Maiden Voyage! Melbourne to Cairns in two weeks
Updated: Aug 6, 2019
After we made the decision to take a year off and travel this great country we cancelled flights we had booked prior from Melb to Cairns for a wedding and decided we would caravan it up!
Possibly a tad ambitious for first time caravanners to give themselves two weeks to tow a caravan across two states with 3 young kids and a dog 😅 but hey we do love a challenge.
We decided to take the fastest route and travel inland and you know what, we had a great time!
Not gonna lie there are many many moments...long days driving and nights in a new tiny home with small people is testing.
Although we‘ve done it quickly, we still managed to fit in some fun day touring and experience great places and friendly hospitality along the way.
On travelling days we drove around 4 hours, with the longest day between Roma and Clermont 6 hours, this was tough on the kids but traveling that bit further meant we could do another sanity saving two nighter somewhere we wanted to be. We count the distance in the number of DVD's the kids get to watch.
In the first two weeks we travelled 3,080 kms. We’ve broken up fifty-six thousand fights and passed a trillion snacks and drinks back and forth from the front to the back seats.
My favourite complaints from the back seat, Skyler, ‘Mum! Jaxon’s looking out my window and I paid for it’ 🙄 and, Jaxon, 'Mum!, Scarlett's copying me, tell her to stop copying me.
Here’s where we stayed:
Glenrowan (2 nights)
Temora (1 night)
Dubbo (2 nights)
Moree (2 nights)
Clermont (1 nights)
Charters Towers (2 nights)
Kurrimine Beach (2 nights)
We researched and booked along the way, seeking out interesting spots along the way for our stopovers with things to do for the kids.
We learnt about Ned Kelly in Glenrowan the place of his final siege and capture, visited local wineries in country VIC, experienced African animals at Dubbo Zoo, swam in thermal artesian hot springs in Moree, had lunch at The Dish, roasted marshmallows in a camp fire at a farm stay outside Roma, saw coral right up on the shore at Kings Reef, Kurrimine Beach and seen some very cool outback artwork. Jason was nice enough to slow down to 80km for me to take a photo out the window....
Kids have had numerous animal encounters and scooter rides along the way. And our dog Ted has had the time of his life, many walks each day and a trip to the beach!
The Great Inland Way is beautiful, the landscape constantly changing. We were lucky to see some lush green green after the rain we’ve had earlier this year, and may I mention the outback is bloody cold in Winter 🥶 our coldest morning was -2 degrees.
On Thursday we had our final short drive to Cairns, where we are catching up with family for a wedding. Then, we are very much looking forward to slowing down and enjoying our gap year at a slower pace!