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Sea Vu March 2, 2018 0

Five Reasons to Relax in Robe


If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of every-day life, but not too far away from its luxuries, Robe is your port of call. Robe is just under four hours’ drive from Adelaide and six hour’s drive from Melbourne, on the Limestone Coast. Boasting rugged natural scenery and beautiful beaches interspersed with a stunning range of boutiques, restaurants and high-end accommodation, Robe has something for everyone, whether you’re arriving in a Range Rover or trusty Commodore.


Tell me more: Robe dazzles with natural charm. Drive down 17 kilometres of pure white sand on the aptly named Long Beach or embark on the beautiful Obelisk trail passing the town’s Old Gaol, jetty, marina and Factory Bay. Robe Town Beach is a must-visit all year-round with crystal clear water, pure white sand, great walking tracks and incredible scenery.


Tell me more: Robe is close to a number of great wineries, but for a truly unique drinking experience you can’t go past the Robe Town Brewery. Under the eaves of the hand-made cobbled brewhouse, beer is made in true ye olde fashion with straw filtration, wood-fired kettles and open fermentation.

Taste your way through their full range including Shipwreck Stout, The Moon Hop and The Hidden Hive. Their limited release Moby Dick Ambergris Ale (not for the faint-hearted) is made with ambergris – the secretion that forms in the gut of a sperm whale to assist with digestion. Enjoy.

Top picks: Robe Town BrewerySails at RobeAdventurous SpoonMarina CaféRobe Bakery 1884 and Mahalia Coffee.


Tell me more: Victoria Street is Robe’s dolled-up town drag where you’ll find glitzy boutiques, glam homewares, galleries and cafés coexisting alongside the humble fish and chip shop, butcher and general store.

Top picks: Loaves and FishesHoliday Trading & CoBinnyMe & Miss Jones and Mahalia Coffee Roasting House and Store.


Tell me more: Robe has a rich history as one of South Australia’s oldest towns. Named as South Australia’s second-busiest international port in the 1850s, exports included horses, sheep skins and wool. Today, you’ll find remnants of Robe’s past everywhere, with a huge amount of fully restored Heritage-listed buildings and landmarks smattered throughout town. Experience the best of Robe with one of our Limestone Coast tours and charters.


Tell me more: Robe is full of unique and boutique accommodation, but for something extra special, travel to nearby Bellwether Wines and stay in a luxurious glamping tent. Rug up by the fire, surrounded by 400 year-old red gums, then retreat to all the creature comforts you could ask for beneath a blanket of stars.


Now that we’ve piqued your interest, start planning your Limestone Coast getaway with the help of our brochures and maps. Find out more today.

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Sea Vu February 28, 2018 0

5 of the Best Beaches on the Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast is a perfect summer road trip destination. A couple of hours drive from Adelaide and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a treasure trove of natural, sandy wonders with some of the bluest waters you’ve seen.

Get ready for a summer spectacular. Pack your bags, jump in the car and follow the lead of local Instagrammer Dion Hetherington, better known as the person behind the amazing Instagram account @southaustralianbeaches.

For the past three years, Dion has been living and breathing South Australia’s best beaches, sharing not only his own photos but the best beach snaps taken by local photographers and fellow instagrammers. To date, the #SouthAustralianBeaches hashtag has been used on nearly 70,000 posts, so we’re confident these five best beaches on the Limestone Coast will satisfy your summer cravings.


Tell me more: The Salmon Hole is the ultimate swimming sanctuary on the Limestone Coast during the summer. From excellent snorkelling to sand boarding on the adjoining sandhills and top-notch fishing, these turquoise waters are an adventurer’s playground. In the shallows with these crystal clear and calm waters it’s also the perfect destination for a family outing at the beach.

Salmon Hole. Pic: @southaustralianbeaches


Tell me more: A popular destination for the tourists and holiday makers in Robe is Long Beach. With driving your car onto the sand acceptable beach etiquette here, you’re bound to find your stretch of paradise somewhere along Long Beach’s 12km stretch of white sandy shores. Pitch your umbrella for the day and be prepared to relax in South Aussie style.

Long Beach, Robe. Pic: @southaustralianbeaches


Tell me more: Beachport’s beautiful white sandy beach, Glen Point, has the bluest of blue waters. With protection from the hot northerly winds that can blow during summer this beach makes for the perfect escape for those scorching hot summer days. It’s also a top spot to cast a line off in search of that elusive fish!

