On Sunday 8 December, we had a few friends join us at the local park for some goodbye drinks. Thank you to everyone who came down including Alarna, Peta, Lisa, Jase, Suzy, Mel, Josh and all the kids. (click on any photo to enlarge).
We left the home comfort of Lake Macquarie on 10 December right after the kid’s school presentation. Jakayla has now graduated from Year 3 and Rory has finished Kindergarten. Rory also won an ‘Academic Excellence’ award. We are so proud of both the kids.
We said goodbye to my boss Marilynne who was very kind to let us stay outside her house for a few days and use her electricity and shower!
We also said our goodbyes to Sam, Max & Mia (who will hopefully meet up with us in Darwin next year).
We then drove straight to my Mum and Dad’s house and spent a couple of hours with them before a teary goodbye. We then headed to a park in Budgewoi and the kids played while we cooked a bbq.
The next day we went to the Central Coast where we stayed in a caravan park in Avoca Beach. It was a lovely park with lots of permanent residents and a fantastic pool which we used several times.
Whilst on the Central Coast we said goodbye to a few friends including Renee (who made the most delicious lunch for us. Renee also wanted me to make special mention of us parking our 14m rig outside her house on a very steep slope and then reversing the rig all the way back down the road after lunch!), Louise & Steve (thank you Louise for my awesome facial!!), Kylie & Kevin (great catching up and seeing the boys after all this times) and Lenora & Brendan (yummy dinner behind the girls scout hall with 3 trillion cicada’s). Was very sad to say goodbye to such great friends, hopefully they will all go travelling next year and visit us (hint hint).
After the Central Coast we went via Sydney and dropped into our friend’s house in Killarney Heights. Was great to see our friends, especially for Wayne’s birthday on the 14th.
We left Sydney headed for the Blue Mountains. We found a lovely camp spot in Megalong Valley and stayed for two nights. Was a bit cold, but very pretty in the rainforest. The kids were not impressed with the long drop toilet, just one step up from digging a hole in the ground LOL. Lots of German backpackers enjoying the quiet of the rainforest too.
We then had a lovely drive from the Blue Mountains heading towards Bathurst where we stocked up on some food. I love old cemeteries; we found one not far from Bathurst and stopped for a look. The oldest tombstone was from a man born in 1770 in London and died in the area in 1850.
We stopped in at Heritage Park in Blaney, to the most amazing kid’s park. It also had flushed toilets (yay!) and filtered drinking water, so we filled up all our containers. We then headed to where we are staying now, Carcoar Dam, which is an hour south of Bathurst and about 340km from home! What a gorgeous place! Not only is it free, it has toilets (a bit of a walk away) and the dam is fresh water. We can’t drink it, but we can certainly wash clothes, bodies and dishes with it. We have enjoyed swimming, kayaking and looking at the giant wind turbines across the water.
Next stop: Canberra!