A family road trip – what could be more fun? Before you start shaking in your shoes at the thought of “are we there yet?” a road trip can actually be great fun and educational at the same time. With a bit of forward planning, a good time can be had by all!
Words COLLEEN WILLIS
We are fortunate in Australia to have a multitude of scenic routes from which to choose. One of the most spectacular would have to be the Great Ocean Road, which is on the Australian National Heritage List. The Great Ocean Road is 243km of road between the Victorian towns of Torquay and Allansford, and is next to Warrnambool.
The beauty of a trip like this is that you can decide how fast or slow you want to do it and what sights you want to stop at. Here are some of the amazing things to visit:
However, to make a family road trip successful, it’s important to do things to keep the kids interested, or you may well end up with that chorus of “are we there yet??” The Great Ocean Road has plenty of opportunities to stop, have a look and have a play.
For example, in Torquay itself, a visit to the Tiger Moth World holds lots of fun and is aimed at families with children up to teenage years. Some activities include:
** This is fantastic as it lists 35 playgrounds, their facilities and an age guide. Brilliant!! **
Road trip hints
Pack plenty of healthy snacks and water
Pack wipes and hand sanitiser
Make several stops to cover the toilet and a run around
Keep hats and sunscreen handy
Bring a First-Aid kit
Have plastic bags handy for rubbish and possible accidents
Plan your route before you start
Update navigation systems
Bring books, ipads, DVDs, colouring-in packs
Plan some games eg I spy
CDs to sing along
Talk to each other and have fun!
There are so many great towns along this road and they have a large number of accommodation options available, ranging from basic camping to luxury lodgings.
There are plenty of caravan/holiday parks to choose from, spanning from the Big4 chain to those privately owned and run. Most will allow camping and range from basic facilities to having a pool and playground.
If you’re travelling with a group then another option is to rent a house for a few days when stopping. This can sometimes help cut costs yet give you the freedom and flexibility to come and go as you want.
Colleen has roamed the world for many years on her own and with her husband and daughter, Rebekah. During this time, Colleen has been a teacher and an award-winning recipient of Flight Centre both in Australia and overseas. Colleen will guide you through family travel the way she knows best!