Grampians hiking – The Pinnacle via Mackeys Peak

It had been many, many years since I'd hiked in the Grampians.  Despite having countless childhood memories of this area, its one place I've never visited with my own kids.  Well, they have been to the Grampians but not the hiking bit.  The purchase of a camper trailer earlier this year has led us to … Continue reading Grampians hiking – The Pinnacle via Mackeys Peak

Otways hiking – 3 Waterfalls & a Canyon

When my friend Claire posted a link on Facebook a couple of months ago advertising a day in the Otways called "Waterfalls & Canyon", led by an experienced guide (for a fee), my response was " why pay someone?  I'll take you....."  After all, this is the kind of thing I'm hoping to do for … Continue reading Otways hiking – 3 Waterfalls & a Canyon

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 10 – the home stretch.

After 10 days on the road, 4 locations and nearly 2,500 kms, we are now back to the  "normality" of suburban home life.  Funny thing is though, it doesn't feel so normal.  The biggest thing we've noticed is that we don't feel the cold.  We haven't even been looking to turn the heater on until … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 10 – the home stretch.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 9 – Lake Lyell to Gundagai.

Today it was time to pack up the camper trailer for the last time and begin the big slog home. According to Google Maps, the drive time between Lake Lyell and home was close to 9 hours non stop.  We still had a day up pur sleeves before Jamie goes to work so we decided … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 9 – Lake Lyell to Gundagai.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 8 – Wentworth Falls.

We are now at the tail end of our holiday and were keen to put in one more adventure before leaving the Blue Mountains. Originally, we had planned to move camp to a place near Canberra today to stay 2 nights before heading home.  In reality though, it didn't seem such a good idea to … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 8 – Wentworth Falls.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 7 – Jenolan Caves.

The day began with another sumptuous breakfast cooked in our new camp kitchen.  Sometimes I think we eat better while camping than we do at home. Today we were planning to knock off another of the major tourist attractions in the area - Jenolan Caves.  Again, this had been recommended to us by many people … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 7 – Jenolan Caves.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 6 – Katoomba’s Scenic World.

We awoke this morning to icy conditions - white grass, hard tents and a layer of ice a couple of mm thick on the buckets.  Despite the chill, today actually seemed warmer than yesterday as there was no wind.  As the sun rose it warmed us up nicely.  The kids (well, Adam) were pretty excited … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 6 – Katoomba’s Scenic World.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 5 – The sights of Katoomba.

Day 5 and the main purpose of our trip was here.  The Blue Mountains.  Out of the 5 of us, Jamie is the only one who had been there before. We've been blessed with fantastic winter weather on this trip - it is cold (winter), but during the day the sun has been shining.  Couldn't … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 5 – The sights of Katoomba.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 4 – Dubbo to Lake Lyell.

Day 4 arrived and it was time to move on to our next temporary home.  At least today we had a dry pack up - it made things so much better.  We've been really lucky with the weather so far - a bit chilly but sunny during the day.  Yesterday was even a short sleeves … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 4 – Dubbo to Lake Lyell.

Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 3 – Dubbo.

You may have noticed that the title of this series is "Blue Mountains Odyssey", and that we have not been to the Blue Mountains thus far.  Don't worry - tomorrow is the day.  When we started planning this trip, it seemed like a good idea to do a round trip and take the opportunity to … Continue reading Blue Mountains Odyssey. Day 3 – Dubbo.