Monday, 25 November 2013

Observing the annual summer migration

Every summer, families up and down the North Coast undertake their annual migration to the beach.  Families pack up their belongings and head to one of the many beachside caravan parks and campgrounds, often for weeks at a time. Inland town and cities become noticeably quiet, as the mass exodus to the beach begins.

Although it's not part of my family's tradition, l’ve certainly had many friends who would spend 2, 3 or even 4 weeks of the Christmas summer school holidays at the beach.  These families almost always return back to the same campground and sometimes even to the same campsite.  It’s a tradition they repeat year, after year.  

The campgrounds swell in size, and become almost like little towns.  Friendships with other campers are rekindled, washing lines are strung up between tents, and the fridges are filled with Christmas left-over’s and beer.  

This is the tradition for my mate Stu.  His family has been camping over the Christmas summer school holidays since the 1940’s.  It's a wonderful family tradition started by three sisters, that has been continued by their children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. 

If you've been visiting this blog for a while, you'll already know that Stu is a genius behind the lens. I've already shared two of this previous videos with you, one on a fishing adventure and the other on making bread at home with his kids.  Stu's worked with the ABC Open team again, and it's quickly becoming apparent that making videos is his thing.  


  1. I love the Australian Christmas tradition! Camping, leftovers, and beer!

    Stu's video is great....had me smiling the whole time. LOVE the little one digging the hole in the sand!

    Timely post too, as we have been tossing around the idea of buying a camper for summers on our mountain.

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. Really glad you liked the video Julie.
      Yes an Australian Christmas is very different from the normal North American celebration. Even if people don't go camping, Christmas lunch is usually a laid back affair with cold meat and prawns! ...and beer :)

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    1. Whoops, Stu is just a friend.
      Guess l should be more careful when using the word 'mate'. In Australia, your mate is your friend....not your partner. Stu and l are both happily other people that is ;)

  3. Stu has made another great video. I have never been camping and I do not know any of my cousins. I think making these strong family connections is important and I like the power of Nana. While I smiled throughout the video it also made me feel a little, no quite, envious. Thanks Stu. Thanks Chrisy for sharing.

    1. NEVER BEEN CAMPING ? oh Mary Lou, we really have to do something about that. For someone who appreciates nature and being outdoors (which l know you do)....camping is the ultimate holiday. Next Spring/Summer, we have got to get you on a camping trip somewhere. There are so many options nowadays, you don't even have to own equipment really.
      I only have a small family, so the large extended family gatherings are a little foreign to me too. It would be amazing to go camping, and know that so many campsites were full of your relatives.