We didn't go far, just an hour from home, north to Glastonbury Creek Camping area in the Brooyar State Forest.
It's a beautiful spot and wasn't busy. And best of all dogs ARE allowed! So Xena came with us and we didn't have to worry about dog sitters.
The kids had a go at gold panning (we didn't find enough to get rich but we found some nice stones.) This led to an impromptu lesson about gold mining and history and I've promised to take the children back up to Gympie in a couple of weeks to the gold mining museum.
We went bush walking and swimming relaxed around camp. Tui loved having everyone living at her level.
Rain and Zan cooked lots of meals on the fire while I lazed around.
MB was estatic to check out the local abseiling/ rock climbing cliffs. There are 36 climbs and it's a beautiful rock formation, a huge escsrpment over looking a beautiful valley.
The layers in the rocks led to another school lesson for the children about Geology and history.
Mb found me a little piece of rose quartz in the rock wall...the stone of love.
Although after a bit too much 'teacherliness' from me they kids decided to tape me up and gag me with gaffer tape.
This morning on our way home we went for a quick climb...we ended up staying a couple of hours.
It was the first climb I've done in years and it was soooo much fun! We'll be going again soon.
And I saw some beautiful trees...
But we are all nicely tired out now and glad to be home.