Gumleaves Bush Holidays on the East Coast is one of those places I’ve driven past for years thinking I should go and check it out someday … but never actually got around to it.
But then Kim had the monsters this weekend, I wanted to go for a ride and I wanted to spend some time with Kim and the monsters … and well Gumleaves just seemed like the perfect solution …
If you check out their website (or drive past their sign) then you’ll know that they sell themselves as having an “adventure fun park”, mini-golf, a tennis-court and even a lake you can row around and given it’s only an hour from Hobart, this sounded like a great place to take the monsters for a night away from home …
It cost us $50 a night for an unpowered camping site (2 adults, 2 kids) plus an extra $30 for a family day pass to all the activities (which covered from when we arrived on Saturday to when we left on Sunday). This cost probably explained why we had the place pretty much to ourselves as there seems to be quite a lot of free or cheap council camping on the East Coast now so I guess you’d only come here if you wanted to make use of the facilities … and make use of them we did.
Over the few hours we had left to us on Saturday after setting up camp, we rode our bikes around the park, had our first go at some of the obstacles on the adventure course, went and watched the deer get fed, played tennis, had a second go on the obstacle course, ate dinner, went for a row around the lake, toasted marshmallows, ate chocolate and watched all of the wallabies and possums come out and feed at night under the stars …
|Do note the lifejacket and helmet on the bike …|
After a rather enormous breakfast on day two, we again watched the wallabies feeding around us, went and had another ‘game’ of tennis, played again on all the obstacles, had a game of mini-golf, watched Kim (who was the only one brave enough and light enough) have a few goes on the flying fox and still managed to pack up the tent and be on the road by noon giving us time to hang Markus’s shoes up on the “shoe wall” on our way out (noting that by the time we got to Orford he wanted us to turn around and go back and get them), have a lazy lunch and play on the beach at Orford and still be home and unpacked by 4pm.
|Note Markus’s shoes on the right hand side.
They are now hanging up on the shoe wall.
|Kim, flying over the little lake..|
It’s amazing what you can fit into a weekend, and not a bad way to spend the last day of summer 2014 if I do say so myself.
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