Glen Point. Pic: @southaustralianbeaches


Tell me more: Forty minutes south of Robe lies Southend. With so many beaches to explore, including those at the northern end of the Canunda National Park, some are accessible only by foot or four-wheel drive (4WD). This means you may just find your own private beach for the day if you have your adventurous hat on! During large swells, these beaches can become quite dangerous, so always take care and check the surf conditions.

Southend. Pic: @southaustralianbeaches


Tell me more: Surf Beach, Beachport is the perfect beach to hone your surfing skills. With consistent swells hitting the shoreline and with the Beachport Jetty, neighbouring headlands and islands as a backdrop, it not only makes a surfer’s paradise but a photographer’s too!

Beachport surf beach. Pic: @southaustralianbeaches


Thank you to Dion from @southaustralianbeachesfor sharing his five best beaches on the Limestone Coast.
Grab the beers, deck chairs and floaties and we’ll meet you at the beach!


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Sea Vu February 17, 2018 0

Pre-Holiday Caravan Checklist

There’s plenty to think about before you hit the road on your caravan adventure.
We’ve created a handy checklist to ensure you are prepared before you go.

– Fuel tank(s) full
– Oil level in engine and transmission
– Water or coolant level
– Condition of all hoses
– Fan belt tension and condition
– Brake Fluid level
– Tyre pressures, including spare
– Operation of lights
– Mirrors secured and adjusted
– Air shockers inflated (if fitted)
– Insect screen in front of radiator.

– Cupboards and drawers closed & table secured
– Refrigerator door locked  & check that containers with liquids are sealed
– Hatches and windows closed
– No loose items in cupboards or on shelves
– Fire extinguisher fitted

– Gas bottle fitted and secured
– Water tank filled
– Brakes checked and adjusted
– Wheel bearings adjusted
– Wheel nuts tight AND condition of tyres

Note: It is advisable to have the caravan serviced by a specialist prior to the journey

– Jockey wheel removed or secured
– Lights operating correctly
– Gas turned off
– Tyres inflated correctly
– Doors closed and locked
– Jacks raised or safety stands removed
– Wheel chocks removed
– Hand brake released. Electrical connection between car and van secured.
– 240V electrical lead disconnected
– Steps raised
– Towing aid correctly fitted
– Safety chains secured.

Fan belt
– Radiator hoses
– Engine oil
– Coolant
– Spare wheel and tyre to suit caravan
– Tube to suit car and caravan tyre
– Insulating tape
– Electrical wire

– Assortment of tools to suit sizes on car & caravan
– Tyre levers (2)
– Wheel brace to suit wheel nuts on car and caravan
– Jack to suit car and caravan
– Tyre gauge
– Wheel chocks
– Blocks for placing under corner stabilisers when ground is soft or under a wheel when site not level.

Make sure that you have the necessary tools required to fit the spares that you may have taken for the trip.

For your own sake, and that of your passengers, it is essential that all gas lines, connections, appliances and electrical fittings be checked regularly.

The task will take only a few minutes and you will develop more confidence in your unit if you know it is safe.

In addition to regular checks it is essential that an approved fire extinguisher is always on board. Extinguishes come in a multitude of sizes, price ranges and different types of operation. Make sure the one you select is big enough to handle a fire, should one ever develop. Once having bought an extinguisher mount it in a readily accessible position. Ideally you should be able to reach the unit from outside the van. It is no use having a ”toy” extinguisher inside the van if a fire develops. Remember that your huge investment, your life and those of your passengers are at stake. When buying an extinguisher, make sure it is a reliable one. The simpler the operation the better as there is less chance of something going wrong. And make sure it is one which meets the levels of safety required by a responsible body, such as the Australian Standards Association. or the Insurance Council of Australia. All fire extinguishers sold in Australia must conform to the relevant standard as laid down by the Standards Association. If your extinguisher is of a type which, over a period of time, loses its effectiveness, replace it when necessary. Fire fighting experts generally recommend that a fire extinguisher is checked at least every couple of years to ensure correct operation.

