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There’s a firmly entrenched pastime in Canberra, the largest inland city in Australia,  of constantly ‘going down to the coast’ – weekends, holidays, whenever you can. On long weekends, Canberra can feel like a bit of a ghost town as so many have deserted in their procession down the Clyde Mountain to glimpse a bit of ocean. Aussies are like that.

Some love it so much they buy a holiday place down there to have a place of their own and to give them more incentive to go often.

We’ve just come back from a little weekend sojourn to Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW, staying with friends at just such a place. Who doesn’t love a wander along the beach and warm sand under your toes, or sipping a glass of vino on the verandah as the sun sets?

But we will never buy a place down. Never. Here’s why.

This is what you want to go for:

the beach …

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the walks

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and sitting around on the verandah, chilling and looking out over this:

Ahh. How delightful!

But to do that, you’ve got to do too much of this …


and we can barely keep up with the stuff we’ve got to do at home around the house and garden. No way we’d be able to sit and relax knowing all the things that should be done around the house and garden, though I’m sure it works for some.

Lovely stay, C&S – many thanks! But we’re convinced we’ll refrain from being holiday house owners.

In fact, part of the reason we were there was check out campervans at the Caravan and Camping Expo, so we can spread ourselves around a little. As it turned out, there was only one supplier with campervans, but we’re on the consideration path, and we’ve had our dose of beach to keep us going for while.