Australia Day Long Weekend 2019

Well it has been a long time between posts but that hasn’t meant there haven’t been any travels. A New Year’s resolution of mine was to actually start posting properly (a month in and I am making good on that resolution πŸ™„) but at least I am making a start.

Last weekend saw us spend the Australia Day long weekend camping with friends at Shoalhaven Heads on the NSW South Coast. We love the South Coast and will head there any chance we can get.

We have never been to the this caravan park before but it had been highly recommended and when we arrived we could easily see why. We did have a prime spot which was relatively secluded and as we boarded the reserve on the edge of the park there was no drive through traffic. This meant we had a large grass area which was safe for the kids to play on that wasn’t on the camper doorstep. The location of the park was awesome with direct access to Seven Mile Beach on one side and the inlet on the other.

We made good use of the beach access with us going out there each morning and afternoon. Given that our boy’s internal alarm clocks seem to set themselves that little bit earlier when we are camping, we never seem to miss a sunrise. The first morning we went there I foolishly believed we would just walk along it and enjoy maybe a small paddle in the shallows. Well they did stay in the shallows but they managed to body surf in 2cm of wash and then proceeded to hurl themseleves in every bit of soft sand between the water’s edge and the trail back to the campground. Needless to say a new set of pajamas were required for all involved.

For those times we didn’t feel up to making the trek (less than 5 mins but with a 4 year old and almost 2 year old that distance can sometimes seem like a marathon) we were able to take the kids to the pool to cool off. This included a kiddie pool complete with sprays and sprinklers which kept them more than entertained and occupied.

It was beyond hot on the Saturday and being Australia Day we didn’t want to just hang around camp, somehow that isn’t quite as relaxing as it used to be pre-kids, so we went for an explore. Thankfully the area boasts many a good winery and they were all quite kid friendly with our fav being Canbewarra Estate. As the day wore on we retreated to the air conditioning of the Shoalhaven Heads pub where we had awesome food and were entertained by the crab races.

Now the way they all work is you purchase raffle tickets for each ‘heat’, then the crabs are raffled off for each of the heats. If your raffle ticket is called you get to name the crab and stand by to watch it race. If your crab comes first you win a small sum of money, not the crab, and then go into the final. Try explaining to a 4 year old that the raffle tickets clutched in his hand may not get him a crab in a race that he may not win and if he did he couldn’t keep the crab. I think he was more confused with my explaination and thankfully it distracted him from the fact he didn’t even get a chance to name a crab.

In true small town fashion the shops were delightfully quirky with my favourite, hands down, being the bakery. We went in on the Friday to get breadrolls,making the fundamental error of beliving that a bakery would sell bread products of some description. We were informed in no uncertain terms that we were sorely mistaken and no bread was to be found. This situation hadn’t resolved itself on the Saturday and then they were closed the Sunday/Monday. We are still unsure whether they bake or supply bread, I believe this is going to remain one of life’s mysteries.

All in all a great long weekend was had. Time was spent with great friends with a balance of relaxation and activity. The kids had a ball and the night we returned home the boys asked us when we were heading camping again.

This year I am hoping we get more of these chilled getaways, whether it is with friends or just our little family. I am loving the camp life and our boys are made for it!

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