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Sea Vu January 19, 2018 0

Historical Things To See

The Bush Inn
The first place visited by travellers arriving from the north is The Bush Inn, which was built in 1852 and licensed in 1855. It was also known as Mac’s Hotel and Carrier’s Arms to 1871. It’s the only surviving roadhouse inn which originally catered for teamsters carting wool to Robetown port. It is now a craft shop

The Drains in the Area
There is a sign beside Drain KL at the eastern end of Robe which reads: ‘The South East of South Australia is high rainfall area which is without natural drainage in the form of rivers or streams. Consequently water ponds behind a series of low, sandy ranges which run parallel to the coastline. Historically flooding occurred on the fertile flats between the ranges and the coast and artificial drainage was necessary to remove this water and allow the land to be developed. Drainage has been constructed in stages since 1862 to the completion of major works in 1969. This involved the removal of 25 million cubic metres of material. This Information Sign has been erected at Robe near the outfall of Drain KL. In 1915 the cut was made through the rocky cliff to the sea and the series of small lakes connected to the outlet by way of Drain KL. Lake Fox, Lake Nunan, Lake Battye, Lake Ling are now semi-saline lakes influenced by tidal movements. The lakes and the channel are an important landmark in Robe and are well utilised for recreation by visitors and local inhabitants. Dense thickets of paperbark and T-tree abound and these are important wildlife habitats. An appreciation of the immensity of the drainage works can be further gained from a visit to Drain L Lookout which overlooks the Woakwine Cutting on Drain L.

Historic Interpretive Centre
An obvious starting point the Historic Interpretative Centre is located in the Library Building in Smillie St. The centre which was built as a library in 1868 and been recently modernised contains an extensive visual history of the district. It is open Mon – Fri 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Historic Walk
Available at the Historic Interpretative Centre is a very handy brochure which lists a total of 45 places of interest (including the Ambulance station and the Boat Ramp) in the local area. It includes descriptions of:

An elegant residence on the shores of Lake Fellmongery and on the main road into town which was built by George Danby (real name: George Affleck) the youngest son of a clergyman, Sir Robert Affleck. He changed his name to Danby so he could inherit the Danby Estate but was such a huge spender that he managed to go through his inheritance and the Danby fortune before he died.

For those who are interested ‘Fellmongery’, as in Lake Fellmongery, means ‘woolwash’. A ship, the ‘Duilius’, carrying a cargo of wool was shipwrecked in Guichen Bay in 1853. The cargo was salvaged but it was full of salt water. It was subsequently washed in the lake and when it arrived in England it fetched a higher price. Subsequently local wool exporters decided to wash wool in the lake and fellmongery works was established on the banks of the lake.

The Lodge and The Old Cottage
Located on opposite corners where Main Road crosses Squire Drive these two buildings are over 100 years old. The Lodge was built in 1850 as a Butcher’s shop and the Old Cottage was the home of Andrew Munro who, in the early days, used to light the beacon lighthouse

Caledonian Inn
This historic building was completed in 1859 by a Scot, Peter McQueen. It achieved fame when the poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, having fallen from a horse, recuperated at the Inn. He was nursed by the innkeeper’s daughter, Margaret Park, and the two subsequently married.

Robe Hotel
Located on Mundy Terrace the Robe Hotel was originally known as the Bonnie Owl. The Bonnie Owl, which is now in ruins, dates from 1847. It has been replaced by the handsome two-storey Robe Hotel which is a feature of the main road along the town’s beach.

Magnetic Telegraph Station
Located nearby on Mundy Terrace is the old Magnetic Telegraph Station and Post Office (now a private residence) which was designed by the Colonial Architect, C.A. Perry, and built in 1858. This was the year the telegraph line from Adelaide to Melbourne was opened. It ensured Robe’s importance in the early communications between Victoria and South Australia.

Royal Circus
The Royal Circus is located at the point where the first survey line for Robetown was established. It has the advantage of being not only the focus of the town but also being large enough to allow the bullock drays to turn around as they brought their produce to the port. There are a number of places of historic interest nearby.

Robe Customs House
The Robe Customs House is centrally located at the Royal Circus and is open daily during January from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. At other times of the year it is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. It is an attractive limestone building with brick quoins which was built in 1863 to cater with the large number of Chinese passing through the port. It later become the local council chambers and in 1969 was converted into a museum. For more information contact (08) 8768 2419

Chinese Monument
Near the Customs House is a monument to the Chinese: ‘During the years 1856-58 16,500 Chinese landed near this spot and walked 200 miles to Ballarat and Bendigo in search of gold.’

Monument to Matthew Flinders
In the centre of the Royal Circus is a monument to Matthew Flinders who surveyed the coast and on 13 April 1802 named the Baudin Rocks after the commander of the French expedition. This was the last place name applied by Flinders in South Australia.

