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Jervis Bay, Natural Wonderland.

As we continue on our Make Some memories Convoy for Charity, we are arrive at the beautiful Jervis Bay.  From the crystal blue waters and resident dolphins to splendid beaches, this coastal paradise in the Shoalhaven region will delight you with many memorable experiences. We set out to discover the spectacular views from Point Perpendicular Lighthouse on the northern tip and from Cape St George Lighthouse on the southern side.

Our home for the next few nights was the Jervis Bay Holiday Park. This wonderful unspoilt, privately owned park is set on the crystal clear waterway accessing Jervis Bay. A unique feature of the park is it’s own private boat ramp and brand new floating Pontoon, a perfect spot to launch your boat. Accomodation ranges from glamping safari tents to deluxe waterfront spa villas. This was the perfect park to set up a chair and just enjoy the water.

Our first stop in Jervis bay was Jervis Bay Maritime Museum,  which features a world renowned collection of maritime artefacts and navigational and surveying instruments.  The Museum exhibits a range of nautical equipment, models, photographs, paintings, drawings and objects relating to the history and heritage of the Jervis Bay area. Our convoyers had a ball stepping back in time.

On our way back from the Museum we stoped by the town to do our town fundraising. The people of Jervis Bay were really excited to donate to such a great cause. When we got back to the park the Dyson children held a cooking demonstration for everyone with all their Golden Circle products.

On our second day in Jervis Bay some of the convoyers went whale watching with Jervis Bay Wild. Our convoyers got to witness the tall cliffs of Point Perpendicular, the natural lagoon of Honey Bay and some amazing wildlife, such as dolphins and Humpback Whales. While some of our convoyers were off on the boat, the rest of our convoyers were off having another kind of water adventure, they were at the Jamberoo Theme Park, an adventure water park with, this was a massive treat for the Dyson Children.

When every one got back we held our Defibs R Us charity challenge. This charity challenge was an exciting one. We were lucky enough to have the holiday park lend us some of their pedal carts, so we decided to have a race around the park. It was Bruce Gow and Kat Dyson on one team and Peter May and Ash Dyson on the other team, it was a close race but Bruce and Kat won by an inch.

After the charity challenge Ron and Di Sinclair gave me a tour of their caravan, the Lotus Freelander. This off-road van was “absolute luxury” said Di. The Freelander is jam-packed with absolutely everything you need to start living the Australian dream, with a stylish modern interior and a robust exterior. Ron was very quick to tell me “this van has been amazing through the trip, everything we have needed and its a dream to pack up and down”. For more information on the lotus Freelander, click Here!

Before we knew it, it was time for Happy Hour. Prousty had taken charge of this happy hour as he had his children come down from Sydney to join in. The entire park came down to enjoy some music, laughs and win some great prizes donated from CamecCaravan RV CampingAward RVMaywest caravansGolden CircleclearviewTrojan Parts and De Fibs R Us.

The next morning the convoyers, cast and crew packed up and began their journey to our next and final stop, Kiama.

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Kiama, fun in the sky and on the ground

On our last stop of our Go Make Some Memories convoy for charity we rolled into Kiama, a beautiful seaside destination, Kiama is famous for its blowhole – a natural rock formation that spouts seawater 20 metres or more into the air.

Our home in Kiama was Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park . This park is not your standard holiday park, this holiday park is situated on the beach and the river and they have kayaks, tennis rackets and fishing gear available for hire so you know you will not get bored staying here. From deluxe spa cabins to pet friendly unpowered sites they have every type of accommodation to suit your next holiday.

On our first day in Kiama, Robby took some of the convoyers and went on a rainforest adventure with Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.  Everyone had so much fun zip lining through the trees and walking along the tree top walk, through the lush surrounds of the magnificent Southern Highlands. While Robby was busy flying high above the tress, Macca took the rest of the convoyers to The Treat Factory. Here Macca and the convoyers tasted some of the handcrafted varieties of chocolates, confectionery and preserves the factory had on offer.

