Our trip around Australia
For the past 7 years our little business Eco Party Box has grown and we’ve loved every minute of finding eco party products and packing and sending them out just as quickly as your orders have come in.
Raising 4 children together as well as running the business we decided we needed a bit of a break and handed the business over to Jonathan’s father (he’s awesome by the way) for six months so that we could travel Australia in a caravan.
Our first stop was to Tumut in NSW to pick up our “Bessie” – a 1979 Coronet caravan, with 4 bunks, new fridge, new stove and TV – despite not having a toilet, she was perfect.
We added a battery and away we went in our Holden “Captain” Captiva pulling Bessie behind!
Up to Port Augusta, through to Coober Pedy for a week, over to Uluru for a lengthy walk around the rock and then up to Alice Springs.
We then travelled to Barrow Creek, Daly Waters Pub, Devil’s Marbles, Mataranka, Katherine and chilled out at many natural thermal pools which lined our journey. We stayed at a farm with a curious pony and eventually stormed into Darwin for three glorious sun-filled weeks, relaxing by the pool at our caravan resort or one of Darwin’s two awesome free waterparks.
Then it was back down to Three Ways, over to Barkly Station, across the QLD border to Winton (to check out the dinosaur bones). Up to Charters Towers followed by Townsville and an extensive trip to Cairns where we caught up with family members and snorkelled at Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
We hopped with kangaroos on the beach in Cape Hillsborough, collected many shells from Seaforth (a local holiday destination near Mackay). We made the most of out back Queensland and enjoyed a rodeo at a massive Aussie pub and stayed at many other great pubs along the way. (Some of which were filmed by Jonathan. See them at greataussiepubs.com.au).
We creeped into the most popular parts of Queensland enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine coast and made the most of the refillable drinks at the theme parks in the Gold Coast. We stayed with a great friend of mine in rural New South Wales on their glorious sheep farm near Lithgow. From Lithgow we braved a long 3 hour trip through the blue mountains for a day in Sydney Harbor.
We spent many hours on the road lapping up the scenery in the Snowy Mountains. We ate out at a fancy restaurant in the Canberra National Library, viewed our history at the Canberra War memorial and walked around the world at the miniature buildings in Cockington Green. We also managed to have some snow play in a town just out of Canberra.
We finished up our holiday high on the big "Ferris Wheel" in Melbourne, visiting a beloved sister and Aunty, looking for gold at Soverign Hill in Balarat, and enjoying the long stretch of the Coorong via Kingston S.E.
Now that we’re back we’re taking your orders again and still loving it. Our trip also gave us an insight into how much waste hits the outback – it was a shock to us to see so many coffee cups strewn across the landscape.
We also realised the outback needs better access to compostable packaging options – as freighting out boxes to remote parts of Australia can be expensive.
Never the less we spread our eco party message far and wide and hopefully we will see more people celebrating sustainably from more pockets of this great brown land in the future.