Closing the Loop

Finally Back to Where It All Began

Five hundred and seventy days ago, on October 31, 2014, a little after 12 pm, Dean and I arrived at the Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park, parked our mini home on the site we were allocated and settled in for a week.

Before we started travelling, Dicky Beach was Dean’s favourite surf beach and, to be perfectly honest, if the park was any closer to the beach, you’d have sand in your pants.  Thinking back to our week here in 2014, I remember that Dean was in his element with the surf gods turning it on for five of the seven days we stayed, and I bit the pavement when I fell off my bike the first time we went out for a ride.  Thank goodness that was also the last time I fell off my bike.

So Dicky Beach was Location No 1 of our amazing adventure and it has taken us 19 months to get back to where it all started.  During that time we’ve:

  • Towed the caravan a little more than 26,000 kilometres
  • Added almost double that to the car at just over 50,000 kilometres
  • Stayed in more than 100 different locations (108 to be exact*)
  • Visited just as many different locations (if not more)
  • Spent an insane amount of money
  • House sat on four separate occasions
  • Saw parts of Australia we never thought we would
  • Watched countless sunrises, and slightly more sunsets
  • Witnessed the Moon rise and fall over land and sea
  • Walked through so many forests and stood by towering trees
  • Swum with the fishes, and one black-tipped reef shark
  • Were deafened by the roar of the wind
  • (Almost) Swept away by the power of the ocean
  • Bushwalked in every state of Australia
  • Sweltered our way through the hottest place on earth and
  • Gazed in wide-eyed wonder at the natural beauty of our country

But I’m getting carried away and will stop right there for now.  You will just have to wait for my Best of the Best summary I’m currently working on.  There are also so many things we experienced that I didn’t get time to write about and over the coming weeks I’ll continue sharing our stories and photos taken along the way.  I hope they will be no less interesting after the fact.

One thing is for sure, we had an amazing time – the MOST amazing time – travelling around Australia, loving living and laughing all the way, and would do it all again in a heartbeat.

* My location count doesn’t include Brisbane where we were originally living and returned to for three nights before we eventually headed south.

What’s Next?

My emotions are still warring with each other.  I’m still both happy and sad all at once and keep asking myself ‘How could it be over so soon?’

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to keep going and see more of our big, beautiful, brown country, and yet I’m still not prepared to say our adventure is over.  We’ve booked into Dicky Beach for the next 30 (or so) days and, during this time, we will be visiting parts of the Great South East.

There are lots of wonderful, beautiful, magical things to see and share.  But changes are afoot!

But changes are afoot! 

Where do we live now?  How much will a new house cost?  Do we have enough money to buy what we want, where we want it?  What jobs will we get?  What work will we do?  What work can we do?  How long will it take to find work?  Where will we live in the meantime?  Do we have enough money?

One of these questions has already been answered.

We will NOT be returning to Brisbane to live.  We’ve already decided where we will be living and when I have more information I’ll share the decision we’ve made.

. . .

And there’s another decision already made:  I will be consolidating my two blogs.

This blog was always meant to be about Our Trip of a Lifetime. One location where I could keep everyone up to date on where we were and what we were doing.  My other blog, My Creative Cosmos, is where I have been posting ‘a galaxy of poetry, short stories, tall tales, and other assorted creative items’.  All 145 of them.

Now however, with our adventure all but officially over, it’s time to consolidate and have only one blog – a hodge-podge of thoughts and ideas, an eclectic collection of photographs, poetry and short stories – some factual, some not – some funny, some not – a place to publish speeches I’ve written for Toastmasters, but overall remain the meanderings of a 50+ year old (sometimes) struggling to find her way while making lemonade.

Here’s where you can help.  Over time, and to keep this blog as is – incredible journal of the last 19 months – I’ll move the posts from My Creative Cosmos here, subsequently reposting them.

In doing so, the blog name and purpose must change and I don’t know what to call it and would love to know what you think.  Just pop your suggestion in as a comment and soon enough I’ll be announcing the change.


Thoughts on Location No 107

Golden Beach, South East Queensland

But for the fact we had to leave Alexandra Headlands on Friday, and we couldn’t get into Dicky Beach until Sunday, we spend two days at the Golden Beach Holiday Park, (oddly enough) at Golden Beach, a suburb of the Sunshine Coast.

The park was nice, neat and tidy, and despite being a pet-friendly park (and full of caravaners with dogs), it was very quiet.  My sister and her husband were there for the weekend also, testing out their new van and it was very nice to be parked next to them and feel that connection with family.  (Yes they were quiet too as was their dog Jess.) 

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