The moment had arrived. A year of planning had gone into what was a small piece of the original plan. The trip was meant to be 3 months from Melbourne, up to Birdsville via the Flinders Ranges, the back to Melbourne through Outback NSW. However due to work commitments, the trip had somewhat shrunk in size. The plan had been rehashed to take us through the Flinders Ranges, but stop at Coward Springs on the Oodnadatta track, turn-around, and head back home.
Well, the Patrol was packed, as was the camper trailer, with most likely more than we needed. You just never know how much to take when heading off on a decent size trip with 2 young kids in tow.
With a large coldfront mass heading our way, we for some reason decided it was a great idea to travel to Warrnambool, where we were sure there would be no wind...
Two days of strong winds and rain still didn't dampen the spirits of the kids and us alike, as we were on finally our way to the outback. After a couple of days visiting some of the local attractions around Warrnambool, it was time to head across the SA border towards Kingston SE, with a short stop at the Tantanoola Caves to have a look. The cave systems really are worth a look, the kids had a great time seeing who could produce the loudest echo!
After a quick look around Kinston SE, we pulled into the caravan park for a quick one night stay before heading north into the Barossa Valley winery region.
A quick stop in Mortlake for a bite to eat and let the kids stretch their legs at the playground.
It was definitely a little windy and chilly on the coast. Nothing could dampen spirits however.
Footprints of a weary walker. Or someone who simply likes the air they breathe cold and salty.
The Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road. This was by far the windiest place we visited on the coast, overlooking the southern ocean.
Hopkins Falls Scenic Reserve, Warrnambool.
Loch Ard Gorge, Port Cambell National Park, Great Ocean Road.
Liam having a morning stroll around the Big4 caravan park in Warrnambool. Not even the weather could wipe that smile off his face.
It really is a magical moment trying to find the kids, only to see them playing so well together with whatever they can find.
Tantanoola Caves, Tantanoola, SA. This was the first stop after crossing the Vic-SA border. Loud echoes all around when there's two little kids testing out their lungs.
The Big Lobster, Kingston SE, SA. What trip around Australia is complete without a stop at one or two of our nations "Big" monuments.
Having a little explore on the beach at Kingston SE, SA.