I’m excited to have on the blog today Jo with @woolfpack_travels, who tells us all about her family adventure in a motorhome in Australia. I’ve long wondered what it would be like to motorhome around for a few weeks, or months, but not sure when I’ll have the time to get around to it so it was interesting to hear about Jo’s experience!
Jo and her husband Luke and two kids live in the U.K., and have the unique situation of being able to travel 6 months out of the year – mainly during the U.K.’s cold and rainy season – due to Luke’s job set-up. They have been to 23 countries, and their 3 year old has already been to 8. Baby Woolf just arrived 9 weeks ago and they are off to Portugal probably as I write this! As you’ll see, they packed a lot in on their road trip, and the motorhome proved to be a convenient way of traveling with child in tow. Below is my interview with Jo:
How did you decide on Australia as a destination to take a family vacation?
We have family that live in Sydney so decided it would be a great to see them and have a family holiday. We had been to Australia before as a couple so knew how kid friendly it was.
We wanted to do something a bit different so we hired a motorhome for 6 weeks starting in Melbourne and ending up in Brisbane, which was great.
Who went (please list ages of kid(s))?
Jo, Luke and our daughter Berry (aged 5 months)
What time of year did you go and how was the weather?
We went in March, the weather was fairly hot in the day and cooler at night. We all slept comfortably in the motorhome at night. Think we had 3 days of rain in 6 weeks.
Where did you stay and how did you discover it? What were the accommodations and amenities like?
We stayed in many campsites, which we rarely booked up in advance, so just turned up. (Excepted in school holidays we would ring to make sure there was availability). The campsites in Australia are very good and clean. We used the book Rough Guides Australia for tips and the internet to check out campsites
What kind of activities did you do on the trip?
We drove the great ocean road, which is very beautiful.
We went on the puffing Billy train which takes you through temperate rainforest.
Surfing, walking, swimming
Jervis Bay national park (great for wildlife spotting)
Taronga zoo in Sydney is a great family place and has amazing views of the Sydney harbor.
Ferry and boat rides around Sydney Harbour.
Tin Can Bay is a gem, and you can feed wild dolphins in the morning.
Port Macquarie (fascinating outdoor art gallery along the rocks at the port – very fun for kids)
Lennox Head (tea tree lake for swimming. Paddling boarding in)
What were the highlights for you? And the kids?
Port Macquarie and Jervis Bay national park.
We loved walking around Sydney – such a beautiful city.
Generally, taking life at a slow pace in coffee shops watching the world go by and the wildlife (parrots)
How was the food? Did you discover some favorite restaurants?
The food was yummy, healthy fresh salad and fruit. The surf clubs do great, very reasonably priced food and they always have the best views.
What are your top tips for taking this kind of vacation?
I would say keep some days unplanned to just sit, relax in coffee shops and for unplanned places you fall on.
Were there any challenges?
Probably the hot weather and trying to keep baby cool on the very hot days.
Did you feel the trip was good value for what you got?
Would you recommend this vacation to others?
Yes definitely, would recommend a motorhome trip any day with kids – so great to have all your stuff close by, and the freedom.
Thanks for joining me Jo and sharing your amazing 6 week adventure in a motorhome!
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