I love taking the opportunity at the end of each year to look back on our adventures. 2017 has been a really fantastic year for us. We’ve managed to fit in quite a few trips, both short and long. Our house renovations are almost complete. We bought a caravan and sold the camper trailer. Our youngest also finished high school as well. So it has been a big year for us all. Please enjoy 2017 – Our Year in Review.
We headed out to one of our favourite locations – the Gold Coast Hinterland – and spent some time exploring Springbrook National Park and Natural Bridge. We love this part of the world and especially the fact that it is just a 45 minute drive from the Gold Coast.
At the end of the month Miss Oz and I attended the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo for the second time. This expo is the best spot to try out new food and wines but also gives me lots of ideas of places we can visit on our travels.
After exploring the Ipswich area earlier in the year and discovering an awesome camping spot we knew we had to go back and visit Hardings Paddock Campground. Tucked away down the end of a dirt road in the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate, we love the peace and tranquility of this camp ground. I even got to write about it for Discover Ipswich!
I really wanted to show my support for Dreamworld as it has always been one of our favourite theme parks so I bought a 30-day pass and visited a few times. It was great to see the tigers again and that people were still visiting the park.
Later in the month we had the opportunity to stay at a wonderful farm stay near Crows Nest. Tweeters Country Getaway is the perfect spot for a short break and owners Thuy and Peter will make you feel so welcome.
However, the highlight of the month was the purchase of what will be our travelling home. After almost two years of research and looking we settled on a Next Gen Greyline, 19’6,full off-road van. We are so excited and can’t wait to pick it up in the New Year.
April was a very quiet month. I think we needed to recover from the shock of actually buying a van. Plus we needed to prep for our trip south in May.
This month we headed south to explore the Warrumbungles, Coonabarabran and The Pilliga. We also got to write about our adventures for ytravel blog which was a real privilege.
At the same time we discovered two of the best spots that we have stayed at in recent times. Yarrie Lake which is just a few kilometres from Narrabri and Nakadoo Farm Stay. Nakadoo was an absolute treat and owners Peter and Karren made us feel very welcome. It was a great place to celebrate my 52nd birthday with a camp oven dinner!
This month we had a lovely visit from our family who live in NSW. We love showing off the Gold Coast to friends and family when they visit. There really is so much to do.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Lego Brickman Experience again. This is something that little kids and big kids alike will be awestruck by. It really is so cleverly done. Ben always loved building Lego when he was little so he really enjoyed himself.
July saw us head back to Cowra to celebrate Brenden’s 50th with family and friends. We managed a quick trip over to Bathurst so as Ben could drive around Mt Panarama on his ‘L’s’. After returning home we managed a day trip out through the Currumbin Valley. It is such a picturesque spot and perfect for a day trip.
I also got to indulge my love of wine when we attended the Sanctuary Cove Winter Wine Fest. I got to taste some awesome wines in an absolutely gorgeous spot. Hopefully it will be held again this year.
This month we had our very first caravan adventure! We headed to Bundaberg for a long weekend and loved every minute of it. Bundaberg of course is famous for Bundaberg Rum and we visited the distillery and did a tour and tasting. But we found so many other things to do as well.
We loved the little Regent Cruiser van we took with us. We think that by sharing our thoughts on some common pre-loved vans that it might just help take the guess work out of choosing your travelling home!
I headed off to visit the 2017 SWELL Sculpture Festival. This is the third time I have visited the Festival and once again the pieces were interesting and thought provoking.
This time we towed a Regal RSV Luxury van which was just perfect. We learnt so much on this trip and even got to do some free camping.
As soon as we got home, Brenden headed off to deliver our camper trailer to it’s new owners. We were more than a little sad to see it go as we had so many great adventures with it. We know the new owners are already having their very own adventure with it.
This month saw me head off to Sydney for a weekend with some close friends. We stayed in an Air B’n’B just near Darling Harbour and had a fantastic weekend. I love Sydney and really don’t get to visit as often as I would like.
The Condamine Gorge track is an awesome track that takes you through 14 river crossings. It is a relatively easy track and a good one for beginners.
We settled into the craziness of work prior to the silly season, with little time for anything else. We were excited that the extension to the Gold Coast light-rail system opened ahead of schedule. It now links up with the train at Helensvale making it possible to get from Brisbane Airport to Surfers Paradise with very little effort.
We have lots of plans already in place for the first couple of months of 2018. This includes some house-sitting in February, which will be a first for us. We look forward with much excitement to the arrival of our caravan. We will be sharing the van build with you in the very near future.
Thank you all for your support in 2017 and for sharing our travels with us. We look forward to what 2018 has in store for us. Safe travels to you all.