Are you one of those couples that used to camp before the kids came along, but now it seems too hard? It seems like you would need to take everything but the kitchen sink and take a day to pack. That’s not really the perfect holiday, is it?
A solution that is being discovered more and more by young families is campervan hire or motorhome hire. Being able to take the kids into the outdoors and teaching them about wildlife is something we’ve always wanted to do for our children.
Recently we explored the coast north of Sydney in a campervan for a couple of weeks. Hiring a 4 berth motorhome gave us plenty of space, and having the onboard toilet and shower made life so easy.
The kids loved the places we explored. We based ourselves at Port Stephens, about 2.5 hours north of Sydney. We spent days exploring the area. Nearby, Nelson Bay is a large sheltered bay with safe, calm beaches perfect for small children. The days just disappeared as we checked out the surf beaches, taught the kids how to fish, did family walks and even some whale watching.
Whale watching begins in mid-May as the humpback whales migrate north over about a 6-8 week period. From September to October, the southern migration begins. At this time there is also a large number of seabirds that migrate from the northern hemisphere to nest there. If you can time your visit to experience the migration of the whales, you and the kids will not be disappointed.
Port Stephens also is home to groups of bottlenose dolphins, which we were lucky enough to spot. It was the first time the kids had seen dolphins in the wild, so saying they
were excited, was an understatement. Nearby Tamari National Park is the perfect headland to spot whales, dolphins and other marine life. On our way back to Sydney, we spent a night in the Hunter Valley which is not that far from Port Stephens. We enjoyed a couple of wine tastings and the scenery was spectacular.
We even found a few venues, like Potters Brewery which had playgrounds for the children and allowed us to relax over lunch.
All in all, a campervan holiday is perfect for a family holiday. It is a great way to introduce the children into the marvels of nature without roughing it.