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!

14 December, 2011

We have our caravan back

Monday the 5th December we packed up our tent at Lakes Enterance and headed back to Warragul in the hope that the van would be ready to be picked up by lunch time.
In the end we waited around most of the afternoon, and still it was not quite finished, but finished enough for us to take it for the night and return the next day to finish off.  So we booked ourselves a
site back at Glen Cromie and headed there for the night.  While the van was in being fixed we got them to make some modifications to it for us, which is why it took so long in the end.  Instead of just replacing the axel we got them to put on a bigger one and in order for them to do that a few other changes were made.  So the van is now 4inchs higher and the box that was at the front of the van was moved to the back to help lower the towball weight.
Next morning we headed back to the caravan repair place after stopping at the wreckers to pick up a part, we left Mike at the Caravan place and Liz and the kids headed to the park to play while we waited. again...
After eating our lunch in the car at the caravan repair place, the van was finally ready to go. So we said good bye to the caravan man and headed for Sorrento.

The "New Look" Caravan

We arrived in Sorrento at about 5.30pm, we were looking for a caravan park for the night, but instead found the council camping ground by the water, such a beautiful spot we picked our site and set up for the night before heading into town to find some dinner as our caravan pantry was still empty.
The View from our Sorrento site

The next morning we got up early, to catch the 8am Car Ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff.  They have an early bird special on the 7am and 8am ferrys where caravan only cost $22,  which saved us about $50 in the end - well worth heading off early.
The Car Ferry at Sorrento

From Queenscliff we travelled to Torquay and stopped at the information centre to pick up all our maps and brouchers for the Great Ocean Road.

1 comment:

Fiona said...

Yay! So glad you got your van back finally! You clearly don't do things by halves! Congratulations on the reuniting, may you have many many many days together now.
FYI you can climb the split point lighthouse (Aireys Inlet) at various times which are unknown to me, but perhaps someone knows. You can also climb out to Eagle Rock at low tide. Theres's a great berry picking place if that sort of thing is for you at Gentle Annies, just outside of Lorne. Angahook Forest Park is lovely.
And we'll be there after Christmas (Aireys Inlet). But there's probably not enough to keep you entertained until then.
Anglesea Christian Fellowship (Baptist) is where we go to church when we're there, I think it's 1045am on Sundays, in the Uniting Church building.