Last Sunday I took the kids for a lunch time BBQ and bush walk. Our BBQ is really basic and we love it. One packet of sausages, one loaf of bread, Tomato & BBQ sauce and cut up onion in a container with olive oil and brown sugar so they caramelize when cooked. Some plastic plates, tongs, spray, 6 paper towels and water for the kids and diet coke for me. We have a picnic blanket that stays in the boot of the car so it's just our food and cooking things and off we go.
We went to Bellbird Grove which has a trail to an old Gold Mine which is uphill but not difficult at all and is basically just a walking track. At the top there is a little miners hut and the shaft which is covered over. There are some signs along the way talking about the Gold Rush in the early 1900's. There's basically nothing there except those two things and signs along the way however it makes for an interesting walk and I've been wanting to take the kids on this walk for ages. We weren't in proper walking shoes the kids had thongs on so it's a pretty mild bush walk.
This outing cost us $7 ($5 for the sausages and $2 for the bread) and we usually have sauce and onions in the pantry. We do not have money to spend on luxury days out and our recent trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was a very special treat for us. We love going on simple BBQ's and getting out in nature and to me this is way better than some other things that cost lots of money. Here's a few pics from our day.