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Top 10 ‘Grey Nomad’ Retiree Travel Blogs

Blogging is often thought of as a “young person’s” game, a pastime of the gen-Yers to highlight their knowledge on a certain subject. But for many, blogging is a way to share fun experiences that aren’t just limited to the young. The young-at-heart also have plenty of stories to share online. For retired nomads travelling the country or globe, the stories to share are endless. That’s why there’s a whole bunch of blogs detailing visit-worthy landmarks, tips for cooking on the road, and advice on finding the right campsites. Some blogs are informative, some are exciting and funny, and others are designed to feed the imagination of other young-at-hearts considering travel. So if you’re considering jumping in the caravan, hopping on a cruise, or jetting off for some excitement in 2015, check out one of these great retiree travel blogs:

The V8s have arrived

Its that time of year again when the V8s come to town. This weekend, Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June, get ready for racing!! It will be an action packed weekend with non-stop racing down at the track, and when the racing finishes – head off into town for the off track entertainment! The annual drive by with all the team trucks and everyone involved in the race happened today and we were lucky enough to have them drive right past our front door..  Check out some of the awesome pics! Don’t forget  if you are a keen motor enthusiast – you can still get last minute tickets at the gate to avoid missing out on the action!  

Things to Do in Darwin – Brutus the Croc

Looking for something to do on your next visit to Darwin?  Ever heard of Brutus the Croc? Do you want to get close up close to crocodiles in their natural environment? All in the safety of a boat of course! lol The Hunter Safari Jumping Crocodile Cruise is located on a private stretch of the Adelaide River at the end of Fogg Dam Road. It is about an hour and a quarter drive from Darwin. Operated by brothers Morgan and Harry who are both totally engaging tour guides, this tour is a must see for all visitors to Darwin. We highly recommend this tour and can happily book your place on the tour for you too! Contact us here for more information or to book!

Warts for Dinner?

Warts for Dinner? No Thanks! Our local newspaper, the NT News, ran a story on Wednesday 21 May, about a group of local cooks who have come together to create several dishes using the legs of cane toads. Ekkkkk!!!!!! And definitely not at our onsite cafe, Hidden Delights!! Take a read of the article here Come and tantalise your taste buds at Hidden Delights Café and enjoy yummy home cooked meals prepared by cook Jill. No cane toad legs here – we promise! To view our cafe menu – please click here and look below at some of delicious options! #HiddenValley #HiddenDelights #NTAustralia #Darwin #Caravanning #Camping #Cabins #FamilyHoliday

Bombing of Darwin Tours

Did you know that more bombs were dropped on Darwin than there was on Pearl Harbour in the USA? It was the first and  largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia. On the 19th February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked ships in Darwin’s harbour and the town’s two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies (countries seeking to stop Germany, Italy and the Japanese) from using them as bases.  Darwin was only lightly defended and the Japanese inflicted heavy losses at little cost to themselves. This half day tour is packed with information, on-site visits, and memorabilia of little known historical events of WWII in Darwin. Garry gives an attention-keeping and very informative tour with passionate upbeat commentary. A must do tour whilst in Darwin! For more information on Garry’s tour, please visit the website or contact us here and we can happily provide further information and book your tour for you!

Fancy a Sunset Cruise on Darwin Harbour?

Last night our fabulous reception team were invited aboard the Cape Adieu Sunset Cruise. From our initial booking, right through to cruising, this is such a top notch, thoroughly enjoyable tour. The gentle speed of the boat, meandering along, gives you time to fully appreciate the the beauty of Darwin Harbour. The hostessing aboard this beautiful boat and the food are second to none.  With a fantastic selection of fresh seafood, salads, steak or fish for mains – this is a truly delightful experience not to be missed. A little background on Cape Adieu: Cape Adieu was built in 1978 for remote Cray & Shark fishing in the Great Australian Bight. Since then the boat has been engaged in a number of fisheries including Pearling in the Coral Sea, Cray & Shark Fishing in the Southern Ocean, and Snapper fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria. In June 2003, Cape Adieu Harbour Cruises, a family operated business, was established and provides sunset dinner cruises, private functions, charters and wedding reception services. Owner/Operator Shane Hearn has over 30 years experience in the commercial fishing industry. The sunset dinner cruises operate daily from March to December and features only the freshest local wild caught seafood including their signature ‘Smoked Spanish Mackerel’ which is smoked on board daily. All food is prepared fresh daily by their onboard Chef. Whilst cruising they barbeque the Catch of the day Fish and Scotch Fillet Steaks which are cooked to order. Cape Adieu is BYO or fully licensed and we supply all ice, eskies and glassware. Contact us for more information or if you would like to make a booking. We personally recommend it!

Thursday Travel Tip – Using a Fuel Calculator

With rising fuel prices, it is easy to assume that road travel is becoming too expensive. Ever wondered what the total cost of fuel will be to get to a specific destination? Well today we share a great little tool that the NSW state caravan and camping association (CCIA) has created. The fuel calculator will assist in working out this all important figure, so travellers have a guide on their approximate fuel costs to reach their preferred destinations. Once you have used this calculator, you will find that there is some good news when it comes to fuel, and it’s not as bad as the media sometimes suggests, and that your fuel cost is only a small portion of your overall holiday. Click here to visit the fuel calculator.

Relieve the Itch… Midges & Sand Flies – facts/remedies

  Have you ever been on a caravan or camping trip and been bitten (or eaten alive) by those pesky bugs known as midges or sand flies? Well I have and it isn’t pleasant, midges sandflies are one very few negatives of living here in the tropics. Here at Hidden Valley Holiday Park we do everything we can in accordance with Department of Health on Midgy Management  Many of our guests have also been a target and while it is unfortunate – it happens, so we thought best to share some tips and tricks to help keep the little buggers (midges sandflies) away, or at least at bay. Midges or sandflies live in the sand and mud of swampy waterways and mangroves. They are very small and even though they do look like a fly, they are too small to see their wings; they look like a small piece of fine dark cut hair, so this makes them difficult to see. Because they are so small, they can easily fly through normal fly screens. It is said that midges/sand flies do not bite but actually urinate on you – so we thought I should investigate that further and this is not correct. According to the Department of Medical Entomology of the University of Sydney, they are blood suckers and inject saliva into the skin to allow easy extraction of the blood. They bite during dawn and dusk when there is little to no wind, so best to avoid swampy areas during these times. Locals in midge-prone areas tend to build up immunity over time, whereas for travellers – they generally do not, so we recommend that all our guests take preventative measures (and stock up on remedies), just in case!  Generally you will find once you have been bitten – the …Read More