Drifta Beer Cooler Tour…

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There is a bit of a story to this post.

We went camping with some good friends way back in Easter. My mate Matt really likes the “Drifta” range of products (and might I add… they are great!).

Anyway, somehow one of his fancy Drifta beer coolers ended up in our camper drawer and it seemed to have enjoyed the trip!

Every one of these pics was sent to him just to let him know that it is traveling ok. Needless to say he really appreciated getting multiple mms spam every time we got reception!

Don’t worry mate, next camping trip you can come and grab it! … daz

Found a few more I forgot to add!

Our Barossa Park “Discovery”

picsart_09-12-11244935879.jpgWe can’t believe how lucky we have been! We have just spent the last four days of our trip at Discovery Park (Barossa Valley).

We were fortunate to win a couple nights in a “Luxury Safari Tent” through the company’s G’DAY Rewards page. These have only just been opened at the park and look fantastic!

Of course romantic, luxury tent for two means leave the kids at home, which we just couldn’t do… athough we thought about it!

Switching into a Superior 2 Bedroom Cabin was no problem for Jacky and her team. It felt like a palace as we piled in. Chloe enjoyed the thought of the bunk bed and exclaimed “we even have a toilet!”.

We have been living in our camper trailer “Myrtle” for the last 6 months. A bathroom to do our teeth in is quite a novelty.

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The staff at Discovery Park Barossa Valley were so accommodating. They helped us store not only the kids but also poor, tired Myrtle who has had a tuff few months on the road.

We were so happy to able to stay an extra night and enjoy all that the park and local region has to offer. The kids had a long list of activities they needed to do. This was without even leaving the park:

  • Water park
  • Go carts
  • Heated pool
  • Feeding the sheep
  • Watching a TV and DVD’s
  • Recreation room
  • Treasure hunt and quiz

Kaz and I had a long list as well… Yalumba Estate, Bethany Vineyard, Pindare, Turkey Flat, Penfolds etc etc. Needless to say our fuel economy might suffer on the long run home.

This stay has been a true highlight of our trip. Staying in such luxury, meeting Jacky, Bill and the rest of the Discovery Park Barossa Valley staff as well as soaking up the ‘valley vibes has been the perfect end to our epic adventure. We are now on the final run home.

Eyre (Oyster) Peninsula

 

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Only one week til home, one more week…… We’ve planned and booked the home stretch, thanks to Darren who won is a few nights stay at Barossa Valley. Although the luxury tent was tempting, it only sleeps 2, so we swapped the tent for a luxury cabin that sleeps 4.

But before the cabin luxury we indulged in the seafood luxury! We had oysters for morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Oh. Yeah. They was also the fish, the prawns and the calamari.

Streaky Bay, Coffin Bay and Boston Bay all had the goods. We sure do love exploring a good peninsula! The scenery along here is stunning, we found this little spot for lunch, would have been another great free camp, but we are starting to feel the pressure of time. That real world is fast approaching us.

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Thanks to Chris at PURE Coffin Bay Oysters, we learnt exactly why oysters are an expensive treat. Talk about labour intensive. My memory of oysters growing is they just stayed on a rock and waited for tides to come and go. We were the only ones on the tour (more oysters for us!) So we asked ask the questions. Noah also finished a last video for his homework.

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Port Lincoln was our base for us to explore the lower Eyre Peninsula. We got another waterfront spot, we have been so lucky on this trip. According to the holy grail of all truths, Wikipedia, Port Lincoln may have the most millionaires per capita in Australia as its the premier seafood Aquaculture region. Interesting. We made sure to sample as much seafood as we could, you know, just to be sure*.

On our way to Whyalla, we had a scheduled stop at Glen Forest Park and Lincoln Estate winery. It’s a family business with crops, animals and vines! It was a little tip-off from a lady in Coffin Bay.

See you soon NSW.

I am fairly certain the people SELLING the seafood are the millionares! BUYING and EATING it has not in any way resulted in any financial gain 🤣 – Ed (Daz)

Long Days… Big K’s

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The Nullabor Plains. I have been talking up how much fun driving the “Nulla-boring” Plains is. The rest of the family are “Nulla-virgins”. What a treat they have coming!

Many childhood memories of multiple crossings have made me wish I could maybe tele-port across. Lets face it… 146.6kms of “the straightest road in Australia” is going to be hard to blog!

Well, how wrong was I. We have had a great time! After our luxury stay at Esperence it was so nice to get away from civilisation again. The change in terrain as we headed north-east from the coast reminded us of our adventures in the NT.

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Our first stop was a “free-camp” about half way along the straight. It turned out to be a little gem. Lots of space, lots of good wood and not lots of wind. This made for a nice nights sleep.

WikiCamps had a sinkhole marked in the area so out came the GPS and off Chloe and I wandered for a look. It was quite deep, we enjoyed dropping a rock or two down.

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I offered to “throw her down” but she said I needed a rope 🤔

The next day was Fathers Day and the next spot was a mere 530-odd kms away. Bunda Cliffs, right on the edge of the Great Australian Bight. We had read this spot was nice but can be windy so we were praying the weather might cut us a break.

