So what is all about? Well... hopefully, by the time we are done, it will be a comprehensive journal about a family of 5 who have travelled around Australia to see the sights and also do some volunteer work around the country! In Mid 2010 we started thinking about what it would take to fulfil a life-long dream... We wanted to bundle up our 3 kids, pack-up the house, jump in the car and hit the road - probably for about 12 months. It sounds so simple ... At the start of January 2013, after almost 15 months on the road; we finally completed Our Big Aussie Road Trip. We hope that you enjoyed following our adventures, trials and tribulations as much as we enjoyed having them!

09 November, 2011


After leaving Red cliffs, we set our sights on travelling toward Bendigo.  We didn't want to head straight there, so we thought that we'd find a (free) night's accommodation somewhere before arriving in Bendigo.  We picked a spot called Skinners Flat Reservoir which is only 100 km out of Bendigo.
We had a good drive south and arrived at our campsite in the mid-afternoon, which left enough time for a bit of school work and a play for Natalie and Sam.

Skinners Flat Reservoir campsite
We were intending to stay at this campsite for one night, but as it turned out, we only got 1/2 a night!! Josh had been feeling unwell all day with a sore tummy, and he woke at about 9.30pm with bad stomach pains. After consulting with a nurse and then a GP on the NSW Heath Direct line they decided that they couldn't rule out the possibility of him having appendicitis and they thought it would be best if he was seen by a doctor that night.  So at 10.30pm we packed up the caravan,  transferred Natalie and Sam from their beds to the car and we headed to Bendigo (100kms away). We pulled into Bendigo hospital emergency just before midnight, Mike parked the car and van on the street and Liz and Josh headed into the hospital.  Mike put the other kids and himself back to bed on the side of the road.  After been seen by the Doctor and tested for a few things Josh got the all clear that it wasn't appendicitis, but they didn't know what it was. So an exhausted Liz and Josh stumbled back to the caravan at 3am.  After a couple of terrible hours sleep we were woken at 6am with garbage trucks and cars moving around, and since we were taking up quite a number of parking spaces outside the hospital we decided to move on, so we all got dressed and headed off to find the Bendigo showgrounds which was to be our next campsite.  By mid-morning the next day, Josh's pain had subsided and he was feeling much better.

We were all fairly tired, so we had a fairly low-key day.  We got new tyres for the Caravan, did some shopping and had a bit of a play around Lake Weeroona (including watching with the friendly birdlife of the lake).

The Birdlife around Lake Weeroona

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