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 April, 2012

Point Quobba

Point Quobba is only 75km north of Carnarvon. We decided that instead of going around to the turn off to Point Quobba on the main Hwy we would take a back road that would short cut the route. The nice back road soon turned into a dirt road and even though the signs had said that the road was open in a few places the road was completely underwater and we had to take a side track to get passed, which is a little stressful when you are towing a two tonne non-offroad caravan, but we made it through.

Once you get out to point Quobba you have to drive past the blow holes to get to the camping area, the waves were huge and therefore the blow hole was amazing. We decided to go and set up and come back later to check out the blow holes.

We had a bit of a drive around the campsite to find the right spot for us and had a Dugite (a type of deadly western brown snake) slither across the road in front of us. We watched it disappear through the bushes on the sand dune.

After picking our site we set up and then headed back to have a look at the blow holes and have a swim at blow holes beach, where there is a lagoon protected from the waves that is awesome for snorkelling, hundreds of beautiful fish and coral. That evening we enjoyed a nice walk through the campsite and watched another beautiful sunset over the water.

Mike and Natalie watching the blowholes

some of the amazing coastline at Point Quobba

The Blowhole at Point Quobba

The protected lagoon at Quobba was brilliant for snorkelling

Getting ready to snorkel in the lagoon

A beautiful sunset
The next day was Good Friday, the wind and waves had died down considerably so we were thankful that we had seen the blow hole the day before. We did some Sunday School that morning and spent a bit of time together remembering that Jesus died on the Cross for us. The kids did their own Sunday school craft (drawing) and we ate hot cross buns for breakfast.

Later that morning we headed back to the lagoon for some more snorkelling, the water was beautiful and so refreshing. While we were swimming another Dugite (western brown snake) came down onto the beach, only about 10 meters from where we were, and went for a swim before heading back up the beach and disappearing into the bushes.

A Dugite making its way back up the beach after a swim in the lagoon
We were a bit put off from swimming after this and headed back to the van for lunch. Our Neighbours at the camping area (Kevin, Trina and their dog Smokey) had told us about a beach that they call shell beach which is about 10km away near the Quobba station homestead, It has amazing shells, and they showed us some of their findings, lots of lovely big cowry shells. So that afternoon we headed out in search of shell beach and some shells. We spent about an hour and a half beach combing and we found lots of interesting things along the beach, some cowry shells but none the size of Trina’s. We worked out that we had gone a bit too far down the road and the beach we were on was not shell beach after all!

Some of our findings when Beach combing
The Beach where we went looking for Cowry shells
Early on Saturday morning, the day started to heat up so we headed down to the Lagoon and enjoyed some more snorkelling (Josh and Natalie both now have the hang of snorkelling), we returned to the van at lunch time. After lunch we set the kids up in the van to watch Finding Nemo and Mike and Liz got stuck into catching up on writing the blog.

Natalie Snorkelling in the lagoon

Playing in the sand at the beach

Rest time - wathing Finding Nemo

Natalie, Josh and Sam
Easter Sunday the kids enjoyed hunting around the van for their Easter eggs, they were all very excited, and we all ate way too much chocolate. After breakfast we read about Jesus’ Resurrection from our children’s Bible and talked about why we have Easter eggs. We did some more Easter Art to show Jesus risen again. Sam included a crab and a spider on his drawing :) It was time for some more snorkelling and swimming at the lagoon again returning to the van at lunch time. The kids then settled into another DVD. After this we ventured out to the lighthouse to have a good look over the area before heading back to Quobba station to find shell beach. While Mike went fishing (with no luck), We found literally hundreds of cowry shells and a couple of really big ones.
We took them back to the van and showed them to Trina and Kevin, who were very impressed with our findings.

Josh with the 100 Cowry shells he found on the beach

A few of the best specimens from the Shell collecting

Monday we pretty well did the same as we have done each day while being at Point Quobba, we swam in the morning, watched a DVD after lunch, but because it was so hot that day we went for another swim in the afternoon before heading out beach combing again.

On Tuesday 10th April we packed up early, said bye to our friendly neighbours Kev & Trina (and their dog smokey) and headed back into Carnarvon to stock up our supplies (at the last Woolworths we’d see for quite a while). We also filled up with water and refilled our gas bottles. When we left Carnarvon, we continued heading north.


Ali said...

Thanks for the updates. I enjoyed sitting down catching up on the last month of your adventure. Western Australia looks like a great destination! Keep up the updates and photos. Much love to you all, Ali xo

onlinewheatleys said...

Hi Masons,
We see that you are in Cape Range and are green with envy! Enjoy this part of the trip in the incredible north of Aus. We are enjoying your adventures vicariously through your blog and will look forward to your blogging about the reef!
The Erstwhile Travelling Wheatleys