2014 It’s A Wrap! It has been a busy year for both Brenden and myself with work commitments, but it has also been a busy one for our kids. They both belong to the Australian Air League and travelled to the Sunshine Coast in June for the Queensland Group Review. Then to Canberra in October for the Federal Review. Miss Oz also returned to our home town of Cowra for a weeks work experience. They both have part time jobs now as well to keep them busy. However, we did still manage a couple of trips away.
FRASER ISLAND –
January saw us take off for our first trip to Fraser Island. I say first trip as it definitely wont be our last. It was a bit of a learning curve for us as we didn’t have any experience with driving in sandy conditions. But a little bit of research and being well-prepared in the event of getting stuck somewhere (which didn’t happen) saw us have an absolutely awesome time there. We decided against taking the camper trailer and stayed instead at Eurong Beach Resort. Fraser Island is one of those places that you just can’t get enough of. There is so much to see and as we were there for only 4 days we only skimmed the surface of it. Make sure it is on your list of ‘Must Visit Places’
OUTBACK NSW –
April saw us head off into Outback NSW via Nindigully Pub. Nindigully is the oldest continuously licenced pub in Queensland and an iconic outback destination. The free camp ground there just sweetens the deal. Next stop for us was Lightning Ridge. This small opal mining town has a rich history and is well worth the drive to get there. Make sure you visit the area known as The Grawin when there.
From Lightning Ridge our next stop was Bourke. Staying at Kidman’s Camp on the outskirts of Bourke was like arriving in a desert oasis ofter the barren landscape of Lightning Ridge. Our final destination before heading to Cowra to catch up with family was Cobar and this was the town that surprised me the most. Despite the huge gold and copper mines that surround the town it was a surprisingly neat and clean town. The Great Cobar Heritage Mining Centre is now a fantastic museum and tribute to the mining pioneers of Cobar.
Our final trip for the year was a short break during the school holidays to Yamba on the north coast of NSW. What we found there was a lovely little beach-side town with a fantastic array of beaches. All this and it is only 10 minutes from Yuraygir National Park and the smaller township of Angourie. If you are looking for somewhere that is fairly laid-back then Yamba certainly ticks a lot of boxes. We opted to stay at Yamba Waters Holiday Park which is situated on the outskirts of town. We found this a much quieter and cheaper option than staying in one of the parks closer to the beach.
I hope that 2014 has been a fabulous year for all of you and I would like to thank you all for following along with our travels. We hope you will join us again in 2015 for more travel adventures.