Koenig Cannon
An interesting old cannon which stands on the shore pointed out to sea at some imaginary enemy.

Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church
The local Catholic Church stands near the shores of Boat Haven just inland from the Royal Circus. It was completed in 1859 and for many years two small rooms at the western end of the church operated as the town’s Catholic school.

George Ormerod was one of the town’s most prominent citizens. He built both the Grey Masts Woolstore (located on the corner of Smillie and Davenport streets) and the Ormerod Cottages (the former Barracks) and around 1856 he built Moorakyne House (it can be found at the southern end of Hagen Street) a handsome 12-room residence made out of local stone. It is characterised by bargeboards, large stone lintels and a range of interesting outbuildings including a stone coach-house. Ormerod was admired by the local citizens because of his commitment to local produce. In the decade between 1855-66 nearly £2 million worth of goods passed through his export company.

Karatta House
On the western side of Boat Haven (which is also known as Lake Butler) is Karatta House, a substantial stone mansion which was built by pastoralist Henry Jones in 1860. It was subsequently used as a holiday house by Sir James Ferguson, a one-time Governor of South Australia in the 1870s.

The Old Gaol
Heading towards the Obelisk and Cape Dombey you will notice the ruins of the old gaol. A stone building was constructed here in 1861 but it was never fully completed and consequently it was closed in 1881 and subsequently fell into disrepair. Parts of it were demolished and used for road gravel in the local area.

Obelisk on Cape Dombey
A prominent landmark in Robe (drive around Boat Haven and continue west to the headland) the Obelisk was originally built to help shipping. At one point it was used to store rockets which were fired to people in distress. An early problem was that it was originally painted white and sailors complained that by the time they could see the obelisk they were already too close to the rocks which stretch for nearly 2 km from the base of the cliffs. It was built from stone which was carted to the headland by bullock teams. The original building was completed in 1855 by a local builder. It is painted red and white and stands 13 metres above the surrounding ground which means it is 33 metres above sea level. It can be seen for 15 km off the coast. It is amusing to recall that when Matthew Flinders first sighted Cape Dombey in 1802 he described it as ‘a point of moderate elevation, sandy but mostly covered with bushes’. He would be surprised if he could see it today.

Offshore from the headland it is possible to see the interesting Doorway Rock, an unusual coastal limestone formation.

Narraburra Woolshed
This is a working woolshed where, when shearing is occurring, you can see sheep dogs in action, shearers, wool sorting and wool baling. It is located on Penola Rd and people planning to visit must contact (08) 9768 2083 for opening times.

Little Dip Conservation Park
Located 4 km south of Robe Little Dip Conservation Park can be entered from Nora Criena Scenic Drive or Beacon Hill Lookout. It is ideal for bushwalking boasting a rich diversity of birdlife as well as attractive sand dune formations which fringe small beaches and substantial salt and freshwater lakes. There are plenty of rock pools to explore and beaches to walk along. It is a fine example of some of Australia’s most pristine coastline.

Tourist Information
Robe Library
Victoria St, Robe SA 5276
Telephone: (08) 8768 246

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Sea Vu January 19, 2018 0

History of Robe

Historic Robe is located 338km south east of Adelaide on Guichen Bay. Today it is very much an attractive holiday resort combining a dramatic rocky, windswept coastline with a number of attractive and secluded beaches including the beautiful, 17km long Long Beach. It is notable for its very sophisticated and charming town centre and is one of the most attractive historic towns in South Australia.

The town was named after Governor Frederick Holt Robe who sailed into Guichen Bay (the bay had been named after Admiral De Guichen in 1802 by the French explorer, Nicholas Baudin, as he sailed around the South Australian coast) in 1846 aboard the Government cutter, Lapwing. He chose the site for the town and later in 1846 it was surveyed by Thomas Burr.

Although the associations with Governor Robe are now barely recalled it is worth remembering that he was one of South Australia’s most unpopular governors with the editor of one local newspaper claiming that there was ‘never a man who worked so hard to make himself unpopular’.

In the 1840s and 1850s the majority of people travelling to Robe arrived by sailing vessel, bullock wagon or horseback. After 8 weeks at sea from London the site of Guichen Bay marked by the obelisk must have been a welcome sight for the ship’s passengers, as also it was to the many bullockies from across the border and from the north who had to travel for weeks on end averaging only 10-15 km per day. In the late 1840s substantial numbers of Irish and Scottish immigrants reached the port.

