About us

We are a family of four. Sarah, Andy, Finn & Isla and we are on the emigration path to Sydney, Australia from Somerset, England. We arrived on Tuesday 24th August 2010 and this is our story.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Holiday road trip to Queensland

The Tamborine Mountains were the camping destination for our Summer holidays, 900kms over 2 days on the way up with welcome pit stop in Coffs Harbour.  8 days camping booked (until the rain came with no end in sight!) and tickets to the theme parks purchased.  

Our tent is like a home away from home when it's all set up.  4 rooms with flooring, storage, bunk beds for Finn & Isla, table & chairs and cooking facilities.  Hey, power too!  Laptop, hair dryer, straighteners and iPad......we camp in style people!

We had such fun and Finn took on the challenge of the water slide solo and had a blast.  What a brave boy - it was huge!

It was all cut short due to the extreme weather that descended on us and we decided to drive back home in 1 day due to road closures and land slides.  Glad we did although 12 hours in the car was pretty epic!

 Packed and all set to go, with the new roof rack at full capacity.
 Banana's growing on a plantation at Coffs Harbour
Oh yes - it's The Big Banana!

 Coffs Harbour at the golden hour
 My Aussie hero
 There really is something special about dolphins
 So many rides....

 The stunt car show was pretty spectacular

 Blue sky, sunshine and a plane advertising beer  :)
 This is what a slushie does to your children!

 Up on the mountains
 Lamington National Park - Great Dividing Range in the background
 Seconds later a leach was flicked from my leg....glamorous....
 This really is the rainforest
 What a happy little outback girl!
 And then the rain really came....this little stream became a raging mountain river.  Really reminded me of Scotland up on the Mountain when the weather turned which was lovely.
The roads flooded in no time at all really after a night of constant heavy rain, roads were closed and a landslide was reported.  It was time for our little family to pack up (and get very wet doing it!) and head on home in one go.  Finn and Isla were so good in the car, and it was after 9 hours in the car that little Isla piped up with "Where are we going?"...like it hadn't occurred to her until then!  Happy holiday days.....