Red Baron Seaplane

That moment when I got a text from my bestie “Hey Kell, want to come up in the Red Baron with me?”! 

BOOM DIGGITY, replied yes ASAP!

  
My gorgeous friend Mel received a joy flight {from her awesome husband} in the Red Baron Seaplane to fly over Townsville and Magnetic Island for her birthday and she asked ME to share this with her! It was super awesome!

   

 We totally rocked the headgear {maybe not as glamorous as Catherine Zeta-Jones}, we had the GoPro attached to an extender pole and we got to share an awesome experience together! It was uber cool to go for a fly in a vintage plane and I will cherish that moment forever, even the parts of doing some stunts and having my tummy work its way up my throat! 

  

Townsville By Air

Zac {Master 6} was lucky enough recently to go for a ride in a helicopter over The Strand and Townsville City while the V8’s were on.  My brother, who organised it obviously won the Uncle of the Year Trophy.  Big thanks to Townsville Helicopters, Zac had the rise of his life!

Getting a “Birdseye view” of anywhere is pretty spectacular. My brother took lots of photos for me to share.  At least once in your life treat yourself and do this, memories are lovely treasures!

   

   
   
   

Strand Ephemera 2015

While we are hanging in Townsville we are trying to get out and about as much as we can! Over the weekend the Strand Ephemera was launched, so we went and checked it out.  What is it you ask? It’s a Sculpture Festival that transforms The Strand into an artist display, and it’s awesome! Check out some of our pics! If you are in the area check it out, you have until 9th August {2015}.                            

Margaret River to Albany

Our travels through WA in our Cheapa Campa continue. We traveled through the beautiful Margaret River through to Albany!  Wow! Wow! Wow! So much to see, glorious wines to be tasted, beers to be drunk, food to be consumed, chocolate to be devoured and parks to be played, and that’s just the start!!! We started our glorious Wednesday morning with a coffee and chocolate tasting at Temper Temper, this place was recommended by some fellow travellers so we have it a go, and it didn’t disappoint!   And it wouldn’t be a visit to Margaret River without visiting a brewery or winery (or both)! Best thing is that most we have read about cater for kids, with huge playgrounds to keep the kiddies entertained it’s a win win for Travelling families!!!    We chose the tourist route and headed towards the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, found a great park in Peaceful Bay for the night and did the walk this morning, it’s a must do if you visit the area!!!!            This afternoon we hit Albany and headed to the Discovery Bay Tourism Experience, the historical whaling station! It was amazing, weren’t so much about the old whaling days, so glad everyone told us about that one!   Thanks to having a motorhome, we had another home cooked meal and kids are in bed!  I hope you all have a chance to visit this area, it’s beautiful!!!!!  Kell x

More WA Delights

Travelled down in our Cheapa Campa towards Margaret River today and saw some beautiful places along the way.  First stop was Busselton, taking a walk on the 1.8km Jetty and taking in the gorgeous views! Simply amazing! Grabbed a coffee from the cafe and Zac had a play in the park, all winners here! Grabbed some supplies from the local shops 🙂 We chose the tourist route so we could see more. Stopped at Yallingup and it was another breathtaking place (these WA beaches are pretty awesome)!! Another awesome park for Zac to have a play and Corey & I to check out the views, yep pretty awesome!   After this spot we headed down to Surfers Point in Margaret River, home of the Margaret River Surfing Pro, and guess what?? Anther awesome view! So lovely to see the sun over the ocean in the afternoons! Really is a photography paradise 🙂    Was nice to feel the sand between our toes too! We decided to stay in town at Margaret River so we can get an early start to explore the region! Watch this space for tomorrow’s adventures 🙂

Visit To The Sunshine Coast

Last week Zac, Brett & I went to the Sunny Coast.  It was a trip to introduce the little guy to his Aunty and Uncle – us being nomadic it was way easier for 11198637_10153123751847025_1046845756_nthem to fly us to them rather than come to us.  So we had a busy busy week of playing and adventuring, and I survived two plane trips with two kids solo (#gome)!

11173433_10153123751862025_351483864_nVery excited at the airport (sad to say goodbye to Corey), we did the ‘obligatory’ family selfie before we boarded, and I made sure I took a quick snap of Bretto, being his first flight and all.  I sometimes feel I neglect the little fellow when it comes to snapping him, so I am making a concerted effort to make sure I have lots of photos (second child syndrome).

