Saturday, March 7, 2009
Stayed three nights. $28 a night. Great park and good value. We stayed down on the camping flats instead of in the main van section which i think made a big difference to us. I know we would have felt a little crowded or confined up in the main section as the sites were close together with smallish roads. And in peak season it must get PACKED! But we had easily 4 acres of flats with only three other camps on it and some nice shady trees. Lovely!
Overall- 4 stars.
Location- 8/10. Right near the motorway across the highway from Movieworld and Wet and Wild, 5min to Dreamworld etc. Just down the road from a bottle-o, convenience store, fast food etc but it did not feel like it was in the city.
Sites- 7/10. Main van sites are good (even if close together) with some shady ones. Some average sized sites but some big rig ones as well. Great tent camping area and rather flashy cabins and bungalows etc.
Bathrooms- 7/10. Really nice spacious bathrooms. Good showers with good shelves and hooks, nice rubber matts on the shower floor. Had a parents bathroom with a bathtub and change table.
Laundry- 7/10. Good facilites. Nice front loaders that washed really well ($3 a load, same for the dryers). Had ironing area as well.
Shop- 7/10. Good drinks selection, a small range of convenience items, as well as chocolates and icecreams. Little tourist info stand. Gas bottles.
Pool- 5/10. Pool area ok. Too much chlorine in it which stung Jordy's eyes quite badly so we did not stay in. Plus there was a sign that kids that were not toilet trained could not go in so Darcy just splashed a bit.
BBQ area- 7/10. Large undercover BBQ area near the amenities with a few free BBQs and picnic tables. Also a communal fridge and microwave. Another smaller area near the pool.
Playground- 7/10. great jumping pillow that was lots of fun (i've never been on one before!), giant chess set. I don't think they had anything else but with the pillow i don't think they need any more.
Other- Tennis courts, kayak hire (although the river was rather average if that's where you are supposed to take the kayaks).
Friday, March 6, 2009
Had to open up a new bank account to invest our house money in. We'll have a somewhat tight budget with living off the interest payments cos between when we made the decision to do this and now the interest rates have dropped soooo much (typical) so finding a good account was important. Ended up at the Bank of Queensland.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I saw the signs, saw the flag of the shopping centre, got in the right lane cos the signs were pointing right... only to have a five lane major road all turn onto a highway with 'right land must turn right' signs with one little road heading straight ahead into Westfields... crap. Not to worry, I'll just turn around. Not. I had turned onto the Gold Coast Hwy and there was no where to do a Uturn in the truck and the only turn off said it was the motorway to Brisbane (not keen on that). Anyway.... long story short it took me 40min to do a 10min drive to the shops. I think i ended up in Pacific Palms before i found my way back again cos i did not have a map. I hate the city.
But i got the groceries, and back at the park Darcy had time for his nap :)
Then a mad rush to get sandwiches and drinks packed, a change of clothes for the boys, hats, sunscreen, camera, ergo, stroller.... got the lot. Back in the truck and off to Dreamworld.
We headed straight to Wiggle World. Jordy got excited straight away with the music and brightly coloured rides and attractions. Jordy and i went on Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup ride and then the Big Red Car ride. We saw Captain Feathersword and ran around the SS Feathersword.
Then off through Tiger Island and over to Nickelodian World which had more rides. I took Jordy and Darcy both on the Dora Aeroplane which Darcy loved. What else.... Tim and the boys ran around in a big canon ball shooting net thing. There were a couple of other rides that i thought Jordy would like but he kept getting sidetracked and we never got back to them! LOL!.
We went back to Wiggle World to have our lunch and the kids played in a Wiggly Fun Area with the plastic climbing castles and trucks and little slides etc. Jordy would have been happy to stay in there all afternoon but we dragged him out to go see what else we could find.
Had a walk through the Australian Animal section. Lots of kangaroos and Jordy asked if it was the Billabong and was Lala here :) I thought we could all go on the Rapid Ride so we walked a loooooong way to the ride only to discover the boys could not go on. I was seriously thinking about leaving them behind and going on it myself cos it was HOT! Instead we walked back to the Vintage Cars. Jordy really liked these so he had three goes around the track. It was never really busy there but by the afternoon the crowds had really thinned so there was no waiting at all for the rides which was great.
After that we walked back to Wiggle World and Tim took Jordy on Dorothy's Tea Cups again. Darcy woke up and i was about to take both kids on again but then Dorothy came out and Jordy wanted to go wave and hug her so we did that instead.
At the end of the day we bought two paddlepops and a coke and that was it. Cindy had given us a 'mates rates' ticket so we got in for half price and the boys were both free so pretty good value for a big day out. Finally we caught the train for a lap around the park which was a nice way to finish things off.
At the car park we saw the helicopter land and take off right in front of us and the passengers and pilot all waved to Jordy as they flew overhead. Bundled the kids back in the truck and Jordy was asleep before we even got out of the car park.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The trip north was a nice easy one of about 2hours. Lovely scenery. I took a photo as we drove over the hills but no chance to stop. (Excuse the photo if it is blurry. Sun is really bright here so i can't see my computer screen properly to check what the photo looks like! LOL! )
We are staying at the Gold Coast Holiday Park which is right near Movieworld and Wet n Wild etc. Amazing location and the park is really bush-feeling. Quite surprising really. Here is the view from our site down to the river. We are down on the camping flats (with a powered site) rather than up in the caravan section. We did not care about having a slab next to the van and the extra space for the kids is great. That is Jordy in the distance in his Big Red Car and Darcy chasing along behind. :)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
But while i was laying in bed earlier tonight trying to put Darcy to sleep (did not work and he got up and played for another hour!) but there was a lovely breeze blowing through the bed end and i could see the half moon through the bed flys and it was just lovely (except for the squirming baby!).... i can't wait until we can relax together and enjoy more evenings sitting outside in the cool night breeze and just breath.
Monday, March 2, 2009
oh, i nearly forgot- my wine!!! Mum and Dad have too much weight in their van and have to offload some gear... and they had 4dozen bottles of red stored for me. So today we are re-organising and prioritising. I say the wine has to stay. Tim is not so convinced. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
But nothing much exciting going on today. Just washing and sorting and checking things out. Tim is going to get a fan to fit inside the fridge vent to help the fridge work better in high heats. It's ok here but if we get too many days pushing 40' it will struggle so we'll get it sorted out now while we have a chance.
And Darcy walked right across the loungeroom here. Did not get a chance to count the steps but i guess 15-20 steps. He went half way then stopped, bent his knees for balance, looked around and grinned, and then went again.
Dad cooked a couple of chickens in the Weber Baby-Q for dinner. I made a super easy stuffing just to see how lazy i could be and have something edible! I just sliced up some wholegrain bread, diced a tomato, added a jig of worcestershire sauce, a squirt of tomato sauce and some salt and pepper. Squished it together and stuffed it in. It was actually really nice.
Editted to add- NEWSFLASH! Jordy fetched his first beer all by himself (should i be proud or embarrased?) Tim is obviously happy :)
We are loving the caravanners wave! LOL! and have noticed that people are more likely to wave before midday than they are after lunch. Seems like people get grouchy and the howdy wave becomes too much effort after midday... but Tim is working to improve his odds.
Arrived at a wonderful 5star facility in Ballina, otherwise known as 'Grandma's house'. Bloody hot in Ballina so we all just sat around and melted in the 36' heat. Tim went and bought beer. Mum and Dad arrived just in time for dinner (they got a flat tyre at Ulmarra) and we sat around and complained about the heat until it was time for bed and we retired to our air conditioned caravan.