It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of another decade. For us, this means we have been travelling together for over two decades! The last decade of travel has been absolutely awesome, especially once we made the decision to buy our camper trailer. Some years we only did a couple of little trips, others we spent two or three weeks on the road. Fitting it all in around the kids senior schooling was the hard part! Read on to see what we got up to in a Decade of Travel.
The highlight of 2010 was a visit to Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of NSW. Famous for being the home of the Big Banana, there is lots to see and do around the area.
I think our kids particularly liked their visit to the former Pet Porpoise Pools, now the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. And the Big Banana Fun Park is always a hit with its water slides, mini golf and toboggan ride
Coffs Harbour also has awesome beaches and is just a short drive to smaller towns such as Bellingen and Urunga.
2011 was a big year for us. It was the year we bought our camper trailer. It was also the year I started writing this blog. We had some great adventures that year. Lots of weekends away to places like Rainbow Beach, Brunswick Heads and Fingal Head. We also managed to fit in our first ever visit to Melbourne – an awesome city that we love visiting. But the best one was our trip into outback Queensland.
We visited Charleville, Longreach and Richmond before making our way back to the coast. These outback towns and the smaller ones in between are must visit destinations. The Stockmans Hall of Fame and QANTAS Museum are both places that every Aussie should have on their ‘Bucket List’.
2012 was a slightly quieter year. We spent Easter exploring northern NSW and camping in a couple of out of the way spots. A few days in Stanthorpe in Queensland was a highlight for me as there are so many great wineries there.
But the best trip of all was a long weekend at the awesome Cobb and Co Nine Mile camp ground just out of Gympie. It still ranks up there as being one of the best places we have ever camped at. It’s huge and there are so many great spots to set up. Plus it is only a short drive into the Woondum National Park.
Once again we did lots of little trips in 2013. Stanthorpe again, Fingal Head and Hervey Bay. But the best trip of all was an extended adventure through the Snowy Mountains region of NSW. We went in summer time which we think is a great time of year to visit the area. Generally the temperatures are cooler and you can enjoy hiking and bush walking in the area.
We loved catching the chair lift up to Eagle’s Nest in Thredbo and taking in the amazing views. Now that Brenden has his new knee, we can’t wait to return and walk to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.
At the end of 2013 we also bought our Mazda BT50.
2014 was a big travel year for us. We started off with our first trip to Fraser Island. This is another spot that everyone should have on their ‘Bucket Lists’. It’s just the most awesome place.
We headed off again at Easter time into outback NSW via Nindigully Pub, before visiting Lightning Ridge, Bourke and Cobar.
We also spent a few days in Yamba – another awesome mid north coast destination in NSW. It’s such a great spot with so many gorgeous beaches.
A weekend in Brunswick Heads plus lots of day trips around the Gold Coast Hinterland was how we spent much of 2015. Once again we spent a couple of weeks in Rainbow Beach which is definitely a favourite spot of ours. We also had a couple of days at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast another favourite spot.
I also checked out the SWELL Sculpture Festival for the first time which was just amazing as well as the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo which is always a good opportunity to sample some yummy goodies.
Apart from heading home to Cowra to catch up with family in January, we spent all year in Queensland. But we certainly didn’t stop exploring. The highlight of the year for us was a sneaky weekend we had away at Turkey’s Nest Rainforest Retreat at Mt Glorious on the edge of the D’Aguilar National Park. It really was the perfect mini break away and we loved exploring some of the National Park even though it was a cool, drizzly day.
I didn’t realise what a busy year we had in 2017 until I started looking back at our photos. We were either away or did a day trip somewhere every single month. Highlights were definitely a camping trip to Harding’s Paddock near Ipswich where we had the whole camp ground to ourselves.
A trip through the Warrumbungle’s mid year along with a couple of nights at Nakadoo Farm Stay were awesome as well. I also managed to sneak down to Sydney for a long weekend to catch up with friends – something I very rarely do on my own.
This was also the year we had our very first caravan adventures, the highlight being a trip to Carnarvon Gorge. Another spot that everyone should have on their bucket lists.
We also sold our camper trailer and ordered our NextGen Caravan that we now call home.
At the start of the year we headed down to Cowra again to house sit for family and then made our way back to the Gold Coast. We visited Hill End – just the most fascinating place – Mudgee and a lot of smaller towns along the New England Highway.
A quick trip to Melbourne saw us tour the NextGen Caravans factory. Although we missed seeing our van on the production line, it was still a great experience.
In August we took delivery of our van which certainly was the highlight of the year. We then managed a few short trips before Brenden was laid up for a few months with his knee surgery.
Of course 2019 will always be remembered as the year we hit the road full time. So far we have had the most amazing time. Stopping for work and living in the one spot for a few weeks is really giving us the chance to experience all an area has to offer before moving on. My favourite spot so far has been Coolamon.
We truly are so very lucky to be able to travel this beautiful country of ours. In a decade of travel, we have had some of the most amazing experiences. We are so excited to be able to continue our travels in 2020 and beyond. Who knows – maybe I will be able to write another decade of travel post in 2030!