When everyone was back the Dyson children once again decided it was the perfect time to do some town fundraising.  We couldn’t believe how many people and businesses came out to support us in Kiama. This was the perfect town for our last fundraising tour.

On our second morning in Kiama The Dyson family went to Jamberoo Action Park . This action park was one for the family. The Dyson children had an amazing time on all the wild rides such as the perfect storm and Adele enjoyed cruising down the Rapid River. It was a fun filled day for everyone, in the afternoon everyone set of for Granties Maze .  Granties Maze initially started out as a traditional maze with a network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one navigated with the objective to solving the puzzle and winning a prize. Granties Maze is slowly evolving into a Fun/Amusement Park where children of all ages can be amused with attractions, rides and other events for enjoyment in a safe rural environment.

Everyone was having so much much fun, that we decided to host our very last Defibs R Us charity challenge through the maze. We have been so lucky to partner with Defibs R Us, an amazing organisation that recognises some of the concerns about using and having access to a deffib machine and invest allot of time educating and alleviating anxiety around the product. It was team Robby with Adele Dyson and team Macca with Peter May, they had an intense race through the famous maze but in the end it was team Robby that took the final trophy.

As night fell we kicked off our final Happy Hour with with Fireman Ron and some fantastic local talent. The crowds quickly gathered and soon enough every caravan was  completely full of people wanting to know why our 8 best of the best really is the best of the best.

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Tathra, a coastal town surrounded by natural beauty

Our Second stop on the Go Make Some memories Convoy for Charity is Tathra, a coastal town surrounded by natural beauty with Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, and Bournda National Park to the south.

Our home in Tathra was the Tathra Beachside. Tathra Beachside is a resort style holiday park with everything you could ever want, for any type of holiday you want to have. Aside from accomodation that ranges from campsites to Villas to pet friendly cottages, the facilities will blow you away. The first thing you notice when arriving at this Tathra Beachside is the waterpark, yes the waterpark and its massive. Other facilities include a swimming pool, amazing playground and a camp kitchen set up for everything from small BBQs to happy hour concerts. This place was especially fun for us because the owner of the Tathra Beachside was an old friend of the show, Frankie J Holden.

We arrived in Tathra early, and after everyone set up their caravans our convoyers decided to head off to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre offered our convoyers the chance to try their world famous cheese and to learn about the history of dairying and Bega Cheese in the Bega Valley. Everyone left satisfied with bags full of the famous cheese.

After getting back from the Heritage Centre I was lucky enough to get a tour of the Kokoda Caravans Veteran XLI. Steve and Laurie explained why the dura gal chassis and a semi off-road suspension that is specifically engineered for rugged journeys made this caravan unique. This Caravan was built with style in mind, the innovative interior design makes this van modern, fresh and smart. Everything in this van has been designed to maximise space and comfort.

The next morning some of our convoyers set off on a bike ride with Tathra Beach and Bike. There are countless mountain bike trails in and around Tathra, many of which the staff at Tathta Beach and Bike have helped to build and maintain. Some of these trails were destroyed earlier this year by the devastating fires that came through the town and have only just been restored thanks to the great work of the workers here and many volunteers. While riding along the trails it was abundantly clear how much care has gone into each and every trail. This was a fantastic way to see another side of Tathra, and get in a good workout.

While some went bike riding inland, the others set off for the coast to the Tathra Wharf Museum. Tathra Wharf has beautiful views and has a place in history, the wharf is the only remaining timber deep-water wharf on the East Coast of Australia.

After everyone got back from bike riding and the wharf it was time to go town fundraising. The cast and crew put on their Cure for brain Cancer Foundation purple tops, pins and wrist bands and set off. Tathra really showed their support for this charity and were very generous with their donations, local businesses went out of their way to give what they could.