We rolled in quite late and to our surprise found no-one else there. The wind was tame and we were hungry so we deployed Myrtle, set the fire, and settled in. Noah built a corker with wood he collected from the previous camp. It was very welcome in the cool breeze.

Kaz got some great photos of the sunset over the sheer cliffs. Chloe got too close to the cliffs and freaked us out a bit. The next day was a run back over the border for stobie poles and Golden North again!

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The ‘Other’ South Coast – Walpole, Albany & Esperance

20180828_1338101839427201.jpgWe’ve just had a week on the WA south coast and wish we had more time to explore. Do you think our health employers will extend our leave? Probably not, so it will have to go on the list for our next adventure. We certainly have been pining for the warmer weather again, especially watching our new friends Olivia and Matt who are still working in Kununurra, the Perry’s and Dust Off The Grind – they are still frolicking in the north west of the state. Buggers. Darren and I have surprised ourselves with the warm weather craving, we never wished for summer before, but now…..

After leaving Margaret River, we went to Walpole, or ‘Valley of the Giants’. First stop was the Gloucester Tree at Pemberton. A 53m tall tree that was used in 1947 to climb and look for bushfires. So the steel rungs sticking out had been there a while. Noah was super keen, but our health knowledge kicked in – no nets, no safety and the whole tree swayed. No way.

However the Treetops walk through the red and yellow tingle trees was – not as scary and far safer. The walking platform was elevated 40m in the air. Yes, the walkway did sway, especially when Noah jumped up and down on it.

Albany. Home of the National Anzac Memorial. As with most of the war history we have learnt along this trip, there are so many facts we never knew. Albany was the last piece of Australia that over 40,000 ANZACs saw as this was the harbour they departed from.

The memorial was beautiful and personalised as you were given a card with some details, and you learnt more about them as you went around the displays. We also visited the church where Padre White did the first dawn service, St Johns.

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Our last night in Albany was wet and windy thanks to the Great Australian Bight This convinced us to splash out on a cabin in Esperance. The weather continued to be questionable, but there were a few patches of sun so we could see this spectacular coastline.

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Next is the Nullarbor. Having never done this stretch of road I’m looking forward to it. Darren keeps laughing at me…..

Magnificent Camping @ Margaret River

Myrtle had a little slice of heaven this week in MR, at Glenbrook. Thanks again to Wikicamps, we had 20 acres to ourselves 5 min from town.

But before MR, we made a stop at Busselton Jetty. The longest jetty in the world as its a 3.6km return journey. Even though it looked a bit stormy, we risked it. There was an option to catch a tram out, but the walk with our rain jackets was easy. We were a walking ad for Kathmandu.

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Glenbrook was also a magical spot for a birthday! This was our fourth birthday cake on the trip, having celebrated Jacks in Perth. Darren chose all the adventures for the day……

 


Great base to explore the capes. Who knew that there was more than grapes here? Darren and I were here many years ago, for the food and wine. OK, it was mostly wine (no judging here, it was 15 years ago).

First off, a little drive down to Cape Leeuwin to climb and cave. Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse only became fully automated in 1992, the last keeper leaving in 1996.

Its the tallest one in WA, so if course we had to climb it. Amazing views of treacherous coast. Its also where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.

There is a 100km stretch of limestone from cape to cape in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park so after going up, we went down.

Jewel Cave was huge. 500 steps (on top of the lighthouse steps!) But worth it. Richard, our tour guide had a great take home message:

1 – this cave took a million years to decorate,  let’s keep it that way for future generations and

2 – MR is special,  no planes or trains.  Take the time to listen to all the other sounds around you.

As well as tasting a little bit of wine, we also tasted chocolate and chorizo. Daz tasted some beer! Onto the Valley of the Giants……

Dazza’s Perth Ponderings

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We have just packed up and headed out of Perth after 9 days of big-city mayhem. As Chloe shed a quiet tear on the freeway she whimpered, “I love Perth, there is so much to do!”. We all felt the same. Such a great city!

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While I was viewing the bottom of a Little Creatures pint… Kaz was viewing this!

We have managed no blog posts as we have just not stopped. Here is a run down of what I can remember…

  • Freemantle
  • The “cappuccino strip”
  • Ginos coffee shop
  • Fremantle Prison Tour
  • Little Creatures Brewery
  • Ginos coffee shop
  • The Nostalga Box
  • Kings Park
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Ginos Coffee Shop
  • The arrival of Jack
  • Maritime Museum
  • “Ovens” Submarine tour
  • Ginos Coffee Shop
  • Shipwrecks Museum
  • Monk Bar birthday dinner
  • Aquarium WA
  • WA Art Gallery
  • Ginos Coffee Shop
  • Fremantle Markets
  • SciTech
  • Swan Valley
  • Ginos Coffee
  • Ginos Coffee
  • Ginos Coffee

So you can see we were pretty busy! There were two things that were a standout for me… Ginos Coffee and Jack coming to stay for a long weekend.

We have managed to continue our coffee habit all over the country with the judicious use of our Areopress syringe but, that first hit of quality espresso sent us into a caffiene induced psychosis! We even had the lovely bus driver dropping us off outside the shop (not a designated set-down!) by the end of the week.

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