Rachel Down Under!

Camps-giving

Posted in Australia, Sydney by rssmith218 on November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and even though my Aussie mates don’t usually celebrate this holiday, we took a weekend trip away to the bush to celebrate the newly-deemed, “Camps-giving.” Credit to Aria for many of these photos.

Of course, prior to our trip, we had to track down some meat for the barbie at the weekly meat raffle- can you believe that I won this ham? Nora can’t!

With our meat stowed away, we packed up our cars and began the journey up to Seal Rocks, a lovely spot on Australia’s eastern coast that is about 4 hours north of Sydney.

Now all we need is a sausage roll, and we can get on the road! Let’s hit it, Luke!

Having fun back there guys?

How about now that we’re a bit better stocked?

Our car turned into camp just in time for an evening bbq and campfire.

Campfire!

And what would a campfire be without a campfire sing-a-long?

….or tequila shots?

We started the next day early with a family breakfast….

…but we soon headed out to the beach!

Ready for some sun and surf, girls?

We made it! So beautiful and so empty- quite a change from Bondi!

Upon arrival, we quickly began to make the most of these beautiful surroundings with a bit of sunbathing,

swimming,

and of course, sport!

I also had a fishing lesson from expert anglers Nat and Luke….

…and even though I didn’t catch anything, I got a lot of practice on my casting skills.

After a great day in the sun, we headed back to camp. However, things can get pretty dicey when you try to stuff 5 people and a surf board into a car…watch your head, Luke!

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing back at camp….

…..before preparing the evening bbq. We particularly enjoyed Damo’s spearfishing catch-of the-day- abalone and Bonito sashimi!

Yum!

The next morning, we packed up camp, but we still had a bit of time to kill before heading back to Sydney. I joined Damo, Luke, James, and Aria for a snorkel out to “Make-out Island,” seen below. 

Let’s do it!

We saw all sorts of great sea-life, including an ancient sea turtle, gray nurse sharks, and giant sting rays!

Back on shore, some fellow spear fishermen had caught a massive king fish- check this out!

All too soon it was time to head back home, and we piled into the car for the ride back to Sydney, making only a quick stop for lunch.

Now that’s a real Aussie burger!

Hello, Luke!

There may not have been pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, or even a turkey, but this Australian “Camps-giving” was definitely one-of-a-kind. I mean, it’s not every Thanksgiving that you see a DINGO in the WILD!

Anyway, for the real Thanksgiving holiday, I will find myself in the great land of New Zealand, as I am heading across the ocean tomorrow in search of a new visa. I wonder how the Kiwi holiday will compare to the Aussie experience…only one way to find out!

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