A relaxing family holiday, camping in our caravan for 8 nights with my parents and at times most of our extended family. No internet, no mobile phone reception and no TV (unless you have satellite or went up to the camp kitchen to watch it). This is Kilkivan Bush Camping!
It was good to be camping again in our caravan. It had been about 20 months since we as a family had been camping. This has been because getting in and out of our caravan was difficult and sleeping on the 1984 mattress is quite painful and uncomfortable for me. Move forward to earlier this year, when a large number of men and sons (for those that have sons), went camping at Kenilworth Homestead for the 2014 Men and Boys Camping Weekend. Where, after some discussion with my wife, Michelle, it was decided that I should take our caravan. Just to see if I could get by with using it again, or if, with a few modifications, it could be used more by us as a family.
Well, as you can tell, we are using it again. But, yes there’s always a but. While we did go looking to see if we could buy a more suitable caravan for us, and even looking at spending around $30k on one. We were disheartened by what was available and the condition of them, most weren’t looked after by their previous owners. And so it began that a few modifications were needed to allow us to use our ageing caravan once again. First and foremost, a grab handle to allow me to easily enter and exit the caravan. Secondly, a table fitted to the outside near to the existing 240v and 12v power supplies. A mattress is still yet to be purchased, though this will take time as I’m unsure as what will actually be best for me.
There are still a few modifications to be done – external access to the house batteries, solar panel mountings on the roof, etc.
So, back to our camping holiday at Kilkivan. If you are looking for somewhere where you want peace and quiet, can let the kids go and play on kids play equipment while you lie back, read a book or just catch up on that sleep you have been missing out on, or you may even want a place where you can to bring your dog camping. There are plenty of wildlife to see – kangaroos, Apostlebirds, Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras, Australian King Parrots, Tawny Frogmouths, amongst others. Then give Kilkivan Bush Camping a go.