Helmut and Teena-Maree Dominko.
Helmut and Teena-Maree Dominko. Contributed

Why I packed up my family and hit the road

Teena-Maree Dominko, of Aussie Gypsies, shares her story of packing up her life and hitting the road with her husband and kids. If you have a story you'd like to share, click here.

WHAT makes a 40-something woman suggest life on the road to her husband and kids?

Was I fed up with the perpetual cycle of working to earn enough money to buy enough never-ending stuff?

Could I have been searching for that elusive work-life balance "they" speak of? Or was I simply insane?

Truth be told, it was a little from each column (possibly a lot from the last!) that led us to sell up and hit the road.

We took off from the Gold Coast in May this year where we had been living since migrating from down south in 2013.

We are currently staying in Boyne Island Caravan Park as we make our way north chasing the sun, some work and a different lifestyle.

The beautiful beaches and quiet, slightly secluded atmosphere of the Boyne Island/Tannum Sands area were what attracted us.

We have made it a point so far in our travels to try and find those hidden gems just away from the bigger towns and cities.

And with the park's location right on the Boyne River, it proved to be a great spot for indulging my hubby's love of fishing.

We have experienced some wonderful beaches during our time on the road and this area did not disappoint.

ON THE ROAD: The Aussie Gypsies – Helmut, Teena-Maree, Jet and Jazmin – explored the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands regions for two weeks. This photo was taken at Calliope.
ON THE ROAD: The Aussie Gypsies – Helmut, Teena-Maree, Jet and Jazmin – explored the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands regions for two weeks. This photo was taken at Calliope. Contributed

With the interesting rock formations and almost endless stretch of sand, the kids gave the Tannum Sands beach the big thumbs up!

Another picturesque spot that we got to experience during our stay was Lake Awoonga.

I had read about the Lake online and my hubby was very keen to do some fishing there.

While our trip to the Lake did not result in any fishing (rain and hungry kids intervened), we will be going back before we head off.

We also took a drive out past Calliope to the Boynedale Bush Camp. That absolutely beautiful backdrop is now responsible for us trying to schedule in a stay there.

This spot has certainly been a great find for us and we will leave with some fish in our belly and photos on our blog. Next stop is Seventeen Seventy.

We had been planning a day trip during our time in Boyne Island but the promise of great fishing, beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets has now seen this turn into a two-week stay.

After that … somewhere else warm, inviting and totally new to us!

Anyone interested in our adventure can catch up with us through our Facebook page.



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