The 8 hotels in the area would have seen some of the great horsemen of the day as regular customers exchanging exciting tales with each other and with the squatters and merchants of the south east.

In 1857 the town gained widespread infamy when Chinese gold miners trying to avoid the taxes imposed at Victorian ports landed at Robe and walked across to the Victorian goldfields. In that year some 20,000 Chinese miners landed at Robe. One vessel, the Young American, reputedly carried over 1,000 passengers. The reason was simple. Victoria were charging £10 per person for entry to the state. This was more than the Chinese were paying for their sea voyage to Australia.

Not surprisingly this meant that the port had many ships eager to find cargoes once they had dropped their cargoes of Chinese miners. In the 1850s the area was providing the British Army in India with horses and the products of the local sheep industry – tallow, wool and hides – were being shipped to Europe. Until the establishment of proper jetties the bullock drays would come down the main road to the Royal Circus and simply continue on down the beach and into the water where there produce would be collected by shallow-bottomed boats which would carry them out to the waiting ships.

The importance of Robe as a major South Australian port declined after a peak of prosperity in 1864 until it became used mainly as a fishing port. The real charm and character of Robe can best be seen by walking the original streets which have been little altered since the 1860s. This, combined with the surrounding coastal area, which varies from the rugged cliffs of Cape Dombey to the tranquil countryside near the outlet to Drain L and Lake Fellmongery.
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Sea Vu November 1, 2017 0

Southern Ocean Drive – Explore the Limestone Coast

Southern Ocean Drive: See the Fleurieu, Limestone Coast and Kangaroo Island

From wine to wildlife, embark on a road trip from South Australia’s south coast to Kangaroo Island.

The great southern journey

Stunning cliff faces, roaring waves and spectacular beaches are just some of the highlights of the Southern Ocean Drive. Not to mention the Coonawarra wine region, the Naracoorte Caves and Victor Harbor – the perfect spot to take in some whale watching during the winter months. Four-wheel drive along pristine beaches or kayak along the still waterways of the Coorong and explore Kangaroo Island – one of the world’s most pristine natural environments.

Download the Southern Ocean Drive map, pack your car and away you go on this stunning six day adventure. Continue on to the Great Ocean Road or drive from Melbourne along the coast to explore the Southern Ocean Drive.

Robe is a highlight of the Limestone Coast on the Southern Ocean Drive road trip.

Southern Ocean Drive road trip map

Southern Ocean Drive road trip map

Download the Southern Ocean Drive road trip map with suggested stops and experiences.

Limestone Coast

Discover Coonawarra reds

Taste for yourself why the Coonawarra is known as Australia’s red wine centre.

Kangaroo Beach Lodges, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island visitor information

Discover Kangaroo Island – a place of authentic experiences that make you pause and reflect.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island on Instagram

Discover more #KangarooIsland wildlife and landscape photos on Instagram.

Piccaninnie Ponds

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Long Beach at Robe, Limestone Coast

Robe visitor information

Reminisce, relax and explore the seafaring history of South Australia’s favourite seaside town.

Southern Ocean Drive road trip highlights:

Mount Gambier to Coonawarra – 30 minutes. See the Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole, Piccaninnie Ponds, Saint Mary McKillop Centre in Penola and stop in at cellar doors in the Coonawarra.

Coonawarra to Robe – 90 minutes. Visit more Coonawarra cellar doors and the Naracoorte Caves. See Robe’s Long Beach, do some shopping in the main street and snap photos of the stunning Robe Obelisk.

Robe to Victor Harbor – 4 hours 30 minutes. Marvel at the Coorong, Jack Point Pelican Observatory, Meningie Cheese Factory Museum and sample the offerings at Langhorne Creek’s cellar doors. Explore the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, take a Big Duck Boat cruise, enjoy views from The Bluff, take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island and join a Spirit of the Coorong Cruise.

Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island – 45 minutes. Take the SeaLink Ferry to Penneshaw, visit Seal Bay, Raptor Domain, take a tour with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action and get sandy at Little Sahara.

Kangaroo Island. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, see why Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks are among the most photographed places on Kangaroo Island, climb the lighthouse at Cape Borda and hit the beach at Stokes Bay.

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide – 1 hour 45 minutes. Follow the McMurtie Mile in McLaren Vale and taste, discover and experience the very best McLaren Vale has to offer all on one road. Explore the area’s cellar doors and restaurants featuring local produce.


