A Scouting Family Holiday – Manjedal Activity Centre

As our children are active members of scouts, we are able to stay cheaply at a great camp spot just out of Perth in the hills, the Manjedal Activity Centre (MAC). Non-scouting families can also stay here too, at a very reasonable price. Even though it was the school holidays, it seemed very quiet, nestled …

Lord Howe Island – Australia’s Hidden Gem

Back in January 2014, to celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary we visited an Australian hidden gem, Lord Howe Island. It is a place we have wanted to visit for a long time, we even considered going here for our honeymoon, but unfortunately, the plan fell through and we went elsewhere. Since our first child …

Topend Tour – A Split Down the Middle in 2021

In 2021 we embarked on an ambitious caravan trip from Darwin in the far central north of Australia to the Great Australian Bight in the south. We call it an ambitious trip because we had attempted the same thing a year earlier which had to be aborted, and still similar conditions remained as there was …

Topend Tour Daily Diary

For our Australian Topend Tour in 2021, we travelled for over 50 days, mostly around the Northern Territory of Australia. We have written blogs about sections of this trip, such as Coober Pedy and Corroboree Billabong. Below is a brief summary of each day of the trip, which serves as a reminder of how many …

Esperance – Amazing Beaches in the Hot or Cold

It had been a long time since we last visited Esperance, in the south of Western Australia. It is a beautiful destination, though the long distance from Perth means we don’t go there often. To break up the drive, and also to visit another place on our wish list, we stopped over about half way …

It’s Not All Bad – the Wood’s Annual Letter 2020

What a crazy year this has been, for everyone I am sure! We have had some significant challenges this year, but we’re trying to take the positive out of it, and the only way is up from here. Firstly Clare lost her job at the WACA, then our big planned half loop of Australia in …

A Family Holiday to Coral Bay

After spending a week at Karijini National Park, we headed west to what is called the Coral Coast, for another week camping at Coral Bay. Coral Bay has been on our Aussie wish list for quite a while, and now that we have our van, and international travel is not on due to the coronavirus …

2019 Annual Letter: Highs and a Low

Here is the highly anticipated annual letter form the Woods of Perth. It has been a year of mostly highs, but a death in the family was a significant low for us this year and made us reflect on the importance of family and life balance. With the children rapidly growing up and the occasional aches and pains …