For anyone reading this that also has a love of camping and caravanning, I’m sure fond memories are racing through your mind already. And for anyone that’s never been, I say – give it a try! Australia is set up for so many great adventures, and there’s nothing like hitting the open road with our Jayco and pretty much going anywhere we want.
Whether you’re a young family like Clint, myself and our 6 year old daughter Charli, or in fact a “grey nomad” – there’s an adventure for everyone. You can choose a caravan park (like the BIG4 ones we stay in) filled with everything from swimming pools to communal barbecues and jumping pillows – or you can get off the beaten track and stay in some of the most remote places in the country, feeling like you’re only one of a handful of people ever to have been there.
My love of camping and caravanning started only 5 years ago, when our daughter was 18 months old, and we decided to embark on what we called “the Great Aussie Drive”. We filmed a 13 part series around it, but I have to say it’s what happened off camera that we will just never get over. It was simply remarkable. I remember popping up our Jayco in the Northern Territory and saying to Clint “I just never want this to end.” The sun was setting, we had the barby fired up and everyone was sitting around chatting. As night fell, we all piled inside and the night drifted away over a game of cards inside our cosy little home. For me it’s always the simplest things that put me in that relaxed holiday mood!
Since that 4-month trip around Australia, we’ve enjoyed countless camping and caravanning adventures ranging from 3 days to 3 weeks. I believe some things just need to be seen from the road – and the comforts of the caravan of course! It’s quite a different experience flying in and staying in hotels and resorts (they certainly have their place too, but they make for a very different kind of trip).
Whenever we head off in our camper trailer there’s just something so freeing about the experience. We call it our home away from home. We’ve got everything we need, all we really do is grab our bathers and a few clothes and we’re away. And that is exactly what I love. The simplicity of getting away from our everyday lives.
We never really know what adventures will unfold…it could be beach cricket, trekking up a mountain, fishing, a boutique winery, an abundance of fresh seafood (prawns anyone?) or just a stroll in a charming town. Wherever the road takes us, one thing that’s for sure, there are always plenty of laughs shared and great memories made!
We love sharing our travels with you but we love to hear your stories too! Tell us below what you love about camping and caravanning – where has your best trip been?
I can’t wait to read your comments – Jen x