Wednesday, February 08, 2012

An adventure: Camping with babies

So we went camping over the Australia Day long weekend. Yes camping! Four families in three tents with four babies between 6 to 13 months.

 

The place we camped at needs an ancillary mention. We booked two sites at at Beachlands Holiday Park in Busselton. According to the email confirmation, our group was guaranteed two side-by-side grassed sites.

However when we arrived we were shown two separate (non-side-by-side) sites on concrete slabs located close to the edge of the road. There were no trees providing any shade and you can imagine how hot it was in 40 degree weather.

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Crappy camp site vs. Proper camp site

The worst thing was that the proprietor was barely apologetic and basically told us that there was nothing he could do. Unfortunately it was impossible to find any vacancies at other places at the last minute. However thanks to some clever manoeuvring and negotiation skills of my friend Jamie, we managed to find a compromise situation.

We resolved to move past the bad reception and enjoy the place for what it was. Frankly, the camp site has great facilities – including a dry playground, water playground, swimming pool, a giant jumping pillow, clean and spacious family bathrooms, a camp kitchen and bbq area, free wireless internet etc.

Thanks to the great company, we had a wonderful time and agreed that we should definitely organise a joint family getaway like this again. However the bad experience with the Beachlands proprietor left a sour taste in all our mouths – so we haven’t decided yet whether we would go back there again.

Anyway moving on, here are some highlights from our trip…

The open air playroom/nursery we set up for the kids

 

Nathan’s first girl roommate – Sophie, sitting on far left in the pic below

 

The water playground – the biggest highlight for Nathan

 

Fresh herring (caught by hubby) shared between eight adults

 

And this absolutely gorgeous moment with the kids as we were out shopping for supplies (youngest member of the gang not pictured)

My verdict on camping: totally doable and heaps of fun. I would do it again… hopefully in less searing heat and next time I’ll bring along really good earplugs.

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