More ‘glamping’ than camping these tents have all the comforts of home including a private ensuite bathroom and kitchen, without losing the feeling that you’re getting closer to nature. In fact, being perfectly positioned on the edge of a beautiful saltwater lagoon it’s hard not to feel completely surrounded by nature. Hundreds of birds above in the tall gums sing in chorus with the frogs and the distant roar of the ocean, whilst kangaroos graze lazily nearby. Continue reading
The view at brunch.
Lakes Entrance is situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost in Victoria, Australia. It is a man-made channel that links Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea with a network of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes. This small towns proximity to Melbourne, and it’s waterfront position make it a very popular holiday destination all year round. There’s a a good selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options on the Esplanade that runs along the shoreline of the Cunninghame Arm inlet, with marinas and attractive foreshore gardens at the water’s edge. Continue reading
The Eco Friendly home that we are Housesitting for 3 months.
Last week we sold, gave away and packed up the last of our belongings, then handed over the house keys to the Agent who would finalise it’s sale in Adelaide. We stuffed what was left in to our car and started our road trip east toward our first ever housesit in New South Wales, Australia. A couple of months earlier, through a website, Aussie Housesitters we’d replied to an advertisement to care for a house in the Bega Valley region of southern New South Wales. The owners of the home were going away for three months, and were looking to someone to housesit their eco friendly home on 100 acres of bushland. The ad sounded like a wonderful opportunity for our family to have a uniquely Australian experience, with lots of down-time to prepare ourselves for the travel ahead. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked if the kids and I would like to go on a picnic to the Mount Lofty Botanical Garden. Since we’d never actually been before, but we knew that the whole area was very pretty in Autumn, it sounded like another fabulous South Australian destination to see before we head overseas. We made a date and decided to meet up at the entrance to the Garden, one cool Autumn Friday a couple of weeks ago. The great thing about homeschooling my kids, is that we get to enjoy visiting places when there are fewer people around and it is lovely and quiet! Between us we had four children aged 2 to 12 and an enormous picnic, but beyond that, no expectations or plans for the afternoon.
We have traveled locally with our children since the were very young. Lucy did her first camping trip at just a month old, Oscar did his first cross country road trip at just two years, and they’ve both sat on airplanes and in airports as toddlers. But, so far, they’ve never traveled outside of Australia. This means by default that they have never been in a non-English speaking country, and even though they have quite exotic taste buds for kids, they’re not used to chilli infused everything on the menu. Continue reading