BYRON BAY

The sign entering Byron Bay, what a great town motto!

The sign entering Byron Bay, what a great town motto!

Byron Bay wasn't as we expected! We had a family member take a ride in an ambulance and was then in hospital for a few days, but more on that later!

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Now, Byron Bay has some serious vibe and atmosphere. Before the hub of Byron you hit the beautiful ‘The Farm Byron Bay’. What a great way to start our stay here. We pull up our van and check out this fantastic place. Kid and adult friendly, amazing meals and great coffee. The best part, you can enjoy your beverage while the kids play on ‘The Farm Playground’. Plenty of farm animals to to keep the kids entertained and again, a great atmosphere and a must see when in the area.

We decided to park our van up at BIG4 Byron Holiday Park. Only 3km from town and a beautifully manicured caravan park. Great pool, playground, games room and only a short stroll to the beach. They house a chicken pen and you can pick up their eggs from reception for FREE! 

FREE eggs from reception!

FREE eggs from reception!

Fantastic pool and kids pool at BIG4 Byron Holiday Park

Fantastic pool and kids pool at BIG4 Byron Holiday Park

After some much needed ‘Mum Time’, Justin dropped me off in the main street for a stroll while he took the kids down to Main Beach. We then met on the hill and listen to a great fells who was putting on some tunes and entertaining the crowd.

As I mentioned before, we were one man down and on our first night here Justin managed to get an appendicitis! Although not an ideal expereince, I was very grateful to be in Byron and near a hospital. It also meant I could keep the kids entertained in the park while solo parenting. The poor bugger was in a lot of pain, so I called an ambulance. They took him up to Byron Bay hospital where they diagnosed him with a suspected appendicitis. So he was then transferred and hour north to Tweed Hospital, where he had surgery and removal of his rotten appendix the next morning. After meeting with the surgeon they told him that his appendix had perforated, hence the intense pain. He had 3 nights in Surgical Ward and was on IV antibiotics. Thankfully, he's on the mend now. No heavy lifting for 6 weeks!!

So, while Justin was cooped up in hospital, the kids and I managed some grocery shopping (why dont they make trolley’s for 3 kids)! We took a stroll around the stunning Cape Byron Lighthouse. WOW! Spectacular! Great place to take a few pictures and enjoy a coffee and one of their delicious muffins at the cafe. Only a short walk is the iconic sign ‘Most Easterly Point of the Australian Mainland’ and scenic views. We saw a pod of dolphins and plenty of surfers. If you're up for some exercise, the 3.7km return walk up to Cape Byron is well worth it. Even the drive is stunning. We had planned on doing this, but being by myself with 3 kids and a long walk on a hot day… Well you get my gist! Watego’s Beach and The Pass are well worth a look ad some of the most beautiful beaches we've seen on our travels. Get there early as there is little parking!

Four nights in this fabulous location wasn't enough. Three of them with Justin in hospital. Unfortunately we didn't get to do all that Byron offers as we have to get moving south and check out the stunning coast of northern NSW. An arvo in one of the funky bars would have been pretty awesome!

Safe travels legends!

 

 

TRAVELLING WITH A BABY

Bec's Tips!

Although this blondie is a toddler now, she's spent most of her life travelling Oz in a caravan!

charli on her 2nd birthday, karijini national park, wa.

charli on her 2nd birthday, karijini national park, wa.

Sometimes travelling can be a tough task with a baby. They need loads of attention and constant feeding. But, managing travel with your bub can also be really enjoyable and rewarding. The outdoors is their biggest playground and you will see their little personalities explode.

WEAR THEM

All bubs love sleeping on mum/dad so my number 1 tip is to buy an excellent, comfortable baby carrier. We used an ergo, which our baby slept in til 20 months. She also slept soundly on my back when exploring. By far the best thing we have bought for convenience and stress free sleeps. It’s so important to stick to day time sleeps!

We've gone from an ergo to a Kathmandu now that she's grown.

DAY SLEEPS

No one likes an overtired, cranky baby. They become restless through the night and ‘witching hour’ is just horrid!! Do whatever you can to enforce a day time sleep. You get a break and your baby wakes happy.

We use our baby carrier for sleeps if we are out and about. Alternatively a pram is ideal as your baby can sleep while you're exploring.

If you are set up for the day near your van, bubs can sleep soundly in their bed or portacot. We can go about our day and she sleeps through the ruckus of her noisy brothers. #itsathirdbabything

GO FOR A SCENIC DRIVE

having a nap while dad visits the bundy factory.

having a nap while dad visits the bundy factory.

It’s been a Great way for our overtired baby to get to sleep, mum and dad get some quiet time and can view the sights, while your baby naps in their car seat.

BABY MONITOR

I nearly wasn’t going to bring this! Thankful I did. It’s not a huge necessity, however it has definitely been handy. We have a Oricom video monitor. There's also some cool apps too! I love it purely for the temperature display. The van can get pretty cold some nights, so I can check this and pop our heater on if need be. It makes for a baby who sleeps through the night!!

We have also used it plenty of times when we have gone next door to socialise with other campers. We can lock the van, and I can take the monitor with me and know if she wakes. Happy days!

ROUTINE

Stick to the routine you typically roll with at home. You’ll have a cruisy bub while on your travels and don’t forget to give it a few days. It's all new to them, so be prepared for some adjustment, including wakeful nights and a cranky baby. Power through. You'll soon be enjoying a well earned wine! 

The more you travel with your baby the easier it becomes! Plus, your confidence to travel with them will grow 

I can honestly say that travelling with her from 6 months old has been hugely beneficial for our little girl.

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So, you're about to head off on your travels!! Excitement and fear is starting to set in as you pack up your home. Below we will give you some handy tips on packing up your house and how to prepare for this big task.

Congratulations on taking one of the biggest leaps and deciding to travel Australia. We reckon its a ballsy decision and one you'll be forever grateful for doing. Packing it all in for an adventure of a lifetime sure is daunting! You've done your research on google, gathered maps and travel brochures and following families who are travelling Oz just like us! 

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One of the common questions we are asked is what exactly do we eat while travelling. So, here is a little breakdown for you.

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Situated smack bang in-between Cairns and Townsville. Only 1.5hrs from either. We have based ourselves at the BIG4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park in South Mission Beach which is right on the water.

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