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!

07 December, 2012

Bateman’s Bay, Bega, Merimbula, Lakes Entrance

After leaving Kiama we drove to Batemans Bay.  We checked into the caravan park and set up before we headed out to have a look around.  We found a lovely little beach and explored the rocks at one end.
Exploring a beach near Kiama
The next day was quite warm (at our caravan park) so we thought we would head to the beach with our boggie board.  When we got to the beach it was blowing a gale and the wind was freezing, but this didn’t stop the kids and Mike from having a dip.  That afternoon we went to a lookout just out of  town (but it was a little overgrown and not very spectacular).
A big lego session at our Batemans Bay caravan Park

Having a swim on a very blowy day in Batemans Bay

Natalie and Sam collected some Cicada shells
Our next stop was Bega.  At Bega we went to the cheese heritage centre and had a look at the old dairy machinery and sampled some cheese, we also enjoyed an icecream while we watched a DVD on how cheese is made.
The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre

Overlooking the Bega Valley
The next morning we did some school work in the morning and then headed out to Tathra for the afternoon. While we were in Tathra we had a look at their historic wharf and found a great park to play in.
Tathra Wharf has quite a big drop down to the water

Tathra Wharf
Overlooking the Tathra Wharf from the Memorial Park on the headland

Tuesday 27th November we left Bega and drove a whole 33Km to Merimbula (our shortest driving day on the whole trip).  We booked into the caravan park and went straight to the camp kitchen for the free Pancake morning tea,  YUM,  they were beautiful buttermilk pancakes.  That afternoon we had a quick swim in the covered heated pool at the van park and then headed out for a look around town.  The next day after enjoying another pancake morning tea we drove to Eden to have a look. We went to a lookout that looked over twofold bay and then we went to the Killer Whale museum and spent quite a bit of time having a good look around the museum. We then went down to the marina and had a walk along the wharf where we spotted a seal in the water.  When we were back in Merimbula we stopped to walk along a board walk next to the river.

Twofold Bay, Eden

This Curious Seal was hanging around the wharf in Eden

Josh and Sam watching the Seal
Eden's Killer Whale Museum
Some of the objects in the Killer Whale Museum

Josh was very interested in the Morse Code
exhibit at the Killer Whale Museum
On Thursday 29th November we left Merimbula and drove to Lakes Entrance, we were back in Victoria.  Exactly one year ago (well the 30th was exactly 1 year) we had checked into the Eastern Beach holiday park in Lakes Entrance with our tent when our caravan was in for repairs.  This particular caravan park has been one of our favourites with a fantastic layout and great facilities and we were all looking forward to being back there, with our caravan this time.  Driving into Lakes Entrance also marked the ‘completion’ of the ‘Big Loop’ around mainland Australia!  Our ‘black line’ met on our map and when we left from there we would no longer be on new ground.  We spent the afternoon just playing around at the caravan park.  On Friday we ventured into town and bought some food and that afternoon we walked down to the beach for a swim, the water was absolutely freezing, the kids and Mike had a quick dip and then we went back and had a swim in the pool as it was much warmer.
Enjoying the Jumping Pillow at Lakes Entrance
Playing at the park near Eastern Beach, Lakes Entrance

A cool swim at Eastern Beach, Lakes Entrance

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