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Sea Vu May 8, 2017 0

Last Chance Tourism

Mining. Wind farms. National park development. Bitumen in the Outback. The list of things altering the Big Lap experience is growing. Yet, rather than putting grey nomads off hitting the road, it seems that even changes seen as ‘negative’ are having the opposite effect.

Australian experts have identified the rise of a phenomenon known as ‘Last Chance Tourism’, whereby people choose to visit a destination expressly because it is in danger, and because they want to see it before it’s too late.

Research conducted by two University of Queensland academics, Annah Piggott-McKellar and Karen McNamara, has shown the Great Barrier Reef is a classic example. A survey of hundreds of reef tourists revealed that 69% chose to visit because they wanted to do so ‘before it was gone’. While coral bleaching and the reef’s general ailing health may have given tourists a new reason to visit, it doesn’t exactly promise a long-term future.

“There’s a vicious cycle at play here: tourists travel to see a destination before it disappears but, in so doing they contribute to its demise, either directly through on-site pressures or through greenhouse gas emissions,” said the academics. “These added pressures
increase the vulnerability of the destination and in turn push up the demand for Last Chance Tourism still further.”

While the Great Barrier Reef is the classic case of an iconic destination being under imminent threat, there are numerous less publicised examples affecting the grey nomad world. And it’s not always changes to the natural landscape itself.

Many grey nomads rushed to camp at James Price Point north of Broome a couple of years ago when it looked like a giant gas hub was going to be built there; other travellers have headed up to Cape York before more bitumen ‘spoils the adventure’; and some want to visit remote national parks before improved amenities make it ‘too civilised’ and bring in the crowds.

While she has not studied grey nomad behaviour specifically, Annah Piggott-McKellar says some general conclusions can be drawn.

“The concept that something people care a lot about being threatened and its state changed to a less desirable state by something – whether it be coral bleaching, shower blocks, or bitumen roads – leads people to want to experience it before it does change is legitimate,” she told the Grey Nomads. “However whether it is the last chance to see something, period, can be an exaggeration in some instances … it would be more appropriate to say that people are wanting to see something ‘in its current form’.”

She says Last Chance Tourism may be a factor for grey nomads when they perceive the expected change to be a significant one.

“The wilderness areas will still be there, but the value they hold to travellers might have changed due to increased infrastructure,” said Ms PiggottMcKellar. “So, while it’s not a ‘see it before it is gone’, it could be a ‘see it before it changes’ scenario.”


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Sea Vu May 8, 2017 0

A Family Travel Blog

How did we get started on our family road trip and start travelling Australia? You might relate to some of the things we went through in getting started, especially if you are in two minds about your own family road trip; so read on – hopefully it will inspire you to get started with your own planning.

Camping? How did I get to be a camping person? I thought I was a hotel girl. I was a hotel girl! I was a five star hotel girl. Camping? I’d never used the word ‘ablutions’ before let alone used them. So when my husband mentioned, several years ago, that we were going camping for our first holiday in over 5 years, I was a tad perplexed. I think my first comment was “Who? Us?” All I needed to do apparently was.. try it. That’s what we always told the children wasn’t it? Try things. He had booked nine nights, but said, if after three I wanted to go home. Then we’d go. How could I say no? (The actual family road trip was not even hinted at at this point!)

We borrowed our friend’s tent – yes tent, no van at this stage – and all the equipment that we’d need. Oh and the coffee machine, and the air conditioner and the TV. My husband drew the line at the dish washer, something to do with plumbing – boy stuff.

I lasted nine nights and we booked in another two. I loved it. Most days were at the beach, I read three books, wine o’clock was found. And surprisingly we could survive without the dishwasher. (Thanks mostly to the deal that if he wouldn’t let me bring it, then he would become it!). I truly embraced it and really couldn’t wait to do it again.

“Let’s Travel Around Australia!” Hubby then suggested. “Let’s take the children out of school, buy a caravan, and do the family road trip to every state in Australia.”

Well, I had enjoyed the camping and I’d like to have a better look around this country – a family road trip sounded like a great idea…..but what about the children’s education? They need to continue to learn! Home School them? Me? Are you kidding me? No, not kidding. Right….Right.

Next question “How long for?” – We had somehow found ourselves in a position, where hubby was working all the time and not able to spend as much time as he would like with the children and really felt like he was missing out. A friend had just be diagnosed with a terminal illness and something just clicked. We thought that we needed to do this trip now. What were we waiting for?


This article is reprinted from “Travelling Australia With Kids” – Click here to find out more.