1204 Km From Canberra to Brisbane… & Driving

Hey Beautiful people, welcome back to the Jalloh family blog. Today, we take you across the Australian Capital Territory & New south Wales border into Queensland on the first day of the relaxed border restrictions. Read to the to watch what we got up to on our journey up north. Also, for more Jalloh family content, click on another blog and don’t forget to like, share, subscribe and leave a comment.

With the school holidays upon us and the Queensland boarders opened, we decided a road trip to see our family was on the cards. We had decided since moving to Australia every school holiday would see a trip to family in Brisbane. After all, that was one of the biggest reasons behind our move from Stockwell, SW London to Australia.

The five of us packed up and set off on our 13 hour drive to Acacia Ridge.

We woke up at 4am and left the house shortly after 5am, in the hope of arriving in Acacia Ridge at a decent hour. The day prior we had organised ourselves, packed up most of the things we had decided to take on our trip and made a road trip checklist.

  • Our boarder passes required to enter QLD
  • Homemade coconut cookies for the road (keep an eye out on YouTube for the recipe video)
  • Jam and butter sandwiches
  • Some water and juices we had stashed in the cupboard
  • Spotify family playlist
  • chargers and other wires
  • Mac book and work laptop (Ahmed)

The night prior, we had planned to get an early night; well this didn’t happen. We kept checking and rechecking to make sure we have everything so we went to be around 10pm. We have got into the habit of “pizza party Friday night” which consisted of an order of McDonalds for the kids and Dominos for Ahmed, Daniel and me. We all snuggle up on the sofa and watched Horrible Bosses 2, which was hilarious. Anyone that knows me knows this is later than normal for me; usually I’m all wrapped up in bed by 9pm. During the week, I’m up by 6:15 but the 4am wake up call was particularly difficult for me. The others were some what tired too, but said they were not “super tired”.

Not tired, they said – This photo proves otherwise!!!

The first stop after 2 hours of driving was… you guessed it, to stop off for some fruit (the stall was not yet open so we left empty handed). Ahmed and I headed to MCDonalds to get the “kids” breakfast. I grabbed a green tea, Ahmed a latte and we hit the road again.

The second stop was to get some petrol and use the loo… again. It was a very quick pit stop and we were in and out in less than 5 minutes; An F1 crew would’ve been proud.

We then drove for another 2 hours, the kids were listening to music on their phones, I was editing the Home Tour video for our new YouTube family channel (keep an eye out). Ahmed was driving and we listened to ‘Swindled’ podcast, which are now staple to our long and fun filled adventures.

Making progress

Photos: Mixed race family problems

All fun and games after a lunch time fill up. We drove for another 6 hours before getting stuck at the NSW and QLD border for 1 hour. As always, Ahmed was checked and given the flashlight treatment before they waved us through. Everyone always wants a bit of my baby daddy!!!

The next 45 minutes were spent excited about seeing our sisters, nieces, mum and dad and brother-in-law.

Watch the video of us going to Bris Vagas…

Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gift of time. You could be anywhere else at this moment but you chose to be here reading our blog and for that we thank you.

The Jalloh family

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