We bought a caravan. We’re down here right now for summer holidays before we take off overseas. It’s so much fun.
The van is in a caravan park, its fixed to the site and it has a good sized annex and a small covered outdoor area. It’s massively old and the floor of the van noticeably drops with each step when you walk across it. It has old flooring carpet, original fixtures with knobs on every drawer and cupboard you need to press so you can open them, and half the time they don't open without a bit of help. It’s a bit smelly and old and needs work and we just love it.
Having a permanent van in a caravan park means you’re part of a little community. We have neighbours on each side and across from us and everyone looks out for each other. We have a few fabulous friends who have vans here and have already helped us so much with cleaning out the old furniture and accumulation from the previous owners, and who have done up their own vans to look like little duplexes and who are so welcoming and generous.
There’s a water park on site, a jumping pillow, putt-putt golf and a tennis court as well as other climbing equipment. These holidays there's a jumping castle and other activities like nail painting - and a christian group runs morning games sessions for the kids every day. There's a little shop, and in the town a 10 minute walk away is a general store/fish and chip shop and a bowling club that has a kids disco on Wednesday nights during the school holidays.
We’re just a short walk to the beach and a quick drive to gorgeous wild beaches within Jervis Bay. Wine time starts any time from midday.
The best part for me is that it’s great for Emmie. At home we live on a main road which is always busy and rushed and dangerous. So there’s no running outside and riding bikes with neighbours for Emmie at home. But here in the park there’s bikes and scooters and forming teams and running around throwing water bombs on each other. There’s friendly faces and making up dances and easter egg hunts and movie nights and feeling safe and secure and happy.
It’s a bit crazy considering we’re about to head overseas for a year but it was cheap and it’s something we will use for on weekends and school holidays for years to come.
And if the van is a bit old and smelly then that’s okay - there’s years and years of van life ahead to get it into shape.