Everyone got back to the holiday park and it was straight into setting up for Happy Hour. This Happy Hour was very special as Frankie J Holden and his band kicked off the night and played some of the classics. As Fireman Ron performed the convoyers opened up their 8 best of the Best vans for display, and people were excited to be able to walk through them and ask questions. Prousty followed with his bush poetry and had us all laughing within minutes. It was a major crowd and after we gave away some great prizes dontated from Camec, Caravan RV Camping, Award RV, Maywest caravans, Golden Circle, clearview, Trojan Parts and De Fibs R Us. Frankie J Holden and his band came back on and played a few more songs with Fireman Ron and Prousty. As the night came to a close the Dyson children went around to all the children and handed out Golden Circle  juice boxes, a wonderful end to a wonderful night.

 

The next morning the convoyers, cast and crew packed up and began the journey to our next stop, Bermagui.

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Bermagui, a vibrant coastal town.

It was a short and scenic drive to the third stop on our Go Make Some memories Convoy for Charity. We arrived in Bermagui around lunch time, which gave us plenty of time to set up at the Ingenia Holidays Ocean Lake. Ingenia Holidays Ocean Lake is located on the shores of the tranquil Wallaga Lake on the South Coast of NSW, a perfect location for our stay and happy hour. With a range of accommodation options including villas, units, powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites it’s the perfect spot for an adventurous or relaxing family holiday.

As soon as everyone set up their caravans Bruce, Prousty and some of the crew went fishing with Dj’s Xtream Fishing Charters. They had a wonderful afternoon on the water with a fantastic tour guide, Darren Redman who has over 30 years of experience within the industry. They caught enough fish to have a BBQ that night and feed the entire convoy.

While the fish was cooking Danella and Alistair gave me a tour of the their home on the convoy, the Avida Rock.The Avida Rock is an off road caravan, is light weight and has a modern interior design that allows you to explore the remote parts of Australia in style. This was a perfect van for this couple, as they mostly enjoy a little off-road travel mixed in with 5 star comfort. When talking to Alistair he said “How lucky were we, this caravan is awesome and we absolutely loved it. For anyone looking to purchase a new van to hit the road and start exploring our awesome country, I can not recommend the Avida rock enough. It has everything you need and looks cool as on the road, it’s also a fully Off-Road vehicle”.

 

Our second day in Bermagui was a fun filled one. The first activity of the day was Ivy Hill Gallery. Ivy Hill features the work of significant contemporary artists, both emerging and established, located on a farm, it’s well known for being a cultural hub for the area. The beautiful gardens provided everyone with the perfect photo opportunity. After the gallery everyone headed to The Camel Rock Brewery. This Brewery on Wallaga Lake Boasts 40 years of brewing experience, with an extensive range of delicious beers this was the perfect spot to set up for lunch.

                                    

The town of Bermagui was something special, filled with vibrant shops and energetic people, everyone was more than happy to contribute in our town fundraising walk. The convoyers put on their Cure for brain Cancer purple tops, pins and wrist bands and set off to raise some money. We were in town far longer than planned as the town of Bermagui really showed their support for this charity and wanted to help in any way they could.

Before we knew it it was time to start setting up for happy hour. Everyone at the holiday park was really impressed with all the prizes we had on display from CamecCaravan RV CampingAward RVMaywest caravansGolden CircleclearviewTrojan Parts and especially the De Fibs R Us voucher we had for their not yet released defibrillator, coming out 2019. All of these prizes helped us raised some much needed funds and awareness for CBCF.

    

The lake provided the perfect location for happy hour and the Dyson children set up their Golden Circle table and handed out free juices to everyone. Prousty gave us all a laugh with his poetry, but this time was a little different because for the first his wife Therese got up on stage and performed her poetry. As everyone was taking a tour of all the vans that were on display, I was able to get Shelly and David to give me a tour of their Crusader Caravans Excalibur Prince. The Prince features a 42mm one-piece composite floor, composite smooth sided Alupanel cladding, Duratech 6” chassis and 15” light truck tyres, and is a joy to tow. Fireman Ron and Prousty played into the night as everyone enjoyed a drink (or two).

The next morning the convoyers, cast and crew packed up and began their journey to our next stop, Batemans Bay.

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Exploring Batemans Bay From High Above

We are now half way through our Go Make Some memories Convoy for Charity, we are in Batemans Bay. Batemans Bay is the main town at the sparkling entrance of the Clyde River and is the ideal location for a seaside holiday.

Our home in Batemans Bay was the Big 4 Beach Resort. This Resort was amazing, aside from the staff who were amazing this resort had accommodation for every type of holiday and every budget, including deluxe beachfront holiday cabins, spa beachfront holiday cabins, two storey holiday cabins and a variety of camping grounds to chose from, including beachfront campsites as well as the option for caravan parks with ensuite’s. For the kids the resort offers mini golf, jumping pillow, tennis court and a resort style swimming pool.

We decided that the first item on the agenda was town fundraising, at this point the Dyson children led the charge and gathered everyone. We couldn’t believe how many people and businesses came out to support us in Batemans Bay.

Once everyone got back from fundraising the Dyson family gave me a tour of the JB Caravans Marlin. Adele told me that this was a perfect family van “last year we were lucky enough to have the JB Scorpion, and when I found out we had another JB Caravan I couldn’t wait to see which van we would get, this van did not disappoint it was so spacious, the girls had no problem spreading out and having their own space”. Made from fibre glass walls and one piece fibre glass roof the Marlin is as strong as it is luxurious.

On our second day in Batemans Bay we had something special for Therese and Dave Proust, they were going skydiving with SkyDive Oz. Dave had been sky diving before but this was a first for Therese and she was understandably nervous. Dave and Therese suited up, went through all their training and before we knew it they were walking to the plane. Up in the plane Therese, although smiling and excited, barely said two words because she was so nervous. Dave was the first to jump and minutes later Therese followed. We waited for them at their beach landing spot, and as they came in for the landing they were both over joyed with how fun it was.

               

 

The Proust’s weren’t the only ones having fun, everyone else made their way to Mogo Zoo. Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo that has an amazing collection of endangered and exotic animals. Mogo Zoo proudly boasts the largest collection of primates in Australia, and is spread over many acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. From Snow Leopards to Rhinos, our convoyers had a ball feeding and learning all about the animals.

   

After everyone got back it was time to set up for happy hour, but first we held our Defibs R Us charity challenge. We were lucky enough to have a beach volleyball court. So team Robby and team Macca got their teams together and the first to five points was the winner, Team Robby took the win this time.

Happy hour kicked off with Fireman Ron and some fantastic local talent. Batemans Bay is famous for oysters and we were lucky enough to have some local oysters on site.  the Its always important to remember why we do the Summer Series Convoy for Charity. The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the leading organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness in Australia, forging alliances globally to achieve their mission to increase five-year survival to 50% by 2023. CBCF take a highly strategic approach to both identifying and defining research projects in Australia and internationally across the entire research pathway. We couldn’t be happier to support such an amazing charity.

The next morning the convoyers, cast and crew packed up and began the journey to our next stop, Jervis Bay.

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Merimbula – Heart of the Sapphire Coast

This year on our 2018/2019 Go Make Some Memories Convoy for Charity we are heading up the Sapphire Coast. While we explore this beautiful part of Australia we are also taking the 8 best of the best caravans/RVs and putting them on show.

Our first stop is the heart of the Sapphire Coast, Merimbula, then we will head up the coast to Tathra, this coastal town is rich in history and traditions of the sea. From Tathra we will be heading to Bermagui, a destination that borders on perfection and is surrounded by sea and National Parks. Our next stop will be Batemans Bay, the heart of Australia’s oyster coast. From Batemans Bay we travel up the coast to Jervis Bay, boasting some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches along the coast, you will be captivated with the towns crystal-blue waters and resident dolphins. We end our journey in Kiama, A beautiful seaside destination, Kiama is famous for its blowhole – a natural rock formation that spouts seawater 20 metres or more into the air.

The night before day 1 of our Go Make Some Memories Convoy for Charity the convoyers started arriving in Merimbula, at the beautiful NRMA Merimbula Hoilday park. When we arrived we were welcomed by the friendly staff who made us feel at home, this pet friendly park was incredible, with spectacular ocean views,  resort style heated pool, tennis court, beach volleyball court and a mini water park, it was very quickly becoming apparent that the convoyers were going to have trouble packing up and leaving.

The first official day of our Go Make Some Memories Convoy for Charity was off with a bang. Today our cast and crew were split up to visit two attractions. Some of the convoyers went to Oaklands Barn, a South Coast gem and the Dyson Family, From Caravanning with Kids went to Potoroo Palace Native Animal Educational Sanctuary.

Potoroo Palace is a not-for-profit organisation that is passionate about caring for endangered and injured animals. Many of the animals in the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area. The Dyson family had a ball here, the Dyson children got to see and array of animals. They got up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and even a python named cuddles.

While the Dyson family were enjoying the local wildlife the rest of the crew and convoyers visited the Oakland Barn. This unique establishment is home to a number of different businesses, one of these being the Longstocking Brewery. Obviously many of convoyers were more than eager to visit a place famous for its delicious craft beer. While some of the convoyers decided to hang out at the brewery a little longer than planned, some of the group made their way over to the animal barn. Cost of entry to the animal barn was a gold coin donation, this contributed towards the cost of feeding and looking after the animals. After saying goodbye to the ponies, donkeys and goats the crew headed back to the Holiday Park for lunch.

While everyone was eating, Therese and Dave Proust gave me a tour of their Next Gen caravan, the Next Level. They started off by telling me their favourite thing about this van was that it was perfect for going off-road, the Prousts are well known for going right off the beaten track, so having a off-road caravan like the Next Level was perfect for them.

After Lunch it was time for our first official town fundraising walk. The cast and crew got all dressed up in their Cure for brain Cancer Foundation purple tops, pins and wrist bands. The town of Merimbula really showed their support for this charity and were very generous with their donations.

As day came to a close the cast, crew and convoyers sat down to reminisce about their fun filled day, but before everyone’s day cam to a close there was one last thing to do, our Summer Series Challenge. This year Defibs R Us are donating $1000 for every challenge we have. This challenge it was Team Macca and Team Robby in a race to set up an awning on a caravan. It was a close one but team Robby took the win.

Day 2 was an early one. Just like yesterday the convoyers were split into two groups, some of the convoyers went horse riding and others went kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

The Dysons and the Prousts were the luckily ones that got to go horse riding at the Wolumla Horse riding Adventures. Everyone was full of excitement as they saddled up. Kate and Ashlee Dyson said they had so much fun.

The rest of the convoyers took off to Coast Life Adventures. Here the convoyers got a lesson on stand up paddle boarding, it was a miracle not one of them fell off. After their paddle boarding lesson they finished off with some kayaking.

Everyone got back to the holiday park and it was straight into setting up for our first official Happy Hour. We had a ton of local acts come in and perform for the crowd, Merimbula seems to be a musical hub. We also had our usual super stars Fireman Ron and bush poet Prousty. As the music played the convoyers opened up their 8 best of the Best vans for display, and people were excited to be able to walk through them and ask questions. Over at the JB Marlin, the Dyson children were holding a Golden Circle tasting station with fruit pouches and fruit salad. As the evening came to a close we held our usual raffle for charity. This year we had some great prizes dontated from Camec, Caravan RV Camping, Award RV, Maywest caravans, Golden Circle, clearview, Trojan Parts and De Fibs R Us. The Happy Hour was a massive hit and we raised some much needed funds and awareness for CBCF.

The next morning the convoyers, cast and crew packed up and began their journey to our next stop, Tathra.

Wondering where to stay while in Merimbula? Click Here!

If you would like any more information about our Best of the Best caravans, visit their websites. Avida, CrusaderJB CaravansKokodaNova Caravans, Next Gen Caravans, Paramount 

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