Where kids can be kids

What better way to celebrate the Labour Day long weekend than with a family getaway in WA’s great south west?  And I do mean get away…. away from the hustle and bustle of city life … no rushing, no timetables, no  television,  no mobile phone signal, no computers or internet access , in fact not much of anything except  time spent with my wife, two sons and some great friends enjoying the great outdoors together.HamelinBay_WATC_003912-786

Sounded like heaven to us, and that’s exactly what we got, plus so much more, when we opted for a family camping trip at Hamelin Bay Holiday Park.

Located about 15kms north of Augusta and 30kms south of Margaret River, the park is set on a wide sweeping section of coastline at beautiful Hamelin Bay and has got to be one of the state’s best kept family holiday destination secrets.

Sitting around our campsite each night we could hear the sound of the waves lapping on the on the beach, look up and marvel at the clear, star studded night sky and, from our cozy, 4 sleeper family tent, wake up to the smell of the Peppermint trees and fresh ocean air.

Only a short walk to the beach, Hamelin Bay offers safe swimming for the kids, snorkelling, beach fishing and boating all in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. A bonus is also the great little local pub restaurant, The Karridale Tavern, serving delicious food and delivering fantastic country style service just 5 mins up the road!

With the hustle and speed of the routine that comes with working parents and kids at school what we loved most about this holiday was the opportunity to relax, reconnect and let the kids roam free and explore to their heart’s content, feeling comfortable that they were truly “safe”. It’s great to be able to allow the kids to be “kids”, enjoying their own sense of freedom and adventure, mixing with the other children and making new friends.

Needless to say, we’ve re-booked our spot at Hamelin Bay Holiday Park and look forward to being there again, same time next year.

quick boatsQuickboating!

So my crazy wife has left the mad corporate world and joined two talented entrepreneurs to launch the Quickboat to the global market.  It’s a great concept, which is why I want to share our experience with you.

While we were staying at Hamelin Bay we had the opportunity to have some fun and adventure on the Blackwood River with the boat.  It’s a fantastically stable and high performing fishing or adventure craft but what makes it special is that it folds and stores into two bags so we can just take it out of the shed, pop it on the roof rack and off we go.

Our boys loved it, Mitch was able to throw a line over and trawl for anything that swims while Cooper felt very special getting a chance to steer and adventure down some of the canals.

It’s worth a look.  www.quickboats.com

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