Flight was great, kids were perfect! Another tick in the travel check box (keep Zac entertained with books/colouring and the promise of timtam fingers from the Hosties – worked a treat).  Breastfed taking off and landing, Brett slept pretty much for the duration of the flight.  Had a lovely G’ma beside me who was off to visit her Grandson, so it was a dream flight!!  Arrived in Brisbane and the weather was magical – check this shot I took  from the window!

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Bretto had a few firsts while we were there, not just a plane trip, but a trip to the beach and a little dip in the ocean.  Of course he loved it, it wasn’t too cold, big smiles all round!  Zac l11208815_10153123751827025_132181490_noved showing him the sand and shells, I don’t want to wish time away, but it will be great when they can run along the beach together!

11118431_10153123751447025_1514828767_nThese shots were taken on Anzac Day at Currimundi Lake, if you are ever on the coast this is a great place to visit.  There are no waves (you can walk over the dunes to the ocean side), so great for little people, and even better that you can walk across to the other side and go adventuring.  Great sand dunes for rolling down too!  We got to see some people landing from their sky dive – they couldn’t of picked a better day!  Great to see lots of families together and using SUPs too – I’ve jotted that down on the old bucket list to give it a go at some point 😉

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We took Zac’s school things with us as well, in between activities we did lots of reading and did all the work he needed to.  We incorporated a lot of other activities into his school, 11173585_10153123751397025_1721508240_nwe visited Mainly Music, Chipmunks (indoor play centre), Sea Life UnderWater World, and did copious amounts of playing and dressing up with his cousins. He mastered a flip on the trampoline too, feeling very proud of himself!11195326_10153123751407025_1580649347_n

Then this happened – Brett is actually 16 weeks old, time is flying by so quickly! I 11208870_10153123751222025_1640171547_nalways get a snap of the boys together to watch them grow, I hope their closeness remains the same as they get older.  Corey didn’t come on this trip so we made sure we sent morning photos!

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After a fabulous week, catching up with friends and family and Zac playing with his cousins from morning to night, it was time to head back to Townsville.  Was great to get away for a little while and enjoy some of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer! It really is a great place, make sure you visit!

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Until our next little adventure – take care x

 

Featured Family

While Travelling Australia – it is great linking with other travellers, especially other families. It provides an opportunity to meet up, share ideas, assist with schooling and all the other things (good and bad) that come with raising your children on the road!

One of my first contacts was Mandy at TAWKers “Travel Australia With Kids’!  She founded this group and has a great blog, assisting other travellers who are out there, not only within Australia but families who are coming from overseas!

I love that we are all here to offer advice and share our stories – we are the current ‘Featured Family’ on the TAWKers site – head on over and check it out – click here.  There is also a section on there that you can complete so you can become a Featured Family too 🙂

Reminiscing 

Well at the moment we are in the planning stages to head off again! Going through photos and I’m getting mega excited! We think we have found the perfect caravan to buy (so watch this space) and we are getting used to have another little nomad in our group (Baby Brett)!

Distance Education seems to be the way to go for us & for Zac, am looking at watching how we go when we are in our van again! Making use of having family and friends around has been great too! We have also had a few opportunities to house sit, so GO US!

Looking back through our photos – we certainly have seen some beautiful places, and looking at other travel blogs we certainly have a lot more to see! I will keep reminiscing, and keep doing small trips around Townsville – while we plan to depart again!

Stay cool people x

Big Crystal Creek, QLD

We are in Townsville for a few months (getting things sorted) so we are trying our best to explore the region!

Fell in love with Big Crystal Creek in the Paluma Range National Park. It’s just magical there. It has a campground too for those wanting to camp!

I think we will love exploring more of our backyard while we call Townsville home for a few months!

The Blonde Baby Nomad is HERE :)

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Our second little cherub “Brett Corey Stephenson” arrived safely into the world on Tuesday, 6th January 2015!  Zac is thrilled to be a big brother and we are all over the moon with our little addition.

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Thank goodness for family and friends, they have been a constant support network while we have made the transition from ‘3’ to ‘4’.

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Brett is the most amazing little baby, he is very happy and loves being in the car.  His Dr has told me he is thriving, so I’m guessing Mummy and Daddy figured out the baby thing again quite quickly (it really is just like riding a bike).
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I just had to share these gorgeous pictures with you, our amazing photographer is so talented and takes the loveliest photos – check her work out {http://www.vickimillerphotography.com}.

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