What do you buy the person who has everything is often cited as the classic conundrum, but we’ve recently chanced upon a new one: where do you go on holiday when you’ve just emigrated to your dream destination?
It’s a tricky one made more complex by the age of our children. At 12 and nine respectively, we are aware that we may only have three of four more years of family holidays where both maxi and mini-CBRbound still want to come with us, so we want to make them count.
At the same time, as Brits a long way from home, we also want to make sure that we take regular trips back to see the people we love and miss, acknowledging that annual leave allowances and personal finances will mean these trips are often at the expense of a resort-type holiday.
Nevertheless, the question persists, where do Aussies go to get away from everyday Aussie life?
Many of the names thrown at us are still just words – Noosa, Broome, Wallaga Lake – and we feel a little confounded by our own desire to make our last few family breaks really special.
In Europe, we knew the lie of the land. If you wanted something cheap and warm, you’d go to Spain or Greece. Something less commercial with perhaps a little more cuisine and culture? France or Italy. Theme parks and the chance to eat and shop to your heart’s content? A package trip to Orlando.
The Aussie equivalents of all of these are still relatively unknown to us. I think the theme park option is probably covered by the Gold Coast, but as for the rest, we still find ourselves at something of a loss.
I know Bali and Fiji are popular destinations for Aussies, and perhaps even Singapore and Thailand. I’m less sure about whether a trip across the Tasman to New Zealand offers much that can’t be had here, and even vaguer on a good route for a week long road trip. A suggestion of camping is likely to get me the frosty treatment from Mrs CBRbound who loves a bit of comfort when she takes a break from work. Fair enough.
One day I’d love to do the Indian-Pacific, cross-continental train trip, but maybe not with the kids. And I’d love to explore Tasmania one day too – mostly for its spectacular scenery and great food and wine options, but again, I’m not sure the kids would get such a kick out of that.
What I’m looking for is a holiday base that offers the option of a day by the pool or beach, splashing about with the kids, while also the option of interesting and fun day trips, the occasional nice restaurant (or just fish and chips from the wrapper if that’s how we feel). If there’s a nice pub in town too, so much the better.
Do any CBRbound readers have any tips or suggestions for our first proper holiday here? I’m sure anything we do will turn out to be fun but, as I say, we really want these last few holidays to count, and our lack of local knowledge is making a tricky decision seem near impossible.