This connects you to your family like nothing else. To be together in this space at this time is where you get to be close to them, get to know each other, eat meals together and talk.
And there is something about waking up in the morning when camping, knowing that you can linger long over a cup of coffee, with nothing to be done but relax and watch the sun come up or the clouds fly by. You can stroll along the beach, go fishing or look at seashells.
The whole point is the connection, not only with family but with nature as well. Walking the beach, hiking in the forest, listening to the birds, identifying plants and trees, watching the stars and taking pictures of everything that is interesting, can be part of the camping process.
When our kids were small we each had our own thing that we would do. My daughter loved picking up bugs and lizards, my son was a collector of sticks, my husband was into photography and I was just into being with them, on a path, in the forest.
It fills your soul, gives you cause to pause, so you can come back to life again, fulfilled and ready to go. And no matter where you live, there is a place to camp close by. There are state parks here in Queensland and you can find your preferred location online as well as camping permits and vehicle access permits (for beach camping and driving).
If you have never driven your 4x4 on the beach you may want to purchase a copy of Dirty Weekends by Brad McCarthy who has picked up a lot of knowledge over his 30 years of driving around the bush and the beaches of Queensland.
Camping is allowed on all the islands near Brisbane: Fraser, Morton, Bribie and Straddie, each are unique. Or maybe you want to go inland. Go south to Girraween, with its granite boulders strewn about or go north around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with its quiet streams and swimming holes.
There are several private places online that will suit your needs as well and you have the option of camping in a caravan park, campground or smaller place for walk in tents.
Wherever you go make sure you are geared up for the weather. Winter days are beautiful but you will need to dress for the cool nights. Summer days are glorious but you definitely need the shade of a tarp and lots of water.
Most of all, bring yourself and your soul. Bring your babies, toddlers, teenagers and Mom and Dad. Bring your need for peace and relaxation for there is nothing to do here but what you want . You go home at the end of it, feeling rejuvenated, alive and closer together.