New South Wales

Lakes Entrance to Merimbula

Monday 11th November   We said goodbye to Victoria this morning as we headed off the 267ks to Merimbula on the Sapphire (South) Coast, NSW.

We were hoping for better weather, but it wasn't to be. The wipers worked most of the way here and we had to set up in the cold/rain here at Sapphire Valley Caravan Park. We had no sooner finished setting up, than it absolutely poured!

Once the rain eased, we did the mandatory cruise of the area and are now back in the warmth of the van. We are here for 3 nights, so we'll get more serious tomorrow, taking in the sights on offer. This place, like many other coastal towns we've seen on our trip, would be absolutely beautiful if the weather were warm and sunny.

Tuesday 12th November   It absolutely poured all night here, so we didn't sleep that well. (We've had 4 inches since we arrived!) It's 9:40 already and we haven't yet left the the van. The radar shows the heaviest rain passing over soon, so we should be able to start 'touristing' shortly.

Tuesday Noon:   Surprise, surprise! The rain has gone, the sky is blue and the sun is shining! 

In the car Bev, we're outa here!

Batemans Bay and Wollongong

The view from our Caravan Park

Merimbula to Batemans Bay
More of the same on this leg of the journey, with the rain continuing. 

We stayed 3 days here at Batemans Bay
and it rained 2 of the 3. However, we had a good look around this coastal playground, where Sydneysiders love to spend their Summer Holidays.


Good-bye Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay to Wollongong
We left Batemans Bay Sunday morning and thought we might stop at Nowra, or even at Berry, but it was raining so hard I could hardly see where we were going. We kept going and are now at the Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort, where we are spending 4 nights before moving on to Forster, where we will be catching up with Joanne and Luke and Luke's brother Nathan. 

 More rain Sunday night, nearly all day Monday and thankfully, fined up today (Tuesday). We've had so much cold, wet weather in the past couple of months, it's hard to maintain a positive outlook and you begin to wish you were home. But then along comes a sunny day and things look brighter again! 

The guys at the weather Bureau say the fine weather should continue for the next few days, but then more rain will be moving in. We sure hope it's fine for Forster, not only for us, but for the boys and their Triathlon. 


We arrived early, ahead of the Triathlon but the course was ready for action. We caught up with our daughter, son-in-law and his brother, who were staying in a lovely apartment overlooking the ocean, the caravan park (where we were) and the Triathlon Start/Finish area.

After our stay in the lovely Forster/Tuncurry area, we called an end to our trip and headed back to Rockhampton for Christmas.


We resumed our Around Australia Trip in March 2014, taking in the area along the Northern to Central NSW coast, from the Gold Coast south to Old Bar which is just north of Forster.

That trip lasted approximately 5 weeks and we stayed at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Evans Head, Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie, Old Bar.

October 2014 saw us on the road again, this time a 2 week visit to Queensland's Sunshine Coast. We based ourselves at the Noosa Caravan Park, taking in the many sights and attractions on offer.

We were booked to spend Christmas at Airlie Beach, but due to health concerns (read heart surgery), we were unable to make it.

In March, with a clearance from the cardiologist, we'll be kicking off 2015 with a 2 week trip to the Sunshine Coast again, this time staying at the Mooloolaba Caravan Park.

As we are that close to the Gold Coast, we'll have a further 2 weeks there, probably staying at Burleigh Beach Tourist Park where we have stayed in the past.

Click Here for our 2015 antics

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Our solution to this dilemma was to install a Satellite TV System. My research had narrowed the choices down to 2 companies:

Both companies offer a full Satellite Caravan Kit at great prices. I was ready to order a full kit from Access Antennas, when an email changed everything.

I'm a subscriber to the popular Caravan & Motorhome on Tour Magazine, which I enjoy very much. In November 2014 they sent out an email to entice new subscribers and get current subscribers to extend. To sweeten the deal, they were offering a Satellite Dish Kit with a 15 month subscription, for $149!

I used to buy the Magazine each month from the Newsagent and 15 issues @ $9.95 comes to $149.25. Just so happens, the Kit they were offering is the Access Antennas kit, selling on their website for $339. This is the full kit, without the Decoder Box.

I had to buy the VAST Decoder Box separately, which cost $235 postpaid. So I got the full kit, worth $584 including the Bag, plus 15 issues of the magazine ($149.25 across the counter) for only $384!
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But it doesn't have to be this way! Stop the frustration! My New Guide will lead you step-by-step towards a successful set-up every time.

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Caravan Improvement Projects
I love working on new projects that will improve our quality of life on the road. Here's one project I just completed recently. See if it will suit your setup... you may want to do it for your van. 
                 Water Purification Project


Usually, we don't stay in a Free Camp location longer than 2 days. We like to share our Free Camping experiences with Caravan Park stays. Therefore, we don't need a lot of Solar. Even so, our setup includes 2x 130w Panels fixed  on the roof (above), powering a 110AH Battery. We also have a second battery in the tug.

As a supplement, we also have a 120w Folding Panel.  We have never come close to running out of power, thanks to our van's highly efficient LED lighting and low power draw appliances.

We lumped a generator around Australia, but in two years, have never used it !

Anyone want to buy a genny?

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