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Camping with kids at Nambucca Heads

Camping is still very new to me, and as a family we’ve only done three trips. However, it’s been enough for the ‘camping bug’ to take a huge bite out of us.

It’s not quite the luxurious and relaxing holiday that I’m used to, but it’s heaps of fun and the kids absolutely love it. They really don’t care about sleeping on the floor or wearing the same t-shirt for several days on the trot. They are far too busy enjoying the freedom of riding their bikes, stumbling upon new adventures and making friends. If you’re not a camper at heart, the back to basics is all worth it when you see just how much pure, good old-fashioned fun the kids have.

This summer, we packed our tent and took the six hour drive from Sydney to the White Albatross Holiday Park at Nambucca Heads on NSW’s Legendary Pacific Coast. The weather was fabulous and we set up our tent on one of the very pretty, grassed sites in the park. There were even a few trees for shade so we didn’t all melt like ice-cream on a hot day. The site was fully powered too, so there was no need to leave behind too many homely comforts. Yes, I did pack a fridge and a hair dryer!

We knew that the weather forecast was due to do a full 180, so we headed out to do some exploring while we could. There are several great bushwalks starting directly from the park that are well sign-posted and jam-packed with information about the local wildlife. I must admit I felt uneasy walking along the path in my thongs after the seeing a sign telling us that we may spot a python on our travels. The kids on the other hand thought it was fantastic and were determined to find one.

White Albatross Holiday Park is situated right where the Nambucca River meets the Pacific and the walk along the break wall, adjacent to the park is just spectacular. You can really get a sense of just how HUGE the ocean really is and the view will take your breath away. There are hundreds of painted rocks along the break wall covered with pictures and messages from fellow travellers. It's really special and the kids were desperate to have a go so we all left out mark too.

Onsite there’s a restaurant if you fancy a night off cooking. Otherwise the camp kitchen itself is simple, clean and had everything you would need to cook up storm - and do the washing up. There was also an on-site shop, games room, playground, information office and a kids club as well as a TV to keep the kids entertained. This came in handy when the heavens opened! I mean really, really opened – it bucketed down.

We enjoyed fishing in the estuary, swimming in the parks pool and waterpark, riding our bikes and a little relaxing before Mother Nature decided it was time for us to go home. It rained so hard that our beds were literally rained out of the tent. It didn't dampen our spirits though and we’ll most certainly be back.

Robyn de Beer is a Sydney stay-at-home mum of three kids, aged 2, 5 and 8. When she is not tackling home work or doing the school run she share honest and amusing stories about motherhood, Thermomixing, photography, and everything in-between on her parenting and lifestyle blog Mrs